Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I hate the feeling of deprivation, and that's how diets usually make me feel.  A Whole Living Action Plan: the 28 day challenge, that I caught wind of this month on Martha Stewart is not feeling like deprivation.   It is not focusing on diet and denial but more like nurturing yourself and taking care of your body, soul and spirit.  Click on Whole Living Action Plan if you want to check it out for yourself.  They started the first week of January, but I just started this week with their week one, and it's all good.  There is ALOT of information on the site.  I really think they are doing a great job though.  You don't have to absorb it all at once.

This is day three for me and by now I am usually cranky about dieting.  This feels so different.  I think first of all the recipes and the food they start you on are what I like anyway.  Lot's of vegetable, fruits, and small amounts of protein.  It is interesting to me that you eliminate all major allergy related foods and then add them back in gradually.  This week has been fun so far.  The recipes are intriguing.  The anti oxidant berry smoothie above is what I am sipping on right now.  Simple but delicious!

This is what I tried tonight for dinner...lucky for me hubby has agreed to eat what I make for dinner.  It is really not his style of food, (meat and potatoes guy)  but so far he is enjoying it.

Almond Chicken Soup.  Yes it did sound weird to me.  I was really hesitant adding in the almond butter into my soup...but it was yummy.  Here is the recipe in case you want to give it a go.

 Serves 4

  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced (2 cups)
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1 cup collard leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Combine the stock, onion, garlic, and sweet potato in a stockpot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the chicken, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond butter and 1/2 cup of the soup mixture into a thick paste. Add the collard leaves and ginger to the soup and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in the almond butter paste. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Ladle the soup into bowls, and squeeze with lime wedge.
Read more at Almond Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato, Collards, and Ginger 

1 serving was 352 calories  I used spinach instead of collard greens, and a yam instead of a sweet potato. I loved the splash of lime juice.

Here is a look at the first weeks recipes Click Here if I have got your curiosity up.  I am also trying to stay active, so today I ventured out into the garden.  It was a sunny 48 degrees.  It felt lovely and I got several of my BIG roses pruned in preparation to putting in the fence, that we must add for the pool.
The pool is finally done.  It is all closed up and buttoned down for the rest of the winter, but oh my we have a lot of gardening to do and arrange.  This kind of work out though, I do enjoy!


Just a little something from Judy said...

This looks like my kind of eating plan. Thank you for the heads up on the plan and for the soup recipe. Aside from the collards, this looks like a recipe we would like, and the smoothies. I am going to visit this website.

Missed you and your photography and art:)

podso said...

The soup looks delicious and so healthy. It reminds me of a stew with tomatoes and peanut butter, or the Williamsburg peanut soup with chicken. Thanks for all the interesting diet info. Your weather sounds very good!!!

Sara said...

Looks good; I just saw this over on Podso's blog and came here to get the recipe. I'll be trying this out real soon.


Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I'm just stopping by from Podso's and this soup looks delicous! I am going to hve to check out this eating plan. Thank you so much.

Knitting Mania said...

Yummmm...the soup looks really good, I'm trying it too!


Gwendolyn said...

There's always such sunshine and cheer here in your blog! Keeps us "holding on" until spring!

The soup looks fabulous!

Vee said...

Not dieting, but not eating. Just haven't felt like eating. This looks like very healthful eating and I'll be waiting to hear more from you about it.

Now, would you believe, that my sister and I were just discussing the flowers I see in your header. Not the tulips, the other light pink. They've been featured prominently in both arrangements here at the house, though neither of us knows what they are.

Anonymous said...

This is exactly why I am glad to find your blog again!! I caught up on your Christmas and your January! I loved the thought of "nurturing". Your blog is better than my new magazine I have not opened! love to you, friend!

Barbara said...

Looks good. Hope you achieve your objective Cindy.

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