Living in a Sugar World

We do live in a sugar world. Most of us are addicted to sugar and.have no idea. We wonder why we can’t only eat one chip, or we can’t have only one cookie. I know in my break room at work, I am surrounded by peanut butter bars, cake, Doritos and granola bars. On days that I have a long break, I struggle with the temptation. I have been eating clean for over a year and I am still tempted. We have to make those choices and stick to them! I am a recovering food addict and I know it. That may sound amusing to you but what if I told you you had to give up sugar tomorrow, could you do it? How about bread? It is hard and we don’t even realize that the food in our society is designed to keep you coming back. Yesterday I was spending my morning at Starbucks using the internet and it got me to thinking. As I sat there and watched people buy the drinks with sugar I started to get mad!!

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People don’t know. When was the last time you saw a news article that talked about genetically modified foods? What about pesticides in your food, or soy being genetically modified. Did you know that soy acts as an estrogen in your body once it passes your mouth? Take a moment and let that sink on… that is appalling! It throw your whole body off and we wonder why, as a whole, we are sicker than ever? Fight! Educate yourself! Do the research and don’t let this go on anymore! Stand up for no more addictions to food! It is such a rapid growing problem and no one is talking about it! Stand up and fight this sugar world!

Pumpkin Spice

With fall upon I figured it was time for a new recipe! How about a pumpkin spice protein shake, sound good?

I was slightly hesitant because many times pumpkin can either be fantastic or a horrible mistake in any given recipe. Anyway this may become one of my favorites because it truly was amazing! Here it goes

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

FROZEN:
8oz Almond Milk or Water
1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
1 scoop Fiber Boost
3 or 4 Ice Cubes
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1.5 tsp Cinnamon
Blend all ingredients together in a mini single serve blender.

HOT:
8 oz hot or boiling water
2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
1 scoop Fiber Boost
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Blend together in a mug and enjoy your warm protein shake!
I love to play with ingredients and spices in my protein shakes to keep things new and exciting! ENJOY

Birthday Dinner

For my birthday dinner my mother and I tried a new restaurant: Chipolte. I don’t know if you have seen it, but look up “The Scarecrow” video on YouTube. It is all about GMO and hormones and how corrupt the food market is in America. Chipolte only serves organic foods and all of the meat is grass fed, free of preservatives and antibiotics.

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I am so excited to have found a restaurant that is as conscious about the corruption in our foods as I am. The food tasted fresher and the chicken was so tender. I could tell the food was healthier for me because it tasted cleaner. If you have a chance to go out for dinner, add Chipolte to your list!

Getting Started: How To

It has been a while since I started on 30 Days to Fit, and when I challenge people to give it a try, I sometimes forget that that concept seems foreign because people don’t know where to start. My mother has put together a pamphlet to help rid all of the excuse “I don’t know how to start”

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This pamphlet addresses the questions: “What do I eat when I eliminate dairy,gluten, sugar, and bad oils?” , “Is hormone balancing truly necessary to health success?” , “What do I look for when shopping?” , and “What are some foods that are good staples in your diet?” If you are interested in a copy of this pamphlet, email me at annajoyjeffrey@gmail.com

My Adventure With Duck

OK so for a while now I have had a whole duck in my freezer. I have always felt a little intimidated my the duck because I had never cooked one and, if I were honest, it kind of freaks me out to cook whole animals. I know that’s just the girl in me coming out but it weirds me out. Well yesterday my mother was going through the freezer and I get the text, “You want duck for dinner?” I was relieved because I thought that this meant she would cook it and I could take it as a learning experience. After a little more communication, I realized that I was in charge of getting this duck on the dinner table. Well I took a deep breath and decided to go for it. After all, do everything with your whole heart right? So I sat down and started to research. I found recipes shaking as little as two hours and some as many as six hours! I read up on many different spice combinations and glazes and realized that most duck eaters like thiers smothered in sugar! Not this girl! So like many recipes I decided to make it up as I went along and see what became of it. I set my oven to 350° and again took in that deep breath and took the duck out of its packaging. This is what I started with:

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I was on the phone with my mother and she got quite a kick out of the exclamations that came from me while getting this duck out! I read on most of the recipes that the best way to prepare the duck is to rub with coarse salt, but I felt that the extra sodium was unnecessary, and decided to go the simple route so to really bring out the taste of the duck. I cut up one whole onion and tossed it with poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, and a little bit of lemon pepper:

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I took the onion mixture and stuffed the duck. I placed the duck in a 9×13 baking dish, and covered it with aluminum foil. I baked it for one hour, took it out and turned the duck over to cook evenly:

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I then baked it for another forty five minutes. I took the duck out of the oven and served it with fresh vegetables, and a nonGMO cornbread.  The cornbread is a modified recipe and a great treat for a once in a great while, on a day when your calories are low. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the duck, both in taste and texture. I am nilot sure when my next opportunity will be to eat duck again, but I am absolutely looking forward to it!

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Grape Juice

I know for me I have always enjoyed a cold glass of juice. The more and more research I do on foods and the pesticides that are used to spray and preserve them, the more I have stayed away from juices. Did you know that the pesticides sprayed on foods are used to kill the bugs to preserve the foods we eat. The logical explaination would be to simply wash your fruit when you buy it, correct? Wrong. I have read more and more articles on how it is impossible to wash these pesticides off your food. My solution that I have recently.found is this: Santa Cruz Organic Concord Grape Juice.

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The only ingredients in this juice are filtered water and organic grape juice. It not only it better for you, but does not have added sugars, or preservatives, and also they do not use grapes with pesticides. In my opinion it even tastes better! I hope you enjoy. I bought mine in the organic section at Krojers.

Time to Give Up the Sugar!

I have talked to many people about 30 Days to Fit and a major problem is that they “cannot” give up the sugar. I want to share with you some research that I have come across recently to help to sway your decision…

Besides the fact that sugar is linked to insulin resistance, cancer, and obesity, is addictive as cocaine, and has no nutritional value, did you know, over half of the sugar in the United States is derived from genetically modified Roundup (a chemical weed killer) saturated sugar beets.

All of the seeds used in the United States to grow sugar beets are produced in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. In 2005, Monsanto introduced genetically modified Roundup resistant seeds, which were grown in secrecy (wonder why)—the Oregon Department of Agriculture did not ask for public comment or notify anyone about the GMO seeds, in spite of the fact that many organic seed farmers in the Willamette Valley depend on a pure environment that won’t be contaminated by pollination and wind blowing GMO seed to their land.

SUGAR BEET

In 2008, the sugar processors, the largest being American Crystal Sugar Company, decided unanimously that all US sugar beets would be produced from Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds. Unlike corn and soybeans, there is no alternative to grow conventional sugar beets. When our food is doused with Round-up, the herbicide is absorbed into the plant from the soil—there is no way to wash it off. The active ingredient in Roundup is toxic to our gut, which control 80% of our immune system as well as our brain health and hormone balance.

The scary thing is that the media blatantly turned their blind eye to this major problem in my generation. We think nothing of grabbing a Mars or Hershey candy bar, companies that are supplied with sugar beet sugar that has been sprayed with chemicals that are killing us! We need to ask  every consumer to educate themselves about what they are eating, and what it means to health and future generations. No one is going to make our food healthy for us, it has to be our decision. Sugar is a dangerous chemical—save yourself and your loved ones from its consequences NOW!