Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Yesterday: bright and shiny

Yesterday was a beautiful day. The sun was out and it was almost warm. WARM! It felt like spring had sprung but I know better. This unheard of winter weather this year is really keeping me happy. I baked bread, I went for an extra long walk with my happy basset hound, came back and had a yummy juice lunch, won at Go Fish, I didn't have to cook dinner and got to read "The Help" on my Kindle. I was in the best mood I have been in for a long time. It was a good day. Today is bright and sunshiny too. I am trying not to let the morning of waking up out of milk and the freshly squeezed orange juice spilled all over the living room floor get me down. I am looking forward to juicing my lunch and taking a nice long walk again today.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Food Matters: Let Food Be Your Medicine



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I am still soaking up information about our bodies, food and where it comes from. Last night I watched a documentary called Food Matters. This one was a facts, facts, facts. It talked all about how they have made medical discoveries as early as the 1800s about how healing food can be. That modern medicine gives you pills that don't heal your problems only maintain the symptoms.

Take me for example. About a year and a half ago I went for my regular check up to the doctor. I had crazy high blood pressure. I had had it for a while and didn't realize what was going on. I had headaches almost constantly, nauseated, tired. So tired. It made me crabby to feel so sick all the time and not understand what was wrong. The doctor suggests I loose weight and take these medications. I tried losing weight. I lost maybe 10 or 15 lbs. Well, the medications didn't quite cut it. SO they increase my medications. Now I take two pills for high blood pressure. As long as I take my medicine I usually feel pretty good. If I am feeling better the pressure to lose weight kind of slips my mind. I stop making the effort. The medications are water pills. They make my kidneys over function basically. So much so that my kidneys are moving liquid so quickly out of my body, my body doesn't have the opportunity to absorb as much water and such as it should. The problem isn't gone the medications are just making the dangerous symptom go away. If I don't take my meds, by noon I start to feel sick. This documentary says that if I would have been treated with nutrition instead of medicine I would have had lower blood pressure with a couple months. Maintaining a healthy diet for the rest of my life, I would eventually be cured. My doctor didn't say that. Eventually, my body will get used to those meds and I will need to be increased. People that have high blood pressure can have kidney problems as well. I have had to have mine checked twice already. I can't live on medications the rest of my life.

This is a good documentary if you are questioning your meds and that a pill is the answer to all that ails us. They discuss vitamin therapy and ther are certain vitamins that have proven to alleviate depression, some cancers, high blood pressure, colds, and many other things that plague us. They talk about how the FDA and pharmaceutical companies hide this information. Apparently there isn't any money in healthy people. Did you know it is actually illegal to medically treat cancer with nutrition in the US?

EDUCATE YOURSELF! Doctors do not know EVERYTHING. Only 6% of doctors are actually trained in medical school about nutrition. Did you know that in some hospitals people come out malnutrition because of the poor food they are fed there. Jell-O? What food group is Jell-O?

If you are what you eat we are all full of crap. You know it is true. Is it only natrual to think that we should be treating our illinesses with natrual things instead of chemicals? I am not saying that all medicine is a joke, I am just saying how could nutrition be a bad place to start when making you well?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Let the juicing begin!


After all my research, we decided to give juicing a try. I have a good friend that allowed us the use of her juicer for a bit! I wanted to try one out before I committed to buying one of our own. Hers is a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. So far, I like it. I have heard complaints about cleaning it but we wash it immediately after juicing and everything has come clean pretty quickly. It has handled everything we've thrown in there like it is nothing. We are planning on doing a one week one juice a day meal replacement. (I keep saying "we" because the hubby is suddenly interested too.) I am going to keep researching the juice fasting because I think it is something I am really interesting in trying. Even if it is a only a few days. We went shopping at Walmart and bought $50 in produce. I am sure that we can get better deals elsewhere but we had a gift card to use.
Grocery List:
-kale
-kiwi
-cucumber
-green & red apples
-spinach
-carrots
-celery
-broccoli
-oranges
-bananas
-peppers

I would like to get some beets and some ginger too.

Mmmmm....carrot juice.This is spinach, kale, carrot, apple, celery and kiwi. It was actually really sweet. Kiwis are potent! It overwhelmed the flavor of the whole thing. I don't think I actually needed the apple. I am wanting to ease into less fruit hoping I won't need the sweetness eventually. From what I have learned you want to balance the sugary type fruits and veggies (apples, kiwis, tomatoes, carrots, and beets) with a 1:3 ratio of nonsugary veggies.

The leftover fibrous material.

I was surprised at how dry this is. I mean, ALL the juice is in the cup and all the left over is in the bag!

