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A change in direction...
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It's not my ideal situation, but I'm fed up with struggling to lose weight. Plant-based and high carb just isn't filling me. As a result, I just eat and eat. But I've had such quick and easy success using LCHF in the past, that until I'm able reach my goal, I'm going back to the KETOGENIC DIET. I'm going to minimize my impact by continuing to leave out dairy, and eating only eggs and poultry with the occassional seafood.

Once I reach my goal weight of 130 lbs (60 lbs to go!), I'll attempt to transition away from animal products, by introducing KETO FRIENDLY vegan products, like olive, coconut, avocado and nut products as well as tofu and hopefully even a few beans! I'm not STARTING vegan-keto because it's going to be a struggle for me. I want to do what I know works and then once I've get into FULL KETOSIS, it will be easier to transition into high-fat, medium protein, low carb vegan products.

I will also be eliminating ALL processed sugars (allowing minimal use of sucralose and stevia) but as for grains, and starchy vegetables, we are most likely permanently parting ways. I'd gotten lax on with these ingredients when I started at Starbucks, and THAT is when I gained the weight back. But it's not just about what works, it's about SATIATION and I just feel full faster when I have a good amount of FAT and PROTEIN in my diet.

And here we are, smack dab in the middle of summer. So, not only does this hot season make hydration important but LCFH meal plans, notoriously low in fiber do, too. I've got my hands on some ALKALINE water and am planning on putting a lot of it down today... Let the journey begin!

Bye-bye, dairy!
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I quit dairy 18 days ago. I didn't introduce any nondairy replacements at first. I mean, I've been using nondairy milks exclusively since last year. But I took out things like cheese, butter, sour cream and yogurt while not replacing them with a nondairy substitute. This week I tried out two different store-bought nondairy cheeses as well as making my own homemade coconut milk yogurt (all of which, I loved!) I'm hoping to try making my own nondairy cheeses at home next month, to save money (Daiya and Chao are expensive!)

I went vegetarian at the beginning of the year. I can't even remember the last time I ate a hot dog, so the LightLife Smart Dogs this week tasted AMAZING! I also treated myself to the Beyond Meat Hamburgers... WoW! SO delicious and the most authentic meat substitute that I have ever tasted. I took eggs out on the 20th of this month. And I think I'll be able to be almost entirely plant-based this go-around.

I'm checking nutrition labels and avoiding even baked goods that contain eggs or dairy. I've decided that when it comes to meals with friends and family, I will always bring a complete food dish with me both to feed myself and to share with others. This time I'm not bending just to avoid hurt feelings. I feel terrific on plant-based nutrition and like when I quit smoking, don't ever want to look back. Not only to I feel really good about this decision, but I can't wait to see what the future holds for as I return to a vegan path!

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"Signor Martini wants me to have faith. Something I've never been good at, and now I'm even worse at. Not that I don't want faith. I'm jealous of the believers. But as a fallen-away Methodist, I do not expect to emerge from all of this a Catholic, although I admit some interior juggling is going on. To my surprise, I have become friendly with Mary. It started the night she stood by me through the storm, knowing full well I'm not a Catholic. Yet, somehow, she seems more like Mary, my favorite aunt, than Santa Maria. Aunt Mary is everywhere here, her calm presence assuring us that all things will go on as they have before." -Frances (Diane Lane)/"Under The Tuscan Sun"

Eating mock meat: Explained
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A simple way to explain to meat-eating friends and family why vegetarians use mock meat products instead of just eating actual meat:

To the meat-eaters in the audience: What was the last time you ate a plain, unseasoned piece of meat, poultry or fish? As in just cooked it in the oven with no seasoning or fats added for flavor? Probably never (or possibly by mistake when first learning to cook!)

There are FLAVORS associated with those foods that make them appetizing; the aromatic herbs in a roasted chicken or that wood-smoked taste of steak on the grill (or that additional sweet and savory flavor of BBQ sauce on ribs!

Vegetarians don't miss meat. We miss the memory associated with those meat-based foods. THIS is the reason for mock products. Meat alternatives allow us plant-based eaters to enjoy our favorite dishes while still remaining true to the ethics and values that lead us to this lifestyle in the first place.

