is it still called breakfast at noon?

I’ve been trying to motivate myself to get back on track with eating better since I fell off the wagon on February 13th.  The plan was to resume on Monday (Feb 24th), but I didn’t.

Then, Wednesday morning I woke up feeling absolutely horrible.  I was down most of the day and only got up to use the restroom and do my 3 mile indoor walk (which was torture, but hey, keeping the streak alive).

When I woke up Thursday morning feeling much the same way, I started thinking I’d just wait till the next Monday to work on the food because I didn’t feel like dealing with it.  As I lay in bed, trying to make myself get up, I received a text from a friend asking if I had started back on Monday (I had told her at the memorial that was my plan) – oops.  I fessed up of course.  I thought about telling her I’d changed my mind and would start next week, but I just couldn’t bring myself to type that.  It felt like I was giving up again.

Barb Raveling’s “I’ll Start Tomorrow” chapter from I Deserve a Donut (and other lies that make you eat) echoed in my head.  A battle waged.  Would I concede defeat?

NO!

I knew could do something that day to move me back in the right direction nutritionally.  Last week I read Mastering Diabetes by Cyrus Khambatta and Robby Barbaro.  I have been following the “mindful diabetic” (Robby) for a while on Instagram.  His meals are so simple, his enthusiasm is contagious, his exercise regimen is inspiring, and it’s nice to see a diabetic who is thriving.

You may wonder why I would read this book? Diabetes runs in my family – both sides – all “types”.  I was a gestational diabetic (delivered five big babies) and it’s highly likely I’m headed for type 2 (if I’m not there already).

I’m sure I’ll discuss this book more because I’m one of those nerdy people who finds the operations of the human body insanely fascinating.  I LOVED all of the detailed explanations about cells and insulin and case studies.  Plus, I do believe in their program.

Anyway, a suggestion which really resonated with me was to just start with breakfast and make-over that meal for seven days in a row before moving to lunch.  Ironically, I did this many, many, many years ago before I ever read the idea in a book, and it does work if you can be patient with yourself.

I decided that was the thing I was going to do – prepare a breakfast according to the “Mastering Diabetes” guidelines.  Of course, since I’d already implemented intermittent fasting (which they add about 3 weeks into their program), I wondered, “Can I call it breakfast if I’m not eating till almost noon?”

Greens, pineapple, blueberries, dates, and chia seeds 🙂

I suppose I can call it anything I want.  Besides, if breakfast stands for “break fast”, I suppose it applies regardless of what time I eat my first meal of the day.  I tried to load up my serving bowl with whatever I had in the house which qualified.

YUM… and I instantly felt more energized than I have lately.  Then, I ended up eating “lunch” around 3PM, and it was within the guidelines too (mostly oranges).  Dinner? It was not within the guidelines; however, I didn’t get take-out and I finished by 7PM.  So, that was another win.

Unfortunately, at around 10PM I could no longer take the horrible migraine which began to creep in at 8PM and I ended up eating again.  I refuse to beat myself up over this.  I did what I felt like I needed to do at the time and I’m hopeful this will improve if I keep pressing forward.  Since I didn’t eat till noon on Friday, I still had a 14 hour fasting window, which I am perfectly happy with.

I don’t know how many days I’ll just focus on “breakfast” in the food arena, but I do know I plan to keep “showing up”. Besides, the slight changes I’ve made since Monday, coupled with the walking habit I’ve been building since January 1st, have resulted in a reduction of 3.2 pounds on the scale in 4 days (weighed Friday morning).  I’m headed in the right direction, thank you, Jesus!

So, until tomorrow, I pray you’ll join me in doing what we can today and not get hung up on meal names or perfection.  It’s “Leap Day”, make it count!

365 Raw: Day 80 with “Energy”

Eighty days in! I’m really surprised I’ve made it this far. Skimping on the calories yesterday (not on purpose) bit me in the rear when it came time for my run today. I felt really sluggish. So, I tried to eat more today in the hopes of helping myself out a bit tomorrow. Over the past few days I’ve beefed up my green smoothie slightly by adding another ounce of greens & a third banana. Of course, as I mentioned yesterday, I also added wheatgrass juice. The wheat grass juice tore up my tummy a bit today too. I’ve read that this can happen when you first start taking it. I’m hoping it’s temporary.

