Posts tagged ‘sick’

April 12, 2013

Life Altering Change

Jim and I have been making some major changes over the past month. I told you a little bit about our juice reboot, but it’s gone beyond that. We’ve decided we need to overhaul our entire attitude toward food and change what we put into our bodies while we still have the chance to make a difference in our own lives.

It all started on St. Patrick’s Day as we sat down to feast on processed food and plenty of beer. I was scrolling through Pinterest during a commercial on tv and the following image popped into my screen.

fat sick and nearly dead

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. “Interesting,” I thought, and checked Netflix to see if they had it. They did. And we watched (you can watch on Netflix if you have it, or through Amazon, free with prime or a $2.99 rental).

It’s about Joe Cross, an Australian who suddenly realizes he needs to make some changes in his life. He goes on a 60-day juice fast while traveling around the USA promoting healthy living. For whatever reason, this film struck a chord with us and we embarked on our own 4-day juice fast the very next day.

But somehow that wasn’t enough and through the “Reboot with Joe” website, I learned about a new documentary, Hungry for Change, that was showing for free for a limited time that week (also available for rental through Amazon).

hungry for change

This one was huge for us. Not only did it tell us a lot of stuff we already knew was bad for us, but it explained why, and that’s huge when you’re talking about stuff like diet soda, which I knew was bad for me (sadly, other people think it’s good for them), and I already stay away from, but did you know that it causes blurred vision, headaches, nausea, vertigo, memory loss and seizures and for those reasons pilots are not allowed to drink it while or prior to flying? Holy Cow! I won’t go into all of the details of the movie, but I highly recommend it. It features many prominent figures in the health/wellness world and Jim and I both found it to be insightful and eye-opening.

Along with these two videos, I read a book.

crazy sexy dietThe word “diet” turned my head the other way when I first saw this one. I didn’t want to read a diet book, but after reading the first few sections of Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kitchen, a book devoted mostly to recipes whereas Crazy Sexy Diet is mostly information, I decided I needed to read Crazy Sexy Diet too. Carr never thought she was going to be a diet guru. She was an actress and photographer and when she learned she had cancer, her entire life changed. Doctors gave her a prognosis and she said screw that! From there, she transformed her life, started following a plant-based diet and claims she’s never felt better, cancer and all. But that’s her story, and you should get her books and let her tell it. Check out her website too. It is an amazing source for information, recipes and community support.

But back to Jim and I, because we don’t have a book and if you want our story, you’re going to find it here. Granted, our story isn’t that long yet, and you’ll have to keep coming back if you want to learn more, but here it is so far.

As I mentioned, we did a 4-day juice fast just after St. Patrick’s Day. I felt more energy after the second day of that fast than I have in so long. But then we had a crazy Napa 30th birthday party to go to, and we needed to quit the fast so we could have some fun (also, we weren’t so sure about fasting for longer than that at a time. We want to be healthy, not crazy and dangerous with our bodies). Having fun, by the way, is okay. We also went to the Food Trucks event in Roseville last night and had Po’Boy sandwiches from the Cajun truck. It’s okay.

We did another juice fast last week and we plan on doing one next week. The weeks between, we’ve been replacing one meal with juice and eating healthfully the other. We have smoothies for breakfast (usually filled with fruit, spinach or kale, protein powder, chia seeds and spirulina…it’s a seaweed) when we’re on the fast and when we’re not, and sometimes a little snack like a handful of walnuts and raspberries if we need it. We’ve also been kicking up our workouts, and by kicking up I mean doing them. We take Katie for long walks or go to the school down the street and play basketball. We both kind of hate working out, so we try to make it fun.

We’ve had very few desserts in the past month. We cut our added sugar down to almost nothing (okay, sometimes I have a few chocolate chips with my walnuts, but again, its okay!), and in the month we’ve been doing this, I think we’ve had caffeine twice. We’ve almost completely cut out dairy products and eggs and started eating more quinoa, wild rice and tons and tons of vegetables!

Mostly, I feel amazing. I have energy (except when I can’t sleep at night, like last night…argh!), I have a positive attitude toward the world. I want to get outside and do things. I want to cook. When I find myself craving something, it’s not tater tots or ice cream, it’s walnuts or carrots or oatmeal (oatmeal, people!). I was on such a tater tot kick before I started this and they don’t even sound good anymore!

