I AM SO FINGERNAILS Y’ALL! 5 STEPS TO NO MORE NEGATIVE SELF TALK

Every time I go to the nail salon I am told that I have beautiful nail beds. If I am being honest I am not exactly sure what a nail bed is, or what makes mine long and beautiful, BUT who doesn’t love being told they have something… anything beautiful? Imagine if we focused on all of the beautiful parts of us instead of focusing on the flaws we stare at in the mirror or in photos everyday? How much time do we waste criticizing ourselves for physical flaws? How many tags do we remove on Facebook because we do not look the way we want? How many times do we hide behind our kids/friends in photos because we don’t want our size to show? How many times do we repeat to ourselves this phrase… ” I am fat” ? Guess what? WE ARE NOT FAT! We have fat, but we also have fingernails, and that does not make us fingernails. However, in my case since I have been told I have great fingernails I am choosing to be fingernails y’all not fat! I am fighting a battle of no negative talk. I feel so good on the inside that I am hopeful to change the old, tired, negative dialog in my head. How will I undo the decades of self loathing and chatter in my head telling me how I am not awesome? I have a plan! See my step by step  below, and join me on this journey of feeling good from the inside out no matter what size your body is!

1. GRATITUDE! Wake up and meet everyday with gratitude! First thing I will do when I wake up is say thank you for three things. Example: Thank you for my health. Thank you for my Family. Thank you for Coffee 🙂 It doesn’t have to be perfect it just has to be gratitude. I promise that when you are grateful for all of the little things around you that you will notice more and more of them and that will keep you focused on the good!

2. MOVE MY BODY! Everyday I will move my body. It can be a walk, yoga, dancing, cycling, or BODYPUMP. Movement is necessary to keep the blues away, and we all know blues lead to negativity and that leads us to that never ending negative chatter.

3. EAT REAL FOOD! I am staying away from processed foods and drinks ( hello splenda I am talking to you) I am also focusing on avoiding sugar and grain. I plan to eat a protein, fat, and fruit/ vegetables at every meal. I know that when I nourish my body with clean fuel that my mood improves ( side effect: the fingernails get stronger and the fat gets blasted)

4. FOCUS ON PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION! I will take each day as it comes and I will be grateful for the small choices that I make on the path to living my happier, healthier life. EVERYNIGHT I will say thank you for three more things that happened in my day.

5. I WILL NOT USE THE WORD FAT UNLESS IT IS IN REFERENCE TO MY FOOD! I will be focused on how I feel and not how I look! I AM FINGERNAILS NOT FAT!

Keep sparkling y’all! I hope you join me on changing the chatter in your head!

QUESO IS A GATEWAY DRUG! BACK ON TRACK MENU AND LINKS BELOW!

Well team, I was hoping that I had licked this binge eating habit, but I am sad to say that Chips and Queso have been my unraveling this weekend. Yes, queso is my gateway drug! That golden, creamy, spicy, deliciousness started me on a weekend of over eating. Today… I feel like crap! My feet hurt, my tummy is unsettled, my sleep was not restful, and I am feeling blue. I am convinced that my weekend of overindulgence is to blame for the yuck that is going on with my body, and it occurs to me that these feelings were the normal issues that I used to wake up to prior to my Whole 30. Food… people… it starts with food! I have learned that I cannot stop and be satisfied with just one. I have learned that I am not capable of enjoying just one little treat, but that I have no brakes and the chips and queso lead to binge eating oreos which lead me to some diet pepsi which led me to cheez-its. How could I have consumed so much junk? I was stuffed, bloated, AND a bit like a maniac. It was as if there would never be a chance to consume that food like substance again and I was not going to miss out on the cheese flavored cardboard called crackers even though they did not taste very good. WHY? I obviously still have some work to do to get control of my feelings with the food, so that’s just what I am going to do. I am going to get back on track. I am planning my meals as usual and I am going to detox from the sugar and grains today… and it will hurt.
I feel pretty certain that my planned trip to Wurstfest on Sunday and my lack of fuel after my workout on Sat. led me astray. I think that I knew I was going to go crazy with potato pancakes and cream horns on Sunday and since I was already hungry at lunch time after 2 workouts and some hard core yard work on Sat. I just decided to ditch food as fuel and use food as pleasure. I can report that it does NOT feel good today.
Every bite is a choice. Today I choose to feel better and to use food as fuel. Check out my meal plans below.

