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Lost A Size Without Losing A Pound

Lost A Size Without Losing A Pound

It took me a while to wrap my head around the fact that I went from a size 10 to a size 8 without losing one pound. If you don’t know my story, in the past year and a half I have lost 100 pounds. You can see before and after pictures and read about it here.

I’ve been at 142 pounds for the past 3 months, fluctuating between 1 or 2 pounds at times. But my body seems to have settled at 142 which is exactly 100 pounds less than when I started my weight loss journey.

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I thought that my size had settled at size 10 in pants, medium in tops on average. To my surprise, I bought one pair of size 8 pants a while back but I attributed that to the particular brand.

In the past month I’ve done a little clothes shopping because I have hardly any summer clothes and my guess is that winter in the Midwest will end someday so I should probably have some clothes that fit.

Just yesterday I noticed that I now own 6 pairs of pants in a size 8 from different brands. Having realized that, I believe I can confidently say I now wear a size 8 in pants!!!  I know it’s just a number but coming from a TIGHT size 18 to a single digit size is a HUGE deal for me.

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The idea that I lost a size without losing a pound had me scratching my head. I wasn’t intentionally trying to lose more weight or even trying to get into a smaller size. I was just working on being healthier and stronger.

My goal to be healthier and stronger takes me to hot yoga classes 3 or 4 times a week. In the past I was going at least twice a week but in the past few weeks I have stepped it up to 3 or 4 classes a week. Hot yoga is my main source of physical fitness. Read why here.

Every single aspect of my life improved when I started my yoga practice. From my body to my relationships with myself and others.

    • When I’m in a bad mood, yoga fixes my mood
    • When I’m having trouble clearing my mind of heavy thoughts, yoga clears them
    • When I’m feeling tense, yoga loosens me up
    • When I’m having trouble sleeping, yoga makes me sleep like a rock
    • When I’m not feeling very confident, yoga makes me feel like a warrior
    • When I feel I’m losing patience, yoga teaches me patience
    • When I’m not feeling the self-love, yoga loves me
    • When I feel weak, yoga makes me feel strong
    • Yoga never ever makes me feel bad, never
    • Yoga improves my mind, my body and my life

By doing something incredibly awesome for my body and mind, the consequence were losing fat, gaining muscle, tightening up my jiggly parts and losing a pant size unintentionally. Those are consequences I can live with.

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Screw the scale, get your butt moving and awesome things will happen.

Namaste

 

Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa

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This recipe is so light, full of flavor and protein. The coating is made with coconut flour and panko crumbs but you can easily make it gluten free with one minor change.  Replace the panko crumbs with shredded unsweetened coconut flakes.  You’ll want unsweetened because at 425 degrees, sweetened flakes may burn because of the sugar.  But don’t worry, either way, these are delicious.

I make fish tacos with some delicious peppadew pepper mango salsa on top of a sprinkle of sweetened shredded coconut.  You can also make this recipe paleo easily by using the unsweetened coconut flakes for the coating pulsed fine with a food processor and using the unsweetened coconut flakes just as they are on a bed of lettuce instead of the sweetened flakes. It’s a very versatile recipe and it’s really friggin’ good!

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Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 thawed tilapia filets
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ cup panko crumbs (or ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut for a gluten-free option)
  • 2 egg whites, whipped lightly
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • **optional: dash of curry powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Prepare a baking dish lined with foil. If you have a wire rack to set inside, that will help both sides of the filet brown evenly. If you don't have one, no worries but the foil will certainly make for easy clean up
  2. In a flat pan combine coconut flour, panko crumbs, salt and pepper (you'll want it flat so that you can lay the filets in the crumbs)
  3. Put the egg whites in a separate dish
  4. Lay thawed filet in egg white. Cover both sides of the filet with egg
  5. Then immediately lay it in the dry mixture, press down so the mixture sticks to the filet. Flip over the filet and do the same for the other side
  6. Transfer to baking dish and repeat with all filets
  7. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and serve on a large lettuce leaf that has been sprinkled with sweet coconut flakes
  9. Top with Peppadew Pepper Mango Salsa.
  10. GLUTEN FREE OPTION: You can make this gluten free by replacing the panko crumbs with dried unsweetened coconut flakes that have been put through a food processor to make it finer. I say unsweetened because at 425, the sugar in the sweetened coconut may burn.
  11. PALEO OPTION: You can also make this recipe paleo easily by using the unsweetened coconut flakes for the coating pulsed fine with a food processor and using the unsweetened coconut flakes just as they are on a bed of lettuce instead of the sweetened flakes.

