Vegan/ Plant Based?

Hiddy Ho  I am continuing my adventure with Organic and Non GMO.  It is going very well. I feel great and have a lot of energy and I have been sleeping very well!  The sleeping thing is amazing, because usually I have great difficulty sleeping.

Based upon the research and documentaries I have been watching I have also decided to go plant based.  I have not mentioned this to anyone in my family yet, and no one has really noticed, or said anything that I have not been eating meat for about a week now.  The last time I ate meat was dinner Father’s Day.  I mainly did this because I did not want to make a big deal about my decision, and my parents would notice if I did not eat the meat.  Since then I have been making Vegan meals at home.  I few nights I made a protein for the men in my house.  But again, no one said anything when I ate a portobello mushroom burger and salad for dinner last night.

I am not going to go full Vegan, at least not right now.  I have decided I am going to eat meat very rarely and only Chicken, Fish or Eggs, but for the most part it is Vegan.  I have based this decision on my health.  I can no longer ignore or be blinded to what the industry is doing to our food and environment.  Our food is being altered and is harmful, and no one says anything because the corporations run everything.  I feel I can not eat meat safely, because I do not know what they are feeding the animals and how they are treated. I do not want to go back to being ignorant or ignoring all of this information just to eat a hamburger.  I feel I can be best to my body by feeding it healthy organically grown food.

I am expecting to have to argue my decision with a great many people when they find out.  I am ready to do that.

Here is my new theme song to help me: (sorry for the bad language)

“I am not messing around with my life, no more.” I am not going to take my health for granted any more and I am going to be proactive in preserving it.

 

I am going to ask my family to watch a few documentaries:

What the Health

 

Forks over Knives

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Plant Pure Nation

To see if I can get them on board.  I am hoping to try and get them to do a two week trial, and see where we can go from there.  I will let you know what they decide….

 

I have been doing it only a week and I  literally feel better. I am able to get my 10,000 steps a day no problem.  Some days I go way over that, and almost feel like I have  some energy to spare.  I have also been able to up my walk in the morning from 25 minutes to almost an hour, since it is summer and I don’t have to get kids ready for school. I really love my walk.  It really clears my head and prepares me for the day. I listen to my new theme song and just go!

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Little more food for thought….

New Way of Life/ BFD

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This is my third week of going organic.  I am loving it.  It has been extremely easy to changed to only organic food (at home), plus I find we are eating a lot healthier because the health of our food is in the forefront of my mind.  I went to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday with My Husband, and we had a list of all the fruit and veg we needed for the week, we bought as much as we could there and only bought from organic farmers.  The produce was so beautiful, I literally left most of it on my counter in a bowl, because it looked so nice.  I bought the rest of our groceries at Trader Joe’s.  I even got my MEN to eat a Vegetarian Dinner, one night….. and they liked it! Plus I literally feel better, I have a lot of energy and I feel like I am sleeping better, my asthma and allergies are still bad, but other that that, I feel great!

It is not to say there are not obstacles with eating only organic.  If I don’t bring enough food to work, I am stuck and have to wait until I get home.  I really can’t eat at parties, which makes me feel like a prude.  And the all day outside Concert we went to on Saturday was a challenge.  There was literally nothing there for me to eat  because of my food allergies let alone trying to eat organically. There was only crap food.

My son and I also got into an argument in Target because I would not let him have a diet soda.  I literally had to lecture him about was aspartame is, then he retorted ” I hate this THING you are doing”.  I think he thinks it is a faze.

BFD

As I mentioned in my last post My Husband, Daughter and I went to a music Festival last weekend.  It was wonderful.  As usual we discovered some new really great bands.

 

Waters

 

You have to check out this band!  They are amazing, I am obsessed with them right now.

 

LP was also amazing.  Man can that girl Sing!! And we were extremely close!

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Unfortunately we were not able to stay for the entire show, so we missed Franz Ferdinand and Phoenix, because I was starving and it got very cold.  I was very upset about this, but what can you do.

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We had  a great time and will continue the tradition.

 

One complaint:  I was wearing 50 sunblock  I reapplied FIVE times,  I still got sunburned!!! How is that even possible!

My New Passion

My New Passion is being educated about the safety of our food.  It is a very scary thing for me to continue to research. Part of my mind is thinking we may have damaged our world too much to recover, but I am hopeful if we get the information out and the change comes quickly, as it did in Europe, we can come back.

