I'm going to talk about something that I NEVER thought I would talk about on my blog… my weight! You heard me, my weight. No, I'm not going to give you my actual weight (I'm not THAT brave, plus, we all know it's subjective… right?). As you know, I had a FULL hysterectomy last February. It was medically necessary. Very necessary. The positives far outweigh the negatives. I REALLY do feel better. I had PCOS, severe endometriosis, a prolapsed and retroverted uterus. I had 4 surgeries related to all of my "female" problems. One included the removal of a 12 cm fibroid tumor. A couple of others were from cysts that kept growing and wouldn't rupture. Another was to remove my fallopian tubes. They were blocked (from years of endometriosis & previous surgeries) and causing lots of pain. I was young (for today's standards) when I had Palmer. I was 26 to be exact. I look back on that now and really believe that it's a miracle that we even had him! I had no idea that I had all of these problems until we tried to have another baby when Palmer was six. I had a molar pregnancy (results=no baby) that gave us a cancer scare and then a miscarriage all over the period of 4 years. All of those surgeries were in between all of that (oh, yeah, two other surgeries-D & C's). Then the biggie came…BREAST CANCER. I had a double mastectomy. A hysterectomy was just the next logical step (we decided that trying to physically have another child after Breast Cancer just wasn't smart for me). To tell you all this isn't the reason I'm writing today… my weight is! It's impossible to prepare someone for what happens to their body after a hysterectomy. Unless your Mrs. Hollywood and have the most amazing metabolism in the world, it's gunna change. More than likely not in a good way. I know it's not all about good looks but it's just not healthy for me to carry all of this extra weight. My back always lets me know when I have extra weight and it's NOT happy right now. So, I'm doing something about this. I'm telling you all about it because I think accountability is a super motivator! I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge on Monday. Scary, very scary. I have been gluten, dairy & sugar free for the past three days and will be for the seven more (it's the first part of the challenge). I'm over dreading it. I was just ready to start. It took me a while to grocery shop! Reading labels takes time. But, I'm OK with that. I'm ready for results and I know that your diet is 70% of the problem. I exercise 4 times a week, so that's not my problem. I know it's the food I eat. Wish me luck!
I do want to share this recipe with you. I've made this recipe before but never knew it would be a staple for my diet one day! It's protein & fiber rich and meets my challenge requirements. I found it on the blog, Honey, We're Home. It's called Taco Turkey Casserole. You can add cheese if you want (I of course won't be). It contains brown rice and I have never been a great rice cooker. Our Best Bites blog shows you the BEST way to cook brown rice and it's so good and easy! I will incorporate this process into my directions!
Directions for baking rice (adapted from Our Best Bites). Pour 1 1/2 cups brown rice in an 8 in square baking dish.
Bring 2 1/3 cups water, to a boil, either in a saucepan or in the microwave. Keep an eye on it and take it off heat immediately after it starts boiling. Immediately stir in 2 tsp unsalted butter or oil. Add 1/2 tsp salt. Pour water over rice in baking dish. *note-you will have more cooked rice than the recipe calls for – save it for later!
Cover baking dish with two layers of foil, or one layer of heavy-duty foil. Put dish in 375 degree oven & bake for about an hour. Remove dish from oven and uncover. Fluff rice with fork, then cover dish with kitchen towel and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and let rice stand 5 minutes longer. What results is much better than what I've ever cooked on the stove top!
Take your cooked turkey (the turkey is so lean, you should not need to drain it)…
And add a can of black beans (drained). I use reduced sodium beans, the taco mix has plenty of salt. Plus I do salt & pepper the turkey a bit.
Next, add your Taco Mix (they make a low sodium mix, I tried it before but I didn't like it, too bland. It's up to you).
Add your cooked rice and you're done! You may add cheese if you want (I never do, but you might). You can even top with sour cream. If you are trying to be lean though, skip the cheese and sour cream. I do eat THESE with it though…THEY ARE AN OBSESSION OF MINE! I'm not eating them right now because of the gluten. I'm eating Mission Tortilla chips right now because they are gluten free.
So there you have it! Let me know what you think if you make it!