Day 9….GLA supplement

The weather is so nice outside, blue sky and it will be 70 degrees today. I think I need to start working in the yard finally. I’m a bit behind on all that. Nothing exciting to report on the diet front. I did do MUCH better with exercising yesterday. It really helps when you have friends to walk with, I don’t like walking alone.

Here’s what I ate:

Cup hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon.

Shot of cran/water with Healthy Liver Tonic and GLA supplement * here’s a link to explain why they recommend taking the GLA supplement, after reading more about it I discovered I’m supposed to be taking it with meals, so I’ll be changing that starting tomorrow.

Breakfast (10:00): Cherry/ Peach smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries/ peaches, 8oz cran/water, whey protein powder, flax, chia seeds, kale, spirulina)

Walked with Thomas & Ann for 25 minutes

Went over to a friends to visit and we walked for about 50 minutes

Lunch (1:00): Salad with Kraut, Mung bean salad, hard-boiled egg and dressing

Snack (4:15): hard-boiled egg and applesauce

Dinner (7:30): grilled tuna and steamed broccoli

Before bed: finished off the cran/water & GLA supplement, * I’ve been drinking the last glass of cran/water with 1Tbls of chia seeds mixed in for the fiber benefits. Mix the seeds and water together than let it sit for about 30 min, mix again, then drink (preferably with a straw) the seeds become gelatinous, it’s a little weird but I don’t mind the texture. Much better than mixing 1 Tbls of flax meal and cran/water together, like the book recommends.

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

My weight check-in for today: up .5 a pound, well that’s annoying! Oh well it’s bound to get better eventually, right?

**another note about the GLA supplement according to the author, Ann Louise Gittleman:

The black currant seed oil is the best balanced of the GLA substances and will not create an overload of this “good” Omega 6. The results from Omega testing reveal that most individuals are more GLA than Omega 3 deficient. I have recommended the UNI KEY GLA-90s for years with no negative side effects. Evening primrose oil can create break-through bleeding and borage seems to work better as a topical agent.

I purchased Borage oil at GNC, but when these are gone I will switch over to the black currant seed oil. I’ll most likely purchase it at Vitacost since their vitamin prices are much better than Whole Foods.

Day 8…Fat Flush Plan

And I’m sure everyone is tired of reading about this diet. 🙂 I’m going to blog through the first two weeks since that’s how long Phase 1 lasts, then I’ll stop blogging so as not to bore you to tears. BTW the book that actually explains phase 1, 2 & 3 is the Fat Flush Plan. The book I showed at the beginning has a yearlong healthy approach to eating. So if you really want all the information for this 2 week jump start you should read, Fat Flush Plan. I also found a few web sites that covered a lot of the information: Smoothie Shakedown this is a pdf of all the basic info, this site gives a good synopsis of the diet, ivillage has message boards discussing the diet (but I didn’t find them very helpful, and here’s a link with Fat Flush approved recipes.)

I did try to eat more yesterday and really follow the recommendations of the diet.

Here’s what I ate:

Cup hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon.

Shot of cran water with healthy liver Tonic and GLA supplement

Breakfast (10:00): Cherry/ Peach smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries/ peaches, 8oz cran/water, whey protein powder, flax, chia seeds, kale, spirulina)

Lunch (1:00): Salad with Kraut, Mung bean salad, hard-boiled egg, dressing and salmon on the side. Oh my gosh that was filling, while I’m able to keep the salad smaller that before it is still a very dense salad!

