Eating Cleaner

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It’s still January, and I am really working eating healthier. These past few months, I have been not eating as healthy as I know I should and I have been feeling that. I have also been noticing how expensive it is trying to eat dairy free and gluten free while not eating healthy. I realize that fruit, vegetables and lean proteins are not the cheapest. I have been figuring out where I can shop locally to get the best prices for what I want to eat.

I have also noticed that when I am not eating as healthy as I know I should be, that by mid morning and mid afternoon, I feel like I haven’t eaten all day. This weekend though, I have been eating healthy, and I have been staying fuller, longer. I am also figuring out what types of healthy snacks I like to eat in between meals, that are good for me. 

This past Friday I did my grocery shopping, most of which was done at Trader Joe’s. I don’t do my whole shopping there just because of the limited selection of dairy free staples that I am used to. But in terms of produce, and snacks they have an amazing selection. 

I had spent a little over $52 at Trader Joe’s for this week, and this is all that I got for that money:

From Safeway I spent about $25 and this is what I got:


I have not been a fan of red meat for a while, and I can’t eat dairy, which helps with clean eating. I am definitely trying to eat more fish – especially fish that comes from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon/Washington) or Alaska, and white meat, and do more vegan complete protein that isn’t tofu to change things up. 

Part of my goal is to eat more local foods and food that grows naturally in this part of the country. Because this part of the country is so temperate, and we have plenty of natural waterways, that fish, berries, nuts and such have been available here for quite a while. 

Stay tuned for more clean eating grocery hauls! 

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What exactly is Alternative?

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Beings that the idea, concept, and means of carrying out an “Alternative” lifestyle starts getting complicated really very quickly, I figured I would take some time to talk about it, and how exactly the way I am choosing to live my life is alternative.

“Alternative” lifestyles and culture, is anything and everything that doesn’t line up with what the mainstream culture and lifestyle is. Examples of this include: Indie, Punk, Goth, Emo, Green, Hippie and Hipster. Each of these differ and stray away from the mainstream culture and societal norms. While I don’t identify wholly with any of these subcultures or lifestyles, over the last year, I have definitely adopted more of what I would consider “Historical” way of life. This way of life includes parts of the green, hippie and hipster subcultures.

I adhere to a completely dairy free, limited gluten, limited eggs (I am intolerant to dairy, and sensitive to Gluten and Eggs that aren’t in baked products) and reduced sugar diet. I had picked up a really bad stomach bug 5 years ago, that has since changed what foods my body will tolerate. Due to these intolerances, a lot of what I could eat are what fall within the clean eating category. Clean Eating is all about drinking plenty of water, eating a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables (I prefer local to boot), as well as lean protein, some carbs but limit the refined flours and limiting sugar (especially refined sugar). Before I had to start this way of life, I loved history, especially women’s history and the history of the American West. I am especially fascinated with more the social and day to day lives of those who lived between 1850 and 1965 in the Rocky Mountain states on west. The landscape is a lot more rugged, harsh and unforgiving that one bad winter or with someone who doesn’t know how to be self sufficient and if they made it, it would have been very hard. Over the years, I have learned that some of my distant family members came out west over the Oregon trail, and at least one set of my great grandparents were homesteaders. Having that in my own personal history makes it no surprise to me, why I want to, and feel the need to do more living off the land, growing as much of my own fruit and vegetables that I can. What I can’t grow, I want to buy as much locally grown as possible.

I am also one of these people who is just so done with all the synthetic chemicals that we use to clean, and that are in the foods we eat. It’s no wonder, and shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone why all the rates of diseases are through the roof, and why so many people have “sensitive” skin, its because of all the chemicals that are in the products we now use and take for granted every day. I know that is one thing that I am now personally leery of is all the chemicals in the food, and in the products we use to clean our bodies and our clothes. I am by no means an environmentalist, but all these chemicals and all the garbage we produce is not good for the planet. I know this is partially the Portlander in me coming out, who is now used to sorting true garbage, recycling, and compost that is just what we do.

Being more environmentally conscious and “green”, definitely goes back to where I was raised and the alternative / green lifestyle that is very prominent here in Portland. This is one of the things that Portland is known for, and yes there are parts of the city that are more “green” than other parts of the city.

