Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Feeling good

My new way of eating has certainly been going well. I've lost about 7 lbs. in 2 weeks by eating healthy and reading labels. Juicing has become my main source of nutrition. My skin has been glowy and smooth and the dark circles which had moved in beneath my eyes have been evicted. I feel really good too! Like, good inside and clear headed. Dairy and I have parted ways and I've discovered almond milk which is just yummy!

I did decide to test what would happen if I ate cooked food. I ordered stuff tilapia with stuffed shrimp, rice and veggies. It was delicious but bells were going off in my body the minute it hit my lips. After eating just half my meal I felt a heaviness in my gut that I hadn't felt since I started juicing. The next morning, I couldn't get out of bed. My back was in spasms and I felt like bubbles of gas were trapped throughout my body, mainly in my upper back. The slightest movement caused excruciating pain. I spent the day doubled over trying to move around and work those bubbles out of my body. Two days later I'm feeling much better but I'm leaving cooked food alone!

Breakfast this morning consisted of bananas, granola, cucumber and coconut milk all blended together with a handful of ice into a really delicious smoothie. Seriously, even my daughter enjoyed it. The high fat content from the coconut milk should keep me full most of the day. Coconut milk contains "good" fat and no trans fats. I never thought I'd see the day when I'd be so concerned about what I put into my body. Blessed with a high metabolism I've always eaten what I wanted when I wanted yet paid the price for it with a bloated gut or upset stomach. Learning to feed my body good fuels and to "eat to live" instead of "live to eat" is an invaluable lesson.

Do yourself a favor, eat something living and green today...

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Going Green - Day Five

So its nearing the end of my first week of eating healthy. Juicing has been a part of my daily life and its a part that I can definitely live with. I feel good, no heavy-gut-gotta-undo-my-pants-can't-sleep-on my-stomach-after-eating-feeling. ZERO! In addition to juice I decided to just keep it green and uncooked for the most part. I've been enjoying salads, fruits and veggies, juicing, sushi, trailmix, nuts and lightly steamed vegetables with brown rice. It hasn't been THAT difficult but with this BBQ weekend coming up I know my committment will be tested. A&P Prepares Green Way Debut Refresh

While shopping the produce section of my local A&P supermarket I came across some organic carrots on sale. 5lbs for $5 - even cheaper than the non-organic varieties. I'd never noticed the label before "Green Way Organic". Hmmmm... I grabbed my carrots and headed over to the cereal isle for some granola. Again, I noticed the Green Way Organic brands of cereal. After reading the labels and checking prices, this organic cereal was even cheaper than the commercially processed crap. Again, I'm thinking this might be the label to look for... I found organic peanut butter, instant oatmeal and more. The ingredients and simple organically grown, natural products. For example, my organic peanut butter had one line of ingredients: "Peanuts, Sea Salt". The peanut butter currently in my cupboard had about 4 lines of ingredients and warnings on the types of partially hydrogenated oils and nuts that may actually be in my "peanut" butter. Interesting.

Needless to say, I stocked up on a few things and went back for another bag of carrots - they were actually on sale for $4 :)