Crickets….

Well, if crickets were out in January….

Sigh. So I have stayed with my eating habits but had to modify life a bit over the last month. I knew it was coming as we were working on moving. Then the big moving push hit and there just wasn’t enough time in the day to write. I was juggling normal daily tasks which included schooling my kiddos and trying to pack up our life. I was exhausted every day and honestly, I still am exhausted! BUT we are moved into our new house and I am trying to get back to normal. School has been great the last two days and I love the layout of our house.

So food. We have had to do some eating out which total threw a wrench in my kids’ eating chemical-free foods. Life happens. If we went to Skyline, I had a baked potato with chili and cheese. If we ran through a drive-through I had a salad with grilled chicken or a burger with no bun. Iย was sticking to the basics. Basically I made sure I was gluten free(I know from my past experiences that I can have trace amounts from foods touching gluten). Hopefully by now you have made it to your 21 days and you are trying to reintroduce foods. By this point, you would only want to try one food at a time and note how you feel after exposure to the food. Oh and I am still trying to FIND some of my food and hoping to dig out my nutribullet for a smoothie tomorrow. Ha!

I will post more tomorrow and try to get back to my menu over the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Monday-Jan. 9, 2017

Wow this Monday has been a long time coming for me! I have been doing a little school over the break but mostly just readalouds and the occassional math lesson. Today was great! We got a lot accomplished and it was a peaceful day. 

I wanted to keep my routine simple, so I ate one of the scones with my coffee. My goal isn’t to lose weight, just to be gluten free and get the chemicals and sugar out of the house. The scones’ chocolate chips are still low in sugar and they aren’t being eaten with anything but, if I were doing THM they would be a no, no. The flour is too high in carbs.

For lunch I had an avocado with salt and pepper and a fried egg and little bit of sharp cheddar. I am starting out slow. I’m not sure if my stomach liked that much avocado! It didn’t sit well with me. Has anyone else ever felt nauseous from avocado?

For dinner we used some leftover chicken and broth I had made and threw some quonoa and rice noodles in. Threw green beans from the freezer(heated up of course) and dinnrr is covered. 

 

Sunday Jan. 8, 2017

It’s day 7. I can’t believe a week ago was NewYear’s day and we were eating pork sauerkraut. 

Today I attempted to make gluten free waffles that could be frozen and toasted throughout the week for my kids. The batter was too thick for the waffle iron and took forever to cook. It was getting too close to when we needed to leave for church so I threw chocolate chips in the batter and made scones. They baked as we got dressed and I left them in when we left but turned the oven off. They turned out as a perfect treat! I will attempt a new waffle batter another day. 

So menu for today….

Breakfast- coffee and a piece of waffle

Lunch- leftovers

Dinner- leftovers

The greatest part about making an effort to eat at home also means lots more food!  If you don’t like leftovers you may want to look into freezer meals. Make smaller portions or cut a recipe in half then use the other half of your meat for a freezer meal. 

Saturday-Jan. 7, 2016

I have a confession to make…..
I am not a morning person. I don’t like to eat first thing in the morning and by the time I make my kids’ food and get a few things done I end up eating brunch. So that happened a lot this week. My schedule of breakfast, lunch and dinner for me usually was more like lunch and dinner. 

I am also now writing this on Sunday morning. So it is more of a diary of how my day went yesterday. It’s a bit of a blur trying to remember! I woke up and had my coffee(that will never change) and I packed boxes. We are preparing to move so that has consumed my brain for weeks. I had planned to make gluten free waffles for my kids and they were all bummed when I wasn’t ready to do it. It WILL happen, just not today! 

For brunch(around 10:00) I ate leftover chicken, risotto and green beans. It was delicious! 

We had a yummy roast with peas, carrots and mashed potatoes for dinner. I loved smelling rosemary and thyme all day in the crockpot and sooo easy!

What is a habit you need to change?

