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.
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.
I’m not sure if it makes sense that I have been in the mood for smoothies being so cold outside but oh well!
For day 3 of the Medical Medium Recipe Challenge I enjoyed a smoothie that I have drank liberally in the past few months – especially when I was doing the Liver cleanse! Yep…the popular Liver Rescue Smoothie. Medical Medium provides a few different varieties for how to make this one and I usually stick to the same ingredients – bananas, wild blueberries, pitaya powder (or the actual fruit) and water. Easy eh??
This recipe is from the Liver Rescue Book.
This is another simple, filling recipe that does not spike my blood sugar.
This is another solid 10 out of 10 for taste!
Ingredients used: Frozen wild blueberries, 2 frozen bananas, pink pitaya – I use the powder but you can use the real fruit and enough water to get things moving.
Wild blueberries: A true powerhouse full of antioxidants and healing properties. A powerful prebiotic, amazing brain food and liver restorer.
Bananas: One of the most nutritional and healing fruits readily available today. They are 76 percent water and full of vitamin C, B6, potassium, copper and manganese. They are a great electrolyte food and good for busy people on the run. They are anti viral and anti fungal . They are a great food choice for those suffering from chronic illness. They are a great food for lowering blood pressure. According to the medical medium ” Bananas should be ripe when eaten which means the peel should be lightly speckled and the fruit has a sweet, creamy taste. Unripe bananas can cause constipation and other adverse reactions”
Dragon fruit (pitaya): Can rejuvinate the liver. According to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium ” “The red pigment in the red-fleshed variety of pitaya is a rejuvenator for your liver, bringing cells back to life.”
The Liver Rescue Smoothie will continue to be a big part of my routine in the months to come!
I am going away from Friday-Monday….I might have limited internet access so posts for those days might have to be put up on Monday 🙂 Stay tuned!
Not my healthiest week ever – but it is what it is! I still enjoyed every bite. It was a yummy week. As someone who has struggled with disordered eating I find it a fine line when it comes to limiting various foods (in my case right now, fats) It’s fairly easy to get sucked into the rabbit hole of binging and restriction again and I just don’t ever want to head in that direction. I try to practice intuitive eating as much as possible. And so I try not to be too hard on myself when I have a less than stellar food week (more processed foods than I would like). I did make some great choices but overall the fat content was higher than I would have liked and I seem to get the best results with my blood glucose levels when my fat stays consistently low (under 30 G per day) If I didn’t have to pay attention to my blood sugar levels this would be a different story and I probably wouldn’t care as much.
Monday September 16th
Breakfast: Two toasted tomatos on UDIS millet chia gluten free bread with hellmans vegan mayo
Snack: Fruit plate
Lunch: Protein shake with sun warrior portein powder, 1 frozen banana, 2 dates and pumpkin pie spice
Snack: Natures Path organic granola coconut and cashew butter with cashew milk
Dinner: Big salad with lots of veggies, Gardein crispy chickun strips, hot sauce, homemade cashew ranch (yum), and guacamole
Tuesday September 17th
Breakfast: Fruit plate – banana, pineapple, mango
Lunch: Chicken wrap using left overs
Snack: Low fat vegan pumpkin muffin
Dinner: Vegan Red Lentil Chilli (low fat)
Wednesday September 18th
Breakfast: 1 Vegan pumpkin muffin with earth balance and a coffee
Lunch: Wrap with left over red lentil chilli, hummus and green onions
Snack: Half cup Presidents choice mango coconut milk based nice cream
Dinner: We went to Costco tonight so ate dinner out before hand at Mucho burrito – I got a whole wheat burrito filled with veggie ground, lettuce, tomato, peppers, onions, corn, cilantro, guac and hot sauce. Yum! I asked Brent to take a picture of it for the blog because I typically leave my phone at home when we go out. Well lets just say he didn’t just take a picture of the burrito! Typical husband.
Exercise: 45 minute walk
Thursday September 19th
Breakfast: 1 Vegan pumpkin muffin with coffee
Lunch: “TLT” – Experimenting with Tofu I got at Costco. I made a tofu, lettuce, tomato sammie and the tofu did actually resemble bacon! Topped with avocado, lettuce,tomato and vegan mayo.
Snack: 2 bananas with peanut butter
Dinner: Medical medium soup left over from the 3.6.9 cleanse which I added a can of coconut milk and curry powder too as per his suggestion in his book to make the soup a heartier meal.
