CRON meal plan & Day 1, again.

black coffee x 2

apple

banana

water/selzer water

grapes

baby carrots organic

sardines in water

broccoli raw

cucumber (1/2 large)

apple

banana

hard boiled egg x 2

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It would be nice if every diet and every lifestyle change just stuck with us.  I got veered off my CRON plan for the last two/three days, and ended up eating too many cookies/bagels/pastas/processed carbs instead.  But, I’m not a quitter, and I’m doing like a bunny and hopping right back on the wagon!  Sunday, my husband made home made pizza, and I couldn’t help myself, and I had a few small slices.  Then, that turned into more pizza, and then a home made calzone, and then cookies, and then bagels, and unfortunately, it turned into anything and everything, and so I woke up this morning and that was it!

Back on my Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition wagon, because that’s exactly where my body, my healthy, my stamina and motivation belong!

Day 1 is always though, so I’m going with it – drinking as much water as possible, and I have the healthiest of foods around ready for intake, to make sure I don’t overthink this, but instead just eat the healthy food available to me.  Once Day 1 is over, the cravings stop, and I’m able to eat really healthy foods without too much thought.  I want to stick to just eating the raw vegetable and raw fruits, and then eat really lean and clean fish when possible.  I will also eat eggs, as they are both super delicious and hard to overeat.  I’m going about this in an incredibly clean way which is along the same lines as Whole30, which I also love as a diet and lifestyle plan.

I purchased sardines in water, because my calcium intake was low.  I was always falling short on calcium, after putting in all of the foods into the CRON-o-meter, and someone suggested sardines in water!  They don’t taste horrible, and it’s a nice change from RAW veggies!

Other than this – I’m going to keep passing on the processed grub, even if it’s just olive oil or coconut oil or salad dressings.  Instead, I’m going to eat everything clean, and I’m going to eat to get lean.  So far today – I’m doing great.  I had two small bananas, two apples (smallish size), I had half a cucumber, grapes, organic baby carrots, mushrooms, and two hard boiled eggs.  I had some broccoli, but left most of it, as it was a lot to digest!  I’m feeling pretty proud of myself for getting back on the wagon.

As soon as I get home, I’m going to get into my warm, and cozy and comfy clothes, and I’m going to make myself a HOT TEA, and I’m going to RELAX the rest of the night!  I’m going to spend time with my kids, and have fun with them, and enjoy them, and I’m not going to overthink anything.  I’m just going to stay hydrated, and I’m going to go up to bed around 8pm, so I can read a new paperback that my two neighbors and I are reading together – and whoop whoop – it will have been an incredible healthy, incredibly low cal, wonderful day!!!

Mentally, starting and re-starting diet plans, programs, meal plans – is quite frustrating.  I’ve done this over and over and over in my life, and it sucks.  But, I would rather keep going and starting over and over again, then quit all together and succumb to a life where I’m overeating, eating unhealthy, where I don’t care how I feel, or don’t prioritize my health.

Food is certainly my addiction, or more accurately processed junk food is my addiction.  I wish it wasn’t, but I also am grateful that it’s not heroin, or pills or sex or something else.  I’m working each day how to figure out how to do better for myself, how to deal with my stressors by not succumbing to food binges and cravings, but instead – how to eat the right grub, grub that heals my body, versus hurts my body – regardless of what is happening throughout my day.

I wish this were not a lifelong battle.  I also believe that it may be.  I also know that 10 years ago, it was worse than five years ago.  And today, I’m better than I was five years ago.  I believe that I’m going to continue to get better and use my desire to eat healthy to combat the food binges and this “disorder” since it’s technically now a disorder.

Either way – it’s a great day so far, and I’m going to keep at it!

