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!

Tis the season…for a new challenge?

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.

Therefore…

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 😉

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Cozy Autumn Oats

Hello everyone!

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

Serves 2-3

Ingredients – what you will need

1 cup Quick cooking oats

1 cup Steel cut oats

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 cups water

2 Pears

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

Cooking Instructions

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.

Stir, stir, stir, until super thick and creamy. Yum.

Let me know if you try it 😉

Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 29 – Lemon Ginger Honey Water

Hello everyone!

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

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I used a little bit of manuka honey but Medical Medium suggests pure raw honey

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

Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 20 – Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Despite the unusually warm weather for this time of month (20 degrees today!) I was craving something “fall-ish” due to the beautiful scenery and colours I have been witnessing lately. Nothing better than the taste of pumpkin during the Autumn months.

Thankfully Medical Medium has a recipe for just about every taste and I was excited to find a Pumpkin pie smoothie recipe over on his blog!

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Ingredients: Banana, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, almond milk, dates

Banana: 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”

Pumpkin: According to Medical Medium “Pumpkin is packed with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and zea-xanthin which can help prevent age-related macular disease. Pumpkin is also a rich source of B-vitamins such as folates, niacin, thiamin, and pantothenic acid and minerals like calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. 

It is an excellent food for aiding weight loss and for reducing cholesterol. The high amount of phytonutrients in pumpkin have been shown to help prevent the risk of cancers, particularly mouth, lung, and colon cancer. Pumpkin also contains several anti-aging benefits and the antioxidants help to keep skin wrinkle-free and radiating a healthy glow. 

It also contains immune-boosting properties which can help the body stay strong and ward off common colds and flus that may be going around. Pumpkin is excellent way to replenish and restore the body after a workout as it is high in potassium which helps to restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after exercise and keeps muscles functioning at their best. “

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. 

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.

10 out of 10 for looks and flavour! This hit the spot and I will definitely be making it again soon 🙂