Sunday, January 26, 2014
I made it back from Florida! I couldn't get wifi the last couple of days there, so I just finished my last Fatlosers.com coaching session. I learned that I need to maintain urgency and live like it is impossible to fail.
I decided to mix my diet up. Thursday I went with my mother and husband to a raw foods class, taught by a raw foods lifestyle coach. She was 51 and in excellent shape. She has been eating this way for over 20 years. Her son, around 8 years old was with her. I watched him eat dried seaweed for a snack.
I am going to try to summarize what I learned. I am going to share my notes with you, and warn you ahead - it will be a bouncy read! I will also give you her web site if you want to learn more. She loves to share information - emailed me tons of articles after I left.
A raw food diet is one that centers around raw vegetables and raw fruit and nuts. It is a plant-based lifestyle. Meat, poultry and fish are not part of the diet. Vegetables and fruit are not cooked. Dehydrated vegetables and fruit are okay. And, organic is preferred. Especially if it is apples, grapes and bananas.
She said to pick the % of raw vs cooked that we would feel comfortable starting with. (50%/50% or 75%/25%, etc)
During the class we ate celery stalks (cleanses palate) and dates (for energy). We also had "ice cream" made of frozen banana, raw chocolate, cocoa nibs, raw almonds, raw carob, vanilla, honey, dates and coconut oil.
My husband actually liked it!
The goal is to eat 80% carbs, 10% fat, and 10% protein.
Look for foods that say "raw", "cold pressed", "virgin".
One biggie is not to have carbs and protein in the same meal.
So, if you are still eating some meat, fish or poultry, don't eat it with a potato or rice - eat is with veggies. If you are eating rice or potato, eat veggies with it.
If you want to lose weight, eat alkaline, raw and super foods.
If you are eating for health and are at your goal weight or in the maintenance stage, eat organic, raw, vegan, alkaline and super foods.
If you want to detox, drink alkaline vegetable juices and super foods.
If you are focused on environment, eat organic, local, in season, fresh/raw (unprocessed).
Frozen fruit is ok.
One of the best foods you can eat is kale. She dried them at 50 degrees then spraying a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled spice on them. We tried them and they were quite good. She told us she eats 6 heads of lettuce per day! It is filled with water.
Start your meal eating fruit and don't eat cooked food with fruit.
Buy non-irradiated herbs.
Cook with coconut oil.
She also talked about not drinking water out of a plastic bottle, and suggested drinking it out of glass. She had sliced fruit in her water (peaches, blueberries and pineapple). Purified water is better than spring water.
She suggested that we watch several movies...
1. "Tapped" (about water) http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/tapped/
2. "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/
3. "Forks Over Knives"
4. "Rescue Engine 2 Kitchen"
She also recommended the book "20/10/10" by Dr Douglas Graham.
Oils are also important. The fastest absorption is the bottom of your feet.
We tried "citrus" which is an energy enhancer.
"solace" is calming and you can put drops in your water.
"frankincense" stops the proliferation of cancer cells.
"on guard" helps prevent illnesses. you put a drop on the palm of your hand and rub them together. It smells like cloves.
"Past tense" goes on the back of your neck to stop a headache.
"peppermint" oil can be used for headaches or hot flashes (put on back of neck)
She also recommended buying PH test strips at the drug store to test your alkaline level. You want it to be at 7.35 Processed food, animal protein and refined sugar can make you too acidic. She suggests testing your urine for at least 2 weeks.
The raw foods lifestyle coach's name is Shari Leiterman.
Her web site is www.rawsomeliving.org
Her facebook address is www.facebook.com/rawsomeliving
If you are interested in oils; go to www.thinkdoterra.com/9155
I hope that gives you some useful information.
She recommended the book "Modern Essentials" (oils)
So, today I bought a juicer/shaker/kneader at Walmart on sale for $79.95
I also bought a coffee grinder to grind nuts. I bought a bunch of veggies and am going to give it a try. I have been eating a lot of salads. I still like my soup and my oatmeal in the morning, so I thinking I will start with 50%/50%. I also like fish, so I don't think I will ever get to 100%, but I am making sure I don't eat a carb with a protein!