As I mentioned before, though, this doesn’t mean we won’t partake in foods we’ve enjoyed in the past. Jim fully intends to continue eating meat when we’re out with family or friends or on special occasions. And I don’t see myself passing up roasted figs with goat cheese and honey come fig season. But we’re no longer okay with putting so much crap into our bodies. There’s increasing research that concludes that filling up on fats, simple white foods like pastas, breads and sugars and the plethora of lab created, chemical “food” products on grocery store shelves these days causes cancer and chronic diseases, and we just don’t want to risk it. It’s like stepping into a fire and just hoping you don’t get burned. We’ve seen too many people we care about…and so many people those people care about get diagnoses of cancer and heart problems that it seems stupid to us not to do something to stay off that increasingly long list.

So stay tuned for more tidbits and tales of our journey to health. I’m sure it’s going to be a bumpy ride, and it won’t always be easy, but we’re going to make the trek and hopefully come out on top as a result.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go enjoy my “lunch.” I’ve got carrots, oranges, fennel, red cabbage, baby kale, spinach and sweet potatoes today all wrapped up in a pretty purple juice. As Tucker would say, “Aaaaahhhh.”

If you find yourself intrigued, please ask me about our experience. I have tons of information, recipes, opinions, and advise if you’re interested in making a change like this in your life.

December 27, 2012

The most wonderful time of the year

Christmas is over. Gone. Past. Done. Most years I could regale you with how much I enjoyed the season. Baking cookies with my mom. Driving around and looking at houses adorned with millions of tiny colored lights. Making a trek to Nevada City for Victorian Christmas. Picking out the perfect tree and then decorating it whilst sipping cocoa and idly tuning in to a Christmas movie in the background. I could tell you about how my DVR is 92% full with every Christmas movie and special that aired. I’d tell you about shopping trips and adventures in wrapping. And picking a handful of names from the Angel Tree.

Katie "helped" with the little wrapping I did do

Katie “helped” with the little wrapping I did do

But this year I got nothin.

I guess that’s not entirely true. Mom and I did our baking. Granted, it was a seriously condensed version of what we usually bake. Only ten different types of cookies plus fudge. You’re probably laughing because yes, that is a lot of cookies, but we usually do about twice that. I did, however, try several new recipes. I’ll share my favorite with you later. I may have to make another batch because I think they all got eaten before I had the chance to take photos.

We also did get a tree and decorate it and I did make hot cocoa. But we got our tree from Home Depot because it was the week before Christmas and they were the only ones with trees left that didn’t belong at Charlie Brown’s Christmas pageant and we just didn’t have a day free to go pick out and cut down one like we wanted to.

I also did some shopping. Two days before Christmas. And that was all. We bought gifts for nieces and nephews and our parents and the rest got homemade salted caramel hot chocolate…which, by the way, was fabulous in itself. I’ll share that with you soon as well. I actually DID get photos of those. For now, here’s Jim making salted caramel sauce.

caramel sauce1

And one of me in the cutesy Christmas apron my grandmother gave me. Jim pretty much made the sauce by himself. I just wanted to pose with my apron.

caramel sauce2

We didn’t even hang out stockings this year. We got new ones. Pretty Pottery Barn ones (granted, mine showed up all messed up from the embroidery machine, but it still works. They did give me a refund in case you were wondering), but we also got a new mantle, which was still too tacky after being painted to put anything heavy on. So it held our cards (and Jim’s birthday cards) and stockings lived on the floor.

You'll have to excuse the phone photos. They're all I've got at the moment.

You’ll have to excuse the phone photos. They’re all I’ve got at the moment.

I bet you’re wondering why Christmas was no big thing this year. I mean it was our first Christmas in our first house and it should have been special right? Well, I think that’s part of the reason. We still haven’t really finished unpacking and the house has pretty much taken all of our energy and attention (minus what Katie requires). Christmas more or less sneaked up on us. We have just been too busy. Not to mention I’ve had a nasty bug of some sort for the entire month of December, so I haven’t felt like doing anything. Not even putting our house together. On Saturday, we had our first of four days off and the plan was to work on getting the rest of the stuff in the garage put away, clean the inside, get it all nice looking again. We sat on the couch and watch the first two Lord of the Rings movies instead. And you know what? It felt darn good.

Now that the holidays are essentially over and my cough is finally chilling out, life can start to find its way to normal. I’m excited for the new year, to get settled into our new home, our new life with our new pooch. I have a feeling 2013 is going to be amazing.

