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Pintrest Recipe Roundup Week 1

Healthy Pintrest Recipie Roundup

In the past few weeks I’ve really started trying to take a closer look at how I am eating (ignore my Insta post of an already half eaten box of Girl Scout cookies…). I’ve been quite upset about my most recent flare up with my shoulder injury, which has set off my worst chronic pain symptoms. I know, you are probably like, “Wait… how does this have anything to do with your diet?”

Without getting into the internal chemistry or topics regarding how food can cause inflammation etc. it simply breaks down to the fact that even with my successes with Farrells Kickboxing a year ago, I have gained a net 40 lbs in the past 4 years. Its one of those things that I’ve accepted, as I spent a majority of those years focusing on getting control of my mental health and dealing with a myriad of other physical ailments which took up my full attention span.

Now 4 years later, my confidence in my self is SOOO MUCH BETTER than it was 40 lbs ago, but no matter what confidence I have in myself now, the fact remains that by gaining these 40 lbs, I’m essentially asking my body to carry the equivalent of 2 large bags of dog food around on a daily basis. And with my sensitive and weaker back muscles, this was eventually going to catch up to me… and I have to admit that it finally has. As much as I want to call myself “cosmetically overweight” (Thanks for coining this Louie C.K.!) since my other health metrics such as blood pressure, blood sugars, etc. are in the excellent range on my last physical, I can’t keep demanding my poor damaged back to continue lugging this weight around.

In an effort to be healthier and start losing this weight, I’ve started to actually dig into my “Healthy Food” pintrest board that I constantly hoard recipes on, but don’t often re-visit. There are tons of recipes out there, and not all of them are a hit, or easy to make. That said, I’m going to start posting links to my favorite Pins with a quick review of each so you can find those that work best for you!

Pintrest Recipe Roundup Week 1

chicken baking for Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese found on KalynsKitchen.com

Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto & Cheese

This recipe from Kayln’s Kitchen is fantastic! I made it with a few swaps, using chicken tenders instead of full breasts, plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream, milk instead of eggs, and breadcrumbs instead of almond meal. Following this recipe and using these swaps, it comes out to 5 Smart Points for weight watchers when divided into 4 portions. I served this with roasted vegetables and rosemary potatoes.

simple roasted butternut squash recipe, how to make lasagna from scratchButternut Squash Lasagna (with Turkey Sausage)

OMG this recipe from Julia’s Album is to die for! Not only is the picture droolworthy, but Damir (who adamantly claims to hate squash in all forms) ate half of the pan in one sitting. I call this a definite win! Two pieces of this recipe rings up at 8 Smart Points if you follow her recipe exactly. I added 4 links of Sweet Italian sausages, but instead of using the full sausage, I split the casing of the sausage length wise and pulled the meat out, then cooked it as ground turkey and sprinkled a bit of the cooked turkey sausage into each layer. Adding the sausage brings two pieces up to 11 points, but is still absolutely worth every bite.

Crispy-Outside Creamy-Inside Garlic Herb Potatoes. Quite possibly the BEST POTATOES / SIDE DISH EVER. | hostthetoast.com

Crispy-Outside Creamy-Inside Garlic Herb Potatoes

You will absolutely not regret making this recipe from Host the Toast! I have been pretty one-note with my potato skills… usually I dice up baby potatoes and use a bit of olive oil and fresh rosemary to spice it up then just bake in the oven. This takes a little more work to prep but is more than worth the time spent, it literally lives up to its name of crispy-outside and creamy inside. I made 1 lbs of potatoes instead of the 1.5 the recipe calls for, and splitting that 4 ways worked out to 7 Smart points per serving. Split her full recipe by 6 to get the same points values.

Hasselback chicken stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and basil is a new way to enjoy chicken for dinner tonight from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Caprese Hasselbeck Baked Chicken

While I didn’t exactly follow this recipe from Walking on Sunshine Recipes, it was my inspiration for a slightly different version. I halved my chicken breasts so I had 4 pieces of chicken at half the thickness, make the hasslebeck slits and filled them with thin slices of mozzarella cheese and sliced tomatoes, then spread a thin layer of basil pesto over the top. Using the 2 breasts, 4 oz of cheese and 4 Tbs of pesto, it comes out to 6 points per serving (4 servings).

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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