Welp, today is day three of the cleanse and I woke up feeling very tired today. Like a whole body and mind exhaustion. My bed was more comfortable than it’s ever been, and cuddling with Steven seemed way better than going to work. So after an extra hour of cuddle time (with the pups as well I might add) I got up and got ready for the day.

This morning I woke up pretty hungry, so I made my grapefruit juice/apple cider vinegar blend and mixed it with my Blessed Herbs “digestive stimulator” packet. With this cleanse, I’m adding to the cleaning of the colon with the Blessed Herbs Colon Cleansing kit. I’ve done this one before, and although it works great, it tastes like butt. The powder pretty much makes me gag every time I do it (5 times a day). But this time around Sasha came up with some good mixers that fit in with the cleanse, but make the digestive stilumator a wee bit tolerable. One of which is the grapefruit/apple cider vinegar blend. You may have seen this on pinterest floating around. It’s being referred to as a metabolism booster, recommended by Dr. Oz. And from what I can tell, Dr Oz. is like Oprah- people do what he says. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to my parents house and my mom has a little note pad of Dr. Oz tips that she wants to make sure she shares with me.  Anywho- the second mix in is organic apple juice. I’m not a huge apple juice fan, but this does cut the awful taste of the powder, so I’m down.  I actually took a picture this morning of what I pack when I go to work. So here are my little jars of apple juice and the metabolism booster:

IMG_20130416_104052_867Apple juice on the left, grapefruit on the right.

And now todays feast! (Minus my dinner)

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Yes you are reading that correctly: Morning Sex Smoothie (breakfast) and Silky Smooth Curry Cauliflower Soup (my favorite).  When I went to pick up my goods for today, Sasha goes, “the breakfast smoothie I made you… ohmygod, its so good. It’s so good, this was the only appropriate name for it” LoL. Yes indeed. It is delicious and filling! Thank god because I’m hungry today. Lunch is the cauliflower soup, which is seriously one of my favorite foods Sasha makes. I can’t seem to make it as good, so this is really a treat.

With the cleanse, day three is usually one of the hardest days physically and emotionally. I am 100% feeling the physical strain right now as I sit here typing this and trying to keep my eyes open. The emotional stuff may come out later tonight, or tomorrow. And usually with that comes crying, irritability, possibly some tantrums, and then a nice warm bath to make it all better.

A few of my friends have asked me about my caloric intake and my workout schedule. I’ve done two cleanses before while keeping up with my workout routine, and it was tough. This time around we’re incorporating bone broths into the soups and separate for me to sip on during the day. Although I’m not eating protein right now, I’m getting so many of the nutrients that my body is craving in order to sustain my workouts. Last night’s workout was tough, and I could feel my stamina dwindling near the end. But tonight will be the ultimate test. I’ve planned our my meals so that I have my soup (made with chicken broth) around 4:00, and 1/2 of a jar of chicken broth while on my way to boot camp. Then the rest of the chicken broth after boot camp, and another soup for dinner. Then a relaxing bath and early to bed for me.

I hope you’re all having an awesome day. Quick shout out to my cousin Tina- Happy birthday!!!!! And to all my friends who’ve gotten engaged in the last week (seriously like 6 of you), congratulations 🙂

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oh hi, remember me? :)

April 15, 2013

**Prayers and thoughts for everyone in Boston, and those that were at the Boston Marathon during the explosions**

Well hi 🙂 Its been a stupidly long time since I last posted. I realized that my last post was about me finishing up a cleanse, and starting to eat a more paleo type diet. I’m pretty sure I didn’t post because I didn’t follow through with that. It probably lasted a few days, and then I had a bite of Safeway cake, and then possibly a piece of Safeway cake, and then all bets were off. So fast forward 5 months, and 8 pounds later, here I am again trying to gain control of my eating habits. And its sooooo hard. It’s the one thing in my life that I struggle with the most. And I know why. It’s sad to admit, but food has been the one steady good in my life. Food is always good. Cake is good. Wine is good. My moms chocolate carmel cake is pretty much the best thing ever. And it makes me feel good…. for a little while. And then comes the guilt, and the voices telling me I’m fat, etc which usually causes me to eat more.

