Day 9

Mental Status

Lazy day bumming around with Dad :) Getting 7ish hours of sleep for the past few nights has been great! It's quite nice to go through a day without my body constantly reminding me of my unmet sleep needs. 

But… I can tell I'm falling into some typical habits I have when doing a period of body-resetting. Here are the three main ones:

Sometimes I picture what the pile of fruit would have looked like before it was dried. And then I wish I hadn't.

Sometimes I picture what the pile of fruit would have looked like before it was dried. And then I wish I hadn't.

Using dried fruit to bypass the no-sugar parameters.

I enjoy a huge array of intense flavors, and sweetness is one of them. "Enjoy," however, is not the word I would use to describe my bouts of cravings for sugar. "Obssessed" is a better word. 

The amount of natural sugar in dried fruit compared to... everything else (vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, protein, fiber… you know, the stuff natural sugar is usually attached to) is much closer to concentrated sweeteners (honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc) than fruit in its hydrated state. I am NOT saying dried fruit is bad, but it is best enjoyed sparingly.

For reasons you will soon understand, I am implementing a parameter for myself: dried fruit is to be enjoyed as an ingredient… but not a stand alone snack. (Note: "snack of dried fruit" actually means "compulsive consumption of all dried fruit within a 300 foot radius.")

Wait, you're telling me those jars aren't single-serving?? Those labels are so misleading...

Wait, you're telling me those jars aren't single-serving?? Those labels are so misleading...

Nut/seed Butter OD

Here is a typical conversation: 

Me: I feel like eating food!

Correct response: Are you hungry?

Actual response: Well, what's a convenient and delicious snack right now? 

Me: Oh, gee, I dunno. Hey! There's that jar of Tahini in the fridge! You could have a spoonful of that!

Me: You're so right! That sounds perfect! And it's great, because it's actually not very good for me--given all the Omega 6s, the oxidized PUFAs, and how incredibly densely caloric it is--so the sooner I eat it, the sooner it's gone! 

Me: You are so brilliant. *eats a spoonful of nut butter*

Me: My that was satisfactory.

5 minutes later: Repeat. 

30 minutes later:

Me: Why do I feel like I have a brick in my stomach? And who ate half of this jar of tahini???? 

Me: … :l I can explain. 

Is nut butter bad? No. Does it steal all of my self control? Yes.

Moral of the story: (To self) Just don't buy it, except maybe on occasion in bulk in a very small container with the awareness that I will consume the whole thing. 

 

General Grazing

This has more to do with my mentality than the food itself. It's a lapsing into a mindset where food is a constant distraction and need. Because I don't buy particularly snacky foods, this results in an odd consortium of non-meals. Why is this an issue?

A) My body feels best with at least 5 hours between meals, allowing time for a complete digestive cycle. 

B) It's distracting. A nice thing about intermittent fasting is that the thought "What's next?" for food isn't even there--it's a given that I won't be needing to eat. On eating days, it's easy for the thought of food to become an interruption (not due to actual hunger) to whatever I'm trying to accomplish. 

I did 2 food days in a row to switch things up a little bit, and I wanted to be able to eat out with my Dad. It's definitely a fasting day tomorrow--a rest and cleansing time for both my body and mind.

Nourishment

  • 11:00--2 dates, 8 dried apricots, banana, 8 oz coffee, pickle
  • 12:00--apple, 1/2 c. golden beets, steelhead trout fillet w/ garlic
  • 1:30--10 Prunes, pickle, 3 TBSP potato starch in water, 1 egg in ghee,
  • 3:00--Antipasto salad w/ grilled chicken (no dressing) at Cossetta's with Pa :) 
  • 4:30--carrot, dried mango, tahini (?) 
  • 6:00--Combo of stuff that just sounded really good together: 1 ripe banana, 1.5 TBSP tahini, 1/2 TBSP coconut oil, lemon juice, cinnamon. Yay for impromptu mashing. 
  • 10:00--milk thistle tincture, kombucha, 2 pickles, tahini (?) 3 fillets of pickled herring, raw garlic clove

The question marks behind the tahini indicate that I do not know quantities. What I do know is that half of the jar is, in fact, filled with air. I'll let that speak for itself. 

Cash Check

$18--Kombucha and the Farmer's Market this morning (eggs and a few other things)

Conditioning 

Not much, but a brief workout in the hot room while cleaning the yoga studio (a weekly thing I do in exchange for unlimited practice!) 

  • Some Yoga warmups 
  • 10 Burpees with a pushup and a tuck jump
  • 10 Reverse Ab Curls
  • Repeat Burpees and Ab Curls

Like I said. Short… but it was intense!