Dinner (5:00): All natural Andouille Chicken sausage sautéed with some onion and Salad topped with fresh salsa, 1 Tbls of flax oil and a squeeze of lime. That salad was really good, I’m going to keep fresh salsa in the fridge for a salad topping, yum! (**it just dawned on me that this sausage would not be allowed because of one of the ingredients, so no more sausage)

Snack (8:00): apple

Before bed: finished off the cran/water & GLA supplement

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

My weight check-in for today:

My weight stayed the same today, so if you don’t count the up and down I have basically stayed at the same weight for 4 days. I think the biggest factor is lack of exercise. So I am going back to my friend’s routine of 3- 30 min walks a day. Lil’ Anne, my dog, will be so happy. Also one of the recommendations on this program is to use a rebounder (mini trampoline) for 20 min a day. It’s supposed to really help move the lymph around and that helps break down cellulite (at least according to the book, not sure if that’s true.) So I need to get my hands on a rebounder, I would love to add that to my daily exercise, the benefits of using them are impressive, read more here at Kristen’s Raw.

Day 7 on the Fat Flush diet

Sunday was kinda a blah day, it was rainy and gray and I spent hours and hours ironing. But the bright side we’re on the last season of Gilmore Girls. I got the complete series for my birthday and the kids and I have been having a marathon Gilmore Girls since Feb. But we’re in the homestretch, season 7, just in time for spring so we can stop watching so much TV and get outside!

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

Cup hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon.

Shot of cran/water with Healthy Liver Tonic and GLA supplement

Breakfast (10:30): 2 scrambled eggs topped with fresh home-made salsa; not as good as the salsa we make when the garden is in full swing but pretty darn good for store bought tomatoes

Lunch (12:30): Cherry/ Peach smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries/ peaches, 8oz cran/water, whey protein powder, flax, chia seeds) I wanted a pretty pink smoothie today so I left the kale and spirulina out.

Dinner (4:00): Salad topped with sprouted mung bean salad, tossed with the flax oil dressing. I also had an all-natural Andouille chicken sausage that caught my eye at Whole Foods.

Snack: 4 dill pickles (this probably isn’t allowed on the diet due to the salt content, but they were homemade and yummy)

Dessert: Cherry/ Cacao smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries, 1 frozen banana, 8oz cran/water, chia seeds, 1 Tbls raw cacao) I was dying to try this combination with a frozen banana so I figured what the heck. It was yummy, but it could have used more cacao. It was still a satisfying dessert. *bananas are not allowed on the diet

Before bed: finished off the cran/water & GLA supplement

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

My weight check-in for today: I relost that pesky pound that returned yesterday so that’s good news. Hopefully, it will stay away this time.

Day 6…raw cacao, yum

So far so good, this diet plan is really working for me. Last year I tried eating all raw foods and while I really liked eating that way for about 90% of the day I still liked to add in a little cooked food. This diet picks up a lot of the principles of raw food eating which I like. Plus the elimination of sugar is something that I always strive for. Normally I use dates to sweeten almost everything, so I am looking forward to adding them back in. My diet naturally gravitates to, too many grains and starches so it’s good to be taking a break from that and really rethink how frequently I eat them in the future. Yesterday’s food choices were a little different since I needed to go grocery shopping and I was out of almost everything. But that gave me the opportunity to clean out my refrigerator, which is now all clean and pretty. And full of healthy treats thanks to shopping trips to Sam’s Club, Meijer’s (gift card) and Whole Foods. I should be stocked up for at least another week. While Sam’s does have a lot of junk food and not much organic there are a few things they sell that are way cheaper than I can get at other stores, such as: large container of organic spring salad mix & spinach, lemons, limes, pineapples & bananas. Other fruits and veggies I prefer to buy local when I can and organic or at the very least grown in the USA.

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

I was out of lemons so I had a shot of cran/ water with the Healthy Liver Tonic, I have to plug my nose when I drink this and immediately follow it with lots more of the cran/ water

Cup of cran/ water with GLA supplement

Breakfast (10:00): Cherry/ Cacao Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries, 8oz cran/water, whey protein powder, flax, chia seeds, kale and about a teas of raw cacao) While cacao isn’t listed in the 2 week fat flush diet it is mentioned in the year round eating plan as something you can have a couple times a week. This would have been super good if it was a little sweeter, a frozen banana would have done the trick but it still gave the essence of cherries and chocolate.

