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! 

Returning to Clean Eating

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Now that Fall is here, and in full swing, I am super excited to see what this season brings for me. The past couple of months I have had a difficult sticking with clean eating and my body has totally been paying for it, and I have not been feeling as good as I know I can. Part of that includes needing to detox from processed/refined sugar.

I know I personally would hard time living somewhere, where I didn’t have access to Trader Joes, New Seasons, Whole Foods, Bob’s Red Mill, and the variety of DF/GF food we have out here on the West Coast. I would totally be fine anywhere in the Willamette Valley, or North Coast, and just make trips to the city to stock up on things I couldn’t get where I was living, if I move away from Portland. As much as I am not a fan of living in the city (noise, all the people, the traffic, the pollution, etc), at least here, I have access to all the DF/GF/ Clean Eating food I could want and need all not to far from me. Not to mention my favorite bakery is here, as well as some amazing tea shops, and Bob’s Red Mill, which is pretty much Gluten Free (and whole grain) heaven. It’s nice being able to go to the local super market and have a decent (albeit not the greatest) selection of DF/GF food.

It is my goal to continue the strict DF diet I have been on for about 5 years now, and get back to being on a more strict GF and minimally processed diet. I am really wanting to incorporate more GF grains and beans back into my diet, and eat Quinoa more often. It is also my goal to eat more locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables.

When I first started this journey, it was because my body was essentially rejecting food, and I needed to figure out what was wrong, and get my body back to as close to normal as I could. That has taken a lot of adjustment, as well as rethinking and really reevaluating my whole thought process, and to some degree my lifestyle. At the same time, those changes bring me to being a bit more in line with the whole culture of where I live, but without giving up my core values. To some, I still may be just another “dirty hippie”, who chooses to eat what I eat, and dress the way I do to make a point, when really it comes down to wanting to feel good, and have food not make me sick, and dress in a manner that is comfortable and normal for myself.

I have also come to a point where I don’t really care what people think, especially the nay sayers who always find something to be judgmental about. I don’t need or want that kind of negativity in my life. The haters are gonna hate, but that means I am just going to be myself all the more. The way I see it, This is who I am, so people have two options, deal with it / get over it, or walk away and its no skin off my back.

I finally feel like I am starting to find my place, and my purpose. I have friends who I care about, and who care about me, they are also supportive and understand (or at least try to), my dietary needs, and I am free to be who God made me to be. I am no longer that people pleasing little girl who just wanted to fit in so bad, she forgot that she was born to stand out. I also realize that I am an example. People watch my life, and see who I am, so I want to put my best foot forward and be the Person I am supposed to be.

Going more Natural

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Over the course of the last few months, since I began using ItWorks and Perfectly Posh products that are naturally based, I was reminded of something I had really wanted to start doing a while back. That is to live a more natural lifestyle. That started when I had to go dairy free, and generally gluten free.

I have wanted to use naturally based products for many reasons, mostly health related so that I felt better inside and out, and reduced the chances to have a reaction to products. I still have to be careful about the products I use, and reading labels, as some “natural” products really aren’t all that natural.

Having grown up, and spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest, in the part of said region that is all about recycling, composting, and is driven primarily liberal politics, at some point some of that “natural lifestyle” was bound to rub off, since I have been saturated in my whole life. Having to go Dairy Free and limit gluten, has definitely pushed my toward it that much more. I have also been trying to educate myself on how bad these man made chemicals really are for our bodies and the environment (every time you shower, brush your teeth, and so much more, you are putting chemicals down the drain then are put into the sewer or septic system and have to be dealt with, and end up in the environment). These chemicals have been connected to causing cancers and other health issues that were not around, or if they were around not as prevalent 100 year ago as they are today.

For the past year or two, I have been using a laundry soap that I mix up myself (it is one of those DIY laundry soaps I found on Pinterest), it uses Borax, Fels Naphtha, and Arm & Hammer super washing soda. Ever since I was little, I (or my parents) had to be super careful with what they used to wash my clothes, as I have broken out in hives with several different brands of laundry detergents, and I can’t use anything that is super strongly scented or I break out.

