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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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.

10/3/2016 160
10/2/2016 161.2
10/1/2016 161.8
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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Calorie Restriction, Optimal Nutrition – Day 2, 1083kcals

What, another day, and 1081kcals!?!  Because I’m eating ONLY nutritious foods – I went to bed feeling extremely satisfied yesterday.

I started off my day with warm water & lemon juice from a fresh lemon, and I woke up around 5am.

I then came to work and drank a black coffee, and a raspberry leaf hot tea (two cups) at around 8am.

For breakfast at around 930am, I had two hard boiled organic eggs & 100g of baby carrots (35kcals for the carrots).

I then had two apples, on my way to the grocery store at noon.  I spent a bit of my lunch shopping for more raw goodies at the grocery store.  I want to be prepared.  This diet/lifestyle requires fresh food to be available all of the time.  I don’t want to get stuck “not having fresh grub” and choosing something processed instead.
Also, because I’ve improved my diet 100% by eating mostly fresh fruit, veggies, I want the same for my kids.  I purchased more strawberries, cucumbers, pears – all of which they ate up for dinner last night.

At the store, I drank a Kombucha.  Usually I would pick a flavor of Mango or Cranberry, but this time, I turned each one around, and found one for the least calories.  Turns out – the original one had a total of 60kcals for the whole bottle.  I absolutely love Kombucha.  This brand is my favorite, and my financial goal in life is to become so financially free, that I can enjoy one per day – without financial guilt.  That’s not asking for that much! 🙂  At $3.29 a bottle, it is a luxury right now.  I allow myself to get one, each time I shop – especially for HEALTHY GRUB!  I buy one for my sweet honey bunny too – he loves Kombucha just like me!

For lunch, I ate my greens, with grapes.  This is the ONLY thing I didn’t look forward to. I’m not a fan of eating dry greens.  I really have to figure out how to make them taste better, but not by adding fake fat or sugar (like salad dressings and such).  I ate them with the grapes, which made it better.  But today, I’m feeling the hunger, so I’m assuming they will go down a bit easier.  Get in my belly you awesome green nutrients!  Amazing that it took me the longest to eat 10kcals of food!

About 2 hours after lunch, I dove into half the avocado that I purchased the previous day!  It was ripe and ready for slicing!  I didn’t have my food scale with me, but I googled that half a Hass avocado is about 110-130kcals.  This guy was on the smaller side, but full of deliciousness, and nutrition.  I’m going to avoid “added fat” in oils, but I will eat avocado!  It’s so good for the brain, the bod, and filling up.

(Later last night I made my son a strawberry, almond milk, avocado & Greek yogurt smoothie before bed!  It was so thick and filling, and exactly what my naturally thin little boo needed right before bed!)

Before I left for the day, I ate some cut up cucumber and a banana!

Once I got home, I made 144g of salmon.  After I cooked it, I put it on the scale, but I can’t remember if it was 114g or 144g of salmon.  I was so hungry, that my short term memory completely failed me!  I added 144g into the Cron-O-Meter, just to be on the safe side.  I also sprinkled some turmeric on the salmon.  At first this spice is a bit offending.  But once it sits on the food for a minute or so, it blends in so nicely!  It was the first time I cooked the salmon without any added oil.  I actually put it in a little pan, and added some water.  The water helped cook/steam it, without burning any parts of it.

This is part/later part of my food diary from yesterday.

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I slept mostly well.  My son did wake me up at 1230am, and tell me he had a nightmare.  I laid down in his twin bed with him, and when I saw his eyes still open, I asked him about his dream.  He said, “Zombies were coming to the table, and eating all of the food.”  My poor sweet almost five year old boy, dreaming of such stuff!  Once he settled down a bit, I went back to bed, but I couldn’t get back to sleep!  I ended up fishing Gone Girl, and finally getting back down.

The scale this morning read 162.2lbs.  This is down from 164.6lbs from the previous day.  Mama is heading toward 139!

Thank you to everyone who has written about CRON, practice it, put information out there about it – all helpful in my own pursuit of great health, and physical and mental stealth.

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!

Green Lunch Salad – all from Aldi!

This was my lunch salad today:

Grapes (Aldi)
Broccoli – Raw (Aldi)
Romaine Lettuce (Aldi)
Organic Baby Spinach (Aldi)
Organic Tahini Goddess Salad Dressing (Aldi)
3 Organic Hard Boiled Eggs (Aldi)

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I can’t lie.  I love Aldi.  The prices are right, the product is on point, and they pretty much have everything – and the BEST of every single product you may want/love/desire.  They don’t have thousands of choices of ketchup, or specific product, but they have at least one, and that one – is awesome.

Only one type of bar soap – and it’s AMAZING.

Only one type of baby wipe – and it’s great.

Only one brand of organic salad dressing (though they do have many different interesting flavors) – and it’s super lovely.

I like Aldi because the prices are truly low.  They have super product.  They have innovative product.  Product that is hella expensive in regular grocery stores (like organic coconut oil, or organic salad dressing, or organic peanut butter or all types of cereals) – is a low/competitive price at Aldi.

And they also often have $5 coupons they share!

This salad really did it for me today.  I was feeling a bit MEH.  Hard to explain the MEH feeling, except you probably are well aware of it yourself – as I’m sure MEH hits all humans at one point or another.  I just was feeling antsy, and uncomfortable, and I took a short walk during my lunch hour, and then I came back and I had this amazing salad.  I feel much better right now.  A bit more level headed, a bit calmer, a bit more relaxed.

Was it the salad?  Eh.  Who knows, but I’m feeling MEH no mo!

 

 

Eating through our cabinets, and BIG GREEN SALAD.

Once we came back from our beach vacation on August 26th, our cabinets and fridge were bare!  And I loved it!  I had to get uber creative to make the most out of the food that was left.  And guess what:  it was awesome!  We made it and we did it.  And the next day, I headed out to my favorite grocery store (Aldi), and purchased EXACTLY $100 of food for the following week.

And by the end of the week, there was NOTHING left, or barely nothing.  But we continued to survive.  It was pretty awesome.

I absolutely love my rice cooker.  It makes delicious rice, and when you add a bit of coconut oil & soy sauce – it’s truly the most delicious meal.  It’s a single (adult) meal that everyone in my house can agree on – from my almost 2 year old to my 37 year old hubby!!!  The only issue with this meal is the clean up when the rice falls on my wood floor, and gets mashed between the boards.  But no big deal, it’s just a meal and I have to clean!!! 🙂

My girlfriend joined me at Aldi this past Sunday, and she thought I was a bit nutzo for thinking I can feed my family of five on $100/week.  And even though I did go out the next day and buy an additional $138 of food (special snacks like Z-Bars, spinach, cole slaw mix, and other bulk items for back to school), I’m determined to succeed on $100/week.

I have to continue to perfect this, and I will get it right.  Practice does make perfect!  She said she found what I was doing “intriguing” and even found me an Aldi app, I can use while shopping to make sure I stay within my budget.  I find it intriguing that she finds a budget intriguing – but that’s the whole POINT of saving & investing.  It’s like we’re rare animals, roaming out there in the wild among big-spenders and over-consumers.  It’s awesome to challenge ourselves, do great for our accounts & keep practicing saving, investing & spending less.

Last night I made a ridiculous delicious big salad that fed our solid FIVE, and then my gf, her son, and my mama – and I still had two more servings left over for work today.

Spinach (ShopRite)
Cole Slaw Mix (ShopRite)
Romaine Lettuce (Aldi)
Tomato (Local Farmer’s Market)
Cucumber (Farmer’s Market)
Broccoli (ShopRite)

Time to eat those greens, and repeat.