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I mentioned in my last post that I was going to give P90X a try starting on Monday. Just in case you’re wondering WHY I’m doing this–it is NOT to lose weight! I want to be STRONG, NOT skinny fat! Anyway, I was so excited about it, that I started on Sat.(the 7th). Today was Day 4 (86 more) and I am LOVING it!! One thing I love about it is that I don’t have to try to decide what to do on my own. I just get up, push play and GO! I think this is great for people like me that have NO idea what they are doing when it comes to strength training etc. I also really appreciate how Tony Horton makes you feel okay if you can’t do it all. I have been careful not to push so hard that I can’t move the next day. I have been sore, but not to the extreme that I can’t sit on the toilet–lol 🙂 Today was yoga and it was tough but felt wonderful! 

As for the food plan for P90X, well I didn’t even try to stick to Phase 1 which is pretty low carb. One thing I have learned over the last couple of years is, if I restrict any food group too much–I AM GOING TO BINGE eventually!! I am trying to stick to the Phase 2 plan as much as I can though. It is a 40-40-20 ratio (carbs, prot. and fat). 

Here are my eats from yesterday: 

best bowl of oats I ever did eat!!

You may have noticed they are a little on the green side–but it is NOT from my long lost friend spinach! I used this new protein powder that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! 

YUMMY stuff!

I had been using pure Spirulina in my smoothies and was pleased to find a protein powder that included it. There are LOTS of other goodies in this powder, but I won’t bore you with the details. I also got the Acai protein powder, but haven’t tried it yet. 

OMG! I almost forgot my yummy topping on my oats: 

put 1/2 Tbs. of this and 1/2 banana on my oats

For lunch, I packed this to take to the pool with me:) 

salad w/ venison roast, beans and lots of other yummies--dressing on the side

About three hours later, I had a peanut butter Think Thin bar–not pictured. 

When I got home, I was hungry again but not quiet ready for dinner so I had some plain unsweetened soy yogurt with 1/2 scoop of this protein powder–also not pictured. 

For dinner, I had a gluten free burrito with some chicken on the side topped with soy cheese–hit the spot! 

gluten/dairy free burrito w/ side of chicken and soycheese:)

 That picture doesn’t do this meal justice. Too bad I’m out of burritos. Oh well, I guess a trip to the health food store is in order 😉 

So there ya have it– a day in the life of a P90X convert. 

Better run now. I’m trying to be productive at home today. Cleaning other people’s houses for a living REALLY puts a damper on motivation to clean my own, but the dust bunnies are calling! Hope you are having a great week so far! 

Anything exciting in your neck of the woods this week?  

We are having my son’s (belated) 18th birthday party this coming weekend!!  Should be loads of fun! 8)

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Hello all you lovely bloggers/readers! First of all, I am officially 40!! My B-day wasn’t exactly what I had planned because I woke up with a TERRIBLE bladder infection! Wow–talk about PAIN ALL day long! But, I was able to go to a really cool vegetarian restaurant for dinner. By the way, this post will be picture-less because my camera battery is DEAD and I didn’t realize it until it was too late to charge it:( Anyway, I was a little a lot concerned about my hubby going to this veggie place. He is all about the meat and tators! After looking the menu over, he decided to get grilled Salmon with asparagus and roasted sweet potatoes–there’s his tators. He ended up LOVING it!! He just went on and on about how yummy it was. Well, he didn’t exactly use the word ‘yummy’, but he raved about it none the less. I got a tofu and veggie dish that was to die for! The waitress made sure it was gluten free and I ordered it without the rice. It had this amazing sauce that had kind of a peanutty taste but was a little spicy too. All I can say is YUM! I thought I might try to recreate a dish similar to this at home. I’m pretty sure Heather has a sauce recipe that would be great–like tahini:)

Okay, on to the ‘I think I’ve got it’ part of my post. I have been taking a break from blogging a bit lately. Part of my reason was to have more time for other things, but I have also really been trying to figure out what works for my body. Sometimes, when reading a lot of other blogs, I can get a little sidetracked from what is best for ME. I tend to follow the crowd more times than not and it was getting me in trouble. So, after less blogging/reading, I think I have a semi-plan that will work for ME. Here are the basics:

1- I have finally accepted the fact that my body can NOT handle grains of any kind! I know grains are not bad themselves and carbs are not bad. But, MY body does NOT like them no matter how much I tried to make it conform to what I wanted! Therefore, I am now on a totally grain free diet. I could tell a difference in TWO days of cutting them out:)

2- I have also learned that I can not do sugar of any kind–no agave, honey, etc. I have only been using Stevia and am a-okay:) I can have really dark chocolate though!!:) YeeHaa!

3- Fruits: cherries, blueberries, strawberries–okay all berries, green apples(tart), and very small amounts of banana every few days.

4-Veggies: all veggies except potatoes, yams, and corn. Do NOT do well with starches! Veggie choices are endless and I LOVE trying new ones!! Still juicing some and making sure I eat some raw veggies every day.

