Monday, April 02, 2012
Well, this weekend I was all pumped up and excited to do the Dr. OZ weekend cleansing diet. I went to Whole Foods Saturday morning and bought all the fresh organic fruits and veggies that I needed to do the cleanse. I decided not to try it on Saturday because it was too late in the day by the time I got the food. I didn't want to begin with breakfast at 11am. So I waited until Sunday morning to begin. I woke up all fresh and ready to begin on Sunday morning. My first meal was quinoa with prunes and rice milk. I've had quinoa before and liked it and I have had prunes before and didn't mind them either. However, together, they are terrible!! I continued through the morning drinking the pomegranate/pineapple/lemon juice and then made the blueberry banana smoothie for lunch. Again, I thought the smoothie would be yummy because I like both bananas and blueberries. However, the blueberry smoothie did not have much taste. I ate about half the smoothie and then caved. It was very difficult drinking a very bland blueberry smoothie for lunch while my family ate McD's all around me (my husband in the end opted not to due the diet with me). So, I quit for the day and said I would give it another go on Monday when everyone was at work/school. I also made a plan that I would eat all the food, but would eat it separately. Again, today, I made it through lunch and then caved. So, I am now giving up on this idea of detoxing/cleansing. The only thing this 48 hour diet did for me was to lead me astray from the healthy eating habits that I had created for myself over the past few weeks.
Tomorrow is a new day. I am looking very forward to putting this whole detox diet idea behind me and get back to my healthy way of eating. I had made a promise to myself when I started SparkPeople that I would not eliminate any food from my diet (other than soda) and I would learn how to portion control my food to fit within my calorie range. I was doing very very well with this (before my "great" detox idea). It's funny... even though I told myself if I really crave chocolate and had the calories left at the end of the night, I would allow myself a piece of chocolate, I rarely ate the chocolate. I usually opted for a fresh apple instead. I was definitely starting some new healthy habits that I was proud of. I will be getting right back those tomorrow morning!
So, my recommendation on the detox/cleansing diet is - don't do it unless you really don't mind tasteless food and don't have much of an appetite to begin with! I would have been way better off just sticking with my healthy eating habits and never strayed into this idea of a detox diet. In the end, I bet I've actually gained weight instead of lost weight because of the massive 2 day rollercoaster.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Yesterday, SLIMKATIE from a blog that I read regularly, www.runsforcookies.com mentioned and recommended a new documentary type of movie titled Hungry for Change.
Here is the link: www.hungryforchange.tv/
This morning, my curiosity got the best of me and I sat down at my computer to take a peak at the movie to see what it was all about. Little did I know, I would get sucked in and spend the next hour and a half watching the show. Needless to say, it was a very good movie and I was hooked! This documentary is all about changing to a more natural way of eating, something I am always envious of in people that are able to do this. Every time I try to eat the Whole Foods/Real Foods way of eating, I begin working the processed stuff back in about 2 weeks later for my family and then for me. But, one thing that this movie did make me rethink is another detox/cleansing. I have been feeling very bloated lately, so I felt it was time to give detox another run. I usually use the RenewLife system that you can get at Whole Foods, but this time I think I will try Dr. Oz's 48 hour weekend cleansing diet which is more fruit and vegetable based instead of a tablet you take for 30 days.
Here's the link to what my next 48 hours will look like!
My husband says he is going to try this with me. In the morning, I am going to run to the store to get everything on Dr. Oz's shopping list. My goal come Monday is for some of the heaviness/bloating that I feel to go away (in the past a detox has helped). I know cutting back on salt and drinking lots of water helps too, but doing a cleansing diet also helps puts me in a better mindset when it comes to eating healthy. So, here goes!
Have you ever tried a detox/cleansing diet? If so, how did it make you feel during and after?
