I hate counting calories. Honestly, what could be more annoying than tracking your food on a daily basis? Unfortunately, I’ve learned that there are times when that is exactly what we must do (temporarily).
When you have completely fallen off the path of eating high nutrient foods.
When you are facing medical conditions or injuries.
When you need to track a certain individual category such as sodium, carbohydrates, etc.
When you’ve hit a plateau in your wellness journey.
You may also want to track when you are traveling just so you don’t go crazy when eating out.
My 3 friends (that I grew up with) and one grown daughter were at our bi-weekly (okay, sometimes weekly) lunch last week when the subject of “my fitness pal” came up in conversation. It seemed that most of us used this method of tracking at one time or another. Super easy to utilize!
If you are looking for a good way to track your daily nutrients and/or exercise, check it out.
They also have a phone app, which makes tracking incredibly easy.
Happy tracking! ;)
Some of you may have noticed that I’ve recently started taking a more laid back approach to being healthy and I’ll tell you why.
- We have an obesity crisis in America. Today, 5 out of 7 people on the elevator at my college were not only overweight but they were obese. Beside myself, they were all under the age of 21. We have to start from the basics and teach people realistic guidelines. There are so many of you that are far ahead of the fundamentals of good nutrition and exercise that I decided to take a step back and re-evaluate how I can help those that are not equipped with the same information.
- My years of study have taught me that you don’t need to give up certain nutritional food groups unless you are actually having a problem, intolerant or allergic. I’ve come a long way since I was at the point where I could barely eat anything and I still can’t tolerate lactose, milk and soy. I try to stay away from those foods. I feel better if I don’t eat a lot of meat products but I’m fine when I eat fish. You have to figure out what works for you. For example, I’m not going to tell someone who feels perfectly fine when they eat gluten to give up gluten.
- Balance is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A lot of people get stuck on either intense workouts or restrictive diets (or both) but they don’t understand that being healthy long-term requires a balance between high nutrient food, realistic exercise programs and taking care of themselves mentally as well as spiritually.
- For those of you that don’t know me, I’m a medium size person and I’m okay with that because I know I’m healthy. Study after study shows that being obese takes a toll on the body but it’s just as dangerous to be skinny or medium if you are eating junk and spending most of your time being inactive. I’m pass the days of forcing myself to be a size I wasn’t born to be. When people force their bodies to be thinner than they are meant to be, they are most likely cheating themselves out of valuable nutrition. If you come to me for help because you want to be “skinny”, unfortunately I will have to turn you away. I will not compromise my beliefs for vanity.
- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Diets” don’t work but guess what, neither does eating processed food, tons of sugary foods and junk food. You want to eat as much high nutrient food as possible. People make it harder than it needs to be. Don’t get me wrong, there are times, I go through phases where I want to eat an entire cake in one sitting (PMS) but again, it’s all about balance. Obviously, eating cake everyday or even once a week, wouldn’t be good for me but having an occasional piece at a b-day party isn’t going to kill me either.
I’m committed to continuing my education so that I can learn the best ways to instruct people how to be healthy sensibly. Unless someone has a food allergy or intolerance, I won’t be suggesting they give up a nutritional food group. “Skinny” will be thrown out of my vocabulary. Anything we become obsessed with usually doesn’t turn out well. Eat clean, move your body and be kind to yourself and those around you.
Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I found this simple but powerful saying.
On the way home from being “officially” diagnosed with numerous food intolerances, my husband asked me what kind of diet would I follow if I could eat anything I wanted; no food was off-limits. I pondered the question for a few minutes and not only was he surprised by my conclusion but I was as well.
After ten years of researching nutrition on my own and now, after almost a full year of classes, I think I would pretty much eat the same way I do now. Why, you ask? The easiest way to answer this question is because I focus on high nutrient/ whole food so I don’t have to count calories, fat grams, how much protein, carbohydrates or keep a food journal. Okay, so maybe I sound lazy, but eating shouldn’t be a chore and until you start eating real food that’s exactly what it’s going to be.
I’ve taken many courses and I have struggled with a couple of their “theories”. For example, I’ve actually stayed up a few nights disturbed by the fact that any class or program would promote eating animal meat three times a day. It’s just careless and I feel these programs are only saying what the average American wants to hear. You may (or may not) be able to lose weight this way, but are you going to be healthy in the long run? I can only advise people on the same theory I would advise my own children with.
So for those of you that are wondering what I do eat on a daily basis, please follow the link below. I posted this October 2011 and it has pretty much stayed the same although I may eat even more veggies now.
Dr. Fuhrman’s food pyramid is the closest example of how my husband and I eat everyday.
Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Fuhrman are two of my favorite health experts that I follow on a regular basis. I would definitely advise Dr. Fuhrman’s book “Eat to Live.”
Remember: “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”-Michael Pollan
Tuesday evening I made myself sick. Seriously, I consciously made myself ill.
Let me quickly explain why I would do such a crazy thing.
