I arrived at school at 6:20 this morning and left at 5:50 this evening.  I will be back up at 5:00 in the morning to start again.  I have hours of school tasks that I could do tonight, but I am not sure that even want to open my bag. 

So perhaps I will spend some time on Turbo Teacher instead (!!!) 

It has been a while since I have shared food pictures – which I used to do all the time on Turbo Teacher.  I will share my eats for the day ~

Breakfast –> Organic Gala apple — IMG_1419

I ate this apple on my way to school – around 6:00 this morning.  By my prep time @ 9:00, I was hungry again already, so I had another apple.

Lunch –> Greenberry Shakeology Shake – Love!IMG_1420

I was so hungry by the time I got home from school this evening!  I made an extra large, gigantic salad with lots of healthy toppings.

Dinner –> Extra large, gigantic salad —IMG_1414IMG_1416

On the side, I had a whole wheat (low carb / high fiber) tortilla that I put in the oven for three minutes – I added cheese and dipped it in pizza sauce.

On the salad, I added eggs, chicken, bacon bits, carrots, green onion, green pepper, and Italian dressing – Holy delicious!

Dessert –> Fresh strawberries & blackberries —IMG_1421

I have been trying to learn more about how to keep my diet natural and clean.  I have done a lot of reading about the Paleo diet, which is all over Pinterest – I like the idea of Paleo, and it reminds me of a book I love.

I want to give my body the foods it was made for.  Does that sound strange? Our bodies were not created for all the millions billions of chemicals found in many of the foods available today.  The chemicals found in these foods cannot be healthy for our bodies, even though when we see “sugar free” and “fat free” we automatically think it must be the healthy option.  Who knows what these chemicals are doing inside of us? 

“The Happiness Diet” is a book that has truly made me stop and think about the foods I am putting into my body –>IMG_1422

This book talks a lot about the Modern American Diet (MAD) and how it has changed over the past several generations ––

“Another bonus that comes from following this diet is serious weight loss.  It is almost impossible not to lose weight once you step off the MAD merry-go-round of sugar crashes and cravings.”

“It might be surprising to hear, but sugar is a relatively new food in our diet.  For the vast majority of human existence, no one had access to this sweet substance.  But over the course of the last 500 years we’ve slowly consumed more and more, until we now find it in nearly every processed food in the grocery store.” —>IMG_1423[1]

“Throughout the past one hundred years, for many Americans margarine was the top source of trans fat, a man-made substance created in vegetable oil processing that is now known to greatly increase your risk of depression and heart disease.  New to our bodies, these fats have a different shape than natural fats; once incorporated into our cells, they essentially act like sand in our biochemical gears, promoting heart disease, diabetes, obesity, infertility and Alzheimer’s disease.”

“Top 100 Reasons to Avoid Processed Foods – #12: The ingredient list for low-fat Dannon Fruit on the Bottom strawberry yogurt does contain strawberries… followed by sugar, fructose syrup, and high fructose corn syrup.”

I am so thankful to a great friend who recommended this book to me.  I have found it incredibly interesting and it has taught me a lot about the Modern American Diet.  I could share so much more tonight because this stuff is so interesting to me, but I am going to stop here.

Have a wonderful evening!  Tomorrow is Hump Day!Fitness 3Beauty

^ I love, love, love this warning!

Love, ~Ann