Doomsday For Crappy Foods

Today marked the start of my “Doomsday for Crappy Foods Detox”.

Ever since the fiance and I went on vacation over Memorial Day we have been ingesting nothing but what I like to call Frankenfoods. Frankenfoods are foods that consist of more chemicals than they do actual nutritious stuff. You know, the food we all love and that fills us with absolute joy and happiness? Yep, those foods. Fast Food, Restaurant Food, Pizza, French Fries, Potato Chips, Cookies, Donuts, Bread, etc. are all Frankenfoods. Of course, we all know that eating a ton of crappy food all day everyday is going to “Super Size” your body and give you a plethora of medical conditions to worry about… yet, as a society, that does nothing to stop us from gorging ourselves over drinks with friends. Oh! And drinks? Let’s not get started even talking about the deliciousness that is Soda, Beer, Liquor, etc. Unfortunately these Frankenfoods aren’t only hiding at restaurants and in the middle aisles of your grocery store… they are also hiding amongst the so-called Low Fat/Low Calorie foods! So what on earth is someone to do?!

I’ve heard about Clean Eating for years now. It’s never been something I’ve tried, though I can certainly see how the benefits would be enormous. It only makes sense… our bodies, before all of these chemicals started being pumped into them via food, medicine, etc, were meant to survive on the environment around us. As wonderful as it all sounds though, this blog is not about how I’m drastically, cold turkey switching to clean eating. Nope, I’m not that adventurous just yet. What this “Doomsday for Crappy Foods Detox” is about however is some simple steps I’ve decided to take to try and jumpstart my way into a healthier eating style. In all honesty, I’m doing it because I have a doctors appointment and bloodwork looming ahead of me and I don’t want the doctor to see that I’ve done nothing to improve myself in the last 3 months. I’m also doing it because I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been in my entire 34 years of life and I don’t even know what I weigh… I just know I’m quite a bit over what the docs think I should be. (I don’t really agree with medical standards on weight… but, I digress on that topic.) And lastly, I’m doing it because darn it, I just need to.

So I’ve devised an eating plan that I think I can stick to. It is not completely “Clean” but it is light years ahead of where I am now on the “healthy” Richter Scale. It certainly won’t be easy as I’m accustomed to filling my belly with delicious bready products and a bucket of Coca-Cola on a near daily basis, but we will see what happens. I’m sure that I’ll be “doing it wrong” (aren’t we all “doing it wrong” according to someone else’s opinion?)… but at least I’ll be “doing”, so please no emails about my follies.

Below is a list of what my day to day will be like. The list likely will be the same everyday, so my next updates will be very short or even not at all until I’ve completed the week. Follow along with me if you’d like, or don’t, this is really just to keep me honest 🙂

“Doomsday For Crappy Foods Detox” Day 1:

7:30 a.m. Breakfast:
Blueberries, Strawberries and Blackberries mixed into 1 serving of vanilla yogurt (the style of yogurt I got was 1 cup per serving).
1 Bottle of Water
1 Banana

10:30 a.m. Snacklet:
1 serving of mixed nuts
(if you are following along, WATCH YOUR SERVING SIZE! Nuts are great for protein, but also can be super fatty. Which is what we are trying not to be!)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Time:
Spicy Veggie Soup
(Formerly known as Chicken Tortilla Soup… I omitted the chicken and the tortillas because I’m a rock star! This soup is absolutely delish and FILLED to the gills with veggies. I don’t have a clue on calories or fat, because I’m not watching those things this week, but if you want to check it out here’s the link: http://alishagratehouse.com/chicken-tortilla-soup-crockpot-recipe/ . My fiance claims it smells horrific when cooking… so delicate noses beware! Also, I should have added more than one fresh jalapeno… but I was a chicken. Next time!)
1 small nectarine
1 small apple
1 bottle of water

3:00 p.m. Snacklet:
1 serving of mixed nuts

6:30 p.m. Dinner Time:
Bacon Peppercorn Rotisserie Chicken (skin removed)
Steamed Garlic Cauliflower (I bought frozen, should have opted for fresh)
Raw Carrots
1 glass of Apple Juice

10:00 p.m. Snacklet:
1 serving of Skinny Pop Popcorn (If you haven’t tried this stuff, please RUN do not walk [think of all the calories you’ll burn running!] to your nearest store and buy some. Heaven in a bag… AND all natural!)

