Hey you!
How was your weekend? Relaxing and awesome I hope. Mine has been ultra busy, I spent Friday morning running around town. I checked out a new natural foods/high-end/fancy shmancy new grocery store where I got myself a green tea (resisted their version of a dirty chai, YES!) and a few other goodies, finally got a new water filter, stopped by my fave juice bar for a delicious Green Day (it’s a kale, spinach, cucumber and apple concoction) and got my hair done! I had another Larabar (this time apple pie) for breakfast and snacked on a new bag of Flax Snax during my appointment. I worked at the bar from 2:30-7 so I made sure to pack plenty of snacks before I went…namely, more Flax Snacks, an apple with almond butter, and a little bit of a Go Raw apricot bar. When I got home I had a handful of almonds while I made dinner; blackened salmon with brown rice and veggies (it was so good I decided to make 2 more servings, I had one for breakfast on Saturday and W had his for lunch atop a Caesar salad…check out his presentation! I’m so proud😊.

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Saturday was all sorts of crazy, I had to work at the bar again from 9 am til 3 pm. Usually I’ll try and eat something before I go in for that shift but even if I don’t I usually bed up snacking on whatever delicious food customers bring in to us (were super spoiled during Farmers Market season…fresh bread and cheese, I can’t say no!) luckily my boss brought in a big tray of blackberries for us to snack on and I also had a piece of celery with almond butter and a Larabar (obvi), this one was banana bread (nom). I was seriously hurting for a terrible for me coffee anything this day but I stayed strong and even though my brain felt super foggy I managed to survive. After work I ran to church with my mama and W (we’ve recently started a Saturday evening routine of going to mass together and I love it!), then came home to work on compiling all the research I’ve done over the past 10 months..during this time I ate even more flax Snax and an apple, (ok and a glass of red wine) I was way too tired to cook. Now I’m going to bed exhausted, mildly hungry (Ok not really hungry so much as craving French fries) and seriously looking forward to a trip to SAMs with my mom tomorrow. I’ll definitely share my haul with y’all when I return!
Goodnight!xx

I’m going to need to come up with a more clever name for this if I plan to do it for 21+ days.

As day 2 comes to a close I’d like to reflect on what I learned today:

1. Must keep excedrin near me at all times. Holy caffeine withdrawal headaches Batman! I didn’t take any Sudafed today or have my green tea this morning and by 2PM I was totally out of it and had the worst headache ever (ok maybe not migraine-level bad but it wasn’t fun). W even asked me what was up when I saw him at lunch…he said I looked really out of it and I felt it. So yeah until I get over this initial detox period, excedrin will be my BFF.

2. I do not need/can not handle caffeine. As much as I LOVE it and I drink double-espressos and SF energy drinks like it’s my job they’re SO terrible for my body and this is a great opportunity to get off the juice! Plus, if I’m being honest with myself caffeine makes me a nightmare. I get jittery, anxious, sweaty and act like a psycho. Also, it initially kills my appetite which means I’ll “forget” to eat from noon til 5 and then try to eat the world at dinner time. No more.

3. I need a set meal plan. Today started out kind of rough because I didn’t have a set meal plan to follow. It was ok because right now I’m working from home but come April1 I wont have the luxury of cooking whatever I feel like for each meal. Planning ahead will ensure that I’m never left wondering what I should eat, giving me an excuse to cheat.

What I ate today:

Breakfast-was supposed to be blueberry-almond oatmeal. I used certified gluten-free oats, coconut milk, water, almond butter, cinnamon, frozen blueberries, chia seeds and a little shredded coconut. It was terrible and I say that as an oatmeal lover but these are instant oats and I like mine old fashioned and chewy. Also, I really prefer a breakfast that has some animal protein in it.Note that I didn’t say “high protein”, I was a vegetarian for almost 8 years so I know I don’t “need” animal protein but you tell that to my brain. It wants what it wants and I;ve noticed if I have a “carb-heavy” breakfast I’m more inclined to over-eat throughout the day. So yeah, I made these nast-tastic oats, decided they sucked, ate a Cherry Pie Lara Bar in the car, came home and ate the nasty oatmeal while I spaced out to an episode of Parks and Rec…not sure why, it just happened.

