I’m sure you have all had a Wendy’s chocolate frosty on an occasion or two (I know I have) But…we all know they aren’t the best for our health.
Wouldn’t you like to enjoy a protein and nutrition packed version that gives you a boost of energy instead of a sugar spike and unhealthy crash?
That’s what I have here for you today!
What you will need
Sunwarrior plant based protein powder ( I used vanilla but chocolate would be great too) SO IMPORTANT. This is the BEST protein powder I have ever tasted. It is not chalky, gritty nor does it have whey in it which hurts my tummy!
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 cup of water (or instead of almond milk just sub 2 cups of cold water)
2 tbsps of PB & Me powdered peanut butter (Low calorie, high in protein and vegan)
1 tbsp of cacao powder
2 small frozen bananas (ripe)
Optional add ins:pitted dates (1 or 2) cacao nibs or anything that you fancy!
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!
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.
I have had a few messages recently asking me how I have been losing the weight. This journey has been a long one. My 98098098th attempt to lose weight began (again) back in September of 2018 (265 lbs) but the bulk of the pounds have came off between June of 2019 and today.
While weightloss is not always so hard and fast and every body will be different in what works for them – I have compiled a list of things that have worked for me thus far.
How have I lost 40 pounds and still counting?
How did I battle and overcome a chronic binge eating and restriction disorder?
How have I flipped the switch on my previously slow as molasses metabolism?
💖 How have I been lowering and stabilizing my wacky blood glucose levels without medication??
Starvation diet? No….. daily boot camps and sweat sessions? No…. Mega calorie restriction? No….
It’s doing the following 90 percent of the time or more
I will tell you how in the simplest way I know..
Change your mindset 🤯 Probably the most complicated thing for me but the most beneficial in terms of overall health, wellness and vitality.
Challenge yourself – if you read back throughout my blog I have kept things fresh and interesting by putting myself through a series of challenges which taught me more about nutrition, the benefits of raw fruits and veggies and more. It kept things fun and interesting for me and I will continue to try out different challenges while my weight loss journey continues.
EAT CARBS…nourish yourself…. All fruits, all vegetables including the starchy kind!!! – Lots of potatos, oats, beans, rice, legumes some nuts… Load up on what we were born to eat!! It’s the most satisfying way to live.
Cook at home, from scratch. Try new recipes.
Achieve Healthy hormone balance. Test don’t guess for potential hormone imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. Healthy fats have a place at the table and are necessary especially when you are dealing with hormonal issues. You have to find the ones and the amount that work best for your body. Nobody can tell you that except for your body! I personally have found that limiting or eliminating animal products has worked the best for my body – but you need to find what works the best for you!
Walk every day
Get outside every day
Consistency. Try and try again every day
Trust your gut. Also known as your intuition. Do what feels right and good.
By doing everything above I have gained self esteem, self confidence, new perspective, developed new interests and passions and overall I feel like a lighter more free version of myself.
I look forward to continuing on this journey of self discovery.
“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.“ – Andy Warhol
Most of this was written in 2017. I have made some changes and updated the end of it 🙂 Enjoy!
Today, On world kindness day, I’d like to talk a little bit about body image and self acceptance. Yes, it’s very important to be kind to one another but most importantly we be kind to ourselves. It was only when I reached this point and viewing myself in the highest light possible that I could start releasing the physical weight.
What does it mean to really accept oneself? How do we get to this place of true self acceptance and happiness – no matter what our outer shell looks like. Did you know that your negative self talk can actually affect other people and bring them down? Coming from someone who has struggled with disordered eating and disordered thought processes for many, many years….I hope you know that you can trust what I’m about to tell you!
This has been a true lifelong struggle of mine. Despite reaching my highest weight of 265 in 2017 I still felt OK (albeit a little too comfortable in that position).
I accepted myself despite the facts. I had hated myself for so many years before that and I was weary and tired. It always felt like a sense of dread and self loathing in my own skin. For many years – I couldn’t even look at myself in a mirror. I used to be so down on myself and negative…it really affected my life and relationships. I wasted SO MANY YEARS!!! I wouldn’t buy myself new outfits – I’d wear the same thing day after day. I found joy in nothing. I was stuck in shitty friendships where I let people take advantage of me and just put up with the SHIT. I would stay in bed ALOT and not leave the house. I had developed a pretty nasty binge eating disorder.
I am writing this so that you don’t do the same. It’s imperative that we change our thoughts – it will change our life. And nothing can change…I repeat NOTHING – if you do not change the way you think. It takes time. For me it took years. For me over 25 years. And sometimes the thoughts revert back…but I don’t let them float around in my head for very long. I observe them, see what they might mean and then let them go.
Something has slowly shifted in my thought process over the past two years. It actually really bothers me now when I hear in person or read online negative self talk (i.e girls/guys talking about “fat” they are or other people fat shaming people”) It makes me sad and brings me back to all those years I wasted being caught up in the negative self talk and chaotic thought process that goes along with that. All that time I wasted in suffering mode rather than making conscious change to do something positive about it.
Lets get real…Ok – I have FAT still (a lot of it) I have cellulite, I have stretch marks – these are all just facts for the moment. They are fluid facts…they will change and have started to change since last year (sometimes completely) and improve over time. These current facts do not describe me fully as a human being. I have learned to not let it affect me. I find joy in shopping now even if it’s at plus sized stores (who cares?) I find clothing that fits my body how it is now. I thought my plus size wedding dress fit me perfectly and I wore the hell out of it! I did not starve myself just because my wedding day was down the road. Just because I accept myself now fully for what I am, does not mean I want to stay here nor does it mean that I am a stagnant rock, not wanting to improve my outer shell. No…I do want to continually make improvements – but for my own sanity and for the sanity of those around me I had to switch my thought process – I had to shed the negativity which filled me with chaos and depression for many years. I don’t allow these things to stress me out anymore and dictate how my days will be. I could not function that way. I had to let it go.
And it was a struggle…and I got it wrong…and I had to work HARD at it. And it’s still a struggle and it’s something I’m going to have to continue to work on. But it was possible. Little by little I started feeling better. I got happier, I felt better in the morning, I found joy in that plus size outfit I was rocking…I found joy in putting on some makeup, made positive life changes, dropped negative relationships and surrounded myself with positive people. Along with that I tried my best to drop the negative self talk. Things moved fast for me. I met the most amazing man who supported and uplifted me, some negative relationships had to fall away, I left a job where I was forced to continually work with a negative co-worker, got engaged, moved in with my man, got married. I found new passions and talents. And I attribute all of these amazing positive life changes to deciding to accept myself fully no matter what that looked like for me from day to day. I know you can do this too and if you are struggling, feel free to drop me a line – I can lend an ear and see if I can shed some light and perhaps some hope.
It is now November of 2019. Since writing this (above) in 2017 I have lost over 40 pounds, I am able to walk long distances with my dog every day, my BMI has dropped by over 8 points, I have changed the way I eat and my relationship with food has improved. I have enrolled in a holistic nutrition program in the hopes of helping others some day.
You can rewire yourself and shift your reality! You don’t need to be in the same place this time, next year.