Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Some people have been trying to tell me to do this Whole30 program. It seems pretty similar to the Paleo lifestyle. Even a lot of the recipes I found online were taken from Paleo diet cookbooks.
I don't know if I could do it! Plus, it seems a little confusing too. It says to avoid legumes, but on their approved shopping list, it says you can have Green beans and snap peas?
No dairy at all.. I've cut dairy out for 6 months before, so I could do that again. However, my Doctor now recommends me to have Activia everyday to have the active cultures help with my bowel problems. One yogurt every week day does cut back on my stomach problems... so I don't see why I would want to cut that out again.
If I ever did try to do this program, I think I would have some problems with it! It has been almost 3 years since I cut out red meat from my diet, and I don't want to add it back now. The yogurt has been helping me out, so I don't know another way to have active cultures added to my diet unless I try expensive pills. I feel like I could cut out the rest of the restrictions though- no processed foods, no sweeteners, no alcohol, no grains, no beans, no dairy (besides yogurt). The grains would be hard for me because I have brown rice and wheat pasta about once a week.
I can see how some of the restrictions are really good. No sugar or processed foods sounds great! I just don't think I could cut exchange one serving of peanut butter with one serving of no sugar added bacon.
I Would love to hear some feedback about this program! Have you done it?
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Hi everyone! It has been so long since I wrote anything. Here is an update about what is going on! I miss everyone! I try to read some pages when I can, but I have been so busy :( It has been a happy busy at least.
-I have been in my new house for 70 days now! I still can't believe it! We painted every room and did a lot. We did so much that now we don't feel like doing anything else haha. Our "To Do" list is very long!
-My garden has tomatoes, peppers, snap peas, green beans, and cucumbers! I can't believe our seeds did so well! I have containers, a raised bed, and even used some of the front yard to plant! I am planning on having a bigger garden next year too!
-I have to start 5K training again! I am signing up for a race on Nov 8th! Brrrr! My friend has an autistic son, and the race is to support the cause! I haven't been doing much exercise besides walking with the dog twice a day, so I really need to step up my game!
-I have been trying different things in the crockpot the past few weeks! Stuffed peppers with brown rice, ground turkey, and diced tomatoes! Yum! I want to try lasagna this weekend!
-Work has been busy, and I am also taking summer courses. I have so much homework and quizzes during the shortened sessions! Ahh!
-I have been trying to Spark more often. It is tough because most of my time on the computer is spent at work or at home doing schoolwork!
-I love GRILLING on the charcoal grill! Chicken, homemade turkey or chicken burgers, corn - yum!
Life is good! I want to exercise more, but I need motivation. Once these two classes are over next week, I won't have homework/studying as an excuse anymore! I am not looking forward to less sunlight at night, but I am looking forward to the cooler weather! This 5K race will hopefully help bring me on the right track! I need to Keep Sparking!
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Happy Thursday everyone! I have been having a hard time updating my Sparkpage and doing the 5% challenge lately. First I had tax season (which is over!) I have had more free time away from work, but I have been filling it with other things.
A fortune I got the other month has helped me out recently: "Anything is possible with a willing heart". I try to stay positive the best I can even though it can be extremely tough sometimes. At times, it seems like I will never reach some of my goals, but I keep pushing forward! I keep working hard at what I do, and I keep being myself. I keep believing in myself and try to realize that I am the one that needs to keep believing in myself the most to have good things happen. I even need to be the one who is OK with the not-so-good things. Life is about perspective and attitude! I have been pretty happy even though my life isn't perfect. No one has a perfect life no matter what it looks like from the outside.
I am still having some stomach problems. I went to a specialist who put me on Cholestryamine. The Doctor thinks my body never fully adjusted to my missing gall bladder. It is normally used for lowering cholesterol, but it also can help with bile salt problems?? He wants me to use the powder mix twice a day, once 2 hours after breakfast and also 2 hours after dinner. I eat dinner at different times, and sometimes I don't have the chance to take the medication. I don't know how it will work out unless I get a more regular schedule after work. At least M-F I am at work, and I eat my breakfast the same time every day. The specialist also told me I SHOULD have dairy. The last Doctor I saw told me to stop having dairy. I stopped for at least 6 months, but now I am eating Activia every morning per the Doctor's orders.
I will probably still use almond milk and coconut milk as replacements for regular milk because I like both of them! I will still try not to eat too much cheese. Just because I can have it again doesn't mean I have to go on a binge!!
There is a lot more going on besides the Iffy health issues. My blood pressure is still great, I feel good, and life is GREAT. I do need to exercise more. I have been walking more, but I want to do more physical exercise like zumba again. Even though I thought I would have more time to myself after tax season, I have filled up that time already. Instead of doing tax season work, I am now doing New Home research and planning! Oh, and I have been trying to pack at my house and my boyfriend's place! I finally found a house to buy with my boyfriend, and we are planning on settlement at the end of May! I am excited, nervous, and a bit stressed about it! There is so much paperwork I have been getting, and I have to wait for some of it. The waiting part really gets me antsy sometimes! I am trying my best to be happy and not stressed, but I just want everything to go smoothly so we can settle this month!!!!!!!!
I am so excited about moving in to my own home, but everything is SO expensive. I just had my yearly review at work, and I got a raise which came at the perfect time. Every little bit will help! Also, I am going to take some accounting classes at the local community college. I haven't been in college since 2005, so it will be tough getting back into School Mode. I am nervous, but also glad I will be learning more which will help my job. My bosses want me to take the classes so I will be able to do more at my current job. They even offered to pay for the classes, so that makes it even better! It is such a nice feeling to know that my bosses really appreciate me and they are willing to invest in ME.
Once I move in and get everything semi-together, I can FINALLY start cooking all of my meals! There are so many recipes I want to try. I am excited about cooking, and I am also excited about having a bigger garden! We started some tomatoes, peppers, and basil seeds indoors. I want to create one or two raised beds at the new house! We also want to plant cucumbers, green beans, snap peas, and squash! I am so excited about being able to cook, and hopefully the plants grow well so I can cook what I am growing!
I still love this website, and hopefully I get the chance soon to visit all of your SparkPages. I really miss reading about everyone!
I haven't written down goals or myself in a long time, so I want to do it for the rest of the month:
-Go Kayaking at least once. I bought a deal online
-Get 1,200 fitness minutes
-Eat more fruits & veggies
-Try to remain as calm as I can/try to be less stressed
-Stay close to my goal weight
-Start tracking my food again
-Stay Positive the best I can
-Start 5K training again!
-Take time to RELAX and do things for me - Pet Fair this month!
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