Monday, 15 February 2016

Valentine's Day

I made it through the weekend.  Not 100% but the good news is I'm back on track and the chocolate is behind me.  I had two days where I did not eat clean, so I have 3/100 under my belt.  I actually didn't do too badly.  I had two pieces of chocolate over the weekend and we went to dinner and lunch.  Lunch was a turkey provolone sandwich from Costco on Saturday while shopping, and dinner was a delicious rice and chicken teriyaki stirfry from Original Joe's.  The rest of the time I ate real food and no sugar, but I still managed to gain weight.  Today is a fresh week and I feel good about eating this way so I'll continue on and see where it gets me.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Real Food Diet

Day 1 complete!

I feel like I'm so wishy washy when it comes to dieting.  Or maybe I just don't have enough willpower.  On the other hand, that's not true either,  I stuck to the Hcg diet for round after round, 500 calories and a handful of food choices.  It was after the diet the weight would all come back.  See what I mean?  Back and forth in my own head, let alone trying to physically stick to something.

  My latest diet....100 Days of Real Food.  It's not the first time I've tried this, before we went to Europe in 2014 I stuck to this and maintained my hcg weight loss.  I tried to follow the rules on vacation for the most part and did not gain in the 21 days we toured around.  It was when I got home and started eating more sugar again that the weight crept back.  So now I'm back.  Minimal to zero sugar, chemical free, healthy foods.  In order to lose weight I am also going to track my food on either Sparkpeople or the Protracker app on my iPad.  Yesterday was day one of my 100 days goal.  My plan is to count 100 perfect days and see how long it takes me and what results I may get.  Obviously, if I slip up and eat something not approved I won't count that day.  I'm working on day 2 today and doing really well, I'll be back to update!  :)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Early Spring

I just can't believe the weather we're having this year!  January is generally cold, snow and even more cold here in BC, but right now it's 13 degrees on my back deck, melting snow is pouring off the roof and the sun is shining!  It seriously feels exactly like March.  Today I chipped and shovelled off the ice from the deck, then just sat on my swing (minus the cushions, which are in storage) and soaked in the sun.  It is glorious!  I took the dog for a walk this morning and we're going to head out pretty quick to get the kids from the bus stop.  It's absolutely amazing to me how much sunshine affects my mood.  This has been the warmest, sunniest winter for as long as I can remember and I love it!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Foods That Lower LDL Cholesterol

As I mentioned before, I'm on a countdown before I go back to the lab and have my cholesterol re-checked.  I was given just under 3 months to try and lower my LDL naturally before we discuss the possibility of meds.  I DO NOT want lifelong medication.  So what the heck is wrong with me??  I started out December strong with my diet and new exercise plan.  I waffle back and forth between counting WW points on an app or counting calories on Sparkpeople.  Right now I'm concentrating on the points as I find it easier.  But am I losing weight?  Nope.  I do so well for most of the week and see my weight going down a pound or two, then I eat like a crazy person all the things I'm craving and gain it all back.  My weight hasn't moved!  It's time to get serious (like I haven't said that before).  But I mean it.  It isn't just about weight loss, I need to show the doctor I am trying, (I am!) but the proof will be in the 10 pounds she asked me to get off.

As for exercise, I'm proud of myself.  I used to do NOTHING on a daily basis.  Just regular stuff like walking the kids to the bus and back twice a day and housework.  My biggest change has been getting the 150 minutes minimum a week the doctor recommended.  I received a fitbit for Christmas and I like to see the steps and activity minutes build!  I mostly walk outside for 1/2 an hour with the dog, or if it's too cold I do an exercise video or use the treadmill.  Whatever I choose, I've been consistent!

My Walking Partner - Lucky

The other change I've made is to eat more heart healthy foods and less sugar, chemicals, cheese and red meat.  Obviously I need to try harder since the weight isn't going down.  Here is a list of foods I've found that lower LDL that I need to eat more of to displace the things I should avoid.

All fruits and vegetables, including potatoes which I assumed were bad for me
Avocados and avocado oil
Pomegranite and POM juice
Whole grains like oats, barley, oat bran, brown rice, etc
Beans and lentils
Nuts - almonds, macadamia, pistachios, peanuts, etc (there are many other healthy nuts but I am allergic to the rest)
Dark chocolate (no problems there)
Green or black tea
Fish - salmon, tuna, etc
Plant sterols

There are, of course, many others but this is a good start to focus on!

Monday, 12 January 2015

A Day in the Life...

My morning routine starts with a cup of coffee with stevia and skim milk, then the frenzy of making breakfast and packing lunch and healthy snacks for my two kids.  Then we get our winter clothes on, leash up Lucky, our golden retriever, and walk down the dark street to the school bus stop.  Luckily the streets were plowed a few days ago and no new snow has fallen so the walk wasn't as gruelling as it can be.  Once the kids are safe and sound on the bus, the dog and I walk back home while the sun starts to rise over the trees and hills at the end of our neighbourhood.

Breakfast is usually oatmeal I make with a tbsp of raisins and some cinnamon, then on with my quiet day of chores, cleanup, or maybe some shopping.  I'm a stay at home mom and I love it!  I love preparing nourishing dinners for my family, taking care of the household duties and having the peace and serenity of my home surrounding me.  For years I worked in an office, dropping off and picking the kids up from daycare and working all day at a desk.  I was good at it, but didn't enjoy it.  Now I am so thankful to be here, away from the office stress and drama, and completely enjoying my life!

I'm off to switch over the laundry, shower and visit with my sister later this morning.  Then I'll get my 30 minutes of exercise by taking a walk with the dog before replenishing the school snacks in the freezer.  Home made granola bars and muffins that I individually wrap for easy grab and go on busy school mornings.  I try to make what I can rather than buying the sugar packed version of the same thing from the store.  This doesn't always work out but we're definitely on the right road.

A month back I had a blood test during a regular doctors checkup and I was told my LDL cholesterol was very high.  My HDL and triglycerides are in the perfect range so this makes things a little confusing, but I've got until March before I am scheduled for a follow up blood screening.  Sine the first appointment I've added 30 minutes of exercise a day and have cut back on red meat and added a lot of heart healthy foods.  We've always been pretty healthy eaters in this family but I am trying harder to cut sugar and chemicals wherever I can and to eat more real, whole foods.

So, this was my first very long rambling post but it pretty much sums up what I want this blog to be about.  Healthy food and recipes, family and the day to day goings on here in my neck of the woods.