So how do I break that cycle? Obviously the first part is recognizing it and having the balls to admit it. So now that that’s out-of-the-way, I’m looking at things that have worked for me in the past. What has worked (even temporarily) to help me have a healthier relationship with food? support from my friends and family, a diet “coach”, someone preparing the foods for me, cleansing, writing down what I eat…

And that brings me to where I am now. Day 2 of another detox cleanse, the beginning of a six-week weight loss challenge, and the start of a lasting change. This cleanse is not like the other cleanses I’ve done in the past, where I eat all raw/vegan foods. This is more like a prerequisite to a lifestyle I’d like to live out of eating mostly protein, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats. So I’m eating big salads with avocado, chia pudding for breakfast, jicima snacks, roasted vegetable soup. Its delicious.  With that, I’m eliminating sugars, grains, dairy, alcohol, and  legumes. Sounds intense, but there is a science behind it. It’s called the Whole30 plan, and you should check it out. The book It Starts with Food gets all sciency on you about why these foods actually hurt your body. Especially for those that workout regularly. It’s interesting and worth a read. You may even want to try it out after you read it. Its profound stuff.

Now back to my cleanse. If you’ve read past posts, you know that I have an amazing friend Sasha that creates and guides me through my cleanses. I asked her last week if we could do another one, to jumpstart the detoxing from sugar and all the crap I’ve been eating lately. And so, I’ve been eating delicious and beautiful foods that she’s been creating. Big salads with avocado, jicima, and arugula; roasted vegetable soups, and lots and lots of water. I’ll post some pictures as we go forward so you can all see the beauty, but for now you should check out her blog. Sasha is documenting how she creates these cleanses, the pricing (because most people think its super expensive), and her delicious creations.

So I also mentioned a 6 week weight loss challenge…. my trainer Ami decided  (after a lot of us were complaining about our weights) to create a weight loss challenge. Theres about 20 of us participating, a huge grand prize at the end ($500 to be exact) plus other prizes. Ami created workouts for us, workout schedules, meal plans, nutrition tips. It’s really awesome and so much fun to participate with everyone. Although it’s a competition, were all on the same team, rooting each other on. It’s gonna be fun. Oh and the Stevenator is participating too.

So I’m all weighed in, on day 2 of the cleanse, looking forward to my workout tonight. Check out Sasha’s blog to see what really goes in to creating a cleanse. It’s so interesting and she makes it do-able for everyone.

Until then, peace out home skillets.

Help me I’m hungry…

August 21, 2012

I’m hungry today. Like, really hungry. I miss chewing food.

Today is the third day of juicing. A day in which I thought I could handle…but am slowing realizing this is going to be a battle. The last two days have been mostly liquid only days (except for a couple bites of cashews…and quinoa…and salad…mmm, salad. I miss salad) I’ve been consuming mostly green juices full of fruit and veggies, some pureed soups, and chia coolers.

This morning started off with Sasha’s version of Deja Vu’s Morning Glory- carrot, beet, orange, apple, lemon-  (my fav!) and it was good.
Even though it tasted good, mentally I wasn’t having it. I tried drinking it straight from the jar. Didn’t like that. So I got a neato neon green straw, to keep things interesting. Didn’t like that either. It took me over an hour to drink a little 16oz juice, which I love…. its like my body threw a little tantrum. I think I even stomped my foot once.

So now I’m at work, writing this post, waiting for 10:30 to come, so I can drink my next Blessed Herb’s packet and move on to my next juice. The good news is that its a good one. A couple of good ones. Left over pink balloons from yesterday, and left over Pear/Apple/Parsley juice. Basically a party in my mouth

I hope you’re all having a great day… and if you’re eating a salad right now… I envy you 🙂

Cleansing and Loving it

August 20, 2012

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been lacking on the posts lately. Especially on the cleansing posts. I’ve been “cleansing” since Friday… and its Monday now. And it honestly hasn’t been that bad.  Having gone through something similar just a few weeks ago, I could anticipate the emotional and physical changes that were to come. I knew what delicious food I would be eating, how much sleep I would need, how I would feel during my workouts, all of it. So far nothing has come as a surprise. Except for yesterday. When I got my colonic.

