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Finding the path to my “ideal weight”

By January 18, 2017 Food Allergies, Healthy Body, Travel

So I’m still sick and I realize that I need to do a bunch of different things to help my body heal itself. I tried specialty teas that didn’t work. One of  the things I thought to try is giving myself a New Year’s cleanse. So I went to 118 Degrees, a raw food restaurant in Tarzana. Cooked food looses nutrition and enzymes  over 118°. I tried their 1 week/21 meal cleanse. I have eaten at their raw food restaurant and liked most of what I tried- it’s beautifully done. They are not paying me to say anything about this – in fact I paid for the cleanse. I don’t love every dish, but I like most of it and love a few things. I really like the partnership of a naturopath and a chef in a restaurant and I was drawn to it. In two days I have lost 2 pounds and my friend has lost 4 pounds in 4 days. A few of my meals included things in my “please don’t add” list, but they were accommodating and offered to give me meals in the restaurant to make up for it.

I had great results with an accidental raw food cleanse that was imposed on me when I had to travel for work. I don’t know how many of you travel for work, but sometimes I have to. I was on site for three weeks at a company near me, but it was far enough away that I was on an expense account and had to eat out every day, for every meal. Luckily I found a completely healthy raw food restaurant right by my client. I ate there every day for three weeks; lost 4 pounds and that really put me back on the path of eating well and not succumbing to  my sugar cravings as much. I realize it’s hard to do in my regular life, but I made it a new rule for work travel. The other tip I got out of that experience is that if you have to travel for work, and find that work travel really gets you down, eating badly and making poor choices, make it the time that you choose healthy eating. Do what you might not do normally. Eating clean gave me the energy to be on site for this client from 5:30 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening every day. I really didn’t feel it as much as I would have if I were eating heavy meals. I know you have to go out with clients and to dinners and things like that, depending on your profession, but salads are a great option if you can put a protein on it. I really tried to make sure that there was a protein in every single meal that I had.

So now I am doing this cleanse I have lost two pounds (less than 2 kilos) in two days. My cleanse buddy has lost 4 pounds in 4 days. Just to let you know I am 5’1.5″ or a little over 1.5 m meters  meters. I’m starting this cleanse off at 115.4 pounds and that’s about 52.3 kg, which might not sound like a lot to you. And personally, the numbers don’t really matter to me as long as my clothes fit. About two years ago I was 104 pounds (47 kilos) and crept all the way up to 122, because I love sugar so much. For my body, cutting out soy, eggs, peanuts, wheat, gluten corn, sugar (more than 5 g per serving) worked really well for me. I learned this from the “Virgin Diet” and haven’t looked back Another thing that I learned from the “Diet Cure” book was to help curb my addiction to sugar it’s probably a lack of an amino acid and in my case it was L-glutamine. In the book, Julia Ross lists other cravings and what might be your specific amino acid that is lacking.  I never lost weight easier or faster than the “Virgin Diet” combined with taking L-glutamine.

Unfortunately, the second I added some of those foods back in, the weight and health issues came right back. Having that three-week raw food really help me focus and retrain my body. The other thing that I learned was that 104 pounds is probably not my ideal weight. Once I gained some weight back, my friends told me that at 104, it look like I had cancer. My husband told me that he really didn’t like me that small. I like being curvy for my size, but once I get past a certain weight it’s really uncomfortable for me and I don’t fit in clothes well. I have no judgment on anyone’s size, shape or decision about their weight. I know I feel better and I know I’m not suffering from internal inflammation when my weight is closer to 110 (50 kilos). I’m still trying to figure it out.

I’m going to work with a physical trainer for my birthday because I think it my age that’s what I need to keep my skin tight. I found that at 104 pounds, my skin got “crepey” and I was a little saggier up top; and I don’t like that either.

Everyone’s body is so different and has an ideal weight range. I don’t think there’s a formula.  I’d love to hear what helps you find your ideal body weight. Please let me know and subscribe if you would like to and let me know what you’d like to see me try next.

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Who am I and why am I writing to you?

By January 3, 2017 Crafts, Food Allergies, Gardening, General, Healthy Body, Raising Kids, Recipes, The Book, Travel, Uncategorized

Let me start my series of blogs by saying the following: my friends, family and children can tell you that I am by no means a perfect parent. I feel like I’m failing every day; trying to swim upstream; maintaining my sanity and patience; while loving, with every fiber of my soul, what it is to be a mother of two active boys.

I decided to start this blog because families would come over time and again and the parents would ask me “how do you get your kids to eat that?” Or “My kids would never eat that! How did they get that palate? It’s amazing!” Does that mean my kids eat everything? No. Does that mean we never have power struggles? Certainly not. While I haven’t been asked about my parenting skills, 🙂 I have almost always been asked about food. This happened with enough consistency, that I felt I should answer the questions to a wider audience.

This may speak to you, or it may not. Your child might have sensory issues, in which case you might need a professional to help push past some of that. One size does not fit all. Like our microbiome, solutions are unique, like us. If that is the case, please pick and choose what you like from what I say and throw out what doesn’t work for you. I can promise you that is exactly what I’ve done from a number of world-class physicians, programs, homeopaths, nutritionists, diets, blogs etc. Finicky Fiona is a carefully curated path that has taken me years to whittle down and find what works for us. We are still traveling down this road.

You may be in a space where food is just not a battle that you’re willing to fight at this moment. I get it. I’ve been there. And that’s when I expand to the other fun portions of this blog. Taking care of the earth, eating well, and taking care of yourself have so many layers. I believe that when children do a little bit of each, layer over layer, that they start to appreciate the others. So while the main focus will be food, we will explore other areas as well, like gardening, crafting, canning, ways to take care of our planet and bodies. Thank you for joining me and my family. Let’s have fun. And when it’s not fun, let’s forgive ourselves and take some “me time” (for the record “me time” includes locking yourself in the bathroom with your smart phone).

You will find this jaunt includes a YouTube channel, children’s book, tweets, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook  moments (once I find time to post it all). Find me under Finicky Fiona on all social media.

This is a journey, not a guilt trip. So, if I ever sound preachy, please know that it’s passion and certainly not my intention. 

Disclaimer: The information shared in this blog is for general purposes only and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical conditions. I am not a licensed nutritionist, registered dietician or medical professional.

You should seek the care of your doctor before starting a new exercise routine or before changing other dietary or lifestyle habits. Only you and your doctor can determine what course of action is best for you and your particular needs.

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