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!!

This weekend at my good friends Erin and Jim’s wedding, I discovered something that I haven’t quite been able to forget. The wedding had a Cuban theme throughout the cocktail hour (Erin is part Cuban) with some amazing Cuban inspired snacks and drinks. Gazpacho, Cuban sandwiches, and Plantain chips. Not banana chips, no no no. These are straight up plantain chips. Savory, crunchy, slightly salty, and ridiculously good. And I cant find them. Anywhere. Whole Foods doesn’t have them, Safeway doesn’t have them, I’ve heard Trader Joe’s has them… but mine doesn’t apparently. So I’ve resulted to Amazon. I have a couple of bags on their way. I’ve already started planning how I will consume each bag, how long it might take, and when I should plan on ordering more.

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If you’re in an area where you can access fresh plantains, and have a dehydrator. PLEASE MAKE THESE. And then tell me how good they are. And then, if you really like me, send me a bag. I will give you  a virtual high five. Maybe even a fist bump.

Aaaand I’m broke

August 7, 2012

So the boy and I ran some errands the other day to prep my meals for the week so we took a trip to the Whole Foods. I’ve done some minor shopping at the WF, grabbing a few items here and there, a Kombucha, bar of soap, occasional bottle of wine, etc. But I’ve never done my major grocery shopping there. Until that day. The day Whole Foods drained my bank account.

You might be wondering what all I bought and how much I spent. I bought a ton of food. 90% produce, 5% bulk items, and 5% cool stuff (ie THIS neato bag!!) –> Two awesome things about this bag: #1, its purple. #2, it keeps my goods cold. Love it!

(Did you notice how I totally distracted you from how much I spent…. I’m gonna do it again!!!)
Anyway, I came to Whole Foods prepared with a list of a thousand produce items, with the intention of making a few recipes I found in these cookbooks:

(Raw Food Real World by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis and RAWvolution by Matt Amsden)

Here is what the menu looked like:

Grilled Salmon–> the easiest most delicious, and versatile salmon you’ll ever make!

Jasmine Rice–> w/ a vege boullion for added flavor!

(Raw) Mango Chutney

(Raw) Corn and Tomato Salad

Green Beans –> boiled in vege broth, lightly salted

And here is the final product!

My plate!

The boy’s dinner!

Turned out pretty darn good, AND I have food for the week (and hopefully the next two weeks…) Btw- white plates make your food look (and some how taste) so much better. I highly recommend getting a set, especially if you like to entertain. Looks pretty fancy huh? I got mine at Khols, Food Network baby.

Oh and I spent $250 at the WF. Toodles!!