Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 3

Hey everyone! I think I’m hitting my stride here with this cleanse. I took some time to plan last night and I have my meals planned through Wednesday which definitely helps. I made another batch of VaVaBars and some quinoa for the week and I feel like I’m ready to go. The next step is to start a shopping list for my next trip to Whole Foods :)

Basically today is more of the same. I woke up and my entire body hurt, I keep getting headaches on and off throughout the day, I’m exhausted and I literally look like I got punched in the face. I look like I have two black eyes, it is crazy! I researched foods to help fight inflammation and found a bunch of links including this and this. I feel like I already eat these foods and began to get frustrated again. My next step is to see if I can get allergy testing done. Turns out these symptoms are often overlooked symptoms of food allergies, and I wonder if I’ve been eating foods that have been causing me to feel like crap for years. I don’t really know how to go about doing this but I’ll figure it out.

I’ve been trying to increase my exercise as well. I did 30 minutes of cardio and then my 45 minute training session. I had a tough time during my session and then right before the very last stretch I felt really dizzy and nauseous and like I was going to pass out. It was horrible.

That aside, at least I had some really good meals today. I’m really glad I decided to try the cleanse again. It’s a lot easier now that I don’t have to deal with the caffeine withdrawals :X I’m so glad I never went back to coffee, it is one of the best things I’ve done for myself! Anyway, here’s the grub!

My goal of greens for breakfast was accomplished this morning :) As I mentioned, I had planned my meals last night and by coincidence I planned the same smoothie that Maud had posted over at Food Feud! I made mine a bit differently but it was the same idea. I was happy to read the post and see that it had gone over well and I was definitely looking forward to breakfast this morning! I made mine with a frozen banana, 4 fresh strawberries, 3/4 cup almond milk, Vega Choc-a-lot Shake & Go powder and lots of spinach. So delicious.

Late morning I enjoyed the other half of my mango from yesterday’s breakfast.

For lunch I had lots and lots of green! A big S&M salad with lots of spinach, dulse, hemp seeds and avocado. So delicious. This is a nutrition powerhouse and Brendan Brazier talks about the benefits of all of the ingredients in Thrive. I felt so virtuous eating this salad!

For snack I made Mexican Chocolate Chia Pudding! I halved the recipe in Crazy Sexy Diet when I made it over the weekend and it still made a ton. Like I said it was a bit sweet so for my snack today I used 1/3 cup of the pudding and mixed it with 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder! It made it rich and chocolatey, cut the sweetness and combined perfectly with the cinnamon already in it. So good!
I drank a Pineapple Vita Coco Coconut Water when I got home from my workout to try and restore my electrolytes and get my blood sugar up.

For dinner I made my version of a Buddha Bowl from CSD. I could have sworn I bought broccoli but didn’t see any in the fridge so I used the rest of my roasted cauliflower. There is also chickpeas, carrots and sun dried tomatoes and it is seasoned with garlic, pepper and I sprinkled the top with nooch. I also used quinoa instead of rice to get in some extra protein. I haven’t eaten it yet because I’m still not feeling great after my workout.
I’m happy with my meals today. I achieved my goals that I set yesterday, was full all day and enjoyed every meal (that I’ve eaten so far). I really need to figure out what’s going on because feeling sick is really exhausting.
Goals for tomorrow: 45-60 minute run on rebounder.

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 2

Hey everyone! What a beautiful day we had here in NY.  I woke up late-ish for me and wasn’t feeling so great so I lounged around for a bit. When I finally got up my neck and shoulders were still bothering me but decided to suck it up and go to the gym to get in 30 minutes of cardio since it had been a few days since I’ve worked out. It wasn’t the best workout I’ve ever had and I was quite uncomfortable after but at least I got the blood flowing again. I decided to skip going to the city though and just lounged around and enjoyed the warmth of the beautiful day.

I also ate some really tasty food! Check it out!

Check out this awesome breakfast! I made a half batch of Kris Carr’s chia seed pudding from Crazy Sexy Diet last night and was so excited to try it for breakfast! It is the first successful chia pudding I’ve made (a little sweet for my taste though, I’ll cut the agave next time) and I loved it topped with fresh mango and strawberries! So delicious and such a bright breakfast! All raw too :)

Lunch was another snack plate, this one starring hummus and stuffed grape leaves. A mostly raw plate. Can you tell I love carrots?

