Vegan Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo

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Need:

12 ounces eggless fettuccine
2 cups unsweetened soy or almond milk
4 ounces soy cream cheese
3 tablespoons blanched sliced almonds
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, plus more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped

Do:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil & cook the fettuccine according to package directions. Strain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Add the soy milk, soy cream cheese, almonds, nutritional yeast, lemon zest, 1 teaspoon salt & 1/4 teaspoon pepper to a blender & process until smooth.

Heat the oil & garlic in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until the garlic just starts to sizzle & softens, about 1 minute. Add the soy milk mixture & 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, bring to a simmer & cook until thick & creamy, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the fettuccini & parsley and toss to combine. Thin out with a little more pasta water if needed.

Divide the pasta among four bowls & sprinkle each with some nutritional yeast and a few grinds of pepper.

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POBLANO & PORTOBELLO FAJITAS

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1 poblano pepper, seeds removed & thinly sliced
2 bell peppers, seeds removed & thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeds removed & thinly sliced
1 yellow or white onion, cut into thin rounds
2 large or 4 baby portobello mushrooms, stems removed, wiped clean & thinly sliced
2 ripe avocados
Juice of 1/2 lime
Sea salt, cumin & garlic powder
1 tsp A1 steak sauce (for mushrooms, optional)
6 small flour or corn tortillas
Optional: fresh red onion, hot sauce, cilantro, salsa

Do:

1. Heat a large skillet & a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add a dash of olive or coconut oil to the large skillet, then the onion & peppers. Season generously with salt, cumin & garlic powder.

2. Cook until softened & slightly caramelized, stirring often. Set aside & cover to keep warm.

3. At the same time, add a dash of oil to the medium pan, then add the mushrooms. Season with a bit of salt & once softened & brown (see photo), add a dash of A1 (vegan-friendly) for more flavor (optional). Remove from heat, set aside & cover.

4. Prepare guacamole by adding two avocados to a bowl then adding the juice of half a lime & a generous pinch of salt. Fresh cilantro & onion is optional.

5. Warm tortillas in the microwave or oven & you’re ready to go. Serve tortillas with peppers & onions, mushrooms, guacamole & any other toppings you desire such as salsa, hot sauce, & cheese or sour cream (for non-vegan).

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Massachusetts-Day Four

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Oh my wow! We went full on.
We got up super early, got breakfast, headed back to the room to get myself straight after eating & then made or way to Salem.

First challenge, parking. Ai, yi, yi! After finding a place, we headed to the mall area for some much needed H2O. Then it was off to the Witch Trials Museum. Pretty interesting! After that, we headed to the Witch Dungeon Museum. This place was so incredibly educational & scared the junk out of me! I’m super afraid of mannequins. We learned how the accused witches were treated, what they experienced, the sizes of the cells in the dungeon, what happened to the prisoners that were finally freed…wow, wow, wow. I think the Dungeon Museum was both hubs & my favorite museum we visited.

The last place we went to was, The Witch House. This museum was also pretty interesting. I leaned a LOT by the ways of medicinal practices & let me just say, thank you Lord for making me wait to experience life until 1986! WOW-ZAS!

The fact that it was chilly & rainy made for a difficult day & we didn’t get to walk around & experience too much of Salem itself. Definite bummer. I’m a closeted architecture lover & I was living the buildings! Being in an old historic town like Salem made me think of Fredericksburg (where I grew up) in a good way. I LOVE older buildings.

We grabbed pizza on the way back to the hotel & chilled out. We woke up early & peaced of MA quick! No offense, but I’m thinking Massachusetts was a one & done.

I enjoyed the visit. It was educational & fun  but man-oh-man body is displeased right now & I NEVER thought I’d miss Virginia like I did!

We bounced out bright & early Friday morning to head home. I’m so happy to see my babies & to use my own toilet! Home sweet home baby!

P.S. I weighed myself before we left & worked myself when I got home & I lost ONE pound!

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Sharing My Life

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Again, I’m asked why I share so much of my personal life & how I find the guts to do it.

Why? Because there are so many people who believe they’re alone in a struggle or in multiple struggles. I WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. I had nothing & no one to talk to, to listen to, to share advice with me about their journey, & much more.

I’ve been through so much & all of the things I’ve learned, seen, done…I can share that with others who don’t know. I can share that with others who are just starting to go through similar situations or those who are feeling they can finally open up & talk. I can share with those who are genuinely interested in learning like I was & still am.