Exercise: 1 hour clogging class
Friday September 20th
It was a VERY busy weekend…but fun!
Breakfast: Part 1: Coffee with vegan pumpkin muffin Part 2: later in the morning a beyond meat lettuce and tomato biscuit from Tim Hortons
Lunch: I was out with Chantel today and we went to Burrito boyz. This was my first time trying out this place and it was pretty good! Got my usual a small burrito with veggie ground and all the fixings. We also visited “the Woo shop” and I made some fun little purchases.
In the evening Brent and I went to see a concert featuring Dallas Smith, Dean Brody, The Reklaws and Mackenzie Porter. I danced for 4 hours straight and YES I did record that down into chronometer 😉 I was exhausted by the end of the night and hangry. We stopped at the only place open (subway) and I got a veggie sub on wheat.
Saturday September 21
This morning we got up early to take care of our two young nieces. We were pretty dang tired but coffee made it happen!
Breakfast: Coffee, 2 bananas with peanut butter
Lunch: A wrap with onion and garlic hummus and arugula and left over medical medium soup (while everyone else ate their kraft dinner) :/ Not sure how moms do it?
Snack: Homemade guacamole with tostitos
Dinner: Brent made dinner tonight – as I was snoring on the couch. I woke up to a bbqed Dr Pragers veggie burger with all the fixings and homemade french fries made in the acti-fryer (low/no oil) Delish.
Exercise: walked several times today with our nieces and Lola
Sunday September 22
Woke up early today and had a day trip to visit my parents by the lake!
Breakfast: On the road, Tim Hortons beyond meat sausage biscuit and coffee with soy cream
Lunch: 2 arugula and hummus wraps and vegetable sushi rolls
Snack: Coconut bliss salted caramel and chocolate icecream
Dinner: Also on the road – A&W Beyond meat burger with all the fixings, onion rings and diet coke
See what I mean about heavy on the processed foods this week? Oh well you win some you lose some and I will keep pressing on and trying better.
Exercise: At least an hour of walking spread out throughout the day
No scale check today but I do wish to share this progress shot with you!
This is around one year apart – same pants, although I could hardly move in them in the first picture and now they pull up past my belly button and are extremely comfortable! You can do anything if you believe in yourself and feel passion towards your journey.
Hello everyone and happy Monday! Well writing this on Monday and probably hitting publish on Tuesday 😉
Well the come down after my 3.6.9 cleanse was much needed. Although I felt amazing and really enjoyed the cleanse (will likely do it again soon!) It was still really structured and so I welcomed not having to think or prep too much this past week (starting on Wednesday) and really just got back to enjoying intuitive eating. I like practicing intuitive eating as much as possible and giving my body what it wants (within reason!). I also stayed the same weight this week at 227 which I weighed after the cleanse. Very happy to maintain that!
Wednesday September 11th
Breakfast: Lemon water, Mangos
Lunch: Watermelon slushie – a Medical Medium Liver Rescue Recipe
Snack: 2 wraps with caramelized onion hummus and lots of arugula
Dinner: I used my instant pot for the FIRST time!! I made vegan richas vegan aloo gobi. Super simple and delicious. I think I am going to be using the instant pot a lot.
It was such a nice day outside today. Super sunny and humid. I took advantage of it and got plenty of natural vitamin D, enjoyed my summery drink and went for a swim too.
Thursday September 12
Breakfast: Lemon water, coffee (gasp…yes!!) Mango and peaches
Lunch: I started with a large bowl of arugula and chopped veggies. Cooked up some portobello mushrooms along with red pepper. Steamed two perfect sweet potatos in the instant pot and used one of them mashed up in the salad. Added in seasoned black beans, hot sauce and hummus for a super satisfying lunch.
Dinner: Light but only because I was still stuffed from lunch! I had two large green apples and two dates after my one hour clogging class.
Clogging class??? Yes!
A few weeks ago I was looking into adult gym and cardio classes in my area. I have already dabbled in zumba and really enjoyed myself and I did plenty of swimming and walking over the summer but I need to change it up every once and again as to not get bored and quit with exercise altogether.
I found a local studio that teaches step dancing and clogging and offer beginner and adult classes. If you aren’t familiar with either – they are kind of similar to tap dancing which was my expertise growing up.
