Learning to eat …

February 10, 2009

Food Journal: Monday February 9th

Filed under: FOOD!, Food/Fitness Journal, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:52 am

OK, this will be quicker than usual because I’m up WAY later than I would like to be, and I just spent over an hour (!) entering my meals into Nutridiary (!), but to be fair it was setting up the account that took some time too. Now if I could just port that info from there to here — or at least give you all a link to see it! Until I figure that out, I’ll just let you know what info I find out there.

Breakfast today was a green smoothie of 1/2 a cantaloupe, a cup of blueberries, and 4 large chard leaves.

Lunch today was 2 large mushrooms w/ avocado (an entire one) spread on top and some sweet onion.

2nd lunch / snack: blood orange, ugli fruit, naval orange

afternoon snack: Quick soup (I’ll write this up later) of 1 T. garlic infused coconut oil, and some chopped sweet onion in hot water.

Supper was a LARGE salad (4 oz of mixed baby greens and spinach), red pepper, grape tomatoes, mixed sprouts (and they didn’t have this in the nutridiary database!), sun-dried tomatoes, 1 T. olive oil, sprinkles of balsamic vinegar (need to stop having so much of that!),  and a few pea pods (also not in that database).

Dessert was “banana ice cream” — 2 bananas and 1/2 cup walnuts (was going to leave out nuts this time as just the bananas were SO good … but daughter wanted nuts and then she didn’t even eat hers!)

So the stats on today — a day of eating w/out a whole lot of thought was:

  • calories: 1551
  • calories from fat: 747 (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, walnuts were primary source)
  • total fat — 91 grams
  • saturated fat 21 grams (coconut oil — labled as saturated but still very healthy fat and I eat it on purpose)
  • sodium — 677 mg
  • carbs — 189 g
  • dietary fiber 43 g
  • sugars 117 g (all fruit sugars)
  • protein 30 g

Calorie distribution was 48% Fat:  7% Protein: 45%  Carbs: (note these were all complex carbs)

I would say that is slightly higher fat than I usually eat due to having both nuts and the olive oil (I do try, but don’t always succeed in having coconut oil). I *think* (remember this is all evolving as I listen to my body and continue to research and experiment what raw foods I perform best on) that I would like to be closer to 30% or less fat, 10% protein, and the rest carbs (complex carbs in fruits, veggies, and greens). It will be interesting to see what plays out as I continue to track this. I think it will be a useful tool so I can look back and see what looked best. I’ll share reports when I have a chance, and hopefully this will satisify those that have been asking me for caloric breakdowns. I had a good guess that I eat close to 1500 calories a day, and I guess I do … or at least today. 🙂

I will be writing more soon about various goals I mine, but one immediate one brought to light by this food analysis is that I want to try to eat my fats earlier in the day, and I think I’ll save olive oil (even high quality cold pressed) for more rare occasions than a fast supper — so it’s time to really start getting familiar with blending fruits and veggies to make dressings (already love cucumber, celery and chive … didn’t have any cucumber tonight). Also, if I keep my total fat low enough, I think cutting my internal coconut oil to 1-2 tsp instead of tablespoons shoudl be sufficient for health (will continue to experiement though). I think from a training standpoint, I’m going to try to make the 2 days before my longest run each week to be even lower fat days and see what difference that makes in my performance — so no avocados on Friday!

On the fitness front — today was my rest day after two great runs in a row over the weekend … tomorrow it will be back to the gym! I meant to do my Praise moves DVD today though, but didnt’ get to it — must do it tomorrow so likely won’t be posting tomorrow. I did of course do my 20 minutes on the rebounder this morning … entered that into the nutridiary as 20 minutes of general arobics because I didnt see anything for rebounding.

Felt great all day … too much energy tonight — must get decent sleep tonight!

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January 23, 2009

I Finally Tried a Blended Salad (Green Smoothie, Green Savory, Savory Smoothies)

blended salad in blendtec blenderSure I love green smoothies, but a blended salad? C’mon salads are not made to be blended right?

