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Ok…so BACK to the ONE SIZE does NOT FIT ALL topic.

12 Feb

So, I may have to revisit this topic often.

I thought I ‘got it’…but I was hit with an unexpected response the other day, and I lost sight of ‘One Size does NOT FIT ALL’…and I flubbed.

I was visiting a friend, and I off-handedly mentioned the book I was looking at, and asked if my friend had ever heard of it. She very quickly, in a not so delicate manner shared her,  ahem, MAJOR DISINTEREST in my book, ‘eating right 4 your blood type’…

Don’t get me wrong…she’s a really nice woman. I like her a LOT…and our daughters are friends.

But I think, since I was pretty much basically mentioning it in reference to MY life and merely asking if she’d heard of it…her response really SHOCKED me…and left me feeling ‘defensive’…if you will. I had brought my book with me, because I was still writing my shopping list, and I was trying to be sure I was looking for new items to try on my ‘HIGHLY BENEFICIAL’ list. That’s all. I wasn’t there, trying to convert her…or tell her my way was the only way…or anything.

However, her DEEPLY emotional response left me stunned. I stuttered, “Uh, why do you feel that way?”

She replied, “I just know that there are foods I am NOT willing to give up. So, why bother.”

Ok…right….I remember, I got this…”So, don’t”….Right?

I wasn’t asking HER to do it. I wasn’t implying she should. I was sharing.

HOWEVER…what I really started to realize is, as people,

  1. We are constantly ‘comparing’ what WE do to what OTHERS do, and reconciling it…and evaluating it.
  2. People TEND to think, “I know it all”, or “So and so THINKS they know it all” therefore, we have preëmptive responses.
  3. Peoples relationship with FOOD is almost as intimate as their, ahem, excuse me for saying so, but, really…their sex lives.

Ok…chew on that for a second.

Breathe.

Just think.

Ok…What do YOU say to that?

Anyhoo…after her very clear statement that she was in no way interested in even HEARING about ‘ER4YBT’….the shock of her response sent me into a defensive tailspin. When she replied she wasn’t willing to change what she was doing, I could have just left it. Should have. But I didn’t. Because that’s not how I see the concept of ER4YBT…I see it as an arsenal of tools that I can arm myself with, that equips my body to DO WHAT IT’S DESIGNED TO DO. Fine, if you’re gonna eat ‘whatever you want’…doesn’t it make sense to support your body the best you can?

Yes…I should’ve left it at, “I am not interested, and I don’t even want to hear about it!”

I will, as well, in the future.

And, as I think about it more and as I research more, I will keep in mind what I’ve come to understand/believe about people and their food relationships. I have one. I had one. I like my new one better. Plain….simple.

What kind of relationship do YOU have with FOOD?

Is food a fill in for something that’s missing?

Is food a stimulant that is purely pleasurable and comforting?

Is food a tool?

A medicine?

A purposeful part of your life and lifestyle?

Be blessed.

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What the day brings.

8 Feb

*Spiritual discussion ALERT*

*Feel free to skip past this, if you’d like…I’ll get to some ‘other’ stuff in a moment… 😉 *

Living life is really a fascinating task. There is so many IMPORTANT tendrils that work their way through our lives and days. Some days I find myself feeling very successful and ready for the adventure, and other days, I really need some support.

It USED to be, other days I just want to stay in bed. LOL But that has thankfully changed. I’ve really began to find the CENTER of WHO I AM…through drawing closer to God and living true to His Word, as best I can, with HIS help, of course. 

I have come to realize that I really can’t do it on my own. My will power isn’t willing enough. My strength isn’t strong enough. My determination isn’t…well, determined enough. Feeling ‘not enough‘ was getting old. Then I finally GOT IT…ALL of ME is ALL He asks. He’s got the rest of it. Hmmmm. Ok. I can do that. . . . No, really, I CAN! 

