Sunday, May 30, 2010
Spinach tortilla w/ guacamole, spinach leaves (for crunch), 1/4 c black beans, 1/4 c lentil mix, 2 bell pepper rings, and a few spoons of tomatillo salsa. It was mmm mmm good. I also had a cup of green beans on the side.
Then we went to Farmer's Branch to try and find the liberty fest but we only found the car show which I was not interested in and then we saw Sam Moon. So, shopping we went. Found some cute things (no pics, sorry) and tried again to find the Liberty Fest which was supposed to be at 5 different parks in the city. Finally found one and parked and asked some people how it was and they said "there is not much over there and they are closing down." We were already tired so we just got back in the car and came home. It was near this point that I realized I had been pretty snappy all day and was pretty tired even though it was only about 330pm. So, I think the lack of sugar is catching up to me. I read the longer you go on the detox the more cranky/moody/etc that you will get. Not really craving sweets too bad, but when I am tired I automatically thing "food, I need to eat food," which may or may not be related to the sugar detox. Anyways, back to the day's events...
Dinner was chicken stir fry and we ate outside on the porch:
That was it for the day - Really just woke up today about an hour ago. Made the usual oatmeal breakfast w/ one of the sausages (which is REALLY Good) and have been sitting here blogging. Not much going on today as far as I know, but us girls will probably go shopping again. Hope you all have a great day!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Last night was water aerobics night with mom. I went but my leg was hurting so I couldn't really do everything - I still got a workout though! After class I made Pasta w/ sweet tomato basil pesto, green beans, and roasted tomatos.
Dinner was good. Then dad asked me if I wanted to go see Iron Man 2 with him, so we went at 910 and the movie lasted till 1123. By the time we got home I was too tired to do anything but go straight to bed!
Yesterday's new food was black bean chips:
They were pretty good - I ate them with cottage cheese, but they would be good with guacamole, salsa or hummus as well. The taste reminded me of black beans (of course) and also re-fried beans.
So I have made it through 3 days of the detox now. Its not so hard if you make sure you always have a snack with you. So, I take broccoli (raw), baby carrots, celery, cucumber, peanut butter, hummus, ETC ETC and that way I know I have something to eat when I get hungry (which is about every 3 hours - not b/c of the detox but that's just how my body works.) I am thinking I can stretch out this detox longer than a week, but also I know that the longer I go the more tired/grump/moody I will get. Primary Goal - 1 week; secondary goal - detox until its time to go on the cruise (6 June.)
Today's going to be busy - so I should have plenty to talk about tonight. Plus, I'm making a hot lentil "salad" for dinner! Have a great day!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Was pretty sore still when I woke up so decided not to do anything to crazy today. Went to 1/2 price books and go The Green Food Bible; I'll let you know how it is when I am done with it. Visited WF again because I realized I needed more swiss chard for the recipe I want to make.
Did a lot of stuff in the kitchen today. Chopped/cut up a lot of veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber and celery for snacks. Did even more for the cooking.
Yesterday while doing all my grocery shopping I realized how easy it could be for someone with dietary restrictions (no sugar, no carbs, etc) to fall into a nutritional rut. It seemed like everytime a meal idea came to me it was pasta or meat or cheese. I challenge you to look at a label of some random food that you eat and see the sugar content. Sugar is really in EVERYTHING - even those things that say "sugar free" have sugar in them. This detox requires I dont eat any sugar - so normally when people elminate sugar they still use things like agave nectar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc - I cannot eat any of those things so finding things to eat that are not meat, cheese, pasta, or veggies is SUPER HARD.
I also came to the conclusion if I dont want to go crazy this week I need to eat some processed foods (like crackers) so that I can have variety. I am not however eating any processed foods that contain un-natural ingreditents; so everything in the crackers is easy to pronounce and the ingredient list is not very long. Its quite hard to eliminate fruit - I absolutely cannot wait until this sugar detox is over and I can eat it again. I'm not even sure if I will stay within the limits of fructose recommended in The Sugar Fix (which is 25-35g per day.) Today I am going to look for a book called Sugarrettes; it compares sugar to ciggarette addicition and I'm very interested to see what it has to say.
So here is a list of all the interesting things I got yesterday:
1. Fresh ground peanut, almond and cashew butters - I already knew I liked the first two so I just got a teeny bit of the cashew butter. I tried it on a piece of toast and it was very tasty.
