Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 21 – Fat Free Mac and Cheese

When I was growing up one of my favourite meals my mom would give to us would have to be KD – Yep – Kraft mac and cheese. I know my nieces today love that stuff so I suppose not much has changed in regards to kids and their taste buds!

When I came across Medical Mediums fat free Mac and Cheese recipe I was skeptical but thought I would give it a try for dinner for BOTH Brent and myself. Serving it to Brent is like the ultimate challenge. He loves his meat and dairy!

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Ingredients: Carrots, potato, vegetable broth, herbs/spices, gluten free brown rice elbow pasta – I also added cooked mushroom and garlic which is not apart of his original recipe but added tons of flavour!

Carrots: Carrots refuel the liver with glucose, vitamins and minerals.

Potato: According to the medical medium ” The entire potato, inside and out, is valuable and beneficial for your health: potato plants draw some of the highest concentration of macro and trace minerals from the earth. Potatoes are also high in potassium and rich in vitamin B6, as well as a fantastic source of amino acids, especially lysine in its bioactive form. Lysine is a powerful weapon against cancers, liver disease, inflammation, and the viruses such as Epstein-Barr and shingles that are behind rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, autoimmune disease, and more. Potatoes will be your allies if you’re looking to fight any chronic illness—to fend off liver disease, strengthen your kidneys, soothe your nerves and digestive tract, and reverse Crohn’s, colitis, IBS, or peptic ulcers.

In addition to being antiviral, they’re antifungal and antibacterial, with nutritional cofactors and coenzymes plus bioactive compounds to keep you healthy and assist you with stress. Further, potatoes are brain food that helps keep you grounded and centered. As a kid, did you ever do that science project where you stick some toothpicks in a potato, balance it in a cup of water, and watch it sprout on the windowsill? How many other foods can transform and thrive like that, coming to life before your eyes? That’s the power of a potato—a power that’s not to be underestimated—and we witness it firsthand as children. How does it happen that when we’re adults, we’re taught that it’s a weak, empty, ridiculous food, as though we’re supposed to forget the miracle we witnessed way back when? What we should really be saying about potatoes is, “Where would we be without you?” They are that vital to our existence.

Maybe you’ve steered clear of the potato misinformation all these years. If that’s the case, your body thanks you for it—and now you have even more reason to appreciate potatoes. On the other hand, if you’ve been led to believe that potatoes are nothing but starch that will add to your waistline, it’s time to see this root vegetable in a whole new light. If you’re bold enough to overcome the conditioning of popular food culture to appreciate the potato in its unadulterated form, you will give yourself one of the greatest gifts on this earth.”

10 out of 10 for taste and creaminess! This dish was so good that my husband had two servings. I will definitely be making again. You could also add a tbsp or two of nutritional yeast to this dish if you are not following the Medical Medium protocols and just looking for a yummy and hearty low fat dinner dish.

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New Month New Challenge

Hello everyone!

Still feeling a little under the weather with a cold and cough but hey ho!Writing to you today because I have cooked up a new idea for the up coming month of October and I couldn’t be more excited!

Halloween bullet journal theme for October, monthly welcome cover page by @paperlemons

I felt great after the Medical Medium 3.6.9 liver cleanse and realize I really need to continually work on including a ton of fruits and veggies as a large part of my diet while striving to keep the fats low and Medical medium teaches us to do that with his wonderful books and recipes.

I have decided that for the month of October, however challenging it may be, that I am going to try one new recipe per day from my Medical Medium book collection. These recipes could be anything from breakfasts to snacks, lunch or dinner. Instead of sharing with you my weekly “what I eat posts” for the month of October instead, I will share with you each day what recipe I picked, how it tastes, how I rate it and what the benefits of the ingredients are healthwise.

So just to recap:

Why Am I doing this: To inspire myself to continually make fruits and veggies as a large part of my meals and nourishment for the days. To continue to reduce my A1C and balance my blood glucose levels naturally and to minimize my PCOS symptoms even further than I already have.

For How long: Every day in October

What I am i hoping to gain? Knowledge of new recipes that I can continually include in my healthy eating “bank”, continue to support healthy blood glucose balance and healthy weight loss, healthy hormone balance, keep the journey fresh, new and exciting as to not get bored.

Potential Pros: Knowledge of new recipes, nutrient dense, different fruits and veggies each day = more vitamins and minerals, healthier A1C, more energy, clear skin, weight loss, feel happier and more positive about my choices.

Potential Cons: Could get expensive getting the ingredients for a new recipe each day, time management, potential days where we will be outside of the home and travelling, not being able to find certain ingredients, more work as far as dishes/housework etc.