I liked the oils, so I think I will pick some up.
Have a great week!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Today's topic on Fatlosers.com was Cause and Effect.
We first must distinguish between the two. Siebold uses "laziness" as an example. Some people blame laziness for their obesity. Siebold explains how this is an effect of not believing that one can succeed. If one believes they can succeed, they will eat better and exercise which in turn will banish laziness.
Belief is the cause, behavior is the effect.
I must attack the cause of the problem.
Do I have what it takes?
HECK YES!! I do have what it takes! And so do you - if you didn't you wouldn't be on this site, taking advantage of this resource.
So, together, let's pay close attention to our actions and thoughts surrounding food.
We can do this!
On another note, today my husband was feeling a lot better so we went on our annual bike ride around Sanibel Island. It was a little chilly and rained most of the time, but we didn't let that stop us.
We took different bike paths this time and saw houses we haven't seen before. We also went to JN Darling Wildlife Refuge
It was a beautiful eight mile through the refuge. We saw flamingos, pelicans, egrets, swans and an assortment of other birds.
We looked for alligators but didn't see any (must have been too cold).
We also biked to the Sanibel Light House.
We saw many dolphins swimming in the bay. The battery in my phone died so I couldn't get a video :(
Anyway, at the end of the day we biked over 3 hours. It was so nice to get outside and get fresh air. We kept getting texts and calls from our sons and work = they got bombed with a snow storm in Delaware and Maryland. We were quite happy to miss it!
We went to dinner at the Bubble Room. It is quite an unusual restaurant on Captiva Island, Florida. The food is delicious.
So, we were supposed to fly home tomorrow. Right now flights are delayed.
My husband went online to Frontier and found that we could change our flight to Friday for free due to the bad weather. We changed it! We will stay with my parents in Punta Gorda for two days.
And, to my Sparkfriends up North - stay warm!
Monday, January 20, 2014
First, I thought you would enjoy watching and hearing this little video of the little baby birdies running back and forth in the water.
Today I got a nice 3.5 mile run in this morning, and took a beautiful 3 mile walk this afternoon along the coast of Captiva Island, Florida.
My collection of shells:
Today's fatlosers.com coaching session focused on "habits". I have to say, my light bulb turned on as I thought about today's session.
And, what great timing at the start of the 5% Winter Challenge!
I had to figure out what my positive habits are, and I have to say, the following should all help me succeed...
1. Being prepared (I have girl scouts to thank for this)
2. Staying positive and not giving up (can't help it, I have always had the mentality that it will all work outl )
3. I am fair (as an employer I learned this early on)
4. Being organized (I can't think if there is clutter, not being able to find something would drive me nuts)
5. Being open-minded. (I love to hear other's points of views and is probably why I am such a great delegator at work)
And, interestingly enough, my worst habits all center around my health...
1. Eating unhealthy foods
2. Eating too much food
3. Wavering on and off exercise programs
4. Eating out too much
5. Too much social drinking (alcohol)
I was then asked...On the scale of 1 -7 being most often, how often do I think for myself as opposed to following others blindly?
LOL, this is a big part of the problem -- I am at 6!! Yes, that is correct! Why is that a problem you ask???
I am the one who initiates most of our social events. It is me!! Now, don't get me wrong, this works great while running a business, but not when planning social events.
So, what am I going to do about it? Well, I thought about it as I walked this afternoon and I am going to suggest more activities outside the food/alcohol venue. I talked to my husband about our group taking salsa lessons together, and I am going to think up more things to do. I told him we have to do other things, not just meet up to eat and drink all the time.
Through these 17 days, I have focused on tracking all my food. I have gotten into that habit. I am also focused on exercising every day.
Healthy habits is what it is all about! What are your habits going to be during this challenge or season? What will you build on?? Which ones do you need to drop?
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Today is the first day of the Winter 5% Spark Challenge.
1. Fitness Minutes are crucial. Make sure you get them in every day, no matter what - no excuses!!
2. Track your food and stay in your suggested calorie range.
It is an 8 week challenge. We can all do this. We will take it day by day and week by week. Following the 2 steps above will get us there!
When the 8 weeks are done, we are all going to be so happy that we did!!
I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT !!!!
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