My history with dance is a somewhat strained and bitter sweet memories. I had fun and thankful for the experiences but as I have explained I believe it put some unnecessary stress on me at the time and really set me up for a negative relationship to my body and food. As a child I wasn’t really given the proper tools to deal with certain issues like body image, self confidence and self esteem. I always had poor self confidence and self esteem issues. And dance just added fuel to that fire for me.
A big part of my recovery from eating disorders and emotional trauma has been to acknowledge the past but to no longer dwell on it, identify with it or cling to it. I feel that by doing something like clogging and doing it just for fun and just for me is a good way to continue making peace with my past and turning the not so great memories into good present day memories.
SO anyways this studio offered a free trial class so I took advantage of that…i was pretty nervous but the nerves melted away when I saw lots of happy smiling ladies of all ages ready to learn the clogging basics. It was great cardio just as i thought – I actually sweat through my tee shirt! I got new tap shoes this weekend and looking forward to taking those for a spin this Thursday.
Exercise: Walking lola for 20 minutes and 1 hour clogging class
Friday September 13
Lunch: Left over aloo gobi with garlic naan
Dinner: Pizza night! I had been looking forward to this night for awhile. Especially after being so healthy and somewhat restricted on the 3.6.9 cleanse. I ordered a medium plant based pizza from New Orleans topped with Daiya “cheese”, Yves “ham”, Yves “Pepperoni” sun dried tomato, green peppers, olives and onions. Unfortunately my pizza came loaded with DOUBLE regular cheese. The “old me” would have just said “meh” ate that greasy cheesy pizza and suffered the consequances of horrid stomach cramps all weekend and nasty bathroom business (TMI) However…the new me won’t accept feeling that way. I am worth more! I was able to call back and they rectified the situation pretty fast. We went back and exchanged pizzas. Overall it was very enjoyable and I had left overs for the next morning. Fun fact: I used to be a creamy dip cup a holic. I mean I used to go through 4-5 of those in one sitting and now I simply enjoy the plain marinara cups (and just one) for my crust.
Saturday September 14th
Brent had to work early this morning.
Breakfast: Water and left over cold pizza – I think it actually tasted better cold.
Snack: left over sweet potato
Lunch: 1 wrap stuffed with cooked portabello mushrooms, green peppers, garlic and hummus
Went shopping for my new tap shoes and also stopped off at the new “Happy Plantet location” where I picked up enough vegan junk/processed food for a month or two. Don’t judge me!
Snack: Sweets from the earth vegan carrot cake (naughty) also purchased at Happy planet.
Dinner: I used the instant pot again (LOVE) and we made High Carb Hannahs Red Lentil Chilli. I love Hannahs youtube channel and have all of her ebooks. She has great recipes to try that are mostly high carb, low fat and vegan.
Sunday September 15
Breakfast: Tim Hortons Beyond sausage lettuce tomato biscuit and black coffee which I doctored up at home with some soy creamer. Honestly…can I just enjoy my junk food please universe? This wasn’t great – everything was overcooked and dry. Must be a sign telling me that I shouldn’t be eating this junk lol
Lunch: Two wraps stuffed with cooked peppers, mushrooms and hummus
Dinner: Left over Red lentil chilli with cooked broccoli, hummus and green onions from the garden
Exercise: Two separate walks – one longer at 30 minutes and one short at 15 minutes. I checked my blood glucose level after my first walk and was pleasantly surprised! They continue to improve with time and consistency.
Finally, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the next challenge I am embarking on. And no, it’s actually not food related! A few weeks ago I came across a post via social media from a company named “We are Wildness”
We are wildness “is a global community of humans reconnecting with the natural world, rewilding our daily lives, and protecting the wild spaces that still remain.”
As shared on the We Are Wildness website:
Who we are
We are a small team of committed individuals bringing you inspiration & educational resources grounded in Nature.
Our mission is to help improve the health of individuals, wildlife and the planet, by inspiring people all over the world to reconnect with Nature.
How we got started
We Are Wildness was founded by Alissa in 2011 as a personal growth project. After struggling with depression and anxiety for many years, she found nature connection and living closer to the land to be instrumental in her healing process. Ever passionate about wildlife, nature and wild spaces, Alissa’s hope upon starting WAW was to create an avenue with which to inspire people to reconnect, protect and preserve both their intrinsic wildness and the wildness of the greater earth organism. That personal growth project has now grown into a beautiful collective of wild, yet modern humans who share experiences in many ways: By participation in WAWU, an online school, by reading and contributing to a diverse blog, and by connecting with other Nature lovers via a large social media community.