Then I went to the doctor for a check up, everything looks great BTW, I told her about this diet, she seemed less than interested but whatever…that took about an hour and a half. Then I met up with W, his sisters, and the most beautiful girl in the whole wide world (W’s niece, Harper who’s 2 months tomorrow). They had Mexican, I had a pecan Larabar (seriously glad I bought these but obviously I need to plan ahead and not eat one for every meal). Around 2 I finally had time to make lunch which was a big salad with chicken breast and mixed greens I prepped yesterday, radishes, avocado, cilantro and red onion. I made the most epically garlicky dressing ever using a not-as-small-as-I-thought garlic clove, EVOO and some hot sauce. My breath still reeks after 2 tooth brushings.😘

Dinner tonight shall be NY strip steaks with mashed sweet potatoes/cauliflower, sauteed spinach, and probably a Caesar salad for Mr. W.

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steaming away!

The final product:

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Ta-da:

20140306-224808.jpgadd to today’s food intake: 1 apple, 2 TBSP almond butter, one cup of chai tea made with a little coconut cream and stevia.

My energy was fine today, got some work done this evening, my mood was also pretty good! I don’t really feel exceptional but I don’t feel bad either…the only thing I dislike so far is I don’t like being on a “diet”. I generally just eat what I want, it just so happens that 95% of the time what I want is really really good for me. However, this winter brought with it lots of cookies, late night ice cream/snack runs, and overall just a few pounds of “love chub” I could really do without. So now I’m craving almond M&M’s (still) but I suspect these junk food cravings will pass in a few days. I’m hoping this exercise will help reprogram my brain into craving healthy foods.

Sweet dreams everyone! Thanks for reading ♥

 

Welp, it’s the end of day 1 on this little journey of mine and so far things are going fine!
I started my day off with some overnight oatmeal ( I mashed up a banana, added some certified gluten free oats, chia seeds, a splash of almond milk and some shredded coconut). Then I headed to the store for supplies. I got a whole bunch of veggies and fruit and some chicken, salmon and some nice looking tuna I’m excited to try. Usually, when I grocery shop I leave with waaaay more than I need (ok tbh that happened this time too but it was a lot harder). I’m definitely liking how much more aware I am of everything I buy and put into my body. After I brought my booty home I decided to prep for success and washed/chopped a whole bunch of veggies. I made my own bagged salad mix for lunches, washed some fruit, portioned out 4 oz of each type of protein and threw away any old ingredients I had that contained any of the offending 7 ingredients (soy, gluten, dairy, peanuts, eggs, sugar and corn). While I prepped I munched on 1/2 an apple and some celery with almond butter (I ate a lot of almond butter today😜). Also I had a handful of Flax Snax.
So for lunch I made a piece of chicken breast which I rubbed with a little smoked paprika, super garlicky sautéed spinach, and the most delicious sweet potato I thinkknow I’ve ever had (all I did was bake it, and S&P and a little ghee but it seriously rocked). I also ate the other half of my apple with another teaspoon of almond butter.

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My energy level was pretty good today considering I only had a green tea at breakfast and some chai around 3 ( I used stevia and coconut milk and it was pretty delish). I’ve recently developed a nasty “dirty chai” addiction…it’s a chai tea latte from Starbucks (I usually ask for no milk and add unsweetened almond or I get soy) and 2-3 shots of esspresso. They’re delicious but they’re terrible for me and I know it. So given that I usually have one of those or some other horrendous caffeine laden beverage each day I was seriously surprised I didn’t get the caffeine withdrawal headaches. I got pretty sleepy mid day but I didn’t sleep great last night and I’m sick (the lack of caffeine withdrawal may be due to my taking some sudaphed…idk if pseudo epinephrine works like caffeine…well have to see. Also, during lunch I actually sat at the kitchen table with zero distractions. I learned I need to chew my food more and set my fork down between bites. My mouth was honestly a little sore from all the chewing. I did have a few junk food cravings today, for m&m almonds and Bernie and Betty’s pizza but they were more interesting than distracting…I just remembered I had a handful of mixed nuts (no peanuts) around 2.
Before dance I had a pecan pie laurabar and for dinner I made brown rice with dehydrated veggies, asparagus, tilapia and lemon. It was so clean and so so delicious!

