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I always thought reading labels meant looking at the nutritional values...

Sunday, July 03, 2011

I am on day 3 of my Detox, no processed foods, no dairy and no gluten type foods. A diet of lean protein and veggies was recommended by my doctor and I tried for 2 weeks, but was only able to limit my carbs to 2 servings a day. I was still having major cravings and giving in to them. I decided to do a 30 day detox to see what is going on with my body and see how I feel, since I have been having strange, wacky health issues.

Let me just say, I am amazed! Truly amazed! My cravings have subsided, I feel like I have total control over what I am CHOOSING to eat and my stomach feels much better than it has in years! (Although, I did eat some bad pineapple yesterday and that wasn't fun, but I knew right away what it was). This has shined a whole new light on things for me.

I have been reading food labels since I was about 10 years, old. I'm 33 now...I was always taught to read the food labels for the nutritional values. How many calories? Fat? Protein? Sodium, etc...

However, no one told me about looking at the ingredients. Believe it or not, I learned it from Jamie Oliver, by watching Food Revolution. It got me to thinking about the ingredients...I have been having stomach issues for about 10 years now and nothing has helped. Last year, when I first saw the Food Revolution show, a little light bulb went on. Recently I discovered I cannot tolerate Aspartame and Sorbitol, found in diet sodas, yogurt, gum, etc. This was a main reason why I stated this detox on July 1st.

What I am realizing after just 3 days
I think if we get a taste of how good it feels to eat healthy and unprocessed foods, it will make going back to eating them much more difficult. I went to the movies last night with a friend and the popcorn smelled amazing! As all movie popcorn usually does. (And I truly think they have popcorn scented air freshener throughout the theater because you can smell it everywhere!) While in line at the snack counter, I thought about how my body was feeling better. I thought, "I don't want to feel horrible or have my stomach go haywire during this movie". When I got to the counter, I didn't think twice before ordering bottled water. Yes, a $5.25 bottle of water. That has NEVER happened to me before! I am the one usually ordering a large diet coke with a box of candy or a kids popcorn thinking I did well. Both of those things would always send my stomach into a tizzy, and I now know that Diet Coke is a culprit as well!

I always thought I was doing so well by eating foods that were sugar free, lower in fat and considered "diet" or "healthy" foods, that I never considered what they were comprised of. Duh, Kristi, look at the ingredients list. A lot of the diet foods, i.e. Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, 100 Calorie packs, etc., are made up of different food preservatives, additives and such. I am finding that those things are a huge cause of my stomach and digestive issues.

Thank goodness I am finally figuring this out, my body is thanking me!

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SHELLE13 7/4/2011 12:17PM

    Thank you both!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/3/2011 3:13PM

    So glad you are feeling better and finding foods that work better for you. emoticon

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SRHALLIN 7/3/2011 2:10PM

    Yes! I, too, discovered the secret society of food label readers through Jamie Oliver! :D

You are right on the money. Knowing what it is we are putting into our bodies is such a critical element in taking proper care of ourselves.

Congratulations on discovering the sources of your health problems, and best wishes on your continuing journey to good health.

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Time to Detoxify!

Friday, July 01, 2011

So...for those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I have been having health issues and struggling with my weight quite a bit lately. I get re-motivated and start again, but have been frustrated because my body just does not want to comply.

I work as an outside sales rep, but I am also a consultant for Arbonne. Arbonne has a new program where you essentially eliminate all the toxins from your body for a month, then slowly add back in certain foods like dairy, whole grains, etc. I think I am going to try this since I know part of my health issues are due to problems with Aspartame, Sorbitol and some forms of Gluten. I haven't pinpointed it yet, but this might just be what I need to figure it out.

So...since today is July 1st and the program is 30 days, let's give it a go! I have nothing to lose but weight. I will try to update my blog as much as possible so you can see what progresses. The outline of the plan is below...the only change I am going to make is that if I truly feel hungry, I will have a piece of fruit or serving of raw vegetables. I need to feed my body better and deep down in my gut, I know it has something to do with the processed foods I eat, even if they are low calorie.

I will let you know how today goes, especially since I am supposed to go out to lunch (will be my protein and veg) and to a bar for a birthday (will have tonic water or something).

Wake up
Cup of Detox Tea - or -
Fizzy Tab (do this if you need caffeine first thing)

Protein Shake w/ Fiber Booster OR Healthy Whole Food Recipe

Fizzy Tab, or if you need something else a Chew, a piece of low glycemic fruit, or a small handful of raw nuts or fat (choose ONE of these options not all of them)

Protein Shake w/ Fiber Booster or Lean Protein and Greens: Refer to the detailed list of whole food options on the Optimal Food Choices Diagram. If you are eating out, eat protein and salad or protein and veggies. NO wheat pasta!

Fizzy Tab or if you need something else a Chew, a piece of low glycemic index fruit, or a small handful of raw nuts or seeds or small

Protein Shake w/ Fiber Booster or lean protein and greens: refer to the detailed list of whole food options on the Optimal Food Choices Diagram. If you are eating out, eat protein and salad or protein and veggies. NO wheat pasta!

