Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Today marks 4 months since I eliminated meat, dairy and processed food from
my diet (eating only plant based whole foods). Out of the 4 months, I have juiced two times for a total of 17 days. So far I've lost 35 pounds, I have reduced my medication and hope to be off of it completely soon.
I feel so much better and I am in much less pain despite the fact I have
reduced my pain management meds.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Well, I made it 7 days on juice alone. I lost 10 pounds, feel lighter and am definitely cleaned out. I switched back to a plant based whole food diet last night and treated myself to some miso soup and veggie sushi.
Today I spent the day with my youngest shopping for ingredients for this week's menu. If you are curious what we are eating week to week and for the recipes, find me here on Pinterest. I set up a board called This Week's Menu.
I'm pretty happy about the past two weeks. I am down a total of 20 pounds, I can feel the difference in my digestive system already and I am already a little bit less tired. When I woke up this morning, I instantly felt clear headed and rested. That hasn't happened in decades.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Well, I've survived 3 days of consuming only vegetable/fruit juice I made with my new Breville juicer.
- I hate juiced cucumber. yuck! I am going to try to substitute zucchini in the next recipe that calls for it and if I still don't like it, I will just eliminate those recipes from my diet.
- Beet Juice is yummy. Peeling works out better with a peeler than a knife and it comes out the same way it went in so don't be alarmed if the toilet turns red-purple.
- Blueberries and grapes do not yield much juice on their own.
- Everything tastes better with Orange in it.
- All leafy greens need to be scrunched up into a ball (if they are not purchased whole such as bagged spinach and kale) before going into the juicer or they simply end up in the waste pile.
Tomorrow I am back to work, so I will probably make my juice tonight for tomorrow's breakfast, lunch and snack (and dinner since each juice is two servings). If it works out well, I will continue to do it that way.
Now, I am off to find some new juice recipes to replace the ones I am not crazy about in Joe's 15 day reboot (i.e. anything with cucumber in it!).
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Today is the day I start taking charge of my health. I'm 42 years old and I feel like a very sick 60 year old. I am overweight, always tired, and on medication for high blood pressure, acid reflux and chronic pain.
A friend directed me to a documentary called Forks over Knives (free on Netflix streaming) and I was floored. Watch it. They show how eating a Whole Food, Plant Based diet can prevent or even reverse heart disease and some cancer. The documentary is based on research and a book called The China Study. They found that in China where people ate more animal products and processed food, instances of heart disease and cancer were higher and in the regions where they use only a small piece of meat as a flavoring agent, they were lower. For the past week, I have cut out meat, dairy and processed foods and have lost a whopping 11 pounds and I already feel less tired in the mornings when waking.
Then another friend told me to watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (thanks Annette!). It's about a guy named Joe Cross who is overweight and suffers from an auto-immune disease. He juices for 60 days and you watch him gradually become healthier and leaner and come off his meds. It has inspired me so here I am today, starting Day 1 of my juice reboot (plans and recipes are available at the link I posted below).
If you're interested in learning more about Joe, juicing and the documentary visit his website. It's also free to watch on Netflix along with Hulu and for a limited time it's available on YouTube.
Wish me luck!
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Someone told me about Ebates and I signed up just before starting my Christmas shopping (which I did a ton of over the weekend) and so far I have $15 pending from just 3 stores. They'll send it to me as cash back just for going to the shopping websites using a link on the Ebates website. I also got coupon codes to use in checkout that saved me even more money.
The cash back percentage is different for each store, but it adds up quickly. I did nothing and I got $15 in return just for going to a website and using their link to the store. Love it!
If you sign up, please do so through my link here so I get more cash back for referring you. Thanks!
Posted by Deb Baker at 12/04/2012 06:31:00 PM
Thursday, November 08, 2012
I'm heading to India today. I'll spend the first week in the state of Haryana, home of Delhi where I will meet new friends and get to know existing ones much better.
On Sunday I'll travel to Agra where I will get to check off another item on my bucket list, "See the Taj Mahal." Then Tuesday is Diwali and I am excited to be in India for the celebration!
The second week, I will be traveling with my friends to Rajasthan to visit Jodhpur, Jaipur and Pushkar. Jodhpur is where we got the name for the classic riding pants. Jaipur has a step well like the one seen in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" that I am dying to see and we're going to a camel fair in Pushkar.