As I was reading about Alissa’s journey I could somewhat relate in the fact that I feel that being out in nature, natural vitamin D and getting away from social media for a few hours each day has also played a huge role in my recovery and brought my stress levels down significantly helping to balance my emotions overall. I find that the more time I spend outside the happier and more relaxed I feel.
Although I have always felt a deep connection to and with nature and being in nature has always brought me a sense of peace, as a child I didn’t really play outside as much as other kids as I spent my days, evenings and weekends in dance studios and competitions. As I got older and struggled with binging, food restriction, obesity and the depression and anxiety that came along with that I learned to hide myself away and spent more time than I care to share indoors and behind a screen or IN-FRONT of a screen.
Lately I have been spending much more time enjoying the out doors. I love taking long walks with Lola around my small town, sitting watching and listening to the birds, meditating in the backyard, swimming outside, having camp fires under the stars and generally just being outside enjoying the changing seasons.
So when I came across the We are wildness website and read all about their challenges and courses (some free and some paid for) it was right up my ally and I wanted to get started immediately! I decided to join the 7 day *free* challenge first. For the next 7 days I will be participating in a daily challenge set up by the good folks at We are Wildness in hopes of making spending time out in nature a more carved out and concrete part of my days. I think we are wildness will inspire me to do just that. I will be sharing all of the 7 days with you here. Starting this evening.
Hope you are all doing well. We are officially out of the little (or perhaps not so little) 6 week challenge that I had put myself through in order to change some of my eating and lifestyle habits but I think I want to continue sharing my weekly eats and exercise as it’s something I enjoy 🙂 I have actually grown much more interested in this than anticipated.
With that being said I will have another fun little challenge coming up so look forward to that most likely starting Monday September 2. I will be completing the Medical Medium 3.6.9 Liver cleanse! I have been re reading the book and it’s definitely inspired me.
OK…lets get to the goods. I haven’t been taking as many pictures but I will share what I have.
Monday August 12
Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy cream and GF toast
Lunch: Cucumber and celery with hummus
Snack: Half cup B+J dairy free icecream
Dinner: Big salad with black beans, homemade pico de gallo, assorted veggies, cashew sauce and hot sauce
Today I had another follow up doctors appointment with my current Naturopath doctor.
Summary of appointment
We took a look at the latest results from the lab tests
High Iron (runs in the family) So it’s a good thing I have chosen to limit meat consumption! I have to start drinking green tea or regular tea with my meals and perhaps in the future might have to give blood regularly.
Try to add more protein (I’m on the fence about this) I believe we can get all of the protein we need from a plant based diet….and when someone suggests adding in more protein or a higher protein diet this is also suggesting a higher fat diet in disguise. Even so, I could always use more plant based protein.
She is not really sure about a vegan/vegetarian diet but will support my choices. (She advocates for low carb/keto)
Refilled my supplements which have been helping
Weighed me and I was down 15 pounds on her scale (in the evening too!) since last appointment
Continue to monitor blood sugar as im comfortable with (I try to daily) 2 afters after a meal
Continue taking supplements and increase b12 from 1000 to 2000-5000
Continue light to moderate exercise
Increase water intake
Tuesday August 13:
Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy creamer, half cup of oats topped with 1 peach chopped and some vanilla almond milk
Snack: 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (unsalted, raw)
Unexpected brunch: Tim hortons beyond sausage lettuce
and tomato and hash brown from chantel
Lunch: Sunwarrior protein powder, 1 banana, almond milk, water, ice, cinnamon and inositol supplement – protein shake
Snack: celery with hummus
Dinner: cooked cauliflower with Heinz beans
Exercise: Short evening walk
Chantel brought me back the nicest gifts from her trip to Orlando for the Younique Convention.
Wednesday August 14
Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy creamer, half cup oats with blueberries, so delicious coconut milk yogurt (unsweetened) and peanut butter
Lunch: Medical Medium spinach soup, celery with
Snack: 2 tbsps pumpkin seeds
Snack: Protein shake with chocolate sun warrior
powder, banana, almond milk, water, cinnamon, ice
Dinner: High Carb Hannah cheddar and broccoli soup – delicious but next time will add some fried onions and celery and fresh garlic. Over a little bit of brown rice. Even Brent enjoyed this which is saying something!
