Detox Update & Natural Shampoo & Conditioner Recipe!

Phew, the last day & 1/2 was not pretty. Not sure how I could describe it. I didn’t feel ill, but I certainly didn’t feel like myself, so I needed to take a day off of posting. If I would’ve posted in the mental state I was in, I would’ve cursed the yeast detox up & down, sideways & backwards. That wouldn’t have been helpful to you at all.

But today I’m feeling great & almost better than ever!

Latest Measurement Updates:

Waist: 34 & 1/2″. I have lost 1/2 an inch!! 🙂

Arms: same

Thighs: same

I have come to the conclusion that the detox won’t do much for my arms & thighs, but that’s ok. I’ll be starting Insanity soon, Lord help me, & that will most assuredly take care of those problem spots.

The last recipe I told you about was the stew. I don’t recommend it. It turned out tasting just like chicken noodle soup with a lot of extra work & no noodles. 😦

Last night we had pan fried pork chops, mashed potatoes (my 1 night of red skinned potatoes) & roasted asparagus. Yum-my!

Todays Menu:

Breakfast: Omelet with left over roasted veggies

Lunch: green salad with light dressing

Supper: Almond Crusted Chicken with roasted broccoli, onions & walnuts

Almond Crusted Chicken

2 tbls Dijon mustard

4 Chicken breast, pounded to 1/2″ thickness

1 c. sliced almonds

One 14oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 c. baby corn, drained & cut crosswise into 1″ pieces

1 1/2 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

2 tbls chopped cilantro

Brush the mustard all over the chicken, place almonds in a shallow dish, add the chicken & coat both sides.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken & cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Add the tomatoes, corn, curry powder, salt & pepper & bring to a simmer. Partially cover the skillet & simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat & top with cilantro.

Roasted Broccoli with Red Onions & Walnuts

6 cups broccoli florets

1 small red onion, cut into 2″ wedges

1 tbls olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 c. walnuts

2 tbls balsamic vinegar

1 tbls honey

1 tsp dried thyme

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, onion, oil, salt & pepper. Toss to coat the veggies with the oil. Arrange on a large baking sheet in a single layer & roast for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the walnuts, vinegar, honey, & thyme. Remove the baking sheet from the oven & sprinkle the walnut mixture over the top. Return to the oven & roast until the broccoli is crisp-tender & the walnuts are golden brown, about 10 minutes more.

Homemade Shampoo & Conditioner

Today is a twofer blog post! I want to share with you about the baking soda shampoo & cider vinegar rinse I have used on my hair.

So far I’ve used it twice & the only word to describe it is weird! It works, but it’s weird! Not having something lather up in your hair is an odd feeling. And maybe I have the mixture too baking soda heavy, but it’s gritty, which REALLY feels strange! But when you rinse it out, my hair does feel squeaky clean.

I have put the cider vinegar mixture into a spray bottle which makes it easier to apply. I am using Bragg’s Cider Vinegar, which seems to be a lot more potent than regular cider vinegar. Bragg’s is unfiltered & supposed to be better for you. It smells to high heavens, but once I rinsed it out, my hair felt clean, but very stringy. I have overly processed hair, so I’m sure that is the reason my hair feels like a haystack after both of these treatments.

After the shower, I was able to comb through my hair easily. I guess vinegar is a detangler. Bonus! I have been afraid to blow dry my hair because it just feels SO dry after using these natural products, so I’ve been letting it air dry. Takes forever, but just to scared I’ll look like a frizzed out lion if I take a blow dryer to my hair.

The end result is hair that is full of body!! My volume is equal the volume I get after applying 2 different volumizers with a blow dryer, so that is cool. The ends of my hair do seem to be a bit more frizzy than before. Probably because of the hair color & the fact that I’m in need of a serious trim.