Once I began living WHOLLY, ‘it’ got EASIER…my all was enough. It was MORE THAN ENOUGH when paired with His completing me. I am really digging this…ENGAGED living

That being said, since ‘it’s’ easier now…I’m really beginning to grasp the journey I’m on. I’m finding balance EVERY DAY when before, balance used to be a fantasy. The point here is, THIS journey of eating to NOURISH my body couldn’t begin until I got to THIS PLACE in my life, where I could LIVE completely engaged, and begin to learn a little about myself, as a person. Why I made the choices I did. Why I ate, what I ate, when I ate it. It was hardly EVER about nourishment. Meals used to revolve around convenience, ease of preparation, and just something that needed to be done. Snacking used to be mindless. Emotional. Comforting. Guilty ‘pleasure’. Secret. Over abundant. Drinking used to be mindless. I really only drank sodas, aside from a TON of water each day. Now that I’m in a place where I can listen to my body, and actually HEAR it…I don’t binge eat anymore. I don’t MINDLESSLY do any eating, actually. And I am quiet pleased with myself.

I find it difficult to separate my experiences with drawing closer to God and my personal ability to really live engaged. I won’t apologize for that, so, pretty much, I’ll just share it. I know we all have different opinions, and different experiences…and when people start talking ‘religion’ it may make some people’s hackles go up. And honestly, I understand. I came from a ‘legalistic’ expression of ‘religion’…so I get how certain things trigger feelings in each of us. 

I’m not interested in debating my beliefs. I’m not interested in being told what I’m doing wrong (according to….whoever.) (Who IS!?) And in the same vein, I’m not imparting in my articles that if you don’t do ‘it’ the way I do ‘it’, you’re WRONG. I am not opposed to having encouraging conversations that stretch my THOUGHTS and test my opinions, and my understanding…however, I just want to be ME here. And pretty much, the center of ME is HIM. Take it. Leave it. Don’t bash it. Click close if it offends. Hang out if you can deal but don’t agree with EVERYTHING I share. It’s up to you. 🙂 I love sharing. I love hearing. I’m not judgemental. I ask the same consideration in return. Thank you, in advance. 

Back  to the POINT of this post…Hmmmm….Maybe THAT was the POINT of this post? LOL 😉

Where was I?

Eating on purpose…that’s it. LIVING on PURPOSE.

It’s amazing what we hear when we stop, ask, and listen.

To our bodies.

To our God.

To our spouses.

To our children.

To our friends.

To ourselves.

When is the last time YOU stopped. Asked….and LISTENED? REALLY LISTENED?

Realizing that life is meant to be LIVED ON PURPOSE and CHOICES are OURS to make…and my avoiding making choices, it’s STILL making a choice. Placing our trust in KFC, or McDonald’s, or Sunkist, or Coke, or Pepsi, or Pillsbury, or General Mills, or Frito Lay, or Keebler, or Krispie Kreme, or Betty Crooker, or Taco Bell….you get the point….we bear the responsibility of those choices everyday. KFC isn’t responsible for ME choosing to eat it’s POISON…I chose to go there, pay them money and ingest their product. I carry the WEIGHT of that choice. Right? In the same way, when we THINK about our choices and sure, GO EAT at KFC…whatever, we can still make other choices that will minimize the effects of eating such and such.

I don’t condone looking at food SOLELY as POISON…but the truth is, food DOES EFFECT our bodies…and if WE’RE NOT SUPPORTING our bodies, and adding insult to injury…what do we really expect the outcome to be?

THAT was the point I was trying to make…LOL…LOL…it worked its way out!

The relationship I have with food is so different. I don’t look at my food as ‘can’t have’…I look at it like, “Ok, body…why do you want this? Have I supported you good today? Do I plan on supporting you good today?” I look at the hot wing and think, Hmmm…that’s delish looking. I have had my POWERHOUSE smoothie…and I’ve had HIGHLY BENEFICIAL FOODS all day long…Ok. I choose to enjoy the hot wing…and really…that’s all it was. ONE HOT WING. Before…it was oh, I’d say, 8-10. Ahem. Any food trackers out there? DON’T tell me what THAT comes to calorie and fat wise…please, keep it to yourself. 😉 HOWEVER, if you’re NOT a food tracker (I am from the past, and I’m NOT anymore, however, TRACKING really established a mindset of THOUGHTFULNESS…try it…it will SHOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!)

When I DECIDE to eat something, I make a point to CHOOSE IT. A couple of friends of mine from church say that all the time, and I think it’s perfect…”CHOICE IT”. I don’t DENY myself anything…not anymore. HOWEVER, because I’m NOURISHING my body, I’m NOT CRAVING ANYTHING!

Where are YOU in your journey? Are you struggling with mindless eating? Emotional eating? Stress or comfort eating? Drinking? Soda, alcohol, empty calories?

What’s up with you?

Be blessed.

