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Wolf Detox: Day 4

September 22, 2011

Day 4! Boy what a day! 

I’ve been waking up really tired lately, despite getting 8 hours of sleep each night. Aaron said he was a little tired yesterday too.

Today I didn’t feel too hungry throughout the day (I was eating small things every hour or two), but my mind was just on food ALL DAY. All the food that I can’t have. I was mostly thinking that I’d really like some bread.

I spent my lunch break trying to research ways to bake with almond flour. I’ve found some really great vegan and gluten-free websites that have been really helpful. Thing is, a lot of these recipes call for eggs and that’s one of the things we’re not eating right now. We’re not eating eggs because we think they’re unhealthy, we’re just trying to stick to the fruits and veggies right now – so they’re out.

I also should mention that this afternoon is the third day in a row I’ve had this mild headache that lasts about 5 hours. It has to be from something I’ve cut out because I know I’m drinking plenty of water and I’m still drinking my usual one cup of morning coffee (no cream). Occasionally when I don’t have coffee I do get a headache.

So I decided that when I got home I would ask Aaron what he thought about adding eggs back into the diet with dinner. I really wanted to make these paleo muffins and I needed two eggs to do it. I also thought this would help my headache go away?

The paleo muffins turned out great, but maybe they tasted so good because I haven’t had any bread since Sunday. Tomorrow I am going to try to make paleo pancakes for breakfast – should be fun (thanks to the eggs!).

What I ate today:
Breakfast: Coffee. Smoothie made from blueberries, raspberries, coconut milk, flax-seed, chia seed, nectarine, banana, protein powder (and Aaron says with lots of love because he made it).
Snack: Banana.
Lunch: Salad with green lettuce, carrots, olives, bell peppers, and olive oil and vinegar.
Snack: One cup of “mean green” Naked juice.
Dinner: Paleo muffins made with almond flour. Chili cooked in a crock pot with black beans, kidney beans, mushrooms, green chilies, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and olives.

I also stopped by the store and bought some vitamin B-12 because I read somewhere the vegetarians need more of this since you usually get it from dairy and meat. I’m also thinking this my help the headaches, but we’ll see.

Oh, and I’m toying with the idea of ending this early. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow. I’m not sure if it will be easier or tougher tomorrow since I don’t have to go to work, but we’ll see. I won’t just binge on Saturday, but I am thinking of eating a small piece of meat on that day. I will keep you updated!

Wolf Detox: Day 3

September 22, 2011

Today was easier than yesterday, but I wouldn’t call it easy. I think we are slowly running out of ideas for how to cook all these fruits and vegetables. I have cookbooks, but some of the recipes seem so intimidating that I don’t want to try them. Friday is my day off though, so I’m going to focus on cooking then.

Tonight also we had a meeting at our church where dinner was provided. It was Hawaiian food and the chicken and beef smelled amazing! Luckily there was salad and fruit provided as well, but it eating Hawaiian food (that is free) always makes a happy stomach for me.

Here’s what I ate today:
Breakfast: Yerba mate. Smoothie made from banana, necterine, blueberries, strawberries, coconut milk, protein powder.
Snack: Banana.
Lunch: Salad with green lettuce, carrots, olives, and green and red bell peppers.
Snack: Apple. Smoothie from Fresh & Easy. A few hours later … a “green machine” smoothie with protein powder.
Dinner: Green lettuce with carrots. Cantelope, watermelon, and pineapple. Eggplant stuffed with sauteed eggplant, garlic, mushrooms, and tomatoes with oregano and olive oil.

We also went to the store tonight and bought some almond flour. I’m going to try to make pizza crust out of this on the weekend. We’ll see how it turns out!

Wolf Detox: Day 2

September 20, 2011

Today was harder at home compared to being at work.

When I get home in the evenings I usually take a bite of something to eat, then immediately workout. My go to snack is a piece of cheese. I really missed eating that cheese today (and I’m not working out while doing this by the way).

Today I ate:
Breakfast: Smoothie made from banana, strawberries, blueberries, ice, protein powder and coconut milk. Coffee.
Snack: Banana.
Lunch: Salad with green lettuce, cabbage, carrots, snap peas, oil and ginger vinegar.
Snack: One protein smoothie from Fresh and Easy.
Dinner: A cup of ginger tea. Spagetti squash with sauce made from organic tomato puree, organic diced tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, garlic, chili powder, oregeno, and italian seasoning. Steamed brocoli.