Thursday, March 15, 2012
On Monday, I underwent a little planned surgery on my bladder. It has been a painful last couple of days, but today I am feeling much much better. Leading up to the surgery day, I had hoped to maintain my healthy eating and tracking habits, however, that never really happened. I pretty much just ate anything I wanted or my husband made. So, now that I am feeling so much better, I am ready get right back into things and pick up where I left off. I am not allowed to do any kind of activity or exercise for 4 weeks until my follow-up, which will be very difficult. We have been treated with such a beautiful stretch of weather here in New England and Fenway and I would love to go for a walk to enjoy it. I had scheduled this surgery for March thinking March is usually a long boring month with crappy weather. Boy was I wrong! Oh well, at least in 4 weeks, the surgery will be completely behind me and I will be able to exercise again - better than ever - something I have waiting several years for (until my husband and I were certain we were done in the babymaking category!). Anyways, I am happy to be back blogging and am looking forward to reading all the inspirational stories that I love finding on SparkPeople!
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Well, I just went to the kitchen to pull together dinner for the family when I realized "Oops! I used the onion for last night's dinner and forgot to pick another one up today." So, as I now procrastinate about what to cook for tonight's dinner, I am going to sit down and write about last night's dinner because it was really that good!
Let me begin by saying, I am totally a meat and potatoes type of eater and love anything that screams "comfort". Through my weightloss journey, I am not willing to give up my meat and potatoes lifestyle, so instead, I will learn how to make it more healthy. One thing that I discovered about 6 months ago was Grass-fed Beef. Have you ever tried it? If not, I highly recommend giving it a try the next time you are cooking with beef. I was skeptical at first as well. But now this is the only kind of beef we eat. I know it is more money, but it is sooo worth it, I promise! Did you know that besides having a much better texture and tasting phenominally good, there are many very good health benefits that go along with grass-fed beef?
Grass-fed beef (compared to regular beef):
* is lower in calories and total fat
* has two to four times more Omega-3 fatty acids
* is rich in CLA (conjugated Linoleic Acid) - a potent defense against cancer
* is higher in Vitamin E
* is so much more tastier and has a much better texture (did I already say that?!)
So, now that you know I love comfort foods and will only eat grass-fed beef, here is the link to the recipe that I made for dinner last night that we really liked. It is from CookingLight's website and is called "Beef and Vegetable Pot Pie" (313 calories, 8.5 grams of fat, 22 grams of protein, and 37.6 grams of carbohydrates per large serving).
Obviously, I used grass-fed beef instead of ground sirloin. Since we don't like mushrooms, I substituted 1/2 cup of frozen green peas. As for the wine, I used whatever we had left. I think it was about 1/3 cup of Syrah. I did use the entire can of breadsticks for the top, but this is completely not necessary. I love bread, but this was just too much bread. Next time I cook this, I will only use 1/4 or 1/2 of the can and cut the breadsticks in half the long way before weaving them on the top. Or, I will look for a much healthier solution all around the next time I'm in the store. I imagine changing up the bread would also decrease the calories and carbs as well - always a good thing!
Now that my procrastination time is over, what should I make for dinner tonight?!
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Last week when I finally had enough guts to make the jump from Stage 1 to Stage 2 (it only took me 8 months!), one of the goals that jumped out at me was to set up a system for storing left-over dishes. I'm really not a left over person, so I never really gave this much thought. But over the last week, I have learned just how easy my lunches can be by reheating a portion of dinner from the night before. I have given this so much thought over the last week (that's me, research, think, research, think, plan, and finally plan some more - a little bit of OCD). In the past I had a whole cabinet full of some nice genuine Tupperware. But, through the years, my supply has dwindled. My husband recently admitted to me that half the time he takes the left overs to work, he forgets about them, they stay there in the fridge too long uneaten and then he just throws the container away because he couldn't bear to open the container to see what it smelled like!! Really?!!! So, I decided it was best to invest in a stash of the reusable/disposable plasticware that wouldn't break the bank when I needed to restock the supply. Today, I went to Target to pick up a couple packages of these containers in sizes that would be most beneficial to us - the individual portion sizes. The packages sat on top of the counter until after lunch because I just couldn't fit them into the "don't open the door too fast because everything will fall" Tupperware Cabinet.
After lunch, I took it upon myself to organize this cabinet. Anything that was cracked, didn't have a top, or I haven't used in the past year went to Tucker for the sandbox. It's funny how the smallest things make 4 year olds so happy. My trash has kept Tucker busy in the sand box for about 45 minutes now and allowed me to finish up my cabinet cleaning project.
Do you think my husband and kids will notice the difference and will work with me to keep it organized? I give it 3 days max!
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