MENU WITH LINKS BELOW!

Bfast
Sun. I just had coffee… not awesome!
Mon. Eggs bacon berries
Tuesday. sausage and berries
Wednesday- sweet taters sausage
Thursday sweet taters sausage
Friday berries and eggs
Sat eggs and apple with almond butter

Lunch
Mon. – Turkey patty roasted broccoli nuts berries
Tuesday- Turkey patty spinach kale salad with homemade ranch cucumber, olives, sundried tomatoes
Wednesday- chili and salad
Thursday- chili and roasted veggies
Friday- chili and cauliflower rice
Sat. chicken and cauliflower rice
Sun. big ole salad with grilled veggies and chicken on top

Dinner- NOTE: I am using recipes from last weeks meal plan since I didn’t cook those meals because of my eating out at Chuys 😦

Monday- macadamia crusted chicken with roasted green beans COMPLIANT NOTE: NO PANKO CRUMBS INSTEAD I USE SHREDDED COCONUT AND USE FULL FAT COCONUT MILK
http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/10-healthy-nut-recipes/slide/6

Tuesday- Chili and salad
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/

Wednesday- Best chicken&grilled veggie skewers
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/06/09/the-best-chicken-you-will-ever-eat-ever/

Thursday- Creole chicken-cauliflower rice ( NOTE: I USE PAPRIKA INSTEAD OF SAFFRON AND ANCHOVY PASTE INSTEAD OF ANCHOVIES) THIS IS A YUMMY MEAL!
http://andrewzimmern.com/2014/04/24/paleo-hack-creole-chicken-coconut-plantation-cauliflower-rice/

Friday- Balsamic chicken- grilled asparagus
http://www.biasrichandsweetkitchen.com/2012/06/balsamic-marinated-grilled-chicken.html

Saturday- grilled hamburgers and avocado with veggie skewers
I just make pattys and grill them up with some garlic powder and onion powder and salt and pepper

Sunday- I am trying a twist on jerk chicken I will post my very first original recipe for you after I try it!!! EXCITED!

2 WORDS… BROCCOLI SALAD! IT IS AMAZING Y’ALL!

I am always on the hunt for a new way to enjoy my veggies. I used to travel when I worked full time, and I was obsessed with a broccoli salad at the whole foods deli counter. Today I tried a recipe from Well Fed 2 which is a collection of recipes from Clothes Make The Girl blogger Melissa Joulwan. It rocked my world y’all! I have included the link here, but be warned they say that if you are hungry you should test that out by asking the question, am I hungry enough for broccoli? Well my answer would be heck yeah if it is broccoli salad! I think I could over eat this salad easily, so be warned of the delicious factor. It is true that over eating habits follow you whether or not you are eating clean and healthy food or stuffing your face with funyons.

http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/12/13/suddenly-im-in-the-mood-for-broccoli/

My Workout today was Zumba and it was rockin!

My plate:
2 eggs and 1/2 a sweet potato hashbrowns with coconut milk and coffee
turkey burger with broccoli salad
cashew chicken and green beans

I CAN’T STOP EATING GOOD FOOD! MEAL PLAN AND LINKS BELOW!

