A wife of noble character who can find?...She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue...Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:10, 26 & 28

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day 40 Update (40 days of raw, plant-based, eating)

Well day 40 was two days ago so I need to post my final update. Today I weighed myself and I have lost around 6 1/2 kilos over the course of 40 days. I feel so much better for making the change and will continue to implement many aspects of eating this way. Of course with 9 kids sometimes life just gets a little too hectic and so I have to not get down on myself if I can't stick to it.

I've had fun trying new recipes, reading new blogs and liking new facebook pages. I don't think I'll ever be a true 'Raw' foodie as I do like hot meals and I like my baked goods too much, but I am using recipes that don't include white flour and refined sugar .

Tim's sugar levels are consistently coming down from eating this way and so we will continue, probably for another month or so. We really want to see them normalise completely without medication at all.

The kids have been pains and so sometimes I've felt like I've been running a restaurant, cooking for them and then preparing our meal. I'm determined to change the way they think about healthy food, though.

All in all it's been a rewarding experience and I would encourage everyone to give it a try, even for just a few days.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Day 30 Update

Sorry it's been so long since I've written an update. It's been really crazy here, even now I have my two year old on my lap and my 1 year old yanking on my arm crying, wanting to be picked up. Each post probably takes me three tries and for some reason when I'm typing they need me.

My babiest girl, Faith, had her first birthday a week and a half ago and is starting to take steps. Last night she took two steps from me to the coffee table to get her eldest sisters dinner.

So time for the update. The last two weeks I have found really hard mainly because of our little one year olds birthday. I had only the little kids on her actual birthday day and so we went to the shop and got some junk food, lollies and chips, and had rubbish for dinner. I didn't stick to the plan at all. And for a whole host of other reasons I didn't manage to stick to the plan for the rest of the week. Then we went to an all you can eat restaurant for her birthday, with family, I'm not paying to eat at an all you can eat restaurant just to eat salad but I didn't eat any bread or dessert. And then this whole last week I cheated and just ate bread for lunch and even pasta for dinner on Tuesday.

So after a week of only partly sticking to the plan I have noticed that I was a lot moodier. I had a great day hanging out with the little kids on Tuesday but then on Wednesday I was so grumpy and every little thing they did that made a mess got to me. Like at the moment Faithy Baby is sitting next to me spreading the magnetic letters all over the kitchen floor and I'm fine with it but last Wednesday it would have really gotten to me. Now she's putting them back in the plastic bags, which wouldn't have happened if I'd lost it. I've also had some stomach aches from the bread and pasta. I feel way less bloated and even though I've only lost around 5 kilos I feel thinner.

Today is day 31 and I'm cooking porridge for breakfast. The kids will have their usual brown sugar and milk, except for Christian who loves blueberries as well. I'll have just blueberries and cinnamon on mine.

Just because I've had a week and a half of not really sticking to the plan does not mean I'll be giving up. I'm coming to really like eating this way and can see myself eating like this after my 40 days are over.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Preschool Activity Chart

I know I owe you some updates regarding the 40 Days but I thought I'd share with you what I've been working on for my almost 3 year old.

She is a handful, this one, and as soon as my back is turned she is getting into mischief, either climbing on furniture, making a huge mess and just leaving it or sitting on her baby sister. She is adorable but at that in between stage where she's discovering new skills and needs to be guided in those but can't quite keep up with her older brothers and sisters and so gets a little left out sometimes. To help with the mess making part I've packed up a lot of their toys and put them in containers and in the garage. We still have the toys in baskets on shelves in the house but a lot of the little things have gone into the garage to be played with when I bring them out. I figured her little brain was overwhelmed by the choices she had to make and by not having as much available it's decluttered the house and made it easier to keep clean.

Another thing I've done is assess all of our toys and puzzles to see if they can go into 'quiet bags' or 'busy bags', whatever you want to call them, and made up a whole lot of these bags. Google and Pinterest is my friend and I just googled for some ideas. Then I made up a Chart to write down the daily activities I will be getting out for Grace in her Daily Boxes.

Preschool Program.pdf

I'm hoping these will help keep her occupied, stop her hurting her sister and stop the meltdowns. Even just writing this small post she has hurt her sister twice and had a melt down. I'm hoping to share more pdfs that I have created. If anyone knows of a better way to share them please email me.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day 17 Update

Well the last week has practically been a write-off! I think I mentioned in the last post that the breast-fed baby was really unhappy and I thought it could be the change in diet but as I had actually implemented most of the changes a few weeks earlier I didn't really see how. Well now I know she must've had a tummy bug and then passed it to me and then to a couple of other kids. I had a really bad stomach ache for about 4 days and felt a little sick and I had 2 of the little girls throwing up and not eating for a few days. I tried to stick to the plan but in the end, being sick and weak, it was just easier to eat what the kids were eating, when I actually felt like eating.

I have tried to stick to the plan and made a yummy vegetarian cabbage roll dish. I just googled vegetarian cabbage rolls and made my own version of a few recipes. I also only had half a cabbage and would be much easier to follow the instructions and use a whole cabbage.

