Friday, April 12, 2019

The Vacation Clothing Syndrome

What is it about vacations that makes us want to go out and buy all new clothes?  Just me??  It's not like we often will know anyone we see on vacation that would even realize the clothes are new.  Nor would we see them again.  In fact vacations should be the time you can get away with wearing anything. 

Every time we book a vacation I worry about what we are going to pack and what clothes I am going to wear.  Especially when it's an adult only vacation.  I usually look at this time as me being able to wear something a little bolder.  Something that I don't have to worry about what it will look like when kids are pulling on it or spilling on it.

Since I made a pact with myself this year to not buy new clothing, it's time to revamp some clothing for our upcoming "We are turning 40 - Napa Valley - BottleRock Festival Vacation".  While trying to get some inspiration pictures for our vacation I made the fatal flaw of searching festival outfits.  Being that I'm turning 40 this year, I should probably wear a little more clothing than your typical festival goer.

So the first dress up in my closet is one we will call - The Pilgrim Dress.  This one was named and nominated by Jesse.  I actually don't mind it as is.  I think it's main problem is that there is a lot of fabric and it kind of swallows my smaller statue.

My inspiration picture for changing this dress is these button down midi dresses.
I chopped off the length, neckline and sleeves of the dress.  I then hemmed them all up and here was the result.

I'm trying to figure out if I can pull off the hat.  It seems practical for a summer festival in California....I just don't know.  Also full disclosure, the filter on the pictures was used so that I wouldn't have to put on makeup and because I didn't realize till afterwards that the mirror was all dusty.

Here is one last look, side by side of the before and after.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

My Nutrition Journey - Part 1 - Becoming Vegan

We left off talking about the documentary that made the biggest impact in my life - "Forks Over Knives".  Again, I highly recommend watching this documentary, even if people talking about being vegan and having whole food plant based diets scares you.  Bottom line is, I didn't feel great and if changing my diet could help me, why wouldn't I try it.

This picture above was taken at a musical festival and it was my big gorging out party to myself before I was going to become Vegan.  The thing that resonated with me the most about the whole food plant based diet was that I believed our bodies were never meant to eat as much meat as most people do.  I was a meat, dairy and potatoes kind of person.  And the meat portion of my meals was the main far.  I hardly ever ate vegetables or even fruit for that matter.  So I needed to get myself out of the rut of eating so much meat and dairy.

The additional documentary I watched at this time was "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead".  It followed a guy who changed out his diet to only be juice (mostly vegetables) and how it made amazing changes to his body.  So I too did a 4 days juice cleanse, in fact it's how I started out my journey to become vegan.  I will admit that juicing is a really hard diet to follow, and it probably isn't needed for most people.  The amazing thing it did for me, was to kick my soda habit.  After 4 days of juicing I haven't touched soda again.  I used to have to have at least one can/glass a day and now it's been 4 years.  When soda accidentally gets mixed in a drink, I can tell immediately and it's way too sweet for me.  Since that 4 day juice cleanse, I have tried a few more times to do a reset and juice again, but I haven't been successful.  I was extremely tired and had headaches during the juice cleanse and since I still have children to take care of and work too, it just doesn't happen.  People claim if you make it past 4 days you start to feel amazing, I can't personally vouch for that.

Taking meat and dairy out of my diet forced me to try new kinds of food and figure out what I liked.  Honestly taking out cheese was the hardest part of the process, and the part that I cheated on the most (still do).  I cut out almost all meats and fish/seafood.  Only eating chicken on very rare occasions.  I also cut out over processed and refined flours/breads and replaced them with whole grain options.

I can't remember exactly but I followed this diet for about a year.  Jesse also joined me on the journey.  It helped me to loose the pesky baby weight I had put on with all three kids, and Jesse really slimmed down too.
The problem was - I didn't feel much better.  I was still tired all the time and I was still getting migraines.  I did realize that the few times we tried to eat meat again, I felt absolutely awful afterwards.  My stomach could not process red meat or pork, it would leave me doubled over in pain.  I took that as a sign that taking meat out of my diet was a good choice, but I still needed to find more answers.

Also on a more vain note, I had lost the baby weight, but my body was definitely in different shape than before I had kids.  I had problem areas that it seemed like no matter what I did, the fat wouldn't go away.  On the outside I probably looked healthy, but on the inside I didn't feel healthy.  I also still had three young kids and finding time to workout just wasn't happening.  So I started doing more research.

I came upon a book and phenomenon known as "The Elimination Diet" which lead me to the second part of my journey.