Thursday, January 8, 2015

Detox 2.0 2015

Hi there! I have not posted in ages so I am probably talking to myself but that is ok since I am the one who needs a good talking to right now! As people do, I have slowly reverted back to many bad habits. I still eat better than most of my family but I have definitely slipped up more than a bit. some of my worst symptoms were coming back over the holidays like migraines, foggy thinking, pain from inflammation, eczema and mucus/cough. Ick- why do I do this?
So now I have a new plan to get back on track. I have purchased a Blendtec blender and the book 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. 10 days....nothing, right? Of course it has taken me nearly a month to get my head straight to begin! Tomorrow is the 1st day. The plan is to drink green smoothies for the 10 days with only a few limited snacks allowed. Hard boiled eggs, unsweetened peanut butter (I'll use almond), raw nuts, celery and carrots are ok to snack on. Drink water and detox tea. No caffeine. Um... I may cheat there but hope to cut down. The smoothie recipes in the book make enough for all day.There is a huge Facebook support group for this plan at
Day 1 smoothie recipe
3 handfuls of spinach
2 cups water
1 apple cored and quartered
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 TBS ground flaxseed
(optional) 1 scoop of protein powder- I will add this at least in the beginning to help me get by!
I also have Blend Fresh products to use in my smoothies to boost the nutritional value.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Taking it up another notch!

Seems that gluten free just wasn't quite doing it for me. Last spring I started searching for a better answer to my fatigue and general poor health. What I found was a terrific doctor in Flagstaff, Dr Maya Ramirez. She ran a lot of tests that other doctors won't normally run and I found out that I have "leaky gut". Doesn't that sound awesome? NOT! Oh well... it's good to know and it explains so many things!

Along with that, I am sensitive to more foods than I knew. A whole list of foods that is hanging on my fridge. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and my adrenal glands are just barely functioning. That can't be good! Any kind of stress could send my weight skyrocketing no matter what I am eating.

So another lifestyle change was in order. Basically since going gluten free a couple of years ago, this just takes it to another level. No sugar, no dairy, no processed foods! No grains- not even gluten free. No legumes, Just eat real food. Makes sense, huh? Really, at some level, we all know this to be true. Real whole foods are the way to go. Processed foods are hurting our bellies and our brains and our future. End of my lecture!

So now I eat high fat, moderate protein, and low carbs. Wait.... did I just say high fat? Yes! That took a good while to wrap my brain around! My doc gave me a book called The Perfect Health Diet by a couple of incredibly smart scientists. It is full of information that we all need to know! It is similar to a version of a paleo or primal lifestyle with a few tweaks thrown in. I read it twice.

The high fats that I eat are all fats that we have been told not to eat for the last few decades. Saturated fats that come from animals like lard and butter. Coconut oil is a big part of every day. It rocks! Do some research for yourself!

What I never touch is sugar or any other kinds of oils like canola oil or vegetable oils. Those things are not real foods by the time they are processed enough to sell to us. And they are in so many processed convenience foods.

I feel great! I am doing some re-testing in the next few weeks to see if my gut is healing yet.

Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.  ~Hippocrates

A wonderful thing happens when you begin eating this way! After a period of detoxing, your cravings go away or at least become very manageable. That makes it easy to stick to it. I have been strictly eating this way since Sept. and at this point I only eat one big meal per day. I don't feel like I am missing anything because first thing in the morning I use coconut oil and heavy cream in my coffee and it is very satisfying. Then if I am hungry in the early afternoon, I might have more coconut oil. An early dinner of lots of vegetables and some kind of meat or fish and I am good! I never need to watch calories. I love that! Sometimes I have to really try to eat more. I easily made it through Thanksgiving and my family loved the organic pumpkin pie made with just a touch of honey and a pecan/walnut crust. There are delicious alternatives! I have the confidence that I will not have any trouble making it through to 2013 without indulging!