I was tossing up whether to skip the last week and start counting from the day I fell sick but I think that would be making the task become impossible because life always throws some tough times in the way and I don't feel guilty for getting sick and doing what I needed to do to make sure food is on the table. It'll be good to go shopping and get some fresh food today, though.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Days 6, 7 and 8 update 40 days 80% raw

Faith has been a bit sooky lately so I find it hard to write anything on the computer. I don't think it's the raw food diet, though, she looks like she's getting some more teeth and her first four teeth were very painful for her so these one probably are too.

Day 6 was extra busy, again, as this time I took some boys to the movies. I ran out of time for breakfast, altogether, and didn't even have time to get a smoothie from Boost. Other than that I ate well for the day. I went shopping on the way home from the movies and scoffed down a banana while I was loading the shopping into the car then when I got home I had another banana and a carrot. I also had two pieces of the almond meal fudge. For afternoon tea I had a couple of the Lemon Larabar bites. Tim wasn't home for dinner so I just ate a simple salad for dinner with a balsamic vinegar dressing.

Day 7 was great until the evening. I had to go and pick Tim and the older boys up and so I didn't get home until nearly 7 o'clock pm. I hadn't prepared anything for dinner and I have to admit I was just too tired to be bothered so we ordered pizza. Normally when I do stuff like that I feel like a failure and find it very easy to slip into old habits and give up for the time being but not this time. I am determined to keep going. Even though it was only day 7 of blogging and keeping track it's actually been close to a month of eating this well and it's been more than 6 months of integrating healthy eating habits into our normal diet so I'm finding it easier to maintain a positive mind space.

Day 8: Back to the new normal
Breakfast: Lemon drink then Raw muesli with almond milk
Morning: a piece of almond meal fudge
Lunch: I wasn't really hungry and I was laying down with a cuddly Faith so she could have a bigger nap than usual, hoping she would stop being so fussy. Didn't work.
Afternoon: went really fast and so I forgot to eat.
Dinner: Raw Pasta Primavera It was delicious except that there was far too much sauce, next time I will probably freeze half of it.
Dessert: 2 pieces of raw fudge.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Days 3 and 4 Update 80% Raw

Boy was the weekend busy for me. I took the girls to see that latest Tinkerbell movie Saturday morning and then went to the market in the afternoon and got home just in time to 'cook' dinner. I still mostly managed to stick to the whole 'raw' thing. I had my lemon drink in the morning but skipped breakfast and so I had a Boost Weekend Warrior smoothie. It had banana, blueberries, chia seeds, rolled oats and a few other things I can't remember. I don't like movie popcorn very much so it wasn't hard not to eat the girls popcorn. So here's how Saturday went:

Breakfast: Lemon drink then a superfood smoothie
Lunch: Carrot (too busy to eat much and not really hungry anyway) and a slice of Raw Almond Pulp Fudge
Afternoon: I cheated and ate not quite 1/2 Lamb, spinach and ricotta gozleme with my son who came with me to the market.
Dinner: Raw Spaghetti Marinara
Dessert: Another slice or two of the Raw Almond Pulp Fudge

Sunday was just as busy and this time I have to admit that we totally fell into our usual Sunday afternoon groove. Quite often family will come over for lunch, after church and we just have bread rolls with either bbq chicken, ham or bananas.

Breakfast: Lemon drink and Gingerbread Overnight Oats
Morning Tea: Some banana and apples.
Lunch: A bbq chicken roll and a ham roll
Afternoon Tea: a piece of Raw Almond Pulp Fudge
Dinner: A green smoothie made with Kale

I've been really surprised because I haven't really been hungry, even on the busy days where I haven't had a chance to eat much. I've lost almost 3 kilos in under a week (that's not the reason why I'm doing this), I just weighed myself and I'm 66.3 kg. I feel a lot lighter, my tummy is feeling a lot better. I do think Faith has had a bit of a tummy ache because of the change, though. But being nearly 1 I'm starting to feed her more solids so I don't think it's affecting her as much as it would a younger baby. Tim's sugar levels were under 11 yesterday so they are consistently coming down. I'm out of raw snacks so I need to make some today. I find they help me to stay motivated as I've never really gotten excited about main meals but love baking. Maybe I'll make these Lemony Cookie Dough Bites.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Day 2 Update 40 Days 80% Raw 20% Cooked Plant Based Eating

Just a quick post.

Morning: Hot lemon drink followed by Gingerbread Overnight Oats
Morning Tea: I had some Banana Bread Larabar Bites left so I had a couple.
Lunch: I had a carrot, as I've committed myself to having a carrot a day, just to see what happens. Plus I has 3 left over Parmesan Crusted Eggplants from last nights dinner.
Afternoon:  a Mixed Berry Smoothie made with almond milk, mixed berries, bee pollen, flax meal.
The kids were eating chocolate mudcake so I made the Rawtarian's Raw Almond Pulp Fudge ready for dessert.
Dinner was Dr. Fuhrmans Yum Good Beans from his book The End Of Diabetes served in 1/2 a red capsicum and with a huge salad.

Tonight I took the little kids to play at McDonalds. It was a little bit tempting to have some ice cream, I will admit, but I knew I had the Fudge waiting for me in the freezer. It was very yummy and worth the wait.