How I lost 5 pounds in 5 days!

Okay, I promise this is NOT click bait! But I wanted to quickly tell you that as of this morning, I have lost just over 5 pounds in the last 5 days!!! And no, I didn’t work out, though I have incorporated dance breaks into my work days (especially when I feel stressed)! And I have started doing (very slowly) some Asian squats (just to get up off the couch where I sit to work) and get the blood flowing to my rear, legs, and feet. I love the stretch of these too!

So, HOW did I release this weight so quickly?

I went carnivore baby!!!

And while I’m at it, here’s my curated list of personal “diet” blog articles I’ve written. Let’s call it my curated list of blog posts about several of the diets I’ve tried in (the last 7 years).

The first in the list is all about my BIG SWITCH to eating like a carnivore.

Diet posts (from both of my blog sites)

I am still making the smoothie daily, that our friend Alice recommended and I detailed in 2015 (last in the list below), but I don’t add in the flax or nuts and use only water to mix it (no more almond or coconut milk). Essentially, my smoothie is only two handfuls of cut kale, 1 cup frozen organic berries and a frozen banana (if organic, leave the peel ON).

Link: Mindset Shift! Citrus Diet
Link: What do you think about the Bone Broth diet?
Link: Diets and Losing Weight
Link: Your diet: Crushing it!
Link: Eating Citrus for a month!
Link: Sacred Science Herbal Detox
Link: Eating Naturally: Paleo and Keto
Link: Vital healthy delicious nutrition: Ionie’s Healing Center and Raw Food Cafe
Link: Label checking: Sugar!
Link: What do you know about Enzymes?
Link: Healthy smoothie recipe and thriving by making better food choices

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Do we see physical changes in our body after making changes in our diet?

Let’s chat about eating. And about how what we consume changes our physical body.

It strikes me as funny in an odd way, to consider how what we eat and drink physically changes our body.

How we can make a connection (very easily) between what we consume (our diet) and our body? I mean if we eat less, or we change what we’re eating, say by eating less meat–does this cause us to lose weight, or muscle? By eating no meat, i.e. less fat, and not consuming any oil, or not drinking any alcohol–do we see physical differences (for the better) in our body?

When we make those kinds of changes in our diet, or let’s say we we go on a sugar fast, not eating sugar for 30 days. Can we immediately see a change in our body? We immediately see the numbers on the scale go down, right? So, It puzzles me then (using that reasoning), how we miss the mark when it comes to making the connection between the junk food and our health.

How we feel in our body or how our body responds over time to what we’ve been eating. So let’s say we eat fast food, and we eat sweets, and we drink alcohol, and we drink soda, and things like that. And then we wake up one morning and we’re constipated.

It strikes me as odd that we don’t understand that, after many years, the body can develop a chronic disease or cancer, or a tumor, or something like that. Something that needs to be fixed (like a hernia–but that’s kind of a different subject and also is probably related more to stress or grief or anger than to the food but nobody really knows 100%).

So I’m just putting the thought out there.

When you restrict your eating, let’s say, to what I’ve been doing the past month eating only citrus fruit (what do you notice)? And yes, a couple of times, here and there, I’ve had a cup of cooked basmati rice. I’ve had a bowl of cooked cabbage, and things like that, but no meat and not any oil. I did have a salad a couple times of lettuce, onion, and garlic, and put some oil and vinegar on it. So, I wouldn’t call that cheating.

I kept my food is very bland and predominantly 98% of my diet morning, noon, and night, was citrus fruit. I really only kind of strayed from the citrus fruit when I I kind of felt weak or I felt like in my body needed a little bit more something of substance.

I consumed no meat to speak of and no alcohol, and in 30 days, I lost 10 pounds of excess weight.

I’m on a track to lose, or release, 60 pounds. And I have been analyzing, sitting with, and meditating on the changes that are occurring in my body.