I wasn’t super hungry for an afternoon snack but know I needed some energy so I had one of Gabby’s Lemon Coconut Hemp Seed Bites. Perfect pick me up!
Yes, I know this meal is cooked. However, I still think that I made about 60% raw for the day? I felt pretty unprepared for the start of this cleanse because it started so abruptly but while the meal is cooked, it is definitely still healthy. I made roasted sweet potato fries, roasted cauliflower and roasted chickpeas. There’s a little organic ketchup for the sweet potato fries. 
I’m happy to report that my energy is way up now from this morning. I’m researching foods that cause inflammation and foods that help inflammation as well. I figure that since I’m not getting a ton of help from my doctors, I may as well try and find some solutions myself. This cleanse is step one and permanent changes will be the next step. I’ve also spent today planning for the next few days so I’m more prepared. Yay! I plan on getting back on the workout plan tomorrow so that is good too :)  
Goals for tomorrow: GREENS(!!) and a smoothie. More raw foods and a good workout!
Hope you all had a great weekend and enjoy the rest of your night!

Vegan MoFo Day 3: Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast and an Award!

So I had a pretty rough work weekend. It has taken a little bit of a toll on my mood but I’m pretty excited to have a training session tonight so I can get a little aggression out. I was also really happy to see the great response to my last post about the super cute food related gifts I’ve found! :) That definitely helped to lift my spirits.
Something else that helped lift my spirits was my amazing breakfast of Pumpkin Pie! OK not really pumpkin pie ;) But I made a super healthy breakfast that mimicked pumpkin pie and it was really delicious and comforting so I thought it was the perfect first recipe post of MoFo! Check it!
Pumpkin Chia Pudding Pie!
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup favorite plant milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond breeze)
1 tbsp chia seeds
generous sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Sweetener to taste (I added a little bit of stevia)
1/4 cup favorite granola
Combine all ingredients except granola in a bowl (make sure there is a little room for the seeds to expand). Let the mixture sit at least one hour so the seeds soak up the liquid.  I left mine overnight. When you are ready to eat, sprinkle granola over top of the pudding. There’s your pie crust!
*I made this recipe without the stevia but had to add it because it wasn’t quite sweet enough for me. You can always up the maple syrup if you prefer. I also used 3/4 cup liquid but found it wasn’t thick enough so I would recommend 1/2 cup*

As if this delicious treat wasn’t enough to cheer me up, the lovely Sage of Sweet and Sage nominated me for this super fun award!
Thanks Sage! Check out her blog, it is a lovely space that is bursting with positivity, cuteness and fun! :)
Tell Me About Yourself Award rules 
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you. 
2. Write 7 random things about yourself. 
3. Spread the love to 15 more bloggers.

7 Facts About Myself!
1. I have 3 tattoos and can’t wait to get more! I have one big piece (cherry blossoms in wind across my upper back) and 2 small ones (skull and crossbones on the inside of my foot and hibiscus flower on the back of my ankle).
Here I am getting my back piece done!
2. I have a weird obsession with plaid. I love it!
3. I am very low maintenance and I’m not super girly. I do, however, have my moments…like when I got these shoes…
4. I went to graduate school in Seattle. I have an MA in Communication.
5. I spent 3 weeks backpacking after I graduated college. I went to London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Brussels and Paris. It was an amazing experience.
6. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 25. I was terrified of driving!
7. My idea of a perfect day is getting under the covers with a cup of tea or coffee and watching silly movies.

And here are the bloggers I want to know more about! No obligation to participate but I thought it would be fun!

Maud at Food Feud
Michelle at lovinlivinvegan
Ingrid at Ingrid Improves
Isobelle at vganjar
Molly at Vegan Flower
Vic at The Life
Rachael at Passing Daisies

Check out all of these awesome blogs!

And finally, this was my 200th post! I can’t believe it has been that many already! Thank you all so much for your support and for reading and following! Can’t wait for the next 200 :D

Chia Experiment #1: Overnight Oats

I wanted to experiment with my chia seeds right away so I set up a container of overnight oats last night.  I went simple with a bowl of recovery oats for after my workout which was a mile warm up run and an hour of intense vinyasa yoga.  It was an amazing workout and these overnight oats were SO REFRESHING!!!

Before: Last night at about 8:30 pm
After: This morning at about 10:30 am.  The oats and seeds absorbed the liquid.  It was really delicious and super filling.  It had a jelly like consistency which was fun!
Sarah’s Overnight Chia Oats
1/2 cup oats (I use gluten free)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 packet stevia
cinnamon to taste
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
Mix all dry ingredients together and add Almond Breeze in a container with a lid.  Stir all ingredients together, cover and refrigerate overnight.  Enjoy!
*Note: Make sure your oats have room to expand in the container!