PS

I'm already noticing some changes in my body--my jeans are fitting better, and some of the muscle definition in my arms and legs is returning!! My skin texture is even starting to smooth out and calm down. My body is wanting more movement, and for the most part I haven't really wanted food that isn't part of my plan. Best of all though… is a major breakthrough in ideas around my art :) I have no idea how related that is to this, but it's been intense. My "doing things" motivation is growing! 

Day 8

Nourishment

  • 8:00--Bone broth, Gut Elixir
  • 10:30--Coffee with coconut milk
  • 12:00--1/2 sweet potato, 2 eggs in coconut oil
  • 5:30--1 cup of in-shell pistachios
  • 7:30--Veggie salad with almonds, steamed broccoli, garlic chicken, 2 large steel head trout fillets, 7 Dates, a cup of coffee--An absolutely wonderful "Erev Shabbat" meal at the Micko household <3
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Cash Check

$26.80--Pistachios, and a case of sardines from Mississippi Market that I special ordered. I'll have my sardine supply met for a while… and I got them on the sale price!

Conditioning 

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Day 7

Mental Status

In a word: excited. It's official, my friend Lynn Maderich (who makes the BEST liver ever… and sauerkraut… and kombucha… and paintings…. :) and I are officially Gut Buddies! We joined The American Gut Project and will be not only getting our microbiomes tested, but we will also be contributing to this developing body of information on how our inner ecosystems relate to our lifestyles and food choices. …How cool is that??? 

Nourishment

My beautiful plate! (Next time I know to bring a better camera than just my iPod--this picture doesn't begin to do the meal justice.)

My beautiful plate! (Next time I know to bring a better camera than just my iPod--this picture doesn't begin to do the meal justice.)

  • 8:00--Bone Broth, Gut Elixir, Milk Thistle Tincture, Banana
  • 2:00--Kombucha, Green banana
  • (4:30--Bikram)
  • 7:30--Lynne's cooking put on magnificent display: after tasting her homemade fermented ketchup (SO good--the store-bought stuff tastes like plastic tomato flavored slime in comparison) we dined on braised liver that had been soaked in lemon juice, drained and dried, and tossed in organic blue cornflour--easily the best liver I've had (I'm STILL am amazed at how tender it was!) steamed kale dripping in raw butter, an assortment of gourmet olives, crispy bacon, a pile of delicious onions that had been cooked in its drippings, a side of purple sauerkraut (alway guaranteed delicious) and, of course, champagne flutes filled with perfectly tart and tangy kombucha tea, of Lynn's own making. … she even gave me the baby scobys at the bottom :) That was the most lingered-over meal I've experience in a while--thank you to a wonderful cook, host… and gut buddy :) Ideal initiation meal.  

Cash Check 

$95--Donation to the American Gut Project ($90) kombucha and a banana

Conditioning

Bikram Yoga. For as challenging as my Sunday class was, today may have been the best class I've had. The whole series felt natural, and I was able to push myself hard throughout the 90 minutes in every pose. It wasn't as hot as it often is, but I still worked up something of a sweat. This particular day of practicing was encouraging in a deep way :) I'm hoping to get in 6 or 7 days of consecutive practice in the near future--today was inspiring!

Day 4

Mental Status

It's 3 in the morning on what is technically Day 5. That is all. 

Nourishment

Spyhouse Northeast

Spyhouse Northeast

  • 7:30--Glutathione, Coconut Vinegar with oregano oil 
  • (7:50--Bodyrock)
  • 8:15--Gut Elixer (with 3 oz. coconut water instead of kombucha) banana, 3 eggs in ghee, 2 lil pickled herring filets 
  • 9:45--16 oz. coffee w/ 1/3 c. coconut milk… that I mixed with the burnt remnants of yesterday's coffee pot. I learned later in the day that burnt coffee not only tastes awful but is also not something to put in your body. Oops! Another day on the learning curve of life. 
  • 12:15--BRASAAAAAA! I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my friends and fellow artists Louise and Kenny. We began the meal with Crispy Yuca (which I have a sinking suspicion is cooked in some sort of vegetable oil. Note to self: rare treat.) And followed with some amazing rotisserie chicken, cartilage, joints, and all <3 OM NOM
  • 3:00--Chaga Tea (magical mushroom tea that will make me live forever)
  • 5:00--10 oz decaf coffee at Spyhouse with my precious friend Diane :) Quite possibly the most wonderful cup of decaf I have had ever. 
  • 9:00--a carrot, large onion, 1/2 sweet potato, leeks, bone broth and lamb liver in ghee, kombucha
  • … an unnamed hour--banana and 1 TBSP coconut oil, milk thistle tincture

Cash Check

$9--Coffee, Brasa 

Conditioning

Bodyrock: 550 Rep Challenge--I can already feel the "muscle awareness" (the term my lil cousin and I came up with for "sore") and a return of my leg muscles! 

