You can read part 1 here.
Today, I will only do one because this one covers a lot and it will be long. Before I start, I just need to say I think it is very interesting that I hear these things from multiple people. It really proves how much the food industry has the majority of us brainwashed. I felt so empowered and proactive as I started making a conscious effort to not let these assholes make me and my kids sick and be used in their money making game. As I started finding more like-minded people who supported and helped me find the right kinds of foods, I got stronger because the fog in my brain literally cleared. I cleansed my body of the chemicals and addictive processed crap. My body began to function the way it was meant to. I became a new person, and more of who I truly am.
This one is kind of touchy for most moms. I take it personally every time someone says these kinds of things because of my own experience (which I will share). So, my response to this subject is driven by my own passion and concern for my own children. When I hear it from others, it sparks something in me that is hard to subdue at times.
#4 “But what do I feed my kids while I am on this diet?” or “My kids won’t eat that and they’ll starve.”
Just let me get out of the way first of all that if I hear someone call this a diet one more time, I am going to freak the hell out. STOP. It just simply is not a diet. And that should answer your question about what your kids will eat. You are changing your LIFE. If it is good enough for you to eat, WHY IN THE HELL would it not be good enough for your kids? Is it okay to feed them crap just because they are getting something in their bellies? But at what cost? Does it honestly make you feel better knowing that they just got closer to getting obesity and numerous sicknesses because you were too lazy to cook them a nutritious meal? None of us have enough time in the day. None of us have enough patience every single day. None of us want to spend extra time and money to go out and buy healthy food and then prepare it all day every day. But how bad do you want you and your kids to stop being fat, unfit, unhealthy, and sick? For me, the need to feel better and do everything in my power to help my kids be healthy outweighed the want of a quick easy “meal”. The truth is there really is something to be said about taking the time to prepare nutrient rich, real food for you and your family. It is THE most loving thing you can do for you and the people you love. That is really ALL YOU HAVE TO DO. And it is NOT that hard to learn how to do after you really consider the pro’s and con’s. Part of this new lifestyle should be re-learning how to feed our bodies and souls. The number one way to do that is to prepare and have ready, real, whole, food for you and your kids. All day. Every day. You teach your kids everything they need to know about life. This should be on the top of the list, because it literally is a matter of life or death. PLEASE take this more seriously. It isn’t just a matter of easy and fast.
My son was about 20 pounds overweight when I started this change. We had just gone to the doctor for his check up, and we got the “talk” from the doctor about how he is overweight for his age. That moment was very surreal for me. And I kept picturing him in my mind as a huge fat teenager. My heart was breaking for him. And I felt helpless. My son has always been very lean growing up. He was starting puberty and in the phase right before a kid has a growth spurt so I, and our family and friends, just kept saying that that was the reason for his being fat. It would have been easy for me to just stay stupid, and pass the blame and play the victim. But, the voice in my head was screaming at me. That HONEST voice that we talked about before. I KNEW deep down, that this was all my fault. I am the one who buys his food and gives it to him. I am the one who offered him crap day in and day out. I am the one who was teaching him how to feed himself crap and how to defend it with a list of excuses. I was doing this because I was too lazy and unhealthy and ignorant to do anything different. It was harder than I could have ever thought to stand up, admit I was doing this to him, and tell him I was sorry and that we were going to fix it. I was driven by my initial motivation to get these changes started, so I ran with it. That kid jumped on board so fast, it blew my mind. All I did was change the type of food that we all ate. Within a few months he had lost over 20 pounds.
When I decided to start changing the way I ate, I refused to buy a whole separate load of groceries for the family. Instead, I started changing their favorite meals into healthy versions. I threw away trash bags full of crap. I found recipes for things that were sweet to help ease them off of the addiction. I was at the store almost every day at first trying to find everything I needed in order to make clean healthy food and pack them healthy lunches. And I did this all as I was sicker than I had ever been, going through my own withdrawal. As we all started seeing how easy it was and how much better it all actually tasted, it sparked dinner conversations about these changes and the snowball just grew from there. I love so much that now, if you ask either of my kids about the way we eat, they will tell you EVERYTHING there is to know about it. Because that has become one of the top lessons in our family.
