Healthy… again

24 Jul

Back on the healthy wagon today!!  Kids are gone so cooking is not required!!

Coffee for breakfast.  Ok! Ok!  I can do better there!

Salad for lunch.  Yogurt with organic granola for dinner. 

Tons of water. 

I feel so much better today!!

Thank you for joining me on my journey!

-Sarah 

Cheat weekend … Never Again

23 Jul

I had a wonderful weekend with old friends this weekend. We packed up for a girl’s staycation.  I decided that I was going to have fun and not worry about what I ate this weekend!   

We stayed in a fabulous hotel, and lounged at the pool all afternoon on Saturday. It was incredibly relaxing and refreshing. We talked and laughed all afternoon and late into the night!!

We had a few cocktails and ordered greasy Italian food for dinner. We ate Sprinkles cupcakes straight from the box (we had no plates or napkins in the room). 
We had brunch reservations this afternoon at a restaurant which serves southern food. I was so excited to eat here! I ordered chicken and waffles. It was so delicious. 


Not too long after lunch, though, I started to have a familiar feeling that I have not had in months….  stomach ache, cramping and some dizziness. NOT GOOD!

We finished eating and I got home. My stomach was very upset. Something I have not experienced in a couple of months, but which used to be very normal for me. 

I lay down to rest and woke up with fever. I feel like I swallowed a beach ball. I have heart burn. It’s been 8 hours since lunch and I am stuffed and still aching!

I think my body had adjusted so well to my cleaner eating that I made myself sick by my food choices!  I remember that I used to feel like this a lot. Today, it kept me down; I’ve been in bed all day. 

I have been feeling so good and healthy and full of energy lately. This cheat weekend was NOT worth it. 

Back to clean eating tomorrow. 

Thank you for coming along on my journey!

-Sarah

Low Sugar Update

22 Jul

Y’all, it’s going great. I feel good. I’ve dropped a few inches. I have more energy. I’m happier. I’m loving this low sugar life!!

Cheat night

12 Jul

The kids are gone for a couple of weeks with their dad. That means I have some very rare alone time. I got about 4 inches cut off of my hair earlier today. 

It is a gorgeous summer evening in Texas. The breeze is blowing. It’s 8:30 at night and I’m sitting on an awesome patio enjoying some fresh air and having sangria.   A little Tone Loc playing. Usually, I’m fishing the bedtime routine with the kids and stuck inside the house until morning. I miss them like crazy. But this?  It’s lovely. 
I’m sure there is sugar in this beverage and it is so delicious!!  

Sometimes, it’s good to take a minute for yourself and relax. Breathe some fresh air. Be still. 

Thank you for coming along on my journey!  Cheers!

-Sarah

30 Day Sugar Cleanse

8 Jul

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For the second consecutive month, I am doing a sugar cleanse.  Now, when you hear cleanse, you may have thoughts of expensive green juice, complicated diets, colonics and frequent trips to the restroom.

Honestly, that’s just way too hard for me.  I just want to be a little healthier, and help my kids be healthy and happy as well.  And, I need a little accountability!

Here’s what I do…  don’t eat any refined or processed sugar.  Now, I am not perfect, but for me, I define this as no sugary sweets or desserts.  We eat tons of fruit, and I know that sugar is added to many foods that we don’t even realize contain sugar.  But, I’m busy so I’m all about making healthy choices that are easy to define and follow for me and my family.

What do I do?

I keep a box under my desk at work with healthy snacks. Right now, I have almonds and crackers.  Going to the store today to stock up on more.  This week, I plan to take yogurt, cheese, and some fruit to snack on.  (Yes, these contain some sugar, but the overall health benefits outweigh the negative impact of the sugar.  Right?!  Remember, my definition is no sugary desserts and sweets.)

I stock my pantry and refrigerator with healthy food and snacks.  I’m just not going to buy the junk.  That way, it isn’t convenient.  I already freed my pantry and refrigerator for June so that’s already done.

Have you done this before?  What are some tips and tricks you have to stick with it?

Thanks for coming along on my journey.

Sarah

No Sugar… Week 1

8 Jul

Our first week of our no sugar food experiment went amazingly well!  I was incredibly surprised. I expected it to be filled with whiny, composing kids who just wanted ice cream or candy!

But, was I wrong. In fact, I saw just the opposite. 

My daughter doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth and eats pretty healthy so she didn’t notice much. She was more worried about catching up with friends after having been away for a month!!  

I feel great!  I have so much more energy. My mood has improved. I craved dessert so much, but I ate tons of fruit and almonds to keep full. It didn’t replace the hot fudge brownie sundae I was craving, but I was able to handle the craving with better choices. 

My sweet son…  he is like a new person, y’all!!  He was happy all week. Not a single temper tantrum, which typically happen daily.   He whined less. He was more focused and listened better. 

He was able to think and make good choices at home and at school. In fact, his teacher specifically stopped me yesterday to tell me that he had a great day on his field trip on Thursday. Y’all, THIS. HAS. NEVER. HAPPENED. His teacher has never complimented his overall behavior. Ever. 

It was a truly eye-opening and incredible week and this will be our new way of life. I know we will continue to refine it, but just removing obvious sources of sugar has made such an incredible difference for our family!

The kids were fine with it. My son asked for dessert every night, and I did buy some fruit popcicles for dessert after dinner. I’m sure they had some sugar, but a better choice than cakes or cookies. 

So, what did we eat?!

Sunday, we had a rib-eye steak with veggies. 

Monday, we had chicken and rice casserole (no canned soup in my recipe, I make a cheese sauce instead) with leftover veggies, and some fruit. 

Tuesday, I grilled hamburgers. We had veggies and fruit. 

Wednesday and Thursday were leftovers. 

For breakfast, we had fresh fruit, English muffins, and corn flakes throughout the week. 

The kids went to their dad’s on Friday and are there for a month. I’m hoping he keeps up the new diet. 

In the meantime, I plan to keep it up. I want to  try to eliminate some excess carbs next. I love bread and have carbs with most meals.   I also want to get better at reading labels on food and remove dye from our diet as well. It just makes sense for the happiness and health of my family.

Thank you for coming along on my journey. 

Happy 4th of July

4 Jul

Happy 4th of July!  I’m spending the day with the kids. We had a fun time at a parade near our home this morning, swimming later and cooking burgers for dinner. I really want ice cream. I bought real fruit popcicles for dessert, though!


Thank you for coming along on my journey!

-Sarah