Archive | December 2012

Naturally Optimistic ~ Chapter 1

I am truly an eternally optimistic person.  We are all our worst critics, I know, but I must say that I can be optimistic to a fault, at times.

Case in point:  I have some health issues that are limbo now, and I am cautiously prayerful and optimistic that God will get me through this rough patch and all will be well, in the end. ~~~ Praise report:  I have been cleared of the bad report that was pending, and I am so very thankful!!

On the flip side, I am kicking myself for being optimistic about a relationship that died long ago, due to immaturity and lack of focus on both our parts.  Why?  Well, that’s where the hopeless romantic in me comes into play.

You see, I am not only your run of the mill, glass half-full optimist.  I am a hopelessly, hopeless romantic.  Did I say hopeless?  I have been blessed with this innate quality (since I was a very young girl) of loving the unlovable, missing the unworthy, and trusting the sketchy.

Now that I’m full-grown, I have been blessed with wisdom and patience, among other qualities.  In hindsight, I wonder if one of the reasons why my last two relationships were unsuccessful is because of the secret that I hold deep in the pit of my heart.  I have found myself telling a girlfriend that I haven’t truly experienced love, at least not in the appropriate sense of the word.  I now know that, as dysfunctional as it was at the time, I have been loved and felt love for a man, only once.  I have uttered those three little words to several, but I am certain that I have only felt it once.  Of course, I have crushed on a few, been infatuated on occasion, and even lusted after one or two.  True love, though, is few and far between. 

Am I really saying this?  Even though it has taken me a whole week to finalize this post, I must admit that full disclosure comes so easy when you can hide behind a computer monitor.  Now, ask me if I am ready to admit this to my lover??  Not quite.

To be continued…

Nita

Natural Detoxification

Today marks day 1 of my detox.  Depending on how my body responds, I may detox for the next week (12/17 – 12/23).  I will drink my detox tea 3 times a day, along with a cup of broth in the morning, mid-day, and in the evening.  I will also drink water throughout the day.  Since I am not able to stay home throughout this detox (as some die-hard advocates of quarterly and annual detoxification are subject to do), I will eat baked fish with my evening cup of broth.  I still need to have enough energy to function!

Last night, I purchased some herbal tea (EveryDay Detox; Traditional Medicinals) from the grocery store.  In the past, I have tried detox pills and teas.  Both seem to do the trick aka Project Clean.  One specific tea that I have tried works too well for my liking.  I will only return to that one to get rid of bloating or clean me out when I have a gathering to attend within several days.  It works that well.

I haven’t tried this specific detox tea before, but I have read very good reviews online.  The manufacturer recommends drinking 2-3 cups of this tea daily for up to 6 weeks, with a one-week break before consuming it again.

Here are the ingredients:

Roasted organic chicory root

Roasted organic dandelion root

Schisandra fruit dry extract

Organic schisandra fruit

Organic lycium fruit dry extract

A proprietary blend of the following:  organic licorice root, organic ginger rhizome, organic star anise fruit, and organic kukicha twig

I will have to do my research on the effects that these ingredients have on our digestive system.  As this is a reputable manufacturer and my faith lies in God, I’m taking the leap!!  Mama’s gotta get this body back in tip-top shape!!

Nita

Naturally Me Series

You will start to notice that a lot of my posts will follow the mantra that I originally intended ~ my journey to all things natural.  I will put numerous spins on the word natural.  These posts will kick off a new Naturally Me series as I embark on a quest to conquer my vices and find out what makes me who I really am.  What are my passions and ideologies?  As a 30-something year old mother of three, there is no better time than the present to delve into what makes me tick and how I can become a better me.  I am all about reflection at the present time.  I have literally spent my whole life, from as far back as I can remember, constantly mindful of how my actions will affect everyone around me.  This could be considered an honorable quality, but it has been a burr in my side for many years.  I have let opportunities pass me by, because someone asked me not to make a certain choice or told me that they knew it wasn’t the right choice for me.  In retrospect, I know that all of the decisions that I have made in my life have built character and helped me to become the woman I am today; however, I am determined to begin living for me.

There are some holistic things that I would like to try (yoga, Ayurvedic remedies, etc), as well.

Nita

Naturally Delicious ~ Chicken Stew

I decided to make chicken stew on Sunday.  It was super easy to cook, and it’s a hit with my youngest (my toughest critic)!

Ingredients:

1T oil of your choice (I use canola)

1lb ground chicken (ground turkey will also work, but I am in love with ground chicken right now)

1lb white potatoes, peeled and cut into 2in chunks

1lb carrots (I used baby carrots, so there was no peeling and cutting involved)

16oz low-sodium chicken broth + 16oz water

Season to taste

Directions:

1. Heat oil in the bottom of a stock pot on medium heat.

2. Add chicken to pot and brown for approximately 5 minutes.

3. Add seasoning to chicken and stir.

4. Add potatoes, carrots, broth, and water.  Stir over medium-high heat occasionally, until boiling.

5. Once the liquid starts boiling, cover and reduce the heat to medium-low.

6.  The stew should simmer until the potatoes are fork-tender, approximately 15 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.

That’s it!  I won’t be able eat such starchy vegetables after this week, but this stew is so good right now!  It is just on time for the cooler weather we are experiencing in Texas.

What types of cold-weather meals do you like to make?

Nita

Scandal in Review

Finally, we have a modern love story with a forbidden romance in primetime television.  Not just any forbidden romance, either.  The lead characters, Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant and Olivia Pope, have a taboo romance, because Fitz is the President of the US (married with children), and Olivia was a leader of his campaign staff.  Yes, we’ve seen many stories such as this, in reality.  No, I don’t condone such behavior; in fact, it is obviously much more enjoyable to watch a fantasy relationship such as this, than to witness it in real life.  Aside from that, Fitz is Caucasian and Olivia is African-American.  Yes, there have been movies and shows over the years that have delved into multi-cultural romance, but I don’t recall ever seeing such steamy scenes!  I suppose I live vicariously through these characters.  I am such a hopeless romantic.

The ABC show airs on Thursday nights at 9PM Central time, and it is in its second season.  The winter finale will air next Thursday night (December 13th).

This show is superb, in my opinion.  The show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes (also creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice), and its writers have done an awesome job.  Olivia Pope works in Crisis Management.  She is the ultimate fixer (along with her team of five, now four), solving major dilemmas that run the gamut, from helping a battered wife get away from her abusive husband (who just happens to be a major dictator), without losing custody of her children, to assisting a well-decorated serviceman when he is falsely accused of murdering his fiancé.  The character of Oliva Pope is loosely based on an actual job maintained by several individuals.  The racy spin that Rhimes and her writers put on this role makes for monumental primetime entertainment, indeed.

The script is so believable, yet it still allows the mind to wander enough for my liking.  After a long day that consists of dealing with the ordinary and sometimes mundane, it truly benefits my psyche to delve into such enthralling television.  This is a must-see!

Nita