I am so grateful for the health and wellness of my kids. I am so proud that I am doing the best that I possibly can to raise strong, smart, grounded, happy human beings. It is such a blessing to have grown within myself through that process.
I am the creepy mom that just smiles and hugs my kids at random times of the day just because seeing them healthy and happy is a constant reminder that we are winning.
I have gotten many emails and messages from friends asking what my daily menu looks like. So, I decided to do a post about it to share with everyone.
What I eat every day in order to keep me losing fat and feeling healthy is different than what may help you. It also may have things you don’t like or can’t tolerate. I have fine tuned this for my body over the last eight months. It takes a long time to find out what foods hinder your weight loss and help. It took me a long time to figure out which ones I was sensitive to and had severe reactions to. So, what will work for you, may not be my exact plan. Make sure you listen to your body.
Bottom line, just make sure you start by eating REAL, WHOLE, CLEAN FOOD.
Here you go:
I eat about every two hours and around 5 or 6 times a day.
First thing in the morning I start drinking water and that is all I ever drink.
Within an hour I eat my “first breakfast”. This is usually my own hot cereal made with Flax seed meal, Chia seeds, coconut milk, Goji berries, and some kind of other fruit like diced apples or blueberries. (You could add cinnamon, which would be delicious but it does not like me.)
A couple times a week I will have the same things but mixed into plain Greek yogurt. I usually add a sweetener like Stevia to it though.
When I get hungry again, it is usually still morning time, so I call this my “second breakfast”. I love breakfast. This meal is usually two eggs and some kind of veggie. Sometimes I put the veggies in the eggs, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I have two or even three veggies. It gets crazy up in here.
Next is lunch. This almost always involves some kind of chicken and veggie combo. There really is so much you can do. This day I made myself some vegetable soup and added some chicken that I had baked and ready to eat. (always be prepared to succeed.) It was awesome.
Then it is time for an afternoon snack. This usually comes after one of my workouts so I like to eat a protein shake or something like that at this time. My favorite is Whey protein, frozen Mangoes, water, and walnuts. Sometimes I will use my juiced veggies instead of water. Sometimes I will just have the juiced veggies and something like a hard boiled egg. It just depends on what I feel like and what I have in the fridge.
Dinner is always something different because I have to mix it up for the family or shit gets crazy. I have posted a lot of the recipes on my recipe page. Check it out. I will add more soon. One of the things they love is my Roasted chicken dinner.
If dinner happens early or I just happen to get really hungry before bed, I will eat something like Walnuts and Goji berries or have more dinner if there is any left.
I do like to have a treat every now and then too. A quick and easy one is Sunflower seed butter on apples or Sunflower seed butter on Mary’s Gone Crackers with some raw honey. (I eat Sunflower seed butter because Peanut and Almond butter don’t like me.)
So, there you have it! I hope that this inspires and helps you in your daily food choices.
Have a healthy day! 🙂
I started adding lemon to my water recently. It really seamed to help me wake up and feel great. For about three days. Then I started to experience some symptoms that I have had for years but have now worsened. Headaches, tiredness, crankiness, watering eyes, running irritated nose (I have to put coconut oil inside my nostrils all the time because they are so dry and hurt so bad), heart fluttery things (I know there are names for this, but I call it fluttery things. It actually feels like it stops and then beats hard. scary.), faint feelings, panic attacks (though, way less now), painful periods, and my constant friend, “irritable bowel syndrome” (That is what I was diagnosed with because doctors don’t know what else to tell me). I really had no clue what to do, because here I am doing everything I possibly can to be as healthy as I have ever been and these things still happen.
Today, after happening upon an article, and then doing some online research, I am 100% sure that I am histamine intolerant.
First of all, WHERE THE FUCK HAS THIS INFO BEEN?
And third, WHAT THE FUCK?
And just let me stop you right now, because I know what you are thinking. No, I don’t need to pay a doctor to do worthless tests to prove me right. And I am not a hypochondriac. I have complained of these symptoms for YEARS and I have asked doctors in the past, and they never know anything helpful to tell me. And I can understand that, because at first glance, the symptoms do not seem to even belong together, let alone have to do with food. And if I can fix this on my own, then AWESOMENESS right??!
Why did I think I would get away with a complete lifestyle change and be happy and healthy forever The End?
