1-15-16 Food Diary

I fasted till noon and had my shake.

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A bit later I cut up carrots and cauliflower to snack on with the rest of the hummus I made the other day. My boys finished it off.

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I wanted something sweet so I cut up an apple to share with my boys.

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All went well until my family went to Dairy Delight, our local burger joint, to celebrate my son’s graduation from our home school complete with official diploma and transcripts.

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We let each kid spend $10 on whatever they wanted and I did the same. I tried to make good choices by getting a salad with dressing on the side, a garden  burger(veggie burger), and a shake. It turned out that the salad was covered in cheese and the burger was covered in mayo. Once upon a time that would have been delicious but I am used to my low fat versions of these foods and these things just tasted like fat.

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It was a good evening though. We ate at 6 and I stopped eating after that. We went home and played a non gambling version of 21.

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For exercise I walked with my mom and puppy a mile and a half and then played fetch with the pup for a while.

Food Diary 1-13-15

I am focusing on one goal a month. This month my goal is keeping my eating window at 8 hours. I start eating a noon and end at 8. I started doing this more than a year ago but was not 100% consistent so I am working on it. You can read more about the benefits of Intermittent Fasting and find out why I think it is awesome. When I took my course through the School of Natural Healing I learned about how the body digests and assimilates food and  I was taught that eating nothing, or just fruit until noon is optimal. That was years ago and now scientists are catching on to it. Interesting how that happens.

I started this blog in 2010 by journaling what I was eating. I have decided to continue on with that for a while. It will help me to keep honest in walking the walk that I teach and maybe it will give you some ideas on how to get more whole foods into your diet too!

  • Noon: my daily protein shake after exercising It has 1 cup water, 1/2 cup mixed berries, 1 T. flax, 1 T. hemp seed, 1/2 teaspoon Moringa powder, 1 scoop Amazing Grass greens, and 1 scoop Sun Warrior blend protein powder. I blend it in my Magic Bullet.
  • Today’s raw veggies were cucumbers and carrots. I made hummus to dip them in. The recipe was 1 undrained can of chickpeas, 1/4 cup tahini, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, the juice from 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon salt and a small garlic clove. I tossed it all in the food processor. It is a bit runny because of not draining the chickpeas which means it mixes well and dips well. I think I’ll make it thicker next time.
  • Dinner was Veggie Pot Pie with whole grain bisquit topping. Yum. I also cooked up some frozen peas and broccoli with some onion and a bit of butter.

That’s it for today. Actually, maybe I should log what exercise I am doing too. Today was an off day for exercise. I take Wednesday and Sunday off but I did work on my planking goal and did 30 seconds. I also did the Tabata method of High Intensity Interval Training with my Hula Hoop ! 🙂 Fun.

Brian’s Smoothie Experience

This smoothie is  the one I made for breakfast this morning with Paris Cos Lettuce, strawberries, bananas and water. My Mom engraved this mug for me. I think she should sell them on my website.

Brian has been giving whole foods a real heroic effort this week. He has not had tater tots all week!  For the most part his food has been simple and wholesome.  

This afternoon Brian was feeling a drain in his energy and felt like he wanted some caffeine to get going again. We are getting our home businesses going and can’t afford to be tired.  I say he ‘felt’ like he should have caffeine, but he did not actually have it. He asked me how to make a green smoothie so he could try out if it actually would give him energy.

I went out to the garden and grabbed him some kale, washed it, and put it in the blender that had about 2 cups of water that Brian had prepared. I blended it for him, then he put in 2 bananas and a few cups of berries. 

About 20 minutes later I saw him doing something with a little more spring in his step and asked if he had any more energy than a few minutes ago and he said “YES”.  I asked if it would be right for me to blog that the smoothie had given him energy and he agreed. 

Brian is not someone who believes something just because someone tells him it is true. He has to test it and think about it and ponder about it, etc.  He has slowly been coming over to ‘the dark side’ and his health has shown it. He rarely gets sick anymore and he tells people its because of how we eat. At one point in my health crusades he teasingly called me the ‘Health Nazi’. He is a tease and it was funny at the time, but look at where my efforts have gotten us. A healthy strong family. It is a mission in progress as life throws curve balls, but we are on a good path if my husband is asking for a green smoothie instead of a soda. 🙂

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