2. Jalapeno hummus and sundried tomato hummus - Had the first one as a snack with raw brocolli and some crackers.
3. Golden beeets - I have never tired these!
4. Heirloom tomatoes (1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow) - they look sooo good, I cannot wait to make them.
5. a 16oz "tub" of spinach - I had no idea they sold spinach in this size of a container & surprisingly we ate almost all of it in one day (I sautaed a bit for lunch, used some for the green monster, and used some more for the chicken florentine.)
6. Yogi Berry Detox Tea - I got it for the "detox" but it tastes pretty good.
7. Chia seeds - got these for the green monster; did some reserach on the seeds and you can eat them as seeds, grind them up like flax, or mix in water or juice - but there is no specified way to eat them it depends on what you want to do. Also you can cook them and it wont changed the nutritional content. They supposidly do the following: Help weight loss by preventing some of the food you eat from being absorbed, reducing cravings, reducing blood pressure, aid in hydration, good source of omega-3 to reduce inflamation and help control blood sugar. Additionally they contain good amounts of fiber and protein.
8. Got some sample packets of Amazing Grass for the green monsters - the containers are like 20$ so I didnt want to make that investment without sampling it first!
9. Red Hot Gouda and Jalapeno Cheddar cheese - I found tiny pieces of these cheeses and they looked good so I figured why not test them out. I've never had Gouda so it will be a new experience which is one of my goals for the rest of the year - to keep trying new things!
10. I got the following from the bulk bins at WF: black beans, Quinoa, red lentils (a new food for me), raw almonds, and amarath (another new food for me!)
11. Swiss Chard - this is for a "lentil salad" I saw on Emeril Green
12. Almond Milk - for the green monsters
13. Black Bean Chips
Most of the rest of the things I got were normal (carrots, celerly, etc) things. Going back today because I need more Swiss Chard and want to get baby carrots and raw brocolli for snacking. This weekend we are going to go to the Farmers Market and I am really looking forward to that because we should find some interesting stuff to make!
Ok, so enough food talk. I woke up this morning at 3am with a migraine (another reason to eat healthy, to hopefully prevent these from happening) and got up and took some Zomig. Went back to sleep till around 730 and decided it was gone enough for me to get up and function. When I stood up however I realized my leg was being disfunctional again! My calf is very tight and I've got the nerve pain/sensitivity on my thigh. The plan was to go to step aerobics or go for a walk but I've decided to take it easy today due to the leg. So, groceries, book store and hydration is the new plan. I know I said I would get pictures posted but I am waiting on someone else - so please forgive me! Dad says that he will get it fixed today (here is the issues - they have a wifi network at the house but its password protected and they dont know the password! And I can use their computer to blog but it wont pull up the correct format to post pictures with!) Ok, so I guess that is all for now. Hope you all have a wonderful day.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
2 AM (Korea)- Wide awake, couldnt fall alseep so got up and started getting ready.
330 AM (Korea) - Super hungry, I have oatmeal w/ PB & J and 1/2 a banana w/ a veggie sausage (this is what I call Morningstar Farms Vegetarian Sausage Patties) for breakfast.
530 AM (Korea)- Finally time to go. 15 min car ride to Hotel Castle, then 1 hr 15 min bus ride to Incheon Air Port. Ate a PB&1/2 Banana Sandwich on the bus a 0545 cuz I was hungry again. I asked for an exit row seat since I frequently need to re-adjust my sitting position to keep my hip from locking out. They gave me one but it was a window seat and the exit door was VERY oddly shapped (I should have taken a picture but I didnt, sorry!) and therefore I was actually MORE cramped than usual. Walked through the air port looking for fresh fruit but couldnt find any so I settled on getting a subway sanwich (& a cookie) which I ate at about 8am (told you I would be extra hungry!!)
