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Sometimes you feel like a nut, Paleo you don’t…


‘People all over the world were becoming weight-conscious. Way back in 1919, the Continental Scale Company saw a market being created and introduced the first bathroom scale, called the “Health-O-Meter”. Then in 1942, the Metropolitan Insurance Company started using weight tables in their calculations of premiums – the closer your were to the “ideal weight”, the lower your premiums. Industry was cashing in on the weight-loss consciousness.’

The Paleo Dietis based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.

Decades of research by Dr. Loren Cordain and his scientific colleagues demonstrate that hunter-gatherers typically were free from the chronic illnesses and diseases that are epidemic in Western populations, including:

  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Acne
  • Myopia (nearsightedness), macular degeneration, glaucoma
  • Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, gastric reflux
  • Gout

http://thepaleodiet.com/getting-started-with-the-paleo-diet

While our books on The Paleo Diet provide much more detail on the foods you should and shouldn’t eat, here is a basic scheme of things:

EAT:

  • Grass-produced meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

DON’T EAT:

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I guess for me I have an issue with anything that tells me DON’T EAT SOMETHING, especially things that are important like dairy! Granted, I don’t eat much dairy personally, but still, and legumes–really? I need to read more…

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‘To summarize, the Paleo Diet’s based on what we “think” cavemen ate, based on some historical data and studies of modern-day hunter-gatherers, as well as trace evidence found in archeological digs and a whole lot of guess-work and theory.’

I guess what I’m not getting is, haven’t we evolved? So, wouldn’t our bodies and diets have changed? Wouldn’t this diet have changed to fit that, or doesn’t that matter?

This is the basis for the diet from what I can gather– I am generalizing. The thing is this– I just don’t believe in something that makes you give up something.

I know, I know, there are vegans and vegetarians, but  I do believe that is different since I can speak from that experience, at least mine–it’s for moral reasons and because I don’t want to get cancer ( but this we will get into later.)

I guess I am just confused about this diet for I know it’s popular. But I also know, anytime you sacrifice food groups you will lose weight.

Like before, I will come back with reviews in a few days and see what others think, if anyone else has done this– please let me know. I am curious– maybe I’m  just not understanding enough about it??

That is all for now….

xoxooxox

Traci

PS, haven’t worked out, I tweaked my knee so  I need to figure out things to do that don’t hurt it, sigh. I do have a few ideas I’m going to try.

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Not another January Stastic


It’s the beginning of year and what do so many of us do??

We come back from a week (or two) of debauchery and say ‘ I am going to start the New Year right, going to work out, eat better, lose 5-10-20 pounds and start the year off with a fresh start!

Um, how long does it last really? Long enough for the shine to wear off our new gym shoes? Do I sound cynical? Am I doing the same thing?

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(Well, this is the FIRST time I have posted in a bit huh, I say sheepishly!) I know, I know!

When I started this blog –the sole purpose was to ‘help people with my story’ and then it turned into the ‘re-creating of my story. I have found that very difficult to do.  I wish I had started it a few years ago but I didn’t so I did the best I could.

I still think I can help and I have a lot to say…though right now I am a bit lost and trying to figure out what I am doing so trying to tell others what to do is a bit of a stretch—I am hoping we can figure out things together!!

This is what I am doing with my blog going forward, at least for now, lol.

As so many know I have lost my weight doing the Eat Clean diet, after trying so many others. I still believe this is the best way to go, no matter how many ‘diets’ are out there. But isn’t it crazy once January hits how many new ways we are encouraged to eat (or not eat)?

Apple, brown sugar, walnut muffins

Apple, brown sugar, walnut muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same for me, I have changed over this last year starting as a Vegan, going to a Vegetarian, to a Pescatarian to a Lacto-Ovo-Vegeterian, which is basically what I am now. I started doing this by watching ‘ forks over knives’ http://www.forksoverknives.com/ if you are wanting to know more about this please feel free…

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But the problem is, I am just not sure what I am feeling or believing anymore.

When my husband and I wanted me to be ‘ tested’ we found that my b-12 and vitamin D were low and I was tired and feeling run down. So, we decided to have Friday date night where we would have one meal with whatever we wanted. I no longer have guilt with this. My husband still follows his vegan values and still believes in them, where I feel I do it mostly out of guilt.

My hubby and I this Fall in Tenn!