This marks my third colonic thus far on this journey of health. And it’s definitely my worst yet. I’m not going to get into the gross details, but it was painful. Not just painful during, but for many hours after. Apparently colonics are the gift that keeps on giving. Keep this in mind when you schedule your next colonic. Keep the rest of your day free, your house calm, and your couch comfy. I happened to run errands after mine, and that was a mistake 😉

Just to walk you through the cleanse thus far, I’ve been following the Blessed Herb’s “Better” colon cleansing plan, which means I take 5 of their “detox” packets with water or apple juice a day. (I opted for the ginger program as that best suited the way my body functions…although it tastes like butt) Right before bed I take 2-3  “digestive stimulator” pills to help things get moving for the next day. Its a lot less stuff to take than the Arise and Shine, but much worse tasting.

I haven’t weighed myself since I started on Friday but I will tomorrow and each morning until Friday.

As for the wonderful food I’m consuming…

Chai Almond Milk and Banana smoothies —> yes, you read that correctly

Watermelon Gazpacho

Melon/Chia pudding

Pear/Apple/Parsley detoxing juice –> Seriously, she should bottle this

Pink Balloons –> This one made an appearance in the last cleanse, and is as good as ever

Huge Ass Salads

Green Goddess Soup –> This also made an appearance in the last cleanse and is by far my fav

Chia Cooler Cocktails

Home-made Raw Nori Rolls

Quinoa “cereal” with fig and walnut

It’s amazing how good you can feel just by eating delicious, nutritious, natural food. All of this in its raw state.

The cleanse will last pretty much till Friday, then its onto Hawaii with the bf and his fam.

Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday!!

Hi Everyone!
I wanted put out a quick update as today is one week after I finished the raw/vegan cleanse.

I’m still down 7.2lbs and feeling pretty good. I’ve added in some wheat, yeast, and dairy products here and there and the biggest change I’ve noticed are small breakouts on my shoulders and face as well as an upset stomach. Pretty much right after I had a little ice cream last night, my stomach punched me in the face. So, dairy is a no go right now. I’ve also had some beer (last Friday) and as of now, I can’t tell if the yeast in the beer, or the wheat from bread (as they were consumed in the same night) caused an upset stomach and breakouts.

Its much easier for me to stay away from yeast right now. No alcohol, no gluten, etc. Wheat seems to be a little harder to avoid  (hello cupcakes), but I think I’m doing a pretty good job of it.
Here is what my diet looks like this week:

Breakfast: 1-2 hard-boiled  eggs (sprinkled with cumin) , Synnergy or watermelon/chia cooler

Lunch: Salad- romaine, carrots, celery, raw/vegan pate from QueSeRawSeRaw, 1/2 avocado, 1/3 chicken breast, lemon juice

Snacks: plums, oranges, vegan/raw macaroons, healthy fasting tea, watermelon chia cooler, carrots

Dinner: Chai Almond Milk and banana smoothie, grilled veggies and salmon, big salads

Dessert: fudgie macarrons from QueSeRawSeRaw, chocolate “cheesecake” from QueSeRawSeRaw

Its been pretty standard since Monday as I needed to use up some of the produce I had. But I received my Farm Fresh To You delivery yesterday morning and was stoked to find fresh organic lettuce and a cantaloupe!!! (as well as heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, lemon, and two plums).

I’m looking for a good tomato soup to make… trying to keep to vegan if possible Anyone have any good recipes?

Look for a new chia cooler tomorrow as well, Cantaloupe! Super excited about this one 🙂

Hope you’re all having a great day!

How do you handle real life after a raw/vegan  cleanse? I have no idea.

I knew before embarking on this cleanse that I would be successful if I had the tools to get me through each day and hard core support from Sasha and the people closest to me. I needed the meals to be provided for me, I needed my schedule laid out… I just needed to not think about it. To just do it. And that’s what I did. It took that stress out because I knew what was coming for the day, and I knew what I had to do. I didn’t have many options  so I ate what I was given. And the plan worked. The cleanse worked. So now that I’m off of it, what do I do?

