a bit off the wagon

Maybe it’s the darkness, the holidays, or stress, but I’ve been off the wagon for the last week. My clothes are a tiny bit more snug but I have only gained back 2 pounds. I was spending so much time thinking, writing, and reading about food that I stopped paying attention to my job and got way behind on grading. I have to find a balance though, set a schedule for when my energies go to which place.

So today is my first day wholly back on the wagon. My food is all set, I am blogging to get my head back in it. I’ll catch up on everything else once I submit grades. I need to make it through the next few days and then make sure I have a great plan in place for vacation.

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Denise Minger

Welcome to my “Forks Over Knives” analysis, AKA the longest movie review you’ll ever attempt to read. Thanks for stopping by! In case you aren’t yet convinced that I’ve made it my life’s mission to critique everything related to T. Colin Campbell, this should seal the deal.

As most of you probably know, a documentary called “Forks Over Knives” recently hit the theaters after months of private screenings. Vegans everywhere are swooning, giddy that their message is now animated, narrated, and on sale for $14.99. Proud meat-eaters are less enthused, sometimes hilariously so. The film’s producers call it a movie that “examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.” Roger Ebert calls it “a movie that could save your life.” I call it a movie that…

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I’m currently doing my second Whole 30. My focus this time is on eating A LOT of vegetables with each meal, not just protein. Hmm, I should start adding photos of my meals to this blog.


30 days ago I began a journey that has taken me farther into myself then I knew I could go. Today it ends, and I would like to take you inside my journey and share with you how it has changed my diet, my health, and my spirit.

The Process: Around 9 months ago I decided to change my diet to one based on a Paleo framework. I spent years looking at different diets and my paleo adventure has finally landed me on solid ground. I “gave up” so many foods that I felt I was doing about as much as I could for my health. Despite that, I still had a few strongholds; the biggest of which was Diet Dr. Pepper.

For months I have been recommending a dietary challenge to patients that were interested based on Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s Whole 30. I would normally feel somewhat…

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No off days

I had a wonderful green juice this morning for breakfast and two brown rice cakes with almond butter.

For lunch we got Moose’s Tooth pizza. Fantastic quality and delicious, but I don’t remember the last time I felt so sick. Maybe when I had the flu in the fall?
No more bread. No more meat. Ugh.

Okay, back to it

I don’t really understand why it’s so hard to stick to a new eating plan.

Anyway, after beginning a couple of weeks ago I immediately fell back off the wagon. Changing habits is a struggle even when you know that your bad habits are slowly killing you. But then my cousin’s husband died. A student’s brother committed suicide. My grandfather is back in the hospital. And so I was reminded that life is short.

The bottom line is that I weigh too much. My skin is a mess lately. I don’t have enough energy. Last Monday was the 23rd, exactly three months until my 41st birthday. So I switched to about 70% plants and only a little bit of “bad” stuff. On Saturday night I hung out with friends and snacked on the food that other people brought. I didn’t drink but I woke up on Sunday morning feeling hungover. It took massive amounts of water, a little coffee, and a few crackers  to get me to start feeling normal. I need to start eating better.

So, yesterday I ate about 90% – 95% healthy.

For breakfast I had a green juice (1/2 cucumber, spinach, parsley). Lunch was roasted vegetables (asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, sweet potatoes, beets) and I had a very small handful on M&Ms. After school I had some dark chocolate with almond butter (to satisfy a Reese’s craving) and a brown rice cake with a little more almond butter. Dinner was more roasted veg with another brown rice cake.

And today I am on track again. 🙂

I’ve lost 2 pounds since last Monday. I’ve found that writing the other blog has kept me sticking to my “green” goals so I’m hoping this one will help me stick to my health goals.

Rules for now:

90% vegetables

little to no dairy

green juice every morning

no bread

no meat

eggs are okay

coconut oil is okay

lots of water

max of two cups of coffee per day

And in 2.5 weeks I am going on a vegetable juice fast for 10 days.

Food Diary 4/13

Is it ominous that I am starting this on Friday the 13th?

Last night I cooked a lot of vegetables, something that I need to be more in the habit of because it makes life a lot easier at work.


2 cups black coffee

2/3 cup cooked oats with seeds


1 1/2 cups veggies, roasted with coconut oil, salt, and pepper (sweet potatoes, beets, asparagus, Brussels sprouts)

bag of DOLE spinach salad

black tea

Four tiny Reese’s cups (uh oh)
1/4 cup raisins (better!)

Egg sandwich on whole grain bread