Recently I discovered Savory smoothies, and have been enjoying a wide variety of them thanks to the wonderful recipes available to me from the various Raw Diva programs. I have also been enjoying blended soups for a few months now, and have recently started adding a handful of greens to many of the blended soup recipes to make them more nutritional. It certainly occurred to me that this makes the soup a blended green smoothie — just a smoothie with savory ingredients and taste rather than the sweet taste associated with most green smoothies.

I’ve actually been craving savory more than sweet lately.

I’ve also been more open to experimenting lately. So when I still had a LOT of wonderful salad left over this past Sunday, and after having a lot of it for lunch, I wasn’t interested in eating more of it as a salad. So I decided to see if it would make a good soup. I also realized that by literally blending this salad, I was certainly going to have to admit to eating a blended salad!

dcp_6063So, I blended it up. It contained approximately: a cup of mixed spring greens, 1/2 a red pepper, 1/2 a cucumber, 1 stalk of celery, 1/2 cup of tomato, 12/2 cup of mushrooms, 1/2 cup of broccoli, 1/2 cup of green onions, 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, juice of one lime, a bit of olive oil, and just enough water to blend. I added a bit of salt and ate a bowl full as a warm soup — yum! It would probably have been good as a cold savory smoothie too. It was quite green, and not red like many veggie juices.blended green soup

After eating my bowl of the blended salad, I decided to dehydrated the rest of it so I could use it later.  Much to my surprise today I wanted to eat the dehydrated blended salad just as it was rather than saving it to rehydrate for another blended soup sometime while traveling! It was tangy and very yummy! What a happy surprise. 🙂

P.S. I originally wrote this early in December — so just over a month ago. I no longer find it surprising that I like blended salads! Now a year ago I was just discovering green smoothies and couldn’t even bring myself to use the blended salad term! So, my eating habits and subsequently my palette have certainly changed. I really did find this soup totally yummy. Of course my 11-year-old, very honest, and much too used to processed food daughter totally disagreed with me — so that is your warning! You may want to use some herbs or spices that you really like in your blended salads at first to bring out those strong flavors that you are accostomed to.

For more great recipes, don’t forget to stop by the Green Smoothie blog!

Week 1 Days 4 and 5 …. Eating plans and Fitness Log … and more!

Filed under: BES, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 2:29 am

Week 1/Day 5 Thursday January 22, 2008
And I thought Wednesday was busy! Wow, the time flew by.

Today’s Food:

  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Smoothie: 3 small pink lady apples and bunch of parsley/cilantro
  • 20 oz filtered water
  • Veggie soup made from mixed dehydrated veggies, fresh garlic, and few spices — 2 servings also 1/2 tsp coconut oil mixed in
  • Handful flax crackers
  • Mug “vitamin C” herbal tea
  • Banana Walnut ice cream (2 bananas, 1/2 cup walnuts)
  • Handful raw carrot sticks
  • Large bowl blended veggie soup on top of chopped veggies (tomatoes, red/yellow pepper, cauliflower, avocado, cucumber, celery, carrots, spinach, bit of kale)
  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Fruit/Veggie count: 12 servings
  • Specific Greens count*: 2 servings
  • Grain/Seed/nuts count:  2 serving (walnuts and flax crackers)
  • Fat**: 4 servings
  • Oil: 1 servings (coconut oil)


Today’s Fitness:

My 20 minutes on the rebounder this morning and a very short walk outside, that’s it. I wanted to do more at night but didn’t get to it. Does typing count as exercise?

How I felt
Great most of the day. A little emotional at times, but I think that was environment and lack of aerobic exercise as much as anything else. I had way too much energy at night as I stayed up way too late. 😦

Inspiration / Power Thought/Affirmation/Quote
I accept my experiences and choose to constantly learn and grow.

