What do I eat now?!

If you’re like me and trying to get your health back on the road to recovery then you’ve probably read and watched all the documentaries about the food industry. The problem with all these documentaries is they tell you what you shouldn’t eat. All the foods with carcinogenic relations, conspiracy theories, visual aids showing you what happens to the foods after consumption… but where is the documentary showing you the good stuff? It’s like watching the news showing all the bad things in the world but ignoring the good, making everyone scared to even step out the door.

6 years ago I was in the 200 pound range. I was tired and sick all the time. I sounded like Darth Vader when I slept. I was depressed and had no energy. My sister who studies integrative nutrition moved in with me and I accepted her offer to help with my current lifestyle. She went through my cabinets and threw away all of my processed foods. She told me everything I shouldn’t have and then sent me to the store to fill my cabinets with better food. The only problem was I didn’t know what was considered healthy. The things she had eliminated from my cabinets were things I thought was supposed to be healthy… I came back with a bag of grapes. That’s when she knew I needed help 😂. She came with me to the store and showed me the foods that were beneficial to my health.

We took baby steps, she couldn’t teach me everything overnight so she gave me rules for grocery shopping, at first I was to stay away from the middle aisles, only shopping from the fresh foods section. Water. I drank lots of water. Once I got that down pat, she took me into the middle section and showed me how to read the ingredients of foods and what to avoid. ‘If you can’t pronounce it don’t eat’, that’s what she said. I wish I couldn’t pronounce kale. I started juicing my greens because I wasn’t accustom to eating them and had a hard time getting in the right amount for my daily value. This made it easier. Quinoa? I couldn’t pronounce that… I tried arguing that one. I hated it! However now it’s one of my favorites! As you change your lifestyle, your taste buds will change and you’ll grow to love these types of foods! I lost 82 pounds in 6 months! Mind you, this was 6 years ago. Since then I went through nursing school, started a busy lifestyle and reverted back to bad habits out of convenience. I got back up to the 160-170 pound range and the tired, low energy crap came right on back! I have to brag on myself for just a minute, I have no problem going cold turkey with anything I do. I love a good challenge. So back in May I said to myself, get yourself back into eating for good energy mode. It’s September now and I’m back down to 130. It was very easy to do since I already knew what foods to eat and what to avoid.

I do have a lot of people asking what do you eat? I love this question. I’m not on a diet. I’m eating for health and good energy. So instead of telling you all the stuff to avoid, I’ll share with you the things I do eat! I select Whole Foods when shopping. Leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, fruits, grains, sweet potato’s, superfoods. I check the ingredient labels and avoid anything labeled “fat free” or “sugar free”. I pick up the occasional juice from the juice bar in town “juicys”. I have a juicer but haven’t broke it back out, I will soon. I just realize I sound vegan. I do eat meat and dairy but sparingly. It’s the smallest food group on my food pyramid. I could probably go vegan if I wanted but I don’t want to have to take the time right now to calculate my essential proteins and supplement my B12 to ensure I’m getting the right amount daily. Soon I plan to making a shopping video, so if you are interested I can walk you through the grocery store! My goal is to eat to feel better, not to lose weight. I want that good energy! If you know of a good documentary that shows you beneficial foods and what to eat, tell me about it! I am sick of the documentaries telling you all the stuff you shouldn’t eat and watching chickens getting injected with antibiotics and such, just show me the good stuff!

Let’s play a game

I was picking my girls up from school yesterday, asking them the usual how was school questions. My teenager for the first time mirrored that question back at me and said how was your day mom? Can you believe that?! What a dear. I choose to answer questions like this with the best parts of my day, or the worse parts. Who likes the same ole same “my day was good”… bleh. Those people are boring. What was good or bad about your day, I want details! I told her that I made a spirit stick out of highlighters and how I challenged my wound tech to a race, and how she tricked me saying she wasn’t going to race me but took off running towards the mirror ball on the ceiling… that sneaky girl… I love her. My daughter looked at me with a smirk and said, “that doesn’t sound like work, sounds like you played all day”… haha well yes, I worked but between patients I played a little. Why not? If you are having a boring or hard day at work, I guarantee if you sneak a game in there it will brighten your day up, make you laugh, and give you a fun time to look back on! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve pulled my flashlight out, turned it up on my face in a dark room, just to call the measurements of a wound out in a haunting way 😂. There is no age limit to stop playing games. Recently I was telling a friend about my day at work, he said ‘I want to work where you work’ haha well I’m sure you could make your own workplace a fun place to!

