The Daily on the Lean and Clean Diet

Dear Reader,

According to the very wise Wikipedia, over 3.8 million people watch Game of Thrones.
I am happy to say that I am finally apart of this statistic.
Being a little late to the GOT party, I have been catching up on HBO, and successfully dodging spoiler alerts (as I do take this extremely seriously) because wow… not only is this show beyond aesthetically pleasing, but it has a story line that keeps me crying for days.  My favorite character Daenerys Targaryen, or Khaleesi is played by the stunning Emilia Clarke. Throughout the show, we see Clarkes character develop into a strong queen. Not only am I a big fan of the platinum hair, the beautiful braids, and the gorgeous costume design, I really love what Khaleesi stands for. Also… Drago… one of the hottest things I have ever seen in my entire life… until he dies, that episode was quite a devastation for woman everywhere. Khaleesi’s character blossoms overtime as audiences watch with wide eyes as she stands up for woman, fights for love, and demonstrates  how a strong, empowered female can kick ass, and look amazing whilst getting her hands dirty. Khaleesi’s outfits also develop and change and we see her  in all forms of dress. From loose shifts to mad max looking desert attire, to beautiful dresses to combat wear. Wearing a costume like that inspired me to start doing research on diet plans from the show ( If I am going to fit into something like that for Halloween I need to start working for it now).  I wanted to see how I could bring a little bit of the GOT spirit into my own life.

Since my paleo diet posts had a really positive response, I went on a google hunt, in search of an official Game of Thrones diet. I thought maybe a nutritionist would have worked with all of the cast members, or something would have been out there that they did on set. Nope. Seeing as GOT also takes place in imaginary lands, there is no official diet to follow from the actual world the show takes place. So I turned to Clarke for help. After doing a little research on how she eats I found out that she follows a diet plan called Clean and lean. It was created by James Duigan. The basic principals of the diet are to cleanse your body of toxins and eat foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. It is a diet/ lifestyle approach that is meant to be seen as a new way of living, not a punishment, trend, or a quick fix. The rules are as follows …

1. Meals should include three key elements: protein, fat, and vegetables

2. Foods you buy shouldn’t have listed ingredients that are long and unrecognizable

3. Limit Caffeine, and alcohol intake

4. No processed foods

5. Stay away from refined sugars, and white flour carbs ( Pasta, white bread)

6. Drinks lots of water

7. Main objective: Replace foods/snacks that are normally filled with sugar and ingredients that pump your body with subsequent toxins creating problems areas, with healthy food that will help you cleanse and stay running smoothly

Duigan also encourages lowering your stress levels.

Thank you Emilia Clarke! I have decided to try and integrate some of these tips and rules into my own diet and eating habits.Hopefully I’ll start to resemble Khaleesi? I know that’s unrealistic, but maybe I will start to feel like a happier, healthier Kimmie? In a way, that would make me more like Khaleesi then not. Standing up for your body in the college dining hall by not eating the cupcake, I feel would make her proud.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Mom can I maybe go a few shades lighter? ( Get It? Cause Khaleesi? She has cool white hair! Yup you probably get it.)

Yours Truly,

Daily Kimmie

The Daily on the Paleo Diet in a College Atmosphere (Final Takeaways)

Dear Reader,

First off being on any diet is difficult, but Paleo (with the smell of warm bread and a soft serve machine only a few steps away) was extra hard. Paleo is not for the weak of mind, it requires a large amount of discipline … followed by some more self control, sprinkled with some will power right on top. Trying paleo out in a college cafeteria definitely gave me more of a challenge. Right off the bat I would like to say I tried my hardest. Vegan, gluten free and dairy free options are all thankfully available to students in certain areas of the dining hall, but unfortunately there is not a section for an extreme ancient diet. Therefore, I had to make a few exceptions and just eat. Though I did stay true to some of the rules. I did not eat straight bread, any diary and I tried my hardest to eat as many veggies as possible. That being said, I would like to note that eggs and fruit in the morning were my saving grace, followed by soup and smoothies for lunch and dinner. Bending the rules, all though I felt guilty about it,  was definitely unavoidable in some situations. For example,  sometimes you would have gluten free rice, but there would be some barbeque sauce on the top. I doubt cavemen were feasting on sugary barbeque but that’s what I mean when I say this diet wasn’t very flexible towards a college students life. If I were living at home, I’d go to my local grocery store, stock up on all things Paleo and without a doubt this would have been a much easier diet to handle and keep control of. As of right now I am not sticking with the hunter gatherer diet, yet I did learn a few things along the way that made me feel much better in clothes, and more energized during the day. My first takeaway is I did not bloat… at all. This diet is so clean, and leaves you feeling really healthy. You don’t swell easy and you feel lighter on your feet. Second takeaway is eating less stocky bread promotes good digestion, and really when it comes down to it, Paleo teaches you that not everything has to be breaded, fried, or smacked in the middle of a sandwich. Lean meat and veggies is extremely satisfying and motivates you to eat just as healthy at the next meal because of how good you feel from the last. I rarely felt hungry, and the temptations started to fade after a while. Lastly, if your going to do Paleo try it with a friend. As I was going through the motions with this diet  I realized if I had a friend with me, it might have been more fun to go to the dining hall and figure out how to eat. It would have been good to have a touch stone, someone to relate to throughout this experience. Overall, if your thinking about trying this diet, I recommend waiting till you have some free time and a long break to really hunker down and commit. It is hard, but its not impossible. I am really glad I tried it and now I am going to make a few small changes to my normal diet to make it lightly more cavemen friendly because I loved the way it made me feel, inside and out.  Below I put up a few pictures of what I ate throughout the week. Hope you enjoyed this update.

Yours Truly,

Daily Kimmie

 

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Morning Egg Omelet
smoothie
Lunch Mango Smoothie
snap peas
Snapea Snack

 

The Daily on the Paleo Diet

Dear Reader,

Hello!
It feels like forever since I last posted, but recently I went through a huge life change.
I moved about 1500 miles away from home and started college! ( By the way that’s a picture of me looking down at the camera with a scenic background, and the picture came out better then expected hehe)
I won’t go on and on about this, its really not the point of this post, but for my mom who will be reading this, yes I am very happy and I love you. Anyway, one of the classes I signed up for was ” History Through Food”. It is extremely interesting, I love my professor to no end. Every class he brings in some form of food for us to try that relates to the lesson. The first day he brought in a large homemade chocolate cake, took a big slice for himself, and as he was licking the velvety icing off his fingers he started to chuckle, looked up at us and said with a mischievous smile, ” Don’t tell my wife, I am diabetic.” And with that he popped some more cake in his mouth and carried on. Last class he assigned us some reading about the paleo diet. For those who aren’t familiar with this diet, the Paleolithic diet aka the stone age diet and or the cavemen diet, has people eat how hunters and gatherers did before farming modernized how we eat today, with grain. The most important rules of the diet consists of these four steps…
1. No grains
2. No Sugar
3. No processed food
4. No dairy

What you do eat on paleo is mostly meat, veggies, fruit, eggs, nuts, oils, sweet potatoes and yams. Honey is also considered acceptable in some cases.

As I was absorbing all of this information, my overactive imagination sent me on a trip back in time. From images of the Flintstones and the Croods flashing in my head, to wondering when faux fur would be back in style, to very sexy, fit, sweaty cavemen hauling tonight’s dinner over his shoulder, I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if I tried out this diet and put myself in the shoes of a hunter gatherer. And that was it, my curiosity was sparked and now I have decided to try it for a couple of days.  Most of the articles I read told me to give it a full month to see the effect of the diet on your body, but being a college kid, and a lover of cheddar sun chips and cupcakes, I figured around a school week would be a good amount of trial period. So I will be checking  in with my ultimate takeaways by the end of the week, so stay tuned to see what happens! Hopefully a boy that resembles a caveman will meet me on the healthy food line in the dining hall at dinner. Oh how nice that would be.

Yours Truly,

Daily Kimmie

The Daily on the Start of the Fall Equinox

 

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Dear Reader,

Something very exciting happened last night. I walked through  A.C Moore’s pearly gated slide through automatic doors and I immediately made eye contact with the summer flower sale sign. My heart leaped when I realized what that meant. My nose was filled with the scent of pumpkin spice potpourri, as the sight of the newest Halloween decorations and autumn line filled me with childish glee. I was in absolute heaven. The realization hit me that summer is coming to a close and it’s finally time to break out the berry lipsticks and golden eye shadow looks. Even though the first day of fall isn’t until Friday, September Twenty-Second, its to late for me.  I am already in the leave-changing, flannel spirit. So I am happy to announce that until Christmas lights are being hung in my dorm, and I go from cute sneakers to Uggs, it is Autumn on my blog! This means most of what I will be posting is fall inspired. I am very excited to share with you some of my ideas, makeup looks, and all things autumnal as we go through this season together. I hope this quick update will have you “Fall” into the spirit with me.

Yours Truly,
Daily Kimmie