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Week 1/Day 4 Wednesday January 21, 2008
Wednesdays are always busy, so it’s a good thing that they are also generally “yoga day.”
Today’s Food:
  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Pineapple shake (half a pineapple and a stalk of celery, incuding leaves blended on whole juice with the Blendtec) — YUM!!!
  • 8 oz filtered water
  • mug of warm water with juice of one lemon
  • quart of green smoothie: 2 bananas, cup (?) cherries, bunch parsley, 2 handfuls spinach
  • Mug of veggie soup made by re hydrating veggies in hot water — yum!
  • handful flax crackers
  • handful raw carrot sticks
  • Salad made with: spinach, baby greens, red bell pepper, and caramelized onions (left over from raw pizza had couple of weeks ago .. was craving them so pulled them out of freezer and put them in dehydrator to warm) — YUM!
  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Fruit/Veggie count: 12 servings
  • Specific Greens count*: 4 servings
  • Grain/Seed count: 1 serving
  • Fat**: 1 servings
  • Oil: 0 servings
*This is also counted in the total fruit and veggie count.
**Includes oils as well as natural fats in seeds, avocados, etc.
Today’s Fitness:

20 minutes on rebounder first thing in the morning. Hour-long yoga class at Simple Pleasures in La Crescent.
How I felt:
Even though I feel like I slept well last night (falling asleep close to 11 p.m.) I was still sleepy this morning. But I did wake up on my own before the alarm went off so that is a very good sign. I still felt kind of tired even after a shower, but then felt great after my pinapple shake and got going in the morning quite well!
Affirmation/Power Thought:
I am aware of my feelings and choose to be present to them!

January 21, 2009

Week One/Day 3 of Round Two Body Enlightenment System (BES) Update

Filed under: BES, FOOD!, Health, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:35 am
Week 1: Day 3, Tuesday 1/20
 
I did my fast yesterday so that I was mostly not eating on a Monday rather than a Sunday. Sundays are special at our house and if anything they will be my “feast days” rather than fast days. This will be especially true as I fast for Lent. I’ve decided that my personal goal to fast during lent this year and combine spiritual and physical health takes precedence over any other opportunities so I won’t be participating in the live 90 Day Detox that The Raw Divas and the Ecopolitan are offering together… but for anyone looking for information and healing — it is an opportunity not to be missed! (See the Diva blog for details.)
 
So Sunday night for my last meal I just had a normal salad with mixed greens I happened to have around the house, some avocado, lemon, tomatoes, and red pepper.
 
During the day Monday I did drink lemon water and one cup of herbal tea. Sometime this summer I might try only drinking water, but then again I’m starting to think that for me a slight modification in the fasts might be better — one that focuses on green juices only. I also don’t like breaking my fast in the evening, but would rather break it during “prime digestion hours.” So, I may break the next one with a late lunch and of course then start it earlier. These are all observations due to the feedback my body gives me.
 
So yesterday I broke the fast while staying late at work by eating some dehydrated veggies and a few flax crackers. I should have brought fruit with me but didn’t think through how I would feel staying late at work. When I got home Shawn had salad all ready for me so I ate that with a little olive oil and lemon.
 
I ended up getting a headache and going to bed early. That is the first headache I had in a long time, so I’m not sure if it is related to the fast or not. I should have had fruit or something blended to break the fast though. I also think I may not have been drinking enough water since I had a good work out yesterday.
 
Yesterday in addition to my 20 minutes on the rebounder I also went to a gym (I’m gym shopping) and did 20 minutes on a treadmill. It felt good and yet — ouch today I can feel some muscles I haven’t felt for awhile. Sunday I also do the complete Praise Moves workout (much like yoga moves for much of the workout), and that was also awesome.
 
Today’s Food:
  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Few sips Dandelion tea
  • Quart green smoothie (1/2 at 7:30 and half at 9 a.m.): 3 small pink lady apples, large bunch dandelion greens, large handful parsley, half a lemon
  • Banana late morning
  • Veggie soup made from dehydrated veggies: I took lots of different dehydrated veggies in a bag to work, including onion and parsley and cilantro for flavor, and added a big handful to a cup of hot water along with a little salt (next time will remember pepper). Yummy! Water may have gotten too hot to be actually considered raw as the veggies soaked but still not processed much and very satisfying light lunch. — had 2 mugs of this.
  • Few flax crackers with the soup
  • large cup of herbal tea (vitamin C blend … lots of good stuff)
  • aprox 26 oz of filtered water
  • Few chocolate covered peanuts***
  • Avocado & Tomato sandwich on dehydrated flax bread (one avocado mashed on top of the break w/ small tomato sliced on top of it and just a little sea salt; the flat bread was simply flax, red pepper, nutritional yeast and water blended and dehydrated)
  • Cup of herbal tea
  • Banana pudding with coconut oil and coconut flakes (just blend ripe bananas in blender w/ T. coconut oil and sprinkle flakes on top)
  • Fruit/Veggie count: 14 servings
  • Specific Greens count*: 3 servings
  • Grain/Seed count: 3 serving
  • Fat**: 6 servings (avocado, flax crackers and bread, coconut oil, and those chocolate peanuts)
  • Oil: 1 servings
 
