February 10, 2012

Real Foods Challenge: Day 10

I just ate the most amazing dinner! I feel like the Mexican version of Susie Homemaker, because I made fajitas from scratch--and when I say "scratch", I mean I cooked a whole chicken, made my own fajita seasoning, and even made my own flour tortillas. After making those tortillas, I will never buy tortillas again! They were delicious.

I got the recipe here. It was very simple, with just a few ingredients: whole wheat flour, oil, salt, and water.
The recipe makes 12 tortillas (sorry the pic is so dark)

With fajita stuff inside
But let me back up to breakfast. I decided to have something different for breakfast, just to keep my food log a little more interesting. I should have stuck with what I really wanted, which was my usual oatmeal. Instead, I made eggs with mushrooms, peppers, and cheese.
I felt so sick after eating it. I was really nauseous for some reason, and I had heartburn--which I NEVER have. Tomorrow I'll go back to oatmeal.

I was still craving something sweet, and you all have given me so many suggestions! I decided to make a version of homemade Larabars. I have a big bag of dried dates in the fridge from Sam's Club. Inspired by this version, I added chocolate :)  So I put 1/2 pound of dates + 1/2 cup almonds + 1/3 cup coconut + 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder in the food processor and made some chocolatey Larabar-like balls.
And then I proceeded to eat THREE of them. I wish I could be satisfied with one, but it was so good that I had another and then another. Jerry commented that they taste just like an Almond Joy. I told the kids that they were "brownie balls" and that got them to at least taste one. Eli didn't like it, but Noah asked for seconds.

I also kept eating small handfuls of pistachios whenever I'd go into the pantry. So I decided to remedy that problem by portioning out the Sam's Club-sized bag of pistachios into little single-serve cups:
There. Problem solved. I haven't touched the pistachios since I did that this morning.

My food log:
Breakfast--eggs with mushrooms, peppers, and cheese
Lunch--usual salad with chicken, sunflower seeds, feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette
Dinner--homemade chicken fajitas
Snacks--pistachios, date balls

Today was a rest day from running. I was supposed to do three miles, but since I ran pretty hard yesterday, I'm just going to do the three miles tomorrow. I'll do it on the dreadmill so I can try out that Garmin foot pod that I bought.

I felt so sick all morning and afternoon that I just ended up playing solitare in my pajamas all day. Not very productive. I haven't been sick in probably almost a year, so I really hope I don't get sick now. Especially since I've been eating "real" food this month.

Jerry took the boys to the mall today to see Star Wars in 3D. I was so tempted to have him bring me a Mrs. Fields cookie. I said, "I don't have to tell anyone--then it won't count!"  Haha, I wish. I truly AM curious to see what the effects are from this little experiment with "real" foods, so I'm not going to sabotage it in any way.

I deliberately haven't mentioned my weight at all since the challenge started. I've been documenting it when I weigh myself, though, and I'll write about that at the end of the month. I'm not at all doing this challenge to lose weight, but I thought it would be interesting to see how my weight is effected. Pistachios, date balls, and all!

Jerry is off work tonight, so we're going to watch a movie--I think Saw V. I love scary movies!


  1. I love the idea of the pistachios in serving size packages. Perfect! I used to do that with cereal because it was so easy to eat and eat...one time I ate an entire box of cereal in one weekend because I just kept munching!

  2. I need a food processor! But I don't want to spend a ton of money, what kind do you have?

    1. My sister got me a 5 cup Black & Decker for $45 at Christmas. It works pretty good and not nearly as expensive as some other brands!

  3. My husband and I LOVE the SAW movies. We saw each one as it came out in theater and own the entire collection. Yeah, it's not the best scary movie series ever, but it's entertaining and something we enjoy together :)

  4. I don't have a food processor, but I do have a Magic Bullet. I'm sure that would work. Maybe you should buy pistachios in the shell. That would slow you down a bit! Snack AND and activity! (911 followers! You're getting closer!)

  5. oh, I'm making some tortillas like this tonight, for sure! We're having wraps for dinner and I think this will be perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Hey there, I eat paleo so no sugar here either. My favorite treat is this: in a food processor combine 1 cup almond butter, 5 tbs almond butter and 2 tbs pure maple syrup. Blend and try not to devour all at once.

  7. So glad you liked the date nut rolls! I have done them with ginger and cinnamon, too (my favorite spice combination) - so yummy!

  8. Those tortillas look amazing...may have to try that recipe!

    You wanted me to tell you when I made the fried "rice" with the quinoa. First, I have to let you know that I didn't use your recipe at all. I was in a rush to get dinner started and didn't have time to look up your recipe. So this is what I did and it turned out DELICIOUS! *I've never had quinoa either btw. : )

    1 cup (dry quinoa) cooked in 2 cups of lower sodium chicken broth. I sauteed some onion in a skillet with some EVOO, then I added some chopped up pork tenderloin chops (Its what I had handy...I was planning to use chicken) that I "mostly" cooked in a zip n' steam bag in the microwave (I said I was in a rush...lol)I added salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the skillet as well. Then I added a couple handfuls of baby spinach leaves until wilted and added the cooked quinoa. Then I added about a 1/2 cup of frozen peas, light soy sauce (to taste), and 3 chopped scallions. It was so yummy...my husband said he wasn't crazy about the texture of the quinoa but that the flavor was really good...he had two platefuls, so the texture must not have been that big of a deal. : )

    I'm glad I experimented with quinoa...I really liked it!

  9. Mmmm-I looked at that recipe & REALLY want to try it!

    You lost me at Saw movies. ***Shudder**

  10. Just found your site. Really enjoying your posts and your weight loss story! I, too, lost 100 pounds and have kept it off for almost 10 years. I also had some skin removal surgery. Anyway, just wanted to say, hi!!!

  11. Have the best recipe EVER for you!!!!

    1 box of sugar free cake mix (whatever flavor you want)
    1 box of angel food cake mix

    Mix the powders together put in a tupperware container. To make a single piece of cake put 3 tablespoons mix into a coffee mug add 2 tablespoons water and microwave for 1 minute. An instant piece of cake at only 15 calories!!!!!

    I like to top mine with fresh strawberries and sugar free cool whip!!! YUMMY
    Let me know what you think.

    1. Sounds interesting! I'll give it a try once I'm done with the "real foods" challenge.

  12. omg those fajitas look fantastic and mmmmm i love pistachios... im not sure one of those little cups would cut it. haha

  13. Love following your journey! Thanks for sharing it :)

    Just wanted to comment quickly on how yucky you're feeling - oily skin and whatnot. I'm willing to bet your body is flushing toxins out. You're doing an unintentional detox of sorts in the best way!

  14. Thanks so much for sharing that tortilla recipe! I will have to try it sometime this month! :)


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