5-Dairy: the jury is still out on dairy! I have started introducing homemade yogurt that is fermented 24 hours the SCD way. Once it ferments that long it is virtually lactose free. I do a little Parmesan and other than that, that’s about it for now. I have mostly been making homemade coconut milk yogurt, but hopefully can handle the organic cow milk some too.

6-Protein: I have decided that a vegetarian diet is what feels best to me. I will have eggs occasionally because I feel like my body needs them. I have been back and forth about the whole soy debate and have decided that a little soy once or twice a week should be fine. I also do really well with beans that have been soaked 24 hours and had the water changed several times during the soaking. Soaking breaks down a lot of the starches and they are a good source of protein.

7-Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds are also good sources of protein. I have found that I can do pecans and a smidgen of almond butter every now and then. I can make grain free bread from pecan flour that is really yummy! I also do well with sunflower and pumpkin seeds–and of course, LOVE sunbutter!

8-Fats: nuts/seeds, coconut milk, coconut oil, olive oil

9-Exercise: Can’t forget exercise! Yoga is what I LOVE best, but have found that I also like doing walking/running intervals. Nothing too long or strenuous, but enough to get my heart pumping. Usually, thirty minutes on the treadmill 3-4 days a week is what feels best to me. More than that really seems to bring me down physically.

I think that about covers it! I know this was really long, but it helps me to get it on ‘paper’. Hopefully, I will start posting some yummy grain free recipes soon:) Have a lovely weekend! I’m hoping I get to go skating tonight since I didn’t feel like it on my B-day.

P.S. Thank you SO much for your comments and support over the loss of my dog:) Still missing him like crazy!

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Check out this load of stuff my hubby won at the health food store!! I don’t think I have EVER won anything in my life, so I don’t even bother to sign up. He signed up and told me he would win–guess he was right! This nice backpack was loaded with all kinds of goodies! I think pretty much all of it is gluten free, but not corn, rice etc. free:) So, my hubby will be doing most of the munching on this bunch of goodies. I bet there are almost a dozen snack bars! There was a bottle of body wash, coconut water (which I will gladly drink), hemp protein, acai fruitein, gluten free ‘granola’, single servings of peanut butter and almond butter and more!! There were also some herbal remedies, but no thanks! I am on enough of those already:)

Speaking of remedies, I think I am finally getting closer to what really works for me–I think:) I went to the ND last Friday and was complaining to her about my terrible cravings for things that I am NOT supposed to have. I thought it was because I was eating a high raw diet and not feeling satisfied. Well, come to find out, it was my hormones!! You can read about my journey into Peri-menopause here. She told me to increase my natural progesterone cream and I am feeling WAY more balanced (I have opted to NOT use any prescription hormones for my symptoms.)  Man, hormones can do scary things to our bodies. She is also ordering yet another herbal remedy to help balance my wacky body. I am already feeling a HUGE difference though. I have not touched anything ‘illegal’ since my visit on Friday!! Whew!

So, now that I am not wanting to eat everything in my town, here is what I am doing. I have been fixing this raw cereal every night before bed to have the next morning and it is really satisfying me.

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I know, it’s not very pretty, but it works for me:) Before bed, I put the following in a bowl: 1/2 cup quinoa flakes, 2 tbs. sunflower seeds, 2 Tbs. pumpkin seeds, 1 Tbs. hemp seeds, and 1-2 Tbs. raisins. Then I add 1/2 cup coconut milk and 4 Tbs. coconut water (which sweetens it all). I put this in the fridge until morning. Then I add 1 Tbs. hemp protein powder and some cinnamon. Mix and dig in:) Soaking things is key for me to have a happy belly! Last night, I actually soaked the seeds and raisins seperate in some water left out on the counter. I think they ‘soak’ better that way. That keeps me happy for a good while.

Then about mid-morning, I make some green juice. Today, I tried cabbage in my juice after seeing that on Maggie’s blog. It was yummy. No picture though, because it went down the hatch:) Thanks for the idea Maggie!

I have been able to wait longer to eat drink lunch since doing the raw cereal and juice. I have really just been wanting smoothies for lunch.

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I’ll usually have a snack involving a little fruit in the afternoon. Yesterday, I was inspired by Averie to pull out my ice cream maker. I made a sorbet with frozen cherries, strawberries and half banana. Oh, I also added 2 Tbs. raw cocoa nibs. Blended it up and threw it in the ice cream maker:

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If anyone makes this, you may want to add some agave or something. It wasn’t quiet sweet enough, but it worked for me.

For dinner, I have been having a BIG salad! No pictures–oops!

I also recently came up with a bread recipe that I can finally feel good about eating. I will post more about it another day, but I made my own flour with sprouted and dehydrated buckwheat, quinoa, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. The only other flour in it is a little coconut flour. I have always hated the fact that gluten free breads are loaded with all kinds of starches–that I can’t digest–and they are usually pretty refined and high carb. My homemade bread doesn’t have any of the typical starches in it, is pretty good in protein and not refined and high carb. I took a piece to my ND to let her try it and she loved it! So, now I have a  sprouted bread that is technically grain free and very healthy:) YUM!

Gotta run now, today is our first day of another year of homeschooling:)

God Bless!!