I can’t say I’m totally sold on this method. With the condition my colored hair is in, it just makes me nervous that I am drying it out more than helping it by going natural. So I am on the fence about continuing. I’ve read you need to give it 3 weeks for your scalp to rejuvenate it’s natural oil production. That means 3 weeks of questionable hair styles, lots of hats & maybe scarves, ala Grey Gardens. (if you don’t know about Grey Gardens, look it up, it’s fascinating!! Especially if you are a Jackie Kennedy buff.) GREY_GARDENS_still

Here are the recipes if you are so inclined to go natural on your hair:

Shampoo:

1 part baking soda

1 part water, distilled

Take an empty shampoo container & add your equal parts baking soda & water with the help of a funnel.

Shake before each use because the baking soda will settle in the container.

Apply to scalp & work your way down to your ends.

Rinse with cool water.

Cider Vinegar Rinse:

1 part cider vinegar

1 part water, distilled

Add to a spray or squirt bottle, apply to hair & scalp, rinse with cool water.

The smell does go away after your hair has dried, I promise!

Let me know if you try these natural hair cleansing products & what you think!!

Til next time, kids!

sjb

 

 

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Results after Day 1 of going Yeast Free!

I am happy to report that my tummy bloat is already ceasing!! 🙂 I was so happy this morning when I went to buckle my belt & I had to return to a notch I hadn’t used in…well, a while. 😉

I did stick to my plan, for the most part. While I was preparing supper last night, I caught sight of some golden raisins in my pantry & I grabbed a hand full. They were so sweet & plump. I savored every last one! But other than that, I didn’t cheat! Yeah ME!

My sister texted me yesterday & told me she was proud of me for sticking with it. I had to fess up that I have tried this “diet/detox” 2 previous times & only lasted 3 hours each time!! So I’m not really someone to be proud of. I do have better motivation this time, so I really think I’m gonna make it all the way through!

I did have a major brain fog moment yesterday. I had put some oven cleaner on a spot in my oven in the morning & totally forgot about it until last night when my daughter went to use the oven. Holy smoke balls!! So that was fun.

And I also was pretty itchy by the end of the day. I hadn’t been sweating or had huge amounts of sugar, sugar also sets off my body rash, so I believe the detox is already working & the itchiness is my body’s way of letting me know I’m on the right track!

I was pretty tired by the end of the day, which is a symptom to be expected during the next 2 weeks. I fell asleep pretty easily, but then around 10:30 I woke up & was very jittery, like I had had too much coffee. I had a hard time falling back to sleep after that. Not sure if that is a symptom of a detox or what it was, but I didn’t care for it.

Today I did have my regular cup of coffee. I just can’t drink that tea. Thinking about it made my stomach turn. I looked at the sugar content of my coffee drink & it’s less than the sugar in a sweet potato. I’m allowed sweet potatoes, so I’m putting “coffee drink” back on my OK list. 😉

For breakfast I had the pomegranate oatmeal. It was very good & quite filling! So I’m excited about that.

For lunch I am going to have left over pepper steak. That turned out so delicious, I can’t wait to have it for lunch. Plus, I’m excited that I’ve had enough of each supper meal to eat for lunch the next day. I’m not looking forward to egg salad with out the creamy Miracle Whip dressing!! ::shudder:: The longer I can prolong that meal, the better.

Snack today will be a rice cake & some yogurt. This will help with my sweet tooth & hopefully I won’t need to break into the raisins again tonight!! 🙂

For supper tonight I am making chicken breast with roasted asparagus & sweet potatoes.

And as always, I will have my lemon water with me all day.

I hope you are finding these day plans useful. I’d love to hear from anyone that is doing this detox or has done it in the past & what your experience has been.

Tomorrow I am going to share with you some of the other good things I am doing for my body besides changing what I eat. For example, I have been cleaning my face with olive oil for the past few days!! Sounds disgusting, doesn’t it? But wait until you read about my experience with it so far! I bet you’ll be trying it soon, too!

