Low carb, One meal at a time.

So, back in December I had a doctors appointment . Due to my thyroid not functioning and taking hormone replacement. I spoke to her about all my aches and anxiety and depression. Also how my weight has sky rocketed and not being able to lose any pounds. Like my weight has just froze and my metabolism is absolutely dead.

To make all matters worse she began telling me that I was (obese) no shit! That my fat was hurting me and that all my problems were due to my fatness.

Of course I knew this. My whole life I have been over weight. But never minded the pounds or that I was fat shamed and bullied. I always had a high self-esteem.

I never thought that as an adult I would suffer the consequences of bad eating habits and bad food choices. And the food I was introduced my whole life from my mother.

It seems that once you hit your late twenties you hit a plateau and everything starts to ache and you can’t lose weight.

Well I figured that I should stop eating carbohydrates because they are not good for me. I’ve tried many diets and recently I have looked into the #Ketogenic diet. Which is pretty much no carbohydrates. You eat fat to lose fat.

Yeah, sounds controversial! I’m barely getting the hang of it by doing lots of research.

This here is what I eat in a day for breakfast or lunch. Eggs with mozzarella cheese, ham, avocado which is a staple in Keto because it is high in healthy fats. And just a home made salsa.

  • Basically a #Ketogenic diet is a type of very low carbohydrate diet designed to force your body to burn fat instead of glucose for energy. This process produces ketones.
  • Carbohydrate is your Body’s main fuel. It breaks it down into glucose.
  • Without the consumption of carbohydrates your body turns to using protein for fuel.
  • Your body will then get into Ketosis which means that your body is in a state where it doesn’t have glucose available to use energy, so it switches into a state where molecules called Ketones which are made during fat metabolism.
  • Ketones can be used for energy, they can be used instead of glucose for most energy needed.

Many people who are on the Ketogenic diet measure if they are in ketosis with urine test strips to see if they are producing ketones.

I personally am not doing that. What I do is try not to consume more than 20 grams of carbs. And have no sugar at all. As of December till now I have lost 10lbs YAY! For me.

I’ll see how my diet goes. I don’t plan to call it a diet. I want to adapt this as a long-term lifestyle.

Have a great day!

Beef fajitas with pepper and onions. On a bed of steamed broccoli. Topped with cheddar cheese and sour cream.

I am not a professional doctor or recommend to anyone. Please consult a medical professional before doing any changes to your dietary restrictions. This is only a personal thing.

Loss and grief

December 15, 2017 we received a call from Mexico. The unexpected news that my father in law had passed away.

My husband was at work and called me to let me know. My husband is a very hardworking man. He could have the worse symptoms of a cold and never miss a day of labor. This news to him was no different.

He continued his day like any other.

I in the other hand was an anxious ball ready to burst. Worried about how my husband would cope with the loss of his father? How would I be able to comfort him in the loss of his best friend.

My husband was fortunate to grow up with his father and mother back in Mexico. I in the other hand, grew up with my mother in which she is my father and mother to me. And means the world to me.

On the left is my husbands mother Julia and the little kid is my daughter. In the center is Jorge my husband and on the far right is my husbands father his name was Marcelino. This was a photo from my first visit to Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

But my husband still has his mom who is also sadly struggling with the loss of her husband and companion of a long time.

How does one cope with the loss of a loved one that you love so much? How do you tell your husband that you feel his pain and that you are there to support him?

Honestly you can. But only that person understands their pain. I see my husband and can see a change from humor or just him not wanting to do anything. The other day he said “I lost part of my heart”

It saddens me because I have never lost a loved one close to me. Or because I see death in a different way. I understand that we live to die. Because we don’t belong to earth. Our home is in heaven with god. He is ultimately the one that decides our eternal home. The only thing we have is memories that can be treasured.

