I gotta tell you that the amount of food prep is more than expected. And you make a lot of it too! Here we are on day four with a ton of leftovers. So we decided instead of making new food for today we will just eat what we’ve made already. The only new introductory food today is cheese!
Please, don’t let me react to cheese! Please, don’t let me react to cheese!
So far I am down 4.8 pounds, and Luke 5.2 and in only three days. Another change for me is that the rash I’ve had on my elbows for nearly all my adult life has gone away. It’s amazing to find out that gut health really does control many things.
Dinner day two introduced rice and dinner last night introduced chicken! I didn’t react to either! I had my first coffee in three days this morning. I could feel the caffeine through my veins right away. I did feel fatigued the last few days but the book says that’s fairly normal because your body is detoxing. Today my energy levels seem good. I’ll post in a couple of days with more progress!
“The Plan” some would call it a diet plan, but in fact it is more of a discovery of which food works for you. Everyone handles food differently and so any given “diet” does not work for everyone. I’ve never really been one to diet, I have always eaten pretty healthily. Recently what I have been discovering though is bloat and sudden extreme weight gain, and I don’t know what from. Like last summer, I discovered I cannot eat corn at all, and having lived in Mexico and the southern states for some of my young life I have a love of corn served all sorts of ways. So this discovery was annoying, but I just have to deal with it.
In the last couple of months I’ve noticed that the bloat is coming on more often. It could be from anything I may have eaten through the day which is frustrating to not know exactly what is causing this. I had an 11 pound flux within two days. 6 pounds up one day and 5 down…not normal I know. So after talking with Luke about the plan, we both thought it would be good to discover what is causing these things. I would love to eat healthy and be full without worrying about drastic weight gain or bloat.
We started day one yesterday. Breakfast consists of a homemade flax granola with raisins and blueberries, using Rice Dream instead of anything dairy. Lunch is homemade carrot and ginger soup with pumpkin seeds, steamed broccoli and mixed greens with orange oil drizzle. Snack, half a fruit. Dinner sautéed kale with the coco sauce, beet and carrot salad grated with pumpkin seeds. You cannot drink anything but water or dandelion tea for the first three days.
The first 3 days you are cleansing your body of toxins and eating the most non-reactionary foods. After day three you allowed coffee and even a glass of wine if you choose. The plan details all your meal plans for 20 days, the first 3 days are critical and if you deviate from the plan you may find you bloat or gain weight without an explanation. The whole point is to introduce one new item a day to see how your body reacts. Once the 20 days has passed you can continue introducing new food items and continue to journey. The most exciting thing about this for me is going to be the ability to eat to my hearts content without bloating. So I will post about our progress through the plan as we go along. I hope you enjoy.
This past week was a whirlwind of experiences I shared with friends and husband. To start it all off on Friday we went to a small venue concert to watch two Canadian indie rock bands that I love. We were very close to the stage so could really get into the show and feel the music. Songs like “I love you” from Said the Whale, and “Let’s fall in Love” from Mother Mother are a few of my favorites. What a sap I must be. Ha.
On Sunday night, I was one of 12 artists competing to win the votes of the crowd in an art battle. In a previous blog post, I showed two of my practice pieces. The vibe was stirring when we got there, all the artists trying to get into the right head space for the competition. It began with 6 artists in a circle with their canvases on easels facing inward . “And GO” these artists had 20 minutes to start and finish a painting. As the artists painted, the crowd was allowed to circle them and watch. The round ended, very quickly.
I started preparing my palate, still unsure what I would do, I grabbed some of my favorite colors. I got placed in front of my canvas and my head was whirling…”what am I going to paint, what am I going to paint”. Luke had suggested before it all started that I paint eyes, I have this obsession with eyes, particularly sad ones. I’ve become rather good at drawing and painting eyes and people like them. There’s something so emotional about these pieces, it tends to draw people in. So, the round started and away I went. I could hear the people talking behind me but I ignored the noise because “I HAVE 20 MINUTES TO FINISH THIS” screaming in my head.
Here are a couple of pictures my friends took of the event.
Myself and 3 other artists made it through to round two. I should’ve been little more creative and done something completely different, but I panicked and did another painting of a face. So I ended up not winning overall, but the experience was amazing and inspiring and I would love to do more things like this in the future.
Tuesday night we had another concert to go to. This time at Prospera place here in Kelowna to see “Lord Huron” and “The Arkells” Luke bought all these tickets for me for my Christmas present. We decided to spend money on activities and events vs. presents. Lord Huron is a band Luke and I connected over. When we first met we went through each others music to see if we had similar taste. We did, we both love music and sing all the time, mostly when we hear a word and then a song pops up in your head. It’s kinda funny. All of this to say that life is truly in the moments. The video below is our song.