Why eat raw cacao instead of the processed cocoa: Cacao contains a naturally rich supply of antioxidants, and is also an excellent source of dietary fiber. In addition, cacao is known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium, contains an impressively high iron content, and also possesses many other essential minerals in significant quantities. For more information on the benefits of raw cacao go here:

Lunch (2:00): Salad (spring lettuce mix, shredded carrot, peppers, onion, kraut, fresh ginger, shredded beets, cukes and tomatoes.) For the dressing I mixed up 2 Tbls Flax oil, 1 Tbls apple cider vinegar, juice from ½ lemon, dill, garlic powder, ginger, a squirt of Dijon mustard & sea kelp. I used ½ of it with my lunch salad & half for the dinner salad.

Dinner (7:00): Tonight’s salad was a combination of my regular salad topped with a sprouted mung bean salad that I made today. I’ve been sprouting mung beans on the counter and they were finally ready to use. Plus some steamed salmon on the side.

Dessert: a crisp apple, yum. It seems that every time I buy apples they’re mushy (they then get turned into dried apple) so this was a nice surprise

Before bed: finished off the cran/water & GLA supplement

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

My weight check-in for today: This is a strange and rather sucky development I actually gained 1 pound, which is probably why you’re not supposed to weigh yourself every day, since these fluctuations do happen. That’s ok I’m staying on track I know it will drop back off. I didn’t have any eggs today because I was out and I didn’t have protein with lunch, I don’t know if that had anything to do with my weight gain (in bizarro world you eat less and gain more?)

Here’s a picture of the Sprouted Mung Bean Salad and here is a link to my previous blog with the recipe (I did alter the dressing to make it work with the fat flush rules, instead I used flax oil, and no liquid aminos) honestly it was better with the original dressing, the liquid aminos add the saltiness that make it really yummy.


Day 5…Chia seeds

The groceries I bought at the beginning of the week have disappeared so I had to add some variety to my menu finally. I need to go to the store today to restock for the next week of super healthy eating. I feel really good on this diet, I have plenty of energy and I’m never lethargic from lack of food. I’m also usually not hungry except in the mornings, which I think is a good thing. You should be hungry in the mornings but when I used to fill up on snacks in the evening I didn’t wake up feeling hungry. Also if I stay up too late, like I did last night, I end up really hungry. I couldn’t just go to bed because I had to make sure Beth made to Chattanooga safely so I had an 11pm snack, but it was just an orange. NOT the potato chips & dip that I would have really liked to have eaten. I also have not had a glass of wine all week, even though I have an open bottle of Riesling in the refrigerator mocking me. I was tempted last night but I really hate to break my momentum.

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

Cup hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon.

Cup of cran/ water with GLA supplement

Breakfast (9:30): Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries, 8oz cran/water, 3/4 scoop whey protein powder vanilla, 1 Tbls ground flax, 1 Tbls chia seeds, a chunk of frozen kale from last year’s garden, 1/2 teas spirulina powder)

Lunch (noon): Salad (a couple handfuls of spring lettuce mix, shredded carrot, peppers, onion, 1 olives, homemade kraut, a hard-boiled egg, fresh ginger, and another yummy new addition shredded beets) and a little salmon on the side. For the dressing I mixed up 2 Tbls Flax oil, 1 Tbls apple cider vinegar, juice from ½ lemon, dill, garlic powder, ginger, a squirt of Dijon mustard & sea kelp. I used ½ of it with my lunch salad & half for the dinner salad.

Snack (5:00): orange

Dinner (late at 7:30, after driving Beth to the airport): No Salad! Instead I had a very yummy chicken stir fry with broccoli, onions, peppers, garlic and fresh ginger. I used low sodium chicken broth to “sauté” the onions, garlic & peppers. The broccoli was left over from the night before so it just needed to be thrown in long enough to warm it up same with the chicken. Daniel thought it would be better with soy sauce and rice, but I was quite happy with it. My peppers were a mix of sweet and hot so it was pretty spicy and I thought very filling. It was a very small amount of chicken and a lot of broccoli.

