No Sugar and No Processed Food Update- Over a Year Later!

Hello everyone!

Wow, has the time flown over here!  I hope your area of the woods has been sunny!  So many things have happened this past year and so many things have changed for me (many of them good).

Let’s start with how I am doing on the No Sugar and No Processed Foods lifestyle I was doing so well on, back in 2011….I have still been eating very little to no sugar!  (I will occasionally have chocolate, but it’s so infrequent).

I must confess though, that when it comes to how much professed food I am eating, it is more than what I ate back in 2011.  I am still pretty much eating the way I did in 2011, but I have been eating some Amy’s frozen macaroni and cheese, and also eating some homemade organic white bread (made with honey, not sugar).

I have also changed what rice I am eating- I no longer eat brown rice, but rather have chosen to eat basmati rice, and I love basmati rice! (Lundberg rice is awesome!)  I have also been cutting down the amount of wheat I eat in general.

It is a daily challenge to continually eat no processed food, and it is easier to just take the processed food route.  It is.  However, I do still eat mostly no processed food.  I just am not nearly as strict about it as I once was (for better or for worse).  Since I am no longer being as strict about it, I have gained back 20 lbs, (I had gone down to 120 lbs. while eating no processed food), which leaves me still weighing less than I did in high school.

I have been focusing more on trying to make sure that all food I eat is either certified organic, or locally grown/raised.

I had four goals for my No Sugar and No Processed Food Challenge, back on April 23, 2011.  They were:

1. More Energy

2. Help clear up my acne.

3. Maybe lose a couple pounds (though this was not a major goal of mine)

4. Just feel overall healthy.

So how am I feeling?  Well, I have more energy, my face is essentially clear (except for an occasional pimple), I did gain some weight back (but that is not an issue for me), and, right now, I do feel overall more healthy than I have in years!

So did this challenge help my lack of energy?  Not really (for me anyway).  Cutting out sugar and processed foods for many people will help them with their lack of energy.

What I found for myself though, was that two major things were causing my energy to be constantly depleted- a relationship (that I broke off a year ago), and a job (that I stopped back in September).  It is a reminder that how we feel is not just affected by the foods we eat, or the products we use on our skin.  We are also affected by people that are in our lives, and by our environment And for me, since I do have some multiple chemical sensitivity, I found that I needed to let go of these two things to allow my health to become better.

How is my acne?  It’s essentially non-existent!  I found that as long as I have kept cutting out sugar from my diet, that my skin is essentially clear.  I still wash my face daily with local pure honey, and only use lime as an occasional nighttime treatment if I do have a pimple or two, or when I have an acne scar.

How is my weight?  I’ve gained some weight back, but I am still a healthy weight 🙂  I truly believe it is less about how much I weigh, and more about whether or not I am healthy.

How do I feel?  I am feeling pretty healthy right now.  I am eating pretty well (though not as perfect as before).  I am still making sure that the products I use on my body and in my environment are healthy for me to be around.  I am in a healthy relationship with a man that I love.

Please feel free to leave comments and/or questions, and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

I hope you have a wonderfully sunny day!

~Kim

Please note:  Please check with your doctor or a nutrionist/dietician before starting any new diet/lifestyle.

A Mini Grocery Haul: What I Eat While Eating Real Foods aka No Processed Foods

Hello there!  Long time no see!  I’m so sorry that I haven’t been on this blog in forever~ this summer has been SO much busier than I ever expected it to be!  I finally found the time to upload a couple of videos that I actually recorded over a month ago~ I will be posting more hopefully tomorrow.

This video is a mini grocery haul that I was asked to do.  It is a glimpse at what I eat on a regular basis~ including what vitamins/supplements I take, and what type of processed food I eat if I do eat any (except I forgot chocolate~ sometime I’ll have to show you what organic chocolates I eat if I really want chocolate).

