The Summer of Raw

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a few days since I’ve posted. I actually ended up feeling really sick (again) and just haven’t felt like posting. I guess I never got rid of my bronchitis because I felt enormous pressure in my chest and even had difficulty taking a deep breath. It was pretty scary but then my cough came back which really alleviated the pressure. I’ve read it’s normal for the cough to linger for weeks after you get bronchitis so I’m just going to bear with it for now and see how I feel in a few days.

It got me thinking though. And I’m actually really afraid to say what I’m about to say because I think it’s weird so I can’t imagine how you are all going to react. But I decided that I need to really focus on eating in a way that is most efficient for my digestion and hopefully that will lead to some healing. I decided that I’m really going to try and eat (just about) fully raw for the summer. Not just any raw program though… I’m going to attempt to try the 80 10 10 Diet.

For those of you who don’t know, 80 10 10 is a low fat raw diet. You eat fruit all day and a huge green salad at night. Overt fats are consumed in limited quantities. I’ve researched this diet for months and months. I honestly think it’s weird but I’m kind of desperate. After 6 doctors, 2 MRIs, Xrays and a CT scan with nothing to show for it I really need to focus on healing my body through diet.

There are some really appealing things about this raw diet that I think will lend well to success. First, the reason I failed at my previous raw diet attempts was the fact that it took forever to make everything and plan. On this diet there is less prep and planning is a lot easier. I think that the fruit meals are a lot easier to prepare and a big salad won’t take too long to make. Second, I really really love fruit as you know so I won’t mind eating it. Lastly, I’ve seen a lot of videos from two ladies who have seen success living this lifestyle (links are later in this post) and they look healthy and happy. Their skin glows, they are super active and both were very sick prior to adopting this lifestyle.

I also understand that there are probably questions and concerns re: this diet. First, yes I’m aware that this is really weird and kind of crazy. I don’t want to be the weird chick eating a shit load of fruit. But at the same time, I don’t want to be in pain every day either. I’m aware that it will certainly affect me socially. I’m not really telling people “in real life” that I’m doing it… we’ll see if they notice.

Second, I am aware of how much I’m going to have to eat. I’ve considered this a lot and I have made some plans of ways to get all of my daily caloric needs met. You can bet I’ll be eating large portions of melon, large smoothies and calorie dense fruits to meet those needs. I am also aware that it can potentially get very expensive. I have a plan that should hopefully keep the cost down to what I usually spend for a week’s worth of groceries (my weekly fruit choices will depend on the sales at the store – and bananas will be a staple!).

I’m also approaching this with a healthy mindset (at least I think so lol!). I’m not going to be super militant about it. If my family is going out to dinner I’m not going to sit at home because there may not be a big raw salad available. If I have to eat steamed veggies or whatever I’m not going to beat myself up.  I’ll just choose the healthiest, cleanest option available. I am also walking into this knowing that this is not going to be a permanent change. I’m going to take it one month at a time with the ultimate goal being three months (until my birthday). Then I’ll see how I feel and will probably start adding grains, etc. back into my diet. Part of my timing with this is knowing that this is probably only possible for me to do in the summer.

Now as you recall, I cooked some beautiful food and bought some yummy stuff at the grocery store earlier this week. I am not a fan of wasting food so I will be easing into this new diet over the next week or two but adding in fruit meals while I finish up my cooked food. Once I finish my cooked food I’ll be adding in the large raw salad for dinner. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been researching this for a long time (I’ve read the book as well as watched all of Megan Elizabeth’s raw food videos and Kristina’s raw food videos) so I have a pretty good plan of how I want to approach this.

Who knows, I could try it and hate it after two weeks. I’ll never know until I try. I wasn’t really going to say anything about it on here because I know that it’s a pretty controversial diet but I figured you’d all see a pretty big difference in my meals and know something was up. But for now, I’ll be finishing up my cooked food and slowly transitioning. I hope you’ll all stick around and cheer me on while I am on this journey and help me end the three month with my 30th birthday celebration. :)

I hope you don’t think I’m nuts. But if you do it is what it is I guess. I’ll be back tomorrow with a Fun Friday post and it’s a post you won’t want to miss! I promise :) I hope you all have a great night!

Kaeng Raeng Cleanse Wrap Up

Hey everyone! Hope you are all doing well. I’m re-emerging from my brief hibernation feeling a bit better. The tooth has calmed down and I’m now cleansed. Today was the last day of my cleanse and I feel pretty good. I’m not miraculously cured but I definitely feel better than when I started.