This article scared me: 

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/roundups-toxic-chemical-glyphosate-found-100-california-wines-tested.html?t=SNFLTV

My husband thought I was crazy when I said I was going to try and avoid California Wines after reading this, not that I drink all that much….but….

When I  talk to people about this kind of thing they look at me like I am a weird hippie hemp eating freak.  I am not.  But I am concerned about my health and my family’s health.  I already have health issues that are affecting my life at 40.  Cancer already runs in my family, I do not need do anything to raise my likelihood of getting it.

I seem to keep using the analogyIf you get Round- up on your hands, do you lick it off?”  This makes a lot of sense to me.  It is in a lot of our food.  That terrifies me.

Here is another great video that explains what GMOs and Non- Organic food can do to you:

 

For me this information makes too much sense to ignore. Not from only the information given to me in the videos and documentaries I watch and the articles I read, but from my own life.  No one else in my family has food allergies , I developed them (5) literally overnight.  No on else in my family has asthma, I developed it at 40.  Almost all of my friends had trouble conceiving.  All of this with in the last 5-10 years…. Strange right?  I kept thinking when all of this started happening to me that there was something seriously wrong with me, I am hoping it is just something seriously wrong with what I was subjecting my body too.

 

I hope my friends, family and subscribers take this information to heart.  It is just too scary to ignore. Isn’t a little inconvenience worth it, if it preserves or makes your life and the life of your children better?

 

 

Sad Commentary on Being a Woman in 2017/ My Organic Adventure

Sad Commentary on Being a Woman in 2017

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I am a strong confident woman who prides herself on her independence!  I walk every morning at 6:30 am for 30 minutes.  I live in a  very safe neighborhood.  I walk a walking path around my neighborhood, most of which is along the road, but there is one part after the park that goes between some houses for about a half a mile.  It is now bright and sunny when I walk.  I usually only encounter other people exercising during my walk and usually the same people, but one day last week I was walking on the path between the houses and I was walking toward two men in their late teens or twenties.  They were walking side by side and wearing black clothing.  Then two parts of my brain started to work all at once.  I did not overtly feel threatened, but I was a female walking alone with no one else around.  The other part of my brain was thinking… they are just walking on the path…relax.  My self preservation/trained response was to flee.  I cut out of the path on the very next street, and continued to look behind me to make sure I was not being followed.  I hated this and it stayed fore front in my mind for days.  If I was a male I could have kept walking with out a thought, but because I am not I had to run every scenario of what could go wrong or happen through my mind.  They were probably just nice young men trying to get somewhere, but…… what if they weren’t.

My Organic Adventure

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So it has been about a week since I decided to go Organic on top of my food restrictions (see previous blog post).  So far it has been okay.  I was able to buy everything I normally buy at Trader Joe’s in Organic.  I was really pleased about this, and my grocery bill did not go up too much, actually basically the same.

The only times I ate non-organic food this week was when I went out to eat twice this week and kettle corn at the movie theater. The eating out non-organic was unavoidable since the only place to eat non-GMO in my town is Chipotle. The movie popcorn I should have known better.  I know that corn is one of the most highly GMO foods out there, but the salty sweet goodness just got a hold of me….  I will try to do better this week.

Cleanse

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After reading much information on GMO foods I have decided to do a cleanse.  I try to do a cleanse at least twice a year.  The one I usually do is from Arbonne, but is mostly a liver cleanse.  This time I decided to try a full gut/liver cleanse, and it is organic and non-GMO.  I am really happy so far with the one I choose.  I feel great, no crazy harsh side effects and it is pretty easy.  I will be on the cleanse for 14 days, so you might hear about it again before I complete it.

Personal Note

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This weekend I am continuing my family’s tradition of kicking of our summer with going to our local music festival BFD.  I am very excited to see Franz Ferdinand, Phoenix, Milky Chance, Cold War Kids, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and very very excited to see LP.

I have discovered some really great bands in years past: Big Data, Semi Precious Weapons, Meg Myers,  Lucius, Reuben and the Dark to mention a few.

Not to mention the awesome bands I already knew and got to see live: Fitz and the Tantrums, The Wombats, Offspring,  Panic at the Disco, Cold War Kids, Misterwives, Of Monsters and Men,  Kongos, Walk the Moon, Bleachers,  and Twenty One Pilots

So…. I am very excited!