Day 5- Jan. 6,2017

It’s Friday!!! Woohoo! We made it. I am excited to be writing this blog and sharing my passion with others. โค

I have my story written out on this blog. It is why I started in the first place. I love reading about nutrition and how we are made to eat foods put on this earth for our nourishment. I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t grow up on a farm or have any clue how our food industry worked until I started watching documentaries and reading books. It is so important to know what we are eating. I had always had the “ignorance is bliss” attitude about life in general. I was trying to eat what I thought was healthy because the box told me it was natural. The bottom line is that even the ingredients listed can be misleading. I had to change my outlook and eat real foods that weren’t coming from a box or a can. 

I just want to encourage you to have an open mind. Start small but ditched the processed foods or at least find a whole-food based convenience food(but you will pay A LOT for it). Find one day of the week for a couple hours to prep foods so you don’t have an excuse to get the junk foods. Maybe you need to look at where your time is going….could you watch your favorite  shows from the kitchen? Maybe not get sucked into Facebook or Instagram? What is wasting your valuable time? 

Don’t give up! Oh, and one more thing, if you don’t feel better or maybe you get worse fatigue or a cold, etc it is very likely that your diet is working!!!! I can’t stress this enough! Your body has to detox at the cellular level everything you have put in as fuel over the last few months or maybe even years. It is gross. The first time I ever gave up foods it was gluten. I went through MAJOR withdrawals and I remember feeling like crap and having a cold. It was a very short time and then by day 10 I was feeling great and I never looked back. You can read this many places and you won’t believe it until you experience it, but carbs and sugar are addicting and you have to detox. 

Drink lots of water. ๐Ÿ˜Š Enjoy what you CAN have like a nice coffee(no sugar) or put some fruit or lemon in the water. Maybe a hot tea is your thing? 

Find a good chocolate(70% or darker) if you miss chocolate. This works for me. My Mom hates dark chocolate so she would rather get Lily’s stevia-sweetened chocolate. 

Let me know what you are craving! I can try to give you some more ideas. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Day 4- Jan. 5, 2017

I am happy to report that everyone in our house is doing well on their new eating plans. My kids were driving me crazy, especially my oldest. When you’re in the moment it is really hard to see the problem but I knew the uncontrollable behavior and brain fog he was displaying was not him. He had gotten progressively worse over this school year. When he was little, he was on a fairly strict diet of whole foods and snacks were free of chemicals and preservstives. This year, we began shopping at Aldi and I began buying things I would NEVER buy my kids to eat, like PopTarts and Cheezits. Then the holidays came and he had Halloween candy and that was the major switch. He hadn’t been the same since. Don’t get me wrong, my kids have always been allowed to fully participate in birthday parties and special events, but they have always had problems controlling their bodies afterwards! So today as I type this I am sooo thankful to see the light and my kids returning to normal. ๐Ÿ˜Š

That reminds me, how are you doing? I would love to hear from you! Comment below or on my Facebook page and tell me what changes you are trying this year. 

Today I wanted to mention that it is good to start slow! For me, when I first tried new things, I eliminated all chemicals in our home. I buy a concentrated cleaner from Shaklee that lasts forever and refill spray bottles(no bleach or other harmful chemicals). We don’t use anything with dyes or preservatives. I try to buy organic fruits and vegetables when possible(at least soak them if you have conventional). Our toothpaste is also free of these fake chemicals. My oldest had never had sugar or juice and had cavities so I began investigating. He has been cavity free ever since we made the switch!

So, when I went gluten free, I found this recipe for Cream of Something mix! It has  cornstarch in it, but it’s way better than what you buy in a can๐Ÿ˜Š

Cream of Something Mix

  • 2 Cups Powdered Milk
  • 3/4 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup Chicken Bouillon(buy a good quality one. MSG-free!)
  • 2 Tbsp dried onion flakes
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning

Add 1/3 cup dry mix to 1 1/4 Cups of cold water in a small sauce pan. Put it on medium heat and continuously wisk until thick. 

Today’s breakfast is leftovers! By Thursday I usually have a decent amount of food and since I roasted a chicken on Monday, we have some extra chicken. I will probably have some broccoli too! I know, it’s not what we think of as breakfast but I will have a smoothie at lunch. ๐Ÿ˜Š By the way, my kids usually have Nature’s Path Envirokids cereal or Simple Truth Organic cereal. They like it dry or with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk. They like smoothies too but I don’t usually make theirs as a meal, just a snack. 

