Saturday, May 30, 2009
Speaking of A, she cracks me up. I weighed out some crackers to have with hummus for a snack while we all played a board game and she wanted some. I told her I would get her a separate dish of crackers as I had already weighed mine out for calories. She said, "But I don't need to weigh my calroys, right?" and then, "what are calroys anyway?"
Seems I cannot get caught up with anything. I have over 5,000 emails unread in my inbox! I really hate technology sometimes. My problem is that I feel like if I don't subscribe to every vegan blog or vegan newsletter I will miss out on some major thing. Well, it is not all vegan stuff in my inbox, there is parenting newsletters, health newsletters, friends who love to send crapass chain emails, the usual. I need to let go.
Ok, so I promise, I will be trying out some new stuff soon and posting. I need feedback and encouragement.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I think that all the lessons Brendan gave make so much sense for our health. I recommend everyone sign up for the free 30 day program. It doesn't cost you anything, you can choose to spend money on some of his products or not, either way. The lessons are free and really informative.
If you want to get the book, Amazon has a great price on it right now, Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life.
I am finding it a bit difficult to follow all the guidelines. Some of his recommended products are difficult to find near me or extremely expensive if I can find them. D has been out of work for over 6 months and financially I am struggling. That is not to say that these items are difficult to find everywhere or expensive everywhere. Some locations are much better for healthy food options than others.
Also, I am ashamed to admit that I have always relied heavily on processed foods. It is a big adjustment for me to stop using processed foods. I will be phasing them out, but I need to do this slowly. Especially since A is so damn stubborn on what she will and will not eat, I have a hard time getting her to eat anything new. But I will be incorporating more fresh foods and less processed, it will just take time.
I am also planning on rereading the book. Since my Grave's disease (mostly because I lived with it for a long time before being treated), I have some trouble with my cognitive thinking and have a harder time grasping new information. This is a frustrating aspect for me. I used to be able to hear a million things one time and instantly know the information, now it takes me several times to get it. UGH!
I will say that the fatigue is still bad, I am still having issues with falling asleep at inappropriate times, like dozing off while driving (so I don't drive anywhere far now). But I have noticed that I don't feel as much pain with the fibromyalgia.
I am also the kind of person who likes to do things all or nothing. So I have a hard time changing one thing at a time. I do it all, get overwhelmed and quit. So, I will try to do a little here and a little there to make it easier to change it all over time. Like right now, I will be doing the smoothies and salads. Later on, I will start incorporting something else, like more raw foods or soaking nuts and seeds or something.
So, in conclusion, I highly recommend the program. I just recommend you do it at a pace that is comfortable for you, and even Brendan says this. He tells you not to do it all at once because he doesn't want you to get overwhelmed and give up. (I need to listen better, LOL!) And, no, I don't make any money if you sign up for the free program, so I am not financially motivated to recommend it.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I had my smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch. My sister asked me to make her a salad, she loves my salads.
I didn't have a raw bar, didn't feel like eating one.
I did the elliptical for half an hour then strength training. Afterward I snacked on some fresh watermelon and cantaloupe.
For dinner, I sliced up a zucchini, threw it in a baking dish with some sliced peppers and onion, cooked it at 350 for 30 minutes and then threw it on top of some brown rice spaghetti with a little marinara sauce. The spaghetti was good, I am not a huge fan of zucchini, but I really enjoyed making it like spaghetti, so I thought this would be good.
I had absolutely no desire to eat dinner. I ended up just having a cut up watermelon, cantaloupe and sliced banana for dinner.Today, mood slightly improved, still not a lot of energy though.
Smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch.
Today's raw bar was Larabar Jocolat in chocolate orange, it was ok.
Did some gardening today. Couldn't muster the energy for a workout though.
For dinner, I made a "burger" from Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life. I didn't have enough almonds, so I used walnuts for the Almond Flax burger. It is made with balsamic vinegar and I think it was too overpowering. I didn't love this and M and A both hated it. The picture is kind of freaky. I know it has been awhile, but it looks meaty to me. ugh.
I think I will have some fruit tonight for a snack. There is still some watermelon and cantaloupe. Or maybe I will have a plum. Oh, the suspense.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
For my raw bar, I had the Raw Revolution in chocolate chip cookie dough. Oh, very yummy! I will get these again.
Dinner was again black bean burrito. I make a good size batch usually for me, D and M, but I have been making separate dinners and already made them dinner when I decided to make myself burritos the other night, so I had a bunch leftover.
I did the elliptical machine for half an hour. I did speed intervals, so hopefully it burned some big calories.
Saturday, again a Vega smoothie for breakfast and salad for lunch. I added the microgreens and sprouted beans again today. I really enjoy the sprouted beans. The microgreens are a bit bitter, not bad, especially when mixed in with the rest of the salad ingredients.
D bought some blackberries at the store, I washed them and put them in a bowl. I ate one and when I went to get another one, they were gone! Those kids are sneaky.
For the raw bar, I again had another Raw Revolution, this time I tried the tropical mango flavor, delicious!
I still had some black bean mixture so I made a wrap with the black beans, salsa, lettuce and tomato.