I gave it my all – A for effort

Well…a lot has changed since my last post. As you all aware most of us are under lock down due to the covid-19 pandemic. It’s a bit ridiculous to think I could carry on the raw till 4 challenge for the rest of the month when I can’t really get to the grocery store and even if I could our grocery stores are wiped out of many things right now, including raw foods!

I did give it my all though and felt great while doing so. I am not going to continue with any sort of food challenges for the rest of the month as it’s way too much pressure at this time – especially for my mental health and anxiety.

I am so tired of seeing all the self righteous posts about how any sort of diet or healthy lifestyle will keep you save from getting this virus. It’s wildly inappropriate to spread such misinformation. Vegans, raw foodists, keto dieters, ANYONE AND EVERYONE – nobody is immune from this. Of course, eating a balanced and “healthy” diet year round will help to boost your immune system but that’s about it.

Wash your hands, practice social distancing, tend to your mental health and keep safe during this uncertain time.

With that being said – here is my A for effort for the month – in pictures 🙂

First time trying mangosteen – tangy and floral
Lots of mangos!
Lots of celery!
Fresh juiced blood orange juice
This is just one of many cooked meals for dinner which involved potato!
Simple way to make potato wedges with no or less oil
Simplicity!
Lola trying to get the apples from the orchard
My first hot breakfast (oats with banana and peanut butter) photo taken on my new samsung phone! This is so comforting and will be a go too in the next few weeks.

Looking back at all of the photos, I feel pretty good about my choices for most of the month 🙂

Please take good care of yourselves, until next time!

Mostly Raw March

Happy March!!

Welcome to Mostly Raw March! I have been slightly absent from blogging lately but it’s time for a new challenge and with that comes posting more!

This month my aim will be eating as much raw fruits and veggies as I care for until supper which I will then have a cooked meal. It’s kind of like raw till 4 but not exactly the same.

Beautiful mango snack
Mish mash meal – Spinach salad with tomato, mashed sweet potato, curried veggies and chickpea patties for dinner on first day of March

 Why do this, you may ask? Well my blood glucose levels respond amazingly to a high raw lifestyle and I feel great while doing so! Challenging myself keeps me excited to keep progressing forward with my weightloss goals as well. Join along with me if you wish! 🥗🍇🍉🍊🍌🥥 If you look back through my posts you will see that I’ve done a few challenges including the Medical Medium Liver Rescue, 30 days medical medium recipes, Rewild challenge and of course a “plant based” challenge that kicked my weightloss into high gear last summer!

Smoothie breakfast

That being said, a little disclaimer: I hesitate telling people my plans on how im eating these days due to judgement or on the other hand feeling pressure to stick to something. Ultimately I eat what I want and when I want it. If one day i don’t feel like eating raw then cest la vie – I won’t eat raw! Plans can and do change and I go with the flow of life and my body.

Another smoothie breakfast

Weight update: I have plateaued the last little while at around 225. While I am definitely not complaining and I feel better than I have in a long time – I know, it’s time for the next wave of weight loss. I challenged myself not to step on the scale until April first. So that should keep this interesting.

I will be checking in as much as possible this much

Cheers to March!

High Vibe

Hello and happy Friday.

In such a good mental state lately and thought I would pop in to say hi!

Filling myself with lots of high vibe, nourishing and living foods! I definitely think this helps with keeping the high vibes flowing.

“Life is tricky baby, stay in your magic”

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Food I’ve Been Loving Lately – In Pictures

Baked potatos with all the fixings – spicy black beans, cooked peppers and onions, gaucamole and tofu sourcream
Oatmeal blueberry muffins
Left over noodle stirfrys (brown rice and millet noodles)
Chia seed pudding topped with fruit and nuts
Mini pita pizzas (whole wheat pittas and Emborg dairy free cheeze)
Homemade soups
All the wraps!
More noodle stir frys
And again….
Lots of fruit smoothies with sunwarrior protein powder
Matcha Chia Seed pudding
Oatmeal bowls
Bananas topped with peanut butter (with chia seeds)
Homemade veggie and quinoa chilli
Fruit bowls
More fruit!

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf

Transformation Tuesday

I have shared many transformation Tuesdays on my various social media platforms but perhaps not many here on the blog! And since this is the second last Tuesday of 2019 I thought it would be a good day to share.

Only a few days left in 2019. Good time to reflect!

No…I didnt join a gym in 2019. Probably won’t in 2020 either ðŸ˜‚👍 I don’t have to over exercise or kill myself in the gym to “burn off calories” I did however participate in the occasional Zumba class, took up clogging (really just glorified tap dancing) swam almost daily in the summer and made friends with the sidewalk. ðŸ˜‚

I increased my carbs by a lot….so many beans, potatos and different kinds of fruits. I’ve never eaten so much in my life. My mindset has changed. My relationship to food and life in general has improved. I have let go of a ton of food fears and myths (um, hello fruit I love you). My health continues to improve. It’s the kindest I’ve ever been to my body and self in my life.

I never feel the need, desire or urge to binge or restrict. It’s such a relief. I have noticed that there is still unfortunately an unhealthy diet culture even in the “plant based” community which I seemed to have ventured into on this journey. Very structured, rigid, unforgiving, using disordered eating language and more. 🤦‍♀️ it’s so easy to get sucked in. I have had a hard time throughout this journey with putting a label on how I have been losing the weight i.e high carb? Low fat? Plant based? Which you will see if you read over my previous blog posts. In the end none of these labels matter. The way I have been improving my life is no better than anyone elses way and doesn’t really need a label. It’s unique to me and that will have to be good enough 🙂 This is what I will continue to share, my journey – messy yet authentic and ever changing.

If you need one takeaway from this let it be this: Be kind to yourself today and every day.

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Merry Christmas Eve.