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Now I’m laying in bed with a cup of sleepytime tea and a bowl of strawberries with coconut cream (recipe to come<–it tastes so decadent!).
Looking forward to day 2! Goodnight!!

Hey hey hey!
Quick post but in 1 hour I’m going to start a 21 day elimination diet. It was partially inspired by JJ Virgins new book The Virgin Diet and partially because I’m always sick/I have ADHD and it’s very likely I have at least one food sensitivity (sad to say I’m pretty sure it’s more than one). So for the next 21 days I’ll be cutting out The Big 7:
1. Soy
2. Gluten
3. Dairy
4. Sugar
5. Eggs
6. Peanuts
7. Corn/corn byproducts
I plan to post what I ate/how I feel each day. After 21 days I’ll try reintroducing small amounts of each food group and monitoring how I feel/if any symptoms occur.
If you would like to join me I’d love the company! If you want to do modified version go ahead! If you want to tell me I’m crazy and this is dumb that’s fine too, really I’m just doing this for my own knowledge and I’m excited to see what I’ll find out!
See y’all tomorrow! Goodnight 🌙

Hey guys,
Ok so I know I’m not very consistent with this whole blogging thing. There are a lot of things I’d like to change about my site and well, to be quite honest I just don’t feel like I have the time/mental energy to do that right now. BUT I just heard something at work that I felt I HAD to post on here.
FYI I (currently) work on a research study through the medical school here in Springfield…but that has nothing to do with it except for the fact that I was there today picking up some papers and I ran into a girl who is a doula <–if you don’t know what that is…SO.COOL.! and I asked her how a birth she was working on recently went (side note she had to leave it to come do nutrition education at a local elementary school with me…not my choice, we were both volunteers yada yada…again, not the point). She told me that while she was gone the doctor ordered an emergency C-Section because he/she saw the babies heart rate drop. Now this would obviously be scary as sh*t if you were having your first baby and the doctor was like “oh hey the babies heart rate dropped and that makes me nervous so we’re gonna slice you open.” so obviously the parents agreed to it and the babies fine. THE POINT IS…the doula wasn’t there and she feels like if she had been she might have been able to talk to the parents…apparently it’s normal for the babies heart rate to drop a bit (it’s being squeezed preeeetty hard by the uterus) AND (here’s the kicker) it’s a somewhat common practice for doctors to do this to HURRY UP BIRTHS SO THEY CAN GET OUT OF THERE!! Now, I didn’t know any of this until about an hour ago and this could totally be speculation but the message I’m trying to get across here is that if you’re in a situation where you feel helpless and like your doctor is throwing a lot of medical jargon at you and you’re totally overwhelmed, please take a few deep breaths and remember, they’re really not that much smarter than the rest of us (trust me, I grade all their Nutrition Elective papers).

 



20140204-215506.jpg I don't know why but lately I have been craving ice cream (something I usually am not a huge fan of TBH). This morning I was making myself a smoothie for breakfast and I used a bit less almond milk than usual et voila! This recipe was born! It's not only low cal/sugar/fat but it's seriously satisfying. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry "Ice-cream" makes 2 servings ♥ 1 cup frozen strawberries ♥ 1 scoop vanilla protein powder ♥ 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (add more milk if you'd rather have a smoothie) ♥ 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder ♥ 1 tsp. psyllium husk powder ♥ 1 tsp. maca powder (you can omit if you don't have this) Place all ingredients in a blender and give it a good whirl! Serve immediately and enjoy! Kalea

Sometimes you just gotta pull yourself up by your laces and go for a run. Yes it's cold. Yes it sucks (at first). But once you get going it feels incredible. So if you're feeling less than motivated to move today remember you'll feel 1,000x better after you do it!