Food Journal January 25th Day 3 of a Detox Diet

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Today I had my daily smoothie at 11:30. I was going to stop doing intermittent fasting but I was not hungry until 11:30 and I did not want to force myself to eat. I’d have to see some major evidence that eating when you’re not hungry is good for you before I would do it. I already have issues with food, why would I want to start another one. Half an hour after my smoothie my 13 year old boy made baked sweet potato fries, so I had some of those. He did a good job seasoning them with olive oil, salt and Italian seasoning. Next time I suggested he cook them at 450 degrees for 20+ minutes to get them a little more crisp but the way he did it was fine too.

I ate again at 7pm. I meant to eat earlier but it just did not happen. I spend time canning the tomatoes that we had run through the food mill and froze last summer when we were being over run with fresh food from the garden.  I’ve got another 5 gallon bucket to do still….

canning tomatoes

For dinner my 12 year old boy and I cooked tilapia for those in the family who want animal protein and a salad with lots of greens, cucumbers, mushrooms, avocado slices and a few olives. We also heated up the rest of the Lentil Soup from yesterdays dinner. Yummy food. The avocados and olives are great sources of fats. I doubled up on veggies to make up for not eating the fish. Veggies have the right amount of protein our bodies need if we eat enough of them!

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When we were through eating, there were leftover mushrooms so I sauteed them with some onions, salt and olive oil. I don’t love mushrooms raw but I adore them when they are cooked. Mmmm. I didn’t take a picture of them before they were gone, ha ha!

So, all in all a pretty good eating day. I have been 3 days without any form of sugar other than what is in berries and apples. I am also staying away from the other 6 foods that most people are intolerant to. They are eggs, soy, gluten, dairy, corn and peanuts. I’m doing this for 21 days and then slowly I’ll add those things back in to see if I am intolerant to any of them. Day 3… done.

P.S. I have felt terrible for 2 days. I know it is detox symptoms so that is encouraging. Detox symptoms can range from fevers to cold symptoms to the flu. Mine is a headache, stuffiness and being tired. I drank a bunch of water today that will help flush out the stuff my body is trying to get rid of that is making me sick. So anyway, I did not exercise today because I don’t feel good.

 

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Brian is giving whole foods a try

My husband Brian loves tater tots and eggs in the morning. It has been years of him having his breakfast, and the rest of us having ours.

He eats lots of salads and for the most part eats healthy, but he wouldn’t give up his tots.

Brian told me yesterday that he is ready to give my style of eating a try to see if it will help him have more energy.

I decided to fill him with as many greens and body cleansing foods as possible this week to give him a good ‘taste’ of how he could feel.
First thing, I juiced a bunch of greens from the garden and added cucumbers, apples and ginger. His comment:

  • This isn’t very good. (That was totally just his opinion. I thought it was delicious!)
  • I didn’t feel hungry like I thought I would. It lasted until lunch.
  • I didn’t get the mucus feeling in my throat like I usually do after breakfast.
  • My belly didn’t give me my usual morning trouble.

On to Lunch,

 I made a smoothie with frozen strawberries, bananas, lots of greens from the garden, and water.
Comments:

  • This tastes good.
  • I’m not even hungry yet from breakfast.
  • Is it healthy to be so full?

This count of 1525 is how many times I have used this blender in the 2 years that I have owned it.
I used my other one for about 10 years before needing to buy this new one.

Dinner

 The other day when we were traveling, we stopped at Subway for lunch. They had a new sandwich there that I was very excited about. It begins with lots of avocado, gets topped with tons of veggies, and ends with mustard on top. It was so delicious that I had been thinking of it ever since. When we needed to get groceries for the week, I made sure to get ingredients for the same sandwich every day. 

