3.31.2022

Intermittent Fasting What I Eat in a Day

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I'm sharing a new Intermittent Fasting What I Eat in a Day in today's video. 


I do the 16:8 method of intermittent fasting. If you haven't seen my two-year update, I highly recommend you check it out for my full experience. 

Disclaimer: This video and article are not intended to give health advice. If you are interested in intermittent fasting, please consult your doctor first. This video is for entertainment purposes only. 

Day 1

Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Papaya avocado smoothie and a piece of buttered toast

Luncheon 12 noon baked cod with herbs and lemon, mashed sweet potato and broccoli cheese croquettes

Teatime 2:00 p.m. Oatmeal cookie and Victorian London Fog Tea (The tea was a gift from my friend, Kristin. Its so good!)

Dinner 5:00 p.m. red lentil soup with herbs, French bread and butter





Day 2

Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Cream of wheat with black berries and cream 

Luncheon 12 noon Turkey tacos with guacamole and sautรฉed zucchinis

Teatime 2:00 p.m. Black Bergamot tea and cookie dough ice cream with Allens Scottish Shortbread

Dinner 5:00 p.m. Chinese Chicken Salad

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Alison writes, "Jennifer, Thanks so much for being willing to share your journey. I began IF last January after finding your YouTube channel and have lost 45 lbs with more to go. I am currently working on my new 10 item wardrobe since none of my clothes fit anymore! I’m so excited about this and so thankful for your blog and videos.

I am wondering if you would be willing to do a video about packing for a vacation. What to pack, ideas for not overpacking for a week. Our family is going on our first since the pandemic!
Thanks for everything you do!!
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Hi Alison, that is incredible news and a major accomplishment. I'm so happy for you! Thank you for your request for a packing video. 

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I hope you enjoyed today's video. I would love to know what your favorite things are to eat in a day. 



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3.28.2022

Intermittent Fasting 2-Year Update | My SURPRISING Results

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Two years ago I decided I wanted to lose weight. I wasn't happy at my current weight and wanted to lose at least ten pounds. I decided to try intermittent fasting after watching a few videos about it on YouTube (don't you just love YouTube?)

I ended up losing over 30 lbs and returning to my weight from my youth. The weight loss was surprising enough but I have also been blown away by the other health benefits from intermittent fasting. Watch my two-year update video to hear all about it. I also answer your most pressing questions. I hope you enjoy today's video!

For your reference, here are the time stamps in the video:
0:00 Intro and disclaimer
0:57 What to expect
1:48 At 12 months
3:47 16:8 Method
4:49 At 18 months
5:55 Black coffee
6:53 Healthy fats
7:14 2 years later
8:15 Criticism I receive
9:25 Madame Chic
10:34 Your success stories
12:22 Extended fasts?
13:07 Optimal health
14:24 Breastfeeding & pregnancy
15:27 Exercise?
16:53 Negative side effects
19:16 Hair loss?
20:11 Positive side effects
20:42 My body & face
21:35 Emotional eating
23:35 Food cravings
26:07 Adjustments?
27:57Decreased appetite
29:10 Up healthy fats
29:32 Odd schedules
30:21 IF daily?
31:33 Under-eating?
32:09 In conclusion

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Sandra writes, "It seems as if we've slipped from casual into sloppiness. This video is a wake up call. Thank you"

Hi Sandra, I agree! I think a lot of people found themselves becoming more casual during the pandemic. I'm glad you enjoyed the video. 


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3.24.2022

5 Reasons to Live a More Formal Life

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 In my first book, Lessons from Madame Chic, one of my favorite chapters discusses how we should live life as a formal affair. In today's video, we explore how living life as a formal affair can improve our health, style, and more. 