 

 

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Down 6.6lbs with CRON

The pain has finally started going away.  Now that I’m at 90% recovered from this joint & muscle pain I experienced my first week with CRON (calorie restriction optimal nutrition) I’m more and more convinced it had to do with either sugar withdrawal detox symptoms, or just overall cleansing/losing weight symptoms.  Supposedly, when I started losing the weight the toxins start flowing through the body – ready for exit.  But because I limited the amount of food in the body – the toxins had nothing to attach themselves to on their way out – and therefore attached my body (per se).  But now they are heading out, and I feel so much better.

After my first full day of CRON (eating about 1081kcals), the next morning I weighed in at 164.6lbs.  I wanted to weigh myself AFTER a healthy day, versus before the start of the healthy one.  I knew that I would lose water weight, and the left over junk would have been weighed in.

After 6 days, or the full 7 week of eating the healthiest I have ever eaten in my entire life, I weighed in at 159.6lbs.  This means I lost exactly 5lbs in my first week.  I believe I experienced those painful detox symptoms because of this drastic weight loss.  I did go to the doctor’s two days ago, just to make sure I was okay.  I got my blood drawn, which is great, because I get to see what my starting CRON numbers look like!

But I’m going and keeping it going.  This morning I weighed in at 158lbs, which is awesome.  I feel pretty super, and I’m psyched to continue to eat my very best.  I’m down a total of 6.6lbs and I feel so good.

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My skin on my face looks so good.  It looks tight, and clear, and healthy, and happy! The last few days, I’ve been eating so clean, and mostly just raw fruits & veggies, and two eggs per day.  I’m having Kombucha as well, whenever I get to the store.  I’m having trouble getting over 1K calories.  I’m super satisfied, and not hungry at all.  My mind is clear, and fast, and I’m not experiencing anything negative or unsatisfactory.  I’m sure once I lose the weight, my body will figure out exactly the amount of calories I need, and let me know exactly what to eat!

I feel my body healing.  I feel it really appreciating I’m feeding it just the raw, wholesome grub, and it’s totally taking care of me in return.  I slept pretty great last night, and I want to stay motivated to keep eating this way.  Last night we had a little celebration for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.

I purchased Newman’s natural frozen pizza pies, and we had cake and it was a really nice, easy fun mini celebration.  Before I left work, I made myself a bowl of romaine lettuce, cucumber, avocado, grapes and carrots to enjoy while my family ate “the other stuff”.  I felt good eating along, but also eating my grub!  I’m actually super motivated to see how far I can take this, and hopefully continue it for a very long time.

The goal is to settle into a routine where I’m eating all raw, healthy, natural, wholesome grub, and I’m happily settled at a weight that helps me delay aging, delay all diseases, and just be absolutely right from the inside out.  I also believe this diet will give me the courage, strength and motivation to go after everything else I want in life.

 

 

Calorie Restriction, and unexplained, painful symptoms.

My second day of CRON, which was Friday, Sept 30th, my one knuckle on just one hand, started to hurt.

Then on Saturday, as the day went on, my body started to really ache.  My hamstring hurt, as if I ran a race – and had no memory of it!  By the end of the day on Saturday, I was very achy, and feeling a lot of pain throughout my whole body.

When I woke up Sunday, I did not feel like myself.  I went to pick up my daughter out of her crib, and it felt like my fingers were broken.  Every time I touched a part of my body, my skin – it hurt.  I had a mild sore throat and all parts of me ached.  I did not have a headache, nor was I dizzy, or foggy-brained.  I actually felt quite happy and clear headed.

I have heard that one may get flu-like symptoms during fasting or a cleanse/detox before, but I did not understand why I would experience these, as I have been eating and taking in at least 1K+ calories/day.  I asked online for help, and someone did suggest it could be a herxheimer reaction, which means that a detox or a cleanse would give one flu-like symptoms.  Others suggested I may be just getting sick.  Another one suggested it could be the salmon.

Sunday, I went to the grocery story to buy some pumpkins with my son in the AM, and I was limping by the time we got back.  I ran cross country in high school (16+ years ago!!!) – and I gave myself a stress fracture – turns out – my foot does hurt from time to time (always just first thing in the morning), but today – during the day – it was throbbing.  As were my hamstrings, and biceps, and fingers and hands.  What’s really strange is I really felt like this is what a person feels like that is in a car accident.

