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Day 11: Learning, Learning

Saturday, August 25, 2012


REAL Sweets:
I love that unsweetened passion tea, Larabars, and fruit taste like candy to me! I use them sparingly and am working on savoring my food more.

Energy Getting Better:
Slowly but surely, I don't feel quite as zonked as I did in the past week. I am sleeping better too, thankfully.

Feeling a bit of heaviness in my body still which feels like I'm eating too much meat? Posting on the Whole 30 forum to see what changes to make. For now thinking of adding more veggies, especially raw.

Feeling good on this front. :)

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KCRADY 8/31/2012 10:42PM

    Hey Lotus! emoticon

A proper serving of protein should be about the size of the palm of your hand, give or take. The veggies should easily fill half your plate. It's a common mistake, in my opinion, to overcompensate with the protein... been there, done that. Listen to your body, make sure you get SOME protein with every meal and enjoy the veggies!

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Coffee = Noooooooooooo.....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


It appears Coffee + Smiling Lotus (does not)= TLA, TLF.

Let me explain.

I got a coffee earlier today to help myself wake up a little. It was a black coffee. It was a small coffee. I drank 3/4 of said coffee within...meh...2 hours? The result? Nastiness. I feel like I am overwired. Shaky everywhere. Buzzing beneath the skin. It's not the bestest of feelings, lemme tell you.

I'm a little surprised. I'm not the kind of person who feels affected by caffeine. Typically I could drink it late at night without a worry even. And I never really drink coffee, just chai, but ma-aaaan! Really not feeling especially lovely right at this moment. Perhaps it's due to the detox, to my body's reintigration to health and perhaps I have cleared away other junk so this reaction is what always is under the surface?

Regardless, this gal is grateful for the experience. I WILL watch coffee consumption. I will continue to learn, to take notes, and to grow.

Rock on, detox. Rock on.


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SMILING_LOTUS 8/25/2012 12:14PM

    Thank you so much, FLA. Coffee is pretty insane, eh? :)

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FLAMENM 8/22/2012 10:35PM

    Coffee makes me jittery, too. A cup and my heart races.

Keep on detoxing.

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Let's Talk About Detox, Baybeeeee! (Day 7)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I can't believe I've made it 7 days without blogging about my detox once. If you were from MA you might call me a "Whicked Slackahhhh!" but really, I have just been busy with work which, by the way, is AMAZING!!!

Just the same, I digress...

Today marks one full week of detox. Here is what has come up for me...

TIREDNESS: Man, am I tired! I am a person normally blessed with great sleep. I am not always the best at going to bed early enough (I am part human, part night owl) but I have definitely found myself tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep, dream-filled sleep, and then (the worst) waking up really tired. Like, ewwww. I know this is part of my body kicking the gunk out of my system, and I am so grateful for that, and in the meantime I will a) aspire to get to bed earlier, b) consume coffee at times which is quite unlike me, c) perhaps feel a lil' groggy. I'm ok with it.

GROUCHY?: I was grouchy the first 2-3 days for sure. It could surely be the detox, but there is a giant possibility it is due to the fact that I just returned from a very stressful visit to my then-very sick Mom. All is well now, my emotions have balanced out and I feel good about it.

COOKING: WOW! I am cooking!!! I am swimming in the Well Fed cookbook and finding myself mind-blown by the amazing recipes. Who knew I could cook? "Not I," said the mouse. Seriously. I have been spending mega amounts of time cooking (which is new to me and could be contributing to the tiredness) but that's OK. The weekend is near enough and I know it will take a little time to get into a groove. I'm down.

EATING FABULOUSLY: I am loving the food I'm cooking and I'm actually not having cravings other than emotional ones. I know, that sounds like I'm still having cravings but what I mean is that I haven't lunged for chocolate, etc., rather I crave things that are part of a routine. I keep thinking to get myself a chai, because that's my comfort food, and then I remember that I don't "do" chai. I'm actually looking forward to finding a way to make chai at home using coconut milk steamed. There must be a way to do this. Any suggestions???

NOT BEING TOO FRUITY: I am proud of myself for steering clear of being a fruit-a-holic, which is a big trigger for me. I'm buying fruits I wouldn't devour and taking time to enjoy the fruits I would devour instead of wiping it out in one sitting. Have had a small container of rasperries in the fridge that lasted about 4-5 days. Pretty bada**!

And maybe best of all, today I had an accidental sugar encounter which was a delightful learning experience. The woman at Starbucks swore up and down that their new caffeinated fruit beverage didn't have added sugar, just some sugar from the fruit juice itself. I took her word for it, had one sip, and said it was way too sugary. When she showed me the box it came from, the second ingredient was sugar. She just didn't realize how to read the label. It was a fantastic experience because a) I recognized the massive sugar in it, and b) I got a passion tea instead which had no sugar and tasted wonderfully sweet. LUCKY DUCKY!!!

