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A year or so ago, I wrote a blog about my relationship with hats. I joked about how I love them but feel dumb sometimes and am not usually confident when out in public in a hat. Well, the other day I saw that a friend of mine sent me an image via pinterest. It was this image:
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Who knows how long that sat there. I am to Pinterest like most people are to New Year’s Resolutions: super fanatical for about 4 days and then completely forget about it. Anyways, I see this image and it was like a lightning bolt. If I could put myself in a nutshell, this image would be my nutshell. These are the things I am passionate about. I am serious about my vegetables, squats are what keep your ass from eternal saddness, there is nothing I hate more than boys that are mean to girls, and I LOVE to rock some frickin’ lip stick! But this was not always the case…

You know how when people say things like “man, I wish I could be 24 again” or “I would love to go back to college days”? I disagree with those people. I am so much healthier and happier now than I was in my 20’s. Back then, the only vegetables I got were the shreds of lettuce on my Jimmy John’s sandwiches. I never worked out (dancing on bars count?). I let a few boys treat me badly, and treated some badly myself. And, the only lip game I had was Chapstick medicated.

You see, I didn’t know who I was. I didn’t know what I wanted. Half the time I was trying to make others happy, the other half I was trying to make myself happy in dumb ways. I didn’t know how to be me. I was always afraid of ‘looking stupid’. I didn’t take fashion risks, because I felt dumb (what a waste of that 19 year old body!). I didn’t want to wear lip stick because what if I picked the wrong color or what if someone thought I was just trying to get attention or what if people thought I was trying to look ‘cool’ but it back fired and…. Crazy right? Welcome to the brain of an insecure college chick.

The best part about my 30’s is that I figured out a lot about myself. I figured out that I care about my health and well being. I figured out that I am a feminist and I don’t like to hang out with those that aren’t. I figured out that lip stick is fun and sexy and that I don’t care if others think differently. I figured out that I like to challenge my body and rediscovered my love of sports and physical activity. I figured out that I love to have fun and be loud and be myself and if people judge me for that- it’s none of my business.
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When I recently started my new business, I had a lot of hang ups. I worried about whether I would be bothering people. Or that people would think this business is stupid. Or that no one would ever buy anything from me. Or that people would un-friend me because they would get sick of my posts. Welcome to the mind of secure 30-something that still lets that insecure 20-something girl pop up now and then. But, you know what, I’m all good. The business is good. Vegetables are good. The men in my life are good. And my lip stick game is on-point.

I don’t know when I realized the most important thing in the universe which is: love yourself, nothing else matters. Everything will work out. Everything is going to be okay. It might not be exactly how you pictured, but that’s okay. We live in a universe of abundance and there is more than enough good for all. Trust your gut and follow your heart. Okay, that is more than 1 thing, but you get my point.

I have a birthday this week and I am not even the slightest bit concerned. If this is what ageing is like, I am all-in.
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Want to work with me? Want to join me in the fight against giving a shit what everyone else thinks for once in your life? E-mail me at creimholz@gmail.com. We have fun.

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IMG_1835Okay ladies, let’s talk. Just a quick little chat. I think it’s time to cool it with the posing in the pictures. Not every pic on your smart phone needs to be a red-carpet moment. You know what I mean: hand on hip, arms away from the body for slimming, chin down, sexy eyes, shot from above, etc. This pose is the new duck face in my opinion. Is it more flattering? Yes! Is it slimming? Yes! Do you need to pose like that for the picture with your 2 year old? No. Do you need to be ‘hot’ in a picture with your kids (or grandma or fish tank)? There is a time and a place for posing: date night, girls night out, weddings, etc. First day of school at the bus stop? Please god no.

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My favorite pictures of me have always been spontaneous. I love pictures where I am laughing- mouth wide open- and looking away. I love pictures where I might not being wearing makeup but I am having fun with my kids. I love pics that are great memories, even if I don’t look skinny. You know why? Because there is not a secret Hot Mom contest. And, if there was, I am sure I would not win. If there was, I would not participate. If there was, shame on anyone who would judge it. I take pride in my appearance, and I take care of my health, but not so I can be photogenic for strangers on the internet. Because I like to feel confident. Because I like when my body can do what I ask of it (like sub for a volley ball game or run a couple miles or dance the night away).

