Raw Reset Day 4/5 – High Blood Sugar & Intense Exercise

Hello everyone! Forgot to post this last night. Doh.

Can’t believe we are almost done with the first mini raw food reset challenge. Feeling great and those pesky headaches have subsided.

Heres the food round up for Thursday

Blueberries with lots of hemp and chia, kiwis and mango
Mix of pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Big ass salad bowl with spinach, broccolo slaw, pico de gallo, peppers, cucumber, homemade chashew dressing and homemade peanut sauce
Vitamin C <3
Got out a walk with Lola – it was freezing!
This tasted like a Wendys chocolate frosty. SO GOOD!! Sunwarrior protein powder, cacao powder, dried peanut butter powder (less fat, more protein), bananas, almond milk, water and ice

Had dance class last night and it was a sweaty, fast, hard class! At one point I think i stopped breathing because I was focusing on the dance so hard and it was going so fast lol

I was a little surprised to see a spike in my blood sugar after this particularly fast, hard cardio class but I have done some research on this and it’s pretty normal with ALL people (depending on your hormones, adrenals and body type).

Why does exercise sometimes raise blood sugar?

Exercise can trigger the body to release stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline can stimulate the liver and the adrenal glands to release glucose and cortisol which makes you more resistant to insulin. Strenuous activity, like competitive sports, can trigger even more stress hormones, in which case blood glucose usually increases (at least temporarily).

In general, we know that different exercises affect us differently. And we also know that we’re all very unique, and the same exercise affects different people differently. Our blood sugar response will also depend on our level of physical fitness and personal exertion. Generally speaking, 30-40 minutes of running brings different results than an hour of cycling, swimming or even boxing. The intensity of the activity is often as important as the duration.

Nevertheless, exercise and activity are very good weapons against diabetes and they work in your favor in the medium to long-term, even if you’re struggling against those BG boosting stress hormones in the short term.

Typically, the post-exercise blood sugar spike settles down and returns to normal after an hour or two, so check again after some time if you’re able to. And the exercise itself pays dividends for much longer than that, so the tradeoff is well worth it.

My blood sugar did indeed drop back to a normal healthy level before bed time and I was relieved!

Feeling good! 45 pounds down. Hoping to be 50 pounds down by Christmas. You read it here first!

Raw Reset Day 2/5 – Food+Caffeine Withdrawal

Happy Tuesday!

Day two out of five of my raw reset challenge is coming to a close. I have been experiencing some body aches/pains and a headache. I typically only get headaches when I stop consuming caffeine for any period of time so this makes sense. I had the headache last night and a little bit tonight as well. Just trying to consume lots of water to drown it out.

Breakfast

I enjoyed 2-3 cups of the most delicious blueberries along with 1 tbsp each of hemp and chia seeds. I also had a nice large mango.

Lola and I went on a longer 45-50 minute walk today and it was so great because it felt like a Spring day outside. It was very mild and sunny. After the walk I felt ready to be productive and I could feel the happy endorphins rushing through the veins. If I could give you only one weightloss tip or “life” tip in general it would be to get out a walk at least once every day. It really helps to boost the mood, your productivity, overcome fatigue and obviously helps with weightloss as well 🙂

Snack

Today I snacked on 2 tbsp of raw pumpkin seeds and 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds.

Late Lunch

Lunch was a Sunwarrior Protein Shake

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 scoops of the Mocha meal replacement protein powder
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • cacao powder
  • water
  • ice

Snack

Raw date ball with a chai tea and almond milk

These really pack a punch! I take one out of the freezer and allow to thaw just for a little bit before I eat it. They go really well with a warm drink.

Dinner

Dinner today was an extra large salad

  • Lots of broccoli slaw
  • Spinach
  • Raw peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Cashew Dressing
  • Thai peanut dressing

Ended the night with a movie via Disney Plus (Home alone) and a blood glucose check at 6.1 – still very happy with this (2 hours after the date ball, tea and XL salad) It might have been a bit higher than last night due to the date ball 🙂 My aim is usually to stay between 4.5-7.5. I don’t typically share my values but I will so that you can see that my levels have not increased on a high fruit/carb diet.

I meant to post this last night but fell asleep! So good morning if you are reading this 🙂

Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 6 – Chaga Tea Latte

Awhile back as I was making my way through the Medical Medium “Life Changing Foods” Book – I stumbled across the recipe for “Chaga Tea Latte” and thus my foray into medicinal mushrooms began. Since then I have learned about different medicinal mushrooms and their benefits including reishi, lion mane and of course chaga. Getting this super food in as apart of a delicious drink recipe was appealing to me! I ordered some pure chaga extract powder from Vimery and was able to replicate the MM Recipe for Day 6 of the Medical Medium Recipe Challenge for the “Chaga Tea Latte”

Ingredients used: I used a Blend of almond,hazelnut and cashew milk, although MM recommends coconut milk, cinnamon, reishi extract powder and raw honey.

Chaga: According to the Medical Medium ” Chaga is an incredibly powerful medicinal mushroom that is highly sought after due to its phenomenal levels of antioxidants and healing properties. Chaga is rich in Vitamins A, C, B, D, and E and minerals such as manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, and selenium. It also contains potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-candida, and anti-parasite properties. 

