Mama Life

#NSNGlife The Journey

It quickly became clear to me that my diet was failing me when doctors could not diagnose my constant aches, exhaustion and weight gain. Indulgences became the norm and I knew that certain foods would cause certain reactions.  After having my daughter and gall stone surgery three months apart, all while enduring a painfully strict no-fat diet to try and thwart a gall-stone attack, I quickly abandoned any good habits I gained during the pregnancy and quickly let myself go.

Going ‘no sugar no grain’ or keto was something I started to experiment with after researching common causes to chronic pain,  I quickly learned that sugar was my biggest obstacle to tackle. I began to realize, while slowly incorporating better habits, just how much sugar I was consuming on a daily basis.

I relied on sugar to make myself feel better emotionally. Stress relief became a priority and my self-care routine revolved around instant gratification through food. My weight gain after my surgery was rapid and out of control. I thought a work out routine would slow the gain, however I soon suffered an injury that helped kick my weight gain into high gear. During my pregnancy I reached 205lbs, I averaged 165 for most of my 30’s. I quickly beat that number within 6 months and felt my body suffer the consequences.

After returning to a more active lifestyle once my injury healed, I researched more about changing my eating habits. The idea of “no sugar no grains” or NSNG, felt approachable because I did not have to dismiss fat, and instead tackle sugar, which I discovered was just in every single meal I consumed. Pizza, quinoa, root veggies, bread, cookies, coffee with 5 teaspoons of sugar, I was overloaded on sugar. After realizing my active lifestyle was only getting me so far with regards to weight loss, I jumped right in to NSNG. There were things I started to back away from during the research phase, but then one day, after feeling particularly achy in my joints, I made a much bigger commitment to making this a long term journey.

It started with cutting everything bread, everything grain, everything root veggie, everything tropical fruit, and focused on greens, berries, meats, fish. The only thing I couldn’t commit to was eliminating sugar in my coffee. So I went ahead, tried my first week, with my only daily sugar coming from my large coffee each day. I lost 7 lbs. I felt good about it. Somewhere in the middle of week 2 I felt so good I tried one spoon of sugar in my coffee. The very next day I cut sugar completely. I felt GREAT. I stuck it through and I lost 40 lbs in 6 months. Avocados, rainbow chard, almond flour, grass fed meats/dairy and coconuts became my best friends.

One of the lessons I learned was from Vinnie Tortorich, who developed the NSNG movement and is a fierce voice for empowering people to , one was called ‘Live a Little’. There will undoubtedly be moments when there are celebratory cake, or a drink with a friend, a meal at an event that was not devoid of sugar sources. Choosing my moment, and remaining focused before and after it, knowing I can participate a bit here and there and not feel awkward or fall off the horse was particularly empowering. During this past holiday season I had to make a few hard choices, and there were occasions where I made sure my day was on track and I would allow for one “treat” or one meal to be permissible. I knew I might even gain a tiny bit of weight since there were many celebrations to wade through over the last 30 days. Now that I am past it I am very proud that I only managed to gain three pounds and am already back to where I was before the onslaught of festivities.

Although I just recently started this journey, I am also very excited with how I feel. Clarity, pain-free, satiated, peaceful, these are some of the benefits I have received from focusing on what I eat. I will be sharing new recipes focused around NSNG/Keto diets, especially with regards to hosting and snacking, here on The Demitasse Lass. If you are considering this change in lifestyle or have questions, I would love to chat with you!


Exploring Natural Remedies for a Brutal Cold Season

This season has seen its share of raging viruses and unbearable infections, attacking even the most impenetrable immune systems.  Many I know who haven’t seen a cold in years felt it this year.  As I navigate my second head cold of the year I want to take a moment to navigate an array of different natural treatments of my common cold symptoms.

One of my favorite food remedies for any kind of sickness is chicken soup, something I cannot live without when I am feeling unwell.  I realized how essential chicken soup was for healing during my last head cold. I had already subjected myself to decongestants and cough syrup, however I finally caved and ate fresh chicken soup, and the relief was immediate. I’ll share my favorite recipe later but I must now remember and promise myself that freshly made chicken soup will always be my starting point.

Hot liquids in general have always soothed me during upper respiratory battles.  Since I am also a big fan of tea I have discovered a few different types of tea to me to help with cough, congestion and boosting immunity. I never thought to try a citrus black tea but I have had the most relief from it! One of my new under-the-weather soothing teas is Limoncello black tea from Sipology by Steeped Tea.

Growing up in a Hispanic household I was also treated to a host of unusual remedies with the goal of ridding us of coughs, stomach bugs, lethargy etc. One of my favorite remedies growing up was recommended to me in high school by a classmate that swore mixing honey and liquefied spoonful of raw onion twice a day would help even the worst bouts of congestion. I particularly felt relief from this, and no matter how gross it seems, the combination seemed to help.

My business neighbor, Anel, who runs a pressed juice/smoothie and natural health goods shop (which is a blessing during such a turbulent cold season) recommended that I try to crush clove of garlic into fresh squeezed lemon juice with a drop or two of honey. She advised that this would help me get rid of my sinus infection (because it is a viral infection it means there are no medicines like antibiotics to speed up the healing). So far I must say that today is the first day I feel somewhat normal, I feel like things are loosening and I don’t feel pressure pain, so I am adding this to my list of go-to remedies!

I would love to chat about your favorite remedies and try a few out! Post in the comments below your tried and true natural remedies!