The Juices!

I forgot to post when I drank the Almond Nut Milk – it was YUMMY! Super yummy! I drank it at night, but only half the bottle and then finished the second half the next morning – I would like some more of that one!

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This morning I am drinking the Essential Red juice which contains carrots, beets, apple & lemon – HUGE EMPHASIS on the BEETS. And that is all I have to say about that. Not 100% confident in myself that I will finish this one. A bit sad that I have only completed TWO FULL bottles out of six! I’m trying to push through the beets, since they aren’t completely intolerable – but still, I would rather be drinking another bottle of the mint grapefruit juice ;)

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On another note, I gave my co-worker the Essential Green juice – and even though she said she felt like she just ate an entire lawn – she powered through it and drank it all! She also mentioned she could taste the celery the strongest – just thought I would add that in!

juice_essentialgreen-o_zoomIf I were to come to a verdict on the Cooler Cleanse, I think it is a great idea if you are familiar with all the green juices AND can stick with finishing an entire drink, regardless of how it tastes or not. Pricing of the Juice A Day was up there –  the juices alone didn’t scare me off at $58, but the $44 for shipping definitely brings the total up!

 

Mommy Rant on “Fashionable Kids”

So, during my morning scroll through my Instagram feed I come across this super adorable picture of this toddler dressed too cute for words.

Fashion ChildAs you can see for yourself – this little girl is just the bees knees … and all the comments below the picture agree. A few of the comments even said stuff like “OMG! My future child [is going to dress like that]!” And that comment brought me back to a moment when I was in Target browsing the kids clothing. Two girls walked by and saw an adorable jacket for a child & made a comment just like that. Hearing that made me want to first off – laugh! And secondly, slap some sense into them! The girls spoke about how when they would have kids they would not dress them in shirts with characters and things of that nature on them … and here I am holding 2 or 3 shirts with exactly that!

Although, to not be so harsh on them, I will admit before I had my son I was dead set on dressing him in the cutest, most fashionable little outfits I could find. While I was pregnant with him, I purchased a few snazzy little Timberland outfit sets with jeans, long-sleeved shirt and a tiny vest to match! Yet, once my little piece of heaven was born – I was all for onesies! Even pants became a nuisance with all the diaper changes (& outfit changes!) you encounter with your little bundle of joy ;) .

As he got older, and started to take a liking to things, such as characters (Dora) or dogs or airplanes, etc. Around the age of 3, my son became obsessed with fish, sharks; pretty much anything in the ocean. All he ever wanted to wear was one specific shirt: his shark shirt! Almost every morning he would tell me “I want to wear my shark shirt!” That was when I had to have him understand clothes get dirty and need to be washed. But my son would wear that shirt once a week.

Carter’s Orange Shark Shirt

This brings me to my reasoning (and rant) as to why I feel baby-less females need a good slap of sense when they make comments such as “When I have a child they’re not going to wear stuff ‘like that’!” Believe me when I say, as a mother – when you see your child get excited over a shark on a shirt versus a classy polo shirt, then you will have your child wear “stuff like that”. Let a kid be a kid! And that includes dressing them like one.

Now – this doesn’t mean I am bashing mothers who do dress, or have kids who want to dress like a miniature adult because heck! You’re the reason the world gets to see pictures as cute as that. But from a realistic standpoint, most kids love wearing their favorite character, animal, and “stuff like that” on their shirt :)

Cayenne PEPPER!

It’s funny, every time my boyfriend sees or hears the words “cayenne pepper” – he has to repeat it the exact same way Ed Helms’ character Stu (in the Hangover movie series) said it. Haha – I get a nice laugh out of it.

Anyway, moving on … I have cracked open “drink 4″ which is Spicy Lemonade – and boy it is just that! When I first tasted it I thought to myself “Ooooh this one is good! Tastes just like a great lemonade!” And then a second later BAM! My tongue is attacked by spice! Which it isn’t horrible, but I am not huge on spicy anything. And while the spice isn’t a burning, hot spice – it still is a spice! And I question if should continue with it……

Cooler Cleanse Taste Testing

So, here we have drink #2 for the Juice for a Day Cooler Cleanse: Grapefruit and Mint

It is safe to say I am NOT following the correct procedure for doing the juice cleanse ;) I did not drink any more juices yesterday after the Sweet Greens juice (which I ended up tossing, even though it was pretty much a full bottle – eek!) I ended up giving away my Essential Greens juice drink as well since I knew the “sweet” greens drink did not go over so well – I couldn’t imagine a drink packed with even more greens would taste any better!

