The 10 day fast that wasn’t…

We last left off with me rocking the 3 day fast that turned into an intended 10 day fast, that wound up being a 7 day fast. It broke not because I wanted to, I woke up to my husband texting me telling me he was in the hospital with a GI bleed. I had to pack up and make the 4 hour drive home (I was out of town). I had horror stories of people having upset if they just broke a fast and started eating real food quickly….. the warning was to have a toilet near-by. That wasn’t possible so I invested in a few store bough juices and made the trek home.

Long story short, he stayed in the hospital 5 days. I broke my fast during this time. I managed no GI upset by eating as clean as possible in a “take-out” situation. I succeeded thanks to Chinese restaurants. I ordered stir fried veggies, no sauce, and no rice along with soup and salad from an American chain that specializes in that kinda food. It worked. Fast broken with no upset and I ate as clean as possible. My body craved the fruits and veggies and I wasn’t tempted in the least to eat other non nutritionally beneficial food.

It was during his hospital stay that my husband noticed something. I had just finished my shower and had changed out of my baggy travel clothes to my comfy yoga pants when he exclaimed “YOUR ASS! You’ve lost weight!” Now we have no scale in the condo and I didn’t take any body measurements prior to starting this. Weight loss was not a goal just a happy unintended consequence. But when I got home from finishing up my business in Florida I hopped on the scale….. I had lost between 5-8 pounds. I’m not sure of the total because I’m not sure of my starting number, so going by the heaviest I weighed this summer and no weight loss attempt it is fair to say I lost 8 pounds! I do know that I lost girth for sure. Jeans I squeezed into just two weeks earlier aren’t as uncomfortable.

The darling husband left this morning for work. He will be gone 7 days. I am on my second juice of the day and planning my yummy dinner (told you I love to eat). But juicing while he is gone is too darn easy. Few dishes, easy clean up, and it just seems to fit for right now. One well planed meal a day with healthy snacks through out the day is the goal while he is gone. Juice for the rest of the time. It’s not a starvation plan…. my juice for lunch today has lettuce, tomato, carrots, summer squashes, celery and cucumber. My morning juice had orange, beet and an apple. My snack will be almonds and pecans. Dinner? Im thinking steak salad or maybe pork and beans (if I get the beans cooked fast enough) . I promise you I’m NOT hungry through out the day. And my juices are yummy.

Will I fast again? Probably, it really all depends if I fall back into old comfort food, crappy eating habits. But right now my body wants and craves the juice. Therefore, it will get the juice. But I also like to chew, I miss the chewing when fasting…. so yeah, This girl gotta chew, hence dinner tonight!

As a final thought, I have done TONS of reading here lately and I’m about to commence an experiment. I have had thyroid nodes for years. I have read countless stories of people shrinking them. I have my supplements ordered and will, until my next endocrinology appointment, take them and see if it has any effect on my thyroid. I will also be avoiding known foods that interfere with iodine uptake. I’ll be curious what will happen. So, stay tuned!

Hope everyone has a blessed day!

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My Very Own Concotion

I’m so excited but I need your help!  I just ventured out and made my own green juice recipe!  (I posted it on my Facebook Page. )

It looks like:

 

The recipe isn’t perfect but it taste good (to me).  Try it, let me know what you think (read: please make suggestions) and help me name it! 

Confessions of… (#4)

A foodie:  I eat my avocados right out of their skins, with a spoon, as is.  Call me a purist.

(This actually is a result of my father bringing bags and bags of avocados home from south Florida when I was a child.  Fresh off the tree!  Delicious.) 

We call it “My Seven Layer Salad”

We call it “My Seven Layer Salad”

But oddly enough, I don’t layer it, and I’m not sure there are seven layers in it anymore.  Growing up, I had eaten this salad many times.  However, it WAS layered and beautiful to look at.  Seven layers of lettuce, celery, onion, bell pepper, frozen peas, dressing, and bacon bits all served up in a glass dish.  It was a beauty to behold and so crisp and fresh. With the advent of summer we have had our first few salads of the year. And with each one we remark how delicious and satisfying it is.

Had another one this afternoon and there is something about it.  Not sure what it is.  My daughter says it’s the dressing.  (which very little of is needed). But maybe it’s everything else we have added/subtracted from the original.    My “Seven Layer Salad” looks much different from its inspiration salad. As much as I like the flavor of bell peppers, they don’t like me.  My husband doesn’t like peas so they only party on my plate. and other ingredients have found their way into the mix.  I don’t layer it anymore due to the different taste of each family member… the dressing however, is constant on all plates.  And even the dressing is different from the “original”.  Very similar, but different enough.

For this summer tradition we gather:

  • greens romaine lettuce and spinach are our go-to
  • thick slices of deli meat and cheese that we cut into chunks smoked turkey, smoked ham, baby swiss*
  • boiled egg
  • carrots
  • mushrooms
  • red onions
  • green onions
  • grilled corn (cut off cob and chilled)
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • tomato
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • french fried onions (instead of croutons for an extra added crunch and saltiness)

*You can go to your grocer’s deli and request the deli meats sliced thick.  Tell them roughly 3/4″.  At my store I can request they use the #10 setting. You’ll want close to a pound of meats and half a pound of baby swiss.

The dressing:

  • 3/4 cup Mayo
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • juice of a half lemon
  • a dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • cracked black pepper

The measurements for the dressing ingredients are WAGs.  I honestly don’t measure out these ingredients.  It isn’t baking, where measurements are exact.  It’s a make-til-ya-like-it kinda of dressing.  I like a nice thick, loaded with tons of cheese, kinda of dressing.  The flavor resembles a Caesar dressing.  It is sooooooooooo very good.  I use very little of it on my salad.  The flavors in the salad alone are enough to carry it, but the salad wouldn’t be the same without it.

Hope you like it as much as we do.

Enjoy y’all