Mini Haul and A Plan

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while but I’m still around I promise. I have a few little side projects going on (small writing jobs, a small party favor job, blah blah) so I’ve been a bit busy. I’m kind of in a transition phase in terms of diet and after speaking with my trainer I decided to make a few changes to the plan. More on that later :)

First, here’s a small haul from Whole Foods this morning.

2 bunches of kale (never thought that would be the norm!), cauliflower, cucumbers, almonds, celery, avocados and zucchini.

And here’s a delicious meal I made the other day and had to share:

Extreme close up of my tofu scramble (tofu, spinach, black pepper, garlic powder and the last 1/8 cup of cheddar Daiya – I had no tofutti so I used the daiya and it was good!) and some roasted sweet potato fries. So good.

Ok, so I started training again once a week a few weeks ago. Wouldn’t you know it, my trainer has decided to start researching for me!! I thought it was so nice of him to take the time to do that. He brought me a lot of interesting information and we discussed diet changes. I had mentioned that I was planning on cutting out the sugar and he suggested that I do a 100% raw diet. No grains, no added sugars (but keep fruit)… basically fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. I’ve decided to bring the two together and try a 100% raw diet with no grains and with limited fruit. I’m thinking about starting with just limiting to a low glycemic granny smith in my morning green juice with the option of a small piece of lower glycemic fruit for a morning snack (if necessary and only a few times a week, but I’m going to try and just stick with the apple in the juice). He said that he thinks a month of eating like this will help me control a lot of my symptoms.

I’m going to be working on transitioning into the raw diet within the next week or two. I’m still trying to get rid of some food I have in the house that I don’t want to waste and will need some time to prepare (the time and preparation is the hardest part of the raw diet) but I’m looking forward to seeing how it works! Be prepared for lots of large salads and kale, ha!

Anyway, hope you are all doing well! I lost two hours of my day today getting caught up in the Weather Channel and have some work to catch up on ;) Have a great night!

24 thoughts on “Mini Haul and A Plan

  1. That tofu scramble and sweet potato fries look really decadent to me right now. Yum. That was really nice of your trainer to research food stuff for you. Looking forward to seeing your meals once you’re on the raw train. I’m glad someone else will be posting lots of giant salads. :)

    • The meal was soooooo good! It was really nice of him, I actually learned a lot and am doing a bit of research on my own. my rheumatologist gave up on me pretty much lol so it’s up to me right now to figure it out.

      Can’t wait to experiment with my salads!

  2. That is very nice of yr trainer to look into things for you. I hope the two of you can find something that works for you. It may even help other of the trainer’s clients in the future.
    Good luck; it sounds tough but I’m sure you can pull it off. Good thing you have the dehydrator now!
    Also, those sweet potato fries are a thing of beauty.

    • I agree, it was awesome of him. He found a lot of interesting information… about what could be the problem (and what may have triggered it) and how to deal with it.

      Thanks! I think it will be tough but I think if/when I start to feel better that’ll be all of the motivation I need to keep going.

      Thanks! They were so good!

  3. A great haul and delicious looking meal! So impressive that your trainer researched things for you. Wow! I think going raw for a while to see how you feel with it is a great idea. You already seem to eat a lot of raw food, so I would think it would be a pretty smooth transition for you. I wish you the best of luck with it and will be looking forward to hearing about it!

    • Thank you! Yeah, I was surprised that he did but he’s always been really great. I think that the raw diet will definitely help, hopefully it won’t be difficult. I do eat a lot of raw food but the cooked grains will be a little tough to part with. Thank you so much!

  4. So funny, I bought 2 bunches of kale this week too! They were on sale :)

    Good luck with your new diet plan! Sounds like it will be challenging, but I know you can do it! Kale and healthy fats will be your best friends, and don’t forget about blueberries- very low in sugar :)

    • Haha yay for kale! I’d love to see what you do with yours!