Karla Marie

“One Size” does NOT ‘FIT ALL’!

7 Feb

As I spend time reading, learning, searching and DOING nutrition, I’m finding the lie behind, ‘one size fits all’ that is sold to us EVERYDAY, from one article on health to the next…from one clothing brand to the next…from one way to parent to the next…it simply isn’t TRUE.

What works for ONE KID, doesn’t always work for another, in teaching, in learning, in speaking to who they are. We are ALL DIFFERENT! Why would we expect that ONE thing should work for all of us?

Reading through “Eat 4 (for) Your Blood Type, I see how and why that applies to dieting/lifestyle/food choices, as well. And I’m still amazed. I take a very ‘God CREATED the world’ position on life. I am not a person that subscribes to evolution…I see in our world, every day where God has DELIGHTED in US…and honestly, the PURPOSEFUL DESIGN of FOOD and HOW IT WORKS IN OUR BODIES simply fills me with joy.

Scientifically speaking, you can go ahead and disagree with me about ‘God’ and ‘design’…but look at the science of life. The effects REAL food has on our bodies…it’s astounding! Our bodies truly have the ability to HEAL themselves. We have simply forgotten HOW TO LISTEN TO THEM.

I cannot believe how MUCH TRUST I have put into food manufacturers and our government, and all the producers in our country (world) that have seduced us in, with ease of use, lazy living and basically death. Between packaged and processed foods, they’ve STRIPPED the TRUE NUTRITION OUT OF FOOD and REPLACED it with MAN MADE NUTRIENTS (if you can call them that)…and killed our bodies ability to take care of itself…!

I look at my babies formula…and see the first ingredient is corn syrup solids…um….really? WHEN DID THIS BECOME ACCEPTABLE? And when did I stop paying attention?

That won’t happen anymore.

Call me crazy. Go ahead. It IS different. But the truth is, I would rather SUPPORT my body and its immune system and it’s organs and its nervous system, WHOLLY…rather than blindly trust ‘them’ to take care of me and my family. That’s MY job, and quiet honestly, I can do it way better than anyone else…It’s just time I took responsibility and DID IT!

Do you ever just stop and think, “How did this happen?”…? Look around, at your body, at your kids, and your husband…at your friends.

I’ll tell you the most common responses I get when I start talking about VEGETABLES…and green smoothies.

“I could never do that.”

“That’s gross. I hate…(fill in the blank)…”

“I could never give up bacon!!!”

“I love (fill in the blank), I could never stop eating (fill in the blank)!”

“That looks nasty!”

It’s like talking to a bunch of deaf people. And all I’m doing is sharing about what I’M doing…and sharing what a difference it’s made in my life…and I think…Ok…NOW I see how ‘we’ became the way we have…we walked through our worlds ‘field of poppies’, as they did in Oz.  It’s time to MOW THE LAWN and get our capes on! Take charge of WHAT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR and TO.

My responses:

“I could never do that.”    

Ok. Don’t.

“That’s gross. I hate…(fill in the blank)…”        

It’s not like (blank) is the only vegetable in the world.

“I could never give up bacon!!!”      

We all have priorities.

“I love (fill in the blank), I could never stop eating (fill in the blank)!”  

It’s called self-discipline. Try it sometime, you might like it.

“That looks nasty!”                                                                                                                

I know, right?! LOL LOL LOL

Those aren’t my ONLY responses…I have a few more…but I’m trying to be sensitive and NOT give the appearance that I know it all, or think “my way is ‘the only way’…”…I don’t think that at all…I just think it’s amazing how we pigeon-hole ourselves into INACTION and INABILITY to DO and CHOOSE different by the words we speak and the way we think.

So, don’t think that I think you have to do what I do…I’m just challenging you, and everyone I meet…(lol) to THINK about what they are DOING…period.

Eat? THINK!

Drink? THINK!

Speak? THINK!

Do? THINK!

If you don’t know HOW to THINK, ask Someone. 😉

In our home I am CHANGING the way we USED to live, to be PURPOSEFUL…ON PURPOSE! (No, I haven’t read, “Purpose Driven Life”…but I’m sure I should…LOL).