Taken right from the Kaeng Raeng website: “Kaeng Raeng is an all natural detox meal replacement designed to help you lose weight, remove toxins, bolster your immune system, and improve digestive health.” Sounds good, sign me up!

I decided to do the three day beginner cleanse since I wasn’t sure how it was going to go and I didn’t really want to spend a ton of money on something I wasn’t sure about. The cleanse came with 9 packets of smoothie mix. There were three packets of each of the three flavors: juu juu (into the blue) consisting of banana, blueberry and blackberry, reunn (joyful) consisting of strawberry, raspberry and pineapple, and glai roong (daybreak) consisting of mango, peach and pineapple. You drink one of each every day and can supplement with all of the raw fruits and veggies you want.

The “Ruenn” smoothie. I added some fresh strawberries and blended with lots of water and ice. The flavor was ok, I liked it the best of the three. To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled with any of the flavors but it’s probably because I only mixed with water and fruit. Supposedly mixing with juice helps tremendously but I didn’t have any.

“Juu juu” smoothie. It’s a very pretty color but again, the taste didn’t really do it for me. Drank it anyway.

“Glai Roong” smoothie. Mixed this one with mango and pineapple and didn’t help much. I’m pretty picky with my smoothie and didn’t make much of an effort to doctor of the taste so I take the fall for that one.

Snacked on some beautiful, juicy, fresh mango. So freaking good.

Strawberries and blackberries. SO good.

Also snacked on some unpictured veggies and some gross old clementines. I was so disappointed in those.

So how do I feel? I do feel better. Most noticeably I have more energy and the nausea has subsided quite a bit. I don’t know if I’m maybe still exhibiting detox symptoms but I don’t feel like something magical took over my body and I’m cured. I think it’s also important to understand that I’m coming from a pretty sick place starting it so I can’t expect it to be a magic cure. It did definitely make me feel better. I don’t know if I would do it again though. I think I’m better off sticking to a Kris Carr, Crazy Sexy Diet way of eating. I really enjoy eating that way and I feel good when I stick to it. Staying 100% gluten free is really important for me too. I am way too lenient with that and I feel like I’m paying for it. Not anymore though.

So that’s all for now. I will be back with some more mango and berries and a very veggie filled dish. Another bonus is that I’m craving tons and tons of veggies. That’s always a good thing!

Hope you all have a great night!

Kaeng Raeng Cleanse Grocery Haul

Hey everyone! Hope you are all doing well and had a great week so far! I forgot to update you all but my tooth never healed and actually got much worse so I ended up having to schedule the root canal which actually just happened. I can’t feel half of my face typing this, lol. It actually is perfect timing as I received my Kaeng Raeng Cleanse in the mail yesterday and I’m planning on starting it this weekend! In order to prepare I went to Whole Foods this morning before the dentist so I wouldn’t have to attempt to speak to anyone with a numb face ;)

So before I get into the haul just a little info about the cleanse. It consists of three smoothies a day that include a mix that they send. You can just use the contents of the packet or you can blend in fruit, greens, etc. You can supplement the smoothies with raw fruits and veggies so you get to chew as well as sip which is pretty great for a cleanse. I’m supposed to be careful about chewing on the one side since I have a temporary filling so the sipping and chewing mostly soft fruit and veggies will definitely be easy.

Anyway, here is my beautiful haul that I’m excited about!

Before I even walked into the store I was excited to see boxes of clementines sitting right out front! These are such a great snack so I grabbed a box :)

Lots of organic berries to snack on and add to my smoothies! Two containers of strawberries and some blackberries.

5 organic Pink Lady apples, 4 organic mangoes (2/$4!!) and some frozen peaches for smoothie additions.

Giant container of baby spinach, lots of carrots (may be the only thing I really have to be careful chewing) and a cucumber.

Isn’t it a great haul! I love looking at all of the colors :)

Here’s some stuff from the past few days too:

Here’s an amazing smoothie I made the other day. All I used was frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple and one and a half bananas. I blended with a half cup of water and it was so thick and creamy! Plus I love this mug ;)

That was a snap of the weather on Tuesday. It was warm, sunny and beautiful. My ideal weather is about 70 degrees and sunny so it was warm but not unbearable (not a fan of 90+ degrees!). It was such a nice day and I couldn’t believe how quickly it warmed up like that!