As for other cleaning products, I like Mrs. Meyers Clean Day and Seventh Generation cleaning products. I am not adverse to keeping some lysol around the house for tough situations or to give the house a good thorough cleaning (especially after having had a cold or something), but for normal day to day, I prefer the natural products, that for the day to day cleaning are just as good and won’t put too many crazy chemicals on or in my body.

While I am well on my way to living a more natural lifestyle, there are many things I am not going to give up, like personal hygiene aka brushing my teeth, showering, using deodorant, doing laundry regularly etc. I am still a firm believer in all of that, I am just choosing to use more natural ways for doing them that are better for me and the environment.

 

I am Alive

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I am sorry I have been absent from the blog from a couple of months, life just got away from me, and this past summer was crazy busy.

Beings that fall is here, I am hopefully going to be back to this blog on a more regular basis.

Since I was sick in July, and having a busy summer, clean eating has fallen off the band wagon. for some reason I quit making smoothies, and clean eating kind of went by the way side. I started eating more gluten and drinking coffee on occasion here recently, and today I intentionally had dairy. Lets just say that having dairy was a very bad idea. Having an increased amount of gluten and consuming coffee have also been not so great ideas.

Now that I know how good I can feel when I am on board with clean eating, versus the past few months where I haven’t been eating right, and put stuff that I shouldn’t have, in my body.

One of my goals over the next few months is to wean my body back down to a limited about of processed carbs (like breads and pastas), and refined sugar. I am hoping that I can get back on to a lot more quinoa, rice, oats, and other whole grains. I am also wanting to consume more nuts, fruits and vegetables. I am by no means planning on becoming Paleo, vegetarian or vegan, that has never been my goal, but rather eat a lot healthier. I know I keep saying that but it is totally true.

I also seriously need to join a gym or something, getting up at 5:30 am, then working a 10 hour day was insane, and now that it doesn’t get light until after 7 am, and is getting dark at 6:30 pm (we are still on Daylight Savings Time at present, mind you), getting outside and exercising really isn’t an option at the moment. I am going to see how things go at work since I got switched projects, and I may go back to working five eight hour days, and start at my normal time, and get off at 4, then if I get a gym membership, then I would hit the gym after getting off of work. We will see. It is so hard making time to work out, on top of work and everything else. When I was in college I could just schedule classes into my school day, and then I would just show up for class, and it would not be above and beyond my normal school day.

Sticking with Change

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Today is turning into a minimum of two cups earl gray tea kind of day. Today is my Friday and it has been a long week. 

Next week I am going to be doing another 5 day clean eating challenge which I definite need. 

I am wanting to get into shape before a friend of mine gets married. Beings that she is getting married next April I have time to loose weight and work on getting toned. 

I am soing my best to commit to changing my lifestyle, because there is more I want to do with my life that involves being in much better shape than I am in now. 

Welcome to my Improved Blog

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For those of you who have been following me, for the Gluten Free and Dairy Free recipes and stuff, that is not going anywhere. I am just incorporating my new desire and journey to get fit.

I will be writing about what programs, classes and other forms of exercise that I am doing to work toward achieving my goals.

Right now I am using PiYo from Beachbody, and will be starting the 21 day fix from Beachbody in a couple of weeks. I also love going on walks, and hiking. I am also wanting to get into rock climbing, which I am hoping PiYo and losing weight will help me with.

I am really working on eating healthier, which is something that I struggle with maintaining. Though I am trying to bounce back from having an off day or a bad food day a lot better, and not letting one bad day completely derail the progress I have been making.

I have come to a point in my life where I am fed up with being overweight, and having it get in my way, as well as hindering me from doing what I really love doing, being outdoors. I love being outdoors going hiking and on adventures. Both activities would be so much easier and more enjoyable if I was more fit, and thinner.

I also want to be more flexible and toned, especially since I have an old ankle injury that never healed properly. I had badly sprained my ankle when I was 15 (in my freshmen year of High School), and then I went to marching band practice that same day, and then had marched in a 4.2 mile parade on it within that same week. It has been weak and prone to re-injuring ever since. I have sprained twice more since then. I did have it checked out and x-rayed well after the fact, and there was no evidence of it having been fractured the first time I injured it, so it was concluded that it was a very bad sprain. I am hoping that with PiYo, it will help strengthen my ankle a bit more so it is not as weak as it currently is.