I fell off the face of the internet more or less for the past few weeks. I don’t really want to get into it, but suffice it to say the old adage of death coming in 3’s has so far proved true for me.  I’ve had a hard time equalizing.

In other news I did not start my 30 days paleo because I put pretty much everything on the back burner the last few weeks. I’m getting back into the swing of things though, I’m in search of a new blender. Still can’t afford anything like a vitamix, but I need something better to do these green smoothies justice.

I’ve tossed around the idea of buying some new shampoo bars.  I could probably go another year on what I have already (have still I should say, as I’ve not bought any at all since December or January)  but I’d love to get a few sample sizes  of some new things just for the novelty of having something new to try.

For the next short while I’m just going to focus on breathing easy, being happy, and doing things I enjoy. I am not deterred from my goals. It’s a rocky path but I just need to find my rhythm again.

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First Green Smoothie!

August 8, 2013

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First time I’ve ever made any kind of smoothie at all actually.  I speak ill of my blender often, but as long as I know it’s limitations it gets the job done.

Since I didn’t know what I was doing I just winged it but it turned out well. (admittedly I seem to have a knack for winging things) There was a lack of measuring or anything like that.  (I’m also good at not measuring things. I could reproduce it almost exactly by just knowing how much I used before)  I just used water, as I’ve not yet attempted to make coconut milk, and my almond milk was too salty.  2 bananas, some frozen spinach, organic baby kale, organic chia seeds and organic shelled hemp seeds, organic virgin coconut oil, organic coconut manna and some dates.

I added the water, 1 banana, shelled hemp, chia seeds, frozen spinach and baby kale, coconut oil and coconut manna first, then blended.  It would have been fine just like that but there was too much water.  So I added another banana for more thickness and some dates just because really.  It’s not super smooth because of my blender, but not grossly lumpy chunky either (I’m VERY sensitive to mouth feels, there are a lot of things I just won’t eat regardless of how I think they taste because I can’t stand the way they feel in my mouth)

I’ll probably still have some left over for tomorrow since I’m not doing a juice fast or anything.  Next time I think I’ll soak the chia seeds first so they gel.  I’m pretty sure that as the rest of the smoothie is sitting in the fridge it’s getting thicker by the minute. I knew chia seeds gel, I just didn’t want to wait to pre soak them. Because I didn’t have the forethought to do it last night.

A few notes though.  If I say something is organic I mean Certified Organic.  I used frozen spinach because I already had it, in the future I plan to buy fresh spinach, organic if possible. So far I’ve only had 4-6 oz of the smoothie. Right now I’m having some water, and may have few more similar sized glasses throughout the day. Since I’ve never had kale, chia, hemp or coconut manna before I’m taking it slow just to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises.  After I use some of this stuff a few times (the coconut manna, chia seeds, etc)  I’ll let you know where I got them from and what I think about it.  Yay for product reviews!

 

So I’ve done this the one time so far. But it was a moderate success.  I’ll start at the beginning.

I used to live in San Diego. Southern California is a very good place to be if you’re wanting fresh organic anything. There are health food stores and farmers markets all over the place. Some chains like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s were no more than 10 minutes away.  Where I am right now, the nearest store like that is round abouts an hour away.   Wal-Mart is pretty much my only shopping option.  I cannot settle for any kind of almond milk they sell.  This is largely a matter of personal preference I’ll admit.  I guess I was spoiled in San Diego with nice organic almond milk with no preservatives, additives or anything like that. The sweetened almond milk was even sweetened with dates instead of sugar! My dairy is already pretty scaled back, but if I had some usable almond milk that would go a long way with my upcoming 30 days of Paleo.  (And for future days of continued reduced dairy of course!)

So I figured if I made it myself at home, organic almonds, no random additives, dates for sweetness if I chose, it would be the next best thing.

However the next problem I ran into is that I don’t have a very powerful blender, and straining out the almond meal seems like a huge pain in the butt.  Granted lots of people do it out there everyday, so it can’t be that horrible, but at this point in time I just know it’s not something I could commit to. I’ve seen some tutorials/how-to’s that say if you have a Vitamix you don’t even need to strain out the almond meal.  That’s not in my budget anytime soon. Maybe in a month or two if a miracle happens.  Then one day I happened to find a video of someone using almond butter to make almond milk.