Before I was sexually assaulted, I didn’t understand. Before I was in a domestically violent relationship, I had no idea. Before I got sick, I never knew what any of this madness was.

Now…I have all of this knowledge & if I can help someone else by sharing my experiences…why wouldn’t or shouldn’t I?

How do I find the guts to share? I’m a warrior. I’m a servant of God. I truly feel like me sharing my life with others is what I’m suppose to do. I’m following the path He has put before me.
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Reflection

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WARNING
“Reflections in this mirror may be distorted by socially constructed standards of beauty.”

Yes, yes, yes and yes.

When looking back to the way my body was before I got sick, was on immune suppresants (oral and IV), LOADS of steroids, many procedures, a LOT of down time from multiple surgeries…I feel like the dumbest person on the planet.

I was weighing less than one hundred pounds and still rocking kid’s clothes when I was twenty years old for Pete’s sake!

I can’t believe I thought I was fat. I would look in the mirror and cry.

RIGHT? I thought I was fat. I hated my body.

Today, I look in the mirror and still cry, but for different reasons. I see a completely different person.

“If I knew then what I know now…”

I don’t cry because of my stretch marks and my double digit amount of scars because to me, they’re reminders of what I’ve been through, continue to go through and they remind me that I am stronger than I EVER thought was possible. In fact, I find them beautiful.

I cry because I see this body I never thought I’d have. I see fat. I see cellulite. I see a huge chest, stomach, arms, legs and butt and I would give almost ANYTHING to have the body I hated before back now.

All I want is to be able to look into the mirror and at least say out loud, “I look alright.” I will settle for “alright.”

My sense of self-image is terrible and one hundred percent unhealthy. It always has been, but again, in different ways now. I would be lying if I said I didn’t look at other women and get jealous. I am SO happy they’re gorgeous and rocking it! However, I wish I had a body I could be proud of as well.

Even though I had multiple surgeries that were “supposed to help,” they really haven’t. Actually, in a lot of ways, I’m worse off now. Because of my MANY medical ailments, working out and losing weight is damn near impossible. I DO NOT lack motivation! I lack the physical abilities to do what I once could.

So every time I look in the mirror, I see something that apparently is completely different than what other people see. Others tell me I’m beautiful and strong. They see happiness and positivity. I don’t see any of that.

I do compare myself to others at times and I hate it, because I know better. I know that what is good for someone else may not be what is good for me. We’re all different and I happen to be super different. I know that God made me the way He did for a reason and when I really stop to think about it…in a sense, I’m being disrespectful to God and to myself. My journey is my own. It was given to me by God and It is TREMENDOUSLY different from the average.

I keep these words regarding society and self-image close to remind myself that comparing myself to others only does harm. I need to focus on KERRY. No one else. I’m not beautiful like others. I am beautiful like me.

Remind yourself every-single-day that YOU are beautiful…no matter what circumstances you find yourself in and remember that comparison is a thief.

Don’t let your reflection become distorted.

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Signs of Chronic Dehydration

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When even a small percentage of water in your body is lost, every function in your body is impaired.

Similar to planet earth, the human body is, on average, about 75 percent water. When dehydrated, the body will begin to ration water.

The average adult loses about ten cups of water every day, simply by breathing, sweating, urinating & eliminating waste, according to the Mayo Clinic.

12 Symptoms of Chronic Dehydration

According to Dr. Dave Carpenter, author of Change Your Water, Change Your Life, the following are 12 of the more common symptoms of chronic dehydration:

  1. Fatigue. Water is the most important source of energy in the body. Dehydration causes the enzymatic activity in the body to slow down, producing tiredness and fatigue. Thus, one of the earliest signs of chronic dehydration is fatigue.
  2. Constipation. The colon is one of the first places the body pulls water when it is short of water in order to provide fluids for other critical functions in the body. Without adequate water, wastes move through the large intestines much more slowly. In fact, sometimes they don’t move at all. Thus, constipation is almost always one of the primary symptoms of chronic dehydration.
  3. High blood pressure. The blood is normally about 94 percent water when the body is fully hydrated. When dehydrated, the blood is thicker causing resistance to blood flow, which thus can raise blood pressure.
  4. High cholesterol. When the body is dehydrated, it will produce more cholesterol to seal off water loss from the cells. Cholesterol deposits within the cell membrane act to prevent additional cell water loss, ultimately for survival.
  5. Acid-alkaline imbalance. The ideal environment for the health of the body is slightly alkaline. Our blood, in fact, is always slightly alkaline, usually ranging between 7.3 and 7.4 pH (7.0 being neutral). Dehydration significantly reduces the ability of the body to eliminate acid wastes.
  6. Digestive disorders. The body needs an adequate supply of water to produce a wide array of digestive juices. A shortage of water and alkaline minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, can lead to a host of digestive disorders, including ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux.
  7. Asthma and allergies. Another way the body rations water when dehydrated, as a survival mechanism, is by restricting airways. Respiratory problems are key symptoms of chronic dehydration. The rate of histamine produced by the body increases exponentially as the body loses more and more water. According to Water for Health, for Healing, for Life, chronic dehydration “is the primary cause of allergies and asthma in the human body.” Drinking plenty of water is the single most important natural remedy for asthma.
  8. Weight gain. When dehydrated, cells are depleted of energy. They then have to rely on energy generation from food rather than water. People thus tend to eat more when, in reality, the body is thirsty. In addition, the body will not metabolize fat unless the body is adequately hydrated to safely remove dangerous toxins that are often stored in fat cells.
  9. Skin disorders. The skin is the largest elimination organ in the human body. In a dehydrated body, the first site for water conservation is the skin. Dehydration impairs the elimination of toxins through the skin and makes it more vulnerable to all types of skin disorders, including dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as premature wrinkling and discoloration.
  10. Joint pain or stiffness. All joints have cartilage padding, which covers the bone structures in the joint, providing necessary lubrication. The cartilage itself is composed mainly of water. When the body is dehydrated, cartilage is weakened and joint repair is slow. According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, the joints in which the pain is felt depends on where the localized drought has set in.
  11. Bladder or kidney problems. As with all of the organs of elimination, when the body is dehydrated, toxins are not eliminated as well. The accumulation of toxins and acid waste create an environment where bacteria thrive. Thus, when dehydrated the bladder and kidney become more prone to infection, inflammation and pain.
  12. Premature aging. When the body is chronically dehydrated, the skin begins to wrinkle prematurely. More importantly, what we don’t see is the same wrinkling and withering effect on the internal organs. The most effective and the most inexpensive way (by far!) to slow the aging process is to drink enough water, especially as we get older.

Prevention

Chronic dehydration is preventable if we develop a regular daily habit of drinking about half of our body weight in ounces of purified water.

Most of us simply do not drink enough water to stay hydrated.

In addition, the type of water you drink does make a difference. Mineral balance in the body is also essential for proper hydration. Thus, it is important to drink water that is mineral rich rather than de-mineralized water (such as reverse osmosis or distilled).

Ionized, alkaline water can hydrate the body up to six times more effectively than regular water because the water is “micro-clustered.”

 

If you’re like myself, you can never catch up, so you can never be on target or even on top of your game. KNOWLEDGE is key. Doing everything you possibly can is vital.

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One Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken & Asparagus

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Ingredients

1 & 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders
1/3 cup flour
1 cup panko*
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3-4 lemons
1 tbsp minced garlic
8 tbsps melted butter
1 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 pound asparagus
3 tbsps olive oil
1 sliced lemon & fresh parsley for topping

Do:
Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper/foil & set aside.

Grab three bowls & add the flour to one bowl.

Combine the panko, 1/2 cup of the freshly grated parmesan cheese, dried parsley, garlic powder, & about 1/2 teaspoon each of salt & pepper. Stir. Set aside.

In the final bowl, add 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest, 4-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on lemon flavor intensity desired), minced garlic, & 5 tablespoons melted butter. Stir. Remove 4 tablespoons of this mixture & set aside in a small bowl.

Slice chicken breasts to the size of tenders (about 1 & 1/4 inch strips) or use chicken tenders.

Coat in flour, heavily dredge in garlic lemon mixture, & then coat in the Parmesan panko mixture.

Place on prepared sheet pan. Use any remaining Parmesan panko mixture & sprinkle over chicken. Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning over the tenders.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes then remove to flip the chicken over.

Place the asparagus next to the chicken & drizzle the reserved lemon butter sauce over it. Also, sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese over the asparagus & toss it with tongs.

Place lemon slices over the chicken & return the pan to the oven & bake for another 10-12 minutes (or until the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165° F).

As it finishes cooking, whisk your remaining 3 tbsps melted butter, 3 tbsps lemon juice, 1-2 tsps lemon zest, & 3 tbsps olive oil in a small bowl.

Remove pan from oven & top with the lemon mixture just created & fresh parsley.

Note
*Panko is generally used in Japanese cooking & it can be found in the grocery store in the Asian foods aisle.

 

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