  • Pita bread
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • bell peppers
  • avocado
  • pickled banana peppers
  • Vegenaise
  • mustard
  • greens (not shown)

This was my sandwich. I had several more too. 🙂

This was my husbands. He added beef to his. I told him that the meat and bread together would make him tired. I was right. He was asleep in no time. Of course, being up until 4 in the morning building long bows couldn’t have contributed……. 🙂

That is what we ate for the day. Later in the evening, Brian made himself another pita sandwich, but I was fine. This may not seem like much food, but we had was nutrient rich. It has been hot, so our appetites have been low and we have been eating whole foods for a long time so we are not having to get rid of many processed food addictions. My husband didn’t have his eggs and tots in the morning, but otherwise he has been eating healthy for a long time. I say this just so if you are coming from the Standard American Diet, you won’t see this food and get scared. It is one step at a time.

Natalia Rose book and what I ate yesterday

I just read a book called Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. I highly recommend her book. It teaches about food combination and goes into many facets about detoxification like fasting, colonics, and quick exit foods.

I like that she helps people transition into whole foods through easy steps. She has a scale from 1 to 5 that says where you are and where you want to be. The number 5 is basically the standard American diet, and 1 is someone who only eats raw. I am a number 2, which means I eat raw most of the day with some cooked foods with my dinner.

So, being a number 2, here is what I ate yesterday. Oh, and it is this style of eating that has me within 9 pounds of where I was when I was a fit 17 year old!

Water until noon.

Noon- Green Lemonade

2:00 pm    big bowl of watermelon
(I would have had more fruit but my day got busy at this time)

4 pm   I had a cookie and a yogurt ice cream on my date with my 10 year old boy.

7pm   Guacamole salad   and a cooked bok choy with cashews side dish      

I lost almost a pound today after that day of eating. I love it and I don’t feel deprived or hungry!

Happy Healthy,
Elisa

Kids 'Eat Any Time' LIst

I like to have my ingredients handy when I make dinner. Sometimes a kid will eat something, not tell me, then when I make dinner I am missing a key ingredient! Argh! 

I am a big fan of lists, so of course I have a list that solves this problem. At the top of this list is a header that reads, “Eat Any Time”. That is just what it is. If a kid, or whoever, is hungry between meals then they can have something from the list. I do not snack, but I let the kids choose that for themselves. I love giving the kids choices that aren’t huge but make them feel like they have some control over themselves.

First I make sure that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are packed full of fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Then I don’t have to feel bad about what they might have between meals. Everything on my list is not high end nutrition but moderation in all things is one of my motto’s.

So, here it is.

Eat Any Time 
Lettuce
Potatoes (I keep baked ones in the fridge, individually wrapped in tin foil)
Carrots
Celery
Frozen Burritos
Canned Chili
Oatmeal 
Leftovers
1/4 cup nuts a day
Bread (My 14 year old son bakes this)
Bananas
1/4 cup raisins a day 
1 smoothie a day
Garden veggies
Apples
Canned Beans
Frozen Peas

Smoothie Ingredients available any time:
Strawberries
Frozen Mixed Fruit
Tablespoon flax
Almond milk (kid has to make it)
Tablespoon a day of honey
Apples
Protein Powder
Greens
Vanilla
Cinnamon

Sometimes I will have a tray of veggies on the counter with hummus to dip them in. Usually that is the first thing they go for when they get hungry. I like to have mushrooms, celery, green beans, snow peas, carrots, sliced peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, green onions, radishes, avocados, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. 
Happy Healthy,
Elisa

7 layer dip

This is a family favorite. I have healthified it over the years and I am proud to chalk this one down as a healthy hit!  It is fast, easy, and yummy.

7 Layer Dip

2 large cans non-fat re-fried beans
16 oz. jar low sodium salsa
10 oz. bag spinach
quinoa cooked in broth or other low sodium, low fat flavoring
10 chopped roma tomatoes
3 chopped bell peppers
6 chopped green onions
3-4 cubed avocados

Chop the spinach very fine and stir into the re-fried beans.
Layer everything into 2 9×13 pans.
Eat on tortillas, with chips, or dip sliced green peppers.
I eat mine with a fork and no chips or tortillas but whatever floats your boat!