Contacts…. Day 3!

Woke up early and put my contacts in around 7:30am. It’s 2:24pm and my eyes are fine. We’re up in PA for Easter weekend, so I may have some allergy issues, but so far, so good.

I love being able to wear contacts again! I’ll update again tomorrow.

Happy Easter!

Contact Lenses… Day 2

Put contacts in at 9:15. Feeling a bit dry, and looking a little red, but not giving up!

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Not sure if you can make out the red, but it’s there. I promise.

1:58pm. Eyes look and feel fine. The red seems to be gone. I’m thinking it was just from being tired. My daughter was up a lot last night. Just didn’t really want to sleep. Still keeping an eye on the situation. Get itl eye! I crack me up!

9:23pm. Still all good! I celebrated my new eyes by buying some fresh contact solution and a new case since when I opened the one I had, I found dried up, brittle contacts. Tuck! And the bottle of solution I had expired last month.

I’m so excited to be able to wear contacts again. And believe me, I tried over and over again these past 4 years. Never made it more than a few hours. 2 days gives me real hope!

What I Ate today!

Breakfast: the usual bulletproof coffee!  Switched things up a bit by using Chimay butter instead of Kerrygold.  I truly love Chimay!  I accidentally bought unsalted Chimay last week and was very disappointed when I went to snack on some, but then I realized I could use it in my coffee!  WIN!

Lunch:

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It was awesome! I got some grain free bread today while out and came home very hungry! Decided to cook up some bacon and eggs for me and my mom.  There is no way I could eat all this by myself!

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This is the bread:

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Then I had a Larabar, a chocolate chip brownie one.  It was ok.  I prefer the cherry pie one.

Then I had some nice, hot, organic dandelion tea!

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Water all day long too.

Right now I’m deciding on what to make for dinner while doing 3 loads of laundry (with home made detergent) and my daughter is eating leftover gluten free quinoa Mac and Cheese. I need a nap.

Snack… Cheese! I had a Baby Bell cheese with my daughter. Probably not the best cheese in the world, but she was crying for “the red cheese” at the supermarket. Trying to get her to be a Kerrygold baby!

I still have laundry to do. I hate laundry so I wait till we have no clothes left to wear. I did 3 loads before, 3 loads on Tuesday, and I have about 3 more to do tonight. Maybe 4. And I still didn’t figure out dinner. I thought we had some organic grass fed ground beef in the fridge, but my husband just told me he threw it in the freezer last night. Hmmmmmmmmm
Snack time!  When I first bought this Qia stuff I hated it!  The directions say to pour milk over it and eat.  It isn’t anything like cereal.  I figured I just wasted $10 on this stuff until someone else mentioned it and said it’s awesome with yogurt.  So glad she did!  It’s awesome!!!!!  LOVE it!

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OK… Dinner worked itself out after all.  I went across the hall to my mom’s to go through her fridge before resorting to ordering food and sure enough… I found more ground beef!!!!!  I thought I bought some the other day!  So glad I looked because this came awesome!

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Organic ground beef with Trader Joes taco seasoning, organic black beans, organic tomatoes, organic lettuce and guacamole! Yum!  The black beans weren’t so Paleo, but my husband really wanted them.  I figured since they were organic and we haven’t had beans in over 2 months it wouldn’t kill us.  They were awesome!

So for a snack tonight, i’m munching on some butter.  Chimay!!!!  YUM YUM!!!!

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So that’s it for today… I hope!  Maybe a cherry pie Lara Bar later!

What did you eat today?

Contact lens test… Day one

Just popped them in for the first time in months! Why?  I’m hoping my body is healing itself and I can wear them again. What happened before? I got pregnant.

Yep, thats right. I haven’t worn contacts regularly since before my almost 3 year old was even created! I really have no idea what happened. Any time I would try to put them in, my eyes would turn red and get dry. At first I thought it was allergies that I’ve never had before, so I took them out and waited a few days. It went away almost instantly. Then I put them back in. Guess what happened?
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So now, I’m trying again. I was rummaging around for a new razor blade in the closet and came across a box of unexpired contacts. Figured I’d give it a go. Never found the blades though.

Several hours later…
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Lookin good! Scary, but good. No red at all. This natural way of eating sure seems to agree with my body. Food is medicine!

Also, I stopped at my aunts to drop something off and she told me my jeans look too big! Woohoo! Time to go shopping!

All Good Things!

