Friday, January 24, 2014

So What ARE You Eating?

When I've told folks I am on a detox from sugar and all grains, they inevitably ask, "So what ARE you eating?"

Guided by Amy Thedinga  I have eated quite well. I have not enjoyed all the prep and cooking I've had to do, but the food itself has been really good, with one or two exceptions.

Here's a sample:

Every morning I've had either a smoothie or a juice. I've started most with some kind of greens, be it spinach, kale or collard greens. I've had all sorts of veggies and fruits and added a bit of almond butter for protein.

HUGE DISCOVERY - Almond Butter - the kind that is just almonds and salt. DELICIOUS!

Snacks: I've had fruits, veggies and almond or peanut butter. I made kale chips once, but I wasn't THAT impressed.

Lunch: Often I've had leftovers from dinner - but I did make a kale/raisin salad that was wonderful, some quinoa/avocado tacos (in lettuce wraps) that I loved and a carrot/apple/pineapple slaw that was WONDERFUL.

Supper: I've had roasted chicken (my first time to roast chicken,) steak and round steak. I've made spinach salad and have had lots of veggie sides - steamed broccoli, boiled carrots, roasted squash, etc.

So overall I have eaten WELL. I am learning. I'm not perfect but I am doing my best to change our family's eating to be more healthy.

MOST of the recipes I've used have been from Amy Thedinga. She has an incredibly smart and good program to get you and your family eating clean. She is going to have an informational meeting next Wednesday, January 29th at 6:30. To get more information email Amy at

Here's to us!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Observations after Clean Eating for One Week.

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"  Muhammad Ali

One week of clean eating detox – this means I’ve only eaten veggies, fruit and meat. No breads, no grains, no processed foods. My coach and advisor through this has been Amy Thedinga - her website is SO informative if you are curious about this:

Observations after one week:

 1)  The first 3 days were hellish.

2)   I have no cravings – but my mind tells me that my pattern is to have bread or drink a coke, so I look for them automatically.

3)   To eat clean you need to cook and chop A LOT. I’ve spent more time in the kitchen this week than I have in years.

4)    I had no idea how much I live on processed foods. Simple things like Miracle Whip or Peter Pan Peanut Butter or crackers.

5)    I am learning about lean proteins. I’ve eaten a lot of chicken and I am trying to discover others.

6)    I have found the treasure that is almond butter. And being the food addict I am, I have to tell myself to not sit and eat a whole container at a time.

7)    God’s strength is the ONLY way I am continuing to do this.