My food intolerances and sensitivities forced me to dive head first into clean eating and the “alternative” lifestyle. My body’s needs has forced me to embrace a part of this city that I knew existed from a young age, but really didn’t have much to do with until I was an adult. Initially I “converted” or “crossed over” because I had to, but as I did more research, and learned more about it, I have come to embrace it more. Will I be doing all my grocery shopping at Whole Foods, New Seasons, Trader Joe’s or the natural section of the grocery store? No. I do frequent them a whole lot more now.

Living here, where I am only a couple hours if even that from the Ocean, and depending on where I am in the valley, I can see both the coast range mountains and the cascade range mountains at the same time. Here, where we grow so much amazing fruit and vegetables,  vineyards for wine, hops fields for making beer, as well as orchards all over the place, This part of Oregon is one of the best (or in my opinion  THE BEST) growing regions in the country. Not to mention that the coast is the best place in the country for making cheese, butter, ice cream (Not to mention southern Oregon as well for Umpqua Ice Cream), and yogurt. Even though I can no longer eat the dairy products, I still know they are good from having been able to eat them all through my growing up years.

What I Ate Wednesday 

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Wednesday came and went again, and I forgot (again) to finish my post yesterday. So sorry about that. 

For breakfast I had two vans gluten free homestyle waffles with earth balance vegan spread. I also had 4 brown and serve breakfast sausages and a fruit plate. With breakfast I took my hair skin and nails tablets as well as a Thermofit tablet. 

After breakfast I have been drinking water, drinking my tea and I also ate my greens chews and drank my greens. So yeah, a lot of drinking fluids has been happening. 

For lunch I had a ham sandwich and a banana. Seriously though lunch is the hardest meal for me, I am not a huge fan of the whole normal lunchy foods. 

For dinner i had the last of my meat and beans, I also had chips and salsa and a salad. 

I also had had a total of two Litres of water yesterday. 

Getting Used to Greens

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I am bringing back What I Ate Wednesday posts, largely because I am also doing my ItWorks updates on Wednesday as well, so it is easy enough to be working on the two posts on the same day. It will also help me stay accountable to taking my greens, chews, and supplements as well to eating better, because I am putting out there what I am eating and drinking. 

This morning for breakfast I had a bowl of about a cup of my baked oatmeal that I made Monday evening, and I had some Unsweetened Almond/Coconut milk on it, I also had 4 brown and serve turkey breakfast sausages, and a plate of fruit that had banana, blueberries, strawberries, grape and cantaloupe on it. 

After breakfast I had my ItWorks chews. Throughout the morning I had been working on drinking water. I also drank my berry flavored greens with a 10 oz bottle of ocean spray diet cranberry juice. I also drank a mug of Earl Grey Creme tea with half a tablespoon of C & H washed sugar in the raw. I am working in cutting back the amount of sugar I use, as sugar is one of the biggest reasons behind my recent weight gain. 

I have made it my goal, on the days I am working from home, to drink a minimum of a litre of water though 1.5 to 2 is ideal, on days when I am going out and about (and the convenience of having a bathroom steps away is not there) I try to drink as much of the Litre as possible, but doesn’t always happen. 

Today for lunch, I made myself a grilled ham sandwich, a couple extra pieces of bread and a banana. Yeah, this was a “falling off the bandwagon” lunch, that was loaded in carbs. Sometimes it just happens. I try not to let it happen very often.

I continued working in my first litre of water into the afternoon, and I finished up my tea. 

For dinner I had spaghetti with gluten free penne, a spinach salad with Italian dressing, muddy buddies for dessert and I started in my second litre of water. I also took my first dose of ItWorks advanced formula Fat Fighter. 

Tea and ItWorks

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I am nearing the end of my first week of it works greens and chews. So far it has been going well for me.  I will be interested in seeing if I have lost any weight this past week. I will find out Wednesday morning. 

