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GNC smoothies

Monday, May 26, 2014

Had great post going, then lost it. Don't feel like tying to redo it right now, so here it is on my blog.
I've learned a lot about how foods affect my body in the last year, hopfully I can use it to lose this last 50 pounds!

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BECKYLIZ 5/27/2014 10:56AM

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MSFICOSCORE 5/26/2014 9:56AM

    Cheryl, this was a great blog. Thanks for sharing it! I've been using the GNC lean shakes myself (the chocolate liquid ones), and so far so good. Surprisingly, they do actually keep me full for a few hours. I think I'm going to start adding fruit to mine too. I really need a new blender and was wondering which one to try. You've got me to thinking!


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Happy new year! 2014 the year of GF, keep Eating Kale!

Friday, January 03, 2014

I find it very educational to go back over some of my older blog posts. Its so amazing how I can be so upbeat, have everything set to succeed then just fade off, gain back weight, com back, get all hyped up again, then repeat, repeat, repeat.

I am learning from my mistakes. I think back a few years and see how my eating has changed so much. Eating out is totally down to nothing. Well I should say fast food has disappeared from my life. If I eat out it's real food, like steak or chicken, real stuff not processed stuff like Subway or Wendy's, which is better the eating a whopper and fries but none of that stuff is good on a daily basis. Its just sodium and preservatives. If I'm out and starving, I'll grab a bag of almonds, cashews or pistachios, it fills me up and I just wait till I get home to eat.

I am still mostly eating primal. I avoid gluten because after not having it for three months starting last August I discovered I am actually gluten intolerant. On a low scale, not like I'll be deathly ill, I just feel like crap and eat bad food.

I know for a fact that eating gluten makes me tired, bloated and sets off cravings for junk food. I gained 8 pounds from Thanksgiving till New Year because I ate stuffing, cakes, bread, a few hamburger buns here and there. It was not even a daily thing but it brought back the tiredness, bloating cravings for other bad foods.

I've been gluten free since the 1st. I was mostly GF but would ruin it because I just wanted to have a "regular" Thanksgiving turkey sandwich (non-GF foods like stuffing & white bread) but it seems that for me once I eat gluten I feel crappy for days. So despite those setbacks I have learned something. I am getting closer to MY healthier way of eating. When I eat right the weight comes off.

I have stuck with eating kale every day in my shakes. I swear by that stuff! It has boosted my immune system like crazy! So far I have avoided one major illness that 5 other people in my household got and a round of strep throat that was also in my "circle" of people. I also add fresh spinach every other week for the iron boost as I tend to be anemic.

I've been happily using my Nutri-bullet for a few months now, love that thing!

So, while 2013 was not a huge year on the weight loss front, I've stayed in the same sized clothes and learned a whole lot.

We must move Forward, Not backwards, Upwards, not forward and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards ...better habits?

Yes I love the Simpsons!

  
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RYDERB 1/3/2014 11:56PM

    Congratulations on everything you've learned. And thanks for sharing that your Nutri Bullet is still going, and you love it. I always look at those, and wonder if they really work.

emoticon May 2014 be a year of health and happiness.

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The source of my bad cravings...gluten

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I am PO'd at the government for telling me that healthy was 5 to 6 servings of grain per day my entire life.

I've discovered that I have a gluten intolerance. Not big enough for me to to notice but after 74 days of no grains I ate a whole wheat pita and it bloated me up and made me want to sleep so bad I was falling asleep in the car.

I have no cravings for bad foods eating Primal, which is a gluten free diet.
Nothing tempts me, not pizza, cakes, cookies, nothing. I just do not want those foods. Two days after eating the pita I'm standing in line at the store eyeballing the candy bars!

I have discovered without gluten in my diet I have no trouble avoiding high fat and sugary foods. I always thought that sugar was the culprit when it came to my cravings but its gluten. I am very excited to discover this.

This is one of the oddest weight losses I have been through. I am not dropping pounds on the scale. Well I have dropped down 11 pounds but my body shape is changing, clothes fitting way differently. I have not added any exercise yet. I will start walking again but right now I'm just focusing on my eating.

My portions have just shrunk down to normal ones. I don't over eat because I'm not hungry. I get full and I'm done. This is not an effort like low fat low calorie eating is.

I would recommend trying a gluten free diet to anyone who has failed repeatedly at a low fat low calorie diet, its amazing how much easier it is! No willpower needed, it just works!

  
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MISSUSRIVERRAT 10/24/2013 7:41AM

    That is a great insight and amazing discovery. You definitely proved it to yourself and now can go back to controlling things in the way that you need to.

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CHRISTIECAT 10/22/2013 7:38PM

    I'm a picky vegetarian so that would be super hard for me but I think you are doing fantastic! Cravings are diet killers and with more gluten friendly options out there than ever you are in good company! Keep it up!

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SEVERINA418 10/22/2013 12:56PM

    I have often thought the same thing about myself, having a gluten intolerance, but I can't afford the lifestyle of eating without it. It's great to hear that you've nailed it, and that you know what makes you feel good!

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74 days no grain, back to zero

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I had a Greek pita today. Its been like 74 days since I had any grain flours. There is a place that makes the best gyro's and I was out with my husband and we stopped in and ate.
It was delicious but about an hour later my jeans started feeling super tight and I almost fell asleep on the ride home. So I really can see that grain is not my friend and even though I like the Greek pitas my body does not.

I tried some bread made from tapioca. Surprisingly its pretty good toasted, kinda reminded me of rye bread.

I ran across this yesterday www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7482/10-sign
s-youre-gluten-intolerant.html
and I think I do have a gluten intolerance, not enough to see it till I stopped eating it.
I have 5 of the signs, and I have an autoimmune condition. I am so glad I started eating this way, I feel so much better every day!

