Archive for September, 2013

October Unprocessed

Okay, I signed up for another challenge to see if I can make it for a sustained period of time with a support network. It’s called October Unprocessed. Check out Andrew Wilder’s blog, Eating Rules, which explains it all (click on his logo), but in a nutshell for the month of October you don’t eat anything that someone with reasonable skill couldn’t replicate in their kitchen. He says you can do this for every meal for the entire month or just dinners or just weekdays–basically whatever works best for you. My plan is to completely eliminate wheat and maybe dairy and sugar. I’m not going to do “unprocessed” per se as I think it’s better for me to eat the frozen veggie burger than a loaf of homemade bread. Plus, to be honest, I have way too much going on right now to cook every meal from scratch. Better for me to just eliminate something(s). I was going to start after the hamburger buns and bread and pasta were eaten, but you know what? That is just an excuse to delay it even further. No! I am starting tomorrow. Goal is to eat NO WHEAT for October. I’m pretty convinced it is at the root of my problems (well, that and sugar) but it is one I am pretty confident I can stick to (so much easier than raw!) and I can eliminate something else once I am able to conquer this hurdle. I hope to see the rash under my chin and on my left thigh go away, eliminate post-meal bloating and regain some energy.

Won’t  you join me in the challenge? It’s not too late to sign up!

October Unprocessed 2013


Day 3, been doing great but then Oops! I made a veggie burger and put it on a wheat bun. Shoot, I forgot!

Noticable Change

It’s only been two days but I am already feeling different. No, not just different because that takes away from how much different better I am feeling. I haven’t been feeling bloated or exhausted. Still got achy joints but really in just two days I can feel the difference. It’s awesome! Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: Smoothie with Romain, spinach, banana, apple; cup of coffee with cream

Snack: granola bar and cheese stick

Lunch: Salad with Romaine, golden raisins, almonds, roast beef, avocado and balsamic dressing

Dinner: carrots with olive hummus, baked chicken with salsa, 1/4 banana, 2 strawberries, 1/2 glass of Chardonnay

I also noticed that I slept through the night last night –without waking up once!– and woke up this morning without an alarm at 6:15am.

It may be too quick to notice any changes but dare I conclude that change in diet is the reason why I am feeling so much better?!


Feeling Better

I had four hours of sleep last night. I don’t know what I was doing–nothing particularly productive but guess what?! I was oddly energetic today. Really, I wasn’t tired at all! I was contemplating getting a huge mug of coffee this morning with some sweet creamer but I knew that that was not part of eating clean so instead I made myself a huge green smoothie: Romaine, spinach, water, bananas, apples, ice. Blended it up and drank about 32 oz of it. It wasn’t delicious but it was filling. Lunch was salad with romaine, golden raisins, almonds, roast beef, mozzarella and balsamic vinaigrette. I had a mid morning snack of an apple and some water. Dinner was a cup of tomato soup, some cheese, 3 slices of bacon, carrots and cucumbers dipped in olive hummus, some strawberries, dark chocolate and 1/2 a banana. Weird combination of foods I suppose but no wheat and lots of fruits and veggies. I am typing this in my bed and I don’t feel bloated or stuffed. Hope tomorrow is even better.

Not Attractive!

Okay, this is a warning for the squeamish. Do not read further if you are disgusted or appalled by bodies that are less than perfect. Here’s the deal: I was lying on the couch feeling fat, full and bloated when I looked down at my stomach and I was really horrified.  It is truly disgusting and I’m only posting a photo because one day I know I will be posting an “after”.  But there is more than just a grossly fat stomach at play here. I have major joint pain; I can barely walk across the floor sometimes. I am exhausted – exhausted in as in falling into a coma mid-afternoon unable to do anything productive or fun. No. energy. at. all. This is no way to live! And I can’t take it so tomorrow I am trying again. Giving up wheat because I am convinced that the joint pain is an auto immune response and sugar because it is just plain bad for you and there is no reason to eat it. Period. End of story. No more excuses!

So here goes… Feast your eyes on this. Sorry. Yuck. Maybe public embarrassment will be motivating?


(and what in the hell is that little piece on my right side?! Ew!)

So, tomorrow I am starting AGAIN! Eating clean and drinking tons of water. Really hope I can sustain it this time..

It’s All Up to Me

Man, I have been absolutely terrible about posting to this blog and sadly I have been even worse about working towards my goal of fierceness. I am anything but. I am tired and look like crap. I have been eating cookies and processed foods and drinking coffee and not exercising at all. Before I moved back home I was playing tennis three times a week and nearly everything I ate was homemade– overseas living made that so easy with a live-in cook and $10/hr for private lessons. But back in the US and having to rely on myself and my own motivation I have slid back into my old habits; old habits from two years ago. And the results of this new way of living is I feel disgusting. As I type this I can feel the fat on my stomach and thighs bulging. It’s really gross. I have clearly put on weight in the past three months. I am also a lot less patient with my child and at work. I have cried or lashed out when stressed and I know a lot of it has to do with eating junk, not working out and trying to manage my monumental stress alone. My family has tried to offer their support financially and through conversation and that has helped but I know the onus is on me to get it together. I have started praying and meditating with more regularity and I have started to go to church. I found a tenant for my basement apartment so I have more money coming in, but I need to do so much more!  I need to create an actual budget and stick to it. I need to make meal plans and stick to them. I need to set my alarm earlier and do some exercise. I need to be better with my time and spend less time on Facebook and playing Works with Friends. I need to say no when someone offers me a donut! Most of this is my fault and I have no one to blame but myself. Yes, moving overseas creates stress; yes, saying no to junk food takes willpower; yes, getting up early to work out bites; yes, sticking to a budget is no fun; yes, single parenting is hard; yes, being the sole breadwinner is scary… All of these things are true but I have to figure out how to get to my goal without using them as an excuse.