Can’t wait to share with you this challenge – feel free to follow along and join in too 🙂

Food Journal+Weight Loss Results Week 3 (High Carb)

Time for week 3 update! Again, I am a little late with posting this (will be sharing week 4 on Monday!!) However…it’s taken some time to get organized after our holidays and back into the swing of things. Brent came down with the stomach flu as well and so we have been dealing with sickness as well. I am just going to jump right into things. The results of week 3 were a little disappointing however I can’t complain too much. I had just finished my period, was on holidays and indulging probably a bit more than I should be and I still maintained my weight loss thus far.

Monday July 15th

Breakfast:  2 small coffees with soy creamer and a maple walnut bliss ball and cherries

Lunch:  2 flat out wraps with guacamole, rice, beans, Pico de gallo, hot sauce, cashew sauce and then grilled it on the panini press.

 Dinner: Half a massive burrito bowl from The Pea Pod containing bulgar wheat, corn, peppers, cucumber, sweet potato, salsa, cashew sauce.

 
Today I drank lots of water, took all of my supplements and got in a long walk in morning.


Had another great blood sugar reading today 2 hours after breakfast. Going to keep going with this!

Tuesday July 16th

Well I had a crappy sleep and the dog was out of sorts which made for a long night and a long day today. I really make sure that I try and get a good sleep each night as well as keep my stress low – as I feel it plays an important role in my health and weight loss journey. Oh well..hopefully a better sleep tomorrow!


Breakfast: 2 coffees with soy creamer, one large banana with cherries. I drank lots of water and took my supplements.

Went on a 30 minute walk. Checked my blood sugar was good 1.5 hours after eating fruit (!!)


Snack:  Veggie straws (addicting and processed) 


Lunch : Leftover burrito bowl. I added more guacamole, Pico de Gallo and cashew sauce!  


Snack:  More cherries and lots of water 

Sat out in the sunshine soaking up the Vitamin D.


Dinner:  Dr Pragers veggie burger on an O dough vegan+ gluten free bun with ketchup, mustard and lettuce.
I must admit this was a nice change from salads. I know the big salads are best for me though.
Took the dog two longer walks this evening she was being stubborn and not pooping – good exercise for me though!

 

Wednesday July 17th

Breakfast: 2 coffees with silk soy coffee cream 
Oatmeal with coconut milk, cinnamon and honey and a bowl of cherries


Snack: Daiya dairy free burrito 


Lunch: Dr pragers burger on an O’Dough thin bun with pickles, mustard, ketchup and Hellmans vegan mayo (yes..it has oil)


Today I did lots of walking. I did 3 seperate 20-30 minute walks plus walking around two beach markets. I also enjoyed an iced coffee made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and cinnamon while walking around one of the markets. It was such a hot day!


Dinner: Leftovers. I had two flat out wraps with beans, Pico, lettuce, guacamole and cashew sauce. 


Everything homemade that I brought here is now finished. Everything Lasted 7 days so I would call that a win!

Thursday July 19th

Enjoyed some treats today! Don’t hate 😉

Breakfast : two toasted tomatos on O Dough thin buns with vegan mayo using one small tomato 


Went a 25 minute walk, drank lots of water and took all supplements 

Went to the beach for a few hours today. I love swimming in the lake. It’s so refreshing and calming. Although I applied and reapplied sunscreen, I still got burnt! Feeling good in a swim shirt and shorts! I used to hide in cover ups and refuse to have my picture taken. Life is short my friends. Wear the swim suit, get your photos taken!

Lunch: Cherries, veggies with guacamole at beach and veggie straws. I also enjoyed my first “drink” of holidays today. I’m really not a big drinker these days. This was pretty tasty though, I love anything watermelon.

 
Dinner – rainbow wraps with peanut sauce from The Pea Pod and half a baked potato with cashew sour cream 


Dessert: Had half a cup of Haagen Daz non dairy ice cream my mom bought me
I got in 2 seperate 20 minute walks in the evening.

Dangerous!

Friday July 20th

Not the best healthy food day, I will admit. But it is what it is!

Breakfast: Mixed fruit bowl

Lunch: Beyond beef burger on an O’Dough toasted bun with lettuce, tomatos, pickles and mustard

Went on a 30 minute walk and enjoyed more time swimming down at the lake 
 
Dinner: the same as lunch – I guess I was kinda lazy today.

Saturday July 21

Breakfast: Toasted tomato with vegan mayo


Took all supplements and had lots of water

Went to the Lake swimming again – gotta love it


Walked the dog 25 minutes 

Lunch: Rainbow wraps with peanut sauce from The Pea Pod

Dinner : Half of a burrito bowl from The Pea Pod. I’m going to miss this place when I am back home!