Dinner- Chicken and Rice Bake

  • Cream of something(follow recipe above)
  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 1 lb. chicken
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground bl pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 375F. In a 9×13 baking dish add the cream of something, water, seasonings and rice. Mix them up, then lay the raw chicken across the top. Salt and pepper your chicken, cover with foil and bake for 45 min or until the liquid is absorbed into the rice(it may still look a little wet. Stir a little and check it.) Then uncover the dish, sprinkle cheese on the chicken, and bake for 15 minutes or until it looks melted. 

Sometimes I double the rice portion, sometimes I put frozen peas or green beans in with the rice. My kids aren’t all huge rice eaters so I usually cook my veggies seperate. This dish has saved me many times! Being gluten free and chemical free is my top priority and this dish is delicious. Enjoy!

Day 3- Jan. 3, 2017

I hope your week is going well! It’s Wednesday! We’re halfway to the weekend…..wait. For me that means I need to be thinking about how this weekend will be different from the last four(maybe more๐Ÿ˜ณ) weekends where we ran around and ordered out. That starts Friday night. Pizza and a movie has been our family tradition and despite trying frozen pizza for the kids and salad with pizza topings for us, we always fall back into the rut of WANTING to order pizza. 

I have already started telling my kids that we will not be doing pizza with our movie this week. It’s just too familiar. I need to break that cycle! So we will probably start a new tradition of family game night. Maybe we will make hourdevours every Friday night! I will let you know how it goes in Friday and Saturday’s posts๐Ÿ˜Š
And Here’s our menu for Wednesday!

Breakfast: Coffee with collagen and stevia, Supplements(Protandim, probiotics, cleanse) and water.  Oatmeal

Lunch: leftovers

Dinner: Italian chicken(just marinate it in italian dressing or a little vinegar, olive oil and italian seasoning), green beans, mashed potatoes for my kids(don’t eat potatoes if you are doing THM). A big salad if you need something more. 

Personally, THM was great to help me understand not to mix carbs and fats. If you are struggling with weight loss I would highly recommend getting this book! They also have an online support community and lots of women who blog about recipes. 

Day 2- Jan. 3, 2017

I’m feeling a little tired as I type this at 8pm the end of day 1. I only had one coffee this morning and I don’t have a headache! I can handle those results. I actually remembered to drink plenty of fluids all day(I’m horrible about this) and that probably helped ๐Ÿ™‚

I have to share one of my newer loves! It took me a little while for the “bite” in the bubbles but now it is something I can replace my craving for Coke and get those satisfying bubbles! 

Menu time!

First thing in the AM I will wake up with my coffee. I will probably eat 1-2 hours after. It’s partly because I would still be in bed if I had my way! I will also drink water and take my daily Protandim and right now, for this week, I’m also taking the cleanse that comes with the PhysIQ weight loss system. It’s not my first time to take a supplement to cleanse but it is my first time trying this particular one. 

Breakfast: Oatmeal- Rolled oats, water(I just pour it over the oats until they are covered), ground sesame and sunflower seeds, a dash of stevia, little bit of cinnamon. The main thing to avoid is the sugar BUT I will tell you the main thing I learned from Trim Healthy Mama is not to mix your carbs and fats! So this would be a solid E. For my kids I will add butter, a little brown sugar or maple syrup so they have a crossover. It’s important for growing kids to mix fats and carbs BUT we don’t want that same effect ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

The MAIN GOAL with my kids’ New Year’s eating is to be without any chemicals. I really want to follow the Feingold diet but I’m going to have to put some of the foods on hold. We are already limiting so much and I can remember the  days when my 8 year-old was able to sit still, not make consant noise, etc. I have hope that our chemical-free diet will help him immensely! I highly recommend checking out Feingold.org

Lunch: Turkey rollup(roll up two slices of good quality turkey with a piece of medium cheddar the size of your pinky finger), cucumbers, carrots, snap peas

Snack: Fruit smoothie with protein powder(see Day 1) I will omit the seeds for a snack. 

