Time to declutter!

I’m feeling it!  It’s time!  I’m getting antsy!  I can’t wait to declutter!  I feel like the WHOLE HOUSE needs a decluttering.  I need to have a decluttering PARTY, and I want to be the only one there!!!

Randomly at different times these past few weeks, I have swapped my children’s clothes from summer to fall/winter, and I have done a few other things to transition into the colder months.  But so much needs to get done.  I have also received bags of clothes for myself from my neighbors and girlfriends, and so have the kids.  I really need to go through all closets and DONATE, and remove everything we don’t need, and everything we don’t love.  There is so much we don’t need, and even thought our house isn’t packed to the max, there is still so much we can do to empty out the closets and drawers, and donate and share with others.

We had a birthday party to celebrate the 2nd & 5th birthday of our kids this past weekend, and I went into one of the closest in the basements (to store all of the gift bags we received) and there were so many toys in those closets!  I couldn’t believe it.  My son is 5, and I’m just not sure if he’s going to want to play with all of them again, if we should keep them, or if we should start getting rid of them.  Obviously, I’m a fan of donating them.  I especially don’t want them taking space in our closets.  That feels like a waste!

I also want to go through our kitchen and get rid of dishes, appliances, and everything in between that we no longer need/want.  I have so many things on the higher unreachable shelves, that I just should throw in a big carton, and say GOOD BYE, it wasn’t a good buy, or a gift.  Instead, it can go to someone that can use it!!!  An acquaintance grandmother passed away, and I have all of her tablecloths and cloth napkins.  Even though they are beautiful, and I use them for all birthday parties, and then holidays (this would make about a half dozen uses per year), I have so many, I took too many!!! There’s no way I need actually a DOZEN tablecloths, and then three times that of cloth napkins.  It pains me to get rid of this – but it needs to go.

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Lastly, I have a lot of comforters, which we don’t use, and instead store in our basement.  When my mom sold her house, I took some of them into our home, and now, we have too many!  Part of me feels like it’s a good idea to keep them, and another part of me feels that’s a really silly idea!  We have plenty, and we can never use more than one!!! 🙂

This morning I quickly went through all of the children’s shoes that are in our “shoe closet” in our hallway.  I was able to add to the donate pile all of the summer sandals/crocks that my daughter wore this past summer.  Her foot fit perfectly in those shoes, and once next spring and summer hits, all of the shoes will be too small.  The flip flops that will be too small for my son, I am storing and saving for my daughter!

The biggest hurdle at this time, even though my motivation is here and ready for decluttering, is that when will i find the time to do this!!! My little people are spending less time sleeping during the day, and I work Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday are spent with the family.  There is really little downtime or alone time, or decluttering time.

But if there is a will, there is a way!  So I need to get started, and start decluttering, donating and sharing!

 

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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!

 

 

CRONing over the weekend

I’m back to feeling 100% with Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition.

My hands/fingers were the last to feel really good – and I’m there!!!  It’s nice to feel WHOLE again, and at the same time – feel so good from eating so healthy.  Tomorrow will be Day 14 of CRON, and I’m psyched to keep it going.  After my first day of CRON, I weighed in at 164.6, and Saturday morning I weighed in at 157.6.  This means I have lost a total of 7lbs.

The best and biggest change is how happy I’ve been.  Feeling good truly makes you feel good – and makes one happy, and feel very fulfilled.  I had an awesome weekend just spending time with the kids and my husband.  We didn’t do anything exciting, but I just felt so grateful for our peaceful home, and the good food.

I asked on the CRON Facebook page, how to increase calcium, and someone suggested sardines!  I had those for breakfast on Saturday or Sunday.  They don’t taste awesome – just yet – but that’s what I like about this diet – everything doesn’t have to taste fantastic to be good for you!!!

I’ve been eating a monstrous salad each day.  It usually involves baby spinach or romaine lettuce (or both), raw broccoli, tomato, avocado, mushrooms, cucumber, grapes, hard boiled eggs – or a combination of any of the above.  I have an organic tahini salad dressing I purchased from Aldi, and I have been using two tablespoons of this for added taste.  I’m really happy I’m getting in these green & raw veggies.  It’s not easy, but if you make the effort, you’ll eat them up!

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Friday night we ended up going on a group date night with my neighbors.  It was actually so much fun, and the first time we got together without all of the children.  At the comedy club I ordered a burger, and I ate that without the bun or fixins’.  I also, throughout the night had 1 glass of red wine, and two glasses of white wine.  Honesty – I didn’t need to have the wine, but they were so spread out (1 glass at three different venues) that I feel like I didn’t plan right.  But, no worries.  I still ended up eating only 1812kcals on Friday, and to combat this I ate 975kcals on Saturday!

My husband ended up making home made pizza crust and pizza for the football game yesterday (Sunday!)  It was so lovely and delicious, that I had three/four small pieces yesterday!!!  As a dessert I finished my kid’s lucky charms & yogurt combo.  It wasn’t my proudest CRON meal, but I’m proud of myself for cutting my eating off right after this!  I came in Sunday night at 1984kcals.

I’m learning to not be all or nothing with CRON.  Usually, in the past this was my attitude. If I could not be absolutely perfect in my eating, I needed to quit immediately and start brand new tomorrow.  No more.  I don’t have time or energy for this.  Instead, I’m going to do my best to plan as well as possible, and talk and walk myself through the challenges and struggles.  It was be awesome to, as a mom and a working human, I could always be motivated to eat my absolutely best, but that’s not the case for me.  I will have cravings, I will have struggles, and I will have lower motivations at times.  Where I do need to stay strong is to pick myself up right away, and not let one NON-CRON meal turn into many.

My plan for this week is to continue to eat really healthy low calorie meals.  I’m trying to eat my first meal as late as possible.  I like to first have water, coffee, tea, and then eat my first meal (breakfast salad), as late as possible, and as close to lunch time as possible.  I am  a creature of habit, and I like routine.  I also like to eat the same thing each day/most days.  I need to be able to eat the same things each day – same time, so I don’t get stuck trying to figure it out – as I go along.  So far so good!

Today already, I had a big healthy salad:

organic baby spinach
organic baby carrots
cucumber
tomato
tahini salad dressing organic
hard boiled eggs x 2

Cheers to CRON, and most importantly feeling good!

 

 

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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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.

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!