So my Whole 30 is over, and I admit I went CRAZY on Friday Oct. 31. I ate a smash burger and fries for lunch, and dinner basically consisted of miniature candy bars with one garlic sausage link. I ended up with the worst headache ever the next day. I believe my brain was reacting to the sugar, but it could have been allergies 😉
Given how I felt when I woke up the next morning and took my first painful step I am committed now more than ever to continue fueling my body with high quality meals that are free from sugar and grain. I went to a pizza place with my family on Saturday for lunch and I ordered a salad with shrimp because my head was throbbing and I didn’t want to tempt fate with more grain, but the salad did have some amazing buffalo mozzarella. I am fairly sure that I can tolerate dairy in small amounts, so if I am at a restaurant I will enjoy some on a salad if it is there, but I don’t intend to bring it into my kitchen. The best part is that I wasn’t even tempted to try the focaccia bread on the table or to have a slice of pizza I knew it wouldn’t taste as good as my salad with the grilled shrimp, olives, artichoke hearts and olive oil. Once you wean yourself from being dependent on grain you will recognize how little flavor it actually has, and GASP you will choose salad over pizza… how is that even possible?
I am anxious to see how I can integrate some treat choices back into my life and how they make me feel. I know I overdid it on Halloween, but the headache hangover that accompanied my choices rivaled that of my college binge drinking hangovers, so my 40 year old self has decided that feeling good may just be better than the junk that I once craved. I will test this theory next Sunday at Wurstfest where there will be a cream horn with my name on it! I am CHOOSING to have a sugar treat because Wurstfest is once a year and I can only get those cream horns there SOOOO yep… that to me is a special occasion. This week I have made my menu and I am heading to the store to stock up on my good eats not for weight loss, not for this blog, not for any other reason other than I like waking up and not feeling tired, sick, and sluggish.
Enjoy the menu below and SPARKLE ON Y’ALL!

MENU
Breakfast
Sun.- eggs and bacon and grapes and canned coconut milk with coffee
Mon.- eggs and bacon and coffee with coconut milk
Tues.- eggs and berries and coffee with coconut milk
Wed.- beet belly dance salad with apple chicken sausage
Thurs.- beet belly dance salad with apple chicken sausage
Fri.- eggs and broccoli salad with PG tips tea
Sat.- eggs and bacon and apple slices and canned coconut milk and coffee

Lunch-
Sun. – chicken apple sausage and broccoli slaw and plantain chips
Mon. – Turkey burger with broccoli slaw and plantain chips
Tues.- Turkey burger patty beet belly dance salad
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/05/27/belly-dance-beet-salad/
Wed.- Turkey burger patty beet belly dance salad
Thurs. -Turkey burger patty broccoli salad
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/12/13/suddenly-im-in-the-mood-for-broccoli/
Friday – leftover pork ternderloin with broccoli salad
Sat. – leftover pork tenderloin with broccoli salad

Dinner
Sun. – Baked fish with lemon basil pesto and grilled asparagus
http://www.perrysplate.com/2014/03/baked-fish-lemon-basil-pesto-two-sides.html

Mon.- jerk chicken with roasted green beans
Jerk seasoning: http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2014/11/01/jerk-seasoning/
Recipe: Cut chicken breasts in half and pound them. Rub in some jerk (use recipe above for no sugar jerk seasoning) and squeeze some sliced pineapple (you can use canned in juice) on the chicken. Leave for an hour to marinate. Broil in the oven in a shallow pan, together with pineapple chunks, 6 mins per side (until the temp is 165). Don’t overcook!

Tues. – macadamia crusted chicken with roasted green beans COMPLIANT NOTE: NO PANKO CRUMBS INSTEAD I USE SHREDDED COCONUT AND USE FULL FAT COCONUT MILK
http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/10-healthy-nut-recipes/slide/6

Wed. – cashew chicken with steamed broccoli COMPLIANT NOTE: ( use arrowroot flour and coconut aminos for soy to make It compliant instead of vegetable oil use sesame oil)
http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2011/05/spicy-ginger-cashew-chicken.html

Thurs. – garlic balsamic pork tenderloin- with grilled veggie kabobs
http://tideandthyme.com/garlic-balsamic-crusted-pork-tenderloin/

Friday – best grilled chicken ever with leftover veggie kabobs
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/06/09/the-best-chicken-you-will-ever-eat-ever/

Sat. – chili
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/