My husband was unable to go see his father for the last time. The town where his parents live lack resources and burry the dead the following day. There is no autopsy performed. They just prepare him for his burial by viewing his body and praying the whole night and the next day is taken to the cemetery to bury. He passed away on a Friday.

We searched for airlines that would fly him out the same night but no one did and the only arrival day was on Sunday. It would be to late. He sent his mom monetary help and plans to go later on this month to spend time with his mother and sisters.

When a loved one is not physically here it must be so painful to not be able to hear them or talk to them. But one fact is for sure grief is the hardest and most painful circumstance that we encounter as a human being.

Our love ones need our understanding and compassion. Let’s hug our loved ones tighter everyday and tell them how much they mean to you.

I want to thank my father in law for a great hospitality when I met him for the first time. He was around 80yrs old here and was a lean machine moving and working. Now I know where my husband gets it from. I hope he is resting peacefully.

Goodbye, November

As, we close another month and welcome the last month of the year. I want to share what I am thankful for.

Health

I am thankful for being healthy and alive. Aside from my thyroid acting up. I still haven’t seen a specialist. But I will in December. Glad to be able to care for my family.

Family

The most important in my life is my family. My beautiful children. Can’t live with them and can’t live without them. Lol…. I love my kids so much. My mother and my hardworking husband.

Food

I mean it’s part of survival. Blessed that my family and I have a meal every day.

Roof over our Head

Thankful for a place to live.

God

Thankful, that I have found the power of Christ in scripture. After procrastinating for so long to open a bible. I now spend a part of my day with the word of Jesus. Slowly, but surely. I am, learning to understand the power of the Bible.

Blog

I am so thankful that I started this blog. It took so long for me to start it. I’ve been procrastinating. (Way too long) that’s something I really need to work on! Having this blog. Helps me connect with you and be able to relate on many of life’s lessons and issues.

I, am thankful for you too. For taking your time to read my words.

What are you guys thankful for?

Do we have any similarities?

Happy late thanksgiving!

Let the holidays role in…

PEACE AND LOVE

VICKI

Boxycharm Subscription box

Subscription boxes have been so popular in the recent years. I have unsubscribed from many because the product was not enough to even test it out. And many of the samples were repetitive and not of my liking.

I lean towards more to makeup subscriptions, because I can discover new brands and try them before purchasing the full size product.

Most of the subscriptions I have signed up for include five samples varying from skincare, hair products, makeup, lipsticks makeup tools.

A quiz is taken in the beginning to discover you’re skin type, color preference to products. Makeup subscriptions do this to be able to send products to your liking and skin color.

Recently I discovered www.boxycharm.com You guys this makeup subscription is the bomb.com they offer a month to month or you can pay for a whole year.

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Another perk I love about boxycharm,is that they reveal the products that will be sent out in the boxes. I appreciate that because just the eagerness to receive the box and to not know what will be packed annoys me.

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Xoxo,

Vicki

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Nine, Seven and Two

These numbers are the meaning of my life. They are the ages of my kids. These are the folks, I hangout with everyday.

When I became a mom, I never imagined how my life would change drastically. I mean it’s such a 360.

I can’t even remember, the last time I went to take a piss without peeing on my underwear. Or taking a dump with having an audience.

Heck! Sometimes I, don’t remember to brush my teeth. This is how it has been since becoming a mom.

When kids are babies they seem to be more manageable. At some point. Because heck, you already don’t sleep but they tend to sleep and eat and not ask for anything.

Now, all I hear is nagging, yelling, whining, crying, just noise after noise.

Sometimes, I wish my kids would understand how stressful it is to take care of them. To be able to see that Mom is tired. That I, need to sleep for five hundred years. And wake up when they are well behaved.

Then again I was just daydreaming!

Being a parent is a huge responsibility. You stop caring for yourself and care for others who don’t have a clue of their surroundings. And then you are too concerned about how everyone else is doing and you are all broken and ticking like a bomb ready to explode. Or at least that is how I feel.