Dinner: Hamburger helper- this can be modified to THM by ensuring you use a lean meat ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 1lb grass fed ground beef
  • Bag of gluten free pasta- Aldi and Trader Joe’s brown rice and quinoa spiral pasta 
  • Small can organic tomato paste(I buy a case at Costco)
  • 1Tbsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup pasta water

Brown the ground beef, drain if needed. Boil the pasta and reserve a cup of the water, then drain when al dente. Add the chili powder, salt, pepper, water and tomato paste to the ground beef. Once it is incorporated, add the pasta and serve immediately. You could also add a little shredded cheddar but go sparingly. 

As I mention cheese, definitely avoid shredded cheese. There are lots fillers! Buy blocks of cheese and grate it on your food. It will also keep you from using too much ๐Ÿ˜Š

We also will serve this with a salad. Our salad is romaine lettuce, black olives and your favorite dressing. Use it sparingly. 

Enjoy! I would love to hear how your eating goals are going! Comment below….

Jan. 2, 2017-Day 1

zoolights You can do it!

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t wait to get started and I hope you will join me! Please know that I would love to work with you to find a solution that works for you. Email, call or text me to find what works for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Here we go….

Half of this battle is sticking with your plan. I am proclaiming publicly that I will feel great again and I WILL have an amazing testimony to share in 21 days! What would you like to say 21 days from now? Let’s set a goal right now. Post it on your Facebook page, comment below this post, call up a friend and tell them your plans! Whatever you decide to do, make sure you share it. This will give you accountability to follow through with your goals! You need a plan to get there and I am going to share mine. For the next 21 days I will also be posting daily and I will be here to answer any questions you may have.

My personal goal is to eliminate several of the 7 most common food intolerances. These foods include gluten, sugar, eggs, peanuts, soy, dairy, and corn. I have done this before and marked my calendar to when the 21 days would end.  I ate a smoothie or oatmeal for breakfast. For dinner and lunch, I ate a lot of veggies and good sources of meats and I would have rice and beans every so often. You could also eat leftovers for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ This worked extremely well! If you are interested in doing this, you can also reward yourself with a Chipotle burrito bowl, just avoid cheese or sour cream and no chips! I really loved this as a “treat” when I  didn’t want to eat food at home. Most of my past posts on my blog will be ideas for eating this way. I learned about this diet from JJ Virgin. Check her out ๐Ÿ™‚

There are several other diets that I have been learning about and will be incorporating into our family’s routine. I will put links in for blogs that I have discovered and I will mention how to modify your diet to include different diets. Please don’t try to do too much! You could get frustrated and then you may just go back to your old habits. Make small changes, use my blog as encouragement and examples of foods but ultimately, stick with making healthy changes. If you eat something off your plan, start over and make good choices for the next foods you eat. Don’t just throw in the towel!

DAY 1 menu:

Breakfast: First things first, I will drink coffee with a little stevia and collagen. I would be miserable if I don’t have that caffeine since I am so used to it. Taking out coffee will need to come in small doses so I will continue my morning routine. 

Water with supplements(disclaimer: I do take supplements from a company that I receive comission from. You may see info here and there but I am not trying to push it to anyone. If you would like more info please contact me)

Fruit smoothies in the Nutribullet(blender works too)

  • 1/2 cup Frozen strawberries and blueberries(Kroger Organic and Aldi Organic from freezer section)
  • several ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Vanilla almond milk(I definitely recommend trying a non-dairy milk for weight loss and no sugar added to the milk)- this is not an exact measurement. I add more as I blend
  • 2 scoops protein powder(or whatever your serving says)
  • 1 TBSP ground flax seeds
  • 1 TBSP ground pumpkin seeds
  • You could also add yogurt here. If you do not have protein powder, make sure that you are adding things or have your smoothie with another protein source)

Blend until you like the consistency, add a dash of stevia if you need it really sweet. I avoid sugar, even natural sugars in the morning. A lot of people add banana but I have read that it will spike your blood glucose levels so I would eat banana by itself, not with any other foods.

Lunch: Salad

  • Romaine lettuce
  • roast turkey breast(all natural lunch meat. Look for no preservatives)
  • vinagrette or ranch dressing. Trim Healthy Mama diet you would be able to do ranch dressing as long as you don’t have any carbs.