*This is also counted in the total fruit and veggie count. 
**Includes oils as well as natural fats in seeds, avocados, etc.
***I’m all about the honesty, lol. These were some that a co-worker brought in from a nearby candy store and I allowed old habits to take over and indulge with others (note that I didn’t say “I couldn’t resist” because I clearly know that I could have). They didn’t even taste all that great in the end.
 
 
Today’s Fitness:
20 minutes this morning was the Praise Moves 20 minute workout! So a bit of cardio to get going and then lots of great stretching and inspiration! Did another 10 minutes on the bouncer and some stretching later in the evening. Also walked a bit outside!
 
 How I felt:
For the most part great! I did have a bit of a tummy ache as I was going to bed so I think I shouldn’t have had something so late, especially with oil in it. Also my eyes were itchy, so I think it was those few peanuts I had (I’m sensitive to mold and almost all peanuts have mold spores on them) … so they certainly were not worth it. Energy felt even throughout the day and emotions were good. I felt nourished.
 
Affirmation/Power Thought:
I choose to allow everything to flow smoothly, swiftly and efficiently in everything I do.
 
 
 P.S. This is a committment to record my BES journey here, but not to blog daily. Also, I have officially met the 50 lb mark in weight loss, and will update the weight and inches chart as soon as possible.

January 8, 2009

The weight just keeps falling off! (Do you want to loose weight? Are you? What have you tried?)

Filed under: FOOD!, Health, Today I ..., weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:50 am

Today I’m simply going to ramble a bit. It’s the new year and everyone is all about resolutions and wanting to look better (feel better?) and, of course, loose weight!

How many of you have weight loss resolutions or goals? (Maybe I should set up a poll or survey!)

I have to admit to having those types of resolutions in the past, but honestly not often. You’ll notice that this year I didn’t list any specific resolutions. I will however be posting an “Eating Manifesto” for the year soon. Generally for me it has either been the case that I’m on a healthy path or I’m not. I have never  rarely gone for a typical “diet” or quick fix. The few times I did go with something that was all the rage, like my brief  journey into the Atkins world years ago, I have always regretted it. And counting calories or points is something I knew would NEVER be for me. That sounds simply like it is all about the negative and deprivation — what you can’t have rather than enjoying nature’s bounty and what you CAN have. And typical canned diet shakes such as slim fast??? YUCK and full of YUCK!

You MUST feed your body first! And the more I learn about health and nutrition the more convinced I am that if you take care of your body, then proper weight (and great skin!) will follow.

So when I hear about all of the recommendations or the various things people (especially women?) are trying in order to loose weight it kind of makes me sad because I know that attaining better health is SO doable!

Ahh, but this post is about my own releasing of weight right? Or at least that is what the title indicated!

So, during this past month — aka “the holidays” — I LOST nearly 10 pounds instead of gaining the traditional holiday 5 to 10 pounds! And I did this without much exercise. The lack of exercise is NOT something I recommend. In fact my very specific goals/resolutions for the new year focus almost entirely on exercise and fitness because I know this is an area that I really need to start kicking myself in the butt about and get going and get in shape!