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I am not perfect. I am guilty of the ‘let me see it’ as soon as the flash fades. I am guilty of ‘put a filter on that so I look younger’. I am guilty of the ‘do it again, I don’t like my face’. But, I am going to work on that. I would really hate for my daughter to look at a picture I took of her perfect little self and say that she doesn’t like her face. That is about the saddest thing I can think of. Let’s just go back to having fun and capturing moments. That’s what pictures are for.

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thumbs upTo make a relatively short story long…

Background:

You all know how I have turned into a little bit of a nut when it comes to health and wellness. I mean I guess I have always been this way, but in the last 2 years I have come into my own as they say. I was a tomboy turned athlete turned health studies major turned massage therapist turned health book reader turned blogger turned into what I am now: a super passionate advocate of healthy eating, lifestyle, and common sense living. Or at least that is what I want to be. And recently I just decided to take it to the next level.

Blind Eye:

You see, I have been so worried about the chemicals that my family and I have been putting in our mouths, and have turned a blind eye to the chemicals that we are breathing in and rubbing/spraying on our skin. I won’t let my kids eat Gushers, but clean the bath tub with bleach or spray the kitchen table with toxic chemicals? Sure! Why not?

The Universe is sending me a message:

So, most of you know that I participated in St. Baldricks this March. Well, as you can imagine, my bald head was a big conversation starter. I cannot tell you how many strangers started telling me all about their personal experiences with cancer. Either they were a survivor or lost a wife/husband/friend/child to this horrible disease. It was so difficult to hear all of the sad stories people were sharing, but I also look at those moments as an incredible gift. I can’t tell you how many times I started crying with strangers. It was almost as if the universe was sending me a big flashing sign saying ‘CANCER’. I know cancer is scary, and mysterious, and multi-factorial, and too complicated to simplify, but I do believe there are lifestyle changes we can all make to help prevent certain types of cancer, not to mention, other diseases (asthma, allergies, diabetes, chronic inflammation, etc.).

Then I remembered:

I have this vivid memory from last summer/fall when I had a wake up call from my bug spray. It was a cooler evening. I had very thin leggings on under my dress. I remember the bugs being horrible that night! The mosquitoes were ALL OVER us. My husband does not mess around when it comes to mosquitoes and only buys the deep-woods off. You know the stuff with like 127% DEET? Well, I sprayed that on. And then, an hour later, I sprayed myself again. Eventually we went inside because we couldn’t take it. When I saw my leggings in the light, I noticed that the bug spray was eating away at the material. The leggings were literally dissolving from the chemicals in the spray! I immediately thought to myself, ‘and I spray this on my children?!?’.

Enough is enough:

That memory was all it took. I decided to contact a friend that I knew was selling all-natural products from cleaning to skin care, etc. I did my research and then pulled the trigger. I now use and sell Shaklee. Shaklee has been around forever and has a reputation for being a ‘GREEN’ company. And not like fake green, really truly environmentally conscious and responsible. Every single product is safe and non-toxic. I am incredibly excited about it and want to share it with the world.

From now on:

I no longer need to worry about my kid walking over when I am cleaning the windows. I no longer need to freak out over how much ventilation I have when cleaning my tiny little bathroom. The cleaner that I use to wipe down the counters? I can also spray it on my kids to keep the bugs off. Oh, and my dad can use it to spray down his fruit trees instead of pesticides. Yes, it’s that safe. And they work. Like, really work.

Take a look:

Here is my link. candicereimholz.myshaklee.com Check it out. Let me know if you are interested in anything. It can be confusing to figure out what everything is and does, so please ask if you have questions. Feel free to private message me at any time or commenting below(I recommend doing that before you place an order so I can help you get the best deals, monthly specials, etc.). Or, if you want to know more about the business end of things and getting involved, I can help you with that too. Honestly, no matter what type of wellness you are into, there is something for you.

