“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf
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
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!
Happy Sunday everyone!
I have felt like I have just been coasting along lately and needing something to challenge myself with. I am proud of my accomplishments thus far but still have a long ways to go. I have also been plateaued at 225 which tells me my body is ready for new things to shake it up a little!
I am always wanting to experience and learn new things that will ultimately help me to feel like my best self as well as continuing my healing and weightloss goals.
The holiday season is an interesting one – as fun as everything is…it’s also filled with temptation and I find myself slipping into old ways, indulging in one to many treats (even IF they are dairy free or plant based, vegan etc.)
It always has been and always will be a challenge for the ex binge eater in me to ignore the calls and that little voice I hear in my head to indulge, indulge and indulge again and then to feel bad about it. I don’t wish to do either …binge eat…or feel bad about it. I also don’t want to over indulge in the foods that make my system feel bad (dairy, meat, eggs, too many processed foods). I’d rather continue to nourish myself with whole, plant foods and stick to the day to day routines that agree with my body and emotions. Although I’m thankful so many alternatives are on the market today so that we can in fact have a treat every once and again. I cannot be indulging every day over the course of two months which I find so many people do throughout the holidays? Just an observation, mind you…
For me, consistency, a positive mindset and keeping focused on good whole foods has been the corner stone since day one of this journey and I can’t lose sight of that. I will continue to do what works for me and my body.
I have put together 3 new challenges to see me through to the end of January. The holiday months is a great time to flip the switch and to dive in to keep the motivation high. This is my Raw Food Reset!!
I first will start with an easy peasy 5 day raw food challenge to finish off November, starting tomorrow, November 25.
Near the beginning of December I will see through a 10 day raw food challenge from December 2 to December 11th . Which will semi prepare me for January (after new years/new years day) when I will take part in The Medical Medium 28 day raw food healing program.
As you can see, there are lots of gaps and days in between these challenges to still allow for the occasional (key word) seasonal treats and my fair share of cooked potato and other cooked plant based foods which I love so much 🤣✌️
I have chosen raw food challenges because I seemed to feel my best when I was taking part in the Medical Medium 3.6.9 liver cleanse which was also also mostly raw foods. I want to experience more of those feelings and see how my body is able to heal while doing so.
If anyone wants to join in and support one another through any of these times let me know! I will of course be documenting all of it on various social media platforms and right here on the blog much to the dismay of some, I’m sure 😉
Hope you are doing well.
I put together a pretty simple breakfast for Brent and myself yesterday and thought you would all love it too. This is dairy free and incredibly filling. It can also be made gluten free if you find those fancy pants gluten free oats 😉 The reason I like to add steel cut oats into the mix is that steel cut oats do not seem to spike my blood sugar as much as your regular quick cooking oats do. Therefore I mix the two when I can. This is the perfect start to your day, especially with the colder weather creeping back in.
Cozy Autumn Oats
Ingredients – what you will need
1 cup Quick cooking oats
1 cup Steel cut oats
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 cups water
1 Large apple or 2 smaller apples
1 heaping tbsp cinnamon
half heaping tbsp nut meg
pinch of cinnamon/nutmeg in the oats while cooking
pinch of pink salt
1-2 tbsp pure/high quality maple syrup
Start by cutting up your fruit into bite sized pieces and add to a sauce pan along with the cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. Cook on low/medium and allow it to simmer while stirring occassionally. The longer you cook this the more it will reduce down – so feel free to do this for as long as you like. I enjoyed it chunky on top of and throughout my oats.
Meanwhile add your oats, almond milk, pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, water and salt to a sauce pan and stir continuously on low/medium heat until super thick and creamy
Serve your oats in two bowls, top with the warm fruit and a little more maple syrup and cinnamon on top if you wish! Yum! This actually was divided into 3 meals as Brent could not finish all of his! Yep…that’s how filling it was.
Let me know if you try it 😉
Time to play catch up. I apologize but time has just flown by and I let some things slip by the way side (aka posting!) lately.
We left off at October 29 of my Medical Medium October Recipe Challenge.
It was a busy day and I also had an hour long doctors appointment with my naturopath (more on that to come in the next few days!)
SO I turned to something simple – which is great about the Medical Medium. He has all sorts of recipes. Simple ones and ones that take a bit longer and are a little more in depth.
Lemon Ginger Honey Water
Ingredients: Ginger, water, honey, lemon
10 out of 10 for simplicity, taste, and health benefits!
Ginger: According to Medical Medium ” Ginger’s antispasmodic properties come from its more than 60 trace minerals, well over 30 amino acids (many of them undiscovered), and more than 500 enzymes and coenzymes all working together to calm reactivity. And as an antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, ginger deserves all the accolades it gets for promoting a healthy immune system. Ginger is also ideal for stress assistance, DNA reconstruction, enhancement of your body’s production of B12, and so much more. It will be 100 years before research uncovers how much ginger truly holds. “
Honey: Anti viral, anti fungal, antibacterial, promotes digestive health, boosts immunity, anti inflammatory, potent medicinal properties.
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.
This is a beautiful way to start or end your day <3