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I Survived Disneyland!!!

I am not going to lie, I was really nervous about my annual trip to Disneyland for the Halloween party this year. Besides the fact that you have trick or treat stations all over the park, which yes I got all the candy I could. You have your special treats. Like for me, I always have to have a pretzel or dole whip. Then there is always the Three Cheese Monte Cristo at Café Orleans. I knew this year because I am working on getting rid of the Candida Overgrowth I wasn’t going to have my special treats or Halloween candy. I was going to have to adjust to this habit.

We ate dinner first, at Café Orleans. I was amazed, when you make your reservation for the restaurant they ask if you have food allergies. I checked yes – Gluten/soy/dairy/grains those all pertain to my diet. Then when we get seated the hostess confirmed that we had allergies in our party. I was expecting a separate menu. As always I mentally prepare when I go to any restaurant, knowing the basics: veggies, meat, & beans are basically what I eat on this diet.

Well they full on had the chef come out to discuss my dietary restrictions with me. There was basically two things that fell into my allowance… a salad that he would have to take out all the fruit so it would basically be lettuce and chicken OR  the N’awlins Vegetable Ragoût with Blackened Chicken–  It comes with Eggplant, Red Onions, Bell Peppers, Squash, Zucchini, and fresh Garlic served with Corn Cakes topped with Grana Padano Cheese. SO the chef said “I can omit the cheese and the corn cakes but we can give you rice” I said, “no grains” So my meal came out with a spicy tomato sauce with all the veggies, chicken & some asparagus instead of the corn cakes. It was SO filling and delicious.

I was so impressed with the accommodations that Disney provided. The fact that they had the chef come out to accommodate my dietary needs is top notch customer service. I mean you can eat healthy where ever you are; you just need to be creative and be willing to ask. Disneyland makes it so easy to eat healthy too. There are fresh fruit/veggie stands all over in California Adventure and right there on Main Street. It comes down to choices. Either you choose to or you don’t.

If anyone tells you that Disneyland or anywhere for that matter only has unhealthy options it just means they are lazy or unwilling to research, because honestly there can be good choices if you look for them.

I was Ursula the Sea Witch this year……. How amazing did my tentacles come out?? My friend Laura is amazing, cant wait for next year!!!

-A

ursula

 

Sugar Detox

sugarSo I have been on a really strict diet to kill the Candida yeast in my system. I have had a diet for 10 years of “eat what ever I want” this consisted of sugar, sugar, and more sugar. I have shared how I would sit down and eat about a dozen Sprinkles Cupcakes in about 2 days. Or I would have a full breakfast and two donuts. One of the biggest habits that I had … not even realizing it, dessert after dinner. I grew up in a house where my dad had to have sweet after every dinner, he went so far one night to eat cake mix. The actual CAKE MIX POWDER!!! This was my learned behavior, that I didn’t even realized that I carried on this habit into my adulthood. Then this Candida diet happened and I realized that I carried on my dads habit and it was really hard to break.

Julianna (nutritionist) first presented the diet to me I said there are three things I will not break Coffee, Bacon, & Strawberries. She said its only six weeks and you will bend on those things for a better you. She was right. No coffee because it contains mold (all coffee naturally had mold) also the I am so resistant to caffeine it means I abuse it. No bacon, even though I eat nitrate free bacon pork contains retroviruses that survive cooking. Strawberries also contain mold and NO SUGAR.

{Sent by Julianna} The goal of this diet is to strip the yeast of the foods it uses to thrive and supplying it the foods it needs to fight the yeast off.  The primary goal is avoiding sugar and yeast.  Yeast is sneaky in lots of foods, so refer to your food list to help you. This diet in conjunction with supportive supplementation should help eradicate a yeast overgrowth.

So what can I eat???

All foods should be organic and meats are grass fed

Meat- Beef, Buffalo, Elk, Lamb, Rabbit, Venison, Chicken (white & dark meat), Duck, Goose, Quail, Turkey

Seafood- Clams, Perch, Salmon, & Whitefish

Legumes- Black Beans, Green Beans, Green Peas, Lima Beans, Mung Beans, Navy Beans, Pink Beans, Pinto Beans

Beverages- Almond Milk (unsweetened, unflavored), herbal tea, water

Dairy & Eggs- Chicken Eggs, Yogurt

Nuts- Almonds, Chestnuts, Hickory nuts, Poppy Seeds, Filberts, Sesame Seeds

Vegetables- Avocado, Artichoke, Jicama, Zucchini, Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, pumpkin, asparagus, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, celery, cucumber, daikon, fennel, garlic, ginger root, kohlrabi, leek, okra, onions, all bell peppers, all hot peppers, radish, shallot, turnip, all lettuce (no spinach), swiss chard, radicchio, kale, endive, greens, cilantro

Fruits- lemons, lime, rhubarb

Oils & Fats- Almond oil, primrose oil, fish oils, olive oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil

So yeah very limited. It has proven to be a very difficult to be creative with this diet because I am SO restricted. I have managed though. I am going to start week 4 and I have survived. I still want my strawberries.