But back to the weight loss …

I will do an official weigh in and measurements this weekend. But so far things are looking good for the past month according to my quick jump on the scale when I got back from my 2 week driving vacation with the kids. I have to admit I indulged a bit (a little is fine unless you are allergic, etc.) — gluten free christmas cookies, and LOTS of tortilla corn chips with LOTS of gaucamole and salsa, and of course a few glasses of great organic red wine. So, see I DO indulge some. 🙂  Then last weekend I stayed raw but indulged in A LOT of raw pizza and then cheese sauce the next day (too much of anything isn’t good … with the cheeses I eneded up with LOTS of nuts in my diet for a few days — high fat and while healthy in general these proportions were a bit excessive).

I also paid close attention to how my body responded to these various foods, and I did indeed notice that I was less than at my best. And who wants that long term? A hangover, even just from food, is really not the way to live life. The same goes for feeling bloated or constipated. My health concerns may make this a bit more extreme than what others experience but we can ALL learn by listening to our bodies MORE than we listen to the scale.

But if you really want to loose weight ??

I recommend starting with the advice from Michael Pollan, author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

You want more specifics?? Well, stay tuned because I’ll be sharing lots more soon. But in the meantime, get your groove on with green smoothies. If nothing else it will help you get your recommended fruits and veggies (especially greens!!!).

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And, likely more important when looking to gain health and/or loose weight, follow the Green Smoothie Queen: http://twitter.com/SmoothieQueen

~ Tami

P.S. If I’m right, I’ll be nearing a 50 pound weight loss next week! How should I celebrate?

December 3, 2008

Busy days require simple meals (green smoothies, salads and blended soups)

Filed under: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, Today I ... — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 2:18 pm

I just want to quickly check in —

 I’m sure I’m not the only one with a hectic and busy December schedule! We have Holiday celebrations starting this weekend, so I’m trying to eat simple and find time for at least 20 minutes of exercise each day so I can start the new year off feeling great (and no regrets!).

My meals can pretty much be described by the title: smoothies for breakfast, salads for lunch, and blended soups (warm, savory green smoothies really) for supper.

Monday —

  • I started by trying to make a warm green smoothie that resembled a chai latte or something, but it just didn’t work warm. So, there is evidence that sometimes even those of us that have been drinking green smoothies for awhile goof on a recipe. Luckily enough of it was drinkable that I still got some breakfast in because I did not have time to make anything else. It included grapes, kale, figs, and some spices.
  • For lunch on Monday I quickly did some raw chilli because I was craving it and last time when I had some extra I had dehydrated it. So I quickly blended it with warm water and put it in a coffee mug to drink.
  • A bit later I had the rest of my left over citrus salad (from Thanksgiving!) — it’s great because it’s yummy without any dressing at all — mixed greens, thinly sliced cucumbers, colored pepper (I used orange this time), thinly sliced orange segments, thinly sliced celery and pomegranate seeds (yum! — flavor and texture), and then the dressing is simply a mix of pomegranate juice, orange juice, and lime juice (all freshly squeezed/pressed using my favorite kitchen gadget — my pampered chef hand citrus juicer). This time I put the dressing on a couple of hours before eating it and I LOVED that the cucumbers soaked up all that yummy citrus juice and became just a little like refrigerator pickles! If you don’t want that to happen, then put the dressing on right before eating it. 🙂
  • I think I may have had a couple of dates in the afternoon, and I know I ate an apple. I remember it being a day that I seemed always hungry, and wondering why (I’m thinking it’s related to my menstrual cycles but more on that in another post someday).
  • For supper I had a yummy lemon soup that sadly didn’t agree with me. I’ve made it before and it was fine, so I don’t know if it was the addition of onions (didn’t use last time), or if the soaked almonds were no longer good (they had been soaking in the fridge for a few days). The recipe includes soaked almonds and water (I’m thinking you could just use almond or other nut milk as well), a zucchini or two depending on the size, juice of a lemon, a little salt, and a garlic clove. This time I added a bit of onion and ate it poured over finally chopped onion for texture. I also ate too much and should have saved half of it! That was WAY too many nuts for me any way I figure it, but I don’t remember raw soaked almonds disagreeing with me like that before (versus other nuts). So, I had embarrassing gas for the first time in a long time (hardly have it at all the way I’ve been eating in general), and some intestinal discomfort — nothing like before I started healing but still no fun! Luckily we had major errand/shopping to do so I wasn’t able to just sit there and instead was walking around much of the evening.

