Transformation Tuesday

I have shared many transformation Tuesdays on my various social media platforms but perhaps not many here on the blog! And since this is the second last Tuesday of 2019 I thought it would be a good day to share.

Only a few days left in 2019. Good time to reflect!

No…I didnt join a gym in 2019. Probably won’t in 2020 either πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ I don’t have to over exercise or kill myself in the gym to “burn off calories” I did however participate in the occasional Zumba class, took up clogging (really just glorified tap dancing) swam almost daily in the summer and made friends with the sidewalk. πŸ˜‚

I increased my carbs by a lot….so many beans, potatos and different kinds of fruits. I’ve never eaten so much in my life. My mindset has changed. My relationship to food and life in general has improved. I have let go of a ton of food fears and myths (um, hello fruit I love you). My health continues to improve. It’s the kindest I’ve ever been to my body and self in my life.

I never feel the need, desire or urge to binge or restrict. It’s such a relief. I have noticed that there is still unfortunately an unhealthy diet culture even in the “plant based” community which I seemed to have ventured into on this journey. Very structured, rigid, unforgiving, using disordered eating language and more. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ it’s so easy to get sucked in. I have had a hard time throughout this journey with putting a label on how I have been losing the weight i.e high carb? Low fat? Plant based? Which you will see if you read over my previous blog posts. In the end none of these labels matter. The way I have been improving my life is no better than anyone elses way and doesn’t really need a label. It’s unique to me and that will have to be good enough πŸ™‚ This is what I will continue to share, my journey – messy yet authentic and ever changing.

If you need one takeaway from this let it be this: Be kind to yourself today and every day.

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Merry Christmas Eve.

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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚

Raw Reset Challenge Day 5/5 Food Round Up!!

Happy Friday!!

We have made it to day 5 of 5 of my first raw food reset mini challenge. Feeling great and even better?? Down 5 pounds! I cannot believe I have made it to 220 pounds for a total of 45 pounds lost.

SW: 265

CW: 220

GW: Get out of the 200s!!!

I have never really made certain weight goals as I never want to set myself up for failure or disappointment however I think a main goal right now is to get out of the 200s!!!! I will get there healthfully and sustain-ably πŸ™‚

Here are my eats for the day….No real green foods which sucks but groceries are running low and that will be a priority over the weekend.

2-3 cups of blueberries, lots of hemp and chia seeds and clementines

I love using hemp and chia seeds on my berries in the morning.
Hemp seeds are nutty and sweet and offer a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They also have all the essential amino acids in an easily digestible form. 3 tbsp of hemp hearts contain 10 g of protein – more than the amount of 1 boiled egg.
Chia seeds are full of important nutrients. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron and calcium. A 1 ounce serving contains 5.6 g of protein.

Lots of raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Taste-A-Like Wendys Frosty Protein Shake. Full of Sunwarrior plant based protein powder, almond milk, bananas, cacao powder, pb2 powder, water and ice
Lots of clementines and 2 apples

Also got out a 45 min walk with this one!

Starting to see my chin again. lol

I am taking the weekend off but will be back with my next 10 day raw food challenge which starts on Monday December 2. Things gonna get crazy up in here!

Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 14 – Garlic Tahini Dressing

It can be incredibly difficult finding store bought “healthy” meaning plant based and minimal oil salad dressings or sauces these days. So I have turned to people like medical medium and other various health professionals to find quick, tasty, and very clean dips, sauces, spreads and dressings!

Drumroll for the next recipe I tried out…..

Garlic Tahini Dressing – this is definitely a 10 out of 10 for me! You can use it as a salad dressing or do what I did and add it to a savoury dish of chickpea risoni, cooked veggies and hot sauce. mmm. It made everything so creamy and garlicy! Just a handful of ingredients too will get you rockin and rollin in no time.

Ingredients: Tahini, dates, raw garlic, olive oil, water

Tahini: Tahini (sesame butter) is creamy, rich, and satisfying and can be used as a savory base to salad dressings, dips, sauces or hummus, or used as a sweet treat when mixed with honey and nuts.

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.

Garlic: Has been used medicinally since ancient times. Garlic is antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal, anti parasitic and rich in the phytochemical allicin, a sulfur compound that prevents disease.

Garlic tahini dressing in action
Creamy goodness!

This was such a satisfying sauce with tons of flavour and I will be adding it into my weekly rotation!

Have you ever tried anything with a tahini base?

Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 3- Liver Rescue Smoothie

Happy Thursday!

Brrrr it’s starting to REALLY feel like FALL.

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!

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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 ” Β “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 πŸ™‚ Stay tuned!