DASHing and it feels so good!

Hi Everyone! So as you all know I started my first day last Friday. I gave a quick recap of day #1 in my other post. So here’s 2,3, and start of day 4.


      Day #2 was good. Still working on getting my water in. My breakfast was onions, peppers, and brussels sprouts with a sunny side up egg flipped over. Didn’t need anything extra since all that ooey gooeyness from the egg does wonders. (Yes, I made up my own word. Live with it! LOL)

     Snack time I had a cupful of raw carrots and some crab meat. It filled me until lunch.


     Lunch was so tasty that I can’t wait to make it again! My 9 month old, Grayson, ate his whole bowl, finished Joseph’s, and then had the last scoop out of mine. I used a bag of the Hanover Garlic & Herb riced Cauliflower 1 cup is a serving the whole bag is 2.5 cups and Barilla Traditional Basil Pesto Sauce sauce 1/4 cup. I threw in some mushrooms and a little bit of low-fat mozzarella cheese from Shop-Rite. OMG! What an explosion of flavor in your mouth. It felt like there was a party going on in my mouth to my belly! SOOOO GOOD!

    Snack I had a side salad with Italian Dressing. It was yummy and held me over until dinner.

    Dinner came around and I forgot to take a picture, because my tummy was starting to growl. We had meatloaf. Now, you’re probably thinking, “NO, DON’T DO THAT?!” Well, I did, and I made it healthier. I’ll have to post the recipe (it’s my own) next time I make it.

    My last snack for the night was a cup of low-fat yogurt. It was just enough that I wasn’t craving anything else.

    Yesterday, Oh boy, Oh boy! My husband originally wanted to make french toast from scratch for the boys and himself. I said I was completely fine with it. He decided to give Chase two waffles (Eggos Spider-man) and some blueberries and strawberries. Grayson got Shop-Rite’s french toast sticks and fruit too.

    I woke up the hungriest, but I still stuck to it. I had two eggs scrabbled with mushrooms, low-fat mozzarella cheese, and one sausage no casing. It was yummy, but I’m honestly getting bored with the eggs. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

     Snack time was a cup of carrot sticks. Didn’t do much, and I was hungry an hour and a half later.

     Lunch time was another good one, BUT I need to experiment more with flavors. I used the Hanover Broccoli Riced the whole bag with two tablespoons of Italian Dressing and I did not feel an ounce of guilt! I do wish I flavored the “rice” a little bit with seasoning, but it was still good. It did it’s job to fill me up.

     The second snack of the day was just straight crab meat. Yum. You don’t need to tell me twice to eat my fish and shellfish. I can’t get enough of it. Yes, maybe crab is not the “best choice” to pick, but it’s a hell of a lot better than ordering a Big Mac or a $5 taco box. Those were always my go-to.

      Last night, we didn’t feel like cooking so we ordered from the pizza place. I got a large tossed salad and I added low-fat mozzarella, mushrooms, and crab meat with my Italian dressing. They sent it with creamy Italian, but I skipped that. It filled me up. It came with lettuce (obviously), carrots, olives, and cucumbers. I still don’t like olives. I gave my green olives to my Mother-in-Law and tried to swallow down diced black olives. Ugh, that was a total fail.

     Not going to lie. I was drooling and staring at my husband eating. I know, creepy. He got an eggplant parmesan hero AND a slice of white pizza. It looked glorious. Now, before someone jumps on the, “Wow! He doesn’t show any support!” Let me make this clear my Mother-in-Law is doing the DASH diet with me. Not as strict as I am, but she doesn’t need too. My husband on the other hand can eat whatever he pleases to eat. He got blessed with those kind of genes. He supports me so much and talks me up so much. Just the other night I was hard on myself, and he was the one that gave me the pep-talk that I needed. So yes, he does support me, and I will continue to stare at him like a dog drooling at his food choices. He didn’t put me in this position; I did.

     I was full from dinner still that I didn’t eat anything last night.

     So today, I realized, I suck. One of my new year’s resolution goals what to be off the phone and computer more and be “in” the moment. Well, those “in the moment” I forget to take pictures of my food and myself. I did learn today that I am down 4.4 lbs already. Which is awesome! I woke up with a new outlook on this DASH program. I do need to come up with different recipes. I did find a site, but it’s more focused on stage 2 so I’ll have to tweak it for now. I’m contemplating extending phase 1 longer than two weeks. Like the South Beach diet if you need to lose weight you can do 1 month then switch to phase 2. If you’re obese, which I’m considered, I can do phase 1 for two months. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do. My husband made the suggestion switch to phase 2 when it’s time and see how it goes. I might do phase 1 for two weeks, phase 2 two weeks, phase 1 two weeks, and see how that goes or just do phase one for 2 months. I’m a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding in September, and I want to not only look but feel good!

    Today was rough, and it wasn’t because of the diet. Joseph’s Grandmother lives upstairs from us, and she fell before 6 a.m. this morning. My Mother-in-Law woke me up from a sound sleep to help get her off the floor. I got her up 1,2,3, but she was really dizzy and saying her legs kept giving out. It brought me rite back to when Joe’s Dad was really sick. A long stressful time. I came back downstairs and Joe’s Mom tried to help her into the bathroom. They didn’t make it. She fell again. We called for an ambulance, and during that time the boys woke up. I had Chase stay with Grayson in their bedroom until the ambulance left. Chase was a live when we would have to put his Pa into the ambulance so he knew to close the door and wait for the, “ALL CLEAR!” So far it seems to be nothing too serious waiting for another test to come back. She is on antibiotics and will probably stay a few days in the hospital to be watched.

       I, obviously, had to stay home with the boys. Joseph stayed at work, because he just got over a nasty cold/flu and didn’t finish his Z-Pack yet. Today is one of those days that I would eat everything in sight. I am very much an emotional eater, but I’ve been good. Water still not strong with me, but I’m building again.

Breakfast was two eggs and cheese omelet and a coffee with sugar free International Delight creamer.  Snack was a cupful of low-fat yogurt. Lunch was peppers, onions, mushrooms, skin-less chicken, with Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb sodium free seasoning and 1/4 cup of low-fat mozzarella cheese. Very tasty. I’m about to go eat my snack for the day. Not sure what it will be yet.

Overall, it is a very easy diet that if I can do it then anyone can. Also, my friend Jean challenged me to a fitbit challenge for the week so I have to make sure I get my steps in!

Theresa Rose

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