I have been researching and researching on juice fasting. There are negative and positive opinions about it. (Just like there is on everything.) Many people worry about how eating only juice is good for your health. Well, from what I have found, you have to juice yourself a balanced diet. You have to get high protein and calories in your juice. You also have to get all your 64 oz of water in too. A fast is supposed to retrain your body to feel differently about eating. Think about what you eat! Is it anywhere close to how many veggies and fruits you are supposed to get?

Okay, here is my typical day. I eat cereal, usually something like Cheerios but sometimes something more sugary. I drink at least two cups of coffee with a little half and half. I will eat a later lunch of a sandwich, usually turkey, and an apple. I might have some water. We eat a late dinner because of my husbands work hours so a snack at about 5pm is normal. A yogurt or some Chex Mix, (I love Chex Mix), pretzels or some crackers. Dinner is usually a large portion of meat and a side of veggie or something processed like macaroni and cheese or stuffing out of a box. I will probably have one glass of water with dinner. The typical dinner rotation includes spaghetti, meatloaf, steak, chicken, pork chops, usually a soup or stew one night with corn bread, stir fry with egg rolls, etc. Often, I will have a glass of red wine later that night and probably more Chex Mix. I feed my kids processed fruit snacks, cheese, peanut butter etc almost every day. Have you read your food labels lately? High fructose corn syrup is in just about everything. Yogurt, ketchup, applesauce, spaghetti sauce, juice boxes....

I want to change the way we eat. So juice fasting retrains your body not crave the salt, fat, and sugar you are used to eating. It sounds tough but I want to know if I can do it. I love food. I love butter, cream, salt, and a big juicy steak. If a juice fast gives me freedom from my body, medications, headaches, and sluggish feeling it would so be worth it for me. I have also learned that this has to be a lifestyle change commitment. If you go back to eating all the crap you will get your crap feelings and crap body back. Common sense. Something to think about! The research continues!

My life purge.

I have battles like everyone else. I have been through crappy things like everyone else. I have treated my body less than respectful. I have to let that all go and forgive myself for all the bad choices I have made. I have to let go of my past and the people that drag me down in it. I have to let it all go. I have to find focus.

On occasion, I can get the blues. Sometimes it gets lower than the blues. Sometimes it is called depression. I have dealt with these ups and downs since I was a kid. I had a little postpartom depression after Gavin was born. I think that had more to do with moving so far away from where I have lived my whole life than having a baby. There are definitely triggers. Family issues resurface, past relationships, missing people that are no longer in my life, stupid mistakes I am reminded of...things that remind me of these things bring up bad memories and feelings. Sometimes it is just feeling disappointed, mostly in my self. Often it happens in the winter when I am couped up in the house without much going on. Oddly, it hit me last year smack dab in the middle of the summer when I realized all my new college plans were out the window. There were some relationship struggles I was going to at the same time too.

This winter, I want to avoid it all. I am spending time outside every day. I am walking a lot. I am learning how to eat better. I need change. I need to toss out all the hurt, anger, and bad feelings I have held on to. I have to toss out the people that make me hurt, cause anger and bad feelings. I need to let the people of the past remain in the past. Those people are in the past for a reason. It is time to move on. I want to focus on the relationships that I have now. The ones that are meaningful. The people that care about me to stick around. I want to get closer to my husband and my children. I want to remove anything that makes me feel bad about myself from my life. It is time to purge.

I want to purge my life of all the things that make me feel awful. May it be junk food, people or just extra stuff. I want to clean out my bedroom and make it a sanctuary. I want to get all the junk out of the basement. So many boxes from a life I don't live anymore. I want to let go of all the people that make me feel bad about myself. You aren't going to bring me down anymore. I am going to spend more time with my friends. These are the people who make me laugh. The ones who do care about me.

I have to find health in every area of my life.

Because I deserve it. I deserve to be happy. My family does too.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Getting my water quota...


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This week, I have been grumpy. Oh so grumpy. I don't know what the deal is with my mood. I have done well with the walking, only missing out on one day because of sleet. If the weather is tolerable I try to go further and further. Having the dog as a walking partner is good. It is motivation. The eating has been kind of awful. I think the stress of trying to eat well is part of the grumpy. Especially since I couldn't get to the grocery store and stock up on produce like I had planned. I am a failure at getting my water quota in. I didn't think this would be such a problem but it has been. I think of myself as a water drinker. I usually don't drink soda or other things. Well, there is coffee. I love my morning coffee. I have been cutting back on the caffeine. I am drinking Folgers Half Caf . (Despite the fact I really don't care for Folgers but they are the only brand I have found that carries it.) I am hoping to switch to decaf eventually but for now I am content with half caf. Maybe switch to an every other day with tea. During the summer it is easier not to drink coffee but this time of year I could drink it all day long.