We went to dinner at Cracker Barrell, which is one of my favorite resturants. Although you can eat very healthy there I choose not to since it was my last meal before the sugar detox! I had country fried steak with green beans, fried okra (which is akin to sin because of the "fried" part but I decided to do it anyways) and mashed potatoes. It was a great tasting meal. By this point my legs were hurting really bad because of the swelling, so we just went back home. I organized my stuff - which is a lot of stuff because I had been ordering things online and had them delivered here, and I sent back a box as well, and I had left 3 tupperwear bins (large ones too!) last year. Anywyas, organized that stuff and went to bed!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I have packed the following snacks for traveling: PB&J Sandwich, PB&Banana Sandwich, 2 Odwalla Bars, Almonds, Crackers, Tuna fish Lunch Kit. I am sure I will also pick up some fruit (pineapple!) in the airport and hate to admit it but probably a pastry and/or chocolate. My body really hates it when my schedule is off, esp. when I have to wake up super early - the result is always extreme hunger, so even though I have snacks I will probably eat them all and want more!
Looking at recipes online today, trying to find something for Memorial Day, I wonder how am I ever going to get through this sugar detox. We are going to make hamburgers (I found a homemade ketchup recipe today that I am going to try - store bought ketchup's tend to have added sugar) but I also want to make a healthy dessert option. I want strawberries so bad! Mom did mention that Walmart has a good sugar free angle food cake, so that's probably going to be what I go with. Ill just have to take it one day at a time I suppose. Well, that's all from Korea, next time I "see" you I'll be stateside in the DFW Metroplex and lovin life for sure.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Well sometimes even the best intentions are not enough! Wednesday I woke up with ZERO energy. I had to drive my boss to the air port which was a 2 hour drive each way. I knew I wouldn't have the energy to do it. I desperately wanted a Diet Dr. Pepper (which I had not had in a VERY long time), but here in Korea our choices are VERY limited. I ended up choosing a regular Dr. Pepper and some Weight Watchers CoConut candy - Sugar + Sugar! Well I was slightly upset with myself for such a bad choice but decided to start over anew the next day.
Thursday brought its own challenges. I learned at 1400 hrs (2pm for you non-military people out there!) that the travel office would be closed on Friday and therefore Thursday was my last chance to pick up my ticket for Monday morning. Panic set it! I immediately ran to get keys to our truck (we don't have our own vehicles here in Korea, but luckily I am in a section at work that has a truck for business purposes!) I got the keys and drove like a mad woman to the travel office which is an hour away on a good day. I made it just in time, picked up my ticket and realized I needed a snack. In my rush to get down there I had not brought a snack so I got one at the PX (post exchange) - another bad choice on my part, I got peanut M&Ms. I rationalized that one little sugary thing a day would not hurt.
Friday was my last out processing appointment so I could be done with the paperwork to leave Korea. My friend and I decided to eat lunch at a res truant that was nearby. It was a salad buffet with shrimp and baked fish available. It was so good. I ate a bit more than I should but was perfectly fine with that! A few hours later I got a call from a co-worker inviting me to go out with him and two other people who had just got here to Korea - they wanted to go explore the city that is one train stop away. Better than being bored alone in my room, so I said yes. We walked around and decided to try out a random Korean Restaurant that we noticed had some English on the menu. We all agreed that spicy was fine, so we ordered spicy chicken with rice. The food was so spicy it burned our mouths - but it was so good we kept on eating it. The guys started to sweat - literally! - and one guys eyes were watering. Well little did I know the guys wanted to go find some bars and have some beers. It sounded innocent so I went along. I decided back in March, the 28th to be exact, that I was going to stop drinking alcohol because of how terrible it makes my body feel. I have not had a drink since then, but last night was difficult to be out with people who were drinking and be the only sober one. I ended up eating all the little bar snacks that they put out - pretzels, banana chips, corn chips, peanuts w/ peanut brittle pieces in it - SUGAR! and I didn't drink enough water either. A few hours after dinner they still wanted to walk around and drink - I gave in to a craving and got an ice cream cone - sugar again. Finally got them to agree to head home at around 1030 (which sadly is the latest I had stayed out since the decision to not drink had been made!). Upon arriving home I had a pasty with more sugar. Not too happy with myself I said I would start anew on Saturday morning.
Well, here we are on Saturday. I woke up in such pain I could hardly convince myself to get out of bed. Every single part of my body was hurting. Why? I really don't know for sure, but my best guess is all that sugar! I didn't do anything to physically demanding yesterday so I am not sore from working out. I did however overdose my system with sugar after going a few weeks with relatively low amounts of sugar. So, am I re-thinking that sugar detox? Of course. I fly home to the U.S. on Monday so I am starting that detox on Tuesday or Wednesday. I still might not do two whole weeks, but I think I will know after 4 or 5 days if its worth it to keep going. I am going on a cruise on the 6th of June, so if I started on the 25th of May I could fit in 12 detox days before we set sail. I know I am going to want to eat fruit on the cruise to help me stay away from all the much worse selections that will be available.
