excited. I know what works for me:
what works for really everyone that’s ever done it. I need to eat
whole foods. I need to eliminate
that processed bullshit. It’s amazing the crap that goes into the food we buy. The U.S. has the most lenient laws when it comes to our food sources. Honestly, the U.S. is the most lenient of all industrialized countries. A lot of the stuff that we find as staples in our processed foods are actually banned in othercountries. In countries where politicians aren’t for hire and where special interest groups don’t dictate law. I mean, really….it’s funny that a lawsuit was allowed against Oprah for saying she wasn’t going eat beef anymore after seeing what Mad Cow did. It’s all so crazy to me…. We have free speech, so long as you don’t upset the Cattle Assoc. So, I’m thankful as I set out on this journey, I’m not starting a square one. I’m glad that I’ve got a lot of reading and research under my belt and know which way I’d like to go. This of course, means giving up my beloved soda. Oh, it’s crack to me alright. I always seem to come back to it no matter how long I’m off. I know regular soda is essentially sugar in a bottle, and I know that Diet is essentially poison. Really. Brian is actually working on giving up his Diet Coke addiction, too. I’m so relieved. He probably drinks 2-3 32 oz. Diet Cokes a day. And when I’m at my worst, I’m kinda right there with him, whether it be regular or Diet….I might drink 2-3 20 oz bottles a day.
Brian and I went shopping yesterday and got prepared for the week. I made this huge soup…but I can’t remember the name of it….from Eat to Live. I’ll have to add it tonight. Good Lord I do hate chopping and spending so much time in the kitchen. I also made 4 days’ worth of juice. And yes, I hate juicing,
too. It’s a pain in the ass. But once I’m all done, and I see what I’ve made, it makes my day. I just need to start buying that $1 lotto tix 3x a week, so there’s hope of someone making my healthy meals for me :) When I initially dropped most meat (still allow for seafood and eggs, although I plan on really limiting that) and lost weight and people kept commenting on my skin. I’d always get asked: what do you eat? So, going with the spirit of one of the reasons I started this blog: I’ll be adding what I’m eating. You’ll see that I’m eating a lot. But I don’t eat enough, if you are to really follow the Eat to Live philosophy. I need to work on that this time. These types of foods really do fill me up. Anyway, I have a section on books and cookbooks that might interest you, if you’d like to go on this journey with me. Or, maybe you’re more comfortable in changing one thing about your diet/lifestyle per week. Maybe you want to cut out fast food, soda, salt or what have you. Each step is a vital one in your journey. Your body will thank you for it. I was talking to a good friend last night and we were lamenting about how great we feel when we eat well, and how we actually feel like shit when we don’t. Yet, we always seem to get back to our bad habits.
My excuse of stress (which I handle so incredibly poorly) is no longer my get out of jail free card. I’ve been working on dealing with it in a more healthful manner.
My goals for this week:
Eat as clean as I can. If I have some hiccups this week, move forward and past it. Slip ups won’t become a permanent thing.
Get rid of most soda/caffeine….. I will allow for some tea, though. In being off of soda this last time, I did develop a taste for iced tea (no sugar), and I’ve always loved hot tea (since I was a little girl and drinking it with my Grandma Mona). With the hot tea, I’ll try to drink mostly herbal, though (no caffeine). The headaches get nasty, so if I need a few sodas in my weaning process, I’ll allow for that.
Get 30 minutes of exercise 5x between today and Sunday
Bedtime of 9:30…. This will be a toughie, but I do so much
better when sleep agrees to be my friend.
I also need to make sure I spend time each day thinking of what I’m thankful for (outside of my prayers).
Long term goals:
Off of all meds….I now takes pills for high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. It’s a very realistic goal to get off of this stuff. I’ve seen how much diet relates to each of these issues I have.
Get around the 170 or 165 mark
Find something to do for a living that I’m inspired by
My friend is taking a different approach than me this week. She’s juicing and allowing for raw fruits and veggies. She’ll be doing this through this work week. It’s a cleanse, if you will. I’m so excited to see how she does. She’s stronger than I am :)
There are many different paths to good health, but I really am a firm believer, in the more fruits and veggies the better. So, hopefully whatever path you take, I really do hope that it includes lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Let me know if you’re wanting to take this journey with us.
6:30 Smoothie (spinach, water, flax seed, banana, frozen blueberries)
7:45 Hot Herbal Mint Tea
12:00 Salad (romaine and kale) w/ light honey mustard dressing, homemade veggie soup
3:00 Large glass of green juice (see recipe)
5:30 Bowl of Kashi cereal w/ rice milk
****I absolutely didn't eat enough today... Sugar and caffeine withdrawls were not fun gave me a huge headache and upset tummy.