Chaga is one of the best sources of betulinic acid which is known to kill cancer cells on contact. Chaga is therefore often listed as one of the top anti-cancer and anti-tumor foods and is highly valued in a variety of natural cancer treatments and preventative protocols. Research has shown Chaga to be particularly beneficial for colon, stomach, endometrial, lung, breast, and prostate cancer. 

Chaga is also rich in beta-glucans which can dramatically strengthen and reinforce the immune system making it an ideal choice for those suffering with autoimmune disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, irritable bowl syndrome, Chron’s disease, lymphoma, bursitis, shingles, and PCOS. 

Its anti-inflammatory properties makes it ideal for those with IBS, arthritis, colitis, cystitis, tendonitis, edema, asthma, celiac disease, and acne. The wide range of healing benefits found in Chaga makes its one of the most important and essential medicinal foods to be included in one’s natural health regime. 

Chaga mushrooms grow in harmony with birch tress and can be found in northern regions of the United States and in the forest of the Appalachian mountains. It can also be found in temperate forests of Europe, Canada, China, Russia, and Korea where it is known as a “gift of God”. Chaga tea is an incredibly beneficial since the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healing compounds are easily and quickly assimilated and utilized by the body.”

Raw Honey: Anti viral, anti fungal, antibacterial, promotes digestive health, boosts immunity, anti inflammatory, potent medicinal properties.

Cinnamon: According to the Medical Medium: “Cinnamon has been used for healing and medicinally throughout history. It has the highest antioxidant strength of all the food sources and is several hundreds more potent than any fruit or vegetable. Cinnamon is a great source of vitamins A and B-complex and minerals such as chromium, iron, zinc, and calcium.  It is particularly good for helping diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, and arthritis. Cinnamon is known to help prevent and shorten the duration of the flu as well to eliminate congestion and mucus from the body. It is also very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and to help regulate blood sugar. It is known to help increase circulation and contains anti-clotting compounds which makes it highly beneficial for helping to prevent strokes and coronary artery disease.  It is also very good for reducing inflammation in the body making it helpful for people with autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Cinnamon also has the amazing ability to stop yeast infections, candida, and menstrual cramps. Cinnamon has anti-cancer properties and has been known to reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells within the body. It is commonly used in gum and dental treatments due to its pain relieving and antiseptic properties.”

Smooth nutty taste and incredibly nourishing! I give this recipe a solid 7 out of 10.

Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 5 – Lime Water

Seeing as how I was on the road and travelling over the weekend, I chose some of the simplest yet most effect recipes to try and taste.

For Day 5 of the October Medical Medium Recipe Challenge I chose Lime water. A tasty yet effect way to cleanse the system each and every morning!

Medical medium writes that “limes travel well, When you’re on the road, you an always throw a few limes into your bag so that you can make this hydrating drink anytime!” – this is what I was thinking! You can find this one in the Liver Rescue Book.

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Ingredients used: Water and Limes

Limes: Limes remove toxins from the body and are incredibly hydrating. They are the perfect base for salad dressings and bring flavour to just about any recipe you could imagine! I personally love them especially in pico de gallo.

Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 4 – Apples with Caramel Dip

Hello everyone – time to play catch up with recipes <3 I had a fabulous few days away by the lake with my husband, Lola and parents but like I guessed – little reception and unable to do my blog posts!!

The Medical Medium Recipe Challenge is well under way and I have been enjoying all of the tasty, healthy new recipes.

For Day 4 (October 4th) of the October Medical Medium Recipe Challenge I made Apples with “caramel” dip for our breakfast.

Ingredients used: Apples, dates, cinnamon, water (and high powered blender)

Could it be any easier??

Apples: Sweet, delicious, so many varieties and full of immune boosting and disease preventing properties. According to Anthony Williams ” Apples are also an amazing detoxifier and contain both malic and tartaric acids that help remove impurities from the liver and gallbladder”.

Dates: Dates are an ideal food for improved energy and brain function. They are a good source of vitamin A & B-complex and they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium. Dates are known to help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for thousands of years by athletes to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina.

Dates contain anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties which make it an excellent food for those who suffer with chronic infections and auto-immune disorders. They also help to control heart rate and blood pressure which offers protection against strokes and coronary heart diseases. Dates contain an easily digestible fiber that has been found to help prevent colon, prostate, lung, endometrial, breast, and pancreatic cancers. They are also known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, relieve constipation, improve anemia, and prevent macular degeneration.

Cinnamon: According to the Medical Medium: Cinnamon has been used for healing and medicinally throughout history. It has the highest antioxidant strength of all the food sources and is several hundreds more potent than any fruit or vegetable. Cinnamon is a great source of vitamins A and B-complex and minerals such as chromium, iron, zinc, and calcium.  It is particularly good for helping diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, and arthritis. Cinnamon is known to help prevent and shorten the duration of the flu as well to eliminate congestion and mucus from the body. It is also very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and to help regulate blood sugar. It is known to help increase circulation and contains anti-clotting compounds which makes it highly beneficial for helping to prevent strokes and coronary artery disease.  It is also very good for reducing inflammation in the body making it helpful for people with autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Cinnamon also has the amazing ability to stop yeast infections, candida, and menstrual cramps. Cinnamon has anti-cancer properties and has been known to reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells within the body. It is commonly used in gum and dental treatments due to its pain relieving and antiseptic properties. 

This is the perfect breakfast, snack, dessert and/or treat! I give this recipe an 8 out of 10 as it’s simple, tasty, filling and hydrating all at once.