Til next time, kids!

sjb

Day 1 of Yeast Free Diet

I thought I’d outline what day 1 of being yeast free is going to look like for me. If you are following along, share what your 1st day will look like. Suffering is more fun in groups!

I started off my day by walking into the corner of a door. I don’t suggest you do this. It’s painful & you sound stupid when you try to explain you really DID walk into a door.

Next, I made a cup of French Vanilla Chia Tea. I normally drink an English Toffee coffee drink, so thought this may be similar. It’s not. I’m just not a big hot tea person. Give me iced tea any day of the week & I’m happy. Hot tea, not so much. But I need something hot in the morning & I don’t like plain coffee, so this will have to do.

For breakfast I had 1/2 of a cold left over hamburger w/o any toppings or bun. Sounds gross probably, but it really is yummy. I never have time to make a breakfast, so I usually grab something from the fridge or pantry that is easy to shove in my mouth & not messy. Today it was a hamburger. I did buy myself some pomegranate multigrain oatmeal, but by time I realized I was starving, I didn’t feel like waiting 2 minutes for oatmeal.

I took a probiotic supplement after I ate because as my body gets rid of all the bad flora from my gut (again, yummy!) I need to replace it with good flora. I can do this by eating yogurt & taking the supplement. I buy all my supplements & vitamins from VitaCost.com. They are a great company that carries a lot of different vitamins & supplements. I’ve never had a problem with them, except their shipping is extremely slow. Expect a week for your items to get to you if you order from them. Through their refer a friend program, you can get $10 off your purchase & I’ll receive a $10 credit towards my next purchase with them! 🙂 Win~Win! Follow this link: VitaCost.com.

For lunch I plan on having a stuffed green pepper. This is also a left-over from the weekend. I had made Philly Steak & Cheese green peppers with sautéed onions & mushrooms & they were SOOO good! I’ll have to forgo the cheese, but I can eat the rest.

For snack I plan on having some pumpkin seeds & celery sticks with peanut butter.

For supper we are having pepper steak over brown rice & green beans as the side. I’m totally getting all my “greens” in today! And that is basically all you need to know to follow this diet. You can eat any green vegetable to your hearts content. All other veggies are ok, but green are the best.  No fruit, no sugars, no breads, no dairy…the end. Oh, & no alcohol. 😦

I will be drinking my lemon water throughout the day as well. Lots & lots of it. I weighed all the benefits of lemon water compared to plain water & figured that 1 slice of lemon a day was not going to sabotage my yeast/sugar detox. I was worried about the extra sugar, but lemons are a natural dextoxer, so I think I’ll be fine.

So that is the plan for the day. Hopefully I’ll stick with it! It shouldn’t be hard because I’m trying to look at these next two weeks as an opportunity to try new foods. Last night I ate salmon for supper, I never do that because everyone else here hates fish. It was yummy! A little evoo, a little basil & dill. Scrumptious!!

I’ll report back tomorrow & let you know if I stuck to the plan & how I am feeling. I will be weighing myself later, I was going to do it earlier, but running into the door knocked me a little silly & I forgot why I was in the bathroom after that. Not sure if I’ll post my weight, but I will write it down & at the end of 2 weeks I’ll be able to tell you how much I’ve lost. I’m also going to take measurements of my muffin top, tree trunks & bat wings…tummy, thighs & arms. I am hoping to lose a lot from those problem areas! Especially the muffin top!!

MKB is trying to get me to do that Insanity work-out. He said since he’s going yeast free, I should go insane with him. (skipping obvious joke here) Jury is still out on that. I hate to “work out”. I like to take walks, do a little yoga or Pilates, but not all that jumping & hoping around. I’m supposed to look up the infomercial on YouTube today & let him know what I think. Do ya think I can still claim “brain fog” & forget to look it up??

Ok, that’s all for now kiddos. Have a great Monday! Go make someone smile!

sjb