Category Archives: Diet

HCG Update

I’m on Day 15 of 42. I weighed myself this morning for the first time and I’m 11 pounds down. I’m off to a great start. The meat I ordered from Grassroots Coop has been really good and at 100g per serving it’s lasting me awhile. I need to drink more water but other than that I’m doing well. I’m a little tired as can be expected with restricted calorie and carb intake. Meal prepping has helped tremendously. It’s one less thing to worry about in the morning in addition to trying to get out of the house on time with a baby. I’m not starving, this is loads better than fasting for sure.

Here are the supplements I’ve been doing:

Europharma Thyroid Care (my temperature was below 98 degrees at the doctors on 9/29/18).

Himalaya Guggul (thyroid)

Natural Factors Estrosense (trying to these hormones back in line)

Vitamin D-2 1000IU (vegan to avoid oil while on HCG)

Calcium Magnesium Citrate 1:1 (Helps with PMS, bowels, cravings, etc)

Whole Earth & Sea Multi (I prefer Natures Plus Source of Life but this is what I had on hand)

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HCG Time

After a month of following a 30 day vegan challenge in support of my sister, I find myself 15 lbs heavier than my six week postpartum visit. I’m sure those pounds were there before the vegan challenge but I don’t have a scale and I can’t fit into any of my clothes so I couldn’t really gauge any progress. Last week, I had to get on the scale at the doctors office and it was devastating, traumatizing, a harsh, harsh dose of reality. I’m fat. Again. I was miserable all day Saturday but by Sunday morning I knew what I needed to do. The HCG Diet. I did a round of the HCG diet in either 2009 or 2010, I can’t remember for sure. I started at 188 and ended at 173. Fifteen pounds wasn’t a big number for thirty or forty days (I can’t remember how long I did it) but I looked completely different because it was fifteen pounds of fat. I had a piece of chocolate almost every day and was always around 600-650 calories. This time I’m in complete compliance, I can’t afford to waste potential weight loss on a craving.

I have been reading The Plant Paradox and Medical Medium Thyroid Healing so I decided to order some high quality meat for the diet. Who knows how much grain fattened meat affects our metabolism but I need all the help I can get so I ordered pastured chicken breast and extra lean grass fed beef from Grass Roots Coop online.

Monday and Tuesday were loading days, I didn’t stuff my face but made sure I ate some fatty food. I ate some Keto cheddar biscuits I made the day before, Katz Gluten Free mini pies, I had three pieces of Against The Grain pesto pizza, Big Italian unwich from Jimmy Johns, and a couple of Base Culture Paleo brownies on Monday. Tuesday I ate a Udi’s sausage/egg/cheese biscuit, three Pumpkin Spice Katz gluten free donuts, chicken thigh, two drumsticks, some avocado, and another Base Culture brownie. I bought two pounds of tilapia to get started. Wednesday morning I cooked six of my 100g portions and cooked enough spinach for the next three days. My first time meal prepping. So far, it’s been great and absolutely no cheating.

36 DAYS LEFT

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Vata Kapha Food List

FRUITS

  • Apples (cooked)
  • Applesauce
  • Apricots
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Prunes (cooked or soaked)
  • Raisins (cooked or soaked)

GRAINS

  • Amaranth
  • Durham Flour
  • Quinoa
  • Rice (basmati or wild)
  • Seitan
  • Sprouted Wheat Bread

BEANS

  • Lentils, Red
  • Mung Beans
  • Mung Dal, Split
  • Soy Milk (served warm)
  • Soy Meats
  • Tofu (served hot)
  • Toor Dal

DAIRY

  • Buttermilk
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Ghee
  • Goatโ€™s Milk
  • Yogurt (fresh, not store bought)

NUTS/SEEDS

  • Almonds (soaked & peeled)
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds

OILS

  • Almond Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Ghee
  • Mustard Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Sunflower Oil

SWEETENERS

  • Fruit Juice Concentrates
  • Honey (raw)

VEGETABLES

  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Carrots, Cooked
  • Chilies (in very small quantities)
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Green Chilies
  • Leeks
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Onion, Cooked
  • Peas, Cooked
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach, Cooked
  • Squash, Winter
  • Watercress

MEAT

  • Chicken (white meat)
  • Eggs
  • Fish (freshwater)
  • Shrimp
  • Turkey (white)

All spices good except salt

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I just canโ€™t eat it anymore

Nuts. I love them. Almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, almond butter, I love them all. But I’ve come to the realization that my body doesn’t love nuts. Every time I eat a Base Culture brownie (cashew butter being the main ingredient) I blow up. The last two days I’ve done an experiment with almond butter after fasting for seven days and I blew up. It’s a no, folks. I can’t do nuts. I don’t know if it’s the lectins, the fat, the kapha dosha overstimulation or what but I’m kicking nuts out of my diet like gluten, quinoa, and oats. I guess I’ll have to try Ripple non-dairy milk because all my go-to plant milks are nut based. I really liked this sunflower milk we tried at our health food store years ago but it didn’t go over well and I’ve never seen it in stores. I just use it for the occasional protein shake anyway.