So this morning I am drinking the second juice, which tastes exactly like it’s ingredients: grapefruit! Which is a bitter fruit, but surprisingly – it’s a bit refreshing to me… so I am drinking this one :)

Until the next juice!

Cooler Cleanse

So, after a horrible meeting with a vicious virus last Friday I have found myself unable to fully introduce solids back into my life. I figured a juice cleanse would do the trick …give my body & stomach & all that a nice flush and “start over”. Juice 1 for the Juice for a Day plan: Sweet Greens. It JUST arrived & I just cracked it open aaaannnnd … I can’t finish it!
I looked up reviews on this cleanse and I read a lot of great feed back on how great they taste, including this lovely bottle right here, but as a juice newbie – I can’t do it, I just can’t bring myself to finish it.

I know I shouldn’t just throw in the towel and not finish it, but I am! I made my own juice this AM (since this cleanse was being delivered today) using 1 sweet potato, 2 oranges & 1 thick pineapple slice. I must have spoiled myself by making that my first juice concoction because it tasted great! And I thought to myself: I CAN DO THIS CLEANSE. But after opening the Sweet Greens juice I am accepting the fact that there just might be a few juices that I might skip. Which is cheating and going against the cleanse all together (you’re supposed to drink 1 juice every two hours) – but I refuse to make my senses sick & forcing myself to drink something unpleasant. Sorry! I will try to check back when I open Juice 2!

*SIDENOTE: I really thought it would be tasty (to me) considering the only ingredient in the bottle I was suspicious of was kale (never had it!) and the rest were watermelon, apple & lemon. Since I do not know what kale tastes like, I will say there is 1 flavor plus the lemon that is just overpowering the apple and watermelon – I do not taste that at all! Unless it was the watermelon rind they juiced? Because I could totally taste the orange peel when I juiced the entire orange before peeling (won’t be doing that again!). All in all, I’ll probably fail at juicing since I want yummy, sweet tasting drinks, and the healthier green juices probably do not offer that! Oh well – it’s a start!

Paleo!

I feel like my blog has no rhyme or reason … I’ve griped over my son’s father, gloated about my amazing boyfriend, threw out spurts of attempting to be healthy & get in shape – oh, and announced that I bought a house! Which I do love by the way :)

My latest escapade is a health issue. I was concerned that I might have gallstones. Last week – a familiar, yet extremely sharp pain - directly under my rib cage on the right side – struck again. I made the decision to finally go see a doctor. The doctor could not diagnose anything without testing, but suggested I cut out fast food, fried foods, & anything sugary – pretty much eat healthy! So I followed her directions, and haven’t felt the pain hit since. I had an ultrasound yesterday on my gallbladder – and the results came back no gallstones, which is good! But at the same time, I am still left without an explanation. After talking to my doctor’s office about my results (all normal), they left me with contacting them if the pain comes back. Which in all honesty, I do feel the pain now. Probably because I strayed away from my healthy eating streak last night after finding out that I don’t have gallstones! I didn’t eat incredibly unhealthy, but I’m sure the insane amount of mozzarella cheese in my salad wasn’t the most beneficial to my health! I’m starting to question if dairy products are giving me issues.