How was your Christmas? Do you have big plans for the new year?

June 13, 2012

Today is a “blah” kind of day

It really is. I woke up, exhausted still, rolled over and was fully back to sleep before Jim woke me up when he got in the shower. I meandered through my morning routine, making Jim’s lunch, putting together snacks for myself, making lattes and getting dressed. I almost forgot to bring Under the Tuscan Sun, which I’m supposed to have finished by tomorrow…and I’m supposed to make a recipe from the book to bring to book club. That part I’m actually looking forward to. Reading the rest of the book? Not so much. I’ll try to remember to post a review when I’m finished.

When I got to work, the Lil Man showed up shortly after I did, so that made my day a little. But then I had to take him to my mom’s house to have a nap. At her house, I weighed myself, anticipating the “losing a few pounds” that I was supposed to be doing as a result of cutting out the wheat and corn. I’ve lost 5 in the last month…it seems like it should be more. I think the hypoglycemia is messing me up there. I have to eat so often, and I think I may just be losing track of what goes into my mouth. I’m thinking I may start chronicling that here…to help me keep better track.

As I sit here typing this, I feel like I’m going to throw up, and I can’t seem to pinpoint why. I can’t think of anything I’ve eaten that would make me sick.

Today, so far, I’ve had:

a muffin I made the other day

1/2 an Odwalla Vanilla Al’mondo Super Protein Drink (a little heavy on the calories, but super tasty)

about a cup of blueberries and raspberries

a double tall soy latte from Starbucks

a handful of blueberry almond rice pops (if you haven’t tried these things, you should. I got them at costco, but you can also get them at the company’s website:

And now I’ve had a cup of mint tea, hoping it will settle my stomach a little bit. So far, not so good.I’m hoping this day takes a turn for the better or it’s going to be a long stretch to 4:30.

How is your Wednesday going?

May 18, 2012

One week, corn and wheat free

I’ve officially hit the one week mark, pretty much to the minute, since I found out about my corn and wheat allergies. And, if I don’t say so myself, I’ve done amazingly well at cutting those things out of my diet.

I can count on one hand the times I’ve knowingly put those things into my body, and I’m pretty certain that there haven’t been any times that I’ve eaten something that has corn or wheat without knowing it.

On Sunday, when we went to the strawberry festival, I ate funnel cake, which was amazingly delicious, and (with the exception of the retarded frozen strawberries they put on top. Hello? STRAWBERRY festival, you’d think they’d have REAL strawberries) entirely worth the risk of feeling pooey. Except I didn’t feel pooey after.

On Wednesday, however, I ordered a mahi mahi burrito bowl from Dos Coyotes, which I’ve done so many times in the past, and ate the whole thing…including the corn they couldn’t take out because it was in the rice mixture. This one I paid for. Immediate pains in my stomach and crampiness the next morning for about an hour. I won’t do that again.

I’m heading into a busy weekend, where most of my meals will be away from home, and I’m a bit nervous about it, but I also feel okay. I can make the right choices, and I know the consequences of making the wrong ones. And even though the right choices aren’t the most delicious, theyare usually healthy and that makes me happier in the long run.

What do you have planned for your weekend? How do you eat the way you should (whatever that may entail) when you are away from home?

April 30, 2012

Feeling pooey….

….will post something of interest for you tomorrow.

For today, I will leave you with a few images I’ll catch you up on later…..

If anyone needs me, I’ll be in bed….well, soon anyway. I hope.

April 3, 2012

Ten things to be happy about 04/03

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

It’s a lovely morning here in Northern California, and like most lovely mornings, I’m stuck in a small office with nothing but a sliver of natural light and the sound of air hoses and large machinery to illuminate my day.  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to be happy about!

1. I get to leave work early today! And that’s going to segue into….

2. I am going to see the endocrinologist today. Hopefully they can give me some insight on my fatigue issues. Hopefully today I will have some answers as to why I’m always so tired.

3. Jim got a job! He started yesterday, and I’m really excited for him. He seems like he’s going to enjoy it. I’ll miss having the house cleaned for me, but I guess it’s a good trade off.

4. Jim and I had a fun-filled weekend with family and friends!

This little one turned 6, and had an adorable cowgirl party on Saturday.

Sunday we went to the vineyard and helped teach a new baker how to serve wedding cake.