Tuesday —  after the episode Monday night I decided to keep it simple —

  • For breakfast , I truly kept it simply by throwing 3 bananas in the blender with a bit of water and a mix of kale and chard. Yum … sometimes simple, really is wonderful.
  • Before I left for work I threw mixed greens in a bowl and also toted along an avocado, lime, and orange pepper. I chopped the veggies (there is nothing easier to “chop” than an avocado!), and squeezed the lime juice all over it. Then I sprinkled just a little bit of sea salt that I keep at my desk along with tossing some crumbs from basic salted flax crackers that I make onto the salad. YUM! This was one of my salads that I can’t believe how good it is even though it’s so simple!
  • Supper was a simple soup of one large cucumber, a handful of parsly, a handful of cilantro, a small handful of baby spinach, a few mixed greens, a juiced lime, a bit of water, a 1/2 T. of coconut oil, and a little sea salt and pepper blended up until just a bit steamy and then poured over finely chopped red bell pepper. Yum!!! Again I made just a bit too much though — you would think that those things in salad form wouldn’t be quite so filing so I’m going to try to not add as much water next time.
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    Today (Wednesday) I had a wonderful raspberry-banana smoothie because we had raspberries that needed to be eaten before they went bad. I wish I would have had time for photos — the smoothies was not green at all — nearly pink even. And there were 6 or 7 large chard leaves in there! Of course it was the rainbow chard complete with pink stems — so keep that in mind when you don’t want your smoothie too green. If you don’t like the raspberry seeds, try blending the berries with a bit of water for awhile first before making the rest of the smoothie.  Lunch today was a salad similar to yesterday’s but with tomato instead of orange pepper. I think I like the pepper better this time of year (not prime tomato time).

    And even with less sleep than I should be getting I feel really, really good! 🙂

November 30, 2008

No Wonder My Pants Were Falling Off! (weight loss and more at the end of the Body Enlightenment System)

Filed under: About Me, Challenges, Health, Today I ..., weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:19 pm

groth_34-2Whoa! Time to check in with my Learning to Eat blog because I have certainly been learning to eat! The BES ends tomorrow, and it has been an incredible month. It’s truly the beginning of permanent changes for so many wonderful people. For me personally it has meant a refining of what I eat and how to eat it, AND at the same time it has been full of emotional processing and release. While I’ve lost weight and inches, I have GROWN in the many important ways.

I’ll share the numbers with you first. I want to point out the completeness of the numbers and encourage any of you that are interested in weight loss (remember my primary goal is total health), to measure more than just weight. I’m glad that I have the scale that measures body fat as well. Even if it’s not the most accurate BF calculation possible, it still shows that even when the scale isn’t going down as fast as it seems it should that I am indeed loosing fat. Also I’m SO glad I started the month with taking measurements because now I have concrete numbers to look at about what is changing with my body. For those of you not inclined to take measurements, then simply looking at how your clothes fit can be a great guide as well … my measurements confirmed what my clothes had already been telling me – I was loosing inches off of my hips, butt, and belly!!! This is good because this is where all my fat went the last few years. J So, off it comes now!

Month of the BES (Body Enlightenment System) by the Numbers

  • Weight lost: 7.2 pounds
  • Percent Body Fat Lost: 2%
  • Inches Lost: 11.75
  • Clothing sizes change: -2 (from sizes 18/20 to sizes 12/14! … no more XL!)

Official Measurements on 11/30/08
Waist: 37 (-2)
Chest: 41 (same)
Hips: 43 (-3)
Right Thigh: 21.75 (-1.75)
Left Thigh: 21.5 (-2)
Right Arm: 13 (same)
Left Arm: 13 (-.5)
Belly 43 (-2.5)

Date

Weight

Body Fat %

Inches Total

May 2008

220

10/16/08

194.0

43.7

10/25/08

191.0

42.9

11/1/08

187.6

41.7

245

11/15/08

184

40.8

11/22/08

181.8

40.8

11/30/08

180.4

39.7

233.25

Loss to Date:

39.6

4%

11.75

But I have to tell you that the weight and inches that are coming off is truly only a fraction of what is happening. For me personally I am also gaining so much insight into my health in so many ways, and even more than that my emotions and spirit are evolving in ways that feel really good.

