I’m Sensing a Pattern.

When I started this blog I did it with the intent of changing one thing a week, mostly diet or exercise-wise, in an effort to become healthier every week and therefore super healthier in the longrun.

This is how its gone so far.

Week One: I cut out caffeine.

After two days of excrutiating headaches followed by three otherwise normal coffee free days I started remembering that I’ve read tons of stuff about coffee actually being good for you. Also I love coffee. Also I’m a better person in the morning when I drink coffee. And why was I even trying to give it up?

Week Two: Add 30-minute walks daily.

This was great for both me and my awesome dog, Riggs. This change is a keeper.

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Week Three: Cut out peanuts

This lasted one day before I really wanted peanut butter which is weird because I don’t even eat peanuts or peanut butter very often. I prefer almonds. Do you see the pattern I’m seeing?

Week Four: Add 45 minute walk every week day

I love these walks. 45 minutes is really not that different from 30 minutes except I feel like more of a winner and Riggs is even happier.

Week Five: Cut out dairy.

I thought this was a really a great idea for several days and then… yeah you probably can guess.

Somewhere during this period I added vitamins, added more fruit and vegetables, upped the walk to an hour, and had five different doctor sessions revolving around my sleep issues (Good news on that front, by the way).

So it turns out I’m like a bratty kid that rebels against anything they have to do and has to be treated very carefully… by myself :/. Is that crazy? That was rhetorical.

 

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Dairy Free and 15 Meals in My Freezer

So far in this venture I have given up coffee, only to add it back the next week, and dairy. I know some people would argue that dairy is, in fact good for you. I am not interested in arguing. What I do know is that I have given up dairy twice in my life, once while I was vegan in my twenties and once when N was still nursing and had a cow’s milk intolerance. Both times  my skin and sinuses were clearer; and I felt overall better.

So I’m giving it a go again. Unlike when I was vegan, I don’t plan on dreaming about gelato at night (I literally did.) and constantly thinking about the the tablespoon of real cream I want to put in my coffee. If I really want it I’ll have it. But overall I’m going to try to cut it out. This, along with my plan to add more veggies , led me to Pinterest last night and the grocery store today where I got all of this edible goodness for just $210.

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I cooked for at least four hours. And now there are fifteen freezer meals in my freezer not counting the taco soup we had for dinner! I’ve only done freezer cooking one other time (when N was getting ready to make her world debut). It feels really really good to know that there is a freezer full of meals in my kitchen and that I won’t have to worry about cooking dinner for several weeks. I love that all of the meals are relatively goood for us too. That I saved a ton of money from buying in bulk and not letting anything go bad before I had a chance to cook it is an added bonus.

Here are the recipes I used. I doubled most of them to make two meals for the freezer.

Chicken Barbeque Roast

Red Beans and Rice

I used turkey instead of beef in the next three recipes.

Taco Soup

Chili

Sloppy Joes

Vegetable Soup

Red Lentil Curry

Cilantro Lime Chicken

I’ll let you know how they come out. ❤