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Trying Vegan

Sorry for not being politically correct.
I tried going vegan and hated every minute.
Naturally, if I had a private chef and was able to eat gluten, things might have been different.

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(from “Boo-tleg” in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror, by Ben Jones, 2009)

As an ex-vegeterian, I have more than welcomed the idea of going vegan.

My eldest son brought it up after a few months of ongoing activity in the subject. So I dived into it, not realizing the ultimate folly of it.

I refer to vegan products. I have been on a raw food diet for a couple of months, which made vegan diet heaven on earth in comparison since I could cook, bake and buy ready made food.
Well, at least that’s what I thought. What I didn’t know was that I needed to have a 28 hours day, since 24 hours wouldn’t do.
You need to put about 4 hours of slaving in the kitchen everyday.

Sorry for not being politically correct.
I tried going vegan and hated every minute.
Naturally, if I had a private chef and was able to eat gluten, things might have been different.

Well, my son wanted to try it for 2 months for supporting a better world. I could hardly last a week but nevertheless and for the same reason I stuck with him and joined in. I also bought a state of the art blender for him since he hardly ate anything so those shakes were lifesavers.

He lost about 20 pounds during those 2 months, turned yellow due to iron deficit and lost a lot of his mussle mass (he is an athlete) his famous strength and all his good cheer. I was really worried about him. Even his teachers in highschool have noticed he looked weak and ill and very pale.

Lucky for him, he had decided not to turn it into a habit but nevertheless to keep raising awareness of the subject (I even tried importing a few vegan foods. It failed due to our strict regulation).

One of the things that brought him to end it was the fact that vegan food that was not raw was heavilly processed and contained very unhealthy ingredients.

It is quite a folly to fuss over animal’s health and in the same time leave yours out of the equation.

Also we don’t have a maid/butler that could take care of it, I couldn’t take it anymore and he didn’t have time for it (He was either studing or training or coaching everyday from 8 am to either 8 pm or 10 pm and I had a businness to run).

I thought it was all about being better people and eating healthy food but health had nothing to do with it.

Vegans would eat anything that is vegan, no matter how processed and bad for your health it may be.

They’re so frustrated of not having anything decent to eat, they go violent with they’re hatred for us, carnivors.

No wonder about that. I was even more cranky. I couldn’t have gluten as well. And since I worked hard to gain every pound that I had at that time, I broke after a month since I too lost weight and felt bad since it wasn’t food you want to devour (its an understatement).

If you don’t fry food than most of the foods are unedible and you just eat to survive. Well, sorry, but it isn’t for me. As skinny as I am, I like my food tasty. Not just bearable.

And I couldn’t take the endless hours in the kitchen, since although you can sometimes make some tasty stuff, you will never feel like the way you feel after eating good oldfashioned food. Even eggs. Neither the flavour nor the texture remotely resemble real food.

Oh, and don’t get me talking about the texture. The horror! Anything you try to make crumbles. Tons of food goes to the trash can since even a dog wouldn’t touch it. Nor a cat (Tried to feed both). So how do you expect people to eat it?

And last but not least, my son was just the classic vegan: How can you tell if a person is vegan? You don’t need to. He will tell you himself. 24/7.

I sleep like a baby

Just some silly thoughts. A direct result of being sleep-deprived.

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Just some silly thoughts. A direct result of being sleep-deprived

Just some silly thoughts. A direct result of being sleep-deprivedHow I wish I slept like a baby.
Oh, wait. I actually do sleep like one.

As I get into bed I toss and turn and remember I’m hungry and if I could I’d cry for someone to get me food. But since I’m the mom here, it’s my duty. And as the best mom on earth (if to take my childrens’ word on it) I can not deprive myself of the pleasures I let other familiy members enjoy.
So I get downstairs, toast some gluten free bread till it becomes edible, devour it with some cottage cheese and garlic and maybe a hard boiled egg in front  of some TV old sitcom, have some chamomile tea and head back to bed as happy as a baby.