I’ll be updating you all every once in a while, and highlighting a specific product now and then. I’m just really excited and think you would be too if you tried this stuff. 🙂

Thanks for listening.

Why Diets Fail

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Well, it’s February 13th which means you just realized your New Year’s diet failed. It’s okay, blame it on the 87 feet of snow we got or Obama. It’s not your fault. Everyone fails at diets. We’ve all said, “That’s it! This is the year I lose this weight!” And, then 2 weeks later (if you’re lucky) you fall off the wagon and roll around in pizza naked while doing a beer bong. (Just me???) Next thing you know, there’s money missing off the dresser and your daughter’s knocked up. I’ve seen it a hundred times…

Diets themselves are doomed for failure and I’m going to tell you why.

1. Diets are a temporary sacrifice to get us to an imaginary ‘Happy Place’. Diets should never be temporary. In fact, let’s take back the word ‘diet’. It should simply mean- what we eat. I don’t like how it has come to imply weight loss. What makes us think that a few months of cutting back to lose weight is going to work? Even if you do lose the weight, you return to normal eating habits and go back to where you started. This leads to years of dieting, yo-yo weight, and multiple cats. IT WILL NOT WORK.

2. Diets imply deprivation. You immediately start to think of hunger, sacrifice, boring foods, and sobriety. Blarg. It sounds depressing. You say things like, “it’s going to be hard but worth it” and “whenever I’m hungry I’ll just picture myself in a bikini and suck it up”. That’s inspiring!

3. Diets rarely factor in long term health. We are all just trying to look good naked, right? Most diets are about calorie restriction and ‘diet foods’ without factoring in yourself years from now. Will eating Lean Cuisines help you lose weight? Probably. Are those sodium and chemical filled foods good for your long term health? Nope.

4. Diets set you up for the binge. As I alluded to before, 2 weeks into a restricted diet, you will likely give in to the cravings. This is because your brain wants nutrients. You were already probably not giving your body what it needed, but now your brain is starving. And your brain, very much like Ivan Drago, will break you.

5. Diets have no END. There is no magic destination. There is no ‘once I get HERE, I’ll be happy’. If you are not happy with yourself +15 pounds, you will not be happy -15 pounds. No one has ever gotten into their skinny jeans and been like, “Great, I made it. Now I’ll just be satisfied right here and maintain this forever and eat rainbows and poop butterflies.”

So what is the alternative? F-it? No, the answer is no more diets.

This does not mean you don’t try to eat better and exercise more. It simply means you aren’t going hungry for weight loss. It means you no longer buy diet foods. If you have weight to lose, eat whole/real foods 95% of the time, and move your ass occasionally, you will lose weight. Your body will stabilize; find it’s sweet-spot if you will. After that, you can certainly transform your shape thru weight lifting and training, but you will stay around that weight. Warning, there is a good chance your ‘normal’ weight is different than Gwenyth Paltrow. But, it will be healthy. You know like a little curvy, healthy body fat percentage, pooping and ovulating… healthy.

Instead of focusing on what you can’t eat, focus on what you can. Trust me, those crappy bagels in the break room at work are not worth it. Don’t be sad that you can’t eat those. Be happy about the delicious options you do have and how good you feel after you eat. We all know how you feel after eating fast food or other crap. Everything you eat is either making you more healthy and feeling good, or less healthy and feeling bad.

Instead of thinking 2 months from now, think 10, 20, 30 years from now. What kind of old person do you want to be? Overweight, 55, and going for your first knee replacement? Or, do you want to be the fun grandma that’s chasing her grandkids around and having sex with your husband? Do you want to be the 60 year old man with the big ol’ belly and the sleep apnea machine? Or do you want to be that old guy that’s doing yard work without his shirt on and all the women in the neighborhood are like ‘he’s kind of hot for 60’? Think Hellen Miren and Liam Neison. That’s your new goal.