Other than the run, I felt better today than I have lately. More alert. I don’t know if it’s the wheatgrass, or if it’s all in my head, but I am hopeful that more “feel good” days are coming.

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What I read: Missed today

berriesWhat I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries, 34ml of wheat grass juice)
  • AM Snack – 2 bananas
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – bowl of strawberries & blackberries, Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries)
  • PM Snack – apple juice & Kale chips

What I did: 2.51 mile run with the dog

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 80:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 79 with “Wheatgrass”

wheatgrassI’ve wanted a wheatgrass juicer for a little bit now, but I don’t have one yet. While in the health food store the other day, the Husband spotted some frozen wheatgrass juice. We thought we’d give it a try so I mixed it in with my smoothie this morning. Personally, I don’t like the taste of it, so I prefer to have it with something. My green smoothie really masks the smell and flavor – thank goodness.

I found this information on the benefits of wheat grass. If only half of it is true then it’s worth it to add it to my diet. I’d much rather drink an ounce or two of this juice than sit down and eat two pounds of greens (one pound takes me about an hour).

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What I read: Deuteronomy 17-24

panerasaladWhat I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries, 34ml of wheat grass juice)
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced, large salad & 2 fruit cups from Panera Bread
  • Dinner – nut bar and apple juice – did not eat enough today
  • PM Snack – apple juice

What I did: some pushups

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 79:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 78 with “Reactions”

Yes, I should know this by now, but last night I just didn’t feel like taking the time to fix myself a green smoothie (which was my plan for dinner today). The eight year old and I were watching a movie and she had potato chips, so I got out some raw “sea crackers” and raw mango salsa. Then I had some kind of raw cocoa ball thing and a raw nut bar. So, basically lots of nuts, seeds, and dehydrated fruit. My body reacts rather quickly to what I eat these days and it clearly does not like these items. My stomach is crampy, I feel super thirsty, and sluggish.

So, I think I really should avoid these items because they make me feel yucky. The point of this journey is to feel better. I’m a bit disappointed because I was excited about finding some crunchy raw stuff (besides celery and carrots lol).

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What I read: Deuteronomy 15-16

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries)
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • PM Snack  – pickles
  • Dinner – sea crackers, mango salsa, cocoa ball, nut bar
  • PM Snack – apple juice

What I did: 2.5 mile run + pushups + on feet all morning at co-op

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 78:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 77 with “Direction”

direction-292x300This is the time in the year when we must begin making plans for the Fall semester. Yes, it seems a tad early to me too, but that’s how it goes. The Husband and I know that we’ll be starting a marathon training schedule in the Fall, so we really need some direction on what to keep and what to let go of for the start of the next school year. I’ve started planning my kids’ course of study (homeschool) but as far as co-op, the son’s college courses, and the myriad of other activities we have, I have some decisions to make. The stress of it all is really getting to me. Rather than turn to food and TV, I’ve started reading more. The Husband gave me a Kindle for my birthday and I’ve already read three books (and started a fourth & fifth) since the end of February. While this response is certainly better than stuffing my face or watching mind numbing television, it’s still not ideal. Ideally, I should be turning these burdens over to the Lord and seeking His advice. Perhaps I’m afraid of His answer?

I know He’s called me to homeschool, but the rest of it, I’m just not certain about. I need to get on my knees.

