Creative Ice Cube Hacks

Creative Ice Cube Hacks

I don’t know if I’m just trying to cool down from this hot summer or what, but I am really intrigued by the ideas I found using ice trays and freezing different things for your everyday use. These are just a few of the Creative Ice Cube Hacks I found.

I love the relief aloe vera gives on my sunburns, but a frozen aloe vera cube sounds so soothing and exactly what a sunburn needs, a cooling of that hot skin.

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Reduced Calorie Taco Salad

Who doesn’t love TACO SALAD?! In fact, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a little Mexican food now and then. My problem is that I could eat it everyday. There’s just something about the combinations of ingredients and it’s such a comfort food. Because I like to eat this kind of food often and I’m trying to eat better I decided to try a lighter version of my typical taco salad and you know what? It was just as good. Seriously!

I love this lighter version.

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My Struggle With IBS

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*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IBS in America, however, all experiences are my own and may not be representative of everyone’s experience.”

I was made aware of a very comprehensive survey called IBS in America not too long ago and I immediately became interested because of my struggle and wanted to be involved.

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Health Changes and Steel Cut Oats

A month or so ago I posted about my goal for this year.  You can find it here.  I didn’t mention much other than I want to become a better and healthier me.  I thought I would share how I’m trying to change my eating habits.  At my age I am pretty in tune with my body and I know what works and what doesn’t work.  Here’s a few things I know:

  • I can’t go cold turkey off of Diet Dr. Pepper.
  • I am an evening muncher which is very hard to change for me.
  • I need to make gradual changes.

So, to start this year and become more healthy I am trying to change a few things at a time and not changing everything all at once.  This is what works best for me.  Right now I am pretty much eating like I normally do except:

  • Instead of the usual dessert or snacks I eat after dinner I’m eating fruit, popcorn, or a small salad.  I hope to eventually get to where I don’t eat after 7:00.
  • I am gradually, very gradually, decreasing my Diet Dr. Pepper consumption and increasing my water intake.
  • I am purchasing lighter or fat free options at the store (sour cream, milk, cottage cheese, salad dressing, etc.)
  • I am eating breakfast every day; something I didn’t do before.
  • I am doing a 10 minute cardio workout everyday or walking.

These are my first changes.  I will be doing more here soon.  I wanted to make the above a habit before moving on.  My next steps:

  • Increasing my workouts to 20 minutes.
  • Counting calories.
  • Eat only one dessert a day.

A few months ago, Jessica was telling me about Steel Cut Oats.  Have you heard of these?  It’s whole oats cut in small pieces.  Highly nutritious, high in fiber and low in fat with virtually no sugar or sodium.  I found some in the bulk food section at Winco Foods and got three cups  (12 servings cooked) for less than a dollar so I gave them a try.  I find that it’s more filling and better tasting than rolled oats and it’s got a nutty taste that I really like.   It does take about 20 minutes to cook but it’s worth it.

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