I also enjoyed Cranberry vodka soda – this was pretty tasty!


Later in the evening I had a Half cup of non dairy ice cream 

Brent gets home tonight, yay! 

Sunday July 22

Brent got to the campground late last night. So happy to see him! He had a great week of fishing with the guys.

Breakfast: Raspberry vegan muffin with a Coffee and soymilk

Took all of my Supplements, drank a buttload of water and got a  short walk in
Lunch: Rainbow Wraps with peanut sauce and a bowl of Watermelon 

We drove back home this afternoon and got take out for dinner. I did the best I could with what they had available!


Dinner: Vegetable chop suey with Mushroom fried rice 

Weight Loss Results/Photos

SW: 265 September 

SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250

CW: 240

I did not lose weight this week however I maintained the loss. I’m not really surprised as I indulged quite a bit this past week. However, I continue to see physical changes in my body, energy levels and how my clothing fit. These jeggings would not go over my butt last year and now I can pull them up past my belly button! I feel great and looking forward to continuing this journey!

Food Journal+Weight Loss Results Week 2 (High Carb)

Hey hey!

Week Two and Week Three results coming at ya – a little late but better late than never. I had a great time on holidays by the lake and did not bring my laptop. We got home yesterday and just getting the chance now to sit down and share my results.

Week two was half at home and half on holidays by the lake. I will share a few pictures of certain foods/meals I ate along the way. I ate a ton of plant based food…glorious food! It was all worth it. Weight loss results (if any!!) will be at the end of this post 🙂

Monday July 8th

Weighed in today at 242 pounds. That’s 8 pounds in week 1. Onto week two! Fasting blood sugar level today was 7.3 – down from 10.1 2 weeks ago. I am so happy with the progress and going to keep going. I love seeing the lower blood sugar numbers as well as feeling great too. Lots of energy and less pain all over.

I had a lime water first thing this morning and took all of my supplements.

Breakfast: I had oatmeal with maple syrup topped with frozen fruit (unsweetened berries)

Lunch: I made Thai rainbow wraps. I filled the wraps with cooked rice noodle, red cabbage, lettuce from the garden and chives. I dipped the wraps in peanut sauce.

Dinner: I had two grilled Sol burgers (veggie burgers from costco) with all of the toppings along with grilled asparagus (no oil) and half of a left over baked potato with pico de gallo and cashew ranch dressing.

I walked over 50 minutes today – split up into two walks, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Feeling great! So happy about the weight loss and most importantly my sugar levels are coming down. I am eating a ton and feeling full and satisfied which is important to me especially coming from my past with binge eating.  I do not feel deprived at all. However.. I do need to eat more veggies (making a note)

Tuesday July 9th

Breakfast: 1 cup of oats, 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tbsp of jam.

Lunch – Left over rice noodles, cooked veggies, peanut sauce, hot sauce, 1 Dr Pragers California burger

Dinner – 1 big baked potato with grilled onions, cashew ranch sauce, black beans with spices and pico de gallo

Snack – cup of strawberries

Snack – 2 slices gluten free bread toasted – with peanut butter and jam

PMSING I AM SO HUNGRY.

I walked the dog 25 minutes in the morning and swam freestyle 30 minutes in the evening. It felt good. Swimming is a great low impact full body workout which burns some serious calories! I definitely need to do it more. We have a nice little pool in our backyard and just had a heater put in so it’s easier to get in there daily over the Summer.

Wednesday July 10th

Feeling good! I get right up in the morning easily. Sleep is restful and deep. Body is less achy in the mornings.

Breakfast: 1 cup of oatmeal with peanut butter and jam. Loving this combo. Trying to empty out our fridge before holidays so just eating what we have lately instead of going out to get more groceries. We Ran out of almond milk so I made the oats with water. Definitely not as good.

Snack – Half of 1 large orange

Early Lunch – Bout a cup of  cooked veggies, rice noodle, peanut sauce and hot sauce

Snack – 1 dempsters wrap, 1 dr pragers California burger, mustard and pickles

Dinner – Dinner was on the go as we had lots to do tonight. Burritos were calling our names. I got a regular whole wheat topped with black beans, brown rice, guacamole, corn, red onions, lettuce, green peppers, tomato, pico de gallo and hot sauce. This was delicious and beans make a great protein source too. This kind of food sits better in my stomach too vs the typical fast food joints like Mcdonalds or places of that nature.

I got out a 25 minute walk this morning.

I had a relaxing pedicure in the evening. Haven’t had a pedicure since my honeymoon. I notice the bottom of my feet are less dry and less cracked since starting my new lifestyle. Before I used to get such deep and painful cracks in my heels.