Then I play my mobile phone (well I actually read. Too much) till my eyes hurt enough to finally fall asleep like a baby.

Then I wake up 3 hours later, wishing I could cry again for someone to feed me (Of course I’m the one who makes myself yellow lable Lipton tea with two tablespoons of sugar and lots of milk that help my omega 3 go down in a most delightfull way).And so my day begins.

So for the love of God do not do that!

Please take my advice. I used to take it too for a while. So believe me. It’s a good one.

It has improved my life, my mood, my energy levels, my tolerance and my good cheer.
As for my kids, it improved their appetite, their mood and their concentration at any age. Everytime they went off track, I herded them back ( except of when I was too sick to do it).

On my next post “Habit No.3: Sleeping” I’ll tell you how this magic works. Some of it is on the post 10 tips for losing weight.
So see ya.

Habit No. 3: Sleeping

I can not stress enough the major role and importance of a good night sleep.
If you can change only one thing about your life or your childrens’ life, let it be your sleeping habits.
Once you do, you will notice the major impact it has on you life. On every aspect of it.

Styx lion cubs sleeping by Andrew Batchelor

Styx lion cubs sleeping by Andrew Batchelor

I can not stress enough the major role and importance of a good night sleep.
If you can change only one thing about your life or your children’s’ life, let it be your sleeping habits.
Once you do, you will notice the major impact it has on you life. On every aspect of it.

1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Or at least around the same time. Even on weekends.
It ìs very important for your health (both the mental and the physical).

2. If you have slept late for quite a while, reverse this unhealthy habit gradually. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier than the day before each night. Turn on your alarm so you don’t forget. Have a reminder an hour before the alarm, so you will make it easier for yourself to comply with it.
If you miss a day or more, don’t be harsh on yourself. Just be consistent and get back on track to happier life.
Keep going to bed 15 minutes earlier till you reach your favourable bedtime.

3. Remember. Wake up in the same time everyday. If you’re used to waking up late, turn the alarm to 15 minutes earlier each day, till you reach your ideal waking hour. If you don’t know what it is, make it 8 o’clock. The earlier the better. Even if you aren’t a ‘morning person’. You will have more time for yourself and you can use it to relax, have a nice lengthy breakfast, exercise lightly or just plan and visualize your day. All those activities carry their benefits and have great impact on your whole day.
And most important of all, that keeps you in charge of your day, your week,  ect., and hence, your life. And getting control back, decreases depression and feelings of incompetence and is very valuable by itself.

4. Avoid caffeine, sugars, fried, spicy and all kinds of stimulating foods at least eight hours.

5. Have water beside your bed so when Y get thirsty all you have to do is reach out for it.

6. Take Magnesium an hour before your bedtime.Among it’s other benefits,  It relaxes your muscles and helps you sleep better. For better absorption, take it along with the vitamins C, B6 and E. (unless you’re a month before surgery and if so, omit E, since it dilutes the blood).

7. Avoid consuming caffeine, chocolate/cocoa, wine, black/green tea, sugar, spicy food, aged cheese and any stimlating food/beverage at least 5 hours before your bedtime.

8.Have a relaxing evening routine. Avoid stimulating activities/foods. Listen to natural sounds/relaxing music/music you have good memories of. Read a nice old fashioned classic book.

9.Finish dinner 3 hours before you go to bed. Drink water/caffeine free herb tea (chamomile or melissa = lemon balm is great). Eat vegetables after dinner if you need a snack. Prepare them in advance.

10.In bed, think of at least 3 good things that you have accomplished today. Even the slightest one counts. Even just putting something in it’s place or doing one push up or getting one tiny thing done. Indulge in the most simple joy. Make it a habit. Forgive yourself and move on. Promise yourself to take care of one thing tat worries you tomorrow or at a certain date and time. It will help your subconscious let go of worrying about it.

None of the above replaces consulting with your physician. All is derived of my own personal experience and if you have any doubts as to whether it’s good for you, consult your physician. 

Clean your plate!