Quit thinking ‘if I just lost 10 pounds…’. Goals are important, but make them meaningful. Have goals of increasing your energy, running a 5k, maintaining a healthy body fat percentage, getting rid of IBS/indigestion/anxiety/depression/acne, etc. ‘Skinny’ is no longer a goal. ‘Skinny’ means nothing.

Think positive. Changing your life by taking control of your health should be exciting and fun and wonderful. It’s not sacrifice; it’s awesome. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to be hard. Easy is laying on the couch with ice cream and facebook. But hard doesn’t have to mean bad. Each positive step in the right direction is a feather in your frickin’ happy cap. When you wake up without pain and exhaustion, when you run 3 miles without wanting to kill yourself, when you choose exercise over The Voice, you’ll realize hard can be very very good indeed.

photo (21)My daughter just provided me with a little ‘aha’ moment the other day. I was watching the make-over episode of the Biggest Loser and one of the contestants came out of the dressing room in a red dress. My daughter looked up at the TV and said, “Look Mommy, a princess!” She said it with such joy and wonder on her face. In her mind, this happy smiling woman in a dress WAS a princess. Mind you, this woman had no make up on, her hair wasn’t done, and she is still ‘over-weight’ based on our standards here in the states. This is no offense to this woman; she is simply still on her weight loss journey. None of this mattered to my 2 ½ year old. It really got me thinking.

First of all, I was so proud! I was proud that she has not been influenced by me or by society or by Disney to think that only skinny is beautiful. She can still see a woman who has genuine happiness on her face and call her a princess without any discrimination. I don’t know how long this will last, or even how long I want this whole princess fantasy to continue, but right now I am going to enjoy it.

What this should teach us though, is we are not born to discriminate, or hate, or make fun of, or think less of other people because of their appearance. We are born knowing that every human being is equally amazing and beautiful. We know this instinctually; we know it down to our bones. We learn otherwise, and incorrectly so. We are taught that “mommy doesn’t like to look fat in her jeans” and that “the chubby kid gets picked on the most” and that “there are no fat models” and that “the pretty girls get attention”.

It’s the same thing with racism. Remember that awesome Dennis Leary quote, “Racism isn’t born folks. It’s taught. I have a 2-year-old son. Know what he hates? Naps. End of list.” How true is that?!? And, if I introduced Ellie to 2 men and said, “Joe likes boys, and Mike likes girls”. She would say, “Okay…look at my pony.” She doesn’t care. Are they going to be nice her? Are they going to play Candyland? She’s on board.

We need to be conscious of our behavior, what comes out of our mouths, and our body language. A five year old girl is completely capable of interpreting an exasperated sigh as her mother looks in the mirror and doesn’t approve of what she sees. She is completely aware of the things you enjoy and focus on. If your coffee table is filled with Cosmo and US weekly instead of literature authored by women or books about science and the arts, she will notice. If your ‘down-time’ is watching Real Housewives or The Bachelor, she will notice. Not to mention the message this sends to our sons. Are we teaching our sons to value a woman for everything that she is capable of, or are we showing him that our value as women comes from our appearance?

It’s a lot of pressure, right? Yeah, parenting isn’t easy.

Just today to my husband I said, “I really need to focus on my diet. I am shaving my head in a month and I can’t be bald and chubby.” Granted, this was not in front of my kids, but it still came out of my mouth. I heard me say it. How many times a day do you insult yourself? If you had a friend that spoke to you that way, you would have ditched her years ago. And, my husband heard me say it. How annoying we must be to our husbands…. The person who loves us more than anyone else on the planet, the person who we trust with our lives, our future, our children, and we don’t believe the nice things they say to us.

I want to think like a 2 year old. I want to do what makes me happy. I want to value everyone equally (except moms, moms are the best). I want to play so hard that I fall asleep while eating. I want to be unashamed of my feelings and say what’s on my mind. We think that kids don’t know much, but they are so much wiser than we give them credit for. We could all learn a lot from them if we were actually listening.