Well my friends that is all for now. Today my plan is to drink a lot of water and tea to help my body re-balance after yesterday. Hopefully the pain will go away!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Hello there! I've really been reading a lot of food related blogs lately because it is something that interests me. So, I thought to myself, why not do your own food blog? After thinking about it, and even creating a blogger account, I thought perhaps it would be better to include other areas of me as well, but I have no idea what to name the blog.
With that being said, let me introduce myself: I am 28 years old and currently on Active Duty with the United States Army. I am from the great state of Texas but live wherever the Army sends me. I was a vegetarian for 5 years before joining the Army; I was under the impression that I would be unable to maintain that lifestyle in Basic Training so I voluntarily began eating meat again a few weeks before training started. I have struggled with self esteem, food choices, weight loss, exercise/physical fitness, etc since high school (just as a reference my weight topped out at 217.75lbs my junior year.) It’s a long story so let’s cut to the last year just to get you familiar with the current stuff.
Last year I moved to Korea with my unit. Upon arriving in Korea I went through a really bad breakup. It took me a good 6 months to function normally after the breakup, and sometimes I still have issues about it after almost an entire year. This really impacted my self-esteem and body image because he used my weight as an excuse to break up with me (which I know was just an excuse and I shouldn’t have taken it to heart, but its hard to do when someone you care about says that what you hate about yourself is what the hate about you too.) Anyways, that is what started off my year in Korea but a lot more has happened.
After struggling with a nagging injury for about 8 months an orthopedic specialist finally diagnosed me with Hip Femoral Acetabular Impingement. What is that? Well that means that the ball and socket of my hip joint did not fit together properly and that is why I was having so much pain in my hip and leg. I was diagnosed in July/Aug and underwent surgery on Nov 19th. During the surgery they shaved down the ball and socket to make it fit together and screwed in the soft tissue that goes between the two. In order to do this they had to cut my hip flexor and move over a nerve. The surgery went very well in that my hip no longer hurts like it used to; pre-surgery I could hardly even walk 1/4 mile without pain. Sadly though, it’s been a full 6 months and I am still having other issues. I have nerve damage - sometimes my leg (from hip to knee) is hyper sensitive and anything that touches it hurts - sometimes it goes numb. Additionally, I am still not very strong where they cut the hip flexor - that muscle gives out very quickly and limits a lot of the exercise that I do. Another problem I am having is that I have a very temperamental sciatic nerve which often limits the physical activity I can do.
Now, here we are in the present day. I have been eating healthy and working out to my max ability for over a month now and have gained weight (last time I weighed I was 160lbs.) I am completely frustrated with my low self esteem and body image and feel that it’s ridiculous to do so much work for no return. I’ve been reading about other people’s struggles lately. Also over the past few months I have been researching clean eating (eating all non-processed foods.) I am set to return to the U.S. on the 24th and I could not be more excited. I have decided that I am done with counting calories I eat, or calories I burn. I am going to eat good portion sizes and healthy choices. I am going to try to be more mindful of my eating and not over eat. I am going to try to make exercise fun and not just a requirement because I am afraid of gaining weight. I have shipped all my belongings (excluding my luggage of course!) so I no longer have a scale. So, at least for a while I will not be able to weigh myself.
When I get home I want to concentrate on really incorporating more clean foods – more natural foods that are not processed. I want to learn new recipes and try things I have never tried before. I am very excited about all of the possibilities. I think it will be a great learning experience and that it will improve my health a lot as well.
My initial idea was to write about my experiences with the new foods, and how the journey is going. Then I thought I am going to go through a lot in the next year (finish my art portfolio (I am in artists!), taking the GRE, applying for Grad school, etc.) So, why not include those things as well? Ravenous Rae is the name of the blog for now because I was concentrating on food – and anyone who knows me knows I love to eat and I eat a lot so ravenous is pretty fitting. However, if you have any clever ideas for names I would love to hear them!!!