Oh, and do you want to hear the best part? ALL of the foods that are a STAPLE in my diet that I FINALLY got used to and happy with are high in histamine. Not even kidding. Lemons are one of the triggers. This explains the symptoms being worse lately. So, step #1 = goodbye lemon water.
But, It is not all bad, if I can feel better.
I am grateful that I am a person who handles big changes like this easily.
I am grateful for the motivation to learn about this and share it. Apparently not many people have to deal with this or KNOW they have it.
I am excited to be able to finally, hopefully put a stop to all of these symptoms. You have no idea how excited I am to see if this works.
I am starting now. I will be eliminating all of the triggers for a few weeks and then I will add some of the food with a lower level of histamine back in and see what happens. Because this girl will be needing some chocolate….just sayin’.
I will be continuing to learn about this and I am happy to be able to incorporate this into my Wellness Coach training. As I learn more and find more nuggets of truth I will share them here and on my Facebook page.
The recipes and information I will be adding here will include these changes and I will keep you updated on my journey.
You know I love a good soup, anywhere, anytime. Some more than others. Minestrone is one of my favorites. I love the Italian taste that Minestrone soup has. Only thing I didn’t want in it was the noodles.
Awesome thing about home made soups, I can make them however I want!
I threw this one together in about 5 minutes and let it simmer for about 2 hours.
And they all loved it.
- Tomato sauce
- Vegetable broth
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 cans Kidney Beans
- 1 can Cannelloni Beans
- 3 large carrots
- 2 zucchinis
- 4 tomatoes
- Huge handful green beans
- Huge handful kale
- Italian seasoning
- Garlic powder
- Sea salt
- Ground pepper
I literally just chopped everything up and added it to a pot where I started boiling a container of broth, water to make as much soup as I needed for my family, and the amount of tomato sauce that I thought looked right. Then added seasoning until I liked it and simmered it.
When I say, this shit is easy, I mean it. And it really does require you to be present and involved with the food, because you want to make sure you add what you need for it to taste good to you.
I hope you add to this and make it your own.
Sometimes you seriously need a damn chocolate chip cookie.
I am so grateful for the recipes out there that use real whole food to make them. For these, I used the one in The Wheat Belly Cookbook.
This book, along with the original Wheat Belly book have helped me so much to identify some of my biggest issues with not only weight loss but illness.
Almost every day I come across someone who swears that they can not live without wheat/grains and could not lose weight without it. Kudos to you. I am not one of them. I am grateful that I don’t have a severe reaction to wheat like some people, but it is for sure not my friend. So, this book was a wonderful help to me.
Though wheat is not my friend, I LOVE me some bread, cookies, cakes, doughy goodness yum. The cookbook has recipes for all of these! So far I have only tried the cookies, but if the bread is anywhere near as good as these cookies, then I am going to be good to go.
I even ate some of the dough. Do you know how long it has been since I have eaten cookie dough? Yeah…. It was amazing.
Considering the disaster that I made of my first attempt to make another recipe of cookies, I kicked ass on this one. I feel like I am learning to bake all over again. Which I am. I put in years of baking experience, and perfected all of the things I made. Then I had to forget it all and learn all over again.
But I am happy to.
I don’t know why I didn’t ever make this before I started the lifestyle change. It is truly delicious and doesn’t feel even close to what you would think would be a “healthy dish”. This is the kind of dinner that encourages me to continue to embrace the way I eat now. It is easy and healthy and filling.
What you need:
- 1 whole, organic, pesticide, antibiotic, and everything yucky, free chicken
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 large onion
- 5 cloves of garlic
- olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
What you do:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat bottom of large baking dish or roasting pan with olive oil. Rinse chicken and add to the pan. (I like to cook mine breast side down. You do you 😉 ) Chop sweet potatoes, onion, and garlic and toss around chicken. Cover with olive oil and salt and pepper and rub into chicken. (Feel free to add any other seasonings that you like.) Bake for about 1 hour 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
If you have left over chicken, this would be great to add to a stew, soup, salads or sandwiches.
This never happens in my house.
This is the recipe that I made for our Christmas Mexican dinner. I found the original on allrecipes.com but I modified a little bit of it, so it is not the same one you will find there.
It is another easy, fast, good for you dish.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 3/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup fresh cinaltro
- Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
- Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Mix in the black beans and cilantro and heat through.