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Scronny a child that I were, I have always heard this sentence coming daily at lunchtime from my mom.

No wonder later I did that so well she had to beg me to stop eating. I didn’t cooperate. Not even when she offered to pay me a large sum of money for every pound I lose (and believe you me she couldn’t afford it but she would since she was do desperate to see me healthy. She was very health conscious way before it was hip) for little did I know that years from then I would struggle to gain every ounce to get my health back.

So I urge you. Don’t ask your child to clean the plate, nor let this phrase echo in your head while you eat.

Just eat till hunger is gone. You don’t have to feel full to get what you need from food.

10 tips for losing weight

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1. Go to sleep early. Sleep deprivation has many adverse effects on your health.
Every night go to sleep15 minutes earlier than the previous night.
Do this every day till you manage to get at least 8 hours of sleep.
Get into bed 30 minutes before you are supposed you sleep.
Prepare a bottle of water at your bedside so you won’t get out of bed and get tempted to eat or watch TV.

2. Aquire the habbit of sleeping and waking at the same time everyday. It will do good to your biological clock.

3. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day.
Prepare a bottle at work as well as at home, to make sure you get the minimum amount of water.
The benefits of drinking water are numerous. So go ahead and give yourself this treat.

4. Begin 3 of your meals with fresh vegetables. Slice them in advance if you have to. Season them with olive oil, onion and garlic.

5. Use lemon juice to replace some of the salt. Lemon juice is good for you.

6. Drink a spoonfull or two in half a cup of luke warm water first thing in the morning. You may add some honey or agava syrup if it’s too sour for you.

7. Eat 2-3 fruits till noon. If you want to have cake, eat it till 10 am.

7. In each of the large meals have a big bowl of salad and a nice portion of protein ( Lean meat, chicken, turkey, north sea fish, cheese or soy).

8. Eat carbs (Cereals, rice, potatoes, yams, pasta etc.) about two hours after eating proteins.

9. Aquire the habbit of reading food lables. Avoid buying foods containing ingredients you can’t pronounce.

10. And most important of all don’t deprive yourself of things you love. You are building habbits to last. Not just losing weight in order to gain it back. So if you love some unhealthy foods have less and less of them, till you can do with a tiny slice once in a while.

I’m here for you. Contact me and I will be happy to help.

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On the inside I am skinny

For the old fat me…years ago. Being fat for only a couple of years left me aware of it forever.

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For the old fat me…years ago. Being fat for only a couple of years left me aware of it forever. Iam still working on it :).

Chubby thighs,
love handles, too,
Tell you lies
All through and through.

Can not hide it,
Can’t wear mini,
But on the inside
I am skinny!

Habit No.1: Breathing

Breathing is the first thing you did when you came into this world.

Over the years you got accustomed to shallow breathing. Only enough for you to survive. But you need much more than that. Both for your body and your soul.

You will want to acquire the habit of breathing through your nose, to begin with. If you were not breathing this way till now, make an effort to be aware of it. It will be odd at the beginning, but later on it will become instinctive and it will be a part of you. You will feel better and sleep better and be healthier.

The second breathing habit you will want to acquire will be the one that relieves you from tension and fear. This tiny, easy, simple habit will literally change your emotional life and turn you into a calmer and hence a stronger person.

All you need to do is breath in normally, inhaling as you always do, not deeply. Then you exhale real slow, while making the sound “ffffffff” or “ssssss” or “sh sh sh” through almost closed relaxed lips, patiently letting air out gently and slowly till all the air is out. You do this for only one minute, three times. You do it in the morning and in the evening, in a quiet room with no distractions.

You can also do it before you fall asleep. It will relax you, move your attention away of stressful thought and help you fall asleep faster Then you do it every time you feel overwhelmed, anxious or exited, even in public.

No one can tell that you do it if you do it lightly.So it can assist you in stressful events.

Later do it for two minutes each time. It relaxes your body, slows down your pulse and raises your hands temperature a bit. You will start feeling in control. It feels great. Then start the habit of deeper breathing. I will write about it later.

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