Had a pedicure this evening in anticipation of an upcoming wedding i will be attending – was relaxing #selfcare. Also I have to mention – since changing my diet and taking better care of myself all around – I have noticed a huge improvement in the bottom of my feet. Less painful cracks and less dry skin which can both come along as a result of diabetes or blood sugar issues and infections.
Thursday August 15
Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer, half cup of
cooked oats with Bobs flax, almond milk and blueberries
Lunch: Cooked zucchini, bell peppers, gardein crispy chickun mandarin orange and a little bit of rice
Snack: Veggie straws
Snack: So delicious coconut milk vanilla unsweetened
yogurt with pumpkin seeds
Exercise: Walk 40 minutes, swimming 30 minutes
Friday August 16
Breakfast: Rudolphs Bavarian rye bread toasted, 1
slice of Emmi-Swiss lactose free swiss cheese, 1 tbsp hummus and spinach,
Coffee with soy creamer
Lunch: arugula raw, black beans, bell peppers, pico
de gallo, mushrooms, onions
Snack: 1 cup of blueberries
Snack: Protein shake – 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon and inositol (will talk about this supplement soon!)
Lola and I have shaved 5 minutes off of our typical 45 minute walk!
Saturday August 17
Went to a wedding today. I didn’t want to be that pain that required a different meal so I just had a little bit of your traditional “wedding food” It Was fun getting dressed up but a very very hot day.
Breakfast: 2 natures path maple cinnamon waffles topped with peanut butter, maple syrup and blueberries with coffee
Lunch: Argula , pico de gallo, black beans, cucumber, cashew dressing with cheesy vegan pasta left overs
Dinner: half of a small chicken breast, cooked veggies, 2 small roast potato, coleslaw, about half a cup of red wine. I declined the gravy and heavy looking sauce for the chicken. I took 2 bites of dessert which was a homemade ice cream and then gave the rest to my husband.
It was overly sweet and I just could not have any more. I haven’t had these kinds of food since June and I am not interested in getting started again and that’s all I really have to say about that!
I need to continue on working on my confidence with the ability to simply say no to things I don’t want and things that don’t make me feel good. Why should I eat something that makes me feel like shit just to appease someone else? They don’t live in and with my body and know how I feel.
And while I didn’t want this food..I also did not want to be a pain in the butt to the bride and groom to provide an entirely other meal which I know is kind of a nuisance and costs extra money usually. The ability to say no without fear is something I will have to work on throughout my life time!
While I don’t identify as vegan or even vegetarian – I still
have been eating that way 95 percent of the time as that’s when I feel my best.
I woke up at 4:30-5 am the morning after the wedding feeling like a punching bag. I was so dehydrated and swollen. I told my husband that it felt like I had inhaled a large pizza! This proves to me that I really don’t want to be going back to eating how I was. It was not benefiting me at all.
Sunday August 18th
As you read above I got an early start to my day. I drank 4-5 tall glasses of water to hydrate myself between 4 and 5 in the morning.
Brent had to work so he picked up some breakfast and dropped it off for me which was very sweet!
Breakfast: 1 large Tim Hortons coffee black (which I added soy creamer too) and the beyond meat, lettuce and tomato sausage biscuit with a hashbrown.
Lunch: A big salad with arugula, spinach, black beans, pico de gallo, veggies and peanut sauce
Dinner: Left over vegan cheddar and broccoli soup topped with smoked paprika and lots of dill.
I chose not to weigh myself this week as I had already checked in at the doctors office and was feeling pretty good about where I was at! I will check on the 26th and check in on here as well with that update 🙂 I choose not to weigh more than once a week for my mindset, mentality and peace of mind and heart. I will update you all with some clothing shots though and this quote which i found that sums up my health journey pretty well.
“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” -Carl Jung
Ok…now….are you ready for my big news
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I have enrolled in the CSNN – Canadian School of Natural Nutrition distance education program in hopes of completing and successfully achieving my diploma and certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. Kinda geeking out and excited to be a student again!
I am so excited to learn and grow on this new exciting journey and of course share with you guys a long the way! Remember beautiful things can come out of difficult experiences.