Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween

This is Rina. I have been working with Sophia for the past 6 months trying to spread the word about the wonderful Grass Fed Jerky Chews. Here are my thoughts on upcoming holiday.

Why do we celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is a fun holiday. We dress up and go trick or treating. Some kids and adults wait a whole year for this day. It's an opportunity to unleash your creativity, but it is also a day when kids collect an enormous amount of candy, which can become a struggle for weeks and even months after the holiday. There are many healthified recipes for treats that might be an option for some, but we prefer to avoid this option.

What will you do this Halloween?

http://www.beyondhealthnews.com/wpnews/index.php/2015/10/the-scary-ingredient-in-halloween-candy/

From IFLScience and SMBC Comics.
Source: http://www.dietdoctor.com/convince-kid-eat-candy

Friday, October 23, 2015

Weight Loss In America The Definition of Insanity


Dr. Barbara Berkeley specializes in the care of overweight and obese patients since 1988. She recently had an interesting blog post on the topic of how weight loss advice in America has been promoting the same concept of calories in vs. calories out, exercise and of course, the good old low fat. 

"Insanity: A good diet is one in which we eat everything in moderation  Belief: There is no such thing as being moderate in a world full of addictive foods.  Can a cocaine addict be moderate in a crack den?   We have all been addicted by breads, cookies, sugar, pasta and other carbs.  Forget moderation.  You're living in a tsunami."
What do you think? 


Read more: http://www.refusetoregain.com/2015/06/weight-loss-in-america-the-definition-of-insanity.html 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Whole 30 Day 30 - Accomplishments and thoughts about the future

Hi all,

This is Rina. I have been working with Sophia for the past 6 months trying to spread the word about the wonderful Grass Fed Jerky Chews. I have been eating a pretty clean Paleo/Low Carb diet for the past few years, but still decided to jump right in and try the Whole 30. This is my final post about by experience!

Accomplishments:

  1. I stopped snacking between meals, mainly between lunch and dinner. 
  2. I have more control over what I eat. I actually choose what and when to eat, more often than not. Once in a while I still give in and munch on nuts, but the frequency is decreasing. I am not tempted by available/free food at social gatherings. I am more conscious of the unclean ingredients even in salads (like tuna salad is probably made with cheap mayo loaded with soy oil, or standard salad dressing is loaded with sugar and highly processed ingredients). 
  3. I finally started to get a grip on what and how much to eat so that I feel satiated. 
  4. My skin cleared up, almost completely. Before I started the Whole 30, I had a bad breakout on my chin (my oily area). Had another breakout while that one was disappearing but it was smaller and I immediately treated it with sulfur cream. It is now almost gone and I hope not to have any new ones any time soon.

What I would like to change next 

I would like to focus on the wanting/needed to eat "something" right after I finish my lunch. This is when in the past, I got into the habit of having chocolate and/or nuts as part of my lunch. I thought I will trick myself if I incorporate it in my lunch so I don't feel like snacking in the afternoon. But it is not exactly a nutritional must since I can get my nutrients from my actual food. 

I am still not sure how to handle this one but I will give it a thought.

Since I am very happy with this food template, I only have 2 items to question:
1. Should I go back to eating dairy? What and how much?
2. Should I go back to eating chocolate?

My current thought is that I would like to eat dairy, but in limited quantity. For example, I really like to take 2tbs of Heavy Whipping cream in my coffee, at least once a day. I am not crazy about coconut milk.

I am really happy I plunged in and did this. It isn't as hard as it seems, especially if you are already eating clean.

If you are even entertaining the slightest thought of trying it out, I highly recommend it. Give it a shot! Give yourself 30 days of clean eating and see how it affects you.
It's only 30 days -- you can do anything for just 1 month!

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Whole 30 Day 29 - Big satisfying breakfast and avoiding social eating

Hi all,
This is Rina. I have been working with Sophia for the past 6 months trying to spread the word about the wonderful Grass Fed Jerky Chews. I have been eating a pretty clean Paleo/Low Carb diet for the past few years, but still decided to jump right in and try the Whole 30. I'll be blogging daily about my experience for the next 30 days.

I can't believe 29 days passed already. It was a piece of cake!
It turned out to be not so hard to eat a clean diet.

I was at a social event yesterday, at noon, and they served a very nice catered lunch with hummus, salads, falafel, bread of course, puffs, muffins, brownies, cut veggies, cut fruit, dates......etc. There was absolutely no protein (unless you count the falafel and hummus as protein, although nutritionally they are not complete proteins as they lack some of the essential amino acids).

I was a bit distracted, but I was still full from my breakfast. I had the thought of having just cucumbers, but then reminded myself that I was not really hungry and it was not time for my lunch. So I just kept drinking tea. I went home and had my lunch when I was hungry. I did take 2 muffins and brownies for my kids..... wouldn't want them to throw everything away. ;-)

Today for breakfast I had Turkey Bacon, smoked salmon, strawberries, scrambled eggs and cherry tomatoes. YUMMY!!!!! I was full for hours! No wonder I wasn't hungry at the social event. But I learned a lesson about paying attention to WHY I want to eat something.

Stay tuned to my thoughts and accomplishments tomorrow on my last day of the Whole 30.


Friday, October 2, 2015

Whole 30 Day 28 - Really Easy, slight weight loss

Hi all,
This is Rina. I have been working with Sophia for the past 6 months trying to spread the word about the wonderful Grass Fed Jerky Chews. I have been eating a pretty clean Paleo/Low Carb diet for the past few years, but still decided to jump right in and try the Whole 30. I'll be blogging daily about my experience for the next 30 days.

I am feeling very positive today.

I have seen people on the Whole 30 forum struggling towards the end, but for me it has been a great experience. The further I get into the program the better I am feeling. It is becoming easier, to a point where I'm thinking to stick with it for life.

To make it even better, the scale is showing 2lbs less today!

I am sticking with my simple staple, my favorite chicken and beef sliders back from June. Yes, I am making them again!

http://blog.grassfedjerkychews.com/2015/06/21dsd-day-2-easy-chicken-and-beef.html 

Since I know my kids won't eat them (deep sigh!) I will make these chicken fingers for them:
http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/recipes/poultry/coconut-chicken-fingers/

I will probably replace the coconut flakes and cashew flour with almond meal.

Whole 30 Day 27 - I've got the hang of it....Salmon Cakes

Hi all,
This is Rina. I have been working with Sophia for the past 6 months trying to spread the word about the wonderful Grass Fed Jerky Chews. I have been eating a pretty clean Paleo/Low Carb diet for the past few years, but still decided to jump right in and try the Whole 30. I'll be blogging daily about my experience for the next 30 days.

I'm afraid I am becoming boring. At first I was struggling with snacking and thought of what to eat. But now that I am nearing the end of the program, I am really getting better. Snacking is becoming less and less of an issue. I am not worried about what to eat.

Today I went for some fish. One of my favorite recipes are from our friend Diane Sanfilippo which Sophia blogged about back in June when she was doing her 21 Day Sugar Detox.

http://blog.grassfedjerkychews.com/2015/06/21dsd-day-16-weight-lifting-my.html 

It's a simple yummy recipe and super filling.