5. I’m going to have a photography business! I submitted about half of my paperwork last week, so now I just wait to get it back. And I have my first wedding booked in May, so everything is really coming together. I’m super excited!

6. I got to get back into my wedding dress! Jim and I posed for a promotional photo shoot for the vineyard. Some of them turned out really great!

7.I get to make my nephew’s first birthday cake!His party is going to be fishy themed, so I’m going to make a goldfish bowl cake, I think. I’m not the greatest at decorating, but I can make it work. And I’m making cupcakes for everyone else.  With fishies too.

8. My little brother is coming home for Easter!He is going to school in Reno, which is not terrible far from home, just far enough that I don’t get to see him too often.

He’s the one on the left. The one on the right is my other bro, who I’m fortunate enough to see every day at work.

9. Looking at the photo of Jim and I from the other day, I’m realizing I may just get some good wedding photos after all. I’m plagued every time I think about it by the knowledge that I chose the wrong wedding photographer. Of everything about my wedding, I regret that choice most. In fact, it’s about the only thing I regret. She had an amazing portfolio, but somehow we just didn’t get the quality she’s capable of.

10. That being said, I know I am a good photographer. I set up and posed the shot of Jim and I from above. I did everything but hit the shutter button. I CAN take good photos, and I will be a great photographer. I care enough about people not to leave before the bouquet is thrown and to recognize that direct sunlight is harsh and will cast obnoxious shadows (see my face in the photo with my brothers). I can only hope that in 20 years, I will still care as much and won’t become jaded enough to let a bride pay for shoddy photos.

I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday and an amazing week. Oh, and if you need your wedding photographed, shoot me an email!

March 13, 2012

So sick of being sick!

Yes, yes. Sick again. Okay, well not at the moment. I’m over this one, but I spent all day Friday throwing up or feeling like I was going to throw up, and the rest of the weekend feeling slightly woozy every time I ate something.

I’m so sick of being sick!

And that’s it for my whine fest today. But since we’re talking about being sick, I thought I’d share with you my “sick foods.” Everyone has them. Those foods you eat only when you’re sick? The ones that generally make everything just a little bit better.

My mom had a sick food for everything:

Fever? Rainbow sherbet and 7up float

Tummy ache? Saltines and Gatorade

Cold? Lipton’s noodle soup. You know? The one that comes from a box in powder form?

Morning ickiness that could be sickness but could just be grogginess? Cream of wheat with a little brown sugar and milk

In my adult years, I’ve taken some of those with me. Friday I survived on Lipton’s soup and Gatorade, pretty much exclusively. There were a few saltines, a little bit of applesauce and a half bowl of Cheerios in there somewhere, but none of that seemed to stay in place.

What are your favorite foods to eat when you’re sick?


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March 5, 2012

Back to the land of the living!


Since the weather has been so beautiful and spring-like here, I decided it best to start the day (and this post) off with something pretty. Plus, I’m feeling better so my outlook is a little more rosy.

This is actually the first day in almost two weeks I’ve actually felt like myself. I’m still coughing up crap, but I have a little bit of energy, I don’t feel like I want to just flop back into bed, and my extreme self reflection seems to have returned. I’m not sure I’ll be returning to the gym just yet…probably not the greatest plan to go back to a cardio workout when I’m not 100% sure my lungs can handle it yet, but Jim and I did a bit of walking this weekend and boy did it feel good!

Probably one of the best things about spending an extended period of time horizontal is that you have nothing but time to think. I’m a thinker anyway. My brain just doesn’t ever stop. So given the time to think without interruptions, my brain went a little haywire. Which is a good thing, I think, because I’ve made a few decisions about my day to day life.

1. I like the whole “mostly vegan” way of eating. I feel best when I don’t include dairy in my diet. But I don’t want to be so stressed about it that I can’t enjoy things like mac and cheese every once in a while when a craving hits.While I was spending so much time horizontal, I ordered a few new cookbooks, so I have some new material even!

So excited to start trying some of these recipes!

2. I need to spend more time with friends. I realized recently that I have a few friends who are parts of couples, and Jim and I don’t really hang out with other couples, but we want to. And it’s just a matter of making it happen, right? Spending time with friends is one of the single toughest things for me to do because it requires I actually MAKE THE TIME. If I don’t think about it, I keep on going with my day to day crazy life. I have to make a point of sitting down, carving out some time and making a plan!