 1. Living a formal life helps you maintain a healthy weight  If you think about the actions of a very casual life, you might picture someone in sweat pants sitting on the sofa, binge watching tv and mindlessly eating chips out of the bag, or ice cream out of the container. While this might feel comfortable, this mindless and informal behavior over time can be detrimental to your health. You aren’t paying attention to what you’re eating or what you’re doing and you are prone to overeating and gaining weight over time. When life is a formal affair, you snack less and enjoy your meals at designated meal times while sitting down to a well-set table. This allows you to remain present and notice what you’re eating. You’re likelier to eat healthier meals because of this, and have a more conscious experience. 

 2. Living a formal life keeps you stylish When you become accustomed to a more casual life, your style gets casual too. Just look at popular culture… as time goes on we all get more casual and comfortable. It’s a gradual adjustment but when I was growing up, it was rare to see people outside in sweats and pajamas and now it’s commonplace. Look up images of how people used to travel on airplanes and compare that to what you see in the airport today. When you live a more formal life, you tend to still dress up on a regular basis. You don’t have the mindset that wearing day clothes is uncomfortable. Rather, you would become uncomfortable if you weren’t appropriately dressed. The thought of going out in public in tattered sweats would horrify you.

 3. Living a formal life keeps your mind sharp Living a more formal life beckons you to learn more than consume. Watching entertainment on tv or at the movies definitely has its place. But as society has become more casual, more people find themselves wasting vast amounts of time binge-watching tv shows or channel surfing and consuming content that they’re not even that thrilled about. When you begin to live a more formal life, you become interested in expanding your mind and learning more about topics that interest you. This is why I run my Chic Assignments, which encourage us to step out of ourselves and immerse ourselves in the arts each month. There’s nothing wrong with letting loose and relaxing in front of the TV but when you begin to live a more formal life, you aren’t really attracted to spending your time like that anymore. You start to listen to audio books while doing housework. You enroll in courses online. You turn your traffic commute into a university where you stretch yourself to learn. 

 4. Living a formal life helps you keep good manners. As society becomes more casual, so do our manners… Have you notice that? Civility has declined in recent years. Tempers are high and fuses are short. When you slow down and live a more conscious and formal life, you are more apt to care about behavior and decorum and keep good manners and etiquette a top priority for you. If you haven’t already seen my video about remaining unbothered, I highly recommend you watch it. As we go through life we are going to encounter difficult people and situations. How we react to these situations is everything. The person who lives a more formal life employs restraint and calls upon proper etiquette. If everyone did this, wouldn’t everyday life be so much more pleasant? 

 5. Living a formal life keeps your space clutter-free I recently did a video sharing the Madame Chic Method for living in a clutter-free home. If your surroundings are formal, you are likely to notice unsightly clutter more. More casual environments can attract clutter because, hey! Anything goes! But in a formal environment, you are attuned to living in a beautiful space and are more likely to sort through your cluttered zones on a regular basis.  

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3.21.2022

Homemaking to Keep Calm

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 Homemaking to keep calm… Let’s explore that concept in today’s video. 



Welcome back to The Daily Connoisseur. We use homemaking for many things: out of necessity, of course, but we often turn to it for other reasons. And in times of darkness and stress, we can alter our homemaking to accommodate how we are feeling, or more importantly, what we need to feel. When I think of the word calm, I also think of the word, “comfort”. So today we are making some comfort foods: turkey shepherd’s pie and butterscotch pudding. I’m also cleaning the kitchen by candlelight. 




Turkey Shepherd's Pie (Makes 2)

Turkey Shepherd's Pie (Makes 2)

This makes two batches of turkey shepherd's pie... one for tonight and one for the freezer.

Ingredients

  • 6 large potatoes, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or whole milk)
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 pint sliced mushrooms
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs chicken bouillon powder
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

To make mashed potatoes
  1. Boil potatoes until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Mash potatoes with butter and milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
To make filling
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; stir in onion. Saute onion until it has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in chopped carrots and mushrooms, and garlic cook until brown. Add chopped herbs. Stir in ground turkey and cook until brown. Drain fat if necessary. Add chicken bouillon and flour and Worcestershire sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Transfer meat mixture to 2 casserole dishes evenly. Spread mashed potatoes over meat.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until tops of mashed potatoes are lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Broil the top if necessary. Cover the second casserole with aluminum foil and store in freezer.
  5. If heating from frozen, bake for one hour and finish off in the broiler.