Rather than mindless eating, I am teaching my children to NOURISH their bodies and ENJOY what they eat. Sure, they can have a piece of cake, but ENJOY it. Don’t SCARF (sorry, I have scarfers…gotta get on to the ‘next thing’! boys.) Eat on purpose. If it’s NOT to nourish, it’s to ENJOY. Being MINDFUL is SIMPLE. Not easy, but simple. And I think it’s IMPORTANT

I don’t look at my A Blood Type “AVOID” foods as a loss…I look at them as DODGING A BULLET! I mean, REALLY!? Why WOULD I POISON myself, when I can find a gazillion items on my “HIGHLY BENEFICIAL” list that would SUPPORT my BODY and help me slim down to a healthful weight and NOURISH my whole being? Um…I don’t get why this is a hard thing for people to grasp. Aside from ‘timing’…I know sometimes in life, we’re so busy with TRIAGE and trying to function…that living on purpose seems crazy…or doesn’t even cross our minds. I guess that’s where I was, in my ‘before now’ ness.

Where are you in your life? Are you LEARNING to THINK? and THINKING to LEARN? Or are you in SURVIVAL mode?

Be blessed, drop a note.

Karla Marie

What I’m finding…on my journey.

5 Feb

Hello! 🙂

I’ve been thinking. Thinking a lot. Thinking about nutrition…health…food relationships…food association…well, you get it…thinking.
You may have been checkin’ in on my ‘blog’ here, occasionally…or perhaps you just ran into me here, now…but I’ve been really enjoying the ‘green smoothie’ of it all. If you want to catch up with what I’m talking about perhaps you can take some time to do that…(all my links will open in a new tab/window)
Ok…now that you’re all caught up…what do you think?
I’ve been so motivated by the results of simply blending veggies and fruits that I’ve really been researching and studying. I’ve ALWAYS been fascinated by nutrition and our bodies.
I’ve started looking into eating for your blood type. I’ve been interested in it for some time. Have you ever read about that? Heard about it? What do you think?
I bought a little booklet about my blood type…and read through it…It fascinates me. I’m just saying. So, now I’ve ordered all the main books from the library, to see what this Dr. is really talking about. INTERESTINGLY, it says that for my blood type (A+) I should pretty much be a vegetarian. Which makes me wonder if that’s why I’m having SUCH GREAT SUCCESS and results with my green smoothies. I wonder what the other blood type diets…I can’t wait to check it out. What I love about it is that it gives you a list of foods that are ‘HIGHLY BENEFICIAL’ which equates to basically MEDICINE for your body…foods that are “NEUTRAL” which have neither a negative or a medicinal effect on your body, and foods that you should ‘AVOID’, which simply put is like POISON to your body. Reading the lists, I found that a LOT of the AVOIDS are on my list of TRIGGERS for my rosacea.  Hmmm….yeah…pretty much. So, like I said, I look forward to checking into that a bit more.
By the way, I’m feeling great. 🙂 I finally got the nerve up to watch,  “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” on Netflix. GREAT GREAT GREAT watch! I’m so glad I finally sucked it up and watched it…LOL.
In non-smoothie news, Lynda is starting to TRY TO STAND UP! 🙂 WOO HOO! It’s amazing! One day she’s crawling around, not really interested in standing…and the next, she’s pulling herself up along side of stuff! It’s crazy how fast they grow! She turned 9 months old yesterday. 🙂
We finally came out of the -25 to -50 below weather…woo hoo! It’s like a tropical depression here! It’s only -2! And it feels GREAT! LOL…and we had DAY LIGHT (also know as dusk…) of sorts after 5 today! SPRING IS COMING! (ish) LOL
I just gotta say, here in Interior Alaska…when it’s NOT 3-4 hours of daylight…we start really rejoicing! Here’s a link to what our day looks like, sunset and sunrise, dawn and dusk wise.
Be blessed. 🙂 Eat good. 🙂 Say hi!

My AFTER day….(Continued from “My new ‘thing’…..) Part III

4 Feb

So, the day I started, I started in the evening….and that morning/day I had two cups of coffee (cream and sugar)….and a store bought bagel with cream cheese….