Some random info:
~ My stomach feels good, too, on the Smarty Pants Vitamins.  If you have stomach issues, like IBS, like me, vitamins is something that are recommended to be avoided.  However, these are ok since they do not have any artifical colorings, flavorings, etc.  I actually could not take any vitamins since I was 12 (7 years before my IBS started), due to how horrible I would feel on them.  These, and the Vitamin C ones I talk about in this video, are the only two vitamins I can actually take.

~The snap peas and organic carrots in this video at 11:00 are ones my dad grew.  An awesome way to save money, and gas having to go to the store=grow your own veggies!

~Please note: I am affiliated with Compass Teas.  However, any high quality tea is great for your body and your health 🙂

~Somehow I completely missed mentioning peppermint tea: I LOVE it! Peppermint is also great for IBS symptoms/stomach issues (unless you have heartburn issues too).

~For some reason, parts of the video stop working for a second, but it starts to work again.  I’m really sorry about that.  I tried to fix it, but could not :/

But most importantly, have a sunny day!!
~Kim

Please note: If you wish to try eating real foods, and cut out all the processed foods, please do your research, and ask your doctor or registered dietician for more information.  All the information I talk about here is info I have collected while trying to cure my acne naturally and help myself become a healthy person (not just “healthier”).

Blog for IWD~A Project and a Company that are Helping Connect Girls and Inspire Futures

Girls in front of Central Community House, St. Paul

Hello again and Happy International Women’s Day!

So I wanted to do another post for the Blog for International Women’s Day hosted by Gender Across Borders and CARE.  With this post though, I wanted to focus on a project and a company that are connecting girls and inspiring futures!  The project is xoJane’s Real Belly Project, and the company is Lunapads.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoJane’s Real Belly Project

This project is just what it sounds like it is: showcasing real, unphotoshopped women’s bellies in a positive light.  In my previous post I mentioned that we need to embrace our own bodies to help girls embrace their own too.  The Real Belly Project does just this!  These are actual women that have taken photos of their bellies and sent them to xoJane for them to make a photo gallery of bellies.

There is already one post on xoJane from a girl that comments on how this project helped her become determined to accept her body.  Want to check out this project? Click here: http://www.xojane.com/fun/gallery/bellies-part-2

Click here to read the girl’s story~ It Happened to Me: Real Girl Bellies Saved My Life: http://www.xojane.com/healthy/ihtm-real-girl-bellies-saved-my-life

Lunapads.com

Lunapads.com is this awesome Canadian women-owned company that sells reusable menstrual pads, pantyliners, and menstrual cups, but at the same time sends out the message of embracing, understanding, and loving our bodies.  Honestly, since I have started reading their blog posts, and watching their youtube videos (and overall just looking more into reusable menstrual pads and pantyliners and why they are better for my health), my attitude towards my body, and menstruation, has drastically become much more positive.

This kind of impact on all girls and women is so important!  Why should women or girls feel ashamed about something so natural as our cycles?  The simple answer is, we shouldn’t.  I love that Lunapads is trying to get rid of this embarrassment, and even often shame, so many girls and women feel towards our bodies.  Can I say that I love my period at this point?  I’m not there yet, but I have come a long way from hating my period.

Another wonderful thing that Lunapads does is that they donate pads to girls in undeveloped countries through their program Pads4Girls since 2000.  They send reusable pads to girls in areas where either disposable pads are too expensive, or they are just unavailable.  Therefore, girls have to decide whether to risk embarrassment by going to school, or just staying home for about a week.  This reduces these girls’ chances of staying in school, and ultimately can result in them staying in poverty, having children sooner, and possibly even dying sooner from childbirth complications.  So, Lunapads is helping to change this just by donating something that seems so simple as a reusable cloth pad.  But this pad symbolizes a brighter future for so many girls!

To find out more about Lunapads’ Pads4Girls click here: http://lunapads.com/about-us/donate-pads

We, as a culture, can help girls and women have brighter futures~ we just need to believe that we can!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: The image above is used under the Commons license, shared by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest on Flickr, and can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhsum-commons/4419492544/