Added note: I think I have had too much of a good thing with the seeds in my raw cereal! I tend to quickly forget that I can’t do so many seeds three days in a row! My belly is NOT happy at the moment. So, I am trying a new raw breakfast in the morning. Stay tuned:)

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I have had an extremely long and hard work week. I have been cleaning a new construction home that my brother built. I also had my regular clients to clean for.  So, I am wiped out!! I don’t know why, but when I work really hard like that–I usually always end up eating bad. I do okay during the day and then–boom! I feel like I haven’t eaten in a week and I want to eat everything in the house. And yes, that includes gluten. Daggone it! When will I learn?  So, I am fessing up to blowing it tonight. I then proceed to take a stomach pill so that I can be knocked out for the night without too much pain. Stupid, I know! Okay, I got that off my chest:)

My hubby helped with my two coconuts I got the other day. We made a royal mess!

Here is what you don’t want to do when cutting a coconut!

blog pictures 412OUCHIE! You can see the mess on my counter. I have coconut water in the fridge and I froze the flesh until I can decide how I want to use it. It was fun to buy a real coconut and break it open etc., but as you can see, I am not very good at getting the meat out without injuring myself.

Now for something a bit sweeter.

blog pictures 417I have recently discovered a new love! I have never been a huge cherry fan–until I bought frozen ones. Yesterday for snack, I put some cherries in a bowl with 1 Tbs. dark chocolate chips and 2Tbs. coconut milk. That was the best treat I have had in a long time!

blog pictures 420Look how the coconut milk freezes onto the cherries! It’s like ice cream–only not. Have I been hiding under a rock to have just now discovered this?

blog pictures 427Another yummy (and legal:) thing I ate today was oatgurt with 1/2 banana and 1 Tbs. sunbutter. I went to the health food store yesterday and got more sunbutter and gluten free oats. We are back in business! I have figured something out though that I’m not all that happy about. I have discovered that when I eat very many carbs (aka. banana w/ oatgurt) it makes me crave more carbs. That’s usually where the cheating with gluten comes in.

It seems like the only grain that I am able to eat these days is the oatgurt. I usually have it with plenty of protein though so it doesn’t make me want to binge. I’m guessing that banana and oatgurt is not going to happen anymore. I do fine eating oatgurt without all the sugar in the banana. By the way, I will be forever grateful to Heather for introducing me to oatgurt:)

Okay, I think I’m rambling. It is way past my bedtime and I am beyond the point of exhaustion. Tomorrow, I am planning to do some yoga first thing and then really focus on feeding my body good wholesome foods–no gluten!

Oh, just a funny note about how my yoga practice is going. I am pretty new (3 weeks or so) to yoga. Well, last night, I had the bright idea to try a headstand against the wall. I think my brain was on vacation. Anyway, I got up and it felt good all over–except my head!! I thought my head was going to cave in! I think I’ll stick to shoulder stands since I can actually do those without any major malfunction:) I am LOVING yoga though. I think it is really helping my digestion and helping me to really listen to my body. Now, if I would just quit listening to my brain when it has stupid ideas–I might be alright:)

I’m off to bed now. Happy weekend!

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4: 8

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Buckwheat


Today was the first of several appointments that I have over the next two weeks. I saw the nutritionist and discussed my desire to try going grain free again and see if it helps with my stomach issues. My other appointments coming up include: a bone density test(checking my osteopenia), a CT scan of my stomach, and last but definitely not least–an endoscopy and colonoscopy. I am NOT looking forward to that last one! Anyway, the good news from my appointment today–I have maintained my weight since my last visit four weeks ago. I was glad because I was afraid that running would make me lose. In my last post, I was concerned about getting enough carbs for running if I cut out grains. I learned today that with my running I need 300gr. of carbs a day! That is a huge number! The nutritionist spent some time making a list of different foods I should eat and how many carbs are in each serving. My new assignment is to count carbs to see if I can get to 300 without grains. This seems pretty impossible.

I did find out that Buckwkeat isn’t a grain at all. It is actually a member of the rhubarb family. How weird is that? So, I can add buckwheat to my list of carby foods to try to include. I was thinking on the way home about the difference between real grains and things like quinoa and buckwheat. I mean, how do quinoa and buckwheat affect the GI tract differently than things like rice flour etc. After doing some research about buckwheat, I learned that it can be very beneficial for the GI tract. The article here says that buckwheat can help with the growth of good bacteria in the gut. It can act as a prebiotic to help absorb the probiotics in yogurt etc. I’m not really all that crazy about buckwheat grouts or soba noodles, but after reading the article, I think I can find ways to enjoy buckwheat. I need all the good bacteria I can get and get rid of the bad!

My stomach is not doing well at the moment. I seem to have real issues with apples! This is kind of frustrating because I like apples. I can add buckwheat, but may need to exclude apples for a while. For today, I am no where near the goal of 300gr. of carbs. I think I need to start getting up earlier so I can fit more food into my day!!

Ran 5 miles yesterday:) I was VERY excited about that because Friday my stomach would not allow me to run even two minutes!

Ta Ta For Now:)

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