The GLORY Diet: Controlling Control

What a journey this has been. I knew that things needed to change, but I had no idea why…well, aside from the obvious need for a healthy body. In order to do what God has called me to do and do it well, I NEED to be healthy.

As I shared with you before, for a long time it was all about vanity, looking good and losing weight. Now, it’s also about being healthy and most importantly, honoring God.

We, as Believers, have all heard it before, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirt. We should care for our temples and be sure to make a comfortable home for the Holy Spirit to dwell in.

Filling it with junk, whether it’s food, entertainment, or toxic emotions, can do short term and long term damage to us.

Since I ended the 21 Raw Food Cleanse, I have not been keeping up with a mostly raw diet. Although I have keep most of my meals raw, they have not been balanced nor have I been getting in those much needed vegetables every day.

The crazy part is, my body, soul and spirit has been crying out for what I need. I just haven’t figured out how to get it. Why? Because I want to be in control.

I received so much conviction when reading the article, Cupcake Control,  by Going Beyond Ministries. The author shares how she too knows what changes she should make concerning what she eats and keeping in in balance. But she goes a little deeper and reminds us all of the “thing” that we still struggle to turn over to the Lord of our lives.

Please go here to read the full article and tell me how it has impacted you or what you think I should do to get back on track with honoring my God and myself by following The GLORY Diet.

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved

 


Go for the GOLD!

If you have been following any of the Olympic games, you may have seen many of the highlighted athletes, surpass the expectations and win the coveted gold medal. Some, who had been favorited (I think that’s a word, lol) in there events had both triumphs and failures. And others just could not live up to the pressure and didn’t even place.

But does someone who wins the gold and is dubbed the best in the world at their sport have regrets? Do they sing their nations song and have the medal placed around their neck, while hanging their head in shame?

I would imagine that for most, that moment is like a big payoff for all the hard work and sacrifices they have made to get to that point. And for the ones who place for sliver or bronze, or don’t place at all, often share that the journey, including both the wins and losses along the way, are what make them the best.

Story after story of comebacks and setbacks make those of us who are spectating, fascinated by the effort to make history. Tears of joy and tears of sorrow often stream down the same cheeks as goals are realized and relinquished.

But what stands out for me the most, is that the critiques often have the most to say and never seemed to be pleased by any outcome. They will ALWAYS find something negative to say, even when you are the most decorated olympic champion of all time.

Raising children for God’s glory and for His Kingdom, can seem much like training for the olympics. Although I have never even come close to an olympic workout, I do know that it takes of tremendous sacrifice, long hours of training, consistent and strenuous effort, and battling mental anguish from comments made by critiques and naysayers.

Kingdom Motherhood also requires tremendous sacrifice, often putting dreams on hold, giving up sleep (and beauty), and let’s not even discuss the transformation our bodies go through to carry those precious little ones inside of us.

It requires long hours of training and teaching, grooming and molding little hearts to love and serve God. Not to mention the consistent and strenuous effort it takes to hear from God clearly, concerning the “way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6), and prescribing discipline for them and ourselves.

Then there’s the spiritual and mental anguish we often encounter from the voices of our enemy, critiques and naysayers, telling us that we can’t win, we aren’t good enough and we will fail, and that our hair doesn’t look right.

All in all, we are training for a much better prize than a gold medal. It’s the prize of the high calling of Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:14) to raise up Godly seed in the earth. Our Gold medal is hearing “well done,” and receiving our victor’s crown of life (James 1:12).

Job 23:10 makes it clear for us to see what our gold medal really is:

“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” 

We are the gold, when give the glory to our God. When we, along with our children, have become transformed by His Spirit and we surrender our lives to Him, we become the prize.

So when our bodies hurt and get bruised, let’s remember we are going for gold. When we are going through criticism from those who were supposed to be our biggest cheerleaders, let’s remember we are going for gold.

When we get tired, weary, worn out and feel like quitting, let’s remember that we are being refined by the Father’s fire and we will come out as gold.

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved

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The GLORY Diet Week 6 and 7 Update

So, it’s been a while. I was very busy last week with Vacation Bible School for the children and a home education and discipleship event for me (posts coming soon).

My attempt to go from doing the 28 Day Raw Transition right into the 21 Day Raw Cleanse, did not go as planned. But I can say that I have kept up healthy eating and did much better than I ever have in the past with maintaining my eating and my weight (YEAH ME!!!).

I had to pray and reevaluate what was the most important and what I discovered is that I was trying to go from 0 to 1000 in sixty seconds. I was trying to do too much too fast, instead of trusting the Lord to guide my progress.

I have been almost desperate to “get the weight off,” that many times it can become my only focus. But God is more interested in getting the glory, and that really should be my focus.

I’m not sure where I will go from here. I may begin a different program that is more Christian-based, which could be helpful for me spiritually. I will, however, continue with what I am doing and making sure that I get in my workouts, walks and healthy raw foods, everyday.

Tell me what you think about what I have posted in The GLORY Diet series so far and if you want to keep hearing about my progress. I look forward to hearing from you.

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved

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The GLORY Diet Week 5 Update

The last two weeks have been sooooo challenging. I started the 21 Day Raw Cleanse on July 16. After four straight weeks of eating raw, I started to get “tired” of the raw deal. Much of it had to do with my own issues with food, and despite my “determination,” I started to crumble under the pressure.

For me, eating this way is like continual fasting. And after a while, my flesh began to cry out…or should I say..SCREAM. I felt like the Israrelites, in the wildreness, complaiing to God and begging for meat.

Numbers 11: 4, 33-34 (AMP) Read all of Numbers 11

“And the mixed multitude among them [the rabble who followed Israel from Egypt] began to lust greatly [for familiar and dainty food], and the Israelites wept again and said, Who will give us meat to eat?

While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote them with a very great plague. That place was called Kibroth-hattaavah [the graves of sensuous desire], because there they buried the people who lusted, whose physical appetite caused them to sin. [1 Corinthains 10:1-13]“ 

My flesh was like the “mixed multitude,” crying out for familiar food and I like the children of Israel, gave in to the “peer pressure.” I allowed my physical appetite to cause me to sin.

It started with little nibbles of the cooked food I was making for my family. You know, so I could “taste it,” to be sure it was acceptable to serve.

Then it gradually moved on to full blown eating as of this Sunday (well only at dinner).

I don’t know what it is about dinnertime. I do good ALL DAY, and then at dinner, I cave. There’s something about everyone eating together, the same meal, and me eating something different. I’m not sure if it’s just that I don’t want to feel isolated at such an important meal or I have some childhood yearning that went unfulfilled. The jury’s still out on that one.

The program directors tell those who participate that “we don’t beat up on ourselves.” But I began beating all right, and to spiral down into full blown Tyson versus Mayweather.

The emotions were just out of control. I was feeling everything from sadness, to joy, to shame, to guilt, to happiness, to…whatever.

I kept thinking to myself, “I have been doing sooo good. How could I slip????

Let’s be clear, conviction comes from God, but condemnation comes from the enemy. I had become so overwhelmed by guilt and shame that I knew it was time for me to surrender…again.

This is called The GLORY Diet for a reason. For so long it had been all about vanity and whether I was losing weight. The challenges and discipline required to eat any type of restricted food regimen, can only be successful if guided and controlled by the Holy Spirit.

What I have not told you is that in the recent past, someone was controlling the way I ate, and it was not the Lord. Someone had used their “power” that was supposed to help me reach my fitness goals, to manipulate me, all in the name of the Lord.

That pain and the residue of such spiritual manipulation left a sting, and entering the world of restrictions and controls left me right there, facing it head on, all over again.

I need His healing to regain the strength once bestowed on me to do this His way. I need the prayers of others who know what it’s like to have to obey, even when you don’t fully understand.

For much of my life, it’s been all about doing things “right” or perfectly, not making any mistakes. I often miss the whole lesson because I’m so focused on “rightness” that I miss His desire to restore to me His righteousness.

You see, God Looks for Obedience and Reverence from You (and me). It should be for His GLORY. Whatever I eat, whatever I drink, whatever I do, should all be for His GLORY (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Pray for me yall. Better yet, share with me your area of “whatever;” the thing that you need to return to His glory.

Help a sista out.

 

Here’s what I have eaten up until today.

Menu Plan Day 24

Breakfast: OJ (fresh squeezed)

Snack: Blueberry and Banana Salad

Lunch: Raw Tabouli

Dinner: Homemade Corn and Potato Chowder (1/2 cup)

Workouts:

  • 17 Minute Upper Body Workout Video

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 2

Breakfast: Grapefruit Juice

Snack: Bananas and Blueberries

Lunch: Super Mineralizing Salad

Dinner: Raw Mango Pie (mango, pecans, dates)

Workouts:

  • Water Aerobics (15 Minutes)

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 3

Breakfast: OJ Banana Smoothie

Snack: Celery Chowder

Lunch: Raw Apple Pie (1/2 recipe)

Dinner: Raw Collard Green Sun-fry

Workouts:

  • C25K Week 1 Day 1 (25 Minutes)

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water and 30 oz of Hibiscus Tea

 

Menu Plan Day 4

Breakfast: Blueberries and Bananas

Snack: OJ Banana Smoothie

Lunch: Sunflower Seed Pate’ (1/2 cup)

Dinner: Turkey Meatballs (1/2 cup) and Whole Wheat Noodles (1/4 cup)

Workouts:

  • Rest Day

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 5

Breakfast: Grapefruit Juice

Snack: Watermelon Juice

Lunch: Carob Silk (this did not agree with me this time, I ate nothing for the rest of the day)

Workouts:

  • C25K Week 1 Day 2 (25 minutes)

Water: 2 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 6

Breakfast: OJ Banana Smoothie

Snack: Tossed Salad

Lunch: Raw Kale Subs

Dinner: Blueberries and Bananas

I skipped all the cooked food and cake at the event at church today. But totally caved the next day.

Workouts:

  • Rest Day

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 7

Breakfast: Green Juice

Snack: Watermelon

Dinner: Graduation Party Dinner (chicken wings, 1/4 cup baked beans, 1/2 ear corn and 1/2 cup cabbage and fennel slaw)

Workouts:

  • Rest Day

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 8

Breakfast: Bananas

Lunch: Fruit Salad

Dinner: Graduation Party Leftovers and cake

Workouts:

  • Water Aerobics (30 minutes)
  • Bike Ride (30 Minutes)

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 9

Breakfast: Watermelon Juice

Snack: Fruit Salad

Lunch: OJ Banana Smoothie

Dinner: No-Chick-In Nuggets (totally veggie), mixed vegetables, and  cup scalloped potatoes

Workouts:

  • Rest Day

Water: 2 20oz. bottles of water

I will be fasting for the rest of the week. Some things come not out but by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21).

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved


Find Your Voice Part 4

In the past articles in this series, Find Your Voice, I have shared with you the importance of educating your children about staying safe, not only from “stranger danger,” but also from sexual predators.

Another side of the abuse spectrum is physical abuse or sometimes called domestic violence. Many people often associate domestic violence between two adults, typically the male in the relationship being physically and verbally abusive toward the female.

But, domestic violence can occur between various members of a family or household and can be especially devastating when children are caught in the middle.

I recently read an article on Empowering Everyday Women (EEW) Magazine, “Parental Disdain: Revealing the Hidden Ugliness In Our Hearts, written by Rhonda J. Smith, who blogs at Musings of a (Recovering) Strong Black Woman. In the article, she shares recent stories of child abuse made newsworthy because of the people involved, their status, positions or because of the severity of the abuse that had taken place.  But she also challenges our own disdain, as parents who may not have committed these crimes to this magnitude, but are guilty just the same.

She states: “The only way depths of sin can be extracted and discarded is if we identify and search for it, looking externally and internally. The ugliness of this wicked world and, sometimes and in some ways, in our homes, challenges us to look at the ugliness in our own hearts.”

WOW!!! Talk about conviction. But let’s be careful not to allow that to transform into condemnation. No matter what the level of our guilt, repentance is the cure.

We do need to be aware of the disdain in our own hearts. No matter what circumstances may have led to it, we need to be aware of what may fuel it and be in a position to quench it with the quickness.

Please go here to read the full article and let me know what you think about the two things she tells us we should do in order to combat our own parental disdain.

If you have experienced abuse in your past, and you are in need of healing, find your voice and reach out for help.

If you know someone, especially if it is a child, who is being abused, find your voice, and get them some help.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer information, advice, and support. Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) and you can go to www.childhelp.org for more information.

Please pray first, and follow the recommendations given by Childhelp and don’t attempt to take matters into your own hands unless the situation is life threatening.

If you are currently in an abusive relationship, find your voice and get help now. Reach out to trusted people around you, a church or community program and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or go to www.thehotline.org.

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved

 

 


The GLORY Diet Week 4 Update

Ok, so last week was tough. I don’t know if it was because my cycle time, or what, but the emotional rollar coaster sure was open for business and I bought a ticket.

As far as the food goes, it became increasing difficult to stay on track because I had gained some water weight (I was bloated because of that time of the month). I really didn’t have any cravings, I just got tired of eating raw food and restricting myself.

Of course I was obsessed concerned about getting results and making progress, mainly, seeing the numbers on the scale continue to drop, and when that didn’t happen, I think it was more challenging than I thought it was going to be.

I really had to pray and ask the Lord to help my perspective, because I had lost a significant amount of weight up to that point and I would soon be off my cycle and back to seeing results.

Pray for me yall.

Here’s what I ate:

Menu Plan Day 21

Breakfast: 1/2 Fruit Salad

Snack: 1/2 Fruit Salad

Lunch: Almond Parsley Pate’

Dinner: Raw Chocolate Treat (1 oz)

Workouts:

  • 30 Minute Bike Ride

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 22

Breakfast: OJ Banana Smoothie (1/2)

Snack: OJ Banana Smoothie (1/2)

Lunch: Raw Falafels (1/2 recipe)

Dinner: Salad

Workouts:

  • 13 Minute Video

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 23

Breakfast: Fruit Salad (1/2)

Snack: Fruit Salad (1/2)

Lunch: Raw Falafels (1/2 recipe)

Snack: Raw Almond Carob Treat (1 TBSP)

Dinner: Tossed Salad

Workouts:

  • 30 Minute Workout Video

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 24

Breakfast: Green Smoothie (Banana, OJ, Spinach)

Snack: Raw Herbed Cashew Cream Dip with Cucumbers

Lunch: Raw Collard Greens (1/2 Recipe Sun Fry)

Dinner: Raw Collard Greens (1/2 Recipe Sun Fry)

Workouts:

  • 30 Minute Walk
  • 6 Minute Fast Blast Video
  • 30 Minute Bike Ride

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 25

Breakfast: Apple Banana Fruit Salad

Snack: Raw Burgers (cashews, bell pepper, celery, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle)

Dinner: Sun-fry

Workouts: Raw Collard Greens (Sun-Fry)

  • 15 Minute Workout Video

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 26

Breakfast: OJ

Snack: Sprout Salad (This did not sit well with me. I don’t think that I can eat these solo. Mixed in a raw soup, I seem to be ok, but not on their own.)

Lunch: I still did not have an appitie, so I didn’t eat.

Snack: I ate 10 cherries to take the edge off

Dinner: 1/2 Cup Couscous Broccoli and Tuna (This was not raw, but my stomach was doing some strange things, so I ate what I made the family for dinner. I felt of, but didn’t eat anything else.)

Workouts:

  • 27 Minute Workout Video

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 27

Breakfast: Bananas and Blueberries

Snack: Apple Collard Smoothie

Lunch: Raw Peach Pie (same as the mango pie, just with peaches)

Dinner: Mango Salad From Qudoba. (I had never been there before and I was out with a friend, had eaten all the food I brought thinking I would be home before dinner. We went out and I opted for the salad. It did have chicken on it though, Lord help me, lol).

Workouts:

  • Rest Day

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 28

Breakfast: OJ Banana Smoothie

Snack: Grapefruit Juice

Lunch: Raw Cashew Cheesecake

Dinner: 1/4 Rice and Beans

Workouts:

  • I didn’t get a chance to do a workout. I was home from church with sick little ones. Taking care of them was my workout.

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved


The GLORY Diet: Week 3 Update 

It’s going well. I am so excited about the results I am getting. Even though I was eating well before I started the program, since focusing a little more on all raw living foods, and increasing my exercise, I am FINALLY losing some of this excess weight. YEAH!!!!!

I had gotten discouraged after trying so hard in my own strength to get the results I wanted. But once I began to surrender my will and desires for vain glory, and follow His leading for what changes I needed to make, I can now see God’s glory being revealed in my health and nutrition. To God be the GLORY!

I have one more week to go on the 28 Day Raw Transition program and then the 21 Day Raw Cleanse starts. I do believe I will go right into the next program, but I am open to the leading of the Holy Spirit if there is something else that I need to do. Of course I will keep you posted.

Feel free to ask questions or leave comments.

Here what I ate last week:

Menu Plan Day 14

Breakfast: 1/2 Green Smoothie (spinach, orange, banana)

Lunch: 1/2 Green Smoothie (spinach, orange, banana)

I noticed that eating the entire breakfast is a lot for me, but I do get hungry before lunch, so I eat the other half as a snack most days. But on Sundays, it’s a lot more challenging to get my meals in because of church, so I keep it light and do what I gotta do (lol).

Dinner: Raw Veggie Sushi (nori wrapped with tons of veggies)

Snack: 1/2 Raw Apple Pie (apple, dates, almonds)

Workouts:

  • Rest Day

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 15

Breakfast: 1/2 Blueberries and Banana Salad (loved it..Yumsters)

Snack: 1/2 Blueberries and Banana Salad

Lunch: Cucumber Dill Salad

Dinner: 1/2 Raw Apple Pie (leftover from yesterday, why not!!)

Workouts:

  • 15 Minute Walk
  • 25 Minute Walking/Workout Video
  • 15 Minute Dance Video

Water: 5 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 16

Breakfast: Grapefruit Juice

Snack: 1/2 Blueberry and Banana Salad

Lunch: Raw Tabuli (basically a chopped herb salad)

Dinner: Raw Falafel

Workouts:

  • 25 Minute Walk Video
  • 20 Minute Workout Video

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

So today is the 4th of July holiday, which usually means fireworks and food. Although I am very committed to this and a life-long change for me, I am human and that means I am still tempted to eat things that are not the best choice for me. So, when we are invited to a family friends home for the holiday, I knew there would be macaroni and cheese (the good kind guys).

Not wanting to fight through my own lust for the gooey delicious stuff, I decided to stay home and eat my raw foods, not wanting to have to explain why I wasn’t eating with everyone else.

I wasn’t depressed, I just didn’t want to be tempted to fall and after last week’s experience with my husband and business partners during the water fasting day, enough was enough.

My husband and children went and I got to relax at home with my raw food and celebrate the freedom to choose the right foods for me. Good times.

To keep it simple, I decided to stick with fruit for most of the day and not “prepare” anything because I didn’t want to focus on food all day.

Menu Plan Day 17

Breakfast: Strawberries (2 cups)

Lunch: Watermelon (2 cups)

Dinner: Raspberries (1 cup)

Workouts:

  • 30 Minute Bike Ride
  • 4 and 13 minute Workout Videos

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 18

Breakfast: Grapefruit

Like yesterday, I just wanted to keep it light, but ended up fasting for the rest of the day. I felt the Holy Spirit leading me into some rest from activity and eating.

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

July 6, 2012

Day 19 (28 Day Raw Transition)

 

Menu Plan Day 19

Breakfast: OJ Banana Smoothie

Lunch: Raw Celery Soup (this stuff is good)

Dinner: Raw Chickpea Pilaf (1/2 recipe)

Workouts:

  • 10 Minute Stretching
  • 13 Minute Workout Video
  • 1 Hour of Housework (unpacking heavy boxes, not fun :( )

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

 

Menu Plan Day 20

Breakfast: Fruit Salad

Snack: OJ Banana Smoothie

Lunch: Raw Celery Soup

Dinner: Raw Chickpea Pilaf (1/2 recipe)

Workouts:

  • 13 Minute Workout Video
  • 30 Minutes of Swimming (well splashing around with family and friends)

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved


The GLORY Diet: Week 2 Update

Last week was interesting. It was the “cleanse” part of the the raw food program and there was a lot of juices and liquids that I had to drink.

My husband and I had some business associates coming in from out of town, so on the water fast day, I could not rest like I wanted (and that was suggested), but had to be with them ALL DAY.

Needless to say, I had to sit a watch them eat lunch and the next day, they wanted to go to a Brazilian restaurant, where they walk around with tons of meat, ready to slice a piece at your will.

It was interesting. I could’t carry my nut milk with me that I was supposed to drink, so I kept if raw and ate at the salad bar.

There were some great options, not all of them raw, but I was able to pick through and find what worked for me.

To my surprise, it was not as tempting as I thought it would be…until they ordered dessert. It was time for me to go and pick up the children…great excuse to get out of there…FAST! (lol)

Here’s what I ate last week.

Menu Plan Day 8

Breakfast: Watermelon Juice

Lunch: Raw Fruit Salad (1/2 Recipe)

Snack: Raw Fruit Salad (1/2 Recipe)

Dinner: OJ Banana Smoothie

Workouts:

  • Morning Walk (30 Min)

Water:  1 1/2 20oz. bottles of water

The Fruit Salad…YUMMSTERS!!!! I could only eat half at a time.

Menu Plan Day 9

Breakfast: Green Juice

Lunch: Salad

Dinner: Green Soup

Workouts:

  • 13 Minute Workout Video
  • 20 Minute Walk

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

Menu Plan Day 10

Breakfast: Grapefruit Juice (fresh squeezed)

Snack: Watermelon Juice (I made this in my blender)

Workouts:

  • 20 Minute Walk

Water: 3 20oz. bottles of water

Menu Plan Day 11

Water Fast

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

Menu Plan Day 12

Breakfast: Watermelon Juice

Snack: Raw Mushroom Soup

Lunch: 1/2 glass Raw Banana Almond Drink (a banana and almond milk)

Dinner: Salad (3 pieces raw sushi, salmon 1oz.)

Workouts:

  • 15 Minute Walk Video

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

This is my four-year-old. She just can’t stay away.

Menu Plan Day 13

Breakfast: Carob Silk

Snack: 10 cherries

Lunch: Salad

Dinner: Sun-fry

Workouts:

  • Rest Day

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved


The Glory Diet: Week 1 Update

Here is a quick update on how my first week went.

Last week, I shared with you that I have continued my journey to better health by making a 6-month commitment to eat a more plant-based, mostly raw (uncooked, living food) diet and increase my activity. This has been a long time coming, so it is exciting to share what God is doing in and through me all for His glory.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing my “why” for doing this and some biblical insights I have gained and prayerfully this will be a blessing to you as it has and is to me. This is The GLORY Diet.

And guess what else….recipes are coming, YEAH!!! So stay tuned.

Here’s what I ate:

Menu Plan Day 3

I had a lot to drink today, WOW!

Breakfast: Grapefruit Juice

Snack: Green Smoothie (1 banana, 1/2 mango, romaine lettuce, 1 date, water)

Lunch: Raw Cheezy Noodles (Kelp noodles)

Dinner: Raw Apple Pie (apple, almonds, dates)

Snack: Cherries

Workouts:

  • Morning Walk (45 Min) C25K Week 9 Day 1
  • Afternoon 15 Workout Video

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

Menu Plan Day 4

Breakfast: OJ Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Lunch: Kale Subs

Snack: 3 Baby Carrots

Dinner: Raw Zucchinigetti

Workouts:

  • Morning Walk (45 Min) C25K Week 9 Day 2
  • Afternoon 15 Workout Video

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

So the children really liked to smoothie and decided to make cups out of the oranges. Too cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Menu Plan Day 5

Breakfast: Banana & 5 Cherries

Snack: Green Smoothie

Lunch: Seed Pate’ (sunflower seeds, herbs)

Dinner: Raw Avocado Tomato Watercress Salad

Workouts:

  • Morning Walk (15 Min)
  • Gentle Stretching

Water: 5 20oz. bottles of water

Menu Plan Day 6

Breakfast: Mandarin Juice

Lunch: Raw Tacos (almond meat, iceberg lettuce, tomato, avocado, coconut cream)

Dinner: Cantaloupe Mylk

Workouts:

  • Morning Walk (45 Min) C25K Week 9 Day 3
  • Bike Riding

Water: 5 20oz. bottles of water

Surprise, surprise.

I went out for my jog on Saturday morning, the last day of the Couch 2 5k program. I DID IT!!!!! 9 weeks, and I did it, praise God.

I told you before that I have issues with my feet right now and I am not a fan of running. I do really enjoy walking. I had thought about bike riding, especially since my two oldest just learned to ride without their training wheels, but I didn’t have a bike.

I considered buying one, but it was not in the budget (still saving for the house), so when my daughter mentioned that should get one, I thought to myself…not now.

It was not a specific prayer of mine that God provide one, but He did.

We (hubby was with me) were passing by an open garage and saw two bikes with for sale signs on them. One was pink and one was orange.

I immediately told my hubby that I wanted to get it and I asked him to go see how much the white-haired gentleman was selling them for.

To my surprise, he gave my husband the bike for me to try out. I did. It was great! I don’t think I have been on a bike in at least 10 years (crazy, I know.)

After talking to the man for a few minutes, he offered the bikes to us for $40 (ten less than what he originally told my husband), and shared with us that he gave his life to the Lord when he was 11, and invited us to his church.

How cool is that.

My new(to me) bike.

Menu Plan Day 7

Breakfast: Silky Green Smoothie (avocado, coconut, spinach)

Snack: 1 1/4 cup Strawberries

Lunch: Seed Pate’

Snack: Sun-Fry (broccoli, green onions, mushrooms)

Dinner: Raw Fruit Ice Cream (mango, pineapple, banana)

Workouts:

  • Bike Riding

Water: 5 20oz. bottles of water

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved



The GLORY Diet: Day 2

I just wanted to share a little of what I wrote in my food journal. I am keeping a log of what I eat and writing down thoughts and feelings related to the program. I had already been doing this prior to starting this program and the added “assignments,” have been helpful to keep me on track.

Today’s journal assignment was to write what I am grateful for: 

I am grateful for..the grace to do this program and the provision being made to pay for it and buy the food I need.

I am grateful for a family that supports me and enjoys the food I make.

I am grateful for the ability to move and exercise without too much difficulty, even through the pain.

I am grateful for others who see the value in eating healthy and putting in the work to do it.

I am grateful for Min. Rhonda, who is helping me and being a source of support, prayer and accountability.

I am grateful for God’s power and the Holy Spirit for walking with me through this.

I am grateful that my program pal shared Deuteronomy 8:10 with me this morning in my email and that she is also a Believer.

I am grateful for health and life.

I am grateful for another day to get it right.

 

Menu Plan Day 2

Breakfast: Carob Silk (a raw drink, kind of like a milkshake, but no dairy or sugar, just raw fruit and nuts, carob (which is a green fruit pod that can be used as a substitute for chocolate)

Lunch: Raw Nut Sushi (no fish in this, just veggies, nuts and coconut meat)

Snack: Peach and 1/2 Banana

Dinner: Salad (not your ordinary salad though)

Workouts:

  • Morning Walk (30Min) and Water Exercises with Kids
  • Afternoon 15 Workout Video

Water: 4 20oz. bottles of water

©2012 Ajene M. Gailliard   All Rights Reserved


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