Well…a lot has changed since my last post. As you all aware most of us are under lock down due to the covid-19 pandemic. It’s a bit ridiculous to think I could carry on the raw till 4 challenge for the rest of the month when I can’t really get to the grocery store and even if I could our grocery stores are wiped out of many things right now, including raw foods!
I did give it my all though and felt great while doing so. I am not going to continue with any sort of food challenges for the rest of the month as it’s way too much pressure at this time – especially for my mental health and anxiety.
I am so tired of seeing all the self righteous posts about how any sort of diet or healthy lifestyle will keep you save from getting this virus. It’s wildly inappropriate to spread such misinformation. Vegans, raw foodists, keto dieters, ANYONE AND EVERYONE – nobody is immune from this. Of course, eating a balanced and “healthy” diet year round will help to boost your immune system but that’s about it.
Wash your hands, practice social distancing, tend to your mental health and keep safe during this uncertain time.
With that being said – here is my A for effort for the month – in pictures 🙂
Looking back at all of the photos, I feel pretty good about my choices for most of the month 🙂
Please take good care of yourselves, until next time!
Sorry for my absence lately however I have been taking a little blogging and challenges break as I enjoy the holidays. Tis the season after all! 🙂
I wanted to pop in for a moment and share with you a legit delicious dinner of mine that I have been enjoying lately.
It’s super easy, nutritious, nourishing, satisfying and amazing for batch cooking which would last for several meals throughout the week.
What you need
Assortment of root/starchy veggies – I like using sweet potato, regular potato and carrots
Mix of non starchy veggies: I like to use a mix of bell peppers, red onion and broccoli
Mixed beans or black beans
Lemon and lime to squeeze over the beans and to finish off your plate
Whatever grain you prefer (brown rice, cous cous, quinoa etc)
Leafy greens like spinach or kale
Optional: creamy dairy free dressing (here I have made a homemade garlicy tahini dressing)
Throw it all together on a plate or for a kick ass burrito bowl type meal. My Husband even loved it and was satisfied without the typical protein of chicken or beef. He even made some homemade guacamole to go with it the second time we had it this month 🙂
I enjoy having these kind of meals to break up some of the heavier holiday meals that December is kinda known for.
Today my husband and I spent most of our day doing yard work. This involved raking a massive yard, picking up 1000s and 1000s (literally) of black walnuts, filling the back of the truck with said leaves and walnuts, rinse and repeat. We both were so tired and needed a hearty but healthy dinner after all of that!
Make way for Medical Medium October Recipe Challenge Day 19 – Chili Loaded Baked potatoes.
The chili is loaded with so many different kinds of veggies – it’s delicious and nourishing.
I added a little bit of dill to his cashew sour cream recipe which is why it looks a little different 🙂 This made enough to have left overs for two more days most likely!
Anthony Williams (Medical Medium) feels strongly about the healing powers of the potato! Here’s what he has to say:
One common misconception is that potatoes are poisonous because they’re nightshades. Potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and other edible nightshades do not aggravate conditions such as arthritis; you can put aside the worry that potatoes are inflammatory. (For more on this, see the chapter “Harmful Health Fads and Trends.”) Truth is, the toxic oil that potatoes are fried in, the cheese sauce ladled on top, and the butter, milk, and cream mashed in are what have the world convinced that potatoes are bad for us. The frying process and the highfat/high-sugar content of dairy products are the real instigators of insulin resistance and A1C levels that reach the diabetic zone. This combination of fat plus lactose also feeds every type of cancer. Potatoes don’t cause health issues; the other ingredients served with them do. We should also be careful not to lump potatoes in with the fear of grains and processed foods.
If you’re avoiding “white” foods such as white rice, white flour, white sugar, and dairy products (such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and cream), don’t cut out potatoes! After all, a potato in its whole, natural state isn’t white—it’s covered in nutrient-rich red, brown, gold, blue, or purple skin. This skin of the potato is one of the best nutrition sources on the planet—it’s a miracle of amino acids, proteins, and phytochemicals. Only once you cut into a potato might you see a white interior—which doesn’t mean it’s lacking in value. After all, we don’t think of apples, onions, or radishes as white and therefore useless, even though when you cut into them, they’re devoid of color. And a cultivated blueberry is colorless inside (whereas wild blueberries are saturated with color inside and out); this doesn’t mean it shows up on white food lists. Instead, we picture these foods in their whole forms, which is exactly how we need to start thinking of potatoes.
The entire potato, inside and out, is valuable and beneficial for your health: potato plants draw some of the highest concentration of macro and trace minerals from the earth. Potatoes are also high in potassium and rich in vitamin B6, as well as a fantastic source of amino acids, especially lysine in its bioactive form. Lysine is a powerful weapon against cancers, liver disease, inflammation, and the viruses such as Epstein-Barr and shingles that are behind rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, autoimmune disease, and more. Potatoes will be your allies if you’re looking to fight any chronic illness—to fend off liver disease, strengthen your kidneys, soothe your nerves and digestive tract, and reverse Crohn’s, colitis, IBS, or peptic ulcers.
In addition to being antiviral, they’re antifungal and antibacterial, with nutritional cofactors and coenzymes plus bioactive compounds to keep you healthy and assist you with stress. Further, potatoes are brain food that helps keep you grounded and centered. As a kid, did you ever do that science project where you stick some toothpicks in a potato, balance it in a cup of water, and watch it sprout on the windowsill? How many other foods can transform and thrive like that, coming to life before your eyes? That’s the power of a potato—a power that’s not to be underestimated—and we witness it firsthand as children. How does it happen that when we’re adults, we’re taught that it’s a weak, empty, ridiculous food, as though we’re supposed to forget the miracle we witnessed way back when? What we should really be saying about potatoes is, “Where would we be without you?” They are that vital to our existence.
Maybe you’ve steered clear of the potato misinformation all these years. If that’s the case, your body thanks you for it—and now you have even more reason to appreciate potatoes. On the other hand, if you’ve been led to believe that potatoes are nothing but starch that will add to your waistline, it’s time to see this root vegetable in a whole new light. If you’re bold enough to overcome the conditioning of popular food culture to appreciate the potato in its unadulterated form, you will give yourself one of the greatest gifts on this earth.”
Yes…safe to say on my healing journey I have definitely embraced the potato once again and I’m not sorry for it!
Check out the recipe for chili loaded potatos right here
This recipe is definitely a 10 out of 10 and something I will be adding into the weekly rotation as my husband enjoyed it as well.
Well, almost a week has passed since I heard those three words.
I’ve been making adjustments and getting my shit together where and when needed. Over the course of last week I started removing animal products, oils, processed foods and anything too sugary (chocolate bars, cake, candy etc).
I put together a simple document on excel to keep track of daily supplements (most from my naturopath and some my choice- and I will make a separate post about that soon), as well as my daily exercise. I wasn’t consistent the past few months with any kind of supplements and never really ever took any sort of vitamins in the past so this is a big help in keeping me on track and organized. Besides the food this has been one of the biggest adjustments for me.
I have been walking every day – some days 25-30 minutes some days 45 minutes and beyond. My doctor says to aim for 45-60 minutes so that is always the goal. I couldn’t even walk around the block last year so I do feel an improvement in this area. Hopefully with a little hard work, focus and consistency my stamina and strength continues to improve. I will also be adding some upper body workouts with small weights to the mix.
I have been eliminating animal products and oils as I try to follow a plant based, lower in fat, vegetarian/vegan diet. I have been increasing the greens, veggies, fruits, beans and seeds. As I’ve said before, and if you have followed my previous blogs…I have tried things like low carb, keto and even “everything in moderation” and unfortunately that hasn’t quite cut it for me. I have come along way from my binge eating days – this is true – but I still have a long road to travel down as far as weight loss and health is concerned. Plant based eating at least 90 percent of the time just makes the most sense to me from everything I have researched and studied. I need to fill my body with ALL the nutrients and hopefully bring down my sugar levels and inflammation in the body.
I have to get my thoughts and mindset straight and advocate for myself and my health. I just have to “do the things”…take the supplements, go for the walks, eat the big salads, make good food choices, get lots of outside time to improve Vitamin D levels, follow through when I say I’m gonna follow through, bring stress levels down and really practice mindfulness this Summer and beyond. I dub this Summer “The Summer of Healing”. I have a good feeling about this! Nothing snaps you back to reality like a doctor telling you that you have diabetes! Despite the binge eating days being behind me and making better food choices and exercising more it still doesn’t change the reality that I have diabetes and I’m still obese. I hate that word but in reality that is the correct term.
In the past I have went along with other peoples choices to be a good friend, a good wife, good company (food choices, sitting on the couch instead of going for that walk etc) putting my health at risk to make them happy or to be low maintenance as to not inconvenience those around me. I have probably been a bad influence myself at times to friends and family, falling pray to the cravings of junk food. It goes both ways.
For months I read all of the plant based books, followed the plant based bloggers, heard and watched their inspirational stories of healing and thought/wished that could be me. I wasted a lot of time when I could have put forth energy into my own journey. But I have to say good bye to that complacent and content to let life pass by Jocelyn. Good bye to the people pleaser. I will now be putting myself as a priority. My health is more important than the approval or judgement of those around me. If it bothers them that I’m making these life style changes then that’s none of my business.
Over the next 6 weeks or so I will be following a plant based, whole foods, low in fat (but not all fat) diet. As long as I make the goal to try to make good choices (fruits veggies, seeds, nuts, small amount of grains) each day and to avoid animal products, oils and processed foods then I can’t go wrong! At the end of the six weeks I will see how I feel and if i wish to continue!
I will be updating at the end of each of the 6 weeks with what I ate, how I’m feeling, sugar levels, detox symptoms, stress levels, body shots, weight loss (hopefully) and anything else that is going on in my crazy life! Overall this is the place where I will be intimately sharing my life style change and weight loss journey. I hope some of you will be able to follow along on this journey with me.
At one point I was sharing about how my somewhat high stress child hood and upbringing contributed a great deal to my current health issues and mindset that I am living with today. That might be somewhat still true but I refuse to let my past define me. I had yet to make this connection while I was writing about my turbulent past. The connection being that it’s now time to be the care taker I needed when I was little, in my teens and even throughout my 20s. It’s time to be my own cheerleader and be in my own corner day in and day out. It’s time to break the cycle and unhealthy patterns I fell into again and again and again. It starts and ends with me. Simple as that. I am responsible for my thoughts, actions, behaviours and daily choices – nobody else has any influence over that. Ultimately this is what will see me through.