June 29, 2011

Migraine Malaise

I have a migraine. I've had this same migraine for several days. It's come and gone but this morning it was raging. And I think I know the reason for it. I have become seriously dependent on Dr. Pepper. Several years ago, I kicked the habit cold turkey but this time, well this time it's different. I'm already naturally prone to migraines and the whole cold turkey thing is just absolute torture. I stuck it out for the past few days. I have been hydrating myself (dehydration is a major cause of migraines), having balanced meals, using ice packs, resting, not over-exerting myself, and the Mr. has even been massaging my neck and shoulders. I'm also trying to get my caffeine from other sources to try and trick my body into thinking it's getting the good stuff. Kind of like methadone for a soda addict. Y, nada! Nothing is working! I even get Botox ever 4-6 months to help with the problem. I promise it works. Just check it out for yourself. I used to have migraines for weeks at a time. It was terrible. It's helped a ton. My old roommate, T-dawg, has a video of me getting it a few months ago. I'll try to get it and post it here. For the record, I LOVE BOTOX! It keeps the migraines and wrinkles at bay!



Since the cold turkey thing isn't working out for me, I've decided to titrate off the juice. The Mr. is coming home with some of the good nectar. The plan: 2-3 cans a day for a week depending on how I'm feeling, then 2/day for a week, then 1/day for a week. I'm choosing to stop my soda intake not for any weight loss goals, but because I don't like how I feel when I drink too much. It actually causes my migraines to worsen, it dehydrates me, causes me to retain water, and really upsets my stomach when I have it in the evening. It's just not good...this guy gives a good explanation on the negative side-effects of soda.
So it is the beginning of the end for me and soda.
Until our final encounter, I will delight in its fizzy glory.


June 28, 2011

PCS, Protein Pleasure, and iPhone

Clever title, eh?! I am just exhausted beyond whatever is humanly possible and I think I used my last two braincells sometime last week. The movers finally brought our things. I have been trying to unpack and get our life together. Being the food-obsessed savvy girl I am, my kitchen was the absolute #1 thing on my list to unpack. I just wanted to produce something, anything. I haven't cooked or made something in a while and my true self was just longing to stir/blend/chop/grill something...ANYTHING! I feel much better since the kitchen is unpacked and functional. Today I am in love with my blender. That little gem is the reason for my lunch today. I made my absolute favorite protein shake.

Today, I will call her Purple Pleasure! She is delicious, filling, and refreshing. I have her whenever I want to replace a meal, this mostly happens with breakfast. Aside from love, here's what she's made of...

1/2 Banana
1/2 cup Strawberries, 1/4 cup Blueberries
Add more or less of each. Sometimes, my shake looks more pink than purple. Either way, it's still yummy for my tummy!

2 Scoops
This is my favorite protein powder so far. It's not gritty and it's just kind of everything I want. I first found it at Trader Joe's. Now I buy it at Vitamin Shoppe since there isn't a Trader Joe's where I live...BOOO!!! Read more about Aria here.

8-12 oz.
I LOVE Almond Breeze Almond Milk! The powder calls for 8 oz of fluid but I typically add more because of the frozen berries. Learn from my mistake, not adding enough fluid will cause your blender to fry and die! Also, I use either the original flavor or vanilla flavor of the almond milk. It just depends on what is open in the refrigerator.
Don't ask me what the calorie count is. I don't count calories. My concern is that I am getting good food in my body and that I am getting enough protein to sustain me. If you come up with variations of this recipe, please share with me. I'd love to try your version(s)!

Even though I'm home and FUNemployed, lunch has to be quick because I am still surrounded by this...


and this...

and this.

My life is a shit storm of cardboard boxes and packing paper. I swear, I'm just waiting for a body to show up in one of these boxes because I don't recall having this much shit. Oh and the picture above, yeah that's our "guest bedroom." There was barely enough room for me in there to take the picture. I wish we could just burn everything and start over from scratch. Shit!

In better news, the Mr. and I got out a bit this weekend and got me a new toy! Minds out of the gutter...I gots me an iPhone!

Me is happier than a...

Until next time, friends. Be well.

June 15, 2011

Update!

I've been out of commission. Moving across the country while also getting lots of other 'lift stuff' in has just drained me. I will be back with an update and some riveting posts about whats going on. Until then, watch this over and over again for guaranteed laughs...

Be well!

 
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