Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A New Lease on Life!

Clean eating is still going great! We eat as much as possible organic and are making pretty much everything from scratch. I have now lost 15lbs and feel like a new person. I haven't weighed this little and felt this good in over 5 years.

Yesterday we put together the bike trailer and went for a little ride and today I packed the girls up and went on a longer ride. When I got home I was sweating and thirsty but man did I feel great!

I have a friend who started eating clean about a week before us and she is feeling the same way. More energy and loving the healthy grub.

I thought I would put together a little blog post sharing my favorite clean and healthy recipes for those of you who would like to try some. I have a few friends asking what my favorites are, so here it goes!


Breakfast Pita

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Muffins

Lunch & Dinner:

Chicken Gyros, so juicy and delicious!

Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad

Asian Noodle Bowl, this is amazing! We eat it once a week in our house.

Greek Salad with Baked Pita. Filling and delicious!

Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice. Matt says this tastes like "junk food" but it's not!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp, tastes just like buttery shrimp from a restaurant but with no butter

Snacks & Desserts

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Apple Sandwiches, great after exercise!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream, this is a real favorite around here

Chewy Granola Bars, so yummy

The longer I do this eating clean thing, the more I look at a lot of the recipes on Pinterest and shake my head in disgust. They are so full of artificial ingredients like color, flavor, and refined suger and flour. I can't believe that I used to eat that stuff. Now if I eat anything that contains refined sugar or is processed I get severe stomach cramps. Tells you something, doesn't it?!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Getting Easier Every Day

We are still doing great with our clean eating! I have reduced the amount of carbohydrates we are eating as well and it's working great. Matt has lost 12 lbs and I have lost 11 lbs. My pants are already starting to get loose and the ones that were too tight are actually feeling comfortable now!

I have tried a bunch of great new recipes like Asian noodle bowls, Greek salad with chickpeas and all kinds of delicious salad rolls. I also made homemade clean granola last night and homemade nutella spread today and both are huge hits with the kids!

I feel so much better inside and out since we have started clean eating. I didn't expect to feel so good and I honestly didn't know if I had the willpower to do it. I thought that when I made the kids a snack, I wouldn't be able to resist having a cracker or taste of what they were having. Now I make the snack and give it to them without even batting an eye. Joe Cross is right, you need to eat mindfully. I always have to remember that and it makes it so much easier. If I don't feel hungry, I don't eat. But if I am hungry, I eat mindfully and eat something healthy and something that I know will make me feel full.

I find that it does take a lot more chopping and prep work to eat clean. I have to remember to soak the beans the night before, take the time to chop the veggies for dinner, etc. but it is totally worth it!

I have had a few people saying to me "what diet are you on?" I make sure to mention that it is not a diet, it is a change of lifestyle. I look forward to continuing eating this way because I am enjoying all of the homemade, natural foods and feeling well. I don't plan on going back to my old way of eating ever!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Quinoa Salad Rolls

We have been eating clean for almost a week now (including our juice reboot) and so far so good. Our fridge is stocked with lots of fruits and veggies and I'm having a lot of fun experimenting and creating new recipes! I have also tried a few off of Pinterest, most of them totally delicious. I find myself appreciating flavours so much more since we did the juice cleanse and I feel great. I haven't had to take an Advil for my aches and pains in over a week!

I bought some rice paper wrappers at the Asian grocery store and wanted to do something different with them. I was thinking salad rolls but wanted to add something to them. White rice isn't such a good idea, but quinoa is! Here is my recipe for my new recipe that I can't get enough of. I have made these a couple of times and changed up the ingredients.

Yields about 8 spring rolls, depending how much fill them!

1 cup Quinoa, dry
2 cups Low Sodium Organic chicken broth
1 tsp Sesame oil
1 tsp Organic soy sauce
1 tsp Rice Vinegar
Rice Paper Wraps
1 lg. Cucumber cut into sticks
Bean Sprouts
1 carrot, peeled & shredded
3 Green onions chopped (I found if cut lengthwise they were too hard to bite)
1/4 Cup unsalted chopped peanuts

1) Cook quinoa as per package directions using the chicken stock and add the sesame oil and soy sauce. Once cooked add the rice vinegar. Allow to cool before using.
2) Wet rice paper wrappers and lay out on a flat surface. Layer quinoa, veggies and peanuts on the wrappers.

3) Roll up and enjoy!

I also made this dressing as a dip for our salad rolls and it was great!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Juice Reboot- Day 3

I am writing the day after my 3rd day because I was so tired last night and had to be up early to take Ceili to school. Yeasterday was almost the hardest day for me. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I knew I couldn't give in and eat regular meals all day!

I weighed myself and I was only down 6 lbs total. I was a little discouraged but knew I didn't drink enough water on Saturday so that probably played a part. Matt was already down 9 lbs!

We started with Apple Carrot juice for breakfast. It was supposed to have ginger, but I really didn't feel like putting it in. We tried straining it this time to see if it helped and it did! Less pulp meant less gagging. I had a lemon ginger tea and Matt had a lemon zinger tea with it. Then we packed up our water and my coconut water and headed to my parents house for a visit because it is my mom's birthday today.

Matt forgot to drink any water while we were out, so he was parched by the time we got home. I drank my coconut water at my parents place as well as some water so I felt fine. He said he was starting to feel light headed and weak. I made us the Garden Variety juice for lunch with more apple and less kale. The smell of the kale was starting to make us feel ill! We strained it again and it wasn't as frothy this time so it was a little more bearable. We all laid down for a nap, but I couldn't sleep. I didn't feel so tired for a change.

