Clean Eating Continued…

Hi friends! Well it’s been a couple of weeks since I started this new “diet.” I know you’re supposed to call it “a way of life,” but who are we kidding? Restricted food choices always mean diet to me.

With that said, I did a ton of reading, watching and discussing the situation with friends. Once I posted the last blog, so many people responded to offer support or to share that they’d had some of the same struggles. One friend PM’d to say that she’d been experiencing exactly what I was going through. Her message came at the perfect time too, because I was in the throes of the “die off” portion of the detox and felt like I got hit by a truck. I kept thinking, “How can I keep doing this?” And then, “How can I not?”

She let me know that she had found a great supplement for cleansing your gut and also a probiotic to keep all the good flora good. (If you want more info on  that, let me know in the comments.) Anyway, I promptly ordered the supplement and started taking it – still am. Because she is seemingly on the other side of it, it gave me the boost of hope that I needed to get through the next few days of ass-dragging torture.

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And by total accident, I stumbled across the documentary by and about Joe Cross. It’s called “Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead.” I would highly recommend you give it a watch (it’s on Netflix.) I ended up watching it once by accident and again that afternoon on purpose. Joe shared how his lifestyle of excess had left him with too much extra weight, an autoimmune condition and an insane daily pharmaceutical regimen.

I decided after watching the movie to invest in a blender/juicer that would make eating nothing but veggies a lot more tolerable and as luck would have it, a lot more delicious. I also created a Pinterest board with recipes for tasty clean eating that is Candida-diet friendly – take a look!

And then last Thursday I woke up at 1:20am with a seriously awful case of the stomach flu. I couldn’t sleep, eat OR stay out of the bathroom! As luck would have it, I was supposed to leave for a trip home to Southern California and felt awful. I slept most of the day and had to break the diet to get some saltine crackers into my system so that I could also take a migraine med because I had a splitting headache to top it off!

Fast forward about 12 hours and I woke up early for my 6:45am flight feeling UH-MAZING! No headaches, no nausea and better yet, a totally clear head. I bounced out of bed at 5:00 (I refuse to get up in the 5’s for any other reason than a flight!) and headed for the airport.

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Now I’m not sure if it was being alone with my adorable husband for the weekend, not having any responsibilities for 72 hours, the fact that we were breathing in the salt air of Laguna Beach where I spent many of my younger days or the fact that I cut sugar and yeast out of my diet, but I felt great all weekend.

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I’m back to clean eating this week – hoping my weekend doesn’t contribute to any backslides with my health issues. But if it does, it does. All I know is I’m sleeping better, I’ve lost another 3.8 lbs, my head is clearer, I don’t have the sugar-induced crashes or cravings and I feel good about what I’m putting in my body.

Despite the fact that I had a few cocktails and normal meals that included an ahi poke with won ton chips, stuffed jalapeños and Eggs Benedict over the weekend, I’m still feeling pretty damn good. What more can I ask for?

Stay tuned…

Ciao for now!

Daily Covet: TOMS made me eat my words

Ok, ok, I know, I know.  I’m not a TOMS fan.

As I mentioned, I love the TOMS mission.  Hate those little slipper-ish shoes.

However, I saw cute TOMS Burlap Bimini Stitchouts walking around this weekend while on vacation with my family.

I’m not 100% sure why I like these TOMS so much better, but it might be the more substantial soles and the cute red drawcord.  The TOMS looked cute on with short shorts and tees.

I can also picture them with boyfriend jeans and lightweight cardis for early fall.

TOMS, you made me eat my words!

Daily Covet: Tod’s handbag

Tod’s handbags are featured on MyHabit.com today.

And since I am bag-obssessed this week, you can bet I’ve already picked absolutely the most delish bag.

This white handbag with the khaki accents is a perfect bag for summer, and since global warming climate change has taken over this year, it may be pratical a lot longer than normal.

It would be an excellent carry-all for a busy mom.  And it’s also a great size for car trips or air travel too.  So, it’s not only a beautiful bag, but a smart bag too!

Daily Covet: The Thrill of Twill

Twill shorts from Old Navy are on my list today.

These shorts come in assorted prints and colors, and would be an inexpensive staple for this woman’s wardrobe.

Pair shorts with prints (see blog on that!) or pack them with plain, white tees for minimal luggage on vacation.

What’s more?  Get them for under $20!

Daily Covet: New England waterfront living

Summer is going fast.  My darling husband’s job is demanding, and not allowing for much of a summer vacation this year.

More than ever, our family could use a little R & R.  A little downtime.  A little un-plugging. (Join the crowd, I know!)

I keep daydreaming of a lonely seaside home.  A place where we could breath fresh sea air, sit under the stars and bury our feet in hot sand.  A place where we could ride bikes and lazily read in beach chairs.  A place where we could just be a family — without the hustle of activities, engagements, responsibilities.

This New England waterfront home looks like as good a place as any, right?

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And since we are going to be on the beach, we’ll need great beach accessories!  How about these from OneKingsLane today?

Daily Covet: Clare Vivier Bags

I found Clare Vivier bags on a cool blog I get updates from almost daily.  Clare Vivier’s first creation was born out of the need for a more feminine laptop bag, which could accomodate her computer and personal affects while she traveled often for her job in French television.

Clare Vivier’s extensive collection of clutches, totes, iPad cases and more will WOW! you with vivid color and beautiful materials.  Below is the Tropézienne sac that put Clare and her gorgeous bags on the map, and a few of my other faves too!  (Photos credits from seevivier.com)

Daily Covet: Tote your favorite city

Tote your favorite city… and don’t get lost in it either, for that matter, when you carry this earth-friendly map tote from well, maptote on myhabit.com.

At 14″ x 15.5″, these are roomy enough for the beach, the farmer’s market or just to and from work.  Of course my fave is the Paris one, but there are other ones too, like the weekend getaway trio with Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the Hamptons on them.

I love them so much that I want them all.  One for $22 or three for $30.  You do the math.