So that’s it for now! I’m back in my PJs laying around watching Role Models (which randomly happened to be on) waiting for the novacaine to wear off. I hope you are all doing well and I’ll be back soon to update you!

*Edited to add – OMG the novacaine just wore off and holy shit! It hurts! I don’t remember it feeling like this ha! Maybe that means I need to treat myself to some ice cream for dinner tonight ;) Which means I’d have to go get it. Does gluttony or laziness prevail? We shall see.

Raw Madness!

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while and I haven’t even given you a raw update yet. This week has been madness with work, three side projects converging into one stressful nightmare and all of the effort it takes to eat a completely raw diet. That results in fewer pics and posts but hopefully I’ll be able to get back into posting more next week (even with jury duty, ugh!!!)

I figured I’d pop in to show what I have been able to get pics of:

First I thought I’d share that I started my apple cider vinegar routine again. 1 tbsp ACV in 8 oz of water chugged down 2-3 times a day. It doesn’t taste great but the effects are immediate. I started yesterday and I barely yawned at all (I usually yawn every 3 minutes), had tons of energy and even fell asleep easier than I have in months. I thought the pic looked cool with Instagram effects too ;)

Made some homemade raw almond butter using sprouted raw almonds from Whole Foods. Making your own nut butter is so easy, I don’t know why I don’t do it more often!

I’ve been enjoying my raw almond butter with some of my giant organic carrots :)

I’ve been enjoying lots of big salads like this one. This is a kale and avocado salad. Basically I just massaged kale with avocado that was mashed with salt, pepper, garlic powder and lemon juice. It was really good but the kale didn’t get as tender as I like. Still tasty though!

Haven’t taken pics of them but I’ve been drinking lots of green juices. I’m hoping to post a fun meal tomorrow too! I have off but I have to do a baby shoot but I should have time to get some pics of the yumminess and post :)

That’s all for today. Hopefully going to get to relax tonight after a long work week. Hope you all have a great night!

Getting Ready!

Hey guys! I’m back from my weekend babysitting Delilah. She is so freaking cute and funny and smart but she is exhausting! I am so glad I have today off to recover! She’s a little too smart for her own good though and she tricks us a lot but we caught on ;) Can’t get outsmarted by a two year old! I didn’t get a lot of pics but I did get this one.

She was driving the ice cream truck ;) She’s so freaking cute. I can’t believe how big she is.

So now that I’m home I’m getting ready for my raw journey. Some things I’ve done so far today:

I’ve torn up two heads of kale and cleaned them in filtered water. I tore them up ahead of time because I thought it would cut some prep time during the week to make my salads for lunch. I’m going to get more for some kale chips too :)

I didn’t take a picture because it’s not interesting but I changed the filter in my Brita so I have a fresh one for clean water :) It seems silly but I’m paying attention to everything because who knows, maybe I have a sensitivity to chemicals? I try to eat all organic but sometimes it’s not available so I’m trying to be extra diligent with that. And with the water because that could make a difference too.

And now I’m going to comb through my raw “cook”books to look for recipes to try for dinners. I laid them all out and was surprised by how many raw books I’ve accumulated! Books I saw after I took the pic and forgot to include are Ani’s Raw Food Asia by Ani Phyo and Thrive by Brendan Brazier. I’m sure I’ll be able to use recipes from those as well.

I’m getting started tomorrow with a one day juice cleanse. After that my plan/goal is to have a green juice breakfast, a big salad for lunch, a snack that ideally includes healthy fats (veggies with almond butter, avocado, etc.), and dinner will be something different and more involved than just a salad. Who knows, I may stray from that meal schedule but a big goal is lots and lots of greens. I’m hoping to keep this up through February and depending on how I feel, add back very minimal amounts of cooked veggies (sweet potatoes, etc.) and grains like brown rice, gf oats and quinoa. That will happen slowly to see how my body takes it. Hopefully all of this effort will pay off.

That’s all for today. I’m gonna get back to the books so I can make my grocery list! I hope you all have a great day!

CSD Cleanse: Day 9

Hey everyone. Today’s post is going to be quick. Got some blood test results and I’m not happy… kinda stressed actually. Another specialist. Not really feeling like talking about it right now so I’ll just show you some groceries and a dish I made today.

Carrots, romaine, baby spinach, pomegranates, and lots of cucumbers.

