October 28, 2011

thinking differently about food

we've all heard the saying, "eat to live, don't live to eat"... our family is learning this more & more. recently mike & i did a juice fast because of this documentary. mike lost 35 lbs in 6 weeks! amazing! i'm so so proud of him! i only did the fast for a week & i lost 5 lbs. (just want to get rid of the rest of this baby weight before our life gets super busy again with another little one.) it's crazy how when you start losing weight & feeling better you're more motivated to be healthy & workout. mike & i both are working on being able to do 100 pushups in one sitting, thanks to a handy app we found. :) i'm also doing this workout to help get my belly flat again (seriously mommies... BUY THIS DVD!!!). we've also been on a few bike rides lately... i'm sad that it's getting colder out.
we're also changing our portion sizes!!! now that our stomachs have shrunk from the juicing we get fuller faster. we eat A LOT less! saves money & lbs. ;) we aren't going to eat anything after 7:30pm. i'm going to start making our own coconut milk yogurt, bread, salsa, granola, granola bars, applesauce, tomato sauce (most of which can be made in our super cool vitamix).
NO MORE SUGAR FOR THE BARKERS! wow, i'm learning more how bad refined sugar is for u. here's a great article (she has a TON of good info on her site). we will not be eating refined sugars like granulated white sugar, evaporated cane juice, agave nectar, high fructose corn syrup, etc. instead we will use honey, maple syrup, sucanat, etc. i'm also going to start using coconut oil for cooking... article here. i'm going to soak our flours before i make baked goods so our bodies can digest the wheat easier, read this. we're going to cut way back on our soy intake. also, not going to drink coffee... maybe like rarely. ;)
so grateful for the things the Lord has led our family to. looking forward to better health & being faithful with our bodies.

a few of our favorite resources:
this documentary made us decide to be vegans
super great documentary
great book



Jenn said...

yay :) thanks for all the links, lots of good stuff to read! happy for you guys. hoping to get a juicer for christmas :)

allison barker said...

sweet! what kind are you gonna get?

Jenn said...

i think a champion :) most affordable for us.

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