Clean Eating Day 2 Flop

I was happily surprised when this plan I am following allowed store bought items like yogurt, cottage cheese and regular cheese.  However, my body is not responding well.  I know I react to the dyes in foods, but apparently there is something else.  I am swelling up and itchy again.  Part of me wonders if it is dairy, as I avoided it for awhile, but I have never had dairy issues in the past.  So, again, back to the drawing board.  I am going back to all natural and just wrote up my own plan.  Hoping I can stick to it.  The only unnatural food I am allowing is my whey protein.  Will keep you posted!  🙂

weekly update

Still avoiding the scales…although my clothes still fit and my measurements are pretty much the same, I know I have gained weight.  I can see it when I look in the mirror and I know it is there.

This week was spent experimenting with foods which assisted me in my weight gain.  I have narrowed it down to some potentials and now will stop experimenting.  I am an action person…can’t wait 30 days to be gluten free when I can experiment.  😉

So now that I feel gross and heavy AND have stopped experimenting I am doing a detox for a few days.  Normally I am not into these, BUT I do have some bloat, this detox provides PLENTY of calories, and it is all healthy food.  It actually may not cause any weight loss, but if it helps with the bloat and rids me of some yuckiness that my experiments have put in my body,then all the better.

After these 3 days of detox I am onto natural foods for awhile.  And allergy testing.

One of the meals for today’s part of the detox was a green smoothie.  I have to say if you have to chew a smoothie…a green one at that…it doesn’t need to be said that it is gross.  I couldn’t take it.  I replaced it with half of the ingredients of my breakfast smoothie and half lunch and it was much more tolerable.  Tomorrow, my green smoothie will have adjustments made to fit the requirements.

Be back with a better report next week.  🙂

mid week update

I am not even talking about the scale.  My measurements other than my belly are pretty much the same, so that is a relief.  I did some food experimenting (too early I know, by far, but I just want to figure it out!) and caused my self to blow up again.

But, more important than all of that is that we have noticed my youngest seems to react when I do.  Did some research and the poor thing may have had food allergies for awhile.  I am more concerned in figuring his out since he is already lactose intolerant.  As a family we are going to approach a very simplistic living plan for awhile (once we eat through the food we already have)…meaning, other than almond milk and almond butter we are going to avoid most foods that come in containers.  We are going to be primarily fruits, veggies and meats for a bit to see if it makes a difference in our general health.

3 things I hope happen from this experiment:

1. We find out what food is triggering reactions

2. We are able to have “unhealthy/processed/manmade” foods in moderation

3. We adapt a whole new healthy lifestyle that allows us to make smart food choices without being overboard crazy about it

 

Scents

I enjoy fresh air.  When that is not an option and stale house air is…I enjoy adding a little fragrance to the air.  There is a problem with that when you have a house that asthmatics live in.  I love candles!  It makes them sick.  So…I discovered a cool website online that suggests you boil water with cinnamon sticks, vanilla, orange slices, etc…any natural scent you want.  You can leave it on the stove or pour some of the mixture in a candle warmer.   I gave the stove method a try today as we don’t have any candle warmers at the moment, but I think I will be purchasing them soon.  I thought the rooms smelled good and they are not supposed to trigger any asthma symptoms, so win win!  My choice today was vanilla and cinnamon since that is what was on hand.  I am not sure how long they are supposed to last, but hoping for some time.

On a completely different scent note.  It seems that our stink bugs are not the cause of demise for our animals.  Our cat may be able to survive a few more years…it is likely but we are still kind of waiting to see.  And our fish is actually looking like he is making a comeback.  The kids are SO happy!  🙂