I am so excited to experience this country and it's culture. I love the food, the music and the people.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
I spent some time in my sewing room today (sweating my butt off).
I made this shirt from a men's shirt and a necktie I picked up at Goodwill, Savers, or Salvation Army (can't remember which).
Loving it! Now I want to make more.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
The first thing I did was open up the waist band and take out the elastic, which I set aside to use in a future project since part of the reason I am doing this is to reduce waste. Of course, we all know that the main reason I am doing it is to ensure NO ONE will have the same outfits as me. People can try to come close, but they will never be exact.
Next, I cut the legs off just below the crotch and opened up the seam so I had a tube. I decided to put it on the dress form and see where it would lead me. I put it on upside down and it just started to materialize in my head.
This is what I came up with.....
Sunday, January 29, 2012
What do you do when you know exactly what you want but can't find it? Make it!
I decided I want to wear the skirt I made at the end of December for a work thing this week, but, I didn't own a shirt to match. I've really been loving the color mustard lately and the skirt had it in the design. So, I decided to try to find something at the mall today. All I could find was this shirt.
They only had it in a 3X but it was on clearance for $4. In other words, it was singing the "Refashion Me" song.
I took the size down quite a bit. The I took the scraps from my alterations and added some pleated ruffles to the top.
Here's a close up of the top. I love it and can't wait to wear it with my skirt and mustard colored tights.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Here I am on Day THREE. Yesterday was a struggle but I made it through. Today is a repeat of Days 1 and 2 but, I am on the eve of Day 4 where my snacks change from the Ginger Carrot Soup (which I'm still digging) to fruit. Three snacks per day consisting of either 1 cup or 1 piece of fruit. I bought Pineapple, Gala Apples, Oranges and a Grapefruit. So, I'm looking forward to part two of this detox. The fruit will make it a lot easier to go back to work on Wednesday and Thursday. I'll only need to prepare my lunch smoothie when I make my breakfast smoothie and take a couple pieces of fruit. That's doable.
I am still only going to the bathroom twice a day, just after the morning and evening Cleansing Rituals. They're normal and I have no gas or stomach pain. I have noticed an increase in the frequency of my peeing (the infamous number 1) though. You'd think it would be due to an increase in drinking, but I am drinking just about the same amount of water and tea as I was pre-detox. Maybe it's from the smoothies or maybe it's just due to the detox process. This is probably why Robert stresses the importance of drinking a lot of water.
I took another Detox bath last night. It was heavenly. There is something to be said about soaking in hot water on a cold winter night. I'm also happy to report that there was no reaction at all with the ingredients, so the night before must have just been my reaction to the intense smell of the ginger. It was very enjoyable last night....almost as comforting as a glass of ginger ale when I have an upset tummy.
As a result of my efforts, I have lost FOUR pounds so far in 2 days. I hope this means I will meet my 10 pound goal by the end. Fingers crossed.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
And now the cravings start....LOL
I've been living Diet Free for months and find it very easy and never have a problem with wanting to eat more than I should. But after a day and a half of nothing but smoothies, I am craving anything and everything. I just want to chew. I'm doing my best to stay busy so I can't think about it. I'm not hungry at all. I think I just want to eat something savory. The smoothies are like fruit flavored ice cram so craving sweet things is not my problem.
Anyway, onto the experience....
The smoothie recipes that Robert has provided in the booklet are all very yummy. I also really like the Ginger Carrot Soup from Trader Joe's. Added bonus, I found something else I really like and will probably continue eating this after the detox/cleanse is done.
The actual "Cleansing Ritual" isn't as bad as I first thought it was. The very first one I did I used only the 100% Cranberry Juice and was awful. As soon as you swallow, it tastes bad. I love sour stuff, but this isn't sour. I can't put my finger on it, but it's not sour. So, I am mixing it 50/50 with 100% Apple Juice (all from Trader Joe's) and it's now tolerable. I just hope I have enough Apple to continue mixing it for all 6 days. I bought mostly the Cranberry because I have loved absolutely every Cranberry item I have ever tasted.
So now down to the Dirty Details.....after the cleansing ritual....
I thought that I would need to stay close to home because I would be in the bathroom all day, but I am finding that I am only "using the bathroom" twice a day, about an hour and a half after I do the ritual. Maybe the rest of the week will be different but this is what I am finding to be true for the first two days.
Last night I also did a detox bath. It was so relaxing. I figured it would help me detox as much as possible if I took them along with the Detox Drop. I checked with Robert who said it would be safe to do. Everything in the bath is all natural and they have so many extra benefits.