The rest of this week’s menu will be much the same with the exception of possibly cottage cheese instead of yogurt, and the inclusion of some scrambled eggs. Dinners are going to be difficult, but we have plenty of chicken breasts in the freezer and salads [minimal dressing] are always good in a pinch.

On to the next I say! And enjoy these little words of wisdom below! Thanks Oatmeal!

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The Night The Lights Went Out on Facebook

If you are like most people, and I am, you are familiar with social media websites such as Facebook. And if you are really like me, you have a habit of checking your Facebook multiple times throughout the day. For many of us Facebook has become more of an addiction than just a way to keep in touch with friends and family.

My addiction to Facebook was becoming more and more apparent. A typical day for me consisted of waking up at 6:15 a.m. and before ever even leaving my bed opening up both Facebook and Instagram to see if anything had transpired between the hours of midnight and when I woke up. (Usually not). I’d then go for my morning walk, which I of course posted my route on Facebook, get ready for work and then leave the house. My phone would stay on my car seat next to me so that at stop lights I could quickly scroll through my Facebook feed. Once I got to work I would then open up two tabs on my computer; my email and Facebook. Throughout the course of the workday I’d chat on Facebook to anyone who would listen in between working on my work projects. I’d often find myself having to quickly close windows so that I wouldn’t be noticed or assumed to be goofing off by my boss. After leaving work I’d head home to my fiance and our cat. Once I’d get home we’d often make dinner and settle in for our tradition of watching Jeopardy and trying to clear our DVR of all of the shows that we had recorded. Of course, we both would have our laptops open to Facebook or Candy Crush (or any other random social media or messaging sites). Then it is time for bed and one last check of Facebook before trying to sleep. Repeat.

Does any of that sound familiar to anyone? (Boy, I hope I’m not the only one! 🙂

I don’t think all of Facebook is bad. It certainly is nice to keep up with family and friends that you don’t have the opportunity to see regularly. Once in a while there are even positive posts from happy people or encouraging words for friends in need. The majority of what I’ve seen on Facebook as of late however, is anger, hatred and bullying. Whether it were my Facebook ‘friends’ complaining about the weather or posting photos mocking complete strangers or a public comment thread, there was SO much negativity. I often found myself on local news posts or celebrity gossip threads where people were just downright hateful. I found myself feeling that I needed to fight the ‘good’ fight and defend those that were being bullied or wronged. This was  not bringing any positivity to my daily life… and if it isn’t benefiting me, why was I so dependent on it?

I made the decision yesterday that I was going to end this addiction and tune out of Facebook for a while. My fiance has coined it as a “blackout”. My goal with this ‘blackout’ is to try and become more present not to never return to Facebook. I want to be more mindful of all of the life that is going on around me and not numbing myself by staring at a screen of meaningless status updates. I want to enjoy my fiance’s company without distraction. I want to appreciate the simplicity of reading a good book while sitting on the porch watching birds and squirrels play  in our yard.

As of approximately 10 a.m. yesterday morning I have not been on Facebook.

I wish I could say it is so silly simple to just not go to a website; that I am in total control of my life… but every time I pick up my phone or look at the internet I’m tempted to pop open a new tab. I’m sure it’ll get easier as the days progress though.

I did notice yesterday though that I felt pretty good by the day’s end. Not only did I not have to feel any annoyances with posts I was seeing on FB but I also focused on things I felt could benefit me. I joined and applied to a website http://www.randomactsofkindness.org. I read a magazine that I previously hadn’t had time for, I worked on a crochet project that I haven’t touched in close to a year and thoroughly enjoyed my time with my fiance and our cat. I felt great by the time that I went to bed and I woke up this morning with a clear mind.

I intend to keep this post up to date as I go through the detox from Facebook. I look forward to documenting any changes (if any) that may occur with my mindset and happiness. At this point in time I’m feeling pretty good about the journey.

What do you think? Are you addicted to a social media site? Do you think you could give it up cold turkey? What benefits do you get out of using social media?