We skipped the afternoon snack again and ate an earlier dinner of real food- baked yam and steamed broccoli with a bit of lemon juice and salt and pepper. It was so delicious! I enjoyed the yam most. After dinner I made our dessert juice- watermelon, blackberries, lime and carrot, filled our water bottles and stuck them in the freezer. I also made my morning juice because I wanted to keep juicing once a day. Matt went to rake the lawn and enjoy the beautiful weather and I cleaned up around the house.

Once we put the kids to bed, we drank our dessert and I worked on our lunches for the next day. I made us each a spinach salad with bell pepper, mushrooms, red onion, tomato and some hard boiled egg and this amazing dressing. I had one taste and was in love! That will definitely be a regular recipe in our house.

We went to bed a bit earlier than usual because we were worn out and I was very much looking forward to a more normal day!

I weighed myself this morning and am down a total of 9.2 lbs since the beginning of the cleanse! This starts me off in a good place to start loosing weight and feeling more healthy. I am happy that I did the cleanse, as awful as it seemed sometimes. My clothes are feeling more comfortable and I am more comfortable in my skin already. I am proud that I am eating what my body needs, not just what it craves and am hoping that I can carry on long term eating clean and healthy.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Juice Reboot- Day 2

I woke up this morning feeling hungover. I felt so exhausted and my body ached all over! I dragged my butt out of bed at 7:30 am because the kids were up, but I wanted to stay in bed so badly. Another day of juicing made my stomach turn but I knew I had to keep this promise to myself.

I went to the washroom (for the one millionth time!) and then weighed myself. Down 5 lbs, woohoo! I was very surprised to see the scale move that much after only a day.

Once I got the kids their breakfast- delicious looking toast and fruit, I started cutting up oranges, carrots and beets for our morning juice "Sunrise". The flavor of the beets really grossed me out in our last drink that contained them. I was making the juice as Matt was getting up and he looked at it with a disgusted look on his face. He said his stomach had been bothering him all night and he didn't know if he even wanted to drink anymore juice. I told him that it was his decision, after all he is only doing this cleanse to be my support. He decided to try some juice for breakfast. We agreed that it was okay, but the beet flavor was still there. We each had a lemon tea and a bunch more water and got ready for the day.

We decided to take the girls to the park to get out and do something. It was only a 10 minute drive, I made Matt stop at 7-11 so I could pee....again! I drank my coconut water on the way as well. Matt opted out of the coconut water today. We had a good play at the park and were ready for lunch. At that point I could have died for a burger! We came home and had our lunch juice, another green one "Mean Green". I added more apple and some pear to it because the last batch I made was so horrible. This wasn't as bad, but still wasn't easy to get down. The kale taste is very strong in all of the drinks. We managed to gulp it down and voted for a vegan spinach salad for dinner.

We all had a nap and I slept better than ever. I have been so tired and have been sleeping so hard. It was time for our afternoon snack, but neither of us felt hungry so we skipped it. A couple of hours later I made our spinach salads with mushroom, onion, bell pepper, cucumber and a bit of dressing made of balsamic vinegar, EVOO, garlic, salt and pepper. It was wonderful! I have never enjoyed a salad more. And I felt so full and energetic afterwards! Afterwards, I made our dessert drink made of watermelon, limes and blueberries and put our drink bottles in the freezer for later because we weren't hungry for dessert.

We are just drinking our dessert now and it's very good. Because we put it in the freezer for a couple of hours, it is like a slush and perfect for a warm day like today. I will have my tea right away and call it a night.

As I think about it more, my eating was just an addiction and I am giving myself a "rehab". My body is going through withdrawals complete with headaches, exhaustion and aches and pains. Matt has been freezing cold and had a headache all day so I guess his body is going through the same thing. I need to break this addiction so I can start fresh and give my children a positive example to follow when they eat and start healthy habits for them!

One more day to go, I can see the light!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Juice Reboot- Day 1

I survived the first day! It started out great, loved the citrus juice with a bit of carrot for breakfast! I had a lemon tea along with it and headed off to take Ceili to school with my water in hand. I was feeling energetic and was in a great mood.

We take the bus and I usually end up walking a lot while she's in school to kill some time. I have used my pedometer a few times before and it's around 12,000 steps by the time the day is done. So I walked and shopped (and tried to avoid the food aisles!) and drank water. Then I realized that I needed to drink my coconut water, I had never tried it before so I was hoping for something delicious and coconut flavored. I popped the can open and tasted it and I have to say, it was awful!! It's like soapy water to me, but I gulped it down.

We got back home and it was lunch time, so I made the kids lunch and got my liquid lunch out of the fridge. It was the "Green Lemonade". This took a lot of holding my breath and gulping because it was like drinking water from an algae filled swamp. I drank it all and felt full. I texted Matt at work to see what he thought of it and he felt the same way about the coconut water and lunch!

We all had a good nap, I was completely exhausted! I was feeling groggy after my nap, so I started in on my afternoon snack of "Sporty Spice" juice. This wasn't as bad as lunch, but it wasn't fantastic either. I was still feeling tired and gross.

Matt came home from work and soon after I went to work making our dinner juice "Mean Green". I also made the girls some macaroni for dinner. I have to say even the water boiling smelled delicious to me! Our green juice was awful, much like our lunch. Matt couldn't even stand the smell of it! We drank it and rewarded ourselves with a slice of watermelon.

We went for a short walk and I just had some of my purple juice (citrus, carrot, blackberries and blueberries) with a banana because I am feeling so drained.

Over the course of the day, I realized that mindless eating has become a very bad habit of mine. I need to start eating mindfully and eating foods that my body needs, not processed things that are simply a craving and don't give me any energy.

Wish me luck tomorrow, I am hoping this gets easier!