All is going well, I'm pleased so far and seeing no reason to go back. I'm not losing massive weight yet (rather inches, and this is just speculation) and not feeling surges of energy yet, but I know it's coming. :) I'm not worried. I think (based on the Well Fed book) I could get my kitchen set up like a rockstar and focus on that. When I go out to eat I can be cautious. I'm thinking that maybe when I'm done my only "indulgence" will be beer every now and again? I love eating this way and see no reason to have pastas, rices, breads, or cheeses as part of my regular lifestyle. :)

Whoooo, whole 30, whoooo!

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SMILING_LOTUS 8/22/2012 4:52PM

    Thanks so much, T!!! :)

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TELFERS01 8/22/2012 1:27PM

  You go!

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Whole 30-bound

Monday, August 06, 2012

Next week I start 'The Whole 30' and I'm pretty jazzed. I definitely feel like I have some sugar addiction and I am ready to cut that out. It has been with me for my entire life. And as I watch my mom struggle with her life, on the cusp of leaving her body, I am left to ponder the importance of health RIGHT THIS SECOND instead of putting it off until later. I'm not getting any younger, none of us are, and this life isn't a dress rehearsal.

In preparation for the Whole 30, I have purchased the following:
-7 qt. crockpot
-Food spiraler (found on Amazon, to make zucchini noodles and things like this)
-Books: It Starts With Food (already read) and recipe book Well Fed (on the way)
-A bag for milking my nuts (haha, truly. I know it sounds awful).

I'm heading back to visit my family first, where I will navigate between the healthy and unhealthy worlds. I may overindulge on my Mom's delicious strawberry rhubarb pie, but I'm excited to do some healthy cooking with my niece. Recipes to try include the following: Zany Zoodles (zucchini noodles), Meat-za with Crazy Veggies (A pizza that skips the crust and uses meat as a base and is filled with fun veggies) and Magic Crockpot Dishes. Oh, and my homemade Upside down, inside out burger (no bun, tons of weird fun veggies).


It's a tricky time in life right now, a lot of big changes up ahead and some sadness afoot, but I'll be ok. I'm going to do the best I can with what I've got, and go from there.

As a commitment to my Whole 30, I plan to blog about it a lot (so I'm really aware of what's happening with my body), to NOT count calories or weight myself or take measurements for the month, and to commit to my health. I even started a Whole 30 group on here which I hope people join and support each other. Safety in numbers!!!!! :)

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ABETTERCHERYL 8/31/2012 11:20AM

    I'm starting the Whole 30 tomorrow and I think I'm going to go check out a food spiraler right now and take a look at that Well Fed book as well! Thanks for the suggestion!

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SMILING_LOTUS 8/22/2012 4:52PM

    Thank you, lovelies!!! Do you have a coconut milk recipe you can share? THAT sounds exciting!!! :)

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DETERM1ND 8/7/2012 1:52PM

    Milking nuts is easy. I've also made coconut milk. They taste incredibly good compared to store bought. I use the .5 cups nuts to 3 cups water amounts. I don't know if the nutrition info is accurate or not, but someone has put in that recipe if you use the nutrition tracker and a search term something like homemade almond milk.

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JUSTBIRDY 8/7/2012 8:45AM

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And another thing...

Monday, June 25, 2012

What I'm learning is that when we are in a state of excess weight, it takes a giant commitment to make the change. Perhaps when we have reached our goal weights we can have a pizza day, etc. but right now, in the need to surge all the momentum forward, we can't afford to splurge. Now I'm not saying we should go in denial and sit in a dark corner eating carrot sticks and all, what I'm saying is that to get things kicked up a notch we need to really and truly commit to our cause, or plan, and go fourth with vigor. There is plenty of pizza to go around afterwards when we are in maintenance and 2 pounds is no big deal compared to now when we are on our way DOWN and need the energy of the movement to send us DOWN. YESSSSSSSSS....

I think what we (or at least I) get caught up in, at times, is the ginormity of it all. How can I possibly lose all this weight? Ooooo what an undertaking! But you know what? It's do-able. It's one day at a time, one step at a time, one tiny move adding up to one bold forward sweeping direction. And when we have moments where we feel like we have fallen off, we can't sit there and wallow in the falling off and expect that will change, we have to pick ourselves up and surge forward again with furious momentum to keep things going. We can do this, every single one of us on here, it's just a matter of putting our minds to it and sticking to it to see it through instead of becoming wimpy, passive, lifeless souls who just drift along aimlessly without an agenda. Our bodies show us how much we care about ourselves, and by this I mean whether we are carrying far too much weight or far too little, or whether we are a shining example of the fact that we are vibrant and healthy and happy and showing it from the inside out.


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BLUEBIRDSFLY 6/25/2012 6:33PM

    I loved this blog. It is true that our bodies announce to everyone just how much they are tended to and loved.
I have really kicked things into gear the last week but the irony is that I have also been put on premarin so I think I am actually blowing up while I am working out.
One of life's sweet ironies emoticon emoticon
I wish you all the best and hope to hear how it's going along the way.
Hugs from Montreal,
Naomi (bluebirdsfly)

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