This will be an adjustment for sure but this probably explains why I don’t do well with Simple Mills crackers and cookies, either. Can one even eat Paleo or Keto without almond flour? No worries, I’m on a vegan challenge for the rest of September anyway.

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Week 1

Here are some pics from my food this week.

  1. Kite Hill cream cheese and yogurt – Really good. The chive cream cheese is insanely good.
  2. Siete Tortillas – I have both the almond flour tortillas and the cassava & coconut tortillas (which are not vegan because they have lard, but I’m not concerned about being 100% vegan). I like the almond flour ones just a little bit more but they are both good.
  3.  The Golden Ratio is good as advertised and pretty filling. I haven’t tried the vanilla flavor yet. It is also not vegan because it has collagen in it. It has 30g of protein per serving which is a great start to the day.

I did Buti workouts on Sunday and Monday, went to lifting class on Tuesday and ending up teaching a Zumba class unexpectedly, went to Hot 26 on Thursday. I forgot to work out last night which is silly on my part but I injured my neck on Thursday night doing headstands after class so it was probably for the best. My neck is doing better today.

Next week, I would like to get in another couple of Buti workouts during the week and make it to barre class at 5:30 am next Friday. I woke up in time yesterday but my neck was killing me so I decided to go back to sleep.

I have felt pretty good all week. I was really bloated most of the week but not so much the last two days. I was really hungry the first two days but my appetite has calmed way down and I am starting to notice the urge to eat out of boredom or craving but not hunger. I have failed miserably drinking 100 oz of water per the week one Buti plan. Most days I haven’t even gotten 50 oz of water, today included. That is really going to be the goal of week 2 .

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Let’s Do This!

2017 is here and I’m excited to start my new Paleo Vegan plan courtesy of Buti Yoga. I have a Tone subscription for a month so I have access to about 100 Buti workouts. I did my first workout Friday night, Tone 145 and I did Tone 156 tonight. My Golden Ratio protein won’t get here til Wednesday but so I’ll be using Bone broth protein powder to “wake and shake” until Thursday. 

The Paleo Vegan slim down is 40% fat, 30% protein, and 30% carbs. This is a great ratio for me, I’ve tried a vegan diet so many times unsuccessfully because I eat too many carbs, but since the plan is Paleo, I won’t be eating grains. I usually do my own thing when it comes to diet and that hasn’t worked so I’m going to follow this plan to the T. This package (Buti Yoga’s silver bundle -included the diet and the DVD, mala was separate) cost me $60. It may sound like a lot but it’s much less than a Beachbody workout. I plan to do Buti workouts five days a week, it’s just not realistic for me to do one on Wednesdays or Saturdays. And let’s be real, five days a week is a HUGE improvement over zero ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ And I need to do the workouts to get myself ready for Buti certification…only 27 days away!!

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It’s time for a Cleanse

Today was Day of 1 of a planned six day fast. I had six glasses of Vibrant Healths’s master cleanse mix, Vibrant Cleanse. Add in three cups of Yogi Detox Tea and I’m currently sipping a cup of Dandelion root and peppermint tea. I’ve got a killer headache and I’m hungry but I’ve made it all day. I’ll be a yoga festival all day tomorrow and a yoga workshop Sunday morning so I won’t be around food. By the time Monday rolls around, I’ll be cursing at day four. I haven’t done a cleanse in a year and I don’t know how long since I’ve done a successful fast without cheating. Strange timing right before Thanksgiving but my first fast was a three day fast right before Thanksgiving my freshman year of college. I’m taking Renew Life’s Parasmart and Intestinew along with Sunny Green Total Greens. I’ll have to do a salt water flush or laxative tea at some point, probably Sunday afternoon. It is not ideal to wait that long but I’m doing nothing but yoga for the next 36 hours. I’ll see how my energy levels hold up, usually I thrive on a fast (with the exception of water fasting), but who knows I’m older now, LOL. 

I am officially starting my 300 hour yoga training in January. I’ve been looking at programs since I was in my 200 teacher training two years ago so I feel good about the one I’ve selected and I’m excited for this new journey. Yoga has really changed my life and my group exercise career. I didn’t really know what I was embarking on when I decided to become a yoga teacher but it’s been truly transformative. 

At this point, I’ve all but given up the idea of becoming a dietitian. I just don’t want to be a dietitian bad enough to turn my whole life upside down for the internship. I especially don’t like the idea of giving up my classes. That’s a huge realization for me. I love my job but I also love teaching yoga. Yes, there are days I want to go home or times I feel like a machine but if I didn’t teach I would literally lose a piece of myself. So being a dietitian won’t be in cards for me. Some day I might regret it but I don’t think so. I never wanted to be a dietitian in the way that’s it’s currently practiced. I’m not going to counsel people on MyPlate and other medical bullshit. I love herbs and supplements, and paleo diets, and Ayurveda. I like the blood type diet and cleansing, I hate artificial sweeteners and prescription drugs. I don’t ever think people should drink Ensure or Gatorade, and carbohydrates aren’t okay if there brown instead of white. I’m not that girl and I won’t pretend to be that girl for nine months during an unpaid internship. No thank you. You suck.  

