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.
For day 2 of our Medical Medium Recipe Challenge I enjoyed a smoothie for breakfast. I actually really enjoy fruit smoothies for breakfast (sometimes with a plant based protein powder like Sun warrior and sometimes, like today, without!) And they don’t seem to spike my blood glucose level so long as I have been keeping my fats low (radical fats – as the Medical Medium calls them).
The sweet cherry smoothie from the Medical Medium “Life Changing Foods” Book called out to me this morning! Full of tasty sweet frozen cherries, bananas and a zing of lemon – the ingredients could not be easier or cleaner!
I rate this a solid 10 out of 10 – absolutely delicious!
Ingredients used: Ripe bananas, frozen sweet cherries, lemon, water
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”
Cherries: According to the medical medium cherries are the ultimate liver tonic, cleanser and rejuvinator. They promote a healthy hemoglobin, and are anti cancerous. They are actually better at reliving constipation than prunes! They help to cleanse the bladder and are one of the best endocrine system boosting foods you could eat. If you are looking to lose some weight – cherries are your best friend!
Lemon: Lemons are a powerful healing fruit containing anti septic, antibiotic and anti-cancer properties. They are rich in vitamin C and B complex minerals. They can help cleanse and detoxify your entire body! It’s a good idea to start your day with a tall glass of fresh lemon juice.
As you can see – the sweet cherry smoothie is a wonderful way to start your day.
Lets talk about week 4. Just to let you know I weigh myself usually On Mondays so here I am updating you all on Tuesday. I’ve decided to just start calling this my food journal. To be honest…not everything I eat is plant based. I try to eat AS MUCH plant based foods (fruits, veggies) as possible. But I am human and sometimes life happens. I am not eating any animal products currently and very low amount of oils. I am eating tons of carbs and my body is loving it! Just don’t want to rub anyone the wrong way and be upfront and honest with you all!
For anyone new reading this…I have switched over to a high carb, low(er) in fat lifestyle with the aim of incorporating as much plant based, whole foods as possible. I am into my 4th week. I try to include some photos and fill you all in on what I ate and what my exercise looked like each week plus my weight loss results (if any).
Without further ado lets talk about week 4.
Monday July 22
Breakfast: Starting to become a favorite! Oatmeal with frozen fruit. Typically I make it with water and then add in some almond milk afterwards for some creaminess.
Had lots of water and took all of my supplements (going to do a separate post about what I take very soon)
Today was an unpacking day and I didn’t even get it all unpacked/washed/put away. Oh well.
I went on a short walk with Lola – today was a very hot day.
Lunch: Raw wrap with guacamole, cucumber and red cabbage. This is my first time trying a raw wrap. My mom picked this up for me when I was up visiting them on holidays. I have to say it was quite tasty!
Dinner: Pasta – red Lentil pasta made with sweet potato, organic tomato sauce which I added spinach, broccoli, peppers and onion to – Very filling but had the toots aftwards, haham..TMI but keeping it real!
I made the same dish for Brent but made his with regular spaghetti noodles. He tried the pasta I had and found it quite delicious! I enjoyed a large serving of this.
Tuesday July 23
Breakfast: Oats with Banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and almond milk
I also enjoyed a coffee with silk soy milk.
Drank a ton of water with my supplements. Just to be clear…I drink water all day long. Don’t think I mention that in these journals!
Lunch: Left over burrito bowl from the weekend (added red pepper cashew sauce and guacamole) This is the dish that keeps on giving! I definitely miss the Pea Pod.
Dinner: Left over pasta
Dessert: oatmeal bar – homemade (vegan)
I enjoyed a longer 45 minute walk this evening. It was a beautiful evening with a nice breeze!
Wednesday July 24th
Breakfast: 2 Mangos cut up, lots of water with my supplements.
Snack: Homemade Oatmeal bar (vegan)
Lunch: two toasted tomato sammies with English muffins, tomato and vegan mayo (Hellman’s)
Dinner: Two (yes two) Sol Original Griller burgers (meatless) from Costco with all the fixins along with a Cottage Springs Distillery Peach Vodka Soda..because..life! I feel like I am eating more than I ever used to on a lower carb lifestyle and my body is loving it. I continue to lose inches, lose weight and blood sugar is stabilizing while eating more carbs. After a life spent thinking carbs were the enemy. I guess I was very wrong.
Exercise: 30 minute walk followed by a 30 minute freestyle swim
Thursday July 25th
Breakfast: Toasted tomato on gluten free seeded ancient grains bread with vegan mayo. This was a new to me style of bread and I really enjoyed it. Brent had some too and said he would have it again. I also enjoyed a new tea we picked up from the British shop. This tea really does taste like biscuits!
Lunch: Sweet potato fries with vegan chipotle aioli
Dinner: Orzo pasta with vegan pesto and chopped tomato along with lettuce, black beans, guacamole and roasted red pepper cashew dip
Exercise: 30 minute walk followed by a 30 minute freestyle swim
Friday July 26th
Breakfast: Silk coconut creamer and coffee, Bowl of cherries, Oatmeal with banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut creamer. This was delightful.
Lunch: Left over orzo with vegan pesto and chopped tomato
Dinner: Raw wrap with black beans, lettuce, guacamole and roasted red pepper cashew dip
On the way home from grocery shopping I enjoyed this Cashew chocolate milk drink (DOSE). We go to this small town No Frills and I have to say I am super impressed with it! So many plant based, vegan and vegetarian options!
Exercise: I got in a 20 minute walk and 30 minute freestyle swim
Saturday July 26th
Enjoyed a Lemon and lavender water infusion this morning and took all of my supplements
Breakfast: 1 toasted tomato with vegan mayo, earth balance and tomatos
Lunch: fresh green beans from our garden and 1 mango cut up
Dinner: 2 veggie burger patties with all the fixins and a big salad
Exercise: 10 minute walk in the morning and Walked 45 minutes in evening
Sunday July 27
Breakfast : The husband made homemade Home-fries. He used peppers, onions and some seasonings and no oil. I also had toast with earth balance. This was particularly satisfying and delicious.
Lunch : Peachs, watermelon, celery, cucumber, sunflower company olive hummus
Dinner – Dr pragers veggie burger and salad with pesto
Dessert: Half cup coconut milk ice cream. I have to admit this ice cream was delicious and also not as pricey as your typical dairy free ice cream. Also, my husband is very picky about these things (likes his ice cream) and he also enjoyed it! Definitely recommend.
We also worked outside and took a dip in the pool. I enjoyed a strawberry vodka social drink.
Hung up this new Canada sign we got at the Southampton Market
Overall a great week especially for exercise. For me, it’s all about doing light exercise at least 5-6 days per week. I have a good groove going with walking and swimming. I don’t really do the high intensity work outs yet as I am still working on my adrenal health. If you have any sort of issues with stressed/taxed adrenals then you don’t want to be doing crazy stressful workouts. I had some GREAT blood sugar readings too, they just continue to stabilize and get lower.
Weight Loss Results/Photos
SW: 265 September
SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250
That’s a 2 pound loss for the week! I am happy with this.
Into week 5 already…adding in IMF this week (isn’t that all the rage? lol) I will explain more about this next week and let you know if I see any difference with results in my blood sugar and weight loss. Lets do this!