Today’s food experiments…

Today was a particularly hard day, as we received news back from my Dad’s doc that he is indeed diagnosed with Usual Interstitial Pneumonia (UIP, which is a progressive lung disease) and I have spent the vast part of the day researching like crazy for a good healing protocol. I’m most undoubtedly an optimistic person so I was convinced I could throw together a great plan of attack, but what I kept running across in the articles was less than positive. I then proceeded to throw myself into some very vigorous housecleaning to help calm my mind and refocus myself. So I didn’t find anything great about UIP? Well, I can surely help my dad ease into a healthier eating plan and exercise routine. That I can do! And he can do! (maybe with a bit of drill sergeant yelling).

Let’s proceed to the eats department:

Up first is a Connor approved smoothie:

 

And for lunch we enjoyed this:

 

 

 

Today I have also enjoyed:

  • Dessert smoothie: 1 cup grassfed full fat milk, 1 dark chocolate (88% cocoa), few frozen blueberries, maca powder, MSM powder, raw maple almond butter, ev coco oil, gelatin, spinach. Not bad, but not great. Our baby bullet is dying on us so my drink was pretty chunky. 
  • 2 lightly scrambled eggs with horseradish mustard, ghee, and a tiny drizzle of full fat coco milk with a huge heaping side of spinach
  • Green tea 
  • Cucumber/lemon water
  • 33 minutes of FItness Blender No Burpee Cardio HIIT
  • 1 hour of intense vacuuming, oven cleaning, re-organized closets and general following after Connor to pick up his trail of destruction

And I end with:

 

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Another pound bites the dust and my egg smoothie

—Originally posted on Blogger in August 2013—

I’m for sure on a smoothie kick. I’m not even sure how many days I’ve been Paleo now I’m thinking about 10-12 minus the 2 “bad” days I had. But I’m down to 126#. And feeling super fantastic. I don’t think my skin has ever looked this good. Seriously, this has been a life-long struggle for me. Even when I went vegan, giving up dairy HELPED tremendously but I still suffered here and there.

I’m not eating copious amounts of meat, maybe 1 meal a day and the rest consists of vegetables, a little fruit, and tons of good fat sources.

For instance today’s menu:

Breakfast: I did a salt water flush with Pink himalayan salt, lemon juice, and aloe vera. Plus about 50 oz of water. I didn’t feel hungry this morning and felt in need of some cleansing.

Snack: Cup of green tea with coconut oil, 1/2 clementine orange

Lunch: About 3 organic pastured eggs cooked in organic pasture butter with 1.5 organic chicken sausage ( I took the casing off) and swiss chard. Oliver and Connor loved this meal too.

Snack: My egg-licous smoothie. I know it sounds weird but it was really good and satisfying.

Dinner: not sure yet I’m not hungry at all after that smoothie. Probably a huge salad with chopped veggies and/or a small baked sweet potato with ghee

Here is some information about raw eggs written by Ramiel Nagel from NaturalNews:

NaturalNews) Raw fats from organic vegetables and healthy animals are an ideal way for many to build up health and vitality. Raw, unheated, uncooked organic eggs from a clean source are an excellent health tonic. Regularly consuming raw eggs will benefit your health as the raw egg yolk and white helps your body eliminate stored toxins. Body builder’s have long known that a great way to build healthy muscle without the extra fat is to eat raw eggs regularly.

When you cook animal proteins, eggs, milk, meat, and so on, it changes the structure of the proteins. This is not to say that all cooked animal proteins are unhealthy, but that when we do not cook the animal proteins, they many times are even healthier. Consuming eggs raw means that vital enzymes and nutrients are left intact.

Eating too many egg whites can cause a biotin deficiency. Eating the yolks only, or the biotin rich yolks with the whites will prevent this problem.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/022607_raw_foods_eggs.html#ixzz2bbmb3bu2

 

Loving my fats

—-Originally posted on Blogger in August 2013—-

HA! The fats I’m consuming, that is.

Oh I dream of a beautiful Vitamix or Blendtec but my hard working, but not very effective, Proctor Silex will have to keep chugging on… I have been putting it to use.. several times a day. Loving my fat filled smoothies.

I forgot to mention that  I did add about 1 tbsp of coconut oil too. It is an uber filling smoothie, I drank about 3/4.. it made roughly 16 oz and I’m STUFFED. So this was the first one I didn’t add greens too, but I was going for a dessert type drink and this really did the trick, albeit I feel a tad guilty without my handfuls of spinach added. Hmm maybe next time.

Goat’s milk kefir smoothie

—-Originally posted on Blogger in August 2013—-

 

Here’s a blurb about Kefir: from RedWood Hill Farms

Health Benefits of Goat Milk Kefir

Here’s to Your Health!

A gluten-free and low glycemic food, Kefir contains vitamins, minerals and complete proteins.

What Makes Kefir a Healthy Food?

An ancient dairy food, Kefir is being embraced for its apparent and potential health benefits:
  • Easily digested, kefir provides beneficial bacteria, balancing the levels of “good” and “bad” bacteria.
  • A balanced and nourishing food containing vitamins, minerals, and complete proteins.
  • Kefir is easily digested for people who suffer from lactose intolerance.
  • The complete proteins in kefir are partially digested and more easily utilized by the body.

Well I did it.. a ghee smoothie!

—-Originally posted on Blogger in August 2013—–

I got majorly off track the last few days, I even ate pizza the other night with the boys. My tummy hated me. It was the start to my girly time and yeah yeah yeah, I was crabby and irritable. There were some other things going on, so it was def emotional eating between health concerns for family and the fact that someone TRIED TO SUE ME, I was a bit of a grump.

But moving on.. I was out of ghee for a few days and began to dance a jig when I saw the FedEx dude. I’m back on track today, although I did go over  my sugar intake as I drank a whole young coconut +flesh all by myself. So damn tasty.

After work out #1 I was majorly craving ghee and somehow got this idea to put it into a smoothie. Here’s the recipe:

-Fresh blueberries
-Spinach
-MSM powder
-Maca
-Bee pollen
-Vanilla stevia
-Almond Milk
-Coconut oil
-Ghee 
 
 
So what do I think? Very yum at first, but you have to drink it quick or it turns into this jelly like drink. It was uber satisfying but I would tone down the fat next time and omit the coconut oil. 
 
Thats it for now. I have school work, housework and mommy work to tackle. 

Rocking the Rocking Wellness

The summer is chugging along, and its a mighty hot one (for the PNW).

I recently purchased Rocking Wellness and I’m hooked from the very first sip I took. I have two shakes already today and I feel fabulous.

Here’s a blurb from their website:

RW Info

Rockin’ Wellness total body nutrition shake is about supporting the body systems as a whole. Ingredients Cacao, Goji, Maca, Hulled Hemp Seed, Chia, Flaxseed, Lecithin, Green Tea, Yerba Mate, Vegan Probiotics with small amounts of Brown Rice Protein, Stevia, Guar Bean, Banana, (less than 2 grams) organic sugar cane. In a easy and affordable mix sourced from the best places in the world to bring you “live” nutrition.
nonGMO, Organic, Raw Superfoods and Omegas, NonIrradiated
Goji, Cacao, Maca, Hulled Hemp, Lecithin, Flax, Chia, Yerba Mate, Green Tea, Vegan Probitioics… Best things on the planet!
Fresh on the Market. Made daily/weekly and does not sit around. Shipped Direct Below Standard National Prices.

Anyone else have experience rocking this shake? Delish.

On the family front: