Admitting here that the exercise portion of my health has been at an all time low. My knee is finally improving and I took a short walk this weekend and hope to step it up at least two times during the week. And actually I did wash a ton of windows and work around the yard til I was exhausted (3 hours) The weight lifting has been a total failure without my son’s involvement so I’m planning to do crunches this week before work and add in some stretching which is much needed as well. My plan to avoid sandwiches in the last 3 weeks has been a total success! and working to each all flour products is not perfect yet, especially after making a Father’s Day treat of Grandma’s Coffee Cake, whoops. But I just finished making my hard boiled eggs for the week and granola… and the usual salad and yogurt is ready for the week too. Ohh, I did make some stir fry yesterday with some fresh shrimp… so some things are going well. It’s for the long haul.
Father’s Day treat
Here’s my food for the day at work. Kinda boring. Hardboiled eggs, 2 each day. Grapefruit, salad, humus with rice crackers and tortilla soup. I was not a so good at my eating this past week because of some extra stress from preparing to sell our house and the nerves that go with anticipating big changes. I have forgiven myself for indulging a couple of times this week in eating bread and having a couple of chocolate chip cookies which I made for my son’s birthday. Gotta get back to eating clean food again and get my mind-set to focus back on basics. Seems like when I feel overworked I tend to go to the need to reward myself. I would like to come up with a non-food way to do that reward cycle. I will try to do making things as my reward this week as a start. I’ll make some music or make some graphics. Maybe even a movie. We’ll see how this goes :)
Almost flour free this week… yay! proud of myself. Staying strong on the veggies and cut up all kinds of vegetables for this stir fry. Added some frozen shrimp this time but really didn’t need it. I might try chicken next time. I’d like to get this routine into a once a week recipe, plus have left overs for a meal or two. Mostly I’m not really eating dinner, just a little snack this past week. Still can’t walk yet, but think I’ll be able to get back in a couple of days so that should speed up the calorie burning again. Guess I can be thankful I didn’t gain weight while I couldn’t walk, which was part of the needed motivation to be more diligent on eating raw, clean food. Did I mention I’m committed to organic milk now and using glass containers for everything. Also I bought a stainless steal pan to move away from the teflon. Little things can add up :)
So what’s happened since I really committed to eating differently 2 months ago? A plethora of very good things have happened. First, I scared myself by reading intently about how deady sugar, bread and preservatives are for your body systems. That woke me up. Educating myself more about food and it’s effects is motivating for me.
What I changed…I went cold turkey on no sugar, no bread, not even gluten free, no wheat in anything, no crackers, no-wheat made alcohol. Reading labels on everything I buy to make sure there is no MSG, no corn syrup, no whey, no soy. I upped my greens every day by working to include 5-7 cups a day of mixed greens. I switched to only organic meat, chicken or fish. I began to include more fat, as weird as that sounds, into my diet. After reading several different reports about how healthy fats keep us full and are lasting fuel for our body as well as keep our joints lubricated and our skin elastic, I use real butter on fresh popped popcorn, I cook with olive oil or coconut oil. I mix my own salad dressing with mayo or olive oil. I eat nuts.
How I feel after 2 months? Not being addicted to sugar and not having any sugar or carb cravings is HUGE. I wonder if it is what a drug addict feels like after they are clean. I don’t crave sugar or carbs. I can’t even explain how huge that is! I feel so much more energy. My energy level is steady all day. I am sleeping more soundly and wake up refreshed. My whole body feels lighter. I have no puffiness in my face, my skin looks clear, no bloating on any day, no hot flashes(what?), no swelling, no gas. I feel mental clarity, no foggy brain. My moods are steady, not depressed. I feel happy and optimistic about life. My body feels more quiet. That’s a little hard to define. It feels like my body systems are relaxed. I am eliminating daily. I have lost approx 5-6 lbs so far. I feel in control of my eating and my body for probably the first time in 40 yrs. I feel so great in just the accomplishment alone of finally feeling in control of my body that I think my self-esteem has risen. I no longer have the constant guilt for eating bad food.
But I feel so much of the issue with eating bad food for me was the constant low energy craving sugar or carbs, such a vicious cycle. I was feeling low energy so reaching for sugar/carbs to get energy and fueling the feeling lethargic by eating sugar and carbs! To break the addiction to sugar/carbs once and for all has been revelatory.
Soooo, gotta tighten up and get serious, haha. Well, that’s always the plan but guess it’s more of a regroup now that the semester is over and we’re into the summer. This time Alex is joining me (somewhat) and we’re looking to reduce meat and eat more veggies as always. I’m not as creative as you Donna, but will hope to get ideas from you as we go. My knee is finally feeling better so hope to get back into the regular walking this week. I have successfully cut out my sandwiches now and all flour products (almost). My current food during the week consists of yogurt and berries, grapefruit, homemade granola, hard boiled eggs, tortilla soup, salads, broccoli salad, salsa and chips, fish one evening a week, vegetable stir fry and an occasional meat on the weekends. It’s pretty much meatless and basic so I get a little bored. This stir fry is my first attempt to reintroduce more variety in meals. Stay tuned :)
One of the ways I stay inspired to eat healthy, fresh food is to try new recipes. I think variety helps me stay on track with my eating plan. So I tried cauliflower crust pizza this week. Fantastic!
As I am doing more reading on health, I keep coming across articles on the many benefits of a plant and greens based diet. So I am inspired to add as many vegis and greens to my day as I can.
Pizza: In a bowl, shred 1/2-3/4 head of fresh cauliflower, add 1-2 C. mozzarella cheese, add 1 egg, add 1/4 C Olive Oil. Stir to combine. Spread on a greased pizza pan. Top with pizza sauce and vegis. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes. Let cool before cutting.
Breakfast: Another way I am adding more greens into my diet without just eating more salad is to add greens into other meals. I bought chard, beet greens, spinach and kale this week. For my breakfast I saute them in a pan with Olive Oil and add 2 eggs on top. Very good and I stay full a long time.
Dinner: I added chopped spinach, chard and kale to a beef stew I made this weekend. I also sauted spinach, kale, chard and beet greens in a pan with mushrooms and olive oil as a side dish to chicken. So good!
It’s kinda like hiding greens in all my meals-haha
Wow, great post Donna! I’m with you on every level. Thank you for expressing your perspective so honestly. Yeah, fantasizing a thinner me is not getting it done and my resounding thought is similar to yours… what is realistic for me to expect. I’m left with the same idea that it needs to be more about being healthy and having energy, plus a good mood would be nice. As the semester ends for me and I’m not able to get charged up from blogging with my students I’m happy to jump over here for the next few months! I’m gonna recommit to eating cleaner food like this fresh salsa I made today. My goal is to cut out sandwiches and avoid bread/flour products which have crept into my routine over the past few months. Wish I was excited about kale shakes, but I’m not there yet. There’s hope though cuz I could be influenced over time. Rethinking my recipes now to see if I can be a little more creative so I stick to my plan. Appreciate your post!!! thanks for the jumpstart :)