Jackfruit Seed

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We finished the Jackfruit and saved the seeds.

My husband told me we were eating food of the long ago people

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Recipe

Spread the fresh jackfruit seeds out on a baking sheet and let dry overnight.  (They can get moldy if they are in a heap)

bake at 350

Bake at 350F for 1hour and 15min or until seed inside the skin is light brown. (not quite the colour of an almond)
No salt no oil


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Remove the outer skin.

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Eat.  Enjoy.

Jackfruit Seed Benefits

benefits of jackfruit seeds click here to go to website

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-jackfruit-seeds-for-skin-hair-and-health/

Jackfruit Seeds Benefits For Skin:

This yummy tasting fruit’s seeds can actually help you get yummy-looking skin. Here are the benefits that jackfruit seeds offer to your skin:

1. Fights wrinkles:

Take a seed of jackfruit and keep it dipped in cold milk for a while. Grind it well and apply softly on your wrinkles. It is believed to work on wrinkles in just about four-five weeks time. Apply regularly for best results.

2. Helps get a glowing complexion:

Jackfruit seeds can be consumed directly. It helps prevent constipation as it is high on fiber content. This in turn helps clear constipation. A detoxified system is the first and foremost thing for a glowing complexion.

3. Flawless skin:

Jackfruit seed is used to get a flawless skin. You just need to soak the dry seed with some milk and honey and grind it into a fine paste. Now apply this paste on your face evenly and let it dry completely. Wash it off to get a flawless skin within minutes.

[ Read: Benefits of Soaked Almonds ]

Jackfruit Seeds Benefits For Health:

Jackfruit seeds have a very high nutrient value. They are even used for treating a number of ailments. Here are the top general health benefits of jackfruit seeds:

1. High in protein:

Jackfruit seeds are high in protein. You can consume the seeds by adding them to different dishes that you cook. It can replace lentils in your daily diet.

[ Read: Sea Salt ]

2. Anti-cancer nutrients:

Jackfruit seeds have a lot of phytonutrients that help fight cancer.

3. Comfort from indigestion:

The powdered jackfruit seeds can help get instant relief from indigestion. You may sun-dry jackfruit seeds and then grind it to get powder or use the one available in the market.

Jackfruit Seeds Benefits For Hair

Jackfruit seeds have been proved beneficial for hair as well. They promote good hair health. Read on to know more about these benefits:

1. Promotes hair growth:

Jackfruit seeds promote healthy blood circulation. Now proper blood circulation is extremely important for good hair growth. Hence it promotes hair growth.

[ Read: Peppermint Oil ]

2. Vitamin A:

Jackfruit seeds are high on vitamin A, which is the one of the most important vitamins for hair health as it prevents dry and brittle hair.

3. Healthy digestion:

Once again, healthy digestion is important for good hair. If your digestive system has a problem, it may affect your liver which in turn may give rise to hair fall. Jackfruit seeds promote healthy digestion and hence keep your liver and your hair fall under check.

Valentines Day is Everyday

Today my husband and I took a drive into the city to find some good eats.  We bought a jackfruit and some sugar cane for $40.  That is about how much we would spend on dinner out.  As we ate it for supper, all the while laughing and enjoying each others company, I said to myself:

“Self, this is it.  This is your valentines day because

EVERYDAY

should be Valentine’s Day and I am not waiting”

Lunch

Benefits of Jackfruit:

1.Low Fat – Jackfruit has very low content of saturated fat. This is one fact that proves that jackfruit does not aid in weight gain. The fruit contains almost nil amounts of fat. The fruit can be consumed in large amounts without fearing to gain weight. Jackfruit is a good option for people who want to lose weight or get in a good shape.

2.Low Sodium – Jackfruit has very low sodium content. This also helps to lose weight. Thus, the low sodium content proves that jackfruit does not aid in weight gain. Weight gain happens when you consume high amount of sodium. The low sodium fruit is a good diet option for people who want to lose weight fast. Thus, eating jackfruit is absolutely healthy.