I am going to rethink how I do the whole thing. I need a visual. Maybe a chart to track water? I am hoping next week will get better. I am borrowing a juicer from a friend to see how I like juicing. I am considering a 15 day juice fast using a plan at Reboot Your Life. I need a jump start. I kick in the pants. Something. I am still researching all of that. This week I think I will try maybe switching out a big glass-O-juice for meal per day. We will see how that goes. I will be back this weekend with weeks goals!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Food, INC.: BUY LOCAL


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The Netflix documentary reviewing continues! I have decided this is my education on food and our bodies. Educate, educate, educate. Then you can make the decisions that are right for yourself and your family.

This doc is mostly about how big business companies control all of our food. Everything that you buy at the store was manufactured and branded to make you feel like you are getting what is best for you because it is "farm fresh", from "the farmland" and putting up stats about omegas and whole grain. They want you to feel better about what you are buying so you will buy more. They don't want you to know that "they" got a bill passed saying that "they" do not have to inform you, the consumer, that most of the products you buy and feed to your family have been genetically modified. Meaning: made from a lab and not found in nature. Disgusting.

They discuss the big business of where all the chicken, cows, and pigs come from that you quickly disassociate to poultry, beef, and pork. Growing up in a farming community and having a farming family, I have never been far removed from our food source. My grandpa and father feed the cows that fed us. It wasn't until I was older, purchasing meat at a grocery store where I noticed a difference. The meat from the grocery store looks, smells and tasted different than anything I grew up on. Have you ever heard of "grass fed beef"? Well, big business cattle are kept in muddy pens full of their own excrement. They are fed corn and no grass. Grass greatly reduces the amount of E. Coli in their intestines. There is a heartbreaking story about a two year old little boy who was killed by eating a hamburger. The recall on the meat that was contaminated wasn't activated until 17 days after this little boy had died. His mother is lobbying to pass a bill called Kevin's Bill that would increase standards and inspection on ALL out food. Unfortunately, it seems that many of the people in our government have actually worked for these big businesses, often voting in their favor over the health of the American people. It makes you wonder where those people get their meat.

This is a greatly informative documentary. You should watch it because you are a citizen of the United States. It is important to be informed about the choices you make at the grocery store. With every purchase at the grocery store, you are voting for the items that they carry. If you purchase locally grown, organic, and USA made items, that is what they will carry. It is expensive you say? It is. I know that. My husband and I have that exact discussion. This what we are going to do to do our part: We are going to grow a garden this year. We are going to check out local farmer's markets when the season begins. We are going to pull pack on our meat intake and increase our veggie intake. We are going to make better choices at the store. What are you going to do? First of all, I recommend you watch this documentary!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Forks over Knives: I might become a vegan.


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I ventured back into documentary world via Netflix again tonight. I chose "Fork Over Knives" and it only furthered my findings from yesterday's documentary. Plants are our bodies saviours. While this doc is a little more dry and a lot less flashy cartoons it makes up with credibility. "Forks" mostly covers the research of two doctors that are original farm boys converted from waiting animal byproducts. It is amazing the years of study that these men have found. Their research closely links the typical US consumption of meat and dairy to cancer, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity..and the list goes on and on. It talks about how we all believe a bunch of lies. That we are under an illusion that we must drink milk for calcium and eat meat for protein. Their research shows that cutting these out and eating a whole food plant based diet can not only stop the progression of some disease but reverse it. Amazing. If you could add years to your life by cutting back on these items, can you imagine what removing them completely would do? It has really made me reconsider meat. Just think about the quality of life. That alone has me wondering what it would be like to not feel sluggish, tired, foggy, headaches or heartburn. Instead having energy and a clear head. How much better can life actually be just by changing your diet? The only way to truly know is to try it yourself. I highly recommend "Fork Over Knives" if you are even just a little bit curious. Check out at their website for more info too.

It even touches on the government and children's school lunches. How fiscal reigns supreme over health every time.

Recipe: Make your own butter!



Over at my other blog, TaaDaa Designs, I made butta! I show simple steps to making your own butter instead of using something that has a long list of "ingredients" I can't even pronounce. You can find that recipe here!

As with any treat, use in moderation!

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead: I want a juicer.