What life lesson have you learned from your kids?

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Dear Body,

The time has come for you and us to stop fighting. I am done. If you think about all of the arguments we have had over the past few years, they just seem silly. And, I have to admit, it’s mostly my fault. I give you a hard time for the dumbest things and don’t give you enough credit for the amazing things that you do everyday! You take care of me even when I am sleeping. I am sorry, and I want to do better. The following comes from my heart…err your heart…whatever- I mean it though.

To my feet- you’re big, so what? You help me not to fall down more my giving me a sturdy base. Thanks, I’ll have my husband rub you more.

To my legs- I owe everything to you. You get me out of bed every morning. You support me on those long runs to help keep the rest of our body happy. You are my foundation. I will never again say our thighs are big or gross or wrinkly. I will not concern myself with the non-sense that is a ‘thigh-gap’. That’s just dumb. Thanks for being strong when I have been weak.

To my butt- thanks for being so good at dancing! Next wedding we go to, I promise to let you stay on the dance floor as long as you want to shake that money maker.

To my stomach- we have had a strained relationship for as long as I can remember. I ask too much of you. You were the perfect home to my 2 beautiful babies. You stretched just like you were designed to do, and I give you a hard time because you don’t look like you did in high school any more. If my husband got mad at me for that I would divorce him so I am sorry I talk to you like that. NO MORE. I love you and I will treat you better. I will also give you the best food I can- not to shrink and starve you- but to nourish you.

To my boobs- we had a really good run! I really just owe you round of applause. You were so good to me for so many years. In return, I promise to buy you big comfy bras and double it up for our workouts.

To my shoulder- you let me down last year, and I am still trying to work on forgiving you. All you had to do is stay in your home. Are you too good for your home?! Sorry, I digress. It’s almost been a full year since we got hurt, and we are not out of the woods yet. But, I promise to work as hard as I can to make you better.

To my brain- well aren’t you a tricky little friend… Not sure why you need to wake me up at 3am so that I can start contemplating my retirement or why I walk outside to get the mail and start to wonder about what I would do if someone just started shooting at me or if a squirrel jumped out of the tree onto my head, but I trust that there is a reason. I will work hard on bringing peace you in this new year. Even if it is for only 10 mins. a day, I will try to clear my thoughts and give you a break. Ohhmmmm…..

To my hair- you don’t have long. Come March, you are getting buzzed. It’s not you, it’s me. But, as you are growing back in, I’ll try not to judge you. I’ll remember that we did this for a good cause and I’ll try not to cry. Maybe this will be our chance to experiment and try something new together. You know, spice things up. Maybe there’s something cool that I’ve never even heard of….

So, thanks body. Let this be the year we fall in love just like old times.

My Relationship with Hats

008Today I wanted to take Will to get a last-minute-before-school-hair-cut, and I myself had a mess of a head. I had a lazy pony tail going, but not in a cute-messy-way, in a mom-who-has-given-up-kind-of-way. So I thought to myself, “Yay! An excuse to wear a hat.” I throw on the hat and do what I normally do after putting one on- stare at myself in the mirror for 10 minutes trying to decide if I can ‘pull it off’.

Why do I need an excuse? Do I think I am going to run into someone I know and have an exchange like this:

Random acquaintance: Hey, Candy, is that you?
Me: Yeah, hi how are you?
Random acquaintance: I haven’t seen you since high school!
Me: Has it been that long?!?
Random acquaintance: Yep…what’s with the hat?
Me: My hair was really messy so I threw it on. I swear, I’m not trying to look cool.
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I can tell you that I have approximately 5 hats that I have worn for a total of four times. I don’t know what you look like at the boutiques- throat clear- Target, but I look like this: try on a hat and stare at myself, I turn my head to the side a couple times, freak out about whether I look like an idiot, tilt my head down/up, look at the price tag, put it in my cart, take it out of my cart, circle the store, and buy it compulsively. “I’ll take that receipt!”