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Snacking on the Pounds

My problem is without a doubt: snacking. I eat all the time. I don’t have to be hungry and most of the time when I eat, I’m not hungry. I just want food. And it’s always carbs or fat. But mostly carbs. Today: Sunspire Sundrops, Hail Merry lemon tart, Two Moms in the Raw truffles, and kettle chips. Yesterday: six slices buttered millet bread, yogurt almonds, almond butter, almond flour crackers, Steve’s  coconut milk ice cream. Thursday: Sundrops and who knows what else, I can’t remember. Wednesday: an entire container of gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough.

So now that I have a problem, I need a solution. One option is intermittent fasting. I can do 16/8, which is 16 hours of fasting and eating in an eight hour window. I can do 5/2 which is fasting 2 days a week. I’m thinking a combination of the two, 16/8 with one 24 hour period of fasting weekly. In Ayurveda, breakfast is optional for Kapha types, which whether I am or not is debatable, but I definitely have a Kapha imbalance. I tend to snack the most in between breakfast and lunch and mid-afternoon. I know eating from only 12p-8pm will not completely fix the problem so carbs gotta go. And no nuts. 

As I type this, I’m watching the documentary Sugar Coated. It’s really not useful to try and moderate sugar/sweets/desserts/grains/starches. I’m sure I wouldn’t dip into depression occasionally if I would kick the carbo habit. Goodness knows my digestion is 90% better when I go grain free (the other 10% is dairy). My skin is clear when I don’t eat sugar. WHY ON EARTH DO I CONTINUE TO EAT IT!!! 

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The Vegetarian Experiment

When I got back from Yoga Journal Live in January, I was inspired and determined to be vegetarian. After 40 days and tighter pants, I went back to eating meat. This was my third attempt to be vegetarian or vegan in ten years and each time the results have been the same. I am very aware I am a “protein type”…parasympathetic dominance, thyroid gland dominant, type o blood type…they all require animal protein to thrive. I was bloated constantly for weeks, my bowels barely moved despite the vast increase in fiber. The goal was not to lose weight or feel better it was to practice the yoga yama, Ahimsa. Ahimsa means non-violence, which most yogis translate as non-violence to animals and are heavy advocates of veganism/vegetarianism. However, one can practice ahimsa by being kind to others and to self. So the goal of being vegetarian was to be kind to myself, which I was for about 36 of the 40 days, the last three or four days was a challenge because I could feel the weight gain. So I am back to eating meat and no more bloat and bowel movements are much better. And with all the carbs, I was constantly craving carbs, sweets, and my appetite was so much stronger. No surprise there, thats what carbs do. And while it is entirely possible to be vegetarian and not be a starchitarian, it is incredibly difficult. Vegetables, fruits, and nuts sound good in theory but makes for a pretty limited diet. I could take meat or leave it, I didn’t miss it but I’m not going to get fat to practice ahimsa perfectly, I will just have to find other ways. After all, I’ve got a wedding to get ready for, I don’t want to be rolled down the aisle!

 

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Oats, Gluten, and Why I need to go Paleo

I give up trying to eat Gluten Free Oats. I’ve tried every brand: Bob’s Red Mill, Glutenfreeda, Arrowhead Mills, Purely Elizabeth, steel cut, rolled, bran, etc., the results are always the same…bloat, inflammation, misery. Oats are gluten free but they have avenin, a protein similar to gluten but apparently 99% of celiac can do oats, NINETY NINE PERCENT! I just have to be the 1% ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I have the same problem with quinoa; turns out they have proteins similar to gluten also and can illicit the same reaction. I love tapioca rolls, unfortunately tapioca doesn’t love me. Millet and I broke up over a year ago. That leaves rice, buckwheat, amaranth, corn, and really random grains like sorghum and teff. Let’s be honest, I don’t need those either I’m five pounds overweight and 15-20 pounds from actually being able to wear the majority of my wardrobe. I hear you food gods, no grains. No grains. No grains. No grains. Perhaps I should get out my mala beads and chant that 108 times. Everyday, for forty days. Then maybe I can stop eating carbs. I hate carbs. My thighs like carbs and so does my belly, the more I eat, the bigger they get. I’m not really sure what my belly looks like since it changes daily based on whatever I eat. Oh yeah, it likes dairy, too. 

So, we come to Paleo. A diet free of dairy and grains, the perfect fit. And for now, that’s the goal….just to let go of those two food groups. I mean if take out more than that, there really isn’t enough left to be successful. There’s sugar, but Paleo is free of that too, at least the granulated stuff, legal crack. So that’s the goal. No grains. No grains. No grains. 

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