I’ve also been trying to up my daily water intake. Today I did ok in that, but not great. Honestly my head hurts a little bit, but I’m hoping that a good night’s sleep with help with that.

Right now I’m thinking that I can’t believe we’re going to be doing this for another week! We were going to break this diet on Monday, but I’ll be traveling and I don’t want to have airport food on my first day back to regular eating. So next Tuesday it is. Two days down – six more to go!

Wolf Detox: Day 1

September 19, 2011

Aaron and I are on a diet as of today.

I’ve wanted to do some sort of cleanse for awhile now, but I knew I couldn’t do it alone. Aaron decided on Saturday that he needed to take a week off of working out since his body is getting really tired – so he said he’d do the detox with me!

We’re not doing this detox in order to lose weight – we’re trying to reset our eating habits. For months now we’ve talked about cutting back on the amount of meat we eat. We’ve tried, but it just isn’t happening. We LOVE meat!!

I also wanted to cut back on the amount of sugary foods I eat. Honestly, I don’t eat a lot of sugary foods … I eat a lot of ONE sugary food.

That being chocolate chip cookies.

I love chocolate chip cookies. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I often eat them until I feel sick to my stomach (that only takes 3 cookies – it’s not like I’m eating a whole pack!). I work on a Navy base so on days when I don’t bring my lunch I go to Subway. Subway cookies are only 2nd best to the ones I make at home (using the Trader Joe’s chocolate chip recipe, it’s the best). I normally do not crave any particular food, except for cookies. It’s really bad … I know!

Aaron has also feels like his eating habits have gone downhill since after he went to CrossFit Regionals, so detox here we come! We’re not following any certain plan, so I am calling it the Wolf plan.

Here are the basics: for the next 8 days we’re not eating any dairy, grains, meat or processed food.

We are eating: fruits, vegetables, healthy oils, seeds, and nuts.

Also, for full transparency, we are allowing ourselves to eat/drink coconut milk, honey, tea, protein powder (in smoothies), coffee (no cream or sugar – only one cup a day), and vinegar (w/oil for salads). We will also try to eat most of the fruits and vegetables raw (meaning not cooked above 118 degrees), however, cooking them is fine too.

We’re hoping that after creating a solid foundation of fruits and vegetables, we’ll be able to slowly add meat back into our meals – and hopefully will not be eating as much meat as before! I’m also hoping my desire for chocolate cookies will decrease.

Today after work I was a little hungry, but actually no more than usual now that I think about it. We had a pretty big dinner that was very satisfying.

Here’s what I ate today:
Breakfast: Smoothie made from a banana, blueberries, strawberries, coconut milk, ice, and protein powder. One coffee-mug sized yerba mate tea.
Snack: Carrots.
Lunch: Apple. One “Naked” juice drink. Carrots.
Snack: One cup of “Naked” green machine juice with protein powder.
Dinner: Salad made up of green lettuce, spinach, bell peppers, carrots, olive oil and vinegar. Baked red bell peppers stuffed with finely diced mushrooms, green bell peppers, apple, olives, garlic, green onions, and cilantro sautéed in olive oil. Smoothie made from banana, mango, blueberries, strawberries, coconut milk, ice, and protein powder.

I’ll be blogging about this all week so be sure check back later!

Photography: Jones Maternity sneak peek

September 18, 2011

Here is a sneak peek of Valoria’s maternity session. Valoria  – it was so fun to take pictures of you and Brian! I can’t wait to edit the rest!!

Photography: Flores Family cont.

September 7, 2011

I realized I never put up more pics from the Flores Family photo shoot. So here they are. You can’t really tell from these photos, but it was really hard to get Julia to smile. Sometimes it’s hard to get babies to look at the camera.

Julia looked every single time.

She just hardly smiled.  

But of course she occasionally did and I was able to catch those. I love taking picures of babies and I always learn something during every photoshoot. At this one I learned that I need to know how to sing The Itsy Bitsy Spider (with single-arm hand motions) and be able to take a picture at the same time. 

Here are a few of my favorites.

A vist with the Hayes Family

August 31, 2011

In August my work took me to Germany where I helped organize a training for our Program Managers. While there, I took two days of leave and was able to visit my college friend Alysha. Her husband is stationed there and I was able to be their first visitor from the States!

The last time I saw Alysha (Feb 2010) she was pregnant. Now she has a one-year-old named Jesiah! I had never met him before this trip, so it made the visit that much more exciting. I hope to blog about the rest of my Germany trip soon, but here are some pictures of Alysha, Jesiah and myself to hold you over 🙂