Books

I finished two books this week, on my daughter’s recommendation

  1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Before I Fall was a really interesting book.  It took me a while to get into the story, but once I was into the story I really loved it.

Everything, Everything was a really good quick read.  I was hooked form page ten.  Adorable characters, and a very interesting way to tell the story.  I did see the film, and I was not impressed.  I do not think the film makes read the book, or maybe only the cliff-notes version.

Finally have something to say

I had a personal crisis in my life last November and I did not want to talk about it through this medium, so I took a hiatus from my blog.

But now I finally have something else to say….

About a year ago I was eating left over shrimp pesto from the night before in my work’s kitchen.  I ate it the night before with no problems.  I almost went into full anaphylactic shock after one bite the next day.  I went through a slew of testing, turns out I was deathly allergic to tree nuts and shellfish and my gluten allergy was confirmed.  So I had to cut out all of those from my diet.

It took me a year to finally get the hang of that and come to terms with what I was not able to eat.  Almost exactly a year later I am diagnosed with IBS, meaning more food restrictions.  I no longer can eat Dairy, Beef, Pork, Coffee, Spicy Food or Carbonated anything.  That was a tough one, but eliminating those things from my diet I felt a lot better.  It is very frustrating not being able to eat what you want and watch other people eating.

About a month after that I was diagnosed with asthma.  I had never had asthma before, so this was another shock.

In my mind I thought all of this was because I turned 40 and my body was changing.

I have always been interested in nutrition. I read about it and watch documentaries on it all the time.   Last week I happened upon this documentary :

It was mind blowing for me.  It had detailed information about the effects on the body with GMO foods and how many people are having the same issues that I am having.

Because of what has happened to me I basically live on cooked vegetables and plain fish or chicken.  If all of this could have been prevented through diet or I caused this because of my diet is completely maddening.

I am not one to believe everything I see or hear, but this makes a lot off sense. So I am making the shift to only buy Organic and/ or Non-GMO products from now on. I do not want to make myself worse, and if there is even an off chance I can protect my family……it is worth it, plus it can’t hurt anything….

One Happy thing is I have lost 45 pounds, because I cant eat anything.

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September 28th- When it Rains it Pours

Personal Note- Still getting over this darn cold.  It has been three weeks, I am very tired of being sick.  There is a large fire burning about 10 miles (as the crow flies) from my house, so I am unable to work out outside….so much for getting back on track with my exercise this week.

Thought of the Day- 

Why is it that when bad things happen they seem to happen in a cluster?   We have a had a bad couple of weeks at our home.  My Daughter Tore Her Thigh Muscle, I got Sick, Son’s Shower broke, Our Bunny Died, Disposer cracked, Major Clog Under Our House, Daughter having an Emotional time with friends, Daughters Fish Dies, And now My Husband got rear ended on the freeway.  When it Rains it Pours!  All of this is causing emotional and financial difficulties for us.  It feels like we are under a dark cloud and there is now way out right now.  Thank God no one is seriously hurt, but COME ON!!!

Song of the Day

Erasure- Sometimes

I can’t believe I have loved this band for 30 years!

 

Outfits

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Similar Wrap Dress

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Same Skirt

 

09-21-16- Wrinkles

Personal Note-

Last week was my One Year Wedding Anniversary.  My Husband and I had a quick trip to Las Vegas, where we dined at some very very good restaurants, and had a very nice time.  Fate was not nice to me and gave me a bad head cold for the trip, I was not amused, but I didn’t let it get the best of me.

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Since I have been sick my exercise routine fell by the wayside….. getting back on track next week.

Thought of the Day-

Do you ever notice something about yourself and then become obsessed with it?  My current obsession, wrinkles.  I have noticed a great deal of fine lines on my face, so I have jumped into uber moisturizing mode. I have very sensitive skin so the things I can use are very limited.  Does anyone else do this? Just one day realize…. hey I better start doing something about this and go full throttle?

