Monday, January 23, 2012
Well, I feel like I can start to relax a bit. Really, no matter how much people say "it's no big deal. It's easy!" It's not. Anytime you have a major change in your routine, it's a bit stressful. However, it is extremely rewarding. So do it!
The kids woke up today all crying, saying they were light headed, and they just didn't feel right. So I panicked, wondered what I had done to my dear children, and then... I fed them a banana and told them to get dressed. They ate the banana, and ten minutes later, they were smiling and bouncing off the walls. I think it's too much on them to cut out fruit. They're kids. They can take it. And they need it. I want to focus more on them eating real foods, rather than just filler snacks. Although, I don't want them to have as much as they had been having.
I woke up early (blah!) today so I could take the new blender out of the box and get it ready to make coconut smoothies for the girls' breakfast. The stupid thing was not able to crunch through six straberries and mango pieces. Piece of junk. So back to the drawing board on which blender to buy.
I bought each girl a special "sweat free" cup with straw that we will use for smoothies. They were very excited. Kids are so cute sometimes. Anyway... they drank the smoothie (I really hate the word "smoothie" by the way) and seemed satisfied. It had lots of fat, protein, and lots of vitamins/minerals. And they *loved* it.
Lunch was a salad (I bought special "salad on the go" containers which hold dry salad, and a separate container for dressing): Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, bell peppers, a few carrots, sunflower seeds, bits of ham, and a pinch of cheese (for Amy). The dressing was one part lemon juice and two parts olive oil.
For snack I gave the a two ounce serving of homemade trail mix.
I volunteer during lunch time at the kids' school on Mondays, so I was able to keep an eye on how much they ate, and if they liked it. Amy and Regina loved it all. Veronica says she tired of salad. I laughed saying this was only the third (traditional) salad she's had over the last two weeks. Apparently, she's still angry. Oh well. Her salad cup was empty by the time she walked in the door to the house. Nice.
Annnnnd, there was no "we're just so starving!!!" FINALLY! Thanks to all who helped with high-fat ideas, and limited fruits during the day suggestions. :)
Dinner was a Taco Salad. Ground chuck, tomatoes, guacamole, lettuce, greek yogurt, and about a half ounce of cheese (Feta for the allergy kids). All of them had seconds, and Veronica had thirds! I'm not much of a fan of ground beef, but it was good enough. We needed some salsa with it though. I bought some pork rinds, thinking the kids could use it as a chip/dip type deal. Veronica is the only one who liked them. Ahhh, trial and error is the name of the game lately.
Anyway, before bed they asked for a snack, which was about an ounce of trail mix. They seemed happy going off to bed.
Veronica seemed (other than the salad thing) much better today. I'm hoping it's the increase in fats and it will continue to get better.
Tom has exactly 24 hours to get me his update, or I shall start revealing one secret after another until I do get the update.
My headaches have been mostly gone. I find they come back if I go too long without eating though. So I definitely don't starve myself. And I do need to work in some form of exercise. I'm still trying to work out something that compliments our family schedule. So far I run from 7am til about 9pm and I am not exercising at night. Anyway... we'll see what happens on that.
Oh, my blood pressure has dropped TEN points. BP issues run in my family from the time we're young (18 or so) and kinda just hang around. I'm excited about this and I hope it continues to decrease.
Anyway, I'm beat. I was up doing housework until about 1am and then have to get up six hours later. Ew.
Thanks for joining us this far!