The funny thing is is that I actually think I look okay in hats. I will totally rock a hat on vacation! I have no embarrassment. I think that the strangers just think I am some trendy lady who just knows what she likes. Unlike reality, where I worry about everything.

Is it possible to wear a hat and NOT look like a douche? Seriously, I want you to answer me!

I am fashionable enough to recognize when other people look adorable in hats, and to know which hats are “IN”, but I can’t judge myself.

But, do you know what is more embarrassing than getting caught looking like an idiot wearing a hat? Giving 2-shits about what other people think of me in my hat! If I like it, why do I care if you like it? Am I worried that you are going to talk to all your friends about how I looked stupid? Am I worried that some guy from high school is going to find me unattractive? So silly.

So, here we go, declaration time: If I like it, I am going to wear it! And so should you! Your style is your style is your style! Confidence is way sexier than trendiness anyway! 🙂

It is decided.

Recently a friend had a big event coming up and wanted to really focus for 3 weeks on slimming down and eating perfect. She asked me if I would come up with a meal plan for her to take the guess work out of it. For her, I really focused on cutting out salt and dairy because this was a short term strict ‘diet’. For the average person, eating this way is already cutting out SO MUCH salt/sugar/bad fat, that you don’t really need to focus on limiting more. I eat a lot of fat now: avocados, meat, nuts, oils, etc. If you have high blood pressure or really have a lot of weight to lose, you might want to limit the salt and dairy too.

My intention with this post is to give you ideas for real life, something that you could maintain moving forward. This is NOT a short term plan to lose weight. This is a life time plan to improve your health, have more energy, have fewer digestive problems, and yes….lose a little bit of weight. (If you are not a cooker and need more specifics, just ask. I love talking about this shit! I will help you.)

Breakfast:

Eggs- limit salt and dairy. A little cheese is okay, but make the cheese count! Good quality, full flavor!

Spinach, tomato, peppers, mushrooms, lean meats, etc. (You can pre-make these either in quiche form or in a muffin pan, and heat up when ready. I like to do a quiche with peppers, onions, broccoli, and spinach, with smoked gouda. My husband likes omelets with sundried tomatoes, feta, mushrooms, and spinach. My kids like scrambled eggs with ‘flat turkey’ (aka lunch meat) and spinach.)

Smoothies- Use plain full fat yogurt, milk, fruits, and veggies. Here are a couple I like.

Yogurt, milk, banana, almond butter, spinach, chocolate syrup (yes, I know, but I like it), and ice

Yogurt, milk, banana, apple (skin on), almonds (5-7, raw, no salt), cinnamon, spinach, and ice

Yogurt, milk, banana, raspberries, spinach, and ice

Chicken/apple sausage (Applegate farms, I love these!)- eat with a handful of berries

Apple with Almond butter, and hard boiled egg

Lunches and Dinners:

Turkey Burgers with lettuce, tomato, avocado, sprouts, etc. No Ketchup! No mayo! (Sear on each side and finish in oven since turkey burgers get so dry). I also like to chop up a granny smith apple really finely (skin on) and mix it in with the meat to keep it juicy and add fiber.

Chicken or Tuna salad over greens (no additional dressing besides the mayo and lemon juice in the chicken/tuna)

Turkey/cheese/bell pepper roll ups (3 slices turkey, 1 slice of cheese divided in 3, and 3 strips of a bell pepper in the middle), with an apple or berries, and some nuts (pistachios, almonds)

Roasted red pepper and tomato soup. I buy the low-sodium one in the health food aisle in the rectangle carton. I then add a bunch of shredded chicken, a can of diced tomatoes (use fresh in season, no salt added if from can), red pepper flakes for heat, and avocado (add when serving).

Chicken Breast with homemade quac (avocado, red onion, cilantro, and tomato-not salsa unless its fresh- and lemon juice)

Chicken/apple sausage again with either 1. Raw carrots/broc/celery with yogurt based ranch, 2. Celery and almond butter, 3. Pistachios and fruit

Pork tenderloin and veggies

Chicken and veggies

Burgers over portabello, tomato, avocado, sprouts, carmelized onions, spinach, butter lettuce, and/or anything fresh that you like.