3.High Fibre – Jackfruit has good fibre content. The fibre helps to break down fat layers and reduce the fat in the body. Fibre content also helps in digestion of food and clearing the digestive system. Fibre helps to boost energy in the body and stimulate the body processes. Thus, jackfruit is a healthy choice for people who want to lose weight.

4.Nutrients and minerals – Jackfruit is rich in many vitamins, minerals and nutrients required by our body. Jackfruit can be helpful for detoxifying our body. These healthy nutrients do not cause weight gain. Hence, this fruit is not responsible for any extra kilos added to our body. Instead, jackfruit is a healthy food which has many other nutritional benefits for the skin, hair and body. Jackfruit is indeed a jack of all health benefits.

Read more at: http://www.boldsky.com/health/diet-fitness/2014/jackfruit-for-weight-loss-20140207135632.html

Tonight I am cooking up the seed and will leave another post in recipes.

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We love sugar cane!  So do the children!
 

Benefits of Sugar Cane:

http://www.processedfreeamerica.org/resources/health-news/535-raw-sugarcane-juicenatures-perfect-wonder-food

  • It cures a sore throat, cold and flu.
  • Unlike table sugar, it has no simple sugars. Diabetics can therefore enjoy it without worrying about soaring blood sugar levels (those with type 2 diabetes should still have limited sugarcane juice).
  • It provides glucose to the body, burned by the muscles to provide the body natural energy. It re-hydrates the human body fatigued from heat and physical activity. It’s known to boost performance in athletes and manual laborers.
  • It’s recommended for fevers which cause great protein loss from the body. Liberal consumption of sugarcane juice provides the body with protein during febrile disorders. It also brings down high body temperatures during fevers.
  • It’s an ideal thirst quencher and cooling drink during summers. It keeps the body hydrated.
  • The easily digestible sugar in sugarcane juice helps in speedy recovery from jaundice. The steep fall in glucose levels during jaundice; may be replenished by having 3 to 4 glasses of sugarcane juice daily.
  • It’s good for the digestive system and also helps with constipation because of its high potassium content.
  • It has a wide range of compounds in addition to sucrose which bestows it with wound healing properties and strengthens the immune system.
  • Regular intake of sugarcane juice strengthens the stomach, kidneys, heart, eyes, brain and sex organs.
  • It lowers body cholesterol- both LDL and triglycerides
  • It makes your eyes cross heheheh

 

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She also goes bananas for bananas!

So I know that I (The ‘Determined’ Housewife) have not blogged for a while. I’ve had some ups and downs in the last two weeks. From struggling with misbehaving kids, unsuccessful job hunting, financial difficulties, emotional days and just dealing with everyday stresses. I had even put on 3lbs back on, luckily I have dropped them again plus an extra half a pound. What is funny is that my husband who is eating the same foods as I am is also loosing weight, which dont get me wrong is super fantastic, however he keeps staying just a pound under me everytime! Very frustrating when all I want is to weigh less than my husband. Its kind of fun though and we sometimes end up play fighting about it which is good for our marriage and our souls.

One of the things I want to talk abut this week is the struggle of affording healthy food. I cannot believe how difficult it is to eat healthily! As I mentioned we have been going through some financial difficulties, so now buying the right foods is NOT easy by a long shot. No wonder there is so much obesity problems, its cheaper to buy a loaf of bread and a jar of Nutella than it is to buy a couple different bags of fruit! Its cheaper to buy a box of granola bars than it is to buy some salad items. Nuts are expensive and so is Avo. I am lucky to have two children who love their fruits and vegetables, so we are always trying to keep stock of it, however its cheaper to make a pasta than it is to make a skinless chicken breast and vegetables. How crazy is that! So the last two weeks there hasnt been too much ‘healthy’ eating in my household, I have still tried to keep portion control a big part of it and we have been eating a little earlier than usual which is also good (with no snacking after our last meal). It helps when we put up the guard rail upstairs, no one wants to climb over it to go get anything 😛

I went to the shop the other day to buy Milk, cucumbers, 2 tins of cat food, banana’s, 1 pack of bacon a small pack of mince and 3 jars of bodywash and it cost me $42! Talk about feeling like you should be putting something back! We needed it all though and I just prayed that it wouldnt decline my card, how embarrassing would that be!