-A

 

 

 

New Year – New Beginnings 2013

So this year my dream team Cody & Alana are doing a 90 Day challenge with the gym members. I am beyond stoked on this challenge. The last 90 day challenge I was on vacation and had some learning curves to get through, not that I am making excuses … I just didn’t give it my ALL.

This 90 day challenge there is a lot more to it and I am so excited. I am a sponge ready to learn and ready to push my mind and body to the limits. I had my first consultation with Cody and he touched on something that really got to me. I was really proud of myself that I didn’t “emotionally eat” during the holidays (I lost my mom during Christmas) I thought I over came that and although I wasn’t eating boxes of Sees candy or Bags of cookies this year, after a third party looking at my food logs and my social posts on Facebook …. I still am emotionally eating.  Now I am not beating myself up because there is something to celebrate in the fact that I had ONE piece of candy and not a box AND I logged it. I still need to be aware of my eating habit.  Especially, when I am at an 8 week plateau and getting frustrated about it. I am ready to win this challenge. I mean there are some awesome goodies to win and a cash prize!!! Muahahahaha  I KNOW I CAN WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was also pretty interesting that I had to take some quizzes to take before my visit with Cody. I scored SUPER high in my readiness for this challenge but my social stimulus was really low. So if you are my friend and we hang out and you put non healthy options in front of me … I am reconsidering our friendship. HA!!! Now that I said that it doesn’t meant you have to be on egg shells around me, after all its your body your choice, but it would help me out if you didn’t eat a cupcake right in front of my face and tell me how delicious it is. I know it is B!

So I Cody gave me my food menus from http://www.eatthismuch.com

I am to eat between 1600-1800 calories of which needs to be 130g protein and 40% calories in fat.  Also I need to step up my workouts to be more cardio. So I will be incorporating my jogging (even though I suck at running) and hiking on the weekends. This is perfect that I have the Neverland 5k next weekend at Disneyland. BOOYA!!!!

Here is the first menu

Breakfast – Classic Omelet (2 eggs, 1oz cheddar cheese, 2 slices of bacon crumbled)  4 slices of bacon on the side (532.6 cals)

Snack– Cottage cheese fluff 2 slices of bacon <this is my favorite snack thus far> (.5c cottage cheese, .35oz diet lemon jello mix, .17c cool whip) Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Best to cool overnight.

Lunch– 5 minute Pepperoni Pizza (1oz pepperoni, 2oz mozzarella, .5c broccoli) form a 3×2 pepperoni crust on a lined baking sheet, lay 1oz of cheese on top of the roni, then the broccoli, then the remaining cheese. Place in oven top rack on broil for 5 mins. – Reheated very nicely

Snack– 12oz nonfat Greek yogurt  ( I added cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to add some flavor)

Dinner – Simple Fish Chowder and Fruit Salad ( 1c tomatoes, 1.5 stalk medium celery, Italian seasoning, & I added a red pepper flakes for a little spice, 4oz of cod – I used Tilapia) Slice the celery and tomatoes put  all ingredients but the fish in a stock pot, make sure you put in all the juice from the tomato, bring to a boil over medium heat. Place the fish in the pot and cook for 5-10mins or 10-15 if frozen. Cook until the fish is flaky and opaque in color. I added about 1/8c of water.  Fruit salad – 2c Strawberry halves & 2c Blueberries

Enjoy!

-A

Spaghetti Squash

So since I have super demanding friends who will remain nameless (Liz Ortiz) and I was busy and missed recipe Monday … Here you go …….

This is my new favorite right now Spaghetti Squash and it’s in season.

How to prepare:

Cut it in half (lengthwise) or quarters. You don’t want to cut it up too small unless you want short strands. Scrape out the seeds and pulp as you would with any squash or pumpkin. Bake rind side up in a baking dish with about an inch of water for 30 to 40 minutes at 375 F.

**You could put it in the microwave for 20 mins but its not as good.

Let cool for about 5-10 mins, hold with an oven mitt & separate strands by running a fork through in the “from stem to stern” direction.

 

Different ways to use:

–          My favorite is to use it like pasta

–          Put your favorite spaghetti sauce on it

–          Chili on top

–          Garlic & Butter (I am dairy free but you can put Parmesan on it)

–          Butter & Brown Sugar (my moms favorite)

–          Add feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives for a greek flair

–          Mix in cilantro, cumin, garlic salt, and black beans – a little jack cheese for a Mexican spin

Its so versatile you can get super creative with it. Feel free to leave comments of your favorite way to make your spaghetti squash!!!

The other night I poured chili and cut up applegate hot dogs  – A