2 C Epsom salt
2 C Sea Salt
2 C Aluminum Free Baking Soda
5 TB Ground Ginger
1 C Vinegar
Combine all dry ingredients and store in an airtight container. At bath time, add 1 cup of dry ingredients and 1 cup vinegar to hot running water. Soak for 20-40 minutes.
I bought my ingredients at http://www.bulkfoods.com/ and have linked each ingredient above in the recipe. I bought my epsom salt and vinegar in my grocery store. It can be found anywhere and is very inexpensive.
- Epsom Salt draws toxins out your body and it's also great for relieving aches and pains. I have been using Epsom Salt in my baths for a few years after my masseuse recommended it to loosen my muscles after working out. It draws out built up lactic acid.
- Sea Salt soothes and heals blemishes and open wounds.
- Baking Soda balances out an over acidic system, leaving you refreshed and energized. It also softens the skin.
- Ground Ginger increases circulations, and aids in the elimination of toxins.
- Vinegar soothes and softens dry, itchy skin while balancing the body's pH.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
If you're following my blog for the refashioning ideas or knitting, I apologize ahead of time. Please indulge me for a few days. I am going to blog my way through a Detox/Cleanse with brutal honesty since I can't seem to find anywhere online where others have and I think you need to be informed if you are going to do one.
Today I am beginning Robert Ferguson's Diet Free Life, Detox Drop (click on the pic to go to his online store if you're interested).
Robert suggests that you do a Detox as often as once per Season or Quarter. I am excited to feel the results of this since this is my first one ever. I expect to lose between 5-10 pounds and rid my body of toxins that have built up over 40 years of living in a polluted world. There is an excellent article located here that I suggest you take the time to read if you have not considered the health benefits of a Detox before now.
If you don't know me personally, you may not know that I have been struggling with digestive problems for years. I was diagnosed with IBS back in the mid 90's and had a bad bout with my Gall Bladder during Christmas 2009 that landed me in the hospital for 9 days over the holidays. It got really bad because I ignored it for months on end because I simply thought the symptoms were due to the fact I was not living a healthy lifestyle. Then I had a mystery illness that lasted 6 weeks during March and April 2011. I had stomach bug symptoms once a week for 6 weeks. Each time I got sick, it felt as if the food I had just eaten was just sitting at the top of my stomach and that my system was backing up. Eventually I started taking a pro-biotic which helped the process of digesting work correctly and I haven't been sick since. But, I still feel as if my body is not working the way it should and I always feel yucky.
So, here I am about to start a Detox/Cleanse that will reboot my system and help cleanse my liver which I know isn't healthy (I was also diagnosed with fatty liver when I went through my gallbladder ordeal in 2009). The bottom line is I feel like I imagine the participants of "The Biggest Loser" feel after they have been seen by the show doctor who tells them how sick they are. I need to take control of my health and the time is NOW.
Along with the Detox Drop products, Robert includes a booklet with instructions, a shopping list and recipes for protein smoothies/meals you can enjoy during the 3 or 6 day Detox. Just about everything you need can be found at Trader Joe's. If you do not have one nearby, the items can probably be found in your local supermarket or online. The list consists mostly of 100% organic juices with no additives, protein powder, frozen/fresh fruit and either Ginger Carrot soup from Trader Joe's or ingredients to make the one Robert shares a recipe for in the booklet (If you follow the one with the meal program, you'll need additional foods).
I am doing the 6 day Detox to get the full benefits of the program and will give a recap here of the previous day along with how I felt and what I experienced.
Monday, January 02, 2012
I bought this shirt/tunic/mumuu/whatever-the-heck-it-is in Beijing when I went to China in April. The colors grabbed me, but once I got home and tried to wear it, I looked ridiculous. I tried tucking it in and that worked ok, except there as sooo much excess fabric that it made it a pain in the butt when I needed to use the bathroom and needed to tuck it back in several times a day. Plus, it looked like a huge shirt would look when it was tucked in.....unflattering.
So, it hid in my closet for months until I finally tossed it into my Refashion pile and tackled it today.
A web search turned up this pretty Butterfly Shirt from etsy (link to shop under pic). It is also a refashion, and fit the vision I had for this shirt from the moment I bought it.
Once again, I forgot to take a before picture. Ugh!
