Food Journal+Weight Loss Results Week 4 (High Carb)

Hello everyone!!

Lets talk about week 4. Just to let you know I weigh myself usually On Mondays so here I am updating you all on Tuesday. I’ve decided to just start calling this my food journal. To be honest…not everything I eat is plant based. I try to eat AS MUCH plant based foods (fruits, veggies) as possible. But I am human and sometimes life happens. I am not eating any animal products currently and very low amount of oils. I am eating tons of carbs and my body is loving it! Just don’t want to rub anyone the wrong way and be upfront and honest with you all!

For anyone new reading this…I have switched over to a high carb, low(er) in fat lifestyle with the aim of incorporating as much plant based, whole foods as possible. I am into my 4th week. I try to include some photos and fill you all in on what I ate and what my exercise looked like each week plus my weight loss results (if any).

Without further ado lets talk about week 4.

Monday July 22

Breakfast: Starting to become a favorite! Oatmeal with frozen fruit. Typically I make it with water and then add in some almond milk afterwards for some creaminess.

Had lots of water and took all of my supplements (going to do a separate post about what I take very soon)

Today was an unpacking day and I didn’t even get it all unpacked/washed/put away. Oh well.

I went on a short walk with Lola – today was a very hot day.

Lunch: Raw wrap with guacamole, cucumber and red cabbage. This is my first time trying a raw wrap. My mom picked this up for me when I was up visiting them on holidays. I have to say it was quite tasty!

Dinner: Pasta – red Lentil pasta made with sweet potato, organic tomato sauce which I added spinach, broccoli, peppers and onion to – Very filling but had the toots aftwards, haham..TMI but keeping it real!

I made the same dish for Brent but made his with regular spaghetti noodles. He tried the pasta I had and found it quite delicious! I enjoyed a large serving of this.

Tuesday July 23

Breakfast: Oats with Banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and almond milk

I also enjoyed a coffee with silk soy milk.

Drank a ton of water with my supplements. Just to be clear…I drink water all day long. Don’t think I mention that in these journals!

Lunch: Left over burrito bowl from the weekend (added red pepper cashew sauce and guacamole) This is the dish that keeps on giving! I definitely miss the Pea Pod.

Dinner: Left over pasta

Dessert: oatmeal bar – homemade (vegan)

I enjoyed a longer 45 minute walk this evening. It was a beautiful evening with a nice breeze!

Wednesday July 24th

Breakfast: 2 Mangos cut up, lots of water with my supplements.

Snack: Homemade Oatmeal bar (vegan)

Lunch: two toasted tomato sammies with English muffins, tomato and vegan mayo (Hellman’s)

Dinner: Two (yes two) Sol Original Griller burgers (meatless) from Costco with all the fixins along with a Cottage Springs Distillery Peach Vodka Soda..because..life! I feel like I am eating more than I ever used to on a lower carb lifestyle and my body is loving it. I continue to lose inches, lose weight and blood sugar is stabilizing while eating more carbs. After a life spent thinking carbs were the enemy. I guess I was very wrong.

Exercise: 30 minute walk followed by a 30 minute freestyle swim

Thursday July 25th

Breakfast: Toasted tomato on gluten free seeded ancient grains bread with vegan mayo. This was a new to me style of bread and I really enjoyed it. Brent had some too and said he would have it again. I also enjoyed a new tea we picked up from the British shop. This tea really does taste like biscuits!

Lunch: Sweet potato fries with vegan chipotle aioli

Dinner: Orzo pasta with vegan pesto and chopped tomato along with lettuce, black beans, guacamole and roasted red pepper cashew dip

Exercise: 30 minute walk followed by a 30 minute freestyle swim

Friday July 26th

Breakfast: Silk coconut creamer and coffee, Bowl of cherries, Oatmeal with banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut creamer. This was delightful.

Lunch: Left over orzo with vegan pesto and chopped tomato

Dinner: Raw wrap with black beans, lettuce, guacamole and roasted red pepper cashew dip

On the way home from grocery shopping I enjoyed this Cashew chocolate milk drink (DOSE). We go to this small town No Frills and I have to say I am super impressed with it! So many plant based, vegan and vegetarian options!

Exercise: I got in a 20 minute walk and 30 minute freestyle swim

Enjoy a morning view of my hairy legs with a side of oatmeal



After grocery trip on the ride home. I enjoyed this instead of my typical mcdonalds iced coffee

Saturday July 26th

Enjoyed a Lemon and lavender water infusion this morning and took all of my supplements

Breakfast: 1 toasted tomato with vegan mayo, earth balance and tomatos

Lunch: fresh green beans from our garden and 1 mango cut up

Dinner: 2 veggie burger patties with all the fixins and a big salad

Exercise: 10 minute walk in the morning and Walked 45 minutes in evening

Sunday July 27

Breakfast : The husband made homemade Home-fries. He used peppers, onions and some seasonings and no oil. I also had toast with earth balance. This was particularly satisfying and delicious.

Lunch : Peachs, watermelon, celery, cucumber, sunflower company olive hummus

Dinner – Dr pragers veggie burger and salad with pesto

Dessert: Half cup coconut milk ice cream. I have to admit this ice cream was delicious and also not as pricey as your typical dairy free ice cream. Also, my husband is very picky about these things (likes his ice cream) and he also enjoyed it! Definitely recommend.

We also worked outside and took a dip in the pool. I enjoyed a strawberry vodka social drink.

Self Care! Dip in the pool

Hung up this new Canada sign we got at the Southampton Market

One of the best dairy free ice creams I have tried so far and very affordable

Overall a great week especially for exercise. For me, it’s all about doing light exercise at least 5-6 days per week. I have a good groove going with walking and swimming. I don’t really do the high intensity work outs yet as I am still working on my adrenal health. If you have any sort of issues with stressed/taxed adrenals then you don’t want to be doing crazy stressful workouts. I had some GREAT blood sugar readings too, they just continue to stabilize and get lower.

Weight Loss Results/Photos

SW: 265 September 

SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250

CW: 238

That’s a 2 pound loss for the week! I am happy with this.

Clothes are fitting better!

Into week 5 already…adding in IMF this week (isn’t that all the rage? lol) I will explain more about this next week and let you know if I see any difference with results in my blood sugar and weight loss. Lets do this!

Food Journal+Weight Loss Results Week 2 (High Carb)

Hey hey!

Week Two and Week Three results coming at ya – a little late but better late than never. I had a great time on holidays by the lake and did not bring my laptop. We got home yesterday and just getting the chance now to sit down and share my results.

Week two was half at home and half on holidays by the lake. I will share a few pictures of certain foods/meals I ate along the way. I ate a ton of plant based food…glorious food! It was all worth it. Weight loss results (if any!!) will be at the end of this post πŸ™‚

Monday July 8th

Weighed in today at 242 pounds. That’s 8 pounds in week 1. Onto week two! Fasting blood sugar level today was 7.3 – down from 10.1 2 weeks ago. I am so happy with the progress and going to keep going. I love seeing the lower blood sugar numbers as well as feeling great too. Lots of energy and less pain all over.

I had a lime water first thing this morning and took all of my supplements.

Breakfast: I had oatmeal with maple syrup topped with frozen fruit (unsweetened berries)

Lunch: I made Thai rainbow wraps. I filled the wraps with cooked rice noodle, red cabbage, lettuce from the garden and chives. I dipped the wraps in peanut sauce.

Dinner: I had two grilled Sol burgers (veggie burgers from costco) with all of the toppings along with grilled asparagus (no oil) and half of a left over baked potato with pico de gallo and cashew ranch dressing.

I walked over 50 minutes today – split up into two walks, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Feeling great! So happy about the weight loss and most importantly my sugar levels are coming down. I am eating a ton and feeling full and satisfied which is important to me especially coming from my past with binge eating.  I do not feel deprived at all. However.. I do need to eat more veggies (making a note)

Tuesday July 9th

Breakfast: 1 cup of oats, 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tbsp of jam.

Lunch – Left over rice noodles, cooked veggies, peanut sauce, hot sauce, 1 Dr Pragers California burger

Dinner – 1 big baked potato with grilled onions, cashew ranch sauce, black beans with spices and pico de gallo

Snack – cup of strawberries

Snack – 2 slices gluten free bread toasted – with peanut butter and jam

PMSING I AM SO HUNGRY.

I walked the dog 25 minutes in the morning and swam freestyle 30 minutes in the evening. It felt good. Swimming is a great low impact full body workout which burns some serious calories! I definitely need to do it more. We have a nice little pool in our backyard and just had a heater put in so it’s easier to get in there daily over the Summer.

Wednesday July 10th

Feeling good! I get right up in the morning easily. Sleep is restful and deep. Body is less achy in the mornings.

Breakfast: 1 cup of oatmeal with peanut butter and jam. Loving this combo. Trying to empty out our fridge before holidays so just eating what we have lately instead of going out to get more groceries. We Ran out of almond milk so I made the oats with water. Definitely not as good.

Snack – Half of 1 large orange

Early Lunch – Bout a cup of  cooked veggies, rice noodle, peanut sauce and hot sauce

Snack – 1 dempsters wrap, 1 dr pragers California burger, mustard and pickles

Dinner – Dinner was on the go as we had lots to do tonight. Burritos were calling our names. I got a regular whole wheat topped with black beans, brown rice, guacamole, corn, red onions, lettuce, green peppers, tomato, pico de gallo and hot sauce. This was delicious and beans make a great protein source too. This kind of food sits better in my stomach too vs the typical fast food joints like Mcdonalds or places of that nature.

I got out a 25 minute walk this morning.

I had a relaxing pedicure in the evening. Haven’t had a pedicure since my honeymoon. I notice the bottom of my feet are less dry and less cracked since starting my new lifestyle. Before I used to get such deep and painful cracks in my heels.

We are leaving tomorrow for the lake and so happy!  Not weighing myself until Monday so we will see what the results will be. I feel like my period will be here soon and so probably will be retaining a bit of water weight.

Thursday July 11th

I had a very busy morning – lots of running around, laundry, cleaning, prepping some food to take with me and packing.

Had lemon water to start and took my supplements.

Breakfast : 1 cup of oats, coconut cream (silk), peanut butter, jam and 1 banana

Lunch : one baked potato, half cup black beans, pico de gallo, cashew sauce, hot sauce.

Dinner: Massive salad utilizing lettuce from our garden

I made a big batch of my Cuban style black beans, pico de gallo and Cashew ranch (vegan, no oil) to take with me on holidays as well as a few veggie burgers, flat out wraps and gluten free buns. Just taking some of my favorites which should also help me out in the long run as I KNOW I can become very easily tempted by other foods that don’t really align with this lifestyle. Not to say I won’t indulge in some plant based treats…but it’s a slippery slope!

We packed up our gear along with Lola and her gear and made the two hour trek up to the lake (where my parents live)


They had an awesome sign made for Lola lol



Friday July 12th

Just an FYI…some of my regular at home routines fell by the way side while I was on holidays. It is what it is! Ya…I had coffee instead of lemon water most mornings. I also got my period today. Bah humbug.

Breakfast: Coffee with silk coconut creamer. I had a full icewater and took my supplements. Forgot my vitamin D at home though – one of the most important supplements that I have to take ugh. This is the last meal with Brent before he leaves for his week long guys fishing trip. We took a nice little drive along the lake and I enjoyed the beyond meat breakfast sandwich at Tim Hortons while we parked by the lake.


Lunch: was a big salad with the food I packed. Garden lettuce, Pico de gallo, black beans, guacamole, cashew sauce and salty crunchy lentils which my mom gave me!


I ran to the town Health shop and picked up vitamin D with K supplement. I refuse to be without as my levels were super low. I will be interested to see if they have raised any at all by September.


My mom introduced me to the Pea Pod a vegan and vegetarian restaurant in town. It has the coolest menu and chill vibes. I definitely will be eating here a lot during my stay.

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Afternoon snack: “the cookie dough smoothie” from the Pea Pod which contains banana, dates, cacao powder, almond milk, almond butter, sea salt, cinnamon and spinach. This was super delicious but SUPER filling!


Dinner: I enjoyed vegan tacos made with walnuts and black beans and such yummy toppings. These were also super filling. 
I was extra full today. I definitely ate more calories than usual which is fine. Usually I eat between 1200 and 1300. I track everything on Chronometer app to make sure I’m getting enough calories, protein and vitamins.


I Went a 25 minute walk with lola around the campground


Had a great sleep. Bed time was 10 pm and up at 6! We are surrounded by trees and birds and they wake up early!

Saturday July 13th

Breakfast: 2 coffees with silk soy cream. This is the first time that I have tried soy creamer for coffee. Cutting out half and half has been the hardest thing for me. This is why I just avoided coffee the first week. However I like the soy creamer much better than almond or coconut creamer.

It’s been nice to chill outside on the deck WITHOUT mosquitoes and enjoy the early morning peace. Just me Lola and the birds! At our home mosquitoes swarm the place and we can’t enjoy the outdoors. Self care doesn’t always have to be costly spa trips or massages. To me – self care can be those little moments of peace where you can be alone with your thoughts, the outdoors and nature.


This morning to eat I had one raw 1 banana and a cup of cherries. I had a huge glass of water and took all of my supplements 


I took Lola a 20 minute walk around the campground.


My mom and I went to Port Elgin Veg fest for something fun and interesting to do. I believe it was the first ever Veg Fest at this location. They had lots of vendors and goodies. Food is still food though and everything looked so good. My mind frame is not the best…“I’m on holidays” and so, indulged a bit. I tried a cup of vegan mac and cheese, bought a handmade bracelet, a book from a local author and 3 bliss balls (made with oats and lots of other yummy ingredients).


Lunch was rainbow wraps with peanut sauce and a Zevia tea from the Pea Pod. It was kinda nice not having to make these myself and they were MUCH better than my own haha. I loved the addition of the sprouts and pineapple. The peanut sauce was also very salty.


Snack : A strawberry vanilla bliss balls – super delish. I must figure out how to make asap!


I had bad cramps on and off today thanks to shark week and was quite tired so took an afternoon nap. Why not? I’m on holidays πŸ˜‰


Dinner : was a big colorful salad


I had a raspberry tea and water in the evening . I like to drink raspberry tea in the week leading up to my period and over the course of my period as it helps to alleviate cramping and lightens the flow. Medical medium has lots of great info in regards to raspberry leaf in his book “Life Changing Foods” .

Veg Fest!
Bliss Balls – Yum
My early morning coffee companion
Self care <3
Bliss balls

Sunday July 14th
Today is day 2 of my period. The worst. Not as heavy as usual though. I attribute that to drinking raspberry leaf tea throughout the month and perhaps even the diet changes I have been making?


Breakfast : A bliss ball , 2 small cups of coffee with silk soy milk  creamer.


Snack: a cup of cherries


Lunch: Celery and baby carrots with cashew dip along with  a cup of vegan oil free Moroccan chickpea and carrot salad 


Snack : Paleo brittle banana nut (Dear Lord..this stuff is addictive)


Dinner: I enjoyed a massive salad with all the fixings (black beans, pico de gallo, lime juice, salty lentils). Getting tired of salad but brought up lots of lettuce from garden and don’t want to see it wasted. My body enjoys the salad.


Took Lola two walks today. Both around 20-25 min each. I spent lots of time relaxing outside all day, yay for vitamin D and bird watching. Lots of water throughout day and raspberry tea at night. Took all of my supplements. 

Lettuce from our garden
Bliss balls

This weeks weight loss results

Down 2 pounds in week 2 


SW: 265 September 

SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250

CW: 240

Not the same location or same clothing but it will have to do!