I have a few totally awesome things to share today!!!!  For starters, I went down a pants size!!!!  I’m so excited!  I went to Old Navy this past Monday and decided to pick up a pair of jeans in a smaller size.  I didn’t bother to try them on there, I figured that even if they didn’t fit yet, they would soon.  After I got home I tried them on and they went right on!  Not even snug!  But they have to go back because I accidentally bought long.  If you know me, you know the last thing I need is long jeans!  I’m 5’5″!  I could probably wear short since I usually have to cuff my jeans.  I don’t really consider myself short either.  So how is it that regular jeans are always short on me?  Hmmmmm…. I wonder.

The next 2 are related to something that makes me so very happy!  COFFEE!!!!!

Coffee… The elixir of life!

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This is what starts my day! It doesn’t get much better than a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

Unless you have kids and drink your coffee on the go. In which case, I very highly recommended the Hydro Flask! I wanted one so bad because every single morning I would make coffee, walk out the door, get in the car, drop my daughter off at school… And have an ice cold cup of coffee.  NOT good!

I take my coffee very seriously. I don’t just pour it into a mug and run, I take my time. I brew it fresh. I grind the beans, use an aeropress, then blend it with some grass fed butter and coconut oil so that it’s super rich and creamy. So when it’s cold 10 minutes later, it makes me sad.

My cousin first told me about the Hydro Flask. I planned on ordering something similar from another company, but he said this really works and keeps coffee hot for 12 hours! I only needed about 20 minutes, but 12 hours sounds good too!  Oh, and it keeps cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours!!!!!!  Sign me up!!!

So my birthday is coming up. I told my husband all I want is hot coffee and a Squatty Potty. It will be a very poopy birthday! But since I forgot that our anniversary comes first, my amazing husband got me the gift of hot coffee! And let me tell you… It works! I love it!  (If you don’t know what a Squatty Potty is… check them out!  Once I get mine, I will blog all about it!)

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Now, if your wondering about the straw… Another amazing find! Hot Straws! They are made for hot beverages, won’t leach any chemicals or  toxins into your drink, won’t melt… And they’re just amazing!  They also prevent coffee stains on your teeth!  Is there nothing these things can’t do???

 

 

OBSESSED!!!!

I’ve been told (a lot) that i’m obsessed with food.  I love food!!!!  What’s not to love?  When I went to school for photography I focused mostly on food photography.  I think about food a lot.  And why shouldn’t I?  Why should it be a bad thing?  Without food we’d all die.

And then tonight, while ricing my cauliflower for some cauliflower risotto, I realized that if I didn’t obsess about food the way I do, I never would have learned as much as I have.  I’d still be eating grains and GMOs.  I’d probably believe all the hype about fat that’s been spoon fed to us for years.  I’d be afraid to eat good, healthy fat like eggs, meats and coconut oil.  I’d probably be even fatter, yet starving from the inside.

I feel lucky that even though I grew up on 1% milk, at least I ate REAL butter.  I thanked my mom today for butter.  At a time when people were too scared to eat butter, my mom kept the butter industry going.  I think only Paula Deen loves the creamy white stuff more than my family!  And I wish I could tell Paula that she can keep eating her butter… it’s the sugar and grains that are contributing to her diabetes   Too many uninformed people focus on the good, healthy fat and criticize her cooking when it’s really those “healthy” whole grains they need to reevaluate.  Eat the butter… skip the bread.

Anyway, I do not believe that all obsessions are a bad thing.  I am obsessed with food.  With knowing where it came from, what it does to our bodies, how our bodies heal themselves with food… why in the world is that bad?  I’m obsessed with nutrition labels.  On the rare occasions that I buy food in a box, I really study it.  I want to know what’s in it.  If there is soy, canola, corn, safflower, sunflower,or  cottonseed oil… I put it back.  If it has soy of any kind I generally put it back, especially if it’s not organic.

I get asked a lot about what I eat and how I shop.  It’s easy.  I buy fresh produce.  Organic when it’s available.  I will NOT buy anything non-organic that can be GMO like zucchini, corn, anything soy, mangoes or sprouts.  Then I head to the organic meat department and I try to only buy grass fed, but sometimes I settle for just organic.  Last stop is dairy.  I get my grass fed butter and local grass fed, minimally processed Ronnybrook milk.  Sometimes I pick up some organic whole milk yogurt for my daughter.  And that’s it!!!!  So simple.

I wake up in the morning and generally have some high fat bulletproof coffee with fatty bacon and eggs.  Then I usually don’t get hungry again until late afternoon when I have a salad smothered in healthy fat.  As a snack, I made my own raw organic nut bars that consist of no more than 3 ingredients.  Nuts, dates, and either cinnamon or coconut… depending on what nut I use.  For dinner… well, tonight my husband is cooking up some cauliflower risotto (he can’t figure out how to rice it though), chicken pieces (thighs and breasts), and maybe sweet potatoes, but I may save those for tomorrow.  As a late snack, I sometimes have butter, Chimay butter, with a spoon.  Salty and fatty and better for you than potato chips!  But lately i’ve been munching on some dehydrated orange slices.  And today I picked up some grapefruits to dehydrate.  My favorite!!!!