Imagine a very ugly black skirt that fell somewhere between the ankle and the knee with back pockets. It wasn't very flattering so I never wore it. But for some reason, I held onto it.
My refashions up until now have been on clothes I found at Thrift stores or eBay. So, it was time to refashion something out of my own closet.
I love it now! I cut it just above the knee and added the ruffle so it will fall just at or below my knees. It looks exactly how I planned it.
I took the excess fabric I removed and cut it in two. I then sewed it together so it was twice the old circumference. I hemmed both sides before sewing a gathering stitch and pulling it into a ruffle. Once it was back to the original size it was easily reattached to the bottom of the skirt. Such an easy update.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
I had a different plan for this shirt when I bought it on eBay. I found another idea on Pinterest after I got it in the mail.
I keep forgetting to take a before pic on my refashions. As you can see, I remembered it on this one just after I began cutting.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
I saw this cute dress in Savers and immediately saw it's potential. The bottom of it was screaming SKIRT to me and it was wide enough to make one to fit me where the dress would have been way too small.
I laid the dress out and cut the bottom off leaving just enough to sew a gathering stitch where I could adjust the width to fit my waist and attach it to some wide elastic.
This was so simple to do, I don't think I am even need to explain it. Now I can't wait until spring so I can wear it!
So as to not waste anything, I hemmed the bottom of the top portion and turned it into a cute summer top for my daughter. It fits her perfectly. (bad photo, the color is all wrong)
While searching the web for a black and white polka dot tie-neck blouse, I came across this picture of a denim version and fell in love. But, it cost $67 and I refuse to pay that much for a shirt.
So...what do I do? I make my own! I knew I had a couple of very old man-shaped denim shirts in my closet left-over from sadder fashion days.
I didn't take any photos of the shirt before, but I'm sure you get the idea. They were loose and boxy and not very fashionable. They were also a very light chambray color and I wanted my shirt to be darker like my inspiration photo.
I bought some RIT dye in Denim and dyed them before I started cutting. I'm not in love with the color that came out but it's livable.
First, with my hand dandy seam ripper, I removed the collar from the shirt I would use as the base. The only other alterations I made to that shirt was to give it a more feminine shape.
From the second shirt, I cut what would become my bow. I took off the front pockets and sewed all around them and the ties with Coats Dual Duty Denim Thread which is the gold color we're all familiar with from our favorite Levi's.
I then attached them to the shirt and was done.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I am loving this! Who knew refashioning could be so fun? I am building the cheapest, unique, and most awesomest wardrobe in the world!
While we were shopping at Saver's the other day, I was looking for pumps that I could glitterfy (see earlier post). My search was very narrow, so I thank GOD my oldest daughter was with me and pointed out these boots. Once I came out of my high-heel-fog, my mind started spinning with possibilities. They had so much potential.
When I got home, I dug through my fabric stash for something with enough yardage to cover the boots and enough personality to deliver on my vision.
I settled on this pink, orange and white polka dotted fabric without even realizing it would match my cardigan refashion I started the same night.
I started out by adding pieces of newsprint to the boots in order to make a pattern to cut out the fabric. I sectioned it out so that I would have separate pieces of fabric for each side and another for the top/front of the boot. I taped pieces of paper together to get the best coverage and used a razor knife to trim it to the right size and shape.
After the boot was covered with the paper, I carefully removed it and transformed it into a flat shape which I pinned to my fabric. Both sides of each boot were the same, so I only used one template and cut both pieces from the fabric at the same time with wrong sides together (giving me mirror images). See below for what it looked like before I cut.
I then used Modge Podge to adhere the fabric to the boots and used my handy dandy razor knife to trim it to fit perfectly. If you try this, work fast so that the modge podge remains wet while you pull and slide the fabric into place. My fabric also stretched a bit as it absorbed the modge podge and made it easier to form fit. I cut slits on the front piece so that I could layer it and mold it into a rounded shape over the toe.
After the fabric was on, I painted more modge podge over the entire surface to "seal" it and painted the back strip and areas near the laces with Martha Stewart orange glitter paint which allowed the black to show through and gave it a refreshed and professional look. I then allowed the boots to dry completely overnight (at least 24 hours) and then sprayed them with Plaid Royal Coat Spray Finish which made them shiny and gave them further protection from the elements.
Can you say $9.99 Doc Marten/John Fluevog knock offs? I knew you could.
See below for some more boot porn.
They went from this....