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I felt run over.  BUT, my brain felt really clear.  I was still happy, not really complaining just incredibly sore.  I did take two aspirin in the afternoon, and felt better as the night went on (thanks to the medicine).  I never take this stuff – I probably take less than a dozen a year.  But today, I really needed some relief, especially with how hands-on I have to be with my little ones (almost 2 & almost 5).

I woke up at 3am this morning, and my arms/hands felt so bad.  Again, I have never experienced any hand/finger/arm pain in the past.  I am imagining it feels like arthritis – where pain just shoots up my arms, and limbs.  By 430am, I hobbled downstairs, and took another two aspirin.  I was able to get back to sleep for another hour – and then it was time to get my two little humans up for school.

I’m sure that the effects of the two aspirin I took this morning are gone, and my arms are still sore.  From my biceps to my forearms and my fingers.  My legs feel much better, and my ribs/chest/breathing does not seem to hurt.  No headache or cold symptoms.  I am feeling 50% better than I was at this time, yesterday.

I’m looking forward to seeing how I feel tomorrow morning!  Hopefully all better.  I’m staying on track with the CRON diet, because I’m already seeing the POSITIVE benefits of it.  My mind is on track, I feel motivated, the skin on my face looks already years younger, and I love eating the healthy, natural, raw grub – it’s both easy & challenging, a perfect combination.

Cheers to another day.

 

Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition, Day 3, 4, 5. 4.6lb weight loss.

The weight is dropping, after a full day of CRON, I weighed in the following morning at 164.6lbs.  This morning, I weighed in at 160lbs.

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9/30/2016 162.2
9/29/2016 164.6

The first week of any diet, or diet lifestyle change, will elicit the most weight loss.  My body was used to all and lots of food (for most days of the month), and now it’s getting highly nutritious, healthy, natrual, raw, and naturally fat-free food.

The food I ate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday included the below:

hard boiled eggs
coffee, some of it with regular half&half
fried eggs (over easy, fried in oil)
ball park beef, nitrate free hot-dog
kombucha
avocado
grapes
baby spinach
banana
pear
broccoli (steamed)
salmon
turmeric
tomato
cucumber
apple
cantaloupe
baby carrots

I had breakfast at my mom’s house yesterday, and she made me two fried eggs, over easy.  Along with this I ate a Ball Park nitrate free hot dog (160kcals).  I was experiencing some really painful symptoms of detox that I wrote about here, that when she presented me with this grub, I did not hesitate, but did lower the portion size significantly over what I would have had previously!  Just two eggs, and 1 hot dog.

Other than that – I ate fruit, raw veggies each day.  I was never hungry and my calories stayed low.

On Friday I ate 1164kcals, on Saturday I ate 1245kcals and yesterday (Sunday) I ate 1060kcals.  My cravings for sugar have completely disappeared.  Because I have not been eating any salad dressings, or dips, or anything processed, I feel like my appetite, and hunger have stayed away.  I am eating everything incredibly clean and wholesome.

Both Friday and Saturday night I made myself a bowl of broccoli, raw tomato and salmon, sprinkled with turmeric.  The salmon I pan seared in an inch of water.  With a lid on, this almost steamed my salmon, and did not burn any of it.  The clean up was also easy!  The whole meal was quite lovely!

I steamed the broccoli, and it turned out really great.  My children who usually like broccoli didn’t love it thought.  It was a bit bitter, but perhaps this was because it wasn’t coated in a sugary dressing, and also it was fresh – versus frozen.  The step of the broccoli which I usually don’t care for – was awesome.  It was thick, and filling.

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My favorite meal of the weekend came yesterday for lunch.  I made a bowl of spinach, grapes, cucumber and avocado!  I put it in a closed Tupperware-like container and kept shaking it until the avocado coated the spinach, veggies and cucumber.  Since I’m not eating store bought dressing – this was perfect.  The grapes gave each bite so much juice, crisp and flavor!