Late night snack (11:00pm) orange (this put me 1 over on the fruit limit but it had to be a better choice than chips & dip)

Cran/ water with a scoop of chia seeds mixed in. here’s a link to all the benefits of chia seeds.

Before bed: finished off the cran/water & GLA supplement

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

My weight check-in for today: I was expecting to see the scale stay the same but it didn’t; I lost 1 more pound which puts me at 5.5 since Monday, yeah!

Day 4 and I’ve run out of titles…

I’ve run out of idea for titles much like it seems I’ve run out of ideas for my food choices. But that’s not entirely true, although I seem to be eating the same thing over and over (which I am) I’m still enjoying it at each meal so I haven’t felt the need to change things around yet. Every now and then I get a short/ tiny craving for chocolate or pizza but it passes. I know once I get to Seattle in May that I’ll be eating some of these denied treats (especially coffee, you can’t go to Seattle and not drink coffee!) so until then I can suck it up. I cooked another yummy meal for the kids, one that I also love; we call it left-over thanksgiving casserole. After Thanksgiving I split up the leftover stuffing and chopped turkey into food saver bags, sucked out all the air and froze them for later meals. Then yesterday I just had to mix up some mashed potatoes and use some gravy from the left over chicken paperkash to layer it all in a casserole dish. Stuffing, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, shredded cheese, yum! It’s one of Daniel’s favorites so of course I had to make it while he was home for spring break. I did again manage to resist the temptation and stick with my own dinner.

I didn’t get to walk at all today; Beth and I were crazy busy getting everything she needed for her trip to Chattanooga to visit a friend over spring break. Plus the weather has turned cold and rainy and now snowy, yuk!

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

Cup hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon.

Cup of cran/ water with GLA supplement

Breakfast (was very late 12:00): Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries/ blueberries, 8oz cran/water, 3/4 scoop whey protein powder vanilla, 1 Tbls ground flax, 1 Tbls chia seeds, a chunk of frozen kale from last year’s garden, 1/2 teas spirulina powder)

Lunch (also late 3:00): Salad (a couple handfuls of spring lettuce mix, 1 shredded carrot, peppers, onion, 2 olives, homemade kraut, a hardboiled egg, and the best new addition fresh ginger, yum!) and a little salmon on the side. For the dressing I mixed up 2 Tbls Flax oil, 1 Tbls apple cider vinegar, juice from ½ lemon, dill, garlic powder, ginger, a squirt of Dijon mustard & sea kelp. I used ½ of it with my lunch salad & half for the dinner salad.

Snack (at 4:45): hard-boiled egg

Dinner (also late at 7:30): small salad (same as lunch but with 1C of strawberries/ blueberries and no egg) steamed broccoli and again some salmon (I pulled 3 pieces out of the freezer which is why I keep eating only salmon). I discovered a new way to cook salmon that was super easy and now going to be my preferred way to cook fish, in the steamer. Steam for 20 minutes and it was juicy and flaky with no added fat and a super easy clean up. I marinated the salmon in some lemon juice, a little apple cider vinegar, dried mustard and fresh ginger.

Before bed: finished off the cran/water & GLA supplement

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

My weight check-in for today: I lost 1 more pound which puts me at 4.5 since Monday, yeah!

 

Day 3 still going strong

Last night I really wanted some chocolate but I stuck to the diet and went to bed early to read. I have to say this diet has had the added bonus of eliminating my evening TV watching, which is a good thing and I’m getting much more sleep which is another bonus. Plus I’m waking up early and I’m not feeling tired or groggy like I was before. My food choices were pretty much the same as Day 2 but I am noticing that my huge salad is now feeling too big, so today I’ll scale it back a bit. And I cut out the second smoothie (with the whey protein) it was adding extra calories that I didn’t feel like I needed. I’ll save the second smoothie for days when I’m really hungry and on the other days I’ll just have a serving of fruit.