Frozen cherries and blueberries, acai smoothie packs, gluten free brown rice bread and a Kit’s Organic Bar in a chocolate almond coconut flavor. Had that as a snack it was really good.

After Whole Foods I went to the gym and put in an hour of cardio. After my shower I decided to try this:

Ricki’s Zucchini Fritters! Clean and gluten free recipe, should be CSD approved. I made a few seasoning changes to the recipe. I didn’t use tarragon but added black pepper, garlic and nutritional yeast. They came out great!

That’s all for tonight. Going to relax and catch up on your posts. Hope you have a great night.

 

CSD Cleanse: Day 6

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Yesterday ended up being a very busy day so I didn’t get a chance to get on here but you didn’t miss anything new or interesting :) I’m sorry I didn’t say ahead of time I wasn’t going to be posting every day. I’m trying to deal with anxiety issues again and I decided to take the stress of posting every day off of my shoulders and I think it’s been helping a little.

The cleanse has been going well! I’m enjoying everything I’m eating (and drinking!) and I feel good! I’m going to the Dr. again tomorrow so we’ll see what kinds of tests I’ll be going through but I guess I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. I’ve been reading up on connective tissue disease (which is what my test results are pointing to but I don’t have all of the positive results necessary to actually make a diagnosis) and it seems that they are progressive diseases and it may take years for tests to come up positive (if I do indeed have a connective tissue disease). I’m guessing that’s why my Dr. keeps testing me for the same things so I am starting to understand. We’ll see what else we come up with!

Anyway, here’s the yummy stuff I ate today!

I got out of bed late today so rather than fuss with a green juice I decided to brunch it up with some avocado toast. 1/2 avocado split over 2 slices gf toast with sea salt and pepper. Simple, filling and delicious.

Lunch was an S&M salad. More avocado. I’m ok with it. ;)

In the afternoon I made myself a nice glass of carrot apple juice. It was SO FREAKING GOOD! I decided to keep it classy and drink from a wine glass (inspired by one of the guys from Impractical Jokers). There was another half a glass enjoyed after this one.

I kept the pulp because I have some plans for it :) Check out how dry it is too! This juicer is really great, very powerful!

Sorry for another recycled image but I chowed down on dinner before I could photograph it. I had a similar sandwich one a gf wrap with hummus and tons of fresh veggies. Delicious!

That’s all for today! I’m debating if I want to make tomorrow a juice cleanse day like Kris Carr suggests. It’s an option since I have Mondays off. I’ll be ok to get blood drawn after just drinking juice right? I don’t typically get light headed or anything from it so I think I should be fine. Thoughts?

Have a great night friends!

Vegan MoFo Post 13: Anti Candida Grocery Haul

Hello friends! Sorry I couldn’t post yesterday, I had a day wedding and was completely exhausted and sick when I got home. I pretty much got into bed and didn’t get up for the rest of the night. I fell asleep super early which was great because I woke up with more energy and have accomplished so much already! And it’s only the middle of the day :)

The first thing I did this morning was go to Whole Foods to fill in a few things to start off this cleanse. I’ve printed some recipes from Ricki’s amazing site Diet, Dessert and Dogs and also have some recipes from the book I’ve been reading. You can get a great explanation of the Anti Candida Diet (I’ll refer to it as ACD from now on) on Ricki’s site but in very simplistic words, you are basically using your diet and supplements to kill off the yeast overgrowth in your body. To do so you have to starve the yeast of it’s main food source which is sugar. So for now, for at least one month, perhaps more, I’ll be eating a diet completely free of all sugars, processed and natural. This means no dates, no fruit, no syrups of any kind, etc. In addition, you have to avoid all fungii like mushrooms, fermented products like vinegars and pickles and other difficult to digest items. Obviously no coffee, no chocolate, no green or black tea. I’ve read some sources that say that you have to get rid of all grains, beans, tofu, etc. but the book I’ve been reading includes plenty of grains, and beans and even tofu in the diet. Of course the tofu is limited and everything needs to be cooked thoroughly to kill off bacteria and make it easier to digest but I like that it doesn’t limit me as much as if I would follow the plan outlined by other sources. It even allows for sweet potatoes and winter squash which was surprising but awesome!

