So what's been going on?
1 I have started exercising again, treadmill, walking outside, involving Bree and I am taking a Yoga class starting next week as part of my physical education elective for school. I thought what great timing. I even got to go on a neighborhood walk with my neighbor..... How awesome is that?
Bree decked out in her walking gear with water and fruit. I am hoping I can set a good example for her to live by.
2 My kids have started school and football has started and as anyone in America knows football games bring on a whole new list of tempting food..... the popcorn, the smell of pizza.... YUMO!!!!
Anyway Bridgeport didn't win the game but I was so proud of how Bailey played....
3 This past week has been lots of struggles. As of Monday I am back on track and since this is now Wednesday I am doing really well now and feeling great.
What I have learned this week.
Just because you are Vegan does not mean you are healthy. There is a bunch of crappy Vegan food out there.
Oreo's are vegan however they are also made of chemicals. See what I mean.... You can be Vegan and still fat. So I like to think of my goal of this now is to live a plant based diet.
I am starting to get used to the green juices. My dear friend made me a huge Green Juice on Saturday.... and I rocked it and proved to her I could get it down. My favorite juice so far is orange, pineapple and lemon. You can throw a lemon or lime in any juice and it does not count as a "fruit". You don't want to load up on all fruit drinks because they spike your blood sugar.
If she is reading this a huge shout out to her for saving my life...... she is my Guru in all of this, graciously passing down all her info in a way as to not overwhelm me.
Things I have been watching
Forks over Knives..... it's kinda slow compared to the other documentaries I have watched
Engine 2 Diet.... recipes for a plant based diet and I have used 2 so far. He is a Texas Fireman who has helped his whole station go Vegan after on of the firefighters had very bad blood test results.
King Corn - 2 young men grow corn on one acre of land to track where is goes. Good info about High Fructose Corn Syrup in this one. Did you know those farmers can't even eat the corn they grow and that if you used ABC corn seeds to plant then you have to use ABC weed and pesticide killer because the corn plants are genetically modified to resist that pesticide. This info makes my stomach cramp.
And last but not least I wanna make a special mention of the next documentary.
This is a documentary that Ellen Degeneres saw and went Vegan. If you have seen the documentary "Food Inc" this makes that look like Disney World. Joaquin Phoenix narrates it and it is simply like nothing I have ever seen before. It is intense, thought provoking and profoundly sad. I don't think I have ever cuddled my doggies and kitties more that after seeing this. It takes a lot to make me physically ill and this film did the trick.
So I watched this last night and today I am trying to wrap my mind around it all.
I am planning on trying to catch "Vegucated" tonight about a group of adults who go Vegan for I think 60 days.
In a nut shell my husband thinks I am nuts and is no support with this what so ever. All he is concerned about is that I don't start acting like his sister who is a vegetarian or vegan. I'm not sure which one. And he wants to make sure our food budget is still in check with all the fruits and veggies I have been buying.
My mom is on don't tell don't ask status. I can do what I want and she's fine with it but don't tell her what she does not wanna know.
My father.... he won't or can't even stay awake to watch the program about juicing.
The world is not built for a person trying to embrace a plant based life style. Vegetarian and Vegan are bad words in society. People automatically think you are a freak wearing your Birkenstocks with you hippy friends trying to save the whales as you smoke pot. Just driving home from the grocery store I see the signs for the local Rib and Wing contest this weekend. Tents are set up and vendors are arriving.... I wonder how many people would eat that if they had to butcher the cow themselves, or if they sat down and watched one of these documentaries. I am not a preachy person at all but I am mad because I feel like I have had the wool pulled over my eyes for years. We think our milk comes for TV cows roaming in the meadow. This is a platform for me to talk about getting healthy and not animal rights but it is so important to know where your food is coming from. It is no lie or secret that girls are developing breasts and entering puberty early because of antibiotics and growth hormones that are injected into the cows....... The Cow industry uses 75% of all antibiotics manufactured. How flipping scary is that? (source is the Documentary "King Corn"
Good News..... I am doing this for my health and hopefully the health of my family. I am not going to meet you for lunch and tell you where your food comes from. I am not going to shove any of this down your throat. This is a work in progress for me and I am seeking the answers everyday. If you have a big fat steak in front of me at dinner that is fine. I am not being selfish but this is about me. If anyone wants info I am more than happy to share what I am learning and maybe if I like you I will even introduce you to my Guru. (just a pet name I call my best friend who is living the talk and teaching me to be healthy. )
I think an important part of this is sharing what I am eating....... I am having 2 to 3 juices a day and dinner. If I need a snack I am grabbing something healthy....
I am loving naan Indian bread with organic pizza sauce with roasted onions, mushroom, and red pepper on it... the peppers, onions and mushrooms cook in their own juices.... no need to add oil.
Hummus has been my go to...... that with a little handful of pita chips takes the edge off....
Gotta get your Omega 3's in their for weight loss so today I bought some Chia seeds to add to my food and before you ask I will save you. Yes, those are the same seeds you get with your Chia pet kit. How fun would it be to grow some with the kids eh?