Saturday, April 26, 2014

One Month Garden Update

It’s been one month since we replanted our little garden and things are growing pretty well.  With Ella’s help, I’ve remembered to water regularly which is something I completely failed to do last year.  So far, we’ve harvested cilantro (for veggie taco night) and basil (for homemade pizza).  Both were deliciously fresh.  I had a small sense of accomplishment in knowing that, although I didn’t grow an entire meal for our family, I did contribute a bit.  I’m really looking forward to the tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers.  Once I can make a complete salad with what we’ve grown, I will allow myself to feel proud.

As our garden grows, so does my lists of to-dos.  I need to purchase four more large pots so I can separate the tomato plants as currently there are three plants per pot.  I’d also like to get some flowers and some palms or ferns.  I’m thinking about getting some succulents just to add a little variety.  If I thought I’d be able to maintain it, I’d make our balcony look like the gardening section of Home Depot.  Hehe.  Another thing I’d like to add to our garden is knowledge.  I don’t have many spare moments, but I would like to read up on exactly what our plants need so I can give them every advantage.

Don't forget to visit again next month to read and see how our garden’s doing!!

<3 n

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lemonade Diet: Day 10

I made it!!  It was honestly far easier than I thought it would have been and I’m so proud of myself for successfully getting through all ten days of this diet.  The end was really bittersweet.  I’m afraid of going back to my regular eating habits and losing the energy and lightness I currently have, but toward the end I was really looking forward to eating like a normal person again.

Tonight, with J’s suggestion and my cleanse buddy’s permission, I went to Red Robin for my post-diet dinner.  I made it through one Guinness and a bowl of soup and that was when I started to feel like my tummy might explode.  Or implode.  Or something bad.  I’d ordered a veggie burger which sat patiently on my plate until it was boxed up, with its ingredients still intact, and taken back to our house where it will wait until tomorrow.

All in all, I must say I feel like this diet was a success.  I feel like I have tons of energy, I did lose a bit of weight and generally I just feel better.  If I could go without food and without feeling like I’m missing out on lots of yummy things, I probably would keep this up for months because I love feeling so energetic all the time.  Unfortunately, that’s probably not a possibility.  Because of this, I wrote down some diet rules for myself which I will share with you now.  I apologize in advance for the sloppy formatting.  This is straight from my iPhone to my blog.

Diet Rules:
Two raw meals per day (protein shake ok - make with almond or coconut milk)
One cooked meal per day
One bread, pasta, potato or rice meal per week (quinoa ok anytime)
One cheat meal per week plus a dessert
Lots of water!! (with lemon, cucumber or mint for flavor)
Raw fruit or veggie snacks only

Well, that officially ends my Lemonade Diet posts.  For now at least…

If you’ve done the Lemonade Diet aka the Master Cleanse and blogged about it, please leave me a link in the comments section.  I’d love to read about your experience!

<3 n

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lemonade Diet: Day 9

No more lemonade please!!  I had to force two glasses down my throat today.  In the beginning, I’d contemplated buying another maple syrup because it was so tasty.  Now, even the thought of pancakes makes me sick.  My cleanse buddy has switched to a fruit and veggie fast because she simply couldn’t drink anymore.  I don’t blame her at all.

I had more guacamole for dinner tonight.  I’m still looking forward to eating a real meal.  Tomorrow can’t get here fast enough!

<3 n

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lemonade Diet: Day 8

Where’s the food at??  Today I was extremely ready for food.  I wasn’t hungry, but I really, really wanted to eat.  I think it’s less about the food and more about the countdown to the day when I’m able to eat again.  I’m beginning to get anxious and also starting to hate the taste of the lemonade.  For dinner, I had a simple guacamole - just chopped avocado and tomato with lemon juice.  I figured the lemon juice is ok since I’m already allowed that.  I did feel very full and heavy afterward, but it was satisfying.

The cravings aside, I’m feeling great.  I have lots of energy still and I feel really happy.  Part of the happiness could be attributed to my noticeable weight loss.  My tummy is flatter which pretty much guarantees a good mood for any girl.  :)

<3 n

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lemonade Diet: Day 7

Only three days to go!!  Let me start by saying I felt horrible this morning and it’s all my fault.  I drank less than two cups of the lemonade yesterday (half the second glass spilled in my car - darn it all!).  That was completely unsafe and I’d advise anyone against doing drinking less than the recommended six glasses.  It wasn’t on purpose.  I simply had an extremely busy day and didn’t really notice that I wasn’t drinking anything.  I woke up feeling extremely dizzy and weak.  J wanted to get me a donut this morning but I refused.  I felt much better after having a couple glasses of the lemonade, but it was still a little scary.  Lesson learned.

Today was a very busy day at work so I was really tired by the time I got home.  I didn’t feel sluggish though just mentally done for the day.  When I got home, I realized I’d left my maple syrup and cayenne pepper at work.  I immediately started chopping up vegetables.  I served some to Ella and Hendrix for dinner along with half a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich each.  I resisted the urge to put peanut butter on the celery for myself and let me tell you, it was a strong urge.  I prepared a bowl of raw carrots, celery, tomatoes and cucumber instead.  To say I was unsatisfied by the thought of eating a bowl of veggies with no seasoning, no dip, no nothing would be an understatement.  I searched the cupboards and fridge for any all-natural substance I could use to give the bowl of bland a little flavor.  As I opened the cap of the balsamic vinaigrette I told myself not to do it.  I tilted the bottle and thought of how much better these veggies were about to be.  I almost let a drop drip out before I quickly turned it back to an upright position and replaced the cap.  Apparently, I have willpower hiding somewhere that even I didn't know existed.

After resisting temptation, the rest of the night was a breeze.  I finished it off with some tea, got the kids to bed and called it a night.  Goodnight!!

<3 n