I know my post is a little scattered this week but alot has been going on, I havent seen Rachel for exercising and havent been getting much done on the home front either. My car hasnt been warming up nearly as fast as it should be and I drove 32km for an interview yesterday and by the time I got there, I could not feel my fingers or toes. Hubby checked and I need anti-freeze (which we cannot currently afford), trying to find a job has not been an easy task (even applied at the grocery store in hopes of just having something, apparently I’m not good enough to work in a grocery store), I’ve been an emotional wreck due to all of this and my kids have been driving me insane too.

All in all, its been a terrible two weeks and I’m just feeling down in the dumps. 

Here’s to hoping things get better

Much Love: The ‘Determined’ Housewife

Ode to Stretch Marks – The scars of a fat housewife

Ode to Stretch Marks

Photo on 2014-02-03 at 11.44 #2Stretch marks Stretch marks how I loathe thee so

You have marked my body for everyone to know

I was once a fat girl hiding in my clothes

With your shiny silver appearance I feel like everyone knows

Pink, Purple and sometimes blue

Your faded colour has scarred me it’s true

No one can see the stretch marks on my brain

But the memories of hiding still remain

Laser, Tummy Tuck or Creams with boiled flesh in it

Maybe it’s time to just be zen with it

A reminder or a Battle Scar I need to choose

With a smile and a shrug I know I have nothing to lose

The bikini might wait for another day

But I am who I am no matter what way!

 

Much Love to my stretch marks,

The “Plateaued” Housewife

Confidence

I am repeating myself but Marcus Messiah Garvey (whom is a freedom fighter, the smartest person I have ever heard of and was fat) said: marcus_garvey_mdm

“If you haven’t confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started. ”

I can recall a time in my life around the age of 13 we were doing a debate about electrical power usage and its effect on the environment.  The teacher put me on the side of the environment and as I researched I experienced an epiphany.  I can’t remember the exact numbers I had worked out but I discovered that if every women in our town gave up using their curling iron we would see a dramatic change in electrical usage.  My teacher said the point was invalid because the goal was impossible.  I vowed that day never to use my curling iron again to prove that it could be done.  I realize now that that event started my journey into opposing vanity.  I gave up make-up and hair styling and magazine looking.

I had never been the pretty girl or the girl the boys looked at.  I can honestly say my husband was the first man to tell me I was beautiful (of course my dad also but he isn’t a boy he is my dad).  We met when I was in my late 20s.  Now I look back and realize it wasn’t that men didn’t find me attractive it was that I didn’t find myself attractive.  I blamed my weight.  I blamed all my problems on my weight it became a great excuse.

Also I never liked getting my photo taken and would often delete them from mine and other peoples cameras because I didn’t like the way I looked.  It is a joke I played on my mom that I would hide all the framed pictures she had of me.  I secretly went into my husbands photo albums and removed all of the pictures of myself.  I avoided looking at myself and would openly say I didn’t care and that no one else should either.

Years ago after 3 kids I was visiting my dad and I think that he was in a mood.  He asked why I was taking so long to fix my teeth (which I broke off at 10 falling off my bike) he said:

“You know just because you are married doesn’t mean you can be ugly

Don’t be upset with my dad because he was right.  I think about his advise everyday.  I rejected vanity by being lazy about my appearance.  I was lazy about my appearance because I didn’t have the confidence to be pretty.

Last year I hit bottom really hard.  I often found myself unable to leave the house because I couldn’t stop crying.  Now I realize that I had robbed myself of my identity, my relationships with people (including my husband), my sex drive (sorry to be graphic) and my desire for life.  There were times I would get in the car and just want to drive and never stop.  I found myself googling:

how to get more confidence”

One blog that I read said don’t be lazy about your appearance.  If you need to put on some make-up to make you feel better put some make-up on, if you need to lose weight do it lose the weight, dress nice, brush your hair everyday, and look in the mirror every time you can

I never looked in the mirror!