I'm not upset or mad that I "broke my record" I chose to eat it, it was not a cheat or a binge. I just wanted a gyro! I was curious to see if my body would be happy with the bread, and while I did not get diarrhea or stomach cramps or anything horrible immediately, I did feel bloated and very tired about an hour after. And I did end up going to the bathroom about 3 hours later, sorry for the yuck talk. I definitely feel better when I don't eat grains.

  
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RYDERB 10/22/2013 9:20AM

    Reading about your gyro, made me hungry. emoticon I'm glad you were able to enjoy it without paying too high a price. WOW. Where was that list, before I did my Whole30. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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BZJOHNSON 10/19/2013 6:49PM

    Yum!! But I know ... grains make me retain water everywhere!! It's rapid feedback that my body does not like them.

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SEVERINA418 10/19/2013 6:35PM

    Yes, gyros are the bomb! It's great that you're not beating yourself up over eating the pita! Keep up the good work, sweetie!

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Killed the GNC Blender on the go, got a NutriBullet...

Monday, October 14, 2013

On my quest for a blender. I have tried 6 blenders in the past two months.
I tried the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender, was too small and was not powerful enough to chop up frozen fruits very well. Lasted 2 weeks.

Oster My Blend 250-Watt Blender. Same issues. Was bigger but the cup was too tall and the frozen fruit kept getting wedged in the top part. This one lasted one day.

FARBERWARE 17-Piece Rocket Blender
This one started out good, used it about a 2 weeks, then the unit started smoking one day, one of the clear rubber rings got tangled up in the spinner thing, and that was returned as well.

I gave up on the small ones and picked up the Black & Decker Silver 12-Speed 700 Watt Blender.

I made two drinks with the black and Decker one so far. I'm not that impressed. All the stuff on the top just sits there while the stuff on the bottom gets pulverized. I actually took this back, the blade developed a big chip in it! I only used it with frozen fruit.

My husband brought home the GNC Blender on the Go. Was very impressed until it stopped working 4 days after using it. There is a piece that broke inside that needs to be there when you lock the cup in, it broke.

OK so am I an animal that beats the crap out of my appliances?? No. So why am I going through these things so fast?? I don't have full use of my left hand, I can only assume the way I have to hold things might have something to do with it? So I finally caved and brought something over $100, the $20 to $30 range was not working.
I brought the NutriBullet. It started out at $130. Was on sale at JC Penny and I had a coupon, plus 20% off for using my card I ended up paying like $86 for it.
BEST thing about it is its one handed operation!!!

Pop the cup in, push and turn lightly and off it goes! Push turn again, its off. No more hugging the machine and trying to get it to do stuff one handed. Yeah! It chops up the spinach and kale really good too.

This was spinach, raspberries & blueberries and a banana with protein powder. Yum.



So, here we go with blender, #6. I seriously hope its the last one. I really don't want to shell out 3 or four hundred bucks for a blender to make smoothies with, thats a little extreme.

I'm 67 days with Primal Blueprint. That's 67 days with no bread or pasta. I have has some basmati rice and potatoes here and there, thats it for starchy carbs. All my carbs come from vegetables and fruit and nuts. I've slowed down on the nuts big time. I get gurgle stomach when I eat them. My husband says its because I can't process then as I am lacking my gallbladder due to removal a few years ago. Almonds don't seem to be a problem I was eating a load of them but have not eaten much lately. Everything seems to be leveling out. I'm not eating big portions when I eat. I am having fruit smoothies with protein for a couple meals a day instead of eating a meat and veggie meal. I just go with what I feel like eating. My husband was home for the weekend and I actually had a big omelette for lunch both days, then a big dinner with meat and veggies. But now just eating for me I eat lighter. We actually made it a point to eat before going out so we would not have to eat out, where before we would just grab something out. My body fat is shrinking, its really cool and I've never had it work like this doing the high carb low fat diets. This is been a really great way of eating. My daughter is losing because she's trying to eat like me but still has bread sometimes. I thing the fruit smoothies are really helping her because she would eat nothing all day, then a huge meal. No vegetables! Now she adds a healthy fruit juice with a serving of veggies to her smoothie. Her nutrition has improved dramatically, and her weight is dropping as a result. My sister-in law is doing PB too and having excellent results.

My favorite way to make a "sandwich" is with romaine lettuce:



All good things are coming from PB lifestyle!

  
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RYDERB 10/22/2013 9:29AM

    I hope the NutriBullet lasts. I've been thinking about getting one, but haven't taken the plunge since I have a regular blender which works fine, but cleaning is a pain.Congratulations on your PB success!

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BZJOHNSON 10/19/2013 6:47PM

    Disappointing how few survived!! But I've heard similar stories from friends who are serious smoothie devotees.

My Oster is keeping up so far, but it does not do a great job with the spinach ... little bits floating in the mix are a bit off-putting.

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CHRISTIECAT 10/14/2013 7:37PM

    Love the blender reviews - I am daily smoothie drinker and am sure my blender will be dying soon enough. Will be looking to see how this one pans out! WTG on sticking with primal! Glad you are still feeling good!

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RUDITUDI2000 10/14/2013 5:08PM

    I love my vitamix, love making soup in 7 minutes..hot veggie & protein filled. Totally been worth the money, with 7 year warrenty.
Thanks for stopping in to encourage me!! I really appreciate it. You are having great success! I too love primal living! emoticon emoticon

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SUZIPAM1 10/14/2013 1:44PM

    what a lovely breakdown of the appliances - makes it so much better as Im in the market to buy too - thank you

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ARNETTELEE 10/14/2013 1:39PM

  You can try the Vitamix. It's quite expensive but a very great machine. I make smoothies, ice cream, and the most yummy peanut butter! I also do my salad dressing....

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