Stuffed peppers: ground turkey, onion, cheese, spinach, pablano pepper, diced tomatoes

Skirt steak sliced over big salad, hard boiled egg, veggies, avocado, olive oil and lemon juice dressing (or oil and vinegar)

Chicken pesto over greens or with roasted veggies (Roasted veggies= broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and kale= so yummy!)

Steak with chimichurri (You can google recipes for chimichurri, its very simple. If you’re not familiar it is usually a sauce made with olive oil, garlic, and a bunch of fresh herbs/spices).

Chicken legs with chimichurri (I don’t love chicken legs but my husband does. Any chicken cut is great for this. The bone-in cuts will be juicier, but cook slower).

I didn’t separate lunch and dinner b/c there can be so much overlap. This diet should be combined with lots of exercise and water.

Also, I’d like to be clear on one thing… No soda! Not even diet. Soda is always bad. It causes cravings, and is filled with chemicals. If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times: Besides water, coffee, and a little bit of milk…if it doesn’t get you drunk, don’t drink it. J

I’m turning into a crazy person. I see it happening, I recognize the signs, I know that people are going to get sick of me, and yet I can’t help it. I can’t stop talking about food! I am reading another book about food and it is re-enforcing everything I have been saying. The book is called, “Salt, Sugar, Fat: how the food giants hooked us” by Michael Moss. I definitely recommend it! I’m only about 15% of the way thru it but I can see where it is going.

Basically, what I have been trying to get across to everyone is that processed food is bad. (I know, I’m like the first person to say this!) Well, at least 98% of it is bad for us. The problem is people know donuts are bad and oreos are bad and fritos are bad, but we give a pass to other foods. It doesn’t matter if it says “heart healthy” or a “good source of fiber”, etc. It’s bad! When is the last time you looked at the ingredient list on that ‘healthy whole grain’ bread you buy? Go ahead….I’ll wait. The bread has literally been engineered to have the exact amount of sugar to stimulate your appetite and the precise amount of salt and fat to give it the right ‘mouth feel’. This ain’t your grandma’s bread. Her bread used to go bad after 2 days. Her bread didn’t have high fructose corn syrup as the second ingredient. I know I pick on bread an awful lot. Are there worse things in the world than whole wheat bread? Of course! But, whole wheat bread disguises itself as a health food. (don’t even get me started on soy!)

But let’s back up a little. There was a need: The American people were getting busier and the food companies had the solution. We wanted fast, convenient food that tasted great. Food companies had the solution. They are a business. Businesses need to make money. The more we ate and the cheaper they made the food, the bigger the profit. Simple right? So, they use the cheapest ingredients that they can: chemicals, salt, sugar, and fat.

So, the American public started eating a LOT of this food. “Real food is too expensive and it takes too long”. Well not only do these foods not meet our nutritional needs but they change our relationship with food all together. Now we expect sweet, salty, and perfect texture- often from the same product. We actually crave more food and eat more calories as a result.

Okay, so now we are all fat and someone has to do something about this! God forbid we stop eating the crap, so we put pressure on the food companies. To appease the public they come out with low-fat cookies, and 9-grain bread, and lower sodium soups, etc. This takes super chemists because they also need the food to taste good. So more chemicals. On top of that, no one is getting enough fiber and vitamins. Simple, everyone needs a multi-vitamin and Fiber One Brownies! They are now meeting our new needs that their foods created!

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All the blame does not fall with ‘big food’. We keep buying the crap. Sure, is there a little evil empire thing going on, but we cannot be surprised that they care more about profit than the health or your kid. Every single day we vote with our dollars. You can buy Fiber One Brownies (that’s the picture shown) or you can have one of the other things with 5 gr. of fiber. Like: 1/2 cup of berries, 1/2 cup of broccoli, 1/2 cup brussel’s sprouts, 1 large apple, 1/2 cup kale or spinach, or 1/2 an avocado. You’ll be pooping like a pro in no-time!