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

Cup hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon.

Cup of cran/water with GLA supplement

Breakfast: Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries, 8oz cran/water, 1 scoop whey protein powder vanilla, 1 Tbls ground flax, 1 Tbls chia seeds, 2 chunks frozen kale from last year’s garden, 1/2 teas spirulina powder)

Lunch: Salad (a couple handfuls of spring lettuce mix, 1 shredded carrot, peppers, onion, asparagus, salmon and a hardboiled egg) For the dressing I mixed up 2 Tbls Flax oil, 1 Tbls apple cider vinegar, juice from ½ lemon, dill, garlic powder, ginger, a squirt of Dijon mustard & sea kelp. I used ½ of it with my lunch salad & half for the dinner salad.

I walked with another friend for about 30-40 min

Dinner: We went to my in-laws for dinner but I brought my own salad instead of eating her yummy Chicken Paperkash: So I had a huge salad (same as lunch but with ¾ C of strawberries, homemade sauerkraut, no egg and I kept the salmon on the side) with a small side of steamed broccoli. I loved the strawberries in the salad it was very yummy! It was VERY hard to resist the sangria and the strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream, but I did, there will be plenty of time for desserts and sangria once I get my weight under control.

Before bed: finished off the cran/water & GLA supplement

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

weight check, I lost 1 more pound making the total so far 3.5 pounds. I know I can’t expect to see the scale drop everyday, but it is exciting when it happens!

Day 2 on the Fat Flush diet

Last night’s dinner was very tempting, Beef stroganoff which I love, made because my son is home from college for Spring Break and that was his one requested item. But I stuck to the diet and I’m glad I did. I woke up feeling a little bit thinner. You know when you’re dieting and your stomach starts to feel a little bit flatter, that’s how I felt this morning. So skipping the beef stroganoff was definitely worth it. Also I lost 1 more pound and I’m wearing a pair of pants that I didn’t fit comfortably into before!

I started out this diet along with 2 friends, they have both abandoned ship for the time being but I hope they come back; it’s much more fun when I have someone to talk to. You can read about Paulita’s experience over at An Accidental Blog.

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

Cup of cran/ water with GLA supplement

Cup hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon. Much better than yesterday drink. The ginger & cinnamon give it such a nice smell that it makes it much more pleasant to drink.

Breakfast: Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries/ blueberries, 8oz cran/water, 1 scoop whey protein powder vanilla, 1 Tbls ground flax, 1 Tbls chia seeds, 2 kale leaves, 1 teas spirulina powder)

I got to add in some exercise today, Paulita and I walked for about 75min at a very brisk pace thanks to my speedy little dog.

1 hardboiled egg sprinkled with sea kelp & cayenne

Then I took the kids shopping for about 3 hours so I didn’t get to eat lunch until 3:00. I was really hungry by the time we got home.

Lunch: Salad (a couple handfuls of spring lettuce mix, 1 shredded carrot, homemade sauerkraut, peppers, onion, 3 olives, and ½ can of tuna with no salt added plus another hard boiled egg) For the dressing I mixed up 2 Tbls Flax oil, 1 Tbls apple cider vinegar, juice from ½ lemon, dill, garlic powder, a squirt of Dijon mustard, ginger & sea kelp. I used ½ of it with my lunch salad & half for the dinner salad.

Another fruit smoothie made pretty much the same as the morning one but with 1 cup of strawberries/ blueberries and some ice but I ran out of Kale so this one only had the Spirulina to turn it green. This was not nearly as good as the smoothies that have cherries in them. The cherries add a lot of sweetness.

Thomas had soccer tonight so I walked another 40 minutes but that also meant we didn’t get to eat dinner until 8pm.

Dinner: Not Beef Stroganoff! Salad, asparagus and grilled salmon with some lemon & dill, I was very full after dinner. One nice thing about eating so late I wasn’t craving any snacks after dinner. I did manage to stay up until 9:30 or 10.