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I just started watching that tv series ‘This is us’. How have I missed this show all these years?! I love it! Something I thought was the most incredible thing was when the family had an awful Thanksgiving. They were at a motel, gas station hotdogs, hot as hades and the kids were miserable. The dad turned the entire thing into a game! Reminded me so much of my parents! What could’ve been the worse Thanksgiving for them turned into a ritual because he made it fun! I’ve done that with my girls countless times. I even convinced them during a scary thunderstorm that I was in charge of the weather and would anticipate a clap of thunder, raising my hands as if they were magic wands and throwing them out into the world. Those fear stricken kids turned into laughing, cackling, amused little girls. I’m going to challenge anyone reading this to play a game today. You will thank me later 😉

Let’s buildnow man! Just kidding I have to work…

img_3215We finally got our first snow of the season and my kids got out of school.   They woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland, wanting to run out and make snow angels, build an igloo, construct a fort to have a full on Jack Frost war. However just because school was cancelled doesn’t mean work was, and being a single mom I had to take my kids to work with me.  Luckily I work somewhere that understands my situation with the girls… my boss is my momma and luckily I have extremely incredible kids who mind their manners.  They have a pretty good set up at the office, they have the kitchen with all the yummy snacks drug reps bring, the waiting room with a tv and playset and then they have 2 exam rooms we don’t use that they play doctor in.

Maleah and Hailee don’t play well together.  Feel free to offer any advice that would help them get along.   Neither of them fight with Kali.  Neither of them have feuds with anyone else, but when they get together every look, every breath, every movement becomes a declaration of war!  We were getting close to closing, there were 2 patients in the exam rooms and 1 in the waiting room, that’s when I heard Maleah  shriek.  I marched to the kitchen to see what the fuss was about and apparently Hailee was pushing her.  After interrogating Hailee she stated that she was just throwing trash away and Maleah was guarding the trash can… “Ok, hands to yourself girls”.  What’s really weird is that they love to play together, they CHOOSE to play with each other when they don’t have to.   After a few more nonsense bickering I decided to wear them out…. I know what you’re thinking, no I didn’t spank them (I only resort to that if I feel they harmed someone or were doing something to harm themselves).  I’m not completely against spanking but I’m not completely for it either.  I feel that my kids learn their lessons better when a lesson is actually taught instead of spanking a lesson into them which only works to a certain extent of them learning out of fear.  I feel that time out, and talking things out after they’ve cooled down works the best.  They understand the WHY is punishment.  Anyways, when I say I decided to wear them out I mean physically hahaha I told them that between patients we should go to the stairwell and jog up and down for fun.  As an adult that sounds like the opposite of fun but to a kid it was just their cup of tea and I figured they were starting to fight because they were board so why not wear them out 😋.

When the work day was finally over we went home, got in our pjs, made homemade popcorn, hot chocolate and watched movies based on true stories… we basically cried the entire night haha but they loved it.  This single mom thing, it works for us.  I love our girl time, I love having them at work, I love being able to do whatever I want to do when I get home, I love watching chick flicks… I love being single!  One day someone may come along that makes me feel at home with them, until then I’ll keep enjoying my time with my girls ☺️

First 5K

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We decided to end the year trying something new and my 10 year old daughter came up with the perfect idea.  She decided we should enter a 5K and run it for a good cause.

I was not too thrilled about the idea because it was 30 degrees outside, raining, and super early in the morning but being a mom we all have to make sacrifices and this was one I was willing to make.

We arrived 20 minutes early and geared up for the rain and cold weather.  When the shot was finally fired and the run began I found myself immediately enjoying it.  I forgot how competitive I can be and how much fun it was to run.  I was my daughters cheerleader the entire way, and she never stopped!  When she got out of breath she would slow down and walk at a fast pace until she caught her breathe and then she’d run again.  I was very impressed with her!  I may have also encouraged her to out run the other kids that were there 😂…. I did say I was competitive right?

 

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Over all we had a great time.  We also placed in the top 10 for both our age groups out of over 300 people so that’s exciting!  This may become a new thing for us.  I recommend this to any moms out there looking for a new activity to do with your child or to give to a good cause.  There were children as young as 5 years old running, you can do it!!!