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Lake Meadows Farms

Lake Meadows Farms

This past weekend I went with my friend Tiffany to an organic farm in Ocoee, FL called Lake Meadows Naturals. My dream is to someday have a farm just like this one, only in the Pacific Northwest. Dale is the owner and farmer of the organic operation and was very willing to give us a tour and answer all of our questions. We wanted to collect fresh eggs from the henhouse and we got to. What a great sight to see happy Rhode Island Reds raised in a natural environment, unlike commercial farmed chickens that are sick, broken and diseased. The birds liked to be picked up and pet and followed us throughout the henhouse clucking and cooing. The farm gathers over 4000 eggs a day! It was also a delight to see chicks that we less than a day old, along with guinea hens (which eat ticks and bugs in the fields) pheasants and weeks old chicks. So cute!

The farm also raises sheep, goats, cows, donkeys, turkeys and organic produce. It has an awesome mom and pop shop to purchase fresh honey, cheeses, meats, jams, fruits, veggies, breads and more! I picked up rainbow carrots, fresh pepato cheese, mulberries, snap peas and rhubard jam. Delicious!

It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and I will definitely be going back for fresh eggs and produce and to SUPPORT LOCAL!!

http://lakemeadownaturals.com
 

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Sausage and Kale Stuffed Squash

squast
1 Acorn Squash or 2 smaller ones
1/2 lb. fresh chicken sausage
1/2 medium onion chopped
1/2 large green apple, chopped
2 handfuls fresh chopped kale
1/4 cup pecans
1 egg
2 tablespoons almond milk

Slice the squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place the squast in a microwave safe dish, cover with plastic wrap and nuke for 10 mins. (Normally I hate microwaves and refuse to use them, but I was hungry)

In the meantime, cook the sausage over medium heat until halfway cooked and toss the onions in. I like to add a little garlic at this time. Cook a few more minutes. When this sausage is done, throw in the apples and kale.

In a large bowl, beat the egg with the milk and add the pecans and sausage mixture.

Place the cooked squash, hollow side up on a foil lined baking sheet. Stuff the mixture in each squash and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

ENJOY!!

New Start Day 2

Life happened yesterday and I forgot to blog. Nothing major, I was at work, selling snowboards until 11:45pm.

I slept an alarming 8! hours! Refreshed and revived I walked 3.31 miles in 49:55, a 15:04 min/mile and burned 385 calories.  Tucker, my faithful black lab and walking partner is getting in shape as well. He is almost 9 years old, but you would never know it, he’s youthful, playful and still a troublemaker.

Before I eat, I take all of my Isontonix supplements: OPC-3, multi-vitamin with iron, calcium plus vitamin D, and activated B-complex (for more information, contact me!)

Food for the day:

Breakfast: Egg fritata (2 farm raised, hormone free eggs, spoonful of Daisy cottage cheese, red/green peppers, onions and spinach, dijon mustard, salt and pepper)

Snack: 2 avocado, honey and carrot muffins (little butter to mellow out the avocado)

Lunch: Turkey burger, sauteed mushrooms, with a little butter (good fat) cheddar cheese, jalapenos, chives in lettuce wraps, peas and broccoli.

Snack: Daisy cottage cheese (only 8 indgredients while others have chemicals and way more!) natural blueberry jam, no sugar added.

Dinner: Salad with 2 hard boiled eggs, sauteed mushrooms, toms, chives, peas, with balsamic vinegar for dressing.

Had a few beers with the guys after work…..

TODAY:

Isotonix supplements

Breakfast: Smoothie of avocado, kale, spinach, banana, almond milk and ice. YUM!!

Snack: handful of pistachios

Lunch: GASP!! NACHOS! Homemade, chips, ground turkey, cheese, chives, jalapenos, salsa and sour cream, Coors light.

Dinner: Chicken sausage and kale stuffed acorn squash. 1/2 a sugar cookie (it left a film on my teeth and tasted TERRIBLE!!) glass of wine.

Took my naughty lab for 5.12 miles, 1:20:03 time, 15:37 min/mile and burned 575 calories. Tucker decided to take off and go swimming in the nearest leech and gator infested mudhole to cool off. Dumb dog. It took me 5 minutes of swearing and making an ass of myself to get him out of the gross pond. He was pretty proud of himself. Yuck. He smells. Bathtime in the morning!

Peace!

Try again, NEW START!

Well, my 12 week TLS weight loss didn’t goes as I planned…my fault, my bad. Only 5 inches melted away along with 1% body fat, 9 pounds while maintaining 45% hydration. It would have been nice to see bigger numbers but I like to drink wine and go out for lunch, dinner or whenever and I thought that I could drop weight just by adding in new, healthy fruits and veggies and lean meats and by simply…walking. It didn’t. Each week I walked 16-25 miles in hot, humid Florida and I thought for sure the weight would come off. It didn’t. New foods were added to my already healthy diet like kale, cabbage, purple cabbage, jicama, lots of avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, peas, onions and bright peppers and I thought the weight would come off. It didn’t. I tried so many new recipes and shared with friends, omitting ‘bad’ foods and ‘bad’ oils and hoped the weight would come off. It didn’t. Then I came to my senses, let’s say…mmm, yesterday that I eat refined sugar. AUGH!!! GASP!!! NO, NOT ME!!? NOT A HEALTH COACH!!? WHAT?!?

For so long I have convinced myself and others that I don’t crave sugar, sweets, tasty drinks, wine, beer, carbohydrates, BUT I DO!!! I REALLY, REALLY DO!! Oh, THE SHAME!!

Well, I am going to pick up my sad, sappy ass and get back on that damn horse and try again. I have 12 weeks left in FL before I move home to UT and my goal is an easy 15lbs. I’m going to keep track of everything that goes into my mouth and log the miles I walk along with calories burned. The sugar will not, I repeat, WILL NOT, WIN!! (Not giving up my wine though….) I will hold myself accountable each and everyday on this blog site and I WILL LOSE THAT PESKY 15lbs!!

Ready….Set….Go!!!!

Peace!