Song of the Day-

Pot Kettle Black by Tilly and the Wall

Outfits

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Love my Polka Dots

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Trying a new way of taking my pictures

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Casual Day

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Dog Photo Bomb
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I feel this outfit really shows my weightloss
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Polka Dots Again
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Last day trying new way. and another dog photo bomb

 

August 31- Personal Beliefs

Personal Note– The eating healthy and exercise have been going much better this week.  I think everyone is getting used to it now. It is still really hard for me to be up at 5:15 and go go go to get everything done all day, but I am getting it done and I feel really good. Now…. if I could just get my sleeping back on track.

We also tried a few different things this week.  We went to the driving range and hit a few golf balls, which was a really good time. We also went to the beach for a really long walk, which I always love.  I have been trying to hit my 10,000 steps a day and have been pretty successful.  Hoping to go hiking this Saturday too.

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Thought of the Day– Is it okay to personally attack someone for their beliefs? Is it okay to badger someone because they think differently than you do? Is it okay to berate a family member for speaking their mind?   If someone is not hurting anyone or breaking a law, let them state their opinion.  Last time I checked in this country we have a thing called the Bill of Rights where the First Amendment states: The Freedom of Speech, and of the Press, and the right of the People peaceably to assemble, and consult for their common good, and to apply to the Government for a redress of grievances, shall not be infringed.  ENOUGH Said!

Parenting- Is it not amazing as a parent how you can be so happy for your child?  It almost seems that it makes you happier to see things happen for your child than you would be if it happened to you.

 

Song of the Day – 2 Cellos- Thunderstruck

On my Cello theme….My sister showed this to me, so amazing

 Outfits- 

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Date Night Dress

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Polka Dots!
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Polka Dot Shirt Dress- Modcloth
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I was running late this day…

August 24- Classical and Concentration

Personal Note – Things have been going well this week.  Working on getting the entire family healthy, is going pretty smoothly.  The meal planning is a bit difficult, but hoping to find a happy medium soon.  I also start physical therapy this week.

A new thing I have started doing in a notebook,  I list all of things I have done for myself that are good and healthy during the day.  I am trying to focus on the good I am doing instead of focusing on negative.  It makes me feel good seeing all the things written down.

I also logged over 30 miles on my fit bit last week.  Really trying to get my 10,000 steps a day.

Thought of the Day

Do you find it easier to concentrate while listening to classical music?  I have been trying to listen to more classical music at work to help with my stress level.  I have an important project I am working on right now.  I put me headphones on to listen to cello pieces while working on it and I found it much easier to focus on what I was doing.  I was super focused.  I wonder why?  Has this worked for anyone else?

Song of the Day

Gabriel’s Oboe by  Ennio Morricone from The Mission

I am currently obsessed with this right now.

Outfits

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Love this Empire Waist Dress
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One of my favorite Polka Dot Dresses
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More Dots…
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I was running late this day…. not much effort

 

August 17th- I’m back!

After a horrible two months with a  frozen shoulder I am finally back to almost normal!  I still have to go to physical therapy to get full use of my arm back, but I am able to function like a normal human again.  During my treatments/testing for my shoulder I did find out that I have other sort of serious neck issues, so I am dealing with that too….

Thought of the Day- Getting Healthy (excuse the catharsis)

So as I mentioned I am having some back issues.  I need to lose weight and exercise, specifically strengthen my shoulder and back and work on flexibility.  I am following an anti- inflammatory diet, to try and help with the arthritis in my neck.  I have been able to implement a walking routing, and my sweet husband is even getting up with me at 5:30 am to walk with me. I am also very excited to start Yoga/Pilates with my sister on the weekends.

As if this was not enough my son is having some health issues and now needs to follow a low carb diet.  At the moment I am feeling very overwhelmed with trying to implement all of this into our lives and make everyone in the house happy, and abide by my food allergy limitations. Good thing I am very good at making lists and scheduling.

Song of the Day

The Fixx- One Thing leads to another.

 Some exciting music news….

I went t o a few concerts this summer.  BFD which I have mentioned before was amazing.

I also got to see my FAVORITE singer Matt Nathanson.  He was wonderful, and on top of getting to see him…. I also got to meet him.

I also was lucky enough to go to another show: Panic at the Disco and Weezer.

OMG  So much fun!!!

So sad summer is coming to an end!

 

Outfits:

So the entire two months I was injured I was not able to dress myself.  All I could manage to get on was a cotton tank top and a skirt.  This was torture for me.  Here are the outfits I have worn since I have recovered!

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