As most of you know, I suffer from major food intolerances but what you may not know is that I am also intolerant to medicine, alcohol and I have mysterious swelling on/around my left rib.
Just to be safe, I’ve had numerous test and lab work done to make sure I don’t have cancer or an infection. My family doctor referred me to a GI specialist to confirm her findings.
As long as I follow a very strict diet, I feel great! Well, I didn’t want to feel great when I saw the specialist because then I wouldn’t be able to explain my exact symptoms. See how my mind works?
I understand that by eating something that I’m intolerant to on Tuesday isn’t necessarily going to show it’s ugly head on Wednesday (it could actually take anywhere from a couple of hours to a month) but I did know that my stomach area would swell and from there it would bring back all the bad memories from when I didn’t have my intolerances under control.
Cut to a thin crust (not gluten-free), sausage (remember, I haven’t ate meat since May 2011), cheese (I’m dairy and lactose intolerant) with mushrooms and peppers (hey, I needed some veggies) pizza.
Yep, I ate 3.5 BIG pieces! Below are my notes of how I felt afterwards. Those of you that have food intolerances will know exactly what I’m talking about and those of you that are not aware that you have intolerances may recognize some symptoms.
6:00 p.m.-Ate pizza
9:00 p.m.-Starting to feel heartburn, some acid and the dreaded “lump” feeling in my throat.
10:30 p.m.- Sorry honey, no romance tonight. Who could possibly be in the “mood” when you feel bloated? Is this why so many Americans have problems in the “bedroom”? Maybe, I’m on to something. Vitamin De: Wellness Coach/Sex therapist.
11:30-Holy Moly, I’m thirsty! Would you like a little pizza with your salt? How much sodium content do you think is in/on a pizza?
1:15 a.m.- I’m still wide-awake most likely because of the heartburn. I’ve propped my head up on an extra pillow but it doesn’t seem to be working. I’m starting to feel a little nauseated now.
2:00 a.m.-I’m guessing I may have fallen asleep. It wasn’t a good sleep. I was restless. My body was pissed off at me and I can’t say I blame it.
7:30 a.m.-I woke up to swollen hands and face. Not drastic, but enough to where I was uncomfortable. I’m retaining water and it’s not a pretty site.
Rest of the day- I have no energy. I have a slight headache and nausea. My problem “stomach” area swelled like I hoped for and it is tender. All I can do is pray that I don’t get worse.
6:30 p.m.-The doctor calls me into his office, ask me a bunch of questions, goes over all my test and lab results, examines my abdomen and then informs me that I have…
MAJOR FOOD INTOLERANCES.
All the way home my husband tried to convince me that it wasn’t a waste of time to poison myself and to see a specialist only to find out what I already knew.
On a serious note, although having major food intolerances is challenging, I know my diagnosis could have been so much worse. I feel very fortunate and I will continue to concentrate on what I can eat (not what I can’t eat) and I will continue studying and re-searching nutrition so that I can help myself and most importantly, help other’s.
Tomorrow, I will post my “next day remedy” for when you have eaten something you are intolerant to. It really seems to speed up the detox period.
Have a great day! :)
I’d like to welcome all the new people following Vitamin De and I’d also like to thank all the people who have been following me since the beginning. I enjoy posting new information to help you stay healthy and I’ve learned (and continue to learn) so much through working one on one with so many of you. This kind of sounds like I’m leaving, but I’m not! I’m just getting started. :)
I have my certification as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and as a Fitness Chef and I’m working on my certification as a Nutrition Coach. I believe the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) is what is causing most of the health problems in our country and I truly believe healthy food HEALS!
Below are the main links to help you get started on the path that will make you feel your best. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. That’s what I’m here for! :)
If someone asked me one change they could make to improve their health significantly, I would say to drink the smoothie listed below every morning. Drinking vegetables and fruit first thing in the morning is going to set you up perfectly for the rest of the day. This smoothie will give you more energy than you can imagine.
Below is an example of how I try to eat everyday.
My grocery list.
If you are feeling really ambitious, below is a great detox. Let me know if you have any questions. There is also a “detox” folder to the right of my blog. You will find recipes and information there while you are detoxing.
Have a great weekend everyone!
In around 10 days, (depending on your time zone and/or your mathematical skills) I will be 44 years old.
In my 30’s, I felt like I was in my 40’s and now that I’m in my 40’s, I feel like I’m in my 30’s. All thanks to good nutrition! Just think how I will feel when I start working out consistently…
Let me get back to my birthday. I love my birthday. Seriously, I do. Some of you may have heard me say it before and I’ll say it again…I prefer my special day to last about a week straight. Maybe because I was adopted, I appreciate the fact that I was even born at all. That was deep, huh?
Anyway, you can imagine my excitement when I received a gift 10 days (give or take) early! On top of that it was books and on top of that, it was books about nutrition. What an awesome way to start my 44th birthday!
Thanks’ to my Irish Twin (Jeny) I’ll have some new healthy recipes to share very soon.