After trying Busy Mom’s  smoothie…I HAD TO DO IT!
Again, after reading ‘My new ‘thing‘…’ you know where I’m at…so, this is how it went.
I went to the store, (she had shared several YouTube videos with me about the green smoothies the night before, so it’s something I was THINKING about, and my BODY was ROOTING FOR…) with my list…of crazy green ness to purchase…
Locally in Alaska…if you ask ME, we don’t always have the best produce…so I did my best…
I walked away with:
Collard Greens
Multi Colored Kale
HUGE head of Red Leaf Lettuce
Beets with Greens
Watercress
Rapinni
A whole Pineapple
Frozen:
Sweet Cherries (unsweetened…JUST CHERRIES)
Blueberries
Peaches
Cranberries
and a few supplements….
I had banana’s at home….
I made my first smoothie with collard greens, kale, beet greens, water cress, rapinni, pineapple, cherries, peaches and blueberries…and a banana.
IT WAS AMAZING…! My son, 12, had a smoothie for “dinner” with me….I ate some of the pineapple….on the side…(which makes it NOT the detox, btw…)…and drank lots of water (my habit anyway…) After a while, I was ‘slightly’ hungry again (I forgot to add the ‘fat’…such as flax oil or avocado, or coconut oil…all of which are AMAZING sources of healthy fat….but they also satiate your appetite a lot better and help your body absorb the minerals and vitamins). So, I had about 1/4 cup more smoothie and a cup of tea…blueberry tea…with NO SWEETENER! RIGHT THERE, people…THAT is UNHEARD OF! I NEVER EVER EVER ever NOT sweeten my drinks…but my blueberry tea TASTED GOOD and SWEET!?!?! INSANITY!
I drank more water, because that’s what I do…and I was good…went to bed, no midnight snacks…not cravings.
I woke up Friday…no coffee…DIDN’T want coffee…ahem…man, if you only KNEW KNEW KNEW ME….you would KNOW that is crazy! I was resentful my entire pregnancy that I couldn’t stand the taste of coffee, thanks to pregnancy ness…but my body was SO HAPPY, I just drank my smoothie, and a 1/4 cup of pecans, for my healthy fat, and water and had a cup of green tea…I sipped it for a couple hours…without sweetener…and I was content….?! Had a smoothie when I was hungry, and water…when I was thirsty…and I was doing great! No headaches…no coffee withdrawals…again with the, ‘that NEVER happens’…!? No cravings. So, dinner time came…I had spaghetti (jarred spaghetti and store bought pasta) and Italian bread made into garlic bread…butter and garlic powder. I had only about 2 cups of spaghetti…and two slices of bread…honestly, that’s about 1/4 of what I’d NORMALLY have…(dinner glutton….starve myself all day, gorge at dinner….and spaghetti is one of my FAVIES!) I drank a smoothie with my dinner…and water…and had a cup of tea. For ‘dessert’ I popped up some popcorn in coconut oil…(look into coconut oil, if you don’t know about it…) and it was DELISH! Drizzled a little over the top of the popped corn and sprinkled salt…oh my, yummo! I was good…STILL no headaches or withdrawals…from coffee less ness.
Saturday….smoothie during the day….cup of green tea….water….gearing up for a hopefully delicious Caesar salad with grilled salmon for dinner…(date night)…So, that’s all I’d had…no coffee…just smoothie, water, tea….and not TONS of it either. Come dinner time, I had a NEW TO ME tea, Licorice Spice…(I hate black licorice…ugh) and it was AMAZING! So delicious and sweet and PERFECT! I asked the waitress to have the chef make my Caesar salad SUPER SPECIAL…TONS OF VEGGIES…tomatoes, baby corn, peppercinis, cukes…etc…and it was superb. I did use the dressing…and I did relax and enjoy myself…it was wonderful. I bought some dark chocolate covered almonds….and raisins…I snacked on those later in the evening…we had an early date. So, tea (hunny went and bought me my new found favorite tea…) and some dark chocolate covered almonds for snack…can’t beat that. I snacked on a couple c.c. almonds when I woke to tend to baby once…when I felt a bit hungry.
Sunday….no coffee, still…and still doing GOOD! (OMG, right?) Smoothie for breakfast and two eggs, sort of over hard…and smoothie for during the day…dinner, Dilly Chicken (recipe here…) and pasta salad with pepperoni (HIGHLY PROCESSED meat…lol…) and onions and black olives and black beans….and mayo and dill weed…and garlic. Yum. So, ‘normal’ food, in smaller quantities with LOTS of nutrients that I WAS NEVER GETTING before…!
My kids are adding them to their day…they are LOVING getting vitamins they don’t have to swallow…and I can tailor them to my kids’ health needs…teen daughter, PMSing…boy with eczema, etc….I have not added this, at this point with any REAL expectations…..In essence…what I did was simply: LISTEN TO MY BODY…learn to really listen to it’s needs…and what that has done is CHANGE THE RELATIONSHIP I HAVE WITH FOOD! Being full of nutritious ness, I have NO CRAVINGS, so when I’m STRESSED, my bodies GETTING WHAT IT NEEDS, and it’s allowed me the freedom to NOT eat the things that once ‘comforted’ me…it’s been a bit confounding and a LOT wonderful. ❤ I heart GREEN SMOOTHIES!
         

