Saturday, January 30, 2016

One Week In & A Recipe

So, one week in to the Bellyfat Cure, I am not starving! Yay!!! I'm still eating bread (just not as much) and the major thing is I have cut my sugar back dramatically! On a regular morning, I would probably have 15 grams of sugar in my morning coffee. Coffee is less than great at this moment, but it will do and it's not awful.
I think the hardest thing for me are snacks. I'm a huge snacker. I love crunchy salty snacks. I decided to buy some bagged popcorn (it was the healthiest of the bagged snacks) and have it. Carb content was low and sugar was 0. 
Mistake! Two nights ago I fixed a pasta dish with a gluten free pasta that was made with quinoa and corn flour, it was delicious and fixed my pasta craving. After dinner I was starving, so I snacked on  some of that delicious popcorn. Yeah.... Guess what, I think I have a BIG grain issue and it also includes corn.  I was miserable and swollen the next morning. Lesson number two, wheat and corn are not nice to me, both cause inflammation (that I have seen) and horrible pain. So I am trying now to avoid both. If I only have a little of each I seem to be ok, but too much and wham. 

Anyway.... Snacks! I also get a sweet tooth at night. I really just need a little bite of something to satisfy it. I found this date ball recipe and let me tell you, delicious!!! Tastes just like a peanut butter cookie! 

They are easy to make, which is another huge plus! 
Here's the recipe I took from here 

10 Medjool dates (pitted)
1/4 C of peanuts
a pinch of kosher salt

Combine all in a food processor and process until combines. It will have a crumbly texture, which I found is fine. I just kept testing it and trying to smash it together to see if it would form a ball. Once finished, form into balls. I store mine in the fridge, I like them a little bit more firm and cold. YUM! 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

My Getting Healthy Journey

I have always fought my weight. When I was nine my parents divorced and I ballooned to 140. Everyone fed me, "oh Emily is sad, let's feed her" and so on. 
So as I've grown up, I have a lot of feelings about food. I was never taught nutrition or the benefits of exercise. I am hoping to pass along the opposite to my children. I want them to know that an active lifestyle is not torture but necessary and good nutrition is key. But in this also comes learning for me. 

After having baby #4 at 39, my body is less than willing to let go of the minimal weight I gained with that last pregnancy. Really, I gained the least amount with this baby. So after I had him I thought, this will be a breeze! Wrong!!!! 
I have found that I can work out and eat the minimum amount of calories that I should eat (1200) and the scale either doesn't move or I'll lose one day and gain the next. Cue frustration! I drink a gallon of water a day, watch what I eat and really don't eat junk. So what gives? I believe I have some inflammation and lately have discovered that grains hate me. Grains in them self can hold on to a lot of water within your body. 
I recently went to my midwife and had her do a complete blood work up on me, ruling out my thyroid, etc. thyroid was great, perfect even, my cholesterol was elevated. 😒 What the heck? My dr told me that I needed to do a low carb diet and exercise (which I already do) to bring it down. I know one thing already, as I said, grains hate me and I crave them like crazy! This was not going to be easy! 

So after I received this news, I did a lot of researching last night and I'm starting Jorge Cruise's eating plan, The Belly Fat Cure. It combines low carb and low sugar eating. Which will take care of my grain problem and my sugar issue, yeah I have that as well. I'm hoping that if I blog it, that it will keep me motivated and accountable. Here's to day 1 of a sugar/grain detox. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Time 4 Learning Review

Back at it again for us and school. We had a great break but it's time to get serious. 

I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

I'm excited to give it a try and see if it helps my 10 year old enjoy school a little more!