At my last appt. my doc said perhaps I should even try to eat MORE FAT than the 90 grams I had tracked before my visit. Really? Well, ok doc! That was a couple of weeks and a couple of pounds ago. I guess she was right!

On this plan you can have a small amount of fruit and also nuts and seeds. Right now I am staying off of those because I am glucose intolerant and trying to get a few more pounds off. I should be able to add those back in once I reach my goal.

There are many blogs and FB pages about this type of eating. Some are very strict, some are more lenient. I think overall you have to find out what works for you. All I know is that this works for me and is not hard to do. My husband can't believe what I am eating and that my weight is dropping rather than climbing.

If you are curious read any of the amazing books out there. Your library should have several to choose from. It is definitely different than what we have been told by nutritionists and doctors and even our food pyramid!

Oh! I almost forgot to mention that I was able to get off of several prescription meds a month after beginning this lifestyle.

When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.
~Ayurvedic Proverb

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Slow and steady!

I began eating the Dukan way on 5/31. So nearly 3 months later I still find it easy to stick to and the weight is still coming off. I am down 24 pounds. Even though I technically should have reached my goal by now, I can live with that! I plan to keep on keeping on and I know I will get there eventually!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

7 weeks in

and 17 pounds gone! Yay! The plan really isn't that hard to follow. I know I could have lost more if I was more strict with myself on the protein/veg days. I tend to eat a bunch on those days (which is allowed) but the beauty part is that you still lose! I have enjoyed the walking most days. A few times my back has bothered me and I had to cut it short and I was amazed to be disappointed that I couldn't finish the walk. I still have about 25 pounds to go until my goal. I definitely think it is do-able!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wanna know how it's going?

29 days on the plan and ....... drum roll................ 15 pounds gone! Yahoooo!! I have to say it is really an easy plan for me to follow. During this cruise phase which lasts until I hit my goal, the foods that I am staying away from are, in reality, all of the trigger foods that give me health problems anyway. So this plan just reinforces how much better I feel leaving out the sugar and gluten. I have been using some of the non-fat dairy products and as long as I don't use too much I feel fine on them. I don't drink milk anymore so I use rice milk instead and I lean on the non-fat cottage cheese, sour cream, and the Fage greek yogurt when I need something besides the protein or veggies.
After downloading the Waterlogged app on my Ipod, I have been rocking the water drinking!! I find it satisfying to plug in the glasses as I go through the day and see the pitcher fill up. I recommend that if you are having trouble.
I have also been exercising my 30 minutes a day alternating between walking outside and using my glider inside. I have only missed 1 day out of the 29. :-)
I won't deny that I have random thoughts about sugary, fatty delicious foods but it isn't hard to get past them and stay on track.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Two weeks later...

9 lbs gone!! Yay! I am sticking to it! The alternating protein only/ protein and veggies are working out great! I really look forward to the veggie day. I do often think about all of the yummy foods I can't have right now but I don't really crave them. I feel really good from being off the sugar again. That really keeps the inflammation in my back under control. Exercise during this phase is 30 minutes per day. I have been walking since the weather finally got nice. Amazingly, I am not finding that hard to keep up with. Before I started this, I was barely exercising at all.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

On to the next phase.

I have been losing steadily so stayed in the Attack mode through today which is the 9th day. I could have stopped yesterday but had such a great day as far as not feeling hungry that I went for one more. Today I have definitely been craving those veggies so I am calling it good with a loss of 8.2 pounds. :-)
The Cruise Phase is the second part of the four part program. This phase allows most veggies on alternating days. So one day is still pure protein and the next is protein and veggies.  You are still allowed the non-fat dairy. No potatoes, corn, beans are allowed. Carrots and beets in moderation.
You have no idea how yummy the veggies are sounding! I have already cut up my cucumber and radishes and made my buttermilk dressing and I might just have it for breakfast! LOL!
This cruise phase is suppose to take me about 111 days to get to my goal. That sounds pretty long right about now!!