Cheers! Onto week 3 β£οΈπŸ’―

Knowledge is Power

Yesterday evening I had my first appointment with a local naturopath who is also licensed to prescribe bio identical hormones and NDT (natural desiccated thyroid) I had waited almost 1.5 months to see her so I was very excited despite my world being turned upside down these past few weeks (my grandpa passed away, visitation, funeral, family time etc) 

I’m not sure how many of you know this but when I was around 11-12 I was diagnosed hypothyroid and as the years carried on I had other things loaded onto my plate affecting my health including wonky hormones, skin rashes, tummy troubles and digestive issues. Regular mainstream doctors did little to dive into my areas of concern masking the symptoms with synthetic thyroid hormone pills, antibiotics, steroid creams and birth control pills. It destroyed my healthy gut levels, wreaked havoc on my healthy bacteria levels and despite different diets and pathways I took, my hormones and thyroid levels remained imbalanced.Β Of course…the years of hell/binge eating I put on my body also affected all of these things.

I grew very mistrusting of the medical world, specifically main stream – old school doctors and started visiting them less and less. I stopped taking synthroid (convential man made thyroid hormone) as it made me feel like crap and made my hair fall out in clumps (it didn’t help with my levels either). I came off the birth control pill as well once I turned 18. It might not have been the best choice but this is the choice I made back then for myself – to deal with these issues on my own. I felt very let down and neglected by the medical world. The binge eating got worse after age 18 until my late 20s. I wouldn’t get a handle on that until just before meeting my husband, Brent.

Fast forward almost 14 years and one massive spiritual awakening later… where I have been counselled and guided by several amazing medical intuitives who have gently guided me to getting these tests done. They made me realize that I have come to a point in my life where I need to know what is going on beyond the surface of this body. That if I don’t take care of myself things can go into a downward spiral pretty fast.

I’d like to know what is still affecting me so that I can effectively deal with it and continue deeply healing my body on a physical level. You can make all the diet, exercise and lifestyle changes but ultimately you must know what is happening beyond the surface to make further change happen. I also have to get to the root cause of my issues so that I can keep my yeast/candida issues at bay as well.Β 

I was very proud of myself for committing and following through to my appointment last night. Avoidance is not something in my vocabulary any longer. 

The appointment lasted 1.5 hours and she only charged me for the hour that I had committed to prior. She read over the new patient package I had filled out (everything from morning temperatures, a week of my typical diet, medical history, current medical issues, symptoms, emotional stuff etc). She also felt that stress, trauma and binge eating throughout my childhood and teens definitely could have been a trigger for some of these issues which I have always thought as well.

She did some muscle testing and pressure points on certain areas of the body. She came to the conclusion that my gall bladder is likely pretty stressed which makes HUGE sense and connects to the stomach pain and diarrhea I have been having the past few months after higher fat foods. Oddly enough, I just never made the connection  between those symptoms and my gall bladder. When she pressed on that area it was also pretty tender. She gave me a homeopathic Gall Bladder tonic, Stress B vitamins for inflammation, tanked adrenals and a liquid magnesium which is easier absorbed into the body than capsule form. If the homeopathy doesn’t seem to cut it I will be getting an ultrasound done on my gall bladder. 

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I will also have a lot of blood taken from me in the next 2-3 weeks. I am having two different blood tests done – One is for a thyroid panel and certain vitamins and the other is to check/confirm for PCOS (androgen hormones). Pcos had always been a term thrown at me in my teens by doctors but again – they just masked it with the BC pill and it didn’t help. I have just learned to deal with the symptoms in my day to day life (extra body and facial hair, weight gain, insulin resistance and more) 

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My point is this….don’t be like me and go so many years SUSPECTING…but not fully knowing. TEST don’t guess…then proceed accordingly. Knowledge is power when it comes to healing! My next appointment will be in around a months time and we will go over the results. Wish me luck!Β 

Edited to add: I wouldn’t have to wait a month to find out the results of these blood tests….read the next blog post to find out why!