Let’s begin with the comfort food. Shepherd’s pie is a favorite for everyone in the family and occasionally I like to make a twist on the traditional recipe. I’m going to make a double batch of turkey shepherd’s pie: one for today and one for the freezer. I’m making this late in the evening on a very rainy night… it’s for the next day’s meal. So, you’ve been watching me get the mashed potatoes going and now I’m sautรฉing the onion in oil and preparing the other vegetables: carrots and mushrooms. I had to step out into the rain to get parsley from the garden but it was totally worth it. I add that in now. Once the vegetables are browned I add the ground turkey. This looks like a lot because I’m making a double-batch. The potatoes are cooked so I drain them and add them to my stand mixer along with melted butter, heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Drain the turkey mixture once it’s cooked, if needed. Then I add some chicken bullion, flour to thicken, salt and pepper, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Now I’m preparing the pans: one for tomorrow’s dinner and one for the freezer. I add the meat mixture and then top with the creamy mashed potatoes. I won’t cook this any further but let it cool and cover with foil. Tomorrow, I’ll pop it in the oven and put it under the broiler to heat and brown it. 

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Some time has passed and I am now I’m in my pajamas… time to clean up the kitchen. There isn’t too much of a mess this evening. I’m going to light a candle to keep me company. Let’s explore calmness and how we can demonstrate it in our homemaking. Calm as an adjective means not showing or feeling anger, nervousness, or other strong emotions. Calm as a verb means to make someone tranquil or quiet… to soothe. How can we make homemaking calming… a balm to soothe our unquiet hearts and minds? A tranquil meditation that, at once, looks after not only our homes, but ourselves too. We can turn our homemaking into a meditation… no matter what is going on around us. No matter what storms are outside. There’s a pop song called, Thunderclouds. The kids and I love it. The chorus says, don’t be afraid of these thunderclouds. The other night there was a thunderstorm and as I looked out the window, my daughter sang the lyrics to that song. I felt an instant calm. Focus on the soothing and repetitive nature of homemaking to induce calm. Go easy on yourself. Go slow. All we have is this present moment. Breathe deeply. And goodnight for now. 




Let’s prepare the butterscotch pudding. Years ago, I loved to dine at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. They had a butterscotch pudding dessert that was out of this world. It was elevated, yet comforting. That’s what I want to make today. This recipe is from the Pioneer Woman. I begin by separating four egg yolks from the whites. I end up using the whites for my breakfast omelet. I add the egg yolks to 3 cups of whole milk and whisk together. On the stove, I combine brown sugar, cornstarch and salt. Then I whisk in the milk and egg yolk mixture and turn the heat on medium, stirring regularly and cook this until it gets bubbly and thick, which took around 7 minutes. Then I add the butter and turn off the heat and mix it all up. I then transfer this to these lovely footed dessert dishes. If you don’t have these, you can use a glass or even teacup. Just let the mixture cool slightly if you’re placing it in a container that can’t take heat. After this step, place them in the refrigerator for at least an hour. This whole time I’ve been reheating my shepherd’s pie in the oven. It takes around 45 minutes at 350 degrees to heat all the way through but it will depend on your oven. I place it under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes to brown the top of it… a complete must. I served this with a sprig of fresh parsley on top. The whole family loves this dish. It provides a calming comfort. Time for dessert… The pudding is chilled and set. I made some homemade whipped cream and place a dollop on top of the dessert. I enjoy this for teatime today with a hot cup of Pique black bergamot tea. What an outstanding pudding. This recipe is a keeper. 



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