DO NOT eat after 7pm Have a cup of Detox Tea after dinner if you want or unsweetened hot cocoa made with unsweetened Almond Milk

Recovery Shake:
If you workout intensely for an hour or more, make sure you have a recovery shake within 30 minutes of completing your workout. Your next meal will be within 4 hours or when you become hungry. The recovery shake is in addition to your healthy meal plan.

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SHELLE13 7/2/2011 7:29PM

    Thanks! So far so good! Down 1.2 for the week! Woohoo!

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RYDERB 7/1/2011 8:38PM

    Well that doesn't sound too bad. Let me know how it goes! emoticon

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Do you spend your week trying to make up for the weekend?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yes, I know I have been having health issues. So I don't want to beat myself up too much about this. But, I am doing one of the DG challenges and looked at my overall month. I am basically going down 2, up 1.8, down 2.2, up 1.2...It is a little frustrating. But, I know what part of the reason is...

After my weigh in at WW on Saturday mornings, I do well. Then I think I can eat a little of what I want here, and a little there and it ends up being 49 points later by Monday morning. It is not a good plan for me. I end up trying to make up for the weekend Monday through Friday. It's ridiculous. Hopefully, I am not the only one that has done this. And by the way, I don't recommend it if you are trying to lose. It is super frustrating! Mad at myself for allowing it.

Well, now I know. So what? I need a plan.

This week, I am going to allow myself to use 3 of my 49 extra points each day. But that's it! That means I will be using a total of 21 points, instead of the 49. This also gives me a little buffer zone. This will probably work out to about 1550 calories a day, which is perfect with Sparkpeople. I track both, points and calories because I tend to overdo with fruit sometimes since it is 0 points on WW.

Okay, blah! Now I got that out of my system. The rest of this week, I am going to stay under my 1550 each day, regardless of points because I am way over for the week. Thank goodness I track both!

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RYDERB 7/1/2011 8:35PM


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LENKA763 6/29/2011 11:28PM

    oh yeah...same like you I'm up an down up to 5 lb in a week.
and then down...and

well it is normal, but you have a plan just stick with it.

good Luck!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/29/2011 5:25PM

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BETHANY198325 6/29/2011 9:05AM

    Ugh. Totally! I am trying to get over this hump myself. Do great during the week and terrible on the weekends. Good luck trying to get over it. If you come up with some good strategies, be sure to help.

Though I might recommend trying to weigh in on Monday-that sometimes can help motivate you to be good over the weekend!

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ANGELOO29 6/29/2011 4:56AM

    I know the feeling! And I think tracking both places is an awesome idea! Getting a better idea all around of your intake.

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Processed food really is the devil!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I have had stomach issues for years. Over the last year, it has gotten tremendously worse! To the point sometimes, I don't want to leave the house. Might be a little TMI, but there might be someone who is reading this that is going through the same thing.

I went to my doctor and come to find out, my body has gone a little haywire. So, I am taking B12 supplements, probiotics and have to go in the sun 20 minutes a day without sunscreen. The latter has been difficult because I always put sunscreen on my face. Also, I am supposed to eat fruits, veggies, protein and I can have my greek yogurt. The rest I am not supposed to bread, rice, tortillas, processed foods, etc. Well, I have been eating this way for about a week, although I limited my carbs to 1-2 servings per day. Yesterday was my first day without carbs.

There is something to this! My stomach has settled down and feels much better. Last night, I ate something processed, it was low calorie, by accident. I had a couple of bites then realized, opps! I'm not supposed to have this. I stopped eating and threw it away. Guess what? I was up last night with a stomach ache and my stomach was burning this morning when I woke up.

I'm also finding that my migraines are disappearing, once I stopped drinking diet soda and chewing gum. I have been looking at articles online and noticed that several studies have found a link to migraines through aspartame. The less I ingest, the better!

All I can say is I'm going to be limiting my processed foods because it's not worth the pain! It's gonna be helpful for weightloss too!

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RYDERB 6/23/2011 9:05PM

    Hey! That's big news! I'm glad you're figuring it out! I've been thinking about trying to go gluten free. But so far everything I've tried also seems to be flavor free, and really expensive! emoticon

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 6/23/2011 1:27PM

    Amen to that! I have never had issues like what you have described but I can imagine what it's like. Glad to hear that it's making a difference!


We cut out pop years ago and only have a glass on special occasions. Water and milk are the only things you'll find in our house, lol. (and if all goes right we'll be making a change to almond milk or an alternative) But when I drink pop I feel like poo afterwards, so I'm always the one ordering water with lemon.

Same with processed foods. I've been removing them from our diet, some I can't get away with but for example I bake our own bread and cook dinner 95% of the time. We can totally tell the difference when we choose differently.


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    I have gone through that too. I swear its the processed food also. I can eat healthy for weeks and then slip up one time and eat out at a fast food place or something, even if it is from their "healthy" menu, I will be running for the bathroom within 30 min of eating. I think its the body's way of saying we don't need that crap!

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