My hubby and I this Fall in Tenn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, there are so many changes I have seen, Tosca no longer eating wheat? Isn’t this what I read? And the now popular ‘Paleo diet.’ People are starting to eat less meat I have been reading and veggies are making a come back? My husband jokes I am the worst vegan for I just don’t like veggies, it is true.

What I want to do is look around at some of these ‘diets’, look at my own, try and figure out what I am doing. Read other blogs; see how Helen, Marilyn, Farrah and some of my friendly vegans are doing? Get back to my Eat clean site.

AND own up that I have slipped a bit-that I feel a little lost. I need to see what works for me, not for Michael or Erik or out of fear, I lost the 90 pounds on my own—I need to get back to that.

On the other hand, we also got some bad news about my knee. We found out that I have what is called ‘Patella Baja’. This happened after my surgery, basically the tendon shortened and pulled my kneecap down which is causing my knee not to ‘bend’. They are not able to fix it, EVER! This is a permanent condition and one I will have to live with. I also have bursitis in my hip and still have frozen shoulder in both shoulders; we don’t know why it hasn’t gone away?

Traci's knee

Traci’s knee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do have a new job I love, so for that I am very grateful, full time, but I love it!

I will also admit that I went from 153-168. I am working on it, I have started back on the treadmill and eating differently, I am trying to find what works for me, what workouts I can do and waiting to get back into PT!

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Gautlet-If I could do it then I can do it now danmit! 🙂 I miss you Beth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, this is where I am  and what I am going to go with my blog, still going to do some fun stuff and do all I can to help others, but lets see what is out there and let’s talk truth!!!!

Happy New Year ya’ll, it’s going to be a great one!

xoxoxooxoxox

Traci

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Vegan-is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients

Pescatarian-Occasionally used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish.

Lacto-Ovo-Vegeterian-Lacto-vegetarian is used to describe a vegetarian who does not eat eggs, but does eat dairy

Sudo Vegan World…


Good Morning my dear friends!

I feel like the Tin man from Wizard of Oz, I just need a little oil and all my parts will be working again. It’s funny, my step son ( who is also a vegan, though MUCH further along then I.  We were talking the other day and it seems that though we both eat more healthy, we seem to the ones with the issues–go figure!)

One side note, then back to my story….

Per my EMG (nerve testing), I do not have nerve damage, my thigh’s atrophied, from ‘lack of use’ apparently. The reason this makes me SO angry is because I have asked for almost a year ‘ what is wrong, what can I do, what needs to be done?’ And I have gotten ‘ we don’t know, you have a weak thigh’. From what one person told me recently, ‘put some weights on it, all the cardio, leg lifts etc won’t help you if you don’t have weight’. UGH, really? I guess I keep thinking, had someone told me this a year ago, how many of my current medical issues RIGHT now could have been avoided? For now, it looks like I didn’t WANT to do anything or I WAS lazy or I WAS hurting too much when I WAS out walking two miles on a damn walker. OK vent over. So, now I am going to get some light weights, keep up my walking and try to get this pain in my damn thigh to stop and get my leg to stop looking like a squash. Also, this still doesn’t address my knee issues, my shoulder issues, my chest issues, BUT it’s a start and I am all for starts! I am just frustrated, but you know what? I lost over 90 pounds while being flat on my back, this isn’t going to stop me either! 🙂

To bring this all together. As a lot of you know, I lost a lot of weight with the Eat Clean diet ( thank you Beth and  Marissa and Ken) I couldn’t have continued at the gym when I was laid off if Marissa Jarrett and her husband Ken had not let me stay there with a VERY discounted rate so I have to REALLY say thank you to them, REALLY say thank you to them!  These are amazing trainers so if you are looking for some, check them out!

You can find my story here at the Eat Clean Site…

http://www.eatcleandiet.com/community/success_stories/traci_dean.aspx#responses

Tosca has come out with a Vegetarian cook book and is having guest bloggers on her site tell their stories –mine will appear May 20th…thank you so much for having me Tosca, it’s truly an honor!!!

http://toscareno.blogspot.com/

I  hope you will come check it out and read the other guest bloggers– there are so many interesting ones. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or just want to maybe try a meat-less meal every once in a while, swing by– it’s been a great read and trust me, my blog, will surprise you– it’s all I am sayin!! 🙂

I also have a good eats for you, I have stolen this from my step son Erik and revised it, it’s so delish!