PS

Goodnight :)

Day 3

Mental Status

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I got 8 whole hours of sleep!! And felt friggin fantastic… until about 5:00 pm, but I'll get to that later ;) I had a 6-hour-straight day of painting (which, I promise you, can be mentally exhausting) and was charged for it. My model Phlaurel and I listened to a fascinating Radiolab podcast on (wait for it...) sleep! Definitely recommend it as an interesting listen. It also added to my mental arsenal of reasons-why-sleep-deprivation-is-a-bad-choice.

Which is a legitimate segment of the brain. 

Nourishment

My, um, adorable (?) homemade cozy. Which is actually a potholder and twine (born of necessity after my travel mug cracked from too much hot/freeze action.) …I've actually grown quite fond of it :)

My, um, adorable (?) homemade cozy. Which is actually a potholder and twine (born of necessity after my travel mug cracked from too much hot/freeze action.) …I've actually grown quite fond of it :)

  • 8:30--Bone Broth, Gut Elixir--Kombucha, Unmodified Potato Starch, Lewis Lab Brewer's Yeast
  • 11:00-3:00--3/4 can coconut milk (yup. almost a whole can of the super high fat concentrated stuff that's supposed to be for cooking. It's the first time I had it and was not expecting that degree of glorious deliciousness) and 32ishhh oz. coffee. The coconut milk was intended to be for the coffee… but somehow it just kept disappearing right out of the can. Odd.
  • 6:30--1 TBSP of ghee (or "clarified butter".) I had it in my car from stopping at the store earlier, and had just gotten out of yoga. There was some serious I-need-food-now going on and I am not ashamed to admit that I used a broken plastic fork at the bottom of my center console to retrieve the ghee. Desperate times. Then I got home and hammered a banana, a giant Minnesota carrot and 6 oz. of coconut water. 
  • 10:00--A big cup of Healthy Fast tea, a grapefruit (I got the whole peel off in one piece, JUST incase anyone was wondering ;) a bit of raw ginger, 1 tsp ghee, and about 20 drops of a milk thistle tincture.
  • This is just a bullet point where I am going to acknowledge that today was a "fasting" day. As in, it definitely wasn't :P I still ate far less than usual, but I'm not sure I actually got the digestive rest that comes with intermittent fasting. 

Cash Check

$9--Coconut Milk, Ghee, Grapefruit, Bananas

Conditioning

One can see why fainting during a backbend would be an unfortunate occurrence.

One can see why fainting during a backbend would be an unfortunate occurrence.

Bikram.

I say that word with fear and reverence. Last night's 4:30 yoga class probably the hardest I've had. Harder than the double I did a week and a half ago at the END of a fasting day (I did a 4:30 class and immediately a 6:30 class.) Last night was ridiculous. I had to sit out on a lot of the poses, and nearly felt like I was going to faint after the first backbend of the warmup series. 

I've had a similar (though not as intense) experience before. The culprit is absolutely coffee. To drink that much coffee AND fast (kind of) before yoga is a poor choice that results in near-fainting experiences. 

At least now I know for sure! 

Day 2

So… it's actually Day 4. I've been keeping track of my food and exercise, but I've been trying to decide on a format daily posts. I figured it out: 

  • Mental Status: How I feel that day (on a scale of, say… "Walking Dead" to "Superhuman") and any notable changes in my general state of being. I'm definitely expecting a roller coaster as my body goes through sugar withdrawals and other shifts in function. (Whole9Life has a great article on the bumps and struggles to expect.)
  • Nourishment: A recap of what I ate and at what time. As I write articles on different foods in my daily regimen, I'll link the food to its description. 
  • Cash Check: How much I spent on food that day. At the end of this whole thing I want to be able to analyze my spending habits and figure out how to hone in on ways to be more cost effective. 
  • Conditioning: Exercise--what I did, when I did it, and (possibly) why I did that routine at that time.
  • P.S. Concluding thoughts, if any.

Good. I feel much better with that being clarified :) And without further ado, Day 2!

Mental Status

Me :P

Me :P

It was all so long ago… Honestly. It was day that required alertness while (again) running on less than optimal amounts of sleep. Definitely closer to "walking dead" than "superhuman." I can tell my body is going through some serious purification--it's a weird combination of exhausting and energizing that has me a bit off kilter. For a while it was also really busy at The Barbary Fig (where I'm a server) so collapsing into my warm, happy bed was a wonderful experience.