This past weekend was incredibly busy that I was doing good to manage two meals a day. That is so typical me though. In college I regularly went without lunch. Lunch is the hardest meal for me to eat and figure out what to have. Especially since most of the time I either not have 30 minutes or am on the go that lunch gets bypassed. I feel like if I had the time and money I would totally do a better job of eating 5 or six smaller meals, or 3 slightly larger meals with healthy morning and afternoon snacks in between. 

Last week or the week before I had ordered tea from teavana, which is really a treat for me. It arrived today. I had ordered Snow Geisha which is a white tea with cherries and cranberries, Emperor’s clouds and mist, which is a green tea from China, and two bags of Earl Grey Creme tea. Being that I went off coffee, and I am trying to limit my caffeine consumption to one mug of black tea a day, I have been branching out and trying different teas. I know I like Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea, Royal English Breakfast Tea and Earl Grey Creme tea from Teavana. I have also found that I like lotus tea and Tazo Passion Tea. I will have to see how I like the white and green teas I got from Teavana. I had also gotten a free sample tea in my order from Teavana – maharaja chai oolong tea. Chai’s are hit and miss with me. If they are mild I enjoy them, but if the spices are too strong then I am definitely not a fan. This chai tea was too strong for my tastes. I definitely take after the English and Scottish when it comes to my tea choices. I like a good cup of tea that is largely from the UK (and Ireland). 

I typically drink the green, white and herbal teas in the afternoon and limit my caffeine consumption. I gave up coffee because the caffeine and acid where negatively affecting me. It was hard at first, but I am glad I did. I also love the variety of teas.

GF/DF Muddy Buddies

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Today has been a busy cooking day! This morning I had made Baked Oatmeal, which I posted the recipe for. I had also gone to Bob’s Red Mill before coming back home and making Gluten Free and Dairy Free Muddy Buddies, as well as Chicken and Potato Soup and Bruschetta topping for my sandwiches this coming week.

The last time I had gone hiking with one of my best friends the subject of snacks had come up and some how Muddy Buddies had come up, and I hadn’t had any since before I had to go Dairy Free and Gluten Free, and she was like “duh, take the recipe and substitute what you need to substitute to make it without dairy and gluten”, so today I did that. I must say that they turned out amazingly well.

  I took the Original Recipe and tweeked it. So here is the modified recipe, and what I did today.

Recipe:

9 cups Corn, Rice, Chocolate or Honey Nut Chex cereal
1 cup Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Earth Balance Vegan Spread
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups powered sugar

Directions:

  1. In large bowl measure cereal and set aside
  2. in 1 quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and vegan spread uncovered on high for 1 minute; stir. microwave about 30 seconds to 1 minute longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. stir in vanilla. pour mixture over cereal stirring until evenly coated. pour into 2-gallon resealable (ziploc) bag
  3. add powdered sugar. seal bag; shake until well coated. spread on waxed paper to cool.
  4. store in airtight (rubbermaid/tupperware) container in the refrigerator.

Notes:

I used 2 – 12.5 oz boxes of honey nut chex, one bag of Ghirardelli chocolate chips and most of a 16 oz container of Peanut Butter (with 1/2 cup of spread) and got about 18 cups of Muddy Buddies.

New Year; ready for change

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It’s been a few months since my last post, I know. Life has been busy, as well as the days getting shorter and the holidays in full swing I got off track in clean eating. 

That off track lasted from at least November until this past week, so for about 3 months. I have really felt the whole thing. I have not felt as well, I have gained a lot of weight and feel like crap. 

The days being short is not an excuse for not eating well. I just had lost the will power to eat right and stay away from foods I shouldn’t eat.

I hate feeling like crap and being at a weight I had hoped I would have never seen again after college, it is time to do something. 

Part of my problem is that I live in the city, working an “office” job and live somewhere, where I can’t have my own garden. I have been looking for a better job, and preferably one that would allow me to get outside more. 

The past few days I have been getting ideas for lunches that are healthy and taste good, as I have gotten tired of grilled ham sandwiches and a banana. Part of my problem is that my living situation has made me lazy, because I don’t have my own kitchen like I did in college, so what I am able to keep on hand is minimal and not the best. 

I also don’t keep healthy snacks around. I also don’t keep hiking snacks on hand, which is another story. I want to do more hiking, and a lot of it.