Day 5 of the Smoothie Invasion (Occupation?)

4 Feb

Ok…so that sounds a bit dramatic. LOL…but it’s fun to write…ok?

So…day 5 has been a ‘noticing’ day…here is my list that I compiled that I noticed.

  1. I am tired. Not warn out ‘tired’…but ‘MY BODY NEEDS rest and repair’ tired.
  2. I have a LOT more MENTAL energy than I have in a while. (Which is sort of frustrating, since I have a lower physical energy right now…and LISTENING to my body and RESTING when it says has been quiet a challenge of its own.)
  3. I really relate to my body differently. I don’t know if it’s because it’s JUST MY TIME to GET IT, and it’s just God’s timing…PERFECT, or if I FINALLY gave my body nutrition and sort of jump started and reset my body/mind/food relationship…but I sure feel like I’m GETTING ‘it’. It makes me so happy.
  4. I have NO GUILT…none. I am facing food and drink in a way I’ve NEVER done before…it’s a choice, and one made in harmony with my bodies NEEDS…not some emotional trigger, or food medicating thing. And that makes me quiet proud of myself.
  5. When I did have a ‘normal’ emotional trigger, (It’s STILL -35 here…and I have a 7-year-old boy climbing the walls…it’s just not conducive to chillin’ and going with the flow…), when things got a little ‘sideways’ as I would NORMALLY call it…I was able to step BACK and evaluate and really avoid ’emotional’ eating or ‘stress’ eating. It was a BIG deal for me. I don’t know about YOU, but that’s HUGE in MY BOOK! Just keepin’ it real, guys. 😉
So, day 5….healthful, mindful, wonderful eating and drinking…I think it’s great. I’m digging it. 😉
As for in the kitchen….today we had Taco Salad….with the taco meat left over from yesterdays tacos that I made the family…(I had the left over chicken breast from the night before…and a GREEN SMOOTHIE! LOL)…dinner was good…and I didn’t over eat and I was satisfied…when I got ‘hungry’ a while after, I sipped on my veggies…I mean, I sipped on my Green Smoothie…and drank some licorice spice and chamomile tea…without sweetener…I’m one heck of an unusually satisfied girl. L O V E it!