When I see things like moles that I’ve had on my body for decades, and they’re sloughing off, that’s a change. I’ve put a lot of essential oil on them too (so then, there’s that). I’ve kept my focus on them throughout the month to release them, and let them go. And they have! And that’s really been amazing to watch. Because I have been focused on it. I didn’t just kind of sort of put the essential oil on a couple times and forget about them. I’ve been looking every few days at these moles and watching them reduce in size or get lighter or completely fall off. It’s just really been amazing.

A couple of skin tags have fallen off my body with no scar too. Yeah, I don’t know why I ever went to the dermatologist years ago and had stuff frozen off or burned off or such. Those treatments left scars! Looking back, it was just such a brutal treatment really on my skin, whereas this has been so gentle. Anyway, not to go off too much on a tangent there.

So again, I say this mostly for myself when I go back and re read my blog articles, months, years later during this month. It’s been a profound change but a profound awareness I’ve gained from making this change to a severely restricted diet. Like I said grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, tangelos and such.

My thought process has really sharpened too. My cognition, my clarity, and my awareness seems more keen. I seem to put things together now that I may not have before. And I’m remembering better. Not that I was having any issues before really (though my son said he’d noticed a few things when we lived on his property–but I think there were other reasons for that).

Green smoothie – kale, banana, berries, and fiber and protein powders

I’ve been taking better care of myself (increasing my self care), in general.

I’m restarting my green smoothie habit (I used to do this daily in 2008-2010 or so). Am employing different and better tooth brushing techniques; taking better care of my body with the fascia blasting; and working in more targeted and challenging exercises (like Asian squats).

But just to say, make the connection between the food that you’re eating and the liquids, the drinks that you’re drinking and your body and just really sit with that and then evaluate that and see what you come up with. Then, comment and let me know.

Yes, please write to me in the comments. If you don’t want me to share the comments publicly, just let me know and I won’t publish them–because I view each of them independently and privately. I will only publish your comments if you’re fine with me sharing them publicly. Thank you so much. Let’s love ourselves and each other!

To our better health. OM

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Label checking: Sugar!

Yes, label checking for sugar sounds kind of anal or old fashioned, but rest assured, if you’re attempting to lose weight, or reverse diabetes, it’s a must. Let me explain.

After watching a docu-series online, iThrive by Jon McMahon, a month or so ago, I learned that there are 56 names for sugar!!! This could be one reason why those of us who strenuously perform label checking at the grocery store, have still found it difficult to lose weight.

What’s even more surprising is that out of those 56 names for sugar, only 9 are controlled by the FDA!

I’m fed up of fat corporations lying to us!

When we lived in hunter gatherer societies we did not have access to sweet foods daily. We may have sought out berries or grapes on a vine, or fruit and nuts on trees, but for the most part we ate leafy, tuber, or root vegetables, along with the occasional meat from killing an animal, and of those, the majority of the meat coming from easily caught, and more readily available small wild animals and fish.

I strive to live a wholly vibrant lifestyle, so hears to you and I learning more about how “they” sneak sugar into our foods, much of the time without our ever having a clue!

Stay tuned, because at the end I’ll give you a couple of my hacks for making tea and condiments without any added sugars!

Here are the other names for sugar (so you’ll know which ones to avoid) and I’ve alphabetized them for your convenience:

  • Agave
  • Barbados Sugar
  • Barley Malt
  • Beet Sugar
  • Blackstrap Molasses
  • Brown Sugar
  • Buttered Syrup
  • Cane Juice Crystals
  • Cane Sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob Syrup
  • Castor Sugar
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Corn Syrup
  • Crystalline Fructose
  • Date Sugar
  • Demerara Sugar
  • Dextran
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic Malt
  • Diatase
  • Ethyl Maltol
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Florida Crystals
  • Fructose
  • Fruit Juice
  • Fruit Juice Concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Golden Sugar
  • Golden Syrup
  • Grape Sugar
  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Honey (*Possible natural medicinal qualities in some)
  • Icing Sugar
  • Invert Sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt Syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado
  • Organic Raw Sugar
  • Panocha
  • Raw Sugar
  • Rice Syrup
  • Refiner’s Syrup
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Yellow Sugar

Be aware that most low sugar diet proponents call for us to only consume foods that contain less than 5 grams (5g) of sugar.