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Last night, I was feeling pretty low about my first day. I went to look for more motivation. While perusing the streaming Netflix, I came across a documentary called "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead". This documentary follows a man who is highly overweight and struggling with his health. He is on steroids for an autoimmune disease and wants to get his body healthy so he doesn't have to continue taking meds. (I can relate to that!) He does what he calls a 60 Day Juice Fast. He basically drinks his veggies and fruit for every meal, passing a couple pounds of produce through a juicer for one meal. They talk about the health benefits being better through juicing because the amount of produce you would have to eat, to get all the nutrients you need, would be a lot of bulk. It is better to get the raw nutrition because when you cook the veggies and fruits they lose a lot of their nutrients. I think they called them micro nutrients. These micro nutrients detox your body. Basically, scrub your cells clean from all the crap you have been punishing your body with. Monitored by a doctor, he drops a bunch of weight and gets to go off his meds. They say even if you do a 10 day detox your will feel like a million bucks. The idea isn't to change your diet to only juice for the rest of your life but get your body ready for a lifestyle change for eating healthy, not ingesting processed food and less animal products. I found this documentary highly inspirational. If I could find a juicer to borrow or an affordable one to buy, I'd like to give it a try. recommend you give it a watch and check out the websites.
Check out www.jointhereboot.com as well!

EDIT: Lots of information in this interview with Joe Cross here!

Monday, January 23, 2012

I hear voices.

It is funny how well I know myself. I knew it was going to happen but I didn't think it would be day one. I already feel those doubts in the back of my mind. Those little voices that whisper "You know you're going to quit anyway. You always quit. Why even start? " Who IS that in there? What the hell do they know?

Part of it is my usual time for myself for exercise was wasted today by events out of my control. I tried to talk little man into a quick walk with me. Wasn't into it today. The other part of it is I am a little down today. It is cold, gray and blustery outside. I want to put on the comfy clothes, get under a blanket, and lose myself in a book. I know I am going to hate myself if I do that. So I did a little Pintrest search for motivation. I came up with this:


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Um..eew. That is only a portion of my goal.

So I am smacking that dumb girl whispering around in there. Shut up. I am better than you. You aren't aloud to talk to me.

I know I will probably never be this girl.

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That is fine. I am not sure if I even want to be.

But to be her would be okay.

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Or just a healthier me. SO this is it. I am getting off the computer and going to go do something that makes me sweat. I know it isn't pretty but I have to. I cannot let those voices creep their tentacles into my confidence. If I do, a year from now, I will see something like this and think about how easily I was defeated.


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I cannot let that happen. I just can't.

Day 1: breakfast - fighting the bland oatmeal blues


I woke up wanting eggs for breakfast and so did Gavin. There were only two eggs. Being the good mama I am, I made the eggs for my little man. I made myself a bowl of quick cook oats. I love oatmeal. I have been told that I make the best oatmeal. Better than the packaged kind. Well, of course I do. I make it with brown sugar, maple syrup, and this caramel sprinkle stuff from Pampered Chef. I make oatmeal and it tastes like candy.


Looking into my bland bowl-O-oats, I had an idea. I chopped up half an apple and sprinkled it with cinnamon. It was pretty good. The crisp cold apple contrasted nicely with the hot mushy oatmeal. Before I knew it my oatmeal was gone and I had a full belly.

I added my breakfast to my Spark People food tracker and found out this:
oatmeal 150 cal 3g fat
coffee 2 cal 0g fat
half and half 20 cal 3g fat
apple half 37 cal 0 fat
breakfast total: 209 cal 5g fat
Not to shabby.



While eating my oatmeal, I began my shopping list. The next obstacle I have to overcome is balancing the food my family wants to eat with the food I need. I like to cook dinner and we really do not have unhealthy dinners often. We do like pancakes for breakfast about twice a month. We also like to order in pizza on occasion. I am going to have to be ready for those types of meals. Like one piece of pizza and a bunch of salad or veggies instead of just three pieces of pizza. My self diagnosis is my portions. If I like something, I want to eat more. Like two or three bowls of my home made soup. I'm sure the beef stew is fine for two bowls but probably not the oyster stew that is all yummy butter and cream. I don't want to deprive myself completely because that leads to failure for me but I do need to moderate myself. We will see how that works. Hopefully, a guilty moderation once a week will balance out the rest of the weeks better choices.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

In the beginning....


In the beginning there is just me. A woman who has struggled with weight for most of her life. In the beginning there is hope. A hope in myself to overcome my own body. A dream of being healthy and feeling good about what is happening inside and outside of my body. This is the first day when everything is going to change. In the beginning there is only the motivation in ones heart. It is taking that first step on the road knowing some day I won't want to go. It is getting off the couch, out from behind the computer and moving my butt. It is going to hurt. I am going to be tired. I am going to be sore. I am going to struggle. I am going to prevail. Here we go.

Check out the tabs to see my goals, the dreaded before picture, and my big plan to take myself on.