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Intermittent Fasting, healthy diet strategy

There is a lot of excellent information and medical studies that support the benefits of fasting, and intermittent fasting.  Some people who practice CRON (Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition) do so by eating just once or twice per day – or not eating the traditional three big meals, or 5-6 smaller meals like some.

A few months ago, a study someone shared caught my eye, it said when women intermittent fasted for 13 or more hours per day – their risks of breast cancer went down. Now…as much as I enjoy reading studies, I find that especially when it comes down to tracking behavior, it’s hard to tell what truly is the most responsible variable.

I find that my own goal with intermittent fasting (when successfully accomplished) helps me stay on track with my own diet goals.  When we shorten or cut down our window for eating – we may consequently eat less.  This is what I find enjoyable.

I like to fast from 6pm-9am.  This isn’t always possible, nor will it always be possible in my future, but for now, I’m trying.  I also like getting in the office, and not immediately rushing over to my food.  Instead, tea, water, coffee, do the trick.  Then, when hunger really beckons me, I slowly prepare & have breakfast.

The weekends are possible with this too.  Instead of waking up and setting myself up for a day of eating/gorging – instead, I calm down, and make tea, or my favorite:  warm water & lemon.

Just tea for me.

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Dinner is the same story.  With little kids, and with lots of friends & neighbors stopping over – it’s possible to eat all night.  We get home by 515pm, and first I like to make my kids a snack, and then din din, and depending if we play outside, or stay in – dinner can range from 530-8pm.  That’s a HUGE amount of time for eating, especially if you don’t cut yourself off, and give yourself a schedule or a TIME OUT.  We also go to sleep fairly early as a family.  My children are in bed, falling asleep by 8pm.  We head to bed shortly after this.  I read a bit, and then we’re both snoozing between 9-930pm, sometimes even earlier!  There is no need for food, or lots of food in my stomach, digesting, this late at night.

And so – 6pm, is what I’m aiming for at night.  The goal is to not eat between 6pm and 9am.  That’s 15 hours of fasting.   I will see how successful I am with this, and then perhaps move the first hour to 10am.  The later I start eating, the more full I will be during “eating hours”.  This is just one of many strategies people use who want to eat less, but just the most healthiest foods.

Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition, Day 1, 1079kcals

Last night, when I got home from work, I made my children, din-din.  First, I cut up all of the fresh strawberries I purchased, my two little ones ate those up – and kept asking for more.  My step-daughter got her favorite pear.  Then my two littles wanted some of hers.  They all shared a juicy pear.  Then, I cut up a fresh & juicy cucumber for all of them.  And they wanted more.  I cut up another one, and they kept eating all up.
I am determined to make sure that my little people always have fresh food available to them – especially when I’m around.  I won’t be able to 100% control what they eat at school, or at the homes of their friends, but I certainty can control, what they eat at home.

And fresh food it was!

I ended up steaming a bag of Aldi’s Edamame and my boo and I had that.  It was so good -and crunchy, and filled me up!  I ended up having 34g of fiber yesterday – which for only 1070kcals, is pretty darn good.  Fiber keeps us full, it also clears away the junk.  And this is exactly why I wanted to get back on the wagon and start eating like my life depended on it!  The better the grub that we eat, the better that we feel & look.  CRON (calorie restriction optimal nutrition) is definitely the way to that!

Honesty, at 34 years old, mama of 3, wife of 1.  I am no longer so concerned with how I look. Deep down in my gut, I just want to be healthy, and most importantly truly FEEL GOOD.

This is what I ate yesterday:

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The 1079kcals for the day is much lower than what I will normally average.  It’s important to remember yesterday was Day 1.  I was full from the previous day, from the previous week and month, of mostly eating everything and anything.  As the days go on, I’m sure the hunger will get larger, and louder – but, I will keep my diet full of highly nutritious, and highly fibrous foods – to keep hunger at bay and motivation in play.  I’m not exactly sure where I will average in calories.  I’m going to give myself a ton of healthy options of veggies and fruits all day long, and then I’m going to listen to my body.

