Something about the first real cold day and pending snow put me into “nesting” mode today. Faith’s room has been a disaster, and I finally went in and took care of most of the problems. (No wonder the girl runs out of socks…I found about 10 under the bed!) I also emptied trash cans, took out the recycling, and finally dumped the rotting and moldy pumpkins (gross). And though I would have liked to have kept the porch decor up for another week before the Christmas stuff comes out, I decided it would be best to put it all away before my leaf garlands and outdoor lanterns got covered in snow and ice (which we’re expecting today). It felt good! And it was a vast improvement from the cookie-baking-and-eating-frenzy that typically hits me on cold weather days such as this! That tells me my “dieting” is a success so far, at least in the area of cravings!
I’ve said it before, so don’t freak out about the word “diet”…I don’t like it either. But it’s a lot easier and shorter than saying “my plan to cut out sugar and processed foods to help my skin and get healthier and of course, lose weight, too”. So when I say the word, “diet”, please know I simply mean a healthy eating plan, not a starvation diet or counting calories or only having meal-replacement-shakes or cabbage soup. No thank you. Not for me.
I am happy to report that in two weeks I am six pounds down, even though I have not been 100% compliant…not even close. I’m trying and overall feel like I’m doing really well, but I’m also trying to not beat myself up when we have a busy night and I didn’t plan well. Letting myself get starving hungry because I shouldn’t eat X,Y, or Z won’t help matters. I just treat it as a lesson learned for the future, and try to do better. Over the weekend, Brad was hunting and Faith and I had a girls’ weekend, so we had frozen pizza and cupcakes that I made for my brother’s birthday. The weekend prior I did much better, so when Faith wanted pancakes I made a whole wheat/coconut flour version. I’m not supposed to have the wheat flour right now, but the coconut flour cut down the amount of wheat, and there was also flax and chia seeds in it (flax is a great antifungal I have learned). It also had coconut oil. I made it the best I could while still ensuring my family would eat it, too. Baby steps.
As far as my skin, it’s been a very slow process, which I expected. The fungal rash that I had on my upper torso disappeared within the first week (success!), but since I don’t feel that one (it doesn’t itch), it wasn’t as bothersome to begin with (and it’s covered by my clothes). The itchy, ugly stuff on my legs, however, has required a lot of patience on my part. I went off of my anti-itch medicine after reading that antihistimines and anti-inflammatories can actually delay or inhibit healing. Since it also seemed to help me sleep at night, that meant two problems initially: Insomnia and terribly itchy skin. It took about a week, but I’m finally able to sleep normally again. I still have itching, especially at night, but the last few days have seemed to be better. I put coconut oil on it regularly, especially when it starts to itch, and recently started adding tea tree oil to the coconut oil for its antifungal and skin-helping properties.
With Thanksgiving a week away, and Christmas fast-approaching, I’m starting to search for recipes that I can bring with me to help keep me on track over the holidays. Not only do I not want to backslide in the weight department, I have more energy and my skin itches so much less with the changes I’ve made thus far. Starting is the hardest part so I don’t want to have to do that over again! Since there isn’t much on a Thanksgiving menu that would be compliant (no brown-sugar-and-marshmallow-laden yams, no stuffing or rolls, no corn, no potatoes, no creamy green-bean casserole, no sugary dessert…), I’m determined to take at least one vegetable side dish that I can have with my turkey and that will be just as delicious as the stuff I’m giving up. So far here’s what I’ve found that I am anxious to try:
|Qunioa Stuffed Acorn Squash|
|Wheatberry Salad with Harvest Vegetables|
|Honey Sesame Yams|
|Green Beans with Lemon Sage Crumb Topping|
Most of these would be almost 100% diet-friendly for me…minus the sweet potatoes…but man, they look good! And it’s an improvement over brown sugar and marshmallows. I have a few more pinned and may be adding to my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest, which you can check out here. Do you think any of these look yummy??