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What I read: Deuteronomy 11-14

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries)
  • AM Snack – 1 banana, 4 pickle spears
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – Kale Chips, Large bowl of strawberries, 2 pickle spears
  • PM Snack – 2 date rolls

What I did: 2.5 mile run (in wicked cold temps and freezing rain) + pushups + plank + squats + roll-ups + lower body toning

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 77:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 76 with “Time Change”

image.axdOk, so this really is one of my least favorite things about this time of year… time change. Every year when we have to “Spring Forward” (they make it sound so fun), I gripe that we really need to stop doing this ridiculous practice. I can’t be the only person who feels drugged for a few weeks after the switch. Perhaps I need to look into what it would take to at least get the state of Colorado off this merry-go-round. If DST is so great for some people, why don’t we just leave it alone rather than switching to standard time for four months of the year? Some say it saves electricity, and some say that studies have shown otherwise. Some say it’s great to have the “extra” hour of daylight, and some argue that it’s all smoke and mirrors because you get the same number of hours of daylight regardless of what the clocks say. Then there are the studies showing higher rates of heart attacks and such when we must change our clocks. Overall, it just doesn’t appear to have much legitimate benefit, and what benefit there might be to observing DST shouldn’t be lost by just leaving our clocks on DST indefinitely.

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What I read: Deuteronomy 8-10

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries)
  • AM Snack – 1 banana
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries)
  • PM Snack – Kale chips, blueberry nut bar

What I did: TKD class (1 hr) + 1 hour in skates teaching preschoolers

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 76:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 73-75 with “Travel”

With any nutrition requirements that aren’t the norm or Standard American Diet, travel can be a challenge. The 13 year old had a skating competition over the weekend, and due to nasty weather, we ended up in a hotel. Fortunately, we planned ahead, not just for me, but for the grain-free 10 year old too. We packed lots of fresh fruit, raw bars, dried fruit, and some frozen stuff for the kids to heat up at the hotel. I even packed a really delicious salad for myself. See, with the entire family being plant-based (no animal products), we had to plan for the chance that restaurants and grocery stores could close because of the snow storm. We’re actually really glad we did because this allowed us to rest more than seeking out places with vegan, raw, and grain-free options. It really alleviated some of the stress involved in these competitive events because no one was hungry… and the Husband didn’t have to run around town looking for food while I sat at the rink freezing, listening to growling tummies.

I didn’t write down everything I ate over the weekend, but I did stay raw. I’ve questioned my sanity lately that I decided to do this raw thing for an entire year. I find myself wanting cooked food at times, but not necessarily “bad” cooked food. I no longer crave sweets, mostly I want things like plain baked potatoes and my veggie soup. The Husband has been on an Indian food kick lately, which I’ve never had, so part of me wanted to at least try it.

I’m three fourths of the way through the first 100 days. I guess I thought I might be at my goal size already, but I’m not. I’m trying to stay positive about that and know that this isn’t the reason I’m doing it. It’s difficult at times to keep the right perspective. Lord help me!

I did get behind on my daily Bible reading, so I’ll be working on catching up over the next few days.

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365 Raw: Day 72 with “Heart”

Heart-HealthI’ve wondered for a while if I had some heart issues going on. Years ago when I was pregnant with the 13 year old, I was supposed to go in to see a cardiologist for some “fluttering” I had in my chest. I ended up canceling the appointment because I was put into the hospital for pre-term labor. Well, as you can see in my symptoms list below, chest pain became a regular occurrence in the last few years. It still happened from time to time after we switched to a vegan diet. I had plenty of the signs and symptoms of heart problems, but I just couldn’t bring myself to go to the doctor. I wasn’t sure I wanted to know. The most disturbing was when I would exercise (especially running). I would have intense shortness of breath and often felt like someone was sitting on my chest. This really inhibited my running performance, something that had come so easily when I was younger.

Well, I don’t know if it’s that my heart has improved or what, but I went for a two mile run yesterday… after having not run in almost two weeks. This isn’t something I’ve been able to do for a very, very long time. Taking that much time off would generally have me starting over with run/walk intervals. It amazes me how quickly my heart rate and breathing return to normal after exercise now. I no longer have chest pains or shortness of breath or that heavy feeling in my chest. Another surprise is that I still have extra weight on me, and yet I feel better conditioned than when I weighed far less than this. Hopefully, whatever was up with my heart is getting better and those issues are behind me.