Here are some things that you and/or your kids might eat that are not as healthy as you may think: wheat bread (all bread), granola bars, low-fat cookies, go-gurt, lunchables, Subway, Panera, margarine, cheerios, raisin bran, low-fat cheese, oatmeal, whole grain bagels, diet soda (all soda), etc. I could go on and on. Read labels. And not just fat and calories! Ingredients!

I will help anyone that wants it. I can tell you what to buy or how to cook or what to throw in the trash. All you have to do is ask. I promise you will be healthier, and happier, with less digestive problems, and lose weight. No gimicks. Just eating real food. Who else has changed their lives by making the switch?

veggiesEver since I posted the blog about eating wheat free, people have been asking me, so….what do you eat then? It’s funny because I felt the same way in the beginning. When you cut out wheat you eliminate: bread, anything breaded, pasta, cookies, cakes, crackers, and almost everything processed. On top of that I cut out all food from a box and rice and potatoes. I’m not anti-rice or potatoes, but if you are trying to lose weight, these foods will kill your diet. There is a place for these carbs but not for 30+ year old women trying to lose weight. These foods are good for athletes, distance runners, etc. I get plenty of carbs from fruit and plenty of fiber from my veggies. I think often times diets fail because people just try to eat ‘less’. They don’t cut out the junk and just cut their portion sizes. Well, cutting portion sizes is a good thought, but if you are never satisfied from your meals, you are sabotaging your diet. I have also been asked by a lot of parents about budgets and grocery shopping, etc. So, what I am doing today is sharing with you my grocery order for the week and the cost (I use Peapod so the total also includes delivery). This is for a family of four, it’s a week’s worth of groceries, and we eat about 90% at home. There is very little going out for lunch/dinner.

Apples, Fugi x3
Asparagus, 1 bunch
Avocado, x2
Banana, x11 (we eat a lot of bananas!)
Blueberries, x1
Broccoli, fresh, 3 stalks, 1 crown
Brussels Sprouts, 1 pound
Baby Carrots, 1 bag
Cucumbers, x1
Kale, 1 bunch
Lemons, x2
Cataloupe, x1
Portobella mushroom caps, 1 pound
Red Onion, x1
Vidalia Onion, x2
Green Bell Pepper, x2
Raspberries, x1
Baby spinach, x1 bag
Sprouts alfalfa, x1 package
Beef steak tomato, x1
Chicken apple sausage (applegate farms, LOVE!), x1 box
Turkey breakfast sausage, x1 package
Turkey hotdogs, uncured, nitrite free, x1 package
Chicken breasts, 1 lb.
Tilapia, 1 lb.
Grass fed ground beef, 1 lb.
Deli Turkey, 1 lb.
Munster cheese, 1/2 pound
2% milk, x1 gallon
Whole milk, x1 gallon
Yogurt, Whole milk plain, 1 large tub
Yogurt, Whole milk peach, 4-pack
Eggs, free range, omega 3, x1 dozen
Orange Juice, 1/2 gallon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(I don’t need any nuts this week, but that is a common item as well. Almonds, pistacios, pecans, walnuts.)

TOTAL COST: $131.60

Before I made the change, I would say I was closer to $115.00 per week. So, our bill has gone up. To me, it’s worth it. I have lost 10 pounds and 2.5 inches off my waist in approx. 8-10 weeks (I’ve been exercising too). I am 5 pounds away from my ultimate goal weight and feel great! Full of energy and never hungry. Also, I firmly believe we have to choose between spending our money on food or spending our money on medicine down the road.

Every week I shop the same way. I start with veggies, then I move to fruit, then I move to meat/seafood, next is dairy, and end with nuts. That’s it. If it doesn’t fall in those categories, I don’t buy it.

I would love to hear what you think. What do you buy? Have any of you made a similar change and how do you feel? Do you have any questions? Is this helpful? I love talking about this!!!