3. I want to exercise in the morning. This one is, of course, easier said than done. I’m in no way a morning person. But when I DO workout in the morning, I feel better all day long. It’s just so hard for me to wake up and the last thing I want to do when I’m feeling sluggish and groggy is elevate my heart rate and work my muscles. This is my biggest challenge.

4. I need to get out of the house. Sounds easy, right? But I don’t like where I live. It’s not pretty. So I have to make an effort to spend time in beautiful places. I feel so inspired to take photos and yet nothing pretty to take them of. So I have to make that work.

5. I need to start doing what makes me happy. This one is a work in progress because what makes me happy isn’t going to pay the bills right now, and with my income being the only income, I can’t really mess with it at the moment. But I’m taking steps toward doing what I want to do. I got my business cards in, my website is up and running and I’m collecting ideas and inspiration and shooting locations so I’m prepared when the time is right!

6. I want to try new things. I feel like my world is small, and while I can’t change my physical location right now, I can change what I do within it. Jim and I have made a deal to try two new things every month. He will choose one, and I will choose one. It should get us out of the house and expose us to new and exciting experiences. I can’t wait!

That’s pretty much the gist of it. I find that if I don’t stop myself, my head gets too full and then I get stressed because I can’t possibly accomplish all the things swirling around in there at once. I’m learning to write them down and pace myself!

I hope everyone is having a lovely week and enjoying this weather as much as I am!


February 28, 2012

“A little pneumonia”

My apologies for my silence of late, friends. It turns out I have a little pneumonia, as the doctor said. He gave me some antibiotics, so I should be good as new in about 5 days. Until then, it’s soup and tea and lots of couch time. Talk to you soon!

February 13, 2012

Weekend Schenanigans

I don’t post on the weekend. I’ve come to realize and accept this. I’m just too busy, whether it be out and about having adventures or simply spending a relaxing Saturday on the couch catching up on Gossip Girl. I spend five days a week, roughly 7 hours a day in front of a computer screen. My eyes need a break!

This weekend, Jim and I decided to do something different. In fact, we decided that every other weekend we’re going to do something different. We got to talking and it seems like we always do the same thing on the weekends…granted, up until the past few weeks, Jim had been working Saturdays, so Sundays were our only day together and he really wanted to rest from his work week. But we decided every other weekend, we’re going to try something new and we’re going to take turns deciding what that thing is.

It was my turn first and I found us a fun event to go to in Clarksburg at the Old Sugar Mill. The mill houses six different wineries, and they were doing a Port, Wine and Chocolate event for Valentine’s Day.

The building used to be a working sugar mill, and now it’s been transformed into the Clarksburg Wine Company. They also do weddings, I guess, in the other side of the building, which is adorably run down with broken windows and exposed brick. I love it. I don’t wish we’d had our wedding there because I LOOOOOVE our own winery, but it would be cool to attend one there.

Like I said, there were about six wineries that participated in the event, so as you can imagine, we left the event with quite a bit of wine in our systems! Jim, fortunately, is 6’4 and doesn’t feel the effects as much as I do, so he was fine to drive.

On our way home, we stopped just on the other side of this cute little bridge to take a few pictures.

The rest of the evening, we spent at Jim’s brother’s house, catching up on the Bachelor (the girls) and working on DJ’s truck (the boys). We made tacos for dinner, and sat around the kitchen table laughing at the kids and chatting like normal people do over dinner (we usually eat in front of the television!).

On Sunday I met my good friend, Jenny, for coffee in the morning. We hadn’t had the chance to talk since before the wedding, and we both had lots of catching up to do!

In the afternoon, we drove up to the vineyard to visit with BJ and Ashley and help with a project we started with them over a month ago. It’s always so enjoyable to go up there. The time just floats away as if on a cloud and even when we’re “working,” it still feels like fun.

This morning I arrived to work feeling a little under the weather. But my mood was brought up exponentially when this little guy arrived.

How could you NOT smile?!

He had fun playing with his Uncle Jim.

And then my mom came and picked him up, and Jim left, and I was left alone with my computer screen once more…and of course, nothing to distract my mind from remembering that I wasn’t feeling well.

Now I’m still sitting here, except I’ve got a giant glass of bubbly water and 100% cherry juice (I’m feeling an impending bladder infection. Yuck), and all I want to do is go home and lie on the couch and…well, that’s as far as I’ve gotten but the situation has got to start looking up at that point, right?

How was your weekend? Did you try anything new?