Abundance of greens and veggies!

Abundance of greens and veggies!

So, if I was learning about raw foods, the importance of eating greens, and a alkaline diet before the BES program, what did BES do for me? Well, first there was a HUGE amount of support both personally and as part of a community. That support and sense of community was so helpful at this point because eating such a unique diet can be isolating, especially as the holidays approach. There was also a sense that someone would always be there to reach out to with questions or for support—someone that understood the process I was going through, and likely someone armed with information to help.

BES also has a fitness component and I’m sure that is why my bottom has begun to disappear. As I’ve both done my 20 minute minimum each day and also started integrated more activity throughout my day (squats, push ups, etc. throughout the day). And Tera makes the fitness component SO fun with fun names and challenges for everything. I feel I’ve made a breakthrough with fitness again because I realized yesterday, when I didn’t do my 20 minutes on the rebounder, that the day just didn’t seem quite right. I now know that I feel and do better when I start my day with that 20 minutes (or more) of heart-pumping activity.dcp_5757

And something I had no idea before starting the BES program is that it includes not only LOTS of encouraging affirmations, but also daily worksheets and a commitment to make changes. I found the daily worksheets were very empowering as they showed me daily all of the great choices I did make with meals and fitness, AND they gave me the opportunity to list the things I plan to do, check them off when I did them, and list what to improve on tomorrow.

The most powerful line on the sheet though is the one that lists one thing you could do today that you’ve been putting off. So each day I was encouraged to do something I had been putting off. For me, and especially this month, was HUGE. This alone could have transformed my life this month. It’s a process and there are still a couple of things left for me to list on that line this next week before I even have to think hard about what I might be putting off – but I have accomplished so much. And in the process I’ve let so much of the negative energy attached with procrastinating things! J (Praise God!)

A Wonderfully Savory Green Smoothie

A Wonderfully Savory Green Smoothie

And then there is the hardest thing to talk about – the emotional processes of the BES program. I think it should be called Total Person Enlightenment Program! And I learned how these things go together. I learned that processing emotions and digesting foods are two things that each take a LOT of energy. In fact that can take so much energy that your body often can’t do both things at once – this means you can effectively stop your emotional processing by eating – hmm stuffing our emotions quite literally! This also means that when you don’t eat as much, eat things that are easier to digest, or do a fast (we do water or juice fasts on BES for partial days) – well, then the emotions are free to flow! This can be overwhelmingly surprising for someone that thought the emotions were already dealt with! But no we have many layers of emotions and I think I’ll have to do much more fasting (and then praying/meditating) before I’ve peeled off all of the layers!

The BES program gave me the support I needed to go ahead and start feeling and processing some complicated emotions. Those that know me know that my daughter’s birth/death anniversary is November 10th and November has been a really, really hard month for me for the last seven years … I went into this November with all positive affirmations and feeling really great. I thought I was just going to peacefully remember my sweet girl, but no my spirit, now free to emote away, had other ideas. So, for a few hours I was thinking maybe this was not the time to be doing the BES program, but then I realized that I maybe would not even have been able to access those emotions if it were not for the BES program. Now that is powerful!

Now that the program is over, but the evolution of me continues. I will be part of a continued coaching program with Tera from The Raw Divas, and I will continue to post on the Green Smoothie Blog, and I’m sure I’ll do another live session of BES in the future. Additionally, one of my post-BES goals is to stop ignoring this blog. J I’m going to get back to posting nearly every day simply about what I’m eating no matter how mundane it sounds to me. I want to do this for future reference for myself as well as so that everyone knows what I’m eating. I’ll also occasionally update my fitness activities, and hopefully do some really juicy posts all about vegetables and how I’m continuing to learn to eat!

Yours in health ~ Tami

P.S. Are you joining me on the 24 Day Green Smoothie Countdown to Christmas?