After being a stay at home for almost 9 years. I have come to realize that. Nobody will care for your kids like yourself.

The dad goes to work and is not concerned of how or what is going on with the children. I can be a broken crying newborn and he doesn’t even bother to ask what’s wrong? I won’t apologize for this but

“men are assholes”

Yes, I said it. And I’m not taking it back.

Our kids are not brought to this world by one person. But by two people who fall in love.

So, man up and take charge of the kids.

Just because you’re a parent don’t treat your wife different. Yeah, she might not look like she did ten years ago. But inside she is tired, broken, lonely, screaming for help.

Yearning for someone’s touch. The need to hear that she’s okay. She’s beautiful. She’s doing great. Momma were in this together.

I tell this to you momma, if you are reading this. We’re in this together. I, feel your pain. You’re tiredness. Your anger. Your loneliness. Parenting is heartbreaking and deadly. But with the grace of god we will make it.

We will raise these little folks and one day look back and cry and say, “oh, how I miss when I couldn’t even!”

If your kid asks you to play tag, play with them. Screw dinner and the pile of dishes.

Yeah, maybe right now we feel trapped and look like zombies. but it will all be worth it. Kids are little for a certain amount of time. Enjoy all the giggles and non sense. And that booger that my son always places on my cheek.

And to those who wish not to be part of this journey? Screw them.

EAT PRAY AND BE HAPPY…

Hypothyroidism

 

It’s been months where, I have been feeling so tired and lethargic with no energy. Even if I have my 8hrs of sleep or more, I still wake up tired. Eager to just sleep and lay down. Yawning through out the whole day.

There was no way to be able to function like that. Specially with my lifestyle. I have to keep up with my three humans. When I would get stuck in traffic in the freeway I will yawn all the way home. One day I was so sleepy that my eyes would literally close. SCARY!

Two weeks ago, I went to my OBGYN. I was concerned about my right breast. I had some discharge and got so worried. I know for a fact that my youngest son just being two years old. I could possibly still have milk. I did not breastfeed any of my children. Bummer! I would had love to I tried with all three and nope. None of them latched and I wouldn’t produce any liquid gold.

She sent me out for a mammogram. The following day, I  go for the mammogram. I’m not nervous or scared. Just freaking out. your breast get flat ironed by the machine literally. They give you your results there. I was suggested to have an ultrasound after. I was a mess afterwards.

At that moment all that ran through my mind was my kids. How were they going to live without me? How was I supposed to tell them that I was going to die?

The nurse called me in again for the ultrasound. I was silently crying. She was quiet too. All I heard was the clicking from the keyboard. And just the monitor being caressed all over the breast. She finally finished and said, “ I’ll be back, I’m going to the radiologist for the results.”

The wait was eternal. I was just laying down and my mind spinning. She came in and sat down. “ you don’t have any visible bumps.” We don’t see anything! “We see some little pockets of fluid but breast always tend to have glands with some fluid in them.”

I went home and was so thankful to god. I was relieved from the fear of being diagnosed with cancer. Ladies it is so important to check your breast. No matter your age. Always self exam. Check for lumps or bums. Discharge, dimpled breast  , inverted nipple, unusual pain. Anything that you have not seen or felt. Please get it checked out.

I also had blood work done at my OBGYN appointment. Apparently to check my hormones.

Three days later. the nurse calls me and lets me know that my thyroid levels were high. And that my doctor prescribed 50mg of Sinthroid. Which treats Hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone.  And has all the following symptoms.

Major symptoms include fatigue, cold sensitivity, constipation, dry skin, and unexplained weight gain. Anxiety, depression, brain fog, memory loss.

All these years of suffering from mental illness was finally connecting to my physical pain. I’ve been through so much. Being diagnosed with hypothyroidism was like a big light in my health care. I always knew that my body was out of wack.