Age is a matter of feeling, not of years. -George William Curtis
I love change. Not coin change, but change as in new beginnings. Coin change just annoys me until I can head home and put it in my stolen Hinckley and Schmitt water jug.
Let me back track a minute. A few changes in life I don’t particularly care for. I don’t like when the grocery store changes the layout of the store so that I can’t find anything for the next two months. I don’t like when the military constantly changes my primary care doctor and then I have to explain my health history over and over again. I don’t like when my favorite TV shows change their time slot or worse yet, they get canceled. AND last but definitely not least…. TIME CHANGE. Who ever thought that was a good idea???
Other than that, I love change.
I love new and fresh beginnings so the New Year is like frosting on the cake for me. I actually don’t eat frosting or cake but humus on a gluten-free vegan cracker doesn’t quite create the same effect, does it?
I’ve already made my list of goals for 2012. Some would say this is crazy since the world is supposedly coming to end (12-21-12) but I’m forever an optimist.
Re-do my address book. It’s a mess. UPDATE 2-13-2012: Complete
Organize family pictures and scrapbooks. Granted this has been on every single one of my “fresh start” lists since the 1900’s. UPDATE 2-13-2012: Complete
Visit daughter in South Korea before daughter decides to move to some other country. UPDATE 2-13-2012: Plane tickets bought
Spend time with my son before he has to go back overseas.
Develop a successful “move back to the States” (September 2012) plan for my husband and I. That could possibly change, but we love change, right? UPDATE 2-13-2012: Complete
Nutrition and Fitness Goals
I’m starting a 4-week “detox” on Jan 2nd. I feel myself slipping a little so it’s time to tighten the belt. Literally. UPDATE 2-13-2012: Complete
I’m seriously thinking about starting a 6-week boot camp program. Okay, so this is totally out of my comfort zone. First of all, I’m the laziest healthy eater-nutrition crazed lunatic on the face of this earth (I rather do anything but exercise) and second, I don’t really “like” the gym. Why, you ask? One word sums it all up…. GERMS. UPDATE 2-13-2012: Injured first week and could not complete.
I’m going to start an 8-month journey to obtain my personal training certification. Quit laughing. It’s a long story but it will help me to fulfill another goal that I’ve been longing to achieve. With that said, it’s probably a good idea to get back in the gym. Like it or not. UPDATE 2-13-2012: Started program only to find out, I’m really not interested enough in exercise to be a personal trainer so I need to continue to focus on my passion; healthy food! I’m so excited!
Continue to search (and create) for the “least amount of ingredients” recipes that can accommodate people with food intolerances. UPDATE 2-13-2012: Continuous!
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? Personal goals? Things you want to do before 12-21-12? :) UPDATE 2-13-2012: How are you doing on your resolutions?
Just in case you missed the ABOUT ME on my blog, here it is again.
Hi, I’m De. I’m a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, a Nutrition Coach and a Certified Fitness Chef. I’ve self studied nutrition for the past 10 years and through trial and error, I’ve learned to heal myself from numerous health conditions mostly brought on by food intolerances. My doctor’s have tried to help, but as you know, most of them are trained in medicine not nutrition. I hope to inspire and help anyone that wants to take control of their health; whether you are struggling with weight issues, illnesses, or just not feeling yourself. Additionally, you may be like my husband and want to take your health to a whole new level. The amount of data out there can be quite overwhelming, so I am dedicated to weed through all the latest information to bring you the easiest most straight forward approach, to help you feel your best. On a personal note, I’m really open-minded and laid back, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line. :)
Let’s get a little more personal. ;)
- I totally dig natural health and firmly believe FOOD HEALS!
- I’m in my 40’s and I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for the past 10.5 years. There’s a word problem for you. :)
- I love to cook quick healthy meals but I have no interest in cooking Standard American Diet (SAD) meals.
- I have two successful adult children that I can’t seem to stop talking about. Just wait, you’ll see.
- I consider myself a Nutritarian and I eat a raw plant-based diet 75- 80% of the time. When it comes to nutrition, I like to think I take a “middle of the road” approach.
- I tend to seek out the “funny” in almost everything I do in life.
- I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. I love yoga and I hate pretty much every other form of exercise. :)
- I’m drawn to polka dots (in moderation).
- I’m madly in love with Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa or higher).
- I really enjoy alone time.
- I don’t eat (99% of the time) dairy, eggs, gluten, refined sugar or soy and the only meat I eat is fish but I’m not one of those people who nag other people to do the same. I eat this way because of the food intolerances I have.
- I’m very particular about my recipes. They need to be quick, easy, the least amount and easy to find ingredients and adaptable for people with special dietary needs.
- I am a big supporter of the United States Military.
- I like smiley faces. :)
- My goal is to live to be 100 years old. I want to be one of those Centenarian’s featured in People magazine.
- I’m a BIG fan of prime time television. With that said, I have to go now and catch up on The Big Bang Theory.
Until next time, peace out…