I finally got around to attempting it last night. I did not splurge on super nice organic raw almond butter (sticker shock) but I got something from Wal-Mart.  Also bought some Sunsweet pitted dates.  It was passable! Until I accidentally added a dash too much of salt.  However I think with better almond butter and dates it could actually be all the wonderfulness I want it to be.  To be fair I don’t think it’s cost-effective compared to making it from whole almonds, but it’s less effort and that’s what I care about right now. If I wanted to save the bucks I would just as soon as not have it at all than put in the extra effort.  It’s lazy I know.  But when I’m feeling too exhausted to function 60-80 percent of the time it seems like the better option.  Work smart not hard.

Basically I didn’t really do anything different from what was in the video I linked, so be sure to check that out if you’re curious. I’m just here to say it’s actually not bad. Time will tell if I ever decide it’s better than making it from whole almonds, but it’s a totally viable alternative. Next time I try it if I make any tweaks I’ll be sure to share!

Turns out there’s a countdown widget I can use here.  I should have all my stuff by the end of the week, so my 30 days of Paleo should start on Friday!

Woohoo!  So the countdown to the right should be saying how many days until Friday, The start date. Then after that it will be counting down how many days left of the 30 days.  I only wish it could count up, like saying I’ve been Paleo for 5 days, and then 6 days, and so on.  But it will do for now.

Today I’m going to try out my cheater almond milk.  I didn’t splurge on super nice almond butter yet, but it is raw at least. If it turns out okay, then I will find the expense of organic raw almond butter more worth it.  Just couldn’t talk my self into buying it because I wouldn’t use it for anything  else and if it didn’t work well I’d be stuck with having wasted a lot of money.  I’ll post about how it goes later. Yay!

This post was mostly for a test run of the widget, but I’m so excited!

Just coming off of another bout of whatever it is that’s plaguing me.  Tired, exhausted, unmotivated, and for one miserable day I felt entirely defeated and that my efforts were pointless.

I’m not really sure what causes this. Sleep problems I have always had, but it’s usually not quite so bad as the problem I’ve been having for the past year or two.  It’s only after days of sleeping poorly, being tired all the time, feeling too exhausted and unmotivated to even do the dishes or cook dinner that I hit a low point of depression. Where I wallow in my feelings of inadequacy and failure.

I have purchased online some of the things that I believe will be crucial to my Paleo success, the rest of it can wait for a trip to the grocery store.  I anticipate my official start of full-blown Paleo to be in a week or two. (depends on when my online orders arrive) I am sorely missing Southern California right now, with Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Henry’s, Fresh and Easy, and Farmer’s markets every which way you went. My best option for grocery shopping here is Wal-Mart, which I am not pleased about.  There are other grocery stores around, but they’re over priced.  If I went out of my way to an Aldi that’s not too shabby.  Mind you, I don’t say “over priced” because I’m comparing to Wal-Mart prices, I mean over priced, period.  I did live in Southern California for quite a while, there wasn’t even a Wal-Mart in the area that sold groceries until right before I moved away.

Anyway, I’m going to see about putting up a counter or something.  Reviews, recipes tried, general updates on how I feel will be the main focus here on the blog.  My main plan will be to pack in the micro nutrients, switch out as many bad fats for good fats as I can,  eliminate grains/gluten, and cut out all sugar. If I can be 80/20 Paleo for a majority of the 30 days (I’m going for a full 30, but I’m going to try not to beat myself up if I slip)  then I will consider the 30 day challenge successful. Dairy I’m not too worried about, I don’t typically have a lot of dairy in my diet anyway.  Rice may or may not happen.  And there is nothing on this green earth that would convince me to give up coffee. Ever.  I don’t have coffee every day though, caffeine withdrawals are not fun if one day I didn’t feel like having any.  Seriously need to look into finding some nice organic Swiss Water Process decaf.

I have a few No Poo posts to do still, but I’m having some weird dry skin/dandruff issue I’m trying to resolve first.  It’s been going on for several months. I don’t know if it’s the climate, the water, my routine, or what.  At first I thought it was a No Poo problem, as I noticed the dandruff first and it happened after I started going back to No Poo full-time. (I had to take a break because I was injured and not able to stick with the routine)  Then I noticed that my face was dry and flaky too, in fact my skin all over was generally very dry.  To be honest this could still be a No Poo problem that started  at the top and worked its way down. Either way I either need to figure out why and fix it or if it’s not because of No Poo, I need to figure out how to tweak my routine to deal with the dandruff.  I have been No Poo for about year now! Even if you don’t want to count my brief break from it.  So that’s awesome.

Even though these plans keep getting pushed back again and again, I don’t feel I’ve lost the momentum. It just has more time to build!