 

 

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5 Things That Helped Me Lose 100 Pounds

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5 Things That Helped Me Lose 100 Pounds 

My 100 pound weight loss did not happen overnight. I actually took about a year and a half. In that time I’ve learned so much about food, exercise and myself. I learned that food is fuel and energy and good food is necessary for my body to be at it’s optimal health and happiness.

Good food never makes me feel bad after I eat it. I never feel ashamed or regret working out and when I see the scale going down, I never feel defeated or discouraged. Every time I do these things I’m telling myself “I Love Me”.

I’ve had a terrible relationship with food for as long as I can remember. Who knew that unhealthy relationship would affect almost every relationship I had during that time. I didn’t love myself enough to treat my body right therefore I certainly didn’t attract the people that would treat me right.

It’s a vicious cycle but you can make it a healthy and happy cycle. You can turn things around  by making small changes. Small changes become habits and before you know it, they are big changes. A consistent drop of water over time makes a very big pond.

This is why I started this blog. To inspire and share what I’ve learned. These are the top 5 things that have helped me the most in my journey to shed 100 pounds.

EAT WHOLE FOODS:  Read and repeat…put crap in, get crap out. Gone are the processed food days. Foods with laboratory created ingredients, preservatives, dyes and chemicals have no place in my body. The least ingredients on the label, the better.

I purchase organics every chance I get, from poultry to cheese, even spices. GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) scare the crap out of me. GMO labeling is required in 64 countries but not in the United States. Why? The big food companies are afraid they will lose billions if we are informed of the cancer causing, nutritionally void foods they are putting on the grocery shelves. I encourage you to do your research.

“Natural” doesn’t mean organic or non-GMO. The label needs to say that it is certified organic or at the very least “is a non-gmo food”. Only certified organic labeled products are certified organic. Know what’s in your food.

By eating organics, I know I’m getting the full nutrition benefit of the food I eat. This way I can make an educated decision based on the nutritional benefit of my food. In doing so, my body doesn’t require a truck load of food to get the same nutritional benefit as a cup of organic food provides. Simple organic whole foods, period.

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I had not found my niche yet but I started biking with him. I really liked it but I wasn’t in love like he was. My co-workers were all taking hot yoga, they looked great and were losing weight. I remembered taking a regular yoga class years ago and really liked it. I started researching the benefits and found that it was a great way to build strength and lose weight so off I went to my first class.

Guess what.  In love.  Addicted. I attribute to at least 70 pounds of my weight loss to hot yoga. It makes me feel like a warrior when I’m all done soaked with sweat on every single part of my body. I feel confident and strong and sleep like a rock after a yoga class. I still do other forms of exercise like biking, light weight training, a P90 video here and there, some wi-fit and hiking when the weather permits. But hot yoga is my main and favorite form of exercise.

PORTION CONTROL:  After meeting with a nutritionist and re-learning about food, she helped me see food in a whole new way. I used to eat until I was stuffed, took huge bites, didn’t always chew my food and down went huge chunks of unchewed food.

This was wrong for a couple of reasons. I would be full LONG before I stopped eating but because I was eating so fast, my stomach didn’t have time to tell my brain. We do not require a belly full of food. I can’t even count the times I had to loosen my pants or went into a food coma from eating so much.

Another reason this is bad was because I was taking down chunks of food at a time, my digestive system had to work extra hard to break down that food and get the nutrition from it if there was any. This left me with all kinds of digestive issues.

Today I eat 6 -7 meals a day, 3 – 4 ounces at a time. The key is to make each meal count nutritionally. I give my body what it needs now. It does not need junk food or processed foods.

In taking smaller bites and really chewing my food, it made me eat slower and savor my food. It also made my smaller portions go a long way. Then by the time I swallowed, the digestive juices in my gut were able to easily absorb the nutrition from the food and not putting undue stress on my digestive system. It also keeps my metabolism constantly running which in turn helped the pounds to come off even without exercise. I actually lost my first 30 pounds with just diet.

BYE-BYE BAD CARBS:  I still eat carbs, just heavily limit the bad ones like white bread, pasta, rice, white sugar, white flour, rice, potatoes, etc. I am not gluten-sensitive that I know of but have noticed a big difference in how I feel when I eat gluten-free foods.