I was very upset. All the doctors I went through. The frustration of trying to make them understand of what I was feeling joint pain, arthritis moos swing. and all the blood work I had done. And nobody believed me. My suffering isn’t only mentally but physical too.

All the physicians Could it understand my pain. I assumed they thought I was crazy. and all but the “ you have depression!” Diagnosis!

A weight was lifted from my back.

I started the medication. Still I don’t notice any changes. The pharmacist said it could take up to three to four months to notice any improvement.

I wonder how many people are being misdiagnosed? Does anyone here have the same similar problem? Share your story with me. Always be persistent. Nobody knows our body than ourselves.

I am also doing dietary changes. Hopefully the sinthroid will help me improve my energy and I can start moving around more.

I’ve stopped consuming animal protein. For the last three weeks. For health reasons to improve my overall health. I’ll talk about that later. But so far so good.

If you have any vegan recipes I would love to hear them?

Peace and love to all of you🖤

lately, I’ve been saddened by the current tragedies around the world. I pray for everyone of us. Hug your loved ones tight. Forgive and hold no resentment. We don’t know when we can be gone.

 

Xoxo,

Vicki Moreno

 

“Life Lately”

I’ve been mia for a minute. I’m telling you back to school routine was no joke. Getting the kids back to a sleep routine was like a pack of wolves hauling all night.

Exhausting!!! Not only that. but not even a week into school. kids got a cold, runny nose, fever. And to top it off. I catched the coodies too. And little guy too. 

Los Angeles, California 

Here in Los Angeles it’s been excruciating hot. Over the 90 degrees and being sick. Not a good combo. 

Can’t even sleep at night the kids are coughing up. It’s hot. The little one is napping during the day and wakes up at 1:00 am and goes back to sleep at 5:00 am.

Life couldn’t be better. How was back to school for you and your family?

Have you ever been sick during summer?

Summer is almost over. What are your plans to end summer? 

Stay hydrated if it’s hot in your part of the world.

Xoxo 

Vicki 

10 Things I am grateful for


Sometimes we overlook at our life, and complain about the most irrelevant things. But it’s really the smallest things that go unnoticed. That we should be grateful for.

We are caught up with the stress of our every day life. Weather from our jobs, relationships, debt, social media, lifestyle, traffic, worrying of others life’s. The thing is we just completely forget that we have a great life.

But have you ever sat down and thought of the beauty of nature, family, being healthy, have a source of income?

I thank god everyday. 

I know that I have days where I complain even about the sun being so hot, that my kids are annoying. That I’m too fat. 

I’m really just being inconsiderate. not thinking that, I should be grateful for being able to see and feel. And be able to breathe.

Here I will share 10 things that I am grateful for.

Share 10 things you are grateful for. In the comments.

  1. I am grateful to be able to wake up every morning.
  2. I am grateful to be able to see daylight and nature.
  3. I am grateful for my children. That they are healthy. And family.
  4. I am grateful to have a roof over my head.
  5. I am grateful that we have the food and water. To nourish our body.
  6. I am grateful for the jobs of my husband and his sacrifice he does for us.
  7. I am grateful for coffee because this momma needs 10,000 energy boost every day.
  8. I am grateful for my hands and feet. My tools to do everything I do.
  9. I am grateful for life’s challenges because it makes me grow and become who I am.
  10. I am grateful for being you. Because you are touching the world with your presence.

Xoxo, Vicki

Back to school 

My kids start school next Tuesday! YES!

But I’m still home with my toddler. Which is like having five kids. He’s very active and non stop.

I’m going to miss my two older kids. It’s funny, how I tease them that I’m so happy that they are going back to school. They get all upset.

In reality it’s the total opposite. Although they keep me accelerated with my nerves out the roof. They keep me company and make me laugh.

Back to school means waking up early and getting them ready. My kids are spoiled I still help them get dressed.

I Also have to remind them to “brush your teeth,” “comb your hair!” ” were going to be late!”

Also need to get the little one dressed and get all three in the car.

