Third week of no processed foods or sugar

Amazing things are happening around here!  We are on week 3 of eating no processed foods or sugar.  Finally, things are starting to change for the better.  Withdrawal from some of our favourite foods really took a toll on everyone.  Those cravings were really getting crazy, I even started getting horrible headaches.  Was I that addicted to sugar??

My most exciting update is that I am about 5lbs away from my pre baby weight…. not the first baby, mind you, but the last one.  But, after failing to lose all the baby weight after each of the first two, with lots of effort, I felt this was hopeless for me.   I was even able to pull out 3 pairs of pre baby jeans this morning, and actually fit and look reasonable in them!!!  I never thought this would happen 5 months after I had my third baby!

The second thing I have noticed, is that I have been able to cut down my coffee consumption a little!  Even with the lack of sleep and general craziness around here, I definitely feel I have more energy to finish the things I want to do by the end of the day.  I’m not quite ready to run a marathon tomorrow (har dee har har) … but I also don’t feel like doing a face plant into the carpet due to 4pm sleepiness.

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The third big change is the kids moods and eating patterns.  My kids are hardly perfect angels.  But I am noticing that they are having way less complete meltdowns.  They seem much happier to do activities, and can entertain themselves for longer periods.  Also, they are regularly requesting fruit for snacks, and eating lots of it!!  Caleb ate 4 apples today.  During meals, they are also eating much more of what is served.

Last night, I served bean chili… and Elise dove right in.  She LOVES beans.  Caleb, is not so crazy about beans …so…. Brian told him if he ate up all the beans it would fill up his fart tank… and the next day, if his tank was full, he’d be able to fart as much as he wanted. ….so…. of course he ate two helpings.  …we should teach parenting 101.

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No processed foods, and no sugar, update, second week

PPppphewww.  It has been busy the last few days.  The kids are getting over colds, we are sleep training the baby.  And on the plus side….

My sister welcomed a brand new baby boy during the weekend!!  He is just so adorable and cute!!  When we were visiting my sister though, I way under-planned how much food we would need to bring with us.

For the afternoon, which ended up turning into evening, I brought a banana bread and a bunch of granola bars.  It was all gone in minutes, and everyone was asking for dinner. … we had limited options… we ended up getting turkey avocado sandwiches on whole grain from a local pub… and sweet potato fries.  Not the healthiest in the whole world… but better than most of the options.

Besides that, the whole family has been really craving some of our old favourite junk foods.  I have had a tonne of cravings for chocolate and chocolatey cakes.  Brian’s been missing chips.  And the kids are asking for cookies daily.

For the kids and I, we’ve baked up a quadruple batch of this applesauce bread, well it’s actually a pumpkin loaf recipe, but I just swapped the pumpkin for applesauce.  It turned out delicious!!!   And YAY!  We’ve got a bunch in the freezer.20150112_190735

For Brian, who was missing more of a crunchy snack, we bought a microwave popcorn popper.  And I am looking for some other options… and will post our findings.

We are definitely going through an adjustment period at the moment.  I’m praying that our palates will change soon!!

Day 4 of no processed foods

Day 4 had some surprises in store.  First, this guy specifically requested a banana for his snack, instead of cookies, which is his snack time request. EV.ER.Y. DAY!

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Then proceeded to request TWO more!!  Yep, he ate 3 bananas in a row.  SAY WHAAT?!!

On top of that, we resolved one major issue, breakfast cereals.  The first thing the kids have done the last 4 days is rush for the boxes and try to get their hands into the sugar sugary sweet bunches.  soooooo.  We made 2 different kinds of granola.  First a basic granola, found here.  I omitted the brown sugar and the vegetable oil, instead, I added a touch more honey and used coconut oil.  I also added a few random items, like unsweetened shredded coconut, raw pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts.  It is YUUUMMMY!!  Next, we made a peanut butter granola, found here.  I didn’t have peanuts, so added a bit more peanut butter.  This time I just skipped the oil, because I plain forgot, and added baking soda instead of baking powder…. because I haven’t slept through the night in 3 years : ).  I also threw in a whole whack of unsweetened coconut, because I love it.

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Here’s a snap of the kid’s lunch plate.  It’s a handful of mixed greens, a little slow-roasted sliced beef (from a local farm), some steamed green beans and carrots, and a little granola.  For dessert, they had applesauce.20150108_120223

For dinner, I decided to try making whole wheat crepes.  However, this recipe had 2 issues.  First, it took a couple attempts to not look like this:

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Second, after 1 or 2 ish, unusable crepes, it only made 4 crepes..and we were out of eggs… ummm… ???  Not quite gonna cut it for our crew.  Solution: the kids got the weirdo crepes, and mom and dad got this,20150108_172716

It was awesome!  I sauteed some onions, peppers, and broccoli.  I threw on a bit of cheddar, and a bunch of kidney beans.  We had a side of mixed wild greens with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

In case you are wondering how this all came together with 3 kids, 3 and under… well… it was not exactly seamless… we took many many many hours to do 10 minute jobs.  The kids “helped” lots, and we had to take lots of breaks… we played “what time is it Mr Wolf”, with mom participating from the stove, with the baby in my arms.  And at one point, I had to shut off the burners and just sit and read books with the kids.  But looking back on the day, I am so relieved to have a couple week’s worth of cereal; and snuggling with the kids and a book are what makes up the best moments of mommyhood.

Day 3 of 100, no processed foods

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Day 3 went spectacularly well.  My normally picky kid, ate all his lunch, and his sister’s… and a few extra handfuls of greens that I had put out for a side salad for myself…

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was I hallucinating??

20150107_091035 …It’s possible … this little bundle of cuteness woke me up every hour last night… but with those cheeks… she’s forgiven!

Some highlights of what we ate: re-heated baked oatmeal, with steel cut oats and raisins, with a side of fantastic local strawberries.  Lunch was pitas with hummus, shredded greens sprinkled on top.  Dinner was a quick veggie stir fry with shrimp and brown rice.

Are we feeling any different yet?  Yes, I think so.  The kids helped clean all the bathrooms without any big meltdowns… and they seemed quite mellow this morning.  Could replacing their sugar-coated convenience cereal with more natural foods be the reason??  We have  97 more days to find out.