I rarely eat bread but if i do it’s a small piece of sour dough or pumpernickel and usually has 4 or 5 ingredients or I make my own. I use zucchini or spaghetti squash for pasta, quinoa in place of pasta, rice, meat, potatoes and oats. Lots of quinoa. I also use coconut flour and coconut sugar.  Real maple syrup and honey are staples in our house too. I still get all the taste, I just make better food choices.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love my sweets from time to time. I just make much better choices now to satisfy my craving and I don’t take down the whole box of cookies. I actually eat the suggested serving size, take small bites and savor it. It’s a once in a while treat, not a daily routine anymore.

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STAY HYDRATED:  Last but not least. We’ve all heard we should drink 8 glasses of water a day.  I just couldn’t stomach all the water. I felt like I was drowning. But it wasn’t the actual water that was giving me hesitation. I just hadn’t found the right “water” for me.

While I was in the hospital for hernia surgery I was supposed to drink water but just couldn’t get it down so the doctor suggested warm tea. It was like the skies opened up, the light bulb went on and I realized what the problem was all along. My tummy loves WARM liquids. Ever since then, I get in my 8 glasses and then some in each day. I even take lukewarm tea to yoga. The key was finding what “water” worked for me.  Everyone is different and one glass of water does not fit all.

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 That’s my story. Thank you for reading it and allowing me to share it with you. I hope you’ll come back and see what’s new here at The Organic Rabbit real soon.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Gluten Free)

Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Gluten Free)

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Boy oh boy do I love pizza!  What I don’t love are the carbs, the white processed flours and preservatives in the crust.  Plus I’m always looking for a way to make something more nutritious without sacrificing flavor.

I posted a recipe for Cauliflower Cheese Sticks a little while ago and with the leftover cauliflower made myself a delicious cauliflower crusted personal pizza.  The technique is slightly different though and this recipe is for a medium size pizza.

The steps are really easy, there are just a few of them.  But it’s well worth it to me because I like knowing exactly what’s in my food and more importantly, what is not.

You’ll be impressed with yourself with what a delicious, nutritious and satisfying pizza crust you made.  Let’s get started shall we?

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size head of cauliflower (you’ll make “rice” with it)
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 3/4 tablespoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon finely grated parmesan (like the kind that comes in a shaker)

Directions:

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HOW-TO make cauliflower rice.  This is so easy peazy, it’s ridiculous.  I took my head of cauliflower, trimmed off the big green stem and the leaves and took it to the grater.

I grated it just like cheese and it magically became cauliflower rice.  So genius.  I didn’t grate all the down to the stems, I just did all of the florets.  If you have a food processor you can put the “rice” in it for a few pulses to make it even finer.  Now that you have your “rice”, the rest is even easier.

  • Place your cauliflower rice in a microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 5 minutes.  Don’t add any water, just the cauliflower.  This will release a lot of the moisture in the cauliflower.
  • After the 5 minutes are up, lay out a clean dish rag and put 2 paper towels on top of it.  Place your cauliflower on the paper towels.
  • Let it cool down just a minute and wring out the water from your mixture.  I ended up using 2 more paper towels for a second wringing just to make sure I got as much water out as possible.

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  • In a bowl, mix the cauliflower, italian seasoning, onion flakes, olive oil and parmesan cheese.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the egg like you were making scrambled eggs.  Now add the egg to the cauliflower mixture.  Mix everything well.
  • Almost done.  Now form your mixture into a ball and place on a greased parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Flatten dough out to (about a 1/4 inch thick) make a round pizza crust.  You can make it any shape (heart, square, etc.) as long as it’s only about a 1/4 inch thick.  The thinner it is, the crispier your crust will be.

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  •  Bake crust for 12 – 15 minutes.

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  • You’ll want to see some browning around the edges before flipping.  A little more than I show in my photo above.  I flipped a little too soon (as you can see in the photo below).  It didn’t matter though, it will end up cooking more when the toppings go on.

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  • Once you’ve flipped it, it’s time for TOPPINGS!!!!  Add some sauce, veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, whatever you want and cook for another 5 – 6 minutes depending on how well you like your pizza done.
  • Word of caution, it will be hot so if you can stand it, let it cool off a couple of minutes before cutting.

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This pizza was amazing!  Make it a family fun night and divide up your cauliflower crust mixture into mini-pizzas that everyone can personalize.  Shape it into a heart crust for that someone special or do like I did and make it for yourself and don’t share with anyone 🙂