I only obsess one day at a time.  I don’t even think about meals until I wake up.  I have a long list of foods I’d like to try, like bone marrow and a long list of foods I’d like to try to make myself, like bacon butter and bone broth.  I used to watch a lot of Food Network, but now it just bothers me watching people eat GMOs and other garbage and fake foods.  I could never work at a grocery store because I probably wouldn’t let anyone buy anything.  It kills me when I see other people buying “health” foods.

Those are my thoughts for today.  What do you think?

 

What I Ate Today

When I tell people i’m Paleo, I get a lot of funny looks and questions.  Once i’m done explaining the concept of the “diet”, the next question is usually “But what do you eat?”  So, I decided to make part of this blog all about what it is that I eat.  I have a background in photography and I LOVE taking pics of food.  Most pics I take for this section will be on my cell phone though, which I think takes some pretty darn good pics.  I’m not ready to take that next step in blogging yet.  I have all the equipment  but not all the time.  I envy bloggers with foodporn photographs on every post.  Maybe someday.

So, a typical breakfast for me is bacon and eggs.  3 slices of uncured Applegate bacon and 2 pastured eggs.  I did not have that today though.  I just made myself some bulletproof coffee (coffee with butter and coconut oil) and ran out to meet my aunt.  The fat from the butter and oil keept me very satisfied, so I wasn’t all that hungry.

By the time I got home, did dishes, put away groceries… it was close to 2pm.  I was overdramatically famished!  Instead of shoveling everything I had in my fridge into my mouth I took a deep breath and reminded myself how awesome I was for buying organic broccoli sprouts.  So I made myself a nice salad with organic romaine, organic tomatoes, local organic pork tenderloin I had leftover from last night’s dinner and topped it with some walnut oil and sea salt.

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I was so hungry that this is actually my second plate.  I ate the first one too fast to remember taking a picture.

Around 5pm I realized I could use a snack since I didn’t plan an early dinner.  I had made these “Lara Bars” the other day that were just amazing, so I decided to make them again.  After overheating my Vitamix with the mixture, I threw it all in my food processer.  I’m addicted to these things.  Last time I formed bars out of them with my sushi mold.  This time I just rolled them up.

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To make these I just thew in

2 cups of organic raw chashews

2 cups dates

2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened)

For dinner, my husband made almond flour crusted chicken, asparagus, and a mushroom sauce using organic chicken stock and arrowroot.  Amazing!

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And right now i’m being disgusting and sitting on the couch, blogging, and eating some butter with one of my daughters spoons.  It’s grass fed Chimay butter… THE BEST butter EVER!!!!!!

So this is a pretty standard day in my life.  I will be doing this again because I really enjoy sharing my food and photos.  Hope you enjoy!

What do you eat on a typical day?

Deodorant

Deodorant.  It’s a much talked about topic if you have adapted an all natural lifestyle and don’t want to smell like sweaty gym sox.  You are making a great decision by avoiding aluminum, artificial ingredients and chemicals, but what’s the best option?

I wish I could answer this question.  I have tried MANY of the all natural varieties out there.  The bad ones just don’t work.  Within hours of showering and applying, I stink… Bad!  Like I haven’t showered in months.  Not exactly what I’m going for when promoting myself as a health coach.  For some reason, no one trusts a health coach that smells like homeless.

I have also come across some that do work… and well.  BUT, i’m too sensitive for them.  I’ve made my own using a simple formula of baking soda, coconut oil, arrowroot powder and a few drops of tea tree essential oil.  It works great, but it literally burned my skin off.  NO BUENO!   My most recent favorite brand is Primal Pit Paste.  I used it for 2 full weeks before it started to bother me, so it’s pretty good for sensitive skin, but then it started to burn.  My husband still uses it.  I had ordered the Patchouli scent so we could both use it.  I had a hard enough time convincing him to even try it, I don’t think I would have had much success if I had ordered a “girly” scent.

So, it’s back to the drawing board for me.  I’ve tried everything there is out there.  Right now I have a light dusting of baking soda on, which oddly enough, works very well and doesn’t irritate me as much as using baking soda with other ingredients.

But here’s a tip: if you try an all natural variety and it irritates you, use it as a foot cream.  Especially a mixture of coconut oil / baking soda / tea tree oil.  It’s wonderful!  The coconut oil really moisturizes while the baking soda absorbs any odors.  And tea tree prevents bacteria.  It’s a win/win/win for your feet!

What do you use?  Have you tried an all natural deodorant before?  Did it work?