Hello! If you are new around here I want to welcome you to my page! I am so excited you are here and if you are here for my delicious recipe I created using Joy’s new Cookbook “Joy’s Simple Food Remedies: Tasty Cures for Whatever’s Ailing You,” then you have come to the right place. I had the opportunity to meet Joy 2 years ago when I was invited to be on The TODAY Show for the Joy Fit Club series. Since I lost over 300 pounds and going through skin removal surgeries and I am sharing my journey with all of you and hope that I can help you to never give up on yourself or your dreams and to know that anything is possible when we work hard, believe in ourselves and never give up!
After losing over 300 pounds naturally, I am in the process of having several skin removal surgeries. My body is not only going through so many changes, but it is also going through a lot of swelling and bloating. Since I have lots of loose skin, my body holds onto everything and can get very swollen, especially if I eat the “wrong” foods and it will hold onto it for a long time. Also with all of these surgeries, it can take up to 6 months to get rid of all of the swelling and bloat. There is nothing fun about feeling bloated, puffy and swollen. Not only does it hurt and make you super uncomfortable, but it can be very discouraging to see your body puff up, especially if you are on a weight loss or fitness journey.
Also for all of us girls, bloating is also something that many of us can experience every month or so…so I have a lot of opportunities for my body to really just be uncomfortable. However, when I found this chapter in Joy’s book…I knew I had to create something that would naturally try to combat bloating. If you want to watch me make this meal you can head over to my YouTube channel and check out the video.
It was difficult picking which chapter I wanted to create a recipe from and I know this will not be the last recipe I create from this book! I love how Joy gives natural remedies and which foods can help us! Genius! So the recipe I choose to create not only helps combat bloating BUT it is also delicious! It is super simple, which I love, but does not compromise on taste or flavor!
I made this for my whole family and my cousin even asked for the extra salsa to take home! Its colorful, flavorful and it will definitely help your body recover from that pesky bloating. This meal includes 3 simple foods, chicken, cantaloupe and zucchini which are 3 foods that help your body when you are feeling bloated.
For the chicken, I used boneless, skinless chicken breast and just grilled it on the BBQ. I also grilled up some zucchini which added a nice crunch to the whole recipe. I then topped the chicken with this amazing sweet and spicy cantaloupe salsa. As you can see…super simple and uses 3 ingredients from Joy’s book that help with bloating- boneless skinless chicken breast, zucchini, and cantaloupe. When we pair them all together…magic…it was perfection!
I love how food can be healing to our bodies. For so long I had such an unhealthy relationship with food, which is what got me to weigh over 500 pounds and even now I am still struggling with binge eating. I am learning how food can be powerful and actually help our bodies. I am learning to have a whole new love and appreciation and relationship with food and how it can in fact actually help my body.
Jacqueline’s Sweet and Spicy Cantaloupe Salsa Recipe
4 cups cantaloupe, diced
4 small tomatoes, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
4 jalapeno peppers, diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste
Mix cantaloupe, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, yellow bell pepper, jalapeño peppers, lemon juice, lime juice, and garlic together in a bowl. Add enough olive oil to moisten the salsa. Refrigerate until chilled and flavors have combined, 1 to 2 hours.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please let me know down in the comments if you try this out and make sure to tag me (and Joy) if you make this dish. We would love to see it!
Remember, food can be a pretty amazing thing, and for me, I am not only working on having a healthy relationship with my body but with food, and learning just how much food can really help our bodies!