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What I read: Deuteronomy 5-7

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries)
  • AM Snack – 1 banana, a couple of grapes
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Afternoon Snack – 1 banana, Two moms in the raw goji nut bar
  • Dinner – Two moms in the raw goji nut bar + Apple Juice 

What I did: TKD class (1.5 hrs) + 2 mile run

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 72:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 69 with “Freedom”

FreedomFlagPostcardThere’s a lot of discussion of late about our freedoms being taken away by our government. I personally believe we’re losing freedoms because we are ignorant about what our rights as US citizens really are. Because we don’t know our own Constitution, we fall for whatever a politician or judge tells us our rights are. We walk about supporting candidates that we don’t have a clue what they stand for simply because they have brown hair or a particular party affiliation or because they promise benefits that ultimately require more taxes. Wasn’t it wonderful to get to pay even more taxes after the first of the year? Not. The direction our nation is headed is truly unfortunate because so many died to bring the US into being, and many more have died defending her since.

Well, the song was wrong. You know, the one that says, “the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away”? Oh yes, “they” can and “they” will unless we stand up and defend our Constitution and the liberties it provides. There will always be someone willing and able take away our freedom, but there may not always be those who wish to defend it. I’ve been reading Ben Carson’s book, America the Beautiful. I tell you what, based on what I’ve read so far, I’d vote for him if he ran for any office. We need some common sense, non-political people in places of authority, because Lord knows we don’t have very many walking about in Washington or even in the state legislatures for that matter (nor have we for a while).

America may well turn around… or she may be overtaken. I really have no idea what the future holds. What I do know is that there is a kind of freedom that no man can take, and that’s our freedom in Christ. If the Lord has set me free, I am free indeed! I need not fear anything that man or evil can throw my way because God has made a way to freedom that is everlasting. So, I dare say, I will not put my trust in any politician or even my own abilities, but rather in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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What I read: Numbers 35-36

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2oz kale, 2oz spinach, 6oz strawberries)
  • AM Snack – 2 bananas
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – Raw tomato Soup (added some guacamole to it)
  • PM Snack – raw pistachios, AJ

What I did: TKD (1 hr) + 1 hour in skates teaching preschoolers + lots of pushups

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 69:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 66 with “Grape Juice”

I had the opportunity to be a judge at a local speech tournament today. It was an absolute blast. The teens were highly talented and simply brilliant. It occurred to me while I was ranking them that we probably need more things like “rankings” to motivate kids today. The kids in this tournament were obviously shooting for first place. It was difficult not being able to give them all “first place”, but I think it’s good for kids to have to work for what they want. We had a segment of the evaluation form where we could explain why we gave them the ranking we did. We were told that the kids do take the comments and use them to better their performances. So, while I tried to include much praise for what they did well, I did offered suggestions for where their performance was lacking. Having competed in speech type events and got peer reviews in speech/theater class as a teen, I know how much I poured over my evaluation forms.

grape juice_0On my way out, one of the parents at the judge check-in asked what was in my water bottle. I told her it was grape juice (had a real hankering for concord grape juice today). She laughed and said it looked like Merlot to her. I jokingly swirled it around in the bottle and said, “My goodness, it does. Yes, well, you know, a little wine sometimes helps when listening to teenagers.” We continued to joke about filling out judging forms while tipsy (which of course I have never done). When I got out to the van, I remembered that I had dripped grape juice down the front of my sweater (my water bottle lid leaked) while in the judges lounge, and I wondered if she truly thought I had wine in that bottle. Goodness me… and it comes right back to perspective doesn’t it? Suddenly I was concerned that someone might think something about me that wasn’t true. I worried for a moment that they wouldn’t take my judgements seriously (will be judging the finals tomorrow); and oh my goodness, what kind of a lush would they take me for if they really thought I carried in a 32 ounce bottle of Merlot to judge a speech tournament! Deep breath. The drive home was so long due to traffic, and I thought about it the better part of that drive… until I felt God whisper to my spirit to let it go. He would protect my reputation against harmless misunderstandings if need be… silly child, God is bigger than grape juice 😉

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What I read: Numbers 28-30

What I ate:

What I did: Busy, busy day – was at a speech tournament all afternoon.

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 66:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth