The O’Diet By Miss Gifford

The O'Diet by Missy Gifford 

The O’diet by Missy Giffor with Center of New Beginning in Lake Oswego, Oregon is a wonderful book. 

Having met Missy personally and seen the results that she has gotten over the years from her 12 week Make over I knew that she was on to something good.  I mean every woman that walked in that door looked AMAZING and felt great 12 weeks later.

I had to buy the book.

This book teaches you all the benefits of eating preservative, organic and pesticide free.  I really did not understand that the preservative and pesticeds that I was consuming in my food was hurting my body so much. However, in the book ” The O’diet” I finally get why eating Organic is so good for you.

Anyways, I have almost finished the book and am anxious to start my 12 weeks.

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Day 22: No sugar diet !~ I want a brownie

Today is day 22 of my No sugar diet and it’s just dragging on and I want a brownie

I  didn’t sleep well so my usual fix is caffeine and sugar and while I can do the caffeine-I really want the sugar. haha!  W hich goes to show that I have eating and stress management issues! 

To be positive,  what I am learning from abstaining from sugar is that I eat sugar when I feel bad or am stressed or am feeling angst.   And this is good to know. Maybe now I can stop my emotional eating, overeating, cycle.

I have been reading  the book ” The O’diet” by Missy Gifford

and have been really interested in the success that she has had with people eating organic, preservative and pesticide free food.

Her theory is that our bodies are like cars and right now we fuel are car with food that is polluted, refined and devoid of nutrients.

This lifestyle of eating healthy foods as always appealed to me, however, my only concern is that I may be unable to eat 100% Organic, preservative and pesticide free food as we live in a very rural area.   Let me finish the book and see how I can make this possible!

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Day 21 of my No Sugar Diet: still only 1 pd weight loss

I have passed up valentines,  a weekend trip with my honey and countless birthday parties and still have only lost 1 pd.   :-(

The problem is me ( Yes, I am the problem)

 My exercise has not been regular and I have been eating more carbs I think to compensate for lack of sugar.   My PMS wasn’t bad and my overall mood has seemed to improve so giving up sugar has had some benefits, just not on the scale.

For the next 2 weeks I plan on exercising, M, T, Thursday 30 min of cardio + weights and Fri -Tennis.

I also will read labels more carefully.  I suspect that my carb choices are loaded with hidden sugars. 

Wish me luck as I continue on my journey of 30days with no sugar~ Melody

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Why using Plastic Bags is dangerous to the planet-

Recently, I read an article regarding the exurbanite use of plastic bags that we as a world consume and it’s mind boggling-somewhere in the vicinity of 900 per person a year- unbelievable!

 Did you know that plastic bags take up to 1000 years to decompose on land and 450 in the water ?

Speaking of Water- there are more than 100,000 marine animals dying from our plastic bag fetish er uh..convenience.

 Let’s make a change-let’s stop using plastic bags, there are several viable alternatives.

1. Paper- paper is an option that seems viable and easy to do.  Most paper bags are made from recycled paper.  The benefits are that paper bags can be reused and hold more than plastic bags. 

2.  Switch to carrying re-usable canvases/mesh bags.  While I understand that it’s difficult to shop w/kisd and bring your own bags- I think that its a good start. 

Here is My Personal Challenge:  Use Canvas bags for Grocery shopping!

So here is my thought- I am going to try using canvas bags to carry my grocery for 30 day or 4 trips to the grocery store. 

I think that I will need at least 4 large canvas bags to take with my to the store.  Now remember, I have a 2yr  old-so shopping should be a fun experience! I will blog how my alternative to plastics trial goes.

Wish our planet well, one bag at a time! ~Melody

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Why do you have to work so hard at eating healthy?

This is my rant.  Why do we have to work so hard at being healthy? Reading labels, checking recall post, and hoping that the manufactures didn’t add ‘hidden’ ingredients.

It’s almost like fighting a battle at the grocery store.  Even if you try to eat healthy buying fresh fruits and veggies-you have to hope that they don’t have dangerous bacteria on them.  Why do we as American consumers allow this to go on?

Eating fresh, healthy foods should be our right.  And it’s a shame that we have spend extra time sorting out what’s good for us and what’s going to cause cancer, hormone deficiencies, diabetes, etc.  It’s wrong really.

Never in our lifetime have so many Americans been on on medicine for diseases that are treatable with Gulp-diet and exercise.

What are the solutions? For the lucky few that live near organic farms, or have markets we can shop there. Others can shop at Whole foods or Wild Oats or other large healthier grocery stores.

 But what about the rest of us? those who are on a budget or live in the boonies (like we do) what are we to do?

 I’d like to hear from you-how do you think that we can get our grocery stores to only carry healthy foods?  That won’t cost you an arm & a leg?

Here are some cool links:

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Day 18-My No Sugar diet is getting easier and easier

Day 18: I am pleased to say that eating no sugar is getting easier and easier for me.  I haven’t lost a lot of weight on the scale but feel a TON better both physically and emotionally.

 Why Emotionally? because I am an emotional eater-yep, I admit it. When I feel bad, in the past I would pop some M&M’s (my vitamins as I called them) and kept going.

Now, since doing a month of no sugar I am getting more intuned with me and my emotions. Which is a foreign concept.

What I am realizing is that I so busy with EVERYTHING else that I don’t realize my own needs. 

Getting in touch with my needs and wants is an awesome feeling and I would encourage everyone to do the same. 

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Day 14 of no sugar- getting better

I have to say that it has been an experience having no sugar. While I was proud of myself not eating chocolate (my favorite) for valentines, I do really miss sugar. lol.

 I’ve lost only 1 pd and 1% body fat.

For exercise, I have been walking 15 minutes a day, doing 30 min of cardio x3 tiems a week and tennis once a week.

Now, I am more consious of when I am emotionally eating and how terrible my diet is.

My goal is to step up my workout and continue to eat better the remainder of my diet.

Wish me luck


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Stress- 5 minutes of peace can help!

StressStressSometimes life can be so stressful!

I am becoming a true believer in meditation.  Call it what you like, I call it: prayer, meditation, quiet time, regrouping, centering etc. There truly is nothing that a little bit of quiet, peaceful time alone can’t help.

Whether it’s stress from work, relationships, finances, or parenting, 5 minutes to get centered can do wonders.

To be still, to breathe. Whatever you call your “higher power”, take some time today to go to your happy place.

Take a walk, watch a sunrise or sunset, turn off the radio in the car, or take a bath, whatever your life allows, the benefits will outweigh the 5-10 minutes you “lose” doing whatever it is that keeps you busy.

Gotta run, going to take a walk on the beach!

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Day 11 of My no sugar diet- HARD!!!

Today is Day 11 of my no sugar diet and it’s tough.  I am ready to eat some sugar!

Seriously.  Also, I have actually gained 1 pd but loss 1% in body fat-so that’s good.

Hopefully I can make it through the weekend :-)

 Best to All,


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30 Days Without Sugar- a 11 pd sucess!

Name: Charli     Age: 32 yrs old    Occupation: Mother to 2 kids 8& 11, blogger for

My Experience:  30 Days Without Sugar

Inspired by some close friends, I decided that on January 1, I was going to give up sugar for 30 days.

To consider myself one of those sugar addicts–particularly chocolate! So when I had actually made it through the first few days, I was shocked myself but decided that I could do this.

I had always heard that your body adjusts and that the cravings subside and I found that to be true. What I did notice right away was that it seemed everywhere I turned, there was chocolate! Cookies, cakes, brownies, even more than normal…so it seemed.

I resisted and I’m so glad.

Initially, I didn’t lose much weight, it was actually more of a discipline thing, but after a couple of weeks, I decided to make this sacrifice count and I stepped up my work outs.

By day 30, I had lost 11 pounds and was very proud of reaching my goal. I really feel better and I now know that I can do it. I would have thought it was impossible for me to give up chocolate for 30 days. It has truly been a freeing experience.

I took a break and had a few sugary snacks and now I’ve found something else to be true:

Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!

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