Obviously you could have many combos on a salad. Skip croutons! If you need something crunchy, add carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, broccoli, etc.

Try to eat as many veggies and greens as you can pack into this lunch and limit your dressing to 1 or 2 Tbsp. Notice I didn’t add lots of cheese….if you NEED it, be sparing with the amount ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner: Chicken, green beans, risotto

I will use a traditional recipe for Risotto using a little butter as my base. I will add a link if anyone is interested. Since we are focusing on being free of the main food allergies and we don’t have an issue with butter, I know my family can use this. If you are trying to avoid rice(THM) you could opt to eat more of the beans and just have a taste of the carbs. You could make a cauliflower dish(fautatoes would work here).

Snacks: drink lots of water! I am doing a cleanse to start my diet and want to cleanse as much junk from my system without adding anything back in so I am avoiding processed foods. If this seems impossible I will try to add more ideas each day. You will crave carbs and sugar! STAY STRONG! Just say no! You can do it!

As for snack ideas, you could have a hardboiled egg, an apple, some celery with nut butter, another smoothie(this is my prefered choice ๐Ÿ™‚ or have another meal! 

If you are hungry and you give your body something nutritional you will avoid your cravings. It will take about a week to stop the cravings and withdrawal feelings from processed foods and sugar. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tis the Season For Weight Loss!

I will be the first to admit that I have fallen off the wagon. I know where my weight should be, I know how I feel when I am eating the right foods, and I know the guilt I feel every.single.time I eat something I shouldn’t be eating.

Alright enough focus on my failings. How about we make a plan to FIX THE PROBLEM!! I prefer to be a positive person and I really don’t need to focus on my failings. I am human so I will never be perfect and I am totally OK with that. Give yourself a little grace and know that you are loved and try your best. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย In the case of my eating, I made a conscious decision when I opened my mouth and inserted offensive foods. I am DONE making excuses for myself!

Time to lose the bloating, cellulite, congestion and brain fog from my life. Say what!? You can remove all of those things? Oh yes you can! If you have read my other blog posts, you may have read that I have already accomplished this before. My elimination of the 7 most common food intolerances removed 2 inches from my hips and thighs(where I wear my weight). The last time I did an elimination dietย I had never done anything like it before and it was amazing! Within 14 days I had these amazing results!! Try it for yourself! Mark 21 days on your calendar and stick to it. For more information on this method clickย here.

When I am talking to clients about changing their diet I see many of them hit a wall mentally. Change is hard and I get it. What is your why? How do you feel right now? Do you have trouble sleeping or maybe you have headaches?

If you could be without pain from taking one pill every day but maybe you didn’t see the results right away would you still try it out? ย Of course you would! Sometimes we have to give our body 30 to 90 days in order to really see results. ย You are worth it! Make a change for the better in your life!

Here is my personal plan to begin in January!

Monday, January 2nd- I will be drinking smoothies again. I have been lazy and there are days that I barely eat breakfast. I used to make smoothies for my entire family and we will be getting back at it again. I will also make some gluten free muffins for my kids since it is really cold around here. I can make a big batch of muffins and warm a few every morning. For lunch I will have another smoothie or a big salad with chicken, turkey or tuna. Another great idea is to have leftovers for breakfast or lunch! If you are making a great dinner and you make enough, just reheat if you don’t have time to prep something for another meal!

Dinner ideas- this time of year, I love using my oven to help heat up the house. All summer long I avoided using the oven at all costs because our house has a hard time keeping up with the heat(I can’t wait to move….its a rental). As soon as the weather cooled off I was using our oven daily! You can make bacon in the oven, hard-boil eggs in the oven(but be careful you should find out if you can tolerate them first) and of course baking homemade muffins and breads! Yes! You can have these items!

There are recipes I have found over the years so that we don’t have to miss these foods. Pinterest is a wonderful place ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone has different tastes so I would highly recommend doing a search for Paleo recipes. These will be safe for a lot of ingredients you should avoid.

Simple meals are great when you are getting started! Check out ideas for foods here.