Or maybe it is caused by what I have consumed so far today: 1 small granny smith apple, 1 8oz cup of Van Houtte French Vanilla coffee with a taste of White Clover’s honey & 1 Mini Moo’s .28 fl oz half & half cup and 1 Nutrigrain Fruit & Oats Harvest bar (strawberry flavor). After eating the Nutrigrain bar is when the pain began, but I do not want to chalk it up to the bar, since I have actually been eating those since my doctor appointment last Tuesday – and no pain on those previous occasions. The doctor instructed I also keep a food diary, which I kept up with that day after leaving the office. I also continued to record my progress on the 4th, 5th and 6th – but stopped after that. Now, here I am trying to back track what I ate since the pain has popped up again. I do not want to make another trip to the doctor, since again – I’m pretty sure the pain is due to me going in on all that mozzarella cheese on my salad last night …

With all these unanswered questions to the source of my pain, I am 99% sure it has to do with eating unhealthy. So, on that note – I think I want to try this plan called the Whole30. Why? Well – why not! I did pretty well for 1 week cooking and shopping for a more healthy lifestyle, but that can get expensive trying to substitute ingredients for a healthier option. I kept seeing stuff pop up for the Paleo diet while on Pinterest, searching for diets with gallstones. I took a brief look at it – and after seeing all the restrictions I passed. Then, this morning while I was searching ways to save up for a vacation – I came across a blog that posted about Paleo Basics. I chose to click the link & read on.  One link led to another and after reading over the 8 Steps to Get Started with the Whole30 – I felt more encouraged. After a few more clicks on different links, I came across the blogger’s Pinterest board for the Whole30 with tons of recipes that looked pretty good … and like food I could cook for my boyfriend & son! (While cooking healthy this past week, I could tell my boyfriend didn’t enjoy his dinners as much as when I cooked without any care – and for my son, well I actually fed him something else on some nights.)

I have reservations  towards starting the Whole30 – mostly because a lot of the foods that you’re supposed to avoid are foods I just bought! Here is a list of the things to avoid:

• Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize. WHAT! I just bought some stevia & all natural honey – and it wasn’t cheap!

• Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.) Shouldn’t be a problem!

• Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels. Guess what I just bought! A new box of QUINOA! And a bunch of other healthy grain stuff!

• Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin). Why yes, I do have 2 newly purchased cans of black beans in my pantry!

• Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.) This is what appeals to me – cutting out diary because I feel like that is a big root to all my digestive issues!

• Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits (chips and fries) and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold, and fingerling potatoes off your plate. I have a nice new bag of WHITE POTATOES sitting in my pantry!

• Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30. Easy enough, right?

• In addition, no Paleo-ifying baked goods, treats, or junk foods. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no banana-egg pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely. This will be a true challenge for me because I am a HUGE junk-food junky, as is my boyfriend! But in all honesty, if this Whole30 plan helps improve my health – then I can suck it up ;)

With all of that in the light, and knowing I do want to commit to the Whole30 – I question when to start. I know their site suggests starting as soon as possible – but I truly hate to have that expensive health food I JUST BOUGHT go to waste! I guess I could be nice and donate to another health conscious friend … I never was a huge fan of quinoa but it was a fairly popular ingredient in all my junk food replication recipes! There are also two birthdays coming up this month – so I know there will be eating out and cake … should I wait to start after that, then all my foods that are restricted from the Whole30 should be used up by then. April looks like a good month to start – no birthdays are in April! I think my only challenges will be when it comes to going out to eat or eating over at my boyfriend or my parents’ house. But again -for a better health, this sounds like a great plan with great benefits. Go Paleo!

Out of My Control

Tomorrow is the big day: my closing day! And while I am more excited than I could express over this amazing accomplishment in my life – I realized, I am living my life backwards. While I understand there is not “order” or “correct way” to live your live – as a young child you have always heard the tune:

“Blanky-blank and Blah-blah sittin’ in a tree
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!!”

Yea … I definitely have accomplished things backwards. But what I have come to accept is the fact that I have achieved every goal in my life that I have wanted to achieve that I am in control of. I have a college degree, I have a full-time job, I have a child and now I own a home. The only thing missing is marriage, and that is the one thing I cannot achieve or accomplish on my own. All I can simply do is wait. And yes, I do say wait because hell – we haven’t even been together for a full 2 years! But, I know he’s the one – I know he’s the one I want to spend the rest of my life with. I would love a ring right now! But, I have to remind myself that it will come … in due time, it will come ;) Oh, and he’s assured me of that too!

TOMORROW I WILL BE A HOME OWNER!