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!

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

Legit Delicious

Hello everyone!

Sorry for my absence lately however I have been taking a little blogging and challenges break as I enjoy the holidays. Tis the season after all! 🙂

I wanted to pop in for a moment and share with you a legit delicious dinner of mine that I have been enjoying lately.

It’s super easy, nutritious, nourishing, satisfying and amazing for batch cooking which would last for several meals throughout the week.

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What you need

  • Assortment of root/starchy veggies – I like using sweet potato, regular potato and carrots
  • Mix of non starchy veggies: I like to use a mix of bell peppers, red onion and broccoli
  • Mixed beans or black beans
  • Lemon and lime to squeeze over the beans and to finish off your plate
  • Whatever grain you prefer (brown rice, cous cous, quinoa etc)
  • Leafy greens like spinach or kale
  • Optional: creamy dairy free dressing (here I have made a homemade garlicy tahini dressing)
  • Hot sauce

Throw it all together on a plate or for a kick ass burrito bowl type meal. My Husband even loved it and was satisfied without the typical protein of chicken or beef. He even made some homemade guacamole to go with it the second time we had it this month 🙂

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I enjoy having these kind of meals to break up some of the heavier holiday meals that December is kinda known for.

Let me know if you try it out! 🙂

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 🙂