Before bed: GLA supplement and melatonin because I have been having a problem staying asleep through the night.

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

Spring time means weight loss time

It’s that time of year when I need to lose all this extra weight that I piled on over the winter. I have several trips planned this summer and I really need to fit into my summer clothes. I would prefer to eat a high raw diet but I get lazy and start eating more and more snacky foods until the whole mess spirals out of control. I have found a detox weight loss plan that makes sense to me and I hope will be a boot camp for my eating habits, putting me back on the right track. Yesterday I started the Fat Flush for Life plan and so far I’m really liking it. There is a lot of detoxing that goes along with this plan, a few supplements that need to be added in and for the first few weeks it is pretty restrictive on what you can eat. But that’s ok I need something to kick-start my spring weight loss. The plan eliminates all sugar and dairy, almost all caffeine and most starches but you can eat lots of veggies, 2 servings of fruit, 2 eggs a day and 4oz of protein with each meal plus 2 Tbls of flax oil a day. It also adds some interesting detox items like a 100% cranberry juice/ water mixture that you drink all day long and the whey protein powder that you add to your fruit smoothies. You also start your day with a green drink then a cup of hot lemon water. I highly recommend getting the revised 2010 edition of the book. It gives a different eating plan for each season so you’re eating foods that are in season and make sense for that time of year.

I did lose 1.5 pounds my first day, woo-hoo. Some people find they lose 12-15 pounds the first 2 weeks, I know that’s not a realistic weight loss goal so I’ll just be happy to see the scale dropping. I was never hungry since I was eating something every couple hours but I did find that in the evening when I tend to eat chips or ice cream that I really wanted a treat. So I went to bed to read a book instead. I think the night-time eating is more of a habit than a real need for food so I may have some earlier bedtimes for a while until I can break those cravings. But that’s ok because the book explains how a full night’s sleep helps to eliminate body fat.

So what did I eat yesterday? Well I’m still getting used to the plan so this may not be a 100% recommended menu plan but it was a good start:

Cup of cran/ water with supplements

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with peppers and onions (I managed to pass on the crepes that I made for the kids, it’s Beth’s b-day and b-day breakfast around here is always crepes with all the yummy fillings.)

Cup hot water with ½ lemon juiced and some healthy liver tonic drops (they were gross, I’m not drinking that mixture again!)

Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries, 8oz cran/water, 1 scoop whey protein powder vanilla, 1 Tbls ground flax, 1 Tbls chia seeds, 2 kale leaves) This was really good and filling, the protein powder does add a kinda weird taste since I’m not used to using it but it wasn’t horrible.

*I’m drinking my cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher was empty in the evening.

Lunch: Huge salad for lunch (several handfuls of spring lettuce mix, 1 shredded carrot, homemade sauerkraut, peppers, onion, 3 olives, and ½ can of tuna with no salt added) For the dressing I mixed up 2 Tbls Flax oil, 1 Tbls apple cider vinegar, juice from ½ lemon, dill, garlic powder, cayenne, dry mustard & ginger. I used ½ of it with my lunch salad & half for the dinner salad.

Another fruit smoothie made pretty much the same as the morning one but with 1 cup of strawberries and a few frozen cherries plus some ice.(I put the healthy liver tonic drops in the smoothie and I couldn’t taste it so that is a much better way to take it but I’m not sure if you’re supposed to take it with food, so I have to look into that.)

Dinner: Another big salad the same as lunch minus the carrot, olives and tuna. For the protein I had a hamburger patty with a little mustard (no bun.) We were having a birthday party for Beth with grilled hamburgers, potato salad and cake and ice cream but I stuck to my eating plan and was very proud of myself when I was able to say no to the dessert!

Finished off my cran/ water and took supplements then went to bed at 8:30 to read.

I never felt hungry throughout the day until bedtime but that went away once I went to bed.