Focus on the determination and mental toughness I had last week, and keep it with me. There’s no denying that what I did was really hard for me. I now know that I need to add some protein to my diet and find ways to do that while keeping the rest of my diet in balance. After this weekend, I also know that wheat/yeast and I do not get along. Hello beer, double double, and pizza… you think I went a little nuts? Yeah, I’d say so.  I’m bloated, my stomach is upset, I’ve had some small cystic breakouts. No bueno at all. So today’s all about going back to what worked. A mostly raw/vegan diet, with some added protein. Eggs, fish, chicken. To be successful that this, I need to set myself up like I want to succeed. Make the right choices, stock my kitchen with the right food, be present with my goals and choices, and remember this is about my health.
So this week is sort of like a trial week. I want to keep to my diet while adding in some protein and see how I do. In order to do this, I need to be able to make some awesome food. So, I ask you- what are your favorite raw and/or vegan cookbooks out there? Any raw/vegan blogs that you love that would help me along this process? Any recipes that you love and would like to share? Let me know!!
** On a side note… I went to the Brad Paisley concert with some friends this weekend, where coors lite was consumed by all. Some of the best pictures came out of that night and I wanted to share a few of my faves…

My brother, me, and the bf 🙂

My faves- Steve and Libby

Probably the coolest pic of the night- thank you Libby for getting this one! 🙂

One of the biggest factors that got me through the cleanse was the support I had every single day. Friends sending random messages, “hey! you can do it!”, “thinking about you!” and “Good morning…bottoms up and tallyho!!” <– you know who you are 😉  People I don’t even know commenting on the blog (thank you for your support!!!) And then the people closest to me, knowing exactly what I needed when I needed it.

Although I’m not one to get super personal on this public blog, I still want to high light a couple people in my life that make me feel like a million bucks every day and that I love dearly.

Lets start with the most obvious, the bf 🙂 His incredibly sweet encouragement (even though he  didn’t agree with it the entire time), support, and ability to catch me when I fell made the process that much easier. To give you a little background, S is an EMT so those skillz kicked in anytime I felt light headed, achy, and down right out of it. To cheer me up and let me know how proud he was of me, he got me a few things to show it! A SF 49er  hitch cover, like this one!

(Anyone else as excited as I am for football season!??! First game, August 5- Cardinals and Saints. NFL Sunday Ticket ordered. Beefin up my fantasty team. Pretty much cant wait!)

And then he made me this the other day (he is a rec leader for a summer camp with young kids. They’re art project was puff painting the crap out of something…)

Anyone else remember Rob Nen? The Nenth inning! Smoke on the water… those were the days…

(Rob Non is my fav Giant of all time…well him and Will Clark, but who doesn’t love Will Clark?)

Next on my list of favorite peeps, S’s mom 🙂 As soon as she heard I was doing this cleanse, she was nothing but supportive and encouraging. She stocked her fridge with coc0nut water (so she could have something to offer me when I came over), sent me daily texts, and big hugs. She also picked me up this AWESOME water bottle that was absolutely perfect for this cleanse.

Fruit in the bottom, no mess, tasty water. Yes please!

This water bottle is so cool. Made by rove, you can find it at Khols 🙂

My good friend Libby has also been a huge support. Her and I talk daily on fb, getting each other through our work days. Libby took a few days and went to LA with her madre and hit up Disneyland. What did she return with? These adorable goodies!

Goofy mug and mickey wine stopper!!

And this guy!

Goofy pen!

Sorry for the awkward picture at my messy desk… Yes, that is a news paper. Yes I do read it. And yes, that is Taylor Kitsch trading card from the movie John Carter. Don’t make fun, you know he’s hot.

Last, and most definitely not least. I couldn’t have done this cleanse without her. It was with her that we decided this would be a great idea. She gave up her time, made herself available for me 24/7, and guided me through each and every emotional and physical roller coaster. If you’ve ever thought about doing a cleanse, are curious about raw foods, or just want to get your health back on track, you NEED to give her a call. I honestly couldn’t recommend her more (and not because shes one of my best friends) but because she is amazing at what she does. Check her out here

If I haven’t already made it clear, I’m going to say it one more time. Pushing your mind and body to the limit takes serious dedication, determination, and support. You can give yourself all of these, but when you feel like you just cant eat another green smoothie, your support system is there to make sure you do, and to tell you how amazing it tastes! (even though it may taste like butt).

Till next time, Happy Friday everyone! Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll be at Brad Paisley tonight with my fav’s, getting my country on 🙂