      Thank you! It will be challenging but I think I’ll be ok. Haha thanks! Any tips would be great, especially on the low sugar fruit front :)

  5. I love the holistic approach that your trainer is taking with your symptoms! I recall you mentioning how great you felt when you were mostly raw a few months ago, and I hope it goes even better this time! I’ll tell you that it was hard for me to get a juice today, as it was so blustery and chilly outside. For me, eating cold food when it’s cold outside is the most difficult! However, we are talking about you – and you have incredible willpower, so I know it’ll happen. ;)

    Hooray for kale! So glad you found your love for it!

    • I do too. He and I are very much on the same page when it comes to that. He knows that I’m not interested in the gross meds that I could potentially have to take if our hunches are correct and being able to control the symptoms through diet would be really ideal.

      I do feel better when I go raw and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to deal with the limitations. My goal is to do my research and have a ton of different options and variations ready before I start. That way it’ll just be a matter of deciding which salad I want for lunch or which snack I want, etc. Cold food in the winter is always tough but I’ll just keep in mind that my health is more important than that warm bowl of yummy oatmeal lol!

      Yes, I’ve definitely found my appreciation for kale! :D

    • It was definitely nice with him! It is really limited and that is definitely something that I’m going to keep in mind. I plan on making sure to eat enough avocado, nuts, coconut oil, etc to make sure I get in enough calories without walking around with a feed bag all day, lol!

  6. Sweet potato fries are always a winner with me, any kind of sweet potato in fact. And as we mentioned earlier, can’t go wrong with a tofu scramble :) I’d be interested to hear how you get on with your diet plan. I agree it’s definitely limited but if it helps with your symptoms and you feel better then that’s great. It’s a good excuse to get more creative anyway! :)

    • Sweet potato fries are the best! I don’t anticipate there being too many elaborate meals since it is such a time consuming diet. I see a lot of salads in my future :) I agree, creativity has been lacking here and this is the perfect way to get that creativity back :)

  7. Nice looking haul. I would have trouble getting through that much celery, but I guess when you “do” juices it’s easy to use a lot. :-) That breakfast looks so delish, especially the sweet potato fries. I need make some of those soon.

    It’s good that your trainer is so supportive and also vegan-friendly. It’s hard to convince some “fitness professionals” of the benefits of veganism so it’s great that he’s on board. Good luck with raw foods diet!

    • Thanks! I’m not a huge fan of celery myself. In fact, the juice is pretty much the only way I eat it. I’ll probably try it with almond butter for a snack though. The sweet potato fries were amazing. Baked sweet potatoes are the best ever.

      It was really cool of him! He is the only one in the gym who doesn’t give me shit about my diet, and to suggest a 100% raw diet was definitely unexpected. Thanks!

  8. Sweet potato fries–yum! I’m glad your trainer is being so helpful. I’m interested in what your raw food meals will look like.

    I’ve never just sat and watched The Weather Channel. What am I missing out on?

    • Thanks! He is definitely helpful. Haha I’m kind of interested to see what they’ll look like too ;)

      So the thing is I’m a major weather nerd. I just downloaded this beautiful app on my phone. The designer is brilliant because it’s a really nice looking app. It’s called living earth and my favorite feature is the tropical weather alerts. Anyway, I don’t really watch the forecasting so much as the shows. I lost my two hours watching “Storm Stories,” and I’m a sucker for Hurricane Hunters, Twist of Fate, etc. They are really stepping up their game with their programming!

    • Haha my trainer has a long track record of curing me better than my Drs which is why I trust what he says. Ooooh def go for the sweet potato fries! They are the best.

  9. Hey there! I didn’t realize your blog had moved and I lost you for awhile. But I found you! Love the new page! Good luck on the raw transition. It seems like you already eat a lot of raw stuff, so maybe it won’t be too hard. :-)

    • Hey Bianca!! Yay, I’m glad you found me :) I hope the raw transition won’t be too hard. I plan on making it as low maintenance as possible. Thanks for stopping in!

  10. I’m feelin’ the kale envy right now, ha ha! I have to get my ass to the farmer’s market this weekend. And I can always get behind a good tofu scramble, they’re sooo good with Daiya. And sweet potato fries, hellz yeah. Have fun with raw and eat lotsa greens. :)

    • Lol hooray for kale! The daiya definitely made the scramble that much better and sweet potato fries are the best! Thanks, will do!

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