y list…of crazy green ness to purchase…

Locally in Alaska…if you ask ME, we don’t always have the best produce…so I did my best…
I walked away with:
Collard Greens
Multi Colored Kale
HUGE head of Red Leaf Lettuce
Beets with Greens
Watercress
Rapinni
A whole Pineapple
Frozen:
Sweet Cherries (unsweetened…JUST CHERRIES)
Blueberries
Peaches
Cranberries
and a few supplements….
I had banana’s at home….
I made my first smoothie with collard greens, kale, beet greens, water cress, rapinni, pineapple, cherries, peaches and blueberries…and a banana.
IT WAS AMAZING…! My son, 12, had a smoothie for “dinner” with me….I ate some of the pineapple….on the side…(which makes it NOT the detox, btw…)…and drank lots of water (my habit anyway…) After a while, I was ‘slightly’ hungry again (I forgot to add the ‘fat’…such as flax oil or avocado, or coconut oil…all of which are AMAZING sources of healthy fat….but they also satiate your appetite a lot better and help your body absorb the minerals and vitamins). So, I had about 1/4 cup more smoothie and a cup of tea…blueberry tea…with NO SWEETENER! RIGHT THERE, people…THAT is UNHEARD OF! I NEVER EVER EVER ever NOT sweeten my drinks…but my blueberry tea TASTED GOOD and SWEET!?!?! INSANITY!
I drank more water, because that’s what I do…and I was good…went to bed, no midnight snacks…not cravings.
I woke up Friday…no coffee…DIDN’T want coffee…ahem…man, if you only KNEW KNEW KNEW ME….you would KNOW that is crazy! I was resentful my entire pregnancy that I couldn’t stand the taste of coffee, thanks to pregnancy ness…but my body was SO HAPPY, I just drank my smoothie, and a 1/4 cup of pecans, for my healthy fat, and water and had a cup of green tea…I sipped it for a couple hours…without sweetener…and I was content….?! Had a smoothie when I was hungry, and water…when I was thirsty…and I was doing great! No headaches…no coffee withdrawals…again with the, ‘that NEVER happens’…!? No cravings. So, dinner time came…I had spaghetti (jarred spaghetti and store bought pasta) and Italian bread made into garlic bread…butter and garlic powder. I had only about 2 cups of spaghetti…and two slices of bread…honestly, that’s about 1/4 of what I’d NORMALLY have…(dinner glutton….starve myself all day, gorge at dinner….and spaghetti is one of my FAVIES!) I drank a smoothie with my dinner…and water…and had a cup of tea. For ‘dessert’ I popped up some popcorn in coconut oil…(look into coconut oil, if you don’t know about it…) and it was DELISH! Drizzled a little over the top of the popped corn and sprinkled salt…oh my, yummo! I was good…STILL no headaches or withdrawals…from coffee less ness.
Saturday….smoothie during the day….cup of green tea….water….gearing up for a hopefully delicious Caesar salad with grilled salmon for dinner…(date night)…So, that’s all I’d had…no coffee…just smoothie, water, tea….and not TONS of it either. Come dinner time, I had a NEW TO ME tea, Licorice Spice…(I hate black licorice…ugh) and it was AMAZING! So delicious and sweet and PERFECT! I asked the waitress to have the chef make my Caesar salad SUPER SPECIAL…TONS OF VEGGIES…tomatoes, baby corn, peppercinis, cukes…etc…and it was superb. I did use the dressing…and I did relax and enjoy myself…it was wonderful. I bought some dark chocolate covered almonds….and raisins…I snacked on those later in the evening…we had an early date. So, tea (hunny went and bought me my new found favorite tea…) and some dark chocolate covered almonds for snack…can’t beat that. I snacked on a couple c.c. almonds when I woke to tend to baby once…when I felt a bit hungry.
Sunday….no coffee, still…and still doing GOOD! (OMG, right?) Smoothie for breakfast and two eggs, sort of over hard…and smoothie for during the day…dinner, Dilly Chicken (recipe here…) and pasta salad with pepperoni (HIGHLY PROCESSED meat…lol…) and onions and black olives and black beans….and mayo and dill weed…and garlic. Yum. So, ‘normal’ food, in smaller quantities with LOTS of nutrients that I WAS NEVER GETTING before…!
My kids are adding them to their day…they are LOVING getting vitamins they don’t have to swallow…and I can tailor them to my kids’ health needs…teen daughter, PMSing…boy with eczema, etc….I have not added this, at this point with any REAL expectations…..In essence…what I did was simply: LISTEN TO MY BODY…learn to really listen to it’s needs…and what that has done is CHANGE THE RELATIONSHIP I HAVE WITH FOOD! Being full of nutritious ness, I have NO CRAVINGS, so when I’m STRESSED, my bodies GETTING WHAT IT NEEDS, and it’s allowed me the freedom to NOT eat the things that once ‘comforted’ me…it’s been a bit confounding and a LOT wonderful. ❤ I heart GREEN SMOOTHIES!
         

My BEFORE Day (Continued from “My new ‘thing’……) Part II

4 Feb

Coffee….3 cups….lots of cream, and 4 teaspoons of sugar….each cup…refined white sugar and half and half….when I was ‘going slim’….I would use splenda….and half and half…I hated all creamy alternatives…lol.

Then I wouldn’t eat until dinner….and dinner would be on average, three or more ‘serving sizes’.
A soda…or two….over ice, with a ‘treat’…like popcorn…and candy….or candy…or chips..or ice cream….the list guilty pleasures were varied and NEVER a single ‘serving size’.
And then in the evening, because I have a baby, I’d wake up and my BODY WOULD pretty much be STARVED (nutritionally speaking…)….I’d find something to ‘eat’ in the middle of the night.
Now…that’s my ‘worst’ normal day…but really…honestly…that was me.
OR I was eating like a CRAZY tracker, going out of my head, tracking every little peck of food I ate, and really, feeling like , emotionally…but feeling good physically.
NEXT: The last four days with ‘after’……