3 days of Nutritionist (Halloween) living

By | November 9, 2016

Ah, Halloween. The holiday dreaded by those who can’t stop unwrapping candy after candy and stuffing them into their mouth…fun little bits of candy that collectively add up to a very big bag are everywhere – home, work, school, car, drastically on sale Nov 1! I used to be the same way. I loved skittles, jolly ranchers, now & later, reese’s peanut butter cups, kit kat, butterfinger, heath bar, snickers, milky way, oh hell I even ate those bit-o-honey candies… And I had a mouth full of fillings with increasing cavities, several infections each year, too much stored energy (i.e. body fat) and definitely not as much gusto and love for life like I have now.

But once I started reading the list of ingredients on everything I ate, I was able to ditch the candy and processed foods ingredient by ingredient. I cut out high fructose corn syrup (say goodbye to nearly every candy listed above in one fell swoop) and then hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated oils (thankfully the FDA is FINALLY doing this for us…it’s about time…), then msg, food dyes, artificial flavors, processed sugars of all types, and everything else I couldn’t pronounce or identify. I actually don’t restrict myself from eating these foods/ingredients, I do have some of them once in a while. And I make sure it’s totally worth it when I do, hello cow tails?

When I cut foods out that contained ingredients I had decided I didn’t want to put in my body or in my son’s body anymore, that left me with great tasting processed foods (which usually only had a few ingredients) and yummy real foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, raw dairy, teas, dark chocolate, etc. As I ate more real foods and less highly processed foods flavored artificially, my taste buds began to change. And when I went to try some M&M’s after a few months, all I could taste were the dyes used on the candy coating (and M&M’s aer chocked full of them with Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Red 40 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake & Blue 2). After eating delicious dark chocolates (cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, ground vanilla bean) for months, milk chocolate tasted, well like a bunch of crappy ingredients (sugar, chocolate, skim milk, cocoa butter, lactose, milkfat, soy lecithin, salt, artificial flavor, sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, dextrin, gum acacia). So it’s no longer a struggle to resist and limit my candy intake on Halloween. I know that the majority of the candies will not taste good to me so I eat the ones that I know will (like laffy taffy and the reese’s peanut butter cups).

Saturday October 29, 2016

Time Item Amount/ Duration  Comments
8am Wake up – no alarm    
  Water coffee w. milk 12 oz. 36 oz.  
  Pleasure reading 2 hours Building habits takes time. Even though I meditate every week day morning, I presently do not meditate on the weekends. I’m usually quick to start doing something pleasurable to make the most out of any time alone I can get and on the weekend mornings – sometimes I can squeeze a few hours of alone time while everyone else is still snoozing!
10a Water 8 oz Another habit I am still building is drinking as much water on the weekends as I do during a week day. Too much alcohol and too little water often leaves me dehydrated on Monday’s with eczema on my face to prove it!
11:15a Water kefir

French toast with butter and maple syrup

4 oz.

¾ piece

The French toast was Sadie’s left overs 🙂
11:30a Outside garden work – cleaned out old plants, added compost, hay and leaves on garden. Raked garden and leaves in lawn 50 mins  
  Water 8 oz.  
12:20p Kombucha 4 oz.  
12:30p Fage yogurt

Maple syrup

Chia seeds

5 oz

2 tbsp.

2.5 tbsp.

 
12:40p Shootin’ hoops 10 mins  
12:50p Water

Fermented pickle juice

4 oz

4 oz

 

For rehydration

1:30p NYS apple

w.peanut butter

Chamomile Lavender tea

w. honey

water

1

3 oz

12 oz ½ tsp

16 oz

It drives me bonkers that NYS is one of the biggest apple producers, yet we consume more apples grown out of state than grown in state! So I do my best to ONLY purchase apples grown in NYS.
  Spent time with a best friend 2 hours  
5:00p Cabernet 8 oz  
  More garden work    
7:00p Kombucha Cosmopolitan    
7:30p Kombucha Cosmopolitan #2    
8:15p More cabernet 4 oz  
8:30p pork chops w. cabbage sautéed in butter, salt & pepper 1.5 6 cups  
10p Ice cream 1 bowl  
11p Ice cream #2 1 bowl  
11:30p Water 8 oz.  
  STAYED UP WAY TOO LATE TENDING A FIRE  

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Time Item Amount/ Duration Comments
8a Wake up    
  Water

Kombucha

Fermented pickle

Coffee with raw milk

12 oz

4 oz

Small

24 oz

 
8:30a – 3p Migraine   Woke up with a headache which turned into an excruciating migraine complete with vomiting
3p Chamomile lavender tea with honey

Fage yogurt

w. maple syrup &

Chia seeds

24 oz.

½ tsp

5 oz

1.5 tbsp

2 tbsp.

 
5p Chicken bone broth

Kombucha

Chamomile Lavender tea w. honey

12 oz.

4 oz

8 oz

½ tsp

 
7p Eggs smothered in butter w. real salt & pepper

Water kefir

water

2

 

 

8 oz

14 oz

 
8:45p Kashi blueberry clusters cereal w. raw milk 1 bowl

Monday, October 31, 2016

Time Item Amount/ Duration Comments
5:10a Wake up    
5:35a Water 12 oz  
  meditate    
6a Coffee with raw milk 24 oz  
8a Water

Ginger tulsi tea w

honey

16 oz

16 oz

½ tsp

 
10a Water

Peppermint Licorice tea w. honey

8 oz

16 oz

½ tsp

 
11:15a Yogurt, berries, maple syrup & chia seeds A few bites I still wasn’t fully recovered from the migraine (this one actually lingered until Thursday) so I had a little bit to eat before I went on my daily walk.
11:30a Walk 2 miles  
12:45p Water

Yogurt, berries, maple syrup & chia seeds

Spicy fermented pickle

Kombucha

8 oz.

3 cups

 

1

12 oz

 
2:30p Water

Chamomile lavender tea w. honey

Theo coconut dark chocolate

8 oz

16 oz

½ tsp

1 square

 
4:15p Water 8 oz  
5:15p Pretzels

Water kefir

Handful

8 oz

 
6:45p Laffy taffy 1 halloween size I would have snagged a reese’s peanut butter cup too, but the kid took it…
7p Cheese tortellini w.

Steamed cauliflower,

Sauerkraut

And butter/olive oil/garlic sauce

Nathan hotdog

water

4 cups

 

 

 

 

½

6 oz

 
  Candy corns handful  
7:50p Water kefir 8 oz  

Keep on reading the list of ingredients as it is the most important information on a food label. Cut out offensive ingredients one by one and

Be well and love the earth!

Grace