I switched to KIND bars, for my protein bar snack, after following author, fitness and aerobics instructor, JJ Virgin’s Elimination diet (October 2016). I also found several other foods that I could snack on and cut a lot of the hidden sugars out of my day-to-day diet.

Here are a few of the other nutritious snacks that have less than 5g of sugar per serving:

  • Roasted chick peas
  • Edamame
  • Seaweed crunchy snacks
  • Unsweetened coconut (I eat two or three handfuls when the urge strikes.)
  • Pumpkin bars or smoothie
  • Veggie chips (homemade or check the label, especially for serving size!)
  • Popcorn (though unless organic, I stay clear of any corn due to it being one of the most heavily GMO kind of crops.)
  • Dark chocolate
  • Walnuts, Almonds, or your favorite nut

Also if you love fruit, raspberries have less sugar than grapefruit! You can have 1 C of raspberries for 5 grams of sugar–half a grapefruit has MORE sugar!

Did you know that ever condiment I checked in our local grocery store, contained sugar? I was shocked! I couldn’t find one ketchup, mayonnaise, or mustard that didn’t contain sugar, or at least vinegar. Not one!

If the name of a sweetener ingredient ends in “ose”, it’s another name for sugar.

Being that I restrict my vinegar to only apple cider vinegar (ACV), I had to find a recipe that worked for me, that I liked, so that I could have mustard.

Here’s the homemade mustard recipe I use often that contains no sugar, and no vinegar! I initially followed a Hot Mustard Sauce recipe and found it was a bit too spicy for me and called for a couple ingredients that I didn’t keep on hand. So, I used a bit of creativity and came up with the following modified version. Lots of love and thanks for the original though to Anna Maria Clement Ph.D, N.M.D. of Hippocrates Health Institute for the original recipe, “Hot Mustard Sauce” from her book, “Healthful Cuisine” published in 2013 that I’ve been using for the last couple of years. Highly recommend it!

Sheila’s modification: “Easiest No Sugar, No Vinegar Mustard”

  • 1 T flax seed (grind the seeds first, in your high speed blender)
  • 1/2 C of mustard seed powder (available in the spice section of my grocery stores)
  • 1/2 t ground turmeric spice
  • 3/4 C water
  • 1/4 C coconut oil or olive oil (highest grade you can afford)
  • 1 T Tamari (or soy sauce if your body can handle soy)

In my Vita-mix, I grind the flax seeds first, then add the mustard seed and grind on high again. After that, I add the turmeric, water, and Tamari and blend again. I drizzle the coconut oil (liquid state, warm it if it has hardened in the jar) or olive oil into the blender.

You’d be surprised how long this stays good in the fridge! I put mine in a glass jar and use it for 2 or 3 weeks.

In place of mayo, try smashing an avocado! How easy is that? Don’t think you like avocados? Think again. Try it on your next sandwich and then comment below to tell us what you think! If you’d like it smoother, blend the avocado with some fresh squeezed lemon juice, little bit of water, and/or some Coconut Aminos (You’ll find that in a tall glass bottle where soy sauces or vinegars are usually sold.)

Be sure to let us all know in the comments what you discover!

The reason I needed to find condiments without vinegar? Because I have been on the Dr. D’Adamo Blood type diet for more than a year, and while I’ve felt better physically, it hasn’t helped me lose much weight. The best part of this diet has been discovering that I actually could do without a lot of high calorie and unhealthy foods (like the fried chicken at Publix). I didn’t lose as much weight as I had thought I would though.

Then, I got a free calorie counting app for my iPhone (called, Lose It!) and meticulously tracked every morsel of what I consumed for the last four months.

In the first two months I released about 10 pounds (about 18 pounds now), but not nearly what I thought I would lose by tracking my calories and sticking to a 1200 calories a day. I’m sure I had consumed closer to 2,000 calories per day—prior to tracking my caloric intake.

To our better health and longevity!

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