Mango Tosda

Recipe:

1 whole wheat tortilla

1-2 tablespoons clean humus of choice

1-2 tablespoons clean salsa-Whole foods has an amazing one ( careful, you don’t want to make it TOO wet)

1/4 mango

1/4 avocado

Cover tortilla with humus and place in toaster oven, on a higher temperature– you want it to ‘bake’ and be crispy. Remove and add salsa, slices of avocado and slices of mango.

I usually eat two of these ( small tortillas), and then you can have the remaining mango for dinner . Or have one as a snack.  For non-vegans/vegetarians, you can add meat to this or I have even made them with green onions, lettuce, black beans and tomatoes–there are a lot of avenues.

My step son originally used a flat bread and  spicy humus. Before he became a vegan, he loved Little Caesars’ crazy bread and when the humus is baked it has a cheese like texture, but for me the tortilla is just lighter.

Hope you enjoy!  I will be in Texas for two weeks because my baby is graduating High School but after that, I will be around more!

Aye’ she’s got me…

Take care and God Bless!

xoxoxoxo

Traci

What Traci did today, I MUST love my husband!


I must love my husband because as you are starting to understand about me, I have the heart of a vegan, just not the taste buds of one. 🙂 One thing I am loving about this new lifestyle is my husband is on board!  HE”s actually doing much better than ME! I did wonderful per the Eat Clean lifestyle.  I was GREAT at doing that, but with only fruits and veggies– I ‘m struggling at times.

So, when he comes to me and wants treats to take to work that aren’t full of sugar and chemicals, I’m SO on board and EVEN better, I DON’T eat them! Well, not most of them anyway! 🙂 We seem to have become the muffin house as of late, so if anyone has any muffin recipes,  please pass them on.  The first one’s been a standard lately in our house and it’s in my recipes–the banana,walnut muffins but I added blueberries, so delish!

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Blueberries are one of the ONLY fruits I will eat cooked, yes I KNOW I’m a vegan, lol!!  My husband wanted some apple muffins instead of some quick treat he could buy at the store.  I thought, ok, I can try…

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Michael said these muffins were good, but judging by the disaster my kitchen was, I felt I was off to a good start.

Now, here’s the last experiment, don’t you just LOVE having your own personal tester!!  These LOOKED good, even to ME! Kinda like a cinnamon roll sooooo I thought, these are SO Michael! THESE were the best he said.

And by the way, these are ALL vegan–well I made them vegan! 🙂

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This was how I spent my Sunday!  I am soooo tired I must say!  I AM  not a baker! But, I do feel better that he’s getting these from me and not buying  junk at the store.  Now, just to get Traci  more vegan friendly, I know, I know I’m getting there!!! 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying Palm Sunday!

xoxooxox

Traci

And then I HAD to tell the Hubby!


Good Evening my dear friends!

I apologize, and this shoulder injury is much harder to deal with then I anticipated, I  don’t get on the computer as much as I wish to. Working now and not sleeping well and I am worn out; we have found  that my tendon is torn, with tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, etc.  I see an orthopedic specialist on February 2nd, hopefully we will have answers especially since it seems to have moved into my arm as well. I’m also having issues with my right shoulder now too???

I also see my knee surgeon on the 6th, it has been a year, can you believe it? And we are STILL having issues, more with limited bending and my thigh is still falling asleep, sigh! 

Please say a prayer! I had lunch with a dear friend today,  and mentioned how the Hubby was talking ‘ consequence’ and getting ‘legal’ thinking he was ‘off ‘ his walker’ lol! This was a bit ago-it has been some time since he mentioned this.  Thinking she would agree, but no she agreed with him. Her mother had TKR (total knee replacement) and didn’t have these issues, and had a lot more testing in the beginning than I! And my friend had a similar situation with her daughter’s school; she got all ‘mama bear’ on them, which is what prompted my friend’s remarks.  She said ‘ Traci; there are other surgeons, you do understand there is STILL a problem. He may be one of the best but you’re  still not fixed  that doesn’t mean he is ‘perfect’! And that though he may be ‘ the best’  that doesn’t mean to not look at other options or  someone else who may be able to fix you if they can’t or they keep  waiting for this or that’? Sigh, we will see. It just seems to be one long waiting game. I know some of this is me, my issues- just as I know some of this is because we couldn’t do PT as long as needed. Still; a year later, two manipulations and still having ‘ nerve like issues’? Guess we will see. I just keep praying! 🙂