October 5, 2008

Kale and nuts and pears, oh my

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OK, so the sing-song title is a bit much, but this unique salad was really yummy and a nice change of pace. I was inspired by a recipe our CSA shared in their newsletter, so I created a pear and kale salad of my own.

  • 1 bunch kale
  • enough lemon juice and olive oil to coat the kale
  • sprinkle of course salt and pepper
  • one pear sliced thin
  • chopped walnuts, 1/4 to 1/2 cup

Coat the kale with lemon juice and olive oil and let it set for about 10 minutes, or while cutting the pear and nuts. Mix all ingredients together. Best if flavors have a bit of time to mix together so make it early if possible. I do like it fresh and not refrigerated though so I just make it before making soup or any other parts of the meal.

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Supper tonight was this wonderful salad, some additional green salad, and some “cheese” soup (cauliflower with sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, flax seeds, onion, parsley, and a few otehr greens along with some nutritional yeast). I was hungry … but I ate too much. I was more than full afterwards … I need to learn to make and eat less soup when I try to do soup and salad. Lunch was a yummy tomato/pepper soup (a red pepper, a few sun dried tomatos, onion, flax seeds, and carrots). Breakfast though was a gluten free blueberry muffin mostly because it was there along with some tea. So, I’m glad I ended the day well. I had two green smoothies yesterday though. 😉

Check out the new Green Smoothie Blog!

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Green Smoothie Blog

Have you all discovered the new Green Smoothie Blog on the Raw Diva site? Check it out: http://www.greensmoothieblog.com/! I’ll be posting there about once a week. As I said in my initial post, please send me an requests for what you would like to see on the blog or who you would like to read about. Also, send photos and videos you would like to share!!! And please comment (here and there) because the only thing more energizing than Green Smoothies is blog comments! 🙂

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A picture of me not drinking a green smoothie 🙂

September 29, 2008

So now that I’ve eaten it, please tell me what was in it.

Filed under: Challenges, Health, Today I ... — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 5:19 pm
 
This is the kind of requests I got from my husband and older daughter over the weekend. I’ve decided to go ahead and hide veggies in more than smoothies. I’m even hiding veggies in their cooked food. 😉 I’ve been thinking about it in theory for awhile, but I haven’t been doing much of the cooking for everyone else as just keeping up with my food has been enough most days. Over the weekend I was inspired to finally try some of the recipes from the cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, that I received for my birthday. Well, I’m impressed. I think I’ll follow a few more of the actual recipes before trying the general theory much on my own.
 
I want to be clear that I want my family to learn to love their fruits and veggies, especially raw fruits and veggies in their full raw glory. But I also realize that this is a transition, and I also have to be realistic. So, I was pretty happy when Nessa (3) dived into her chocolate fondue with fruit with full abandon, and I smiled even more when Megan (11) was shocked to hear me tell our guest that the fondue contained carrot and avocado as well as chocolate and sugar. Now I just have to get them to love it without so much sugar! The yummy muffins and puffy eggs also had veggies in them too. The eggs were the ones that surprised me the most. I’ve hid some things in sweet baked goods before, but never in other types of dishes so I’m looking forward to exploring that aspect of getting kids to eat their veggies. The eggs were wonderful even though I removed the cheese (did add some nutritional yeast and other flavoring) and used gluten free flour in them as well as adding the squash puree.
 
I alwaysalmost always try to include lots of fresh veggies and fruit with the meal as well (we all have not so great days!) And everyone is encouraged to take a “no thank you” bite as I try to be patient to see if introducing them to something more than ten times will have any (positive?) affect at all. In the meantime it is kind of fun to hear them go on and on about how yummy something is while knowing it’s at least a little bit good for them. And it’s especially fun knowing that it contains something that they would *never* eat otherwise. Everyone except the 3-year-old realize I’m doing it so I don’t feel that deceptive, nor do I want to be. The interesting thing is that I don’t think Nessa would even mind if she saw me put orange and green things in her food as long as the final product fit her expectations. With green smoothies she loves putting the greens in, but she won’t ever put unblended greens much past her lips. I don’t know if it’s truly texture or more than that, but there are some things she is convinced that she doesn’t like. And we all know that that argument is useless with a 3-year-old.
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