Yesterday, I also read several more articles about CRON, and everyone practices it differently.  I have decided to keep my diet and food choices mostly fruit & veggies, free of oils, and nuts, etc. I do have the two hard boiled organic eggs each morning – and I will stick to those.  I feel the protein, and the fat, set me up for success for the day, because they are filling, heavy, and full of better fat.  I will also eat salmon or shrimp – both clean, when I’m eating out.  Other than this, I will stay away from chicken, or turkey, beef or any type of animal protein.  This is all for now.  I want to make sure that I’m successful with CRON, and I need to keep things as simple as possible.  In the beginning it’s good to have less choices.  The less choices we have, the less mistakes we can make.

I’m moving forward into Day 2, and feeling pretty darn good.  I slept well.  When I woke up once or twice in the night (bathroom break or when my little girl sometimes cries out), I had no trouble going right back to sleep.  This was a drastic change from the previous week, when I couldn’t get back to sleep.  When she finally did wake up at 5am, I was up and ready to take care of her.  I didn’t have to drag myself out of bed, I was UP and ready to handle my beautiful little cupcake!  The immediate clear change in energy, is noticeable and drastic!

Cheers to Day 2!

Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition – Day 1 – getting started!

Breakfast:

carrots – 100g for 35kcal
2 hard boiled eggs -101g for 157kcal

I made the hard boiled eggs this morning.  It’s the only animal protein I have had all day. The carrots were nice & crunchy, and since they are higher in sugar than other veggies, I thought they were a nice combo with the eggs, which are full of protein & fat.

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AM Snack:
apple – 138g for 72kcal

At lunch, I headed to our local Farmer’s Market, and ended up buying some super healthy grub that I needed to get me through the day.

I purchased:

3 cucumbers
pear
greens
bananas
grapefruit
tomato
avocado
grapes
strawberries

(The total for everything $15 & change.)

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Lunch:

greens – 61g for 11kcal
grapes – 371g for 256
tomato – 154g for 28kcal

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Because I’m staying away from salad dressings I needed something juicy to eat with the greens.  If I really had to do it – I would eat the greens dry, and without anything else, but the grapes gave each bite some nice chomp, and lots of juice.  Add to this the tomato, and it was all just fine.  Did this taste like a Wendy’s chicken sandwich with chili fries?  No.  Honestly matters.

I also wanted to eat the grapefruit.  But as soon as I cut it open, it was so dry, and past it’s best days.  I am not a fan of tossing food, but sometimes we do buy something bogus.  No big deal, moving on, and enjoying eating.

I am unfortunately suffering from a headache today. Not because of the healthy grub I’ve been consuming all day, but because I thought skipping my morning black coffee was a great idea.  Until this headache starting coming on around 11am.  I quickly made a cup, but it was too late. Right now my whole head is throbbing, and my neck hurts.  But no big deal again! The only time I was ever able to successfully skip coffee, was when I replaced it with green juice.  Juicing spinach/kale, carrot, apple, or any other veggies, has been the only way to avoid a headache.  It’s slowly starting to go away, and I’m staying strong. But I am never doing that again – especially on a work day.

PM Snack:

banana x 2 – 261g for 233kcal

I’m not really hungry for the bananas right now, but it’s almost time to go home, and I don’t want to get hit with ravaging hunger when I get home.  Instead, I want to continue to make good decisions about dinner.  I’m most excited to cut up the strawberries, cucumber and grapes I bought today for my kids!  Their pre-din din/dinner or dessert awaits!

I’m heading home with a total of 796kcals consumed.  I do know today is “easy” because today is Day 1 and I am not yet hungry.  Let’s see how tonight & tomorrow goes.

Cheers to staying positive, and eating less for optimal health!