Ok here in installment 2…. 🙂

Yep; after finding out I weighed  245 pounds, I joined Weight Watchers. I had no choice, I was terrified, I had NO idea what to do, where to go and how to start. I learned a lot from them, and even still have my card…

WW Membership

There are 2 I learned from them which I am going to share-1.) journal- that is SO important!  You just can’t believe what all you put in your stomach during the day- I couldn’t believe it. I learned so much so much by writing down my daily food intake.  In fact, if anyone wants to take up this challenge with me, for 30 days I will do it with you, I will write down EVERYTHING I eat if you will!  Come on–everything including weekends!! t really does help, and it keeps you honest…who will do it with me? I need to get my butt in gear too? That is going to be my next post; we should make set up a challenge for our selves- even us old timers need help too! 🙂

Food Diary

Above is my journal in which I faithfully wrote EVERY day.

The other thing I really learned in Weight Watchers was to drink my water. I HATE drinking water, I will tell you! Never been my thing…so what I learned to do was drink tea (decaf).  I LOVE tea, and they told me that decaf tea could count as my water so, I drink it hot, cold, whichever, whatever to get my water in!

Weight Watchers Cup

I now try to drink two to three of these a day (cup), which I never did before.  helps that this is a cup with measurement marks to guide me. I wonder if they still give these out? I actually won this for losing 5 pounds one week! 🙂

My last thing I am going to share is Beth Downey’s ( you will hear more about  her later when I talk of joining the Brickhouse) Superman Muffins with you! THESE are amazing!  I have TRIED to  put a recipe section on here but could NOT get it to work, sigh, will have to work on it.  But these babies SAVED me after my surgery!!! And this was the first time I made them Vegan ( I don’t use eggs or milk) and they were just as yummy! 🙂

So, here goes!

Thank you BETH!

Beth and I

Beth and I

Now I add about 1/4 a cup more flour and 1/4 a cup more oats,

I don’t like them wet ( I mix this to  make the batter thicker)but do it to taste-

I also add dark chocolate chips to mine per the notes…. 🙂 Enjoy, I love them!

Also- I have never used pumpkin spice, I know people have used oatmeal instead of oats and what not,

I have not tried that.

Here is the calorie content:

Plain muffins have about 125 calories but adding the below increases the calorie count as stated;

Then I usually add the following:

• 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (I usually use pecans) (158 calories per muffin with this addition)

OR

• 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (170 calories per muffin with this addition)

OR

• 1/2 cup dried fruit (147 calories per muffin with this addition)

                                                                                                            

                  “SUPERMAN” MUFFINS-Per Beth Downey

Basic recipe:

Ingredients

* 1  cups whole rolled oats OR wheat bran

  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • I used rice milk
  • Info for rice milk below
  • *  cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • I used 1/3rd cup almond milk, 1tsp lemon juice
  • Calories for almond milk below

    * 1/3 cup brown sugar

* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1 cup whole wheat flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • I used ground Jamaican Allspice

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1 ripe banana (mashed)

  • 1 small zucchini (peeled and finely grated)
  • I used half a large zucchini

* 1 medium carrot (peeled and finely grated)

then add (1) of the following:

* 1/2 cup dried mixed berries

* 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • I used vegan dark chocolate chips-sorry, don’t still have the bag for them, 
  • but you can get them at amy whole foods, just note they need to be 7o% or greater

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Spray muffin cups or use paper muffin liners.

Mix together whole rolled oats and milk, and let stand for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together mashed banana, applesauce,egg, brown sugar, zucchini, carrot, and vanilla.egg, brown sugar, zucchini, carrot, and vanilla.

Sift together whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

Stir into rolled oat and milk mixture until just blended. Fold in dried berries, nuts, or chocolate chips.

Scoop into muffin cups.

 Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes to 20 minutes,

or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12 full size muffins.

Mini muffins cook for 12 – 18 minutes (makes 48 mini muffins)

I will try to add more entries to this blog more often, perhaps twice a week; sorry I’m so late with this one. 😉

Thanks for stopping by and God Bless! 🙂

xoxoxoxo

Traci