Monday, August 22, 2011

Vacation - Day 1

Okay, it's Day 1 of our exciting gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan vacation.  To read more about why on earth I am doing this, click here.

Let's just say that today was um, well, uh... interesting.  I have already learned a lot of lessons (ie: without a plan, the people (as in me) will perish, or at least starve, or at the very least, be really, really grumpy).  I think the best way to describe the day is by way of timeline.

6:30 a.m. - Alarm goes off.  Super excited to start the day and juice for me and my husband before he goes to work.

7:18 a.m  - Oops.  I guess I fell back asleep. I rush to the juicer.

7:30 a.m. - Breakfast:  Green Juice - kale, romaine, celery, pear, cucumber.  Yum!

Busy morning with the girls.  We just got back from camping yesterday so I'm still unpacking, doing laundry, blah, blah, blah.

9:30 a.m. - Getting hungry.  A handful of almonds does the trick.

12:15 p.m. - Driving home from my daughter's swim lesson.  My stomach is rumbling.  Make the girls lunch but I have no idea what I'm going to eat.  So tempted to scarf down a peanut butter jelly sandwich. Throw together a bowl of random kim-friendly foods:  brown rice, avocado, carrots, tomato and seaweed.  It's not very pretty, but it works.

2:10 p.m. - Ugh.  This requires way too much thinking.  What am I doing?

3:00 p.m. - Searching for recipes (or advice) online.  A little overwhelmed.

3:17 p.m. - Got an email encouraging people with AS to get Medic-Alert bracelets so that First-Responders are aware of our "fragile spines".   Great program, but for some reason, it sort of made me depressed.

3:30 p.m. - Afternoon pick-me-up.  "Green smoothie" - kale, romaine, blueberries, avocado, coconut water.

5:30 p.m. - What's for dinner?  Good question.  Well, instead of beating myself up for not being prepared, the four of us went out to dinner.  Yes, we were able to find a G-free, vegan dinner for hubby and me (yes, he's doing this with me - what a champ!) and some not-so-restrictive meals for the kids.  Everybody was happy.

6:30 p.m. - Thank God for Trader Joe's!  Yes, thanks to Trader Joe's I will not go hungry (or broke).

7:30 p.m. - The fridge is packed and I'm hopeful once again.

9:00 p.m. - Why did I leave that half-eaten carton of mint chocolate chip ice cream in the freezer?  I should have eaten the whole thing dumped it yesterday.  The nighttime sweet tooth is cruel.   Well, no better time to break a habit than the present (trust me, I really don't mean that - I'm just trying to cheer myself on).

Lessons for the day:
1.  Plan ahead.  I can't wing this one.
2.  This is not just about food.  This is about listening to my body, my mind, my spirit.
3.  Mindfulness takes practice.

Until tomorrow,


  1. Good job Kim!
    Here's a website I've used for the G-Free
    Good job Jed too!!
    I need some motivation from the both of you on my pursuits of a healthy diet. Keep posting!
    I miss Trader Joes.

  2. J. is such a sweetie for doing the V with you! Your red "green" smoothie looks pretty appetizing! I agree that the hardest part about the diet is trying to figure out what to eat. If I had someone to do the thinking part, I could do the eating right part.

    You guys are going to be even hotter than before when you're done with this.

  3. Kim, you are so strong and such an inspiration to all!!! Love you...rayna

  4. Way to go Kim & Jed!!! I don't know if I could do that. I would miss things so much. :(

    Kim, when do you do smoothies (blender) versus using the juicer?

  5. J: Thanks for the info.

    Jamie: Well, maybe I can do some of the thinking and planning and you can try it out. Oh, and hotness would be nice. This year put me through the wringer. :)

    Rayna: Thank you. Love you too.

    Karen: Good question. I try to juice in the morning. The main difference between juicing and blending is that the juice doesn't have any fiber so all the nutrients go straight to your cells. It's a great way to start the day. I do smoothies for lunch or a pick-me-up snack because they are more filling. If you don't have a juicer then just go for the smoothies. They're fab! xoxo

  6. Hilarious! I love your journal of the day! So honest!

  7. It is pretty funny when I read it now. Wasn't so hilarious at the moment. :)