I hated what I saw and I would say that only vain people looked in the mirror.  I remember vowing to never look unless I had to.  Try brushing your teeth without looking in the mirror.  This lead to many incidents of wearing clothes with stains, baby spit-up, food drippings, etc and never knowing until my husband would say “Are you wearing that?  It isn’t clean.”  or on one trip to the big city a stranger asked what corner I squeegeed on.  I WAS apathetic and lazy about how I looked because I didn’t think I should care or want to care.

The advise in those blogs also mentioned look at what you love about yourself.  All I saw was fat.  I had to work so hard to pick myself up and feel better.   I forced myself to look in the mirror everyday.  I wanted to feel better.  Thanks to the patience, good advise and love of my friends I was able to focus on weight loss instead of hiding from it.  I started looking in the mirror with honest eyes and was surprised that I didn’t look as horrible as I thought.  The exercising and diet were working and my body was getting smaller.  I was accomplishing my goals and growing stronger for it.  I often question whether I am a happier person now because of a little make-up and weight loss or whether I get more oxygen to the brain or was it taking time and pride in myself?

It is an ongoing battle I still don’t feel “Trophy Wife” confident but at least I know that it is not my weight that is holding me back but instead a state of mind.  If I can overcome my weight than I can over come this too!

I can win this race before I begin.

With love,

The “Plateaued” Housewife

Having a bit of a rest day

So not many will agree on having a day of ‘rest’, I know what is coming this week though, how much I am going to push myself to do better.  I already started yesterday by doing 50 minutes on the Elliptical! I started and got to 20 minutes, thought to myself, I can do 30, got to 30 and thought, I can get to 40 and finally got to 50 minutes before calling it quits. I found that listening to the right music definitely helped, something fast paced with a awesome beat! It helped me carry on. I think I need to make a workout playlist for sure!

They are totally worth having a day of rest for :)

They are totally worth having a day of rest for 🙂

I decided for today to be a ‘rest’ day, but it wasn’t all sitting on my rear and stuffing my face. I have still been pretty darn good about the calories I have eaten, drank lots of water, cleaned my house while still hanging out with my family and playing with my kids. Sometimes you have to just sit back and enjoy the small things.

That’s it from me for today.  Hope you all had an amazing weekend and have a wonderful, successful and motivational week ahead of you.

 

Much Love: The ‘Determined’ Housewife

A Change in Diet can mess with your system

This blog is about the real truth behind what we are doing to lose weight. Our ups and downs, the good and the bad, so here is another tidbit, albeit a little embarrassing to talk about.

Friday was definitely hard on us with the difficulty of measuring each other and not seeing any big change in our weight. I could definitely feel that the drastic change in my diet was messing with my regularity if you get what I mean. I was definitely messed up and not being as regular as I usually was. I also felt the tightening in my hands/fingers and ankles (water retention), I got myself a natural laxative and my doctor prescribed me some mild water tablets. So Friday afternoon I had taken my water tablets and had taken 2 laxatives before bed. Thanks to the water tablets for keeping me running to the loo like a pregnant lady for the rest of the day and night, lol.

I woke up this morning, did the deed, carried on with the usual routine which included climbing on the scale nude. (I was always told that the best time to weigh yourself was in the morning after you have gone to the toilet and to stand on the scale nude) so thats’ what I did. At first I looked and was about to sigh in frustration when I had to rub my eyes in disbelief! Holy Moly! I had lost 3lbs/1.3kg since Friday morning! So I was certainly more happy today than yesterday!

This is why I say, you need to get to know your body. I figured I was retaining water and that I was constipated because of diet change! This is not to say that living off water tablets and laxatives are the answer, not by a long shot! If however, you feel that you need one of these to help relieve you, there is no shame in that!

Here are my totals for you, my latest including this mornings weight loss.

Since 10 January 2014, I have lost a total of: 7lbs/3.17kg

Since April last year (at my heaviest) including the last two weeks, I have lost a total of: 13.5lbs/6.12kg

I am very proud! I am very motivated! 

I am The ‘Determined’ Housewife!