Secret Detox Drink Recipe (From Dr Axe)
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1 glass of warm or hot water (12–16 ounces)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½–1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon raw, local honey (optional)

Warm the water.
Mix all ingredients together.

Best served warm but drink at desired temperature.
If you are feeling weighed down and sluggish, it may be time for my secret detox drink, which can help cleanse your body and make you feel rejuvenated. For many years, I’ve added detox drinks to my health regime because they keep me feeling clear-headed and energized, even after a long and tiring week. Plus, recipes like this one don’t require a blender or juicer, so they are simple and easily accessible.

This is a simple beverage recipe that takes only minutes to prepare and includes key ingredients for natural detoxification, including lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, ginger, and cinnamon. It’s both refreshing and energizing, so give it a try today for the little boost we all need from time to time.

Why Drink the Secret Detox Drink?
Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the everyday chemicals that threaten your health, especially when they’re hidden in our clothing, furniture, soaps and shampoos. On top of that, we are constantly exposed to environmental pollutants, and dangerous chemicals in our foods like heavy metals, pesticides and preservatives.

In order to avoid toxic overload that will leave you feeling fatigued, moody, bloated and achey, it’s a great idea to use detox drinks to help cleanse and purify your body.

My secret detox drink contains some of the best ingredients for detoxification. Apple cider vinegar has shown to improve your metabolism and digestive function, while working to cleanse your liver and lymphatic system.

Lemon juice has an alkaline effect on your body and helps to regulate your pH levels. Drinking lemon water, or adding it to your drinks and juices, can help to boost your energy levels, detoxify your body and help improve immune function.

Cinnamon and ginger contain therapeutic compounds that help to reduce inflammation, aid digestion and boost your metabolism. That’s why drinking ginger tea, for example, is so popular. It contains valuable compounds that boost your health and promote detoxification.

An optional ingredient for your detox drink is raw honey. I like to add raw honey to many of my health drinks and smoothies because it’s a nutrient-dense natural sweetener. It adds a little sweetness to this drink while upping the antioxidant count, too.

Secret Detox Drink Nutrition Facts
One glass of my secret detox drink made using this recipe (with the honey) contains roughly the following:

48 calories
0.5 grams protein
0.4 grams fat
11 grams carbohydrates
1.2 grams fiber
6 grams sugar
0.8 milligrams manganese (47 percent DV)
753 IUs vitamin A (32 percent DV)
13.3 milligrams vitamin C (18 percent DV)
0.07 milligrams vitamin B6 (6 percent DV)
0.6 milligrams vitamin E (4 percent DV)
0.6 milligrams iron (4 percent DV)
0.3 milligrams vitamin B3 (3 percent DV)
10 milligrams magnesium (3 percent DV)
120 milligrams potassium (3 percent DV)
0.02 milligrams copper (3 percent DV)

If you are doing a full detox, I recommend drinking this detox drink three times daily about 20 minutes before meals for two weeks. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to cleanse your body and boost your energy, have this drink once a day before breakfast or lunch.

first post of the new year!
Round Glasses

my original plan was to weigh in on january 5th but this morning i decided to face the truth head-on. i'd eaten excessively over the holidays and am happy to report the damage was only +2 1/2 lbs. this morning i'll be making a paper calendar for the year to track my progress. the goal is to lose 55 lbs.

today i also plan on cooking up some black-eyed peas, seasoned as well as vegetarian greens, cornbread, pork and vegetarian bacon. i'm committed to going vegetarian over the next 12 months and if that goes well, going completely plant-based in 2020.

i took ozz for a walk and to potty this morning, which he finally did both #1 and #2. i hate restricting him this way, but until spot comes in the yard stink-free, i can't let my bundle run loose (or by his birthday on the 13th - should be enough time for the skunk smell to wear off of his bestie).

normally i will be brewing a large pot of moringa tea everyday (and drinking as much of it as possible) but today i'll be doing matcha green tea. hopefully starting some apple cider vinegar in the morning and locating some diet pills to take as well.
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