I’m sweating by the time I’m driving to school. I always lecture my kids on the way to school. “keep your hands to yourself,” ” be safe” “nobody is to touch you anywhere” “stand up to bullies.”

I really dislike bullies. Bullying damages self esteem and confidence of kids. Kids now a days are so vulnerable and don’t get help.

I was bullied through elementary and middle school. Due to my weight. But I never had a low self esteem. I brushed it off.

It hurts when my kids come crying after school. Telling me how they get picked on. I promise I will be in that school 24/7 to avoid my kids having a bad day due to a bully.

These bully kids suffer from attention and love. They don’t receive any at home. And expect others to suffer too. It starts at home.

Traffic is terrible to drop the kids off. And I get off my car and walk them to the gate and hug and kiss them. Wishing them a safe happy day.
I always see parents drop their children in the middle of the street. That scares me.

During the day I try to nap with my little one. At least 30 minutes. Then I get ready and run quick errands like market, laundry wash the car.

I also like to go to the mall or Target. Even if I don’t buy anything. I get distracted.

I also plan a quick dinner. I always make the kids a healthy smoothie for after school. They have a great appetite. So the smoothie covers a bit while I’m working on dinner.

Once dinner is finished. We work on homework. Am, I the only one that feels like I’m in school all over again?

Sometimes I just can’t figure out the homework! It’s been so long…

We shower after and watch a bit of tv. They have a cup of milk with a cookie. Brush teeth and head to bed.

For sure the first week is going to be tuff. After staying late all vacation and waking up late. There sleep will be all over the place.

How do you moms prepare for back to school? If you have any tips please feel free to share!

I want to wish all the kids a happy safe school year! 📓✏️🖍✂️📏📎

 

 

Fried Cheese Tacos (Tacos dorados de queso)

Tacos de queso dorados.

Fried cheese tacos
Do you ever go late to the grocery store and grab items you don’t need? 

Ha! Happens to me all the time. Tonight, I headed out to a local supermarket called Northgatemarket. It’s your typical Hispanic supermarket. Offering hot fresh meals and cooked meats. Fresh baked French rolls and even house made corn tortillas. 

As I came around the tortilla section. The piles of  fresh corn tortilla packages with, even a few steam patches on the plastic bag, from being packed right away. from the tortilla machine.

They come out from a conveyor belt,  and two employees grab the corn tortillas, one by one and stack around 20 tortillas in a bag. 

I suddenly thought when I go home I’m going to make fried cheese tacos.

This recipe is inexpensive and can feed an army. It’s also full filling. Many of the ingredients, I usually have as staples in my refrigerator. I hope you try this recipe and let me know what you think.

I usually calculate 3 tortillas per person. So recipe will be 5 since my family is a party of 5.

  • Corn tortillas- 10
  • Cheese- mozzarella, Monterrey Jack, Havarti or any cheese on hand.
  • 1/2 cup of oil for frying vegetable oil, I used olive oil. 
  • Sour-creme or table cream  
  • Any greens 
  • Hot sauce or salsa

Place a pan on medium heat at the oil. Once the oil start to bubble. Add the tacos to fry. Cut cheese into wedges. Place on half of tortillas fold in half and place in hot oil. 

The corn tortillas I had were fresh so they would not break. 

Usually corn tortillas that are not freshly made at the moment are hard. So wrap the amount you need in a napkin. Place in microwave and let them get a little soft. Or if you don’t use a microwave use a clean pan with nothing on. On low heat and heat until soft. Then presume by placing them in the pan.

Fry the tacos, until crispy. on one side and light golden brown. Then flip and do the same with the other side.

Place them on a plate with a napkin, to drip off any excess oil. That’s it! 

You can add any toppings. Sautéed mushrooms with onions, sautéed spinach serve with a side of rice and beans.

I added spinach and cream and hot salsa.

That was what I had in my refrigerator.