I'm starting to think that my next post needs to be on sleep. Maybe I can convince myself of its necessity :P

I get my eggs from  Prairie Pride Farms  at the Farmer's Market in Downtown St. Paul. SO good. See that yolk hiding there? Perfect for dipping sweet potatoes :)&nbsp;

I get my eggs from Prairie Pride Farms at the Farmer's Market in Downtown St. Paul. SO good. See that yolk hiding there? Perfect for dipping sweet potatoes :) 

Nourishment

  • 8:30--Glutathione, 2 TBSP Butter, Gut Elixir--Kombucha, Potato Starch, Lewis Lab Brewer's Yeast
  • 10:00--Exercise (see below)
  • 10:30--1 cup Bone Broth, sweet potato and leeks in coconut oil with 3 eggs in butter, carrot
  • 11:30--Yogi's "Fasting Health" Tea
  • 4:30--Banana w/ coconut oil
  • 5:15--Salad: Kale and cilantro, dulse flakes, coconut vinegar, and sardines in lemon juice and olive oil, a few sips of kombucha
  • 7:00--A couple bites of octopus
  • 9:00--A few slices of leg of lamb over carrot puree with a date in some reduced stock
  • 10:30--2 fillets of pickled herring, raw ginger

Cash Check

HA! Nothing. $0 dollars. 

Conditioning 

After 2 months of an exercise routine consisting almost entirely of 4 to 7 Bikram Yoga sessions a week (a 90 minute yoga practice in a humid room that hovers between 100 and 110 degrees) I'm getting back to incorporating a touch of running and regular Bodyrock workouts. It feels amazing to be doing some intense strength work with a newly aligned and refreshed body!

Now that I'm working other things back in, I'm attempting to do my yoga towards the beginning of my fasting, and Bodyrock HIIT (hyper intense interval training) workouts right before I break the fast when the  Human Growth Hormone (according to what I've read on IntFasting) is at it's highest (according to what I've read on Intermittent Fasting.) I've been taking a glutathione drink-thingy from Ocean Avenue--a company my wonderful Mama has been working with--before doing my Bodyrock, and then having a big protein-rich breakfast right afterwards to maximize the benefits of each session. This was my Saturday HIIT--click on the title for the video:

Fully Stacked Abs

Thank you Lisa for your creative titles <3 Btw, I did modify it a little bit--in place of the last 4 exercises I just did a round of plank jacks (in plank position jumping your feet in and out) to make it 12 minutes instead of 18. 

PS

I'm definitely still finding my rhythm--changing habits is hard, but I'm looking forward to having new habits. Beyond that, even,  I'm hoping to shift my body/inner child's desires from things that have long-term harmful effects to truly having my momentary desires align with what is life-giving. 

…for now I'll have to depend on will power and cyber accountability.

Day 1

I kept trying to put "sleep" add-ons into the title. "SLEEP." "…who needs sleep?" I think I'm trying to tell myself to go to bed, and I will... in a minute. I'm about a third of the way through Your Personal Paleo Code and am enjoying the refresher on Omega 3s and 6s, as well as learning a lot of new info. This book is amazing, btw--it's like a super organized, distilled version of everything that is essential to know about health. Thank you Chris!!

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Basic Run-Down:

  • 8:15--woke up (after going to bed at 3:30…) had a cup of bone broth and my morning coconut vinegar/oregano oil combo (about 3 TBSP vinegar and 4 drops oregano oil in water)
  • Picked up a bottle of kombucha on the way to school and drank half… then added 4 TBSP of raw potato starch and Lewis Lab's Brewer's Yeast. More on that later :)
  • Also picked up Yogi's "Fasting Health" tea and had a few cups at school--and no coffee!! 
  • Spent the afternoon at home (I'll be in all weekend at school) and took a 2 hour nap, then had about 1 TBSP of coconut oil, and…. ummm…. 4ish TBSP of butter. Delicious, pastured, organic, cultured butter. :l There. I said it. I needed energy before work, and was just going to have a bite. And I left it out on the counter--a very intentional move by my subconscious ;) Could be worse!
  • Went to work and then stopped at Mississippi Market to do my grocery shopping for the week on my way home. Snacked on some raw kale and a carrot while putting away groceries :) And maybe a fillet or two of pickled herring. Shhhh….
Definitely&nbsp; science experiment material...

Definitely science experiment material...

Food

  • Bone Broth
  • Coconut Vinegar and Oregano Oil Tonic
  • Kombucha with Potato Starch and Brewer's Yeast
  • Coconut Oil
  • Butter
  • Kale
  • Carrot
  • 1 oz pickled herring

Total Day's Food Spending: $80.21