Sure, the diet I’ve chosen to follow isn’t as strict as others I’ve read but I also feel it wouldn’t be healthy to exist on a vegetable only diet. I think I’d get sicker so even if the progress may be a little slower than if I were to cut out all of the squash and sweet potato and tofu I’m ok with that. In addition, I’m planning on supplementing with all natural anti-fungals such as raw garlic, spirulina supplements, psyllium husk and probiotics. I bought some herbal teas as well. So I feel like I’m definitely ready to take this on and hopefully I’ll feel better sooner rather than later :)

So, onto the grocery haul!

Spaghetti squash. avocados, tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower, zucchini and green onions.

Organic spearmint herbal tea (spearmint is my absolute favorite tea so I was so happy to find an herbal tea version!), Psyllium Husk, and chickpea flour.

Lots of garlic. To be eaten raw. The planned method as suggested by Gabby (in addition to using in dishes obviously) is to chop a clove real well, place it on the back of my tongue and swallow with water. It is supposed to be a very potent anti fungal so hopefully I’ll be able to stand it, ha! And hopefully I’ll avoid yucky breath.

So that’s what I have today. I’ll be back tomorrow with meals! Hooray for Mondays off! I plan on cooking, some more cleaning and I have my training session in the evening :)

Have a great Sunday! Hope you’ve all had a great weekend!

Makeovers

Hey everyone. Hope you are all well. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. I haven’t had much of an appetite. In fact, I’ve been pretty nauseous lately. As I’ve mentioned briefly before I tend to have bouts where I’m nauseous ALL THE TIME and I don’t know why. Maybe I’m just in denial about how much gluten affects me and that is how my body responds to it. Like I’ve mentioned before, I still eat products with gluten or wheat in it on occasion but I think it’s time to cut even that out. More on that later. Sorry if that is TMI!!

I’ve been doing some soul searching recently and I’m just really unhappy with where I am at this point in my life. I’m going to be 29 years old in less than a month and feel like I don’t have much to show for it. In my early twenties I felt really accomplished. I had my Master’s Degree by the time I was 23. Since then I feel like I’ve been going down hill. I decided that it’s time to change that. And I’m doing it by going on a cleanse.

I know what you are thinking. I have done my fair share of cleanses. I’m not talking about a diet cleanse. Well that’s not true, I will be cleansing my body as well, but I’m talking about a life cleanse. I’m cutting the crap out of my life. I can’t let the little things bother me anymore. The stress and anxiety that I feel from nonsense is making me physically ill. I’ve decided that I want to be in a better place physically, psychologically, socially and emotionally by the time I hit 30. I have specific ways that I plan on doing this but I’m going to keep that quiet for now. I’ve gotten the ball rolling and I feel better about that. To start this cleanse, I’ve taken a mental health day from work tomorrow to relax, spend time with Tyler, and start reading The Happiness Project.

Like I said, my body needs a cleanse too. I have not be feeling great lately and it’s because I’ve eaten a little too much wheat and processed sugar. The cookie dough dip is way healthier than many desserts but it still has brown sugar in it… and I certainly had my fair share!

I woke up craving water like crazy today. Clearly I’m dehydrated lol. I started off the day by drinking 36 oz of cold water. It was great but naturally after consuming that much liquid I felt a little nauseous so I packed up my breakfast to bring to work. I had half of that mini watermelon from the Farmer’s Market and a peach. A hydrating breakfast and the watermelon was phenomenal!

Now, keeping with the theme of makeovers, here is a makeover meal. I was so nauseous yesterday morning that I couldn’t even pack meals to bring with me to work because I couldn’t fathom eating. I brought little snacks but nothing substantial. I knew better than to go that long without eating a meal so I ordered lunch with my boss and coworker. They order every day pretty much but I only do once in a rare while.

As you can see from my leftovers I ordered steamed veggies (green beans, snow peas, mushrooms and broccoli) with brown rice. It came with an oil and MSG free light sauce made with ginger and soy sauce. I barely used any of it so the veggies were still pretty plain. I decided to use the leftovers to make…

Some Unfried Rice!! I made a very simple preparation. I sprayed a pan with a little coconut oil spray and heated everything. I seasoned only with some Braggs. It is great and there is plenty leftover for another meal!

Sorry if this post was a little serious but I’m all about being real here :) It’s hard to look at yourself and feel a little disappointed but it is also motivating me to change. Obviously I’ll keep you updated on everything!

I hope you all have a great evening! I’ll see you tomorrow for Fun Friday! I’ll post about what I do on my mental health day :)