We are leaving tomorrow for the lake and so happy!  Not weighing myself until Monday so we will see what the results will be. I feel like my period will be here soon and so probably will be retaining a bit of water weight.

Thursday July 11th

I had a very busy morning – lots of running around, laundry, cleaning, prepping some food to take with me and packing.

Had lemon water to start and took my supplements.

Breakfast : 1 cup of oats, coconut cream (silk), peanut butter, jam and 1 banana

Lunch : one baked potato, half cup black beans, pico de gallo, cashew sauce, hot sauce.

Dinner: Massive salad utilizing lettuce from our garden

I made a big batch of my Cuban style black beans, pico de gallo and Cashew ranch (vegan, no oil) to take with me on holidays as well as a few veggie burgers, flat out wraps and gluten free buns. Just taking some of my favorites which should also help me out in the long run as I KNOW I can become very easily tempted by other foods that don’t really align with this lifestyle. Not to say I won’t indulge in some plant based treats…but it’s a slippery slope!

We packed up our gear along with Lola and her gear and made the two hour trek up to the lake (where my parents live)


They had an awesome sign made for Lola lol



Friday July 12th

Just an FYI…some of my regular at home routines fell by the way side while I was on holidays. It is what it is! Ya…I had coffee instead of lemon water most mornings. I also got my period today. Bah humbug.

Breakfast: Coffee with silk coconut creamer. I had a full icewater and took my supplements. Forgot my vitamin D at home though – one of the most important supplements that I have to take ugh. This is the last meal with Brent before he leaves for his week long guys fishing trip. We took a nice little drive along the lake and I enjoyed the beyond meat breakfast sandwich at Tim Hortons while we parked by the lake.


Lunch: was a big salad with the food I packed. Garden lettuce, Pico de gallo, black beans, guacamole, cashew sauce and salty crunchy lentils which my mom gave me!


I ran to the town Health shop and picked up vitamin D with K supplement. I refuse to be without as my levels were super low. I will be interested to see if they have raised any at all by September.


My mom introduced me to the Pea Pod a vegan and vegetarian restaurant in town. It has the coolest menu and chill vibes. I definitely will be eating here a lot during my stay.

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Afternoon snack: “the cookie dough smoothie” from the Pea Pod which contains banana, dates, cacao powder, almond milk, almond butter, sea salt, cinnamon and spinach. This was super delicious but SUPER filling!


Dinner: I enjoyed vegan tacos made with walnuts and black beans and such yummy toppings. These were also super filling. 
I was extra full today. I definitely ate more calories than usual which is fine. Usually I eat between 1200 and 1300. I track everything on Chronometer app to make sure I’m getting enough calories, protein and vitamins.


I Went a 25 minute walk with lola around the campground


Had a great sleep. Bed time was 10 pm and up at 6! We are surrounded by trees and birds and they wake up early!

Saturday July 13th

Breakfast: 2 coffees with silk soy cream. This is the first time that I have tried soy creamer for coffee. Cutting out half and half has been the hardest thing for me. This is why I just avoided coffee the first week. However I like the soy creamer much better than almond or coconut creamer.

It’s been nice to chill outside on the deck WITHOUT mosquitoes and enjoy the early morning peace. Just me Lola and the birds! At our home mosquitoes swarm the place and we can’t enjoy the outdoors. Self care doesn’t always have to be costly spa trips or massages. To me – self care can be those little moments of peace where you can be alone with your thoughts, the outdoors and nature.


This morning to eat I had one raw 1 banana and a cup of cherries. I had a huge glass of water and took all of my supplements 


I took Lola a 20 minute walk around the campground.


My mom and I went to Port Elgin Veg fest for something fun and interesting to do. I believe it was the first ever Veg Fest at this location. They had lots of vendors and goodies. Food is still food though and everything looked so good. My mind frame is not the best…“I’m on holidays” and so, indulged a bit. I tried a cup of vegan mac and cheese, bought a handmade bracelet, a book from a local author and 3 bliss balls (made with oats and lots of other yummy ingredients).


Lunch was rainbow wraps with peanut sauce and a Zevia tea from the Pea Pod. It was kinda nice not having to make these myself and they were MUCH better than my own haha. I loved the addition of the sprouts and pineapple. The peanut sauce was also very salty.


Snack : A strawberry vanilla bliss balls – super delish. I must figure out how to make asap!


I had bad cramps on and off today thanks to shark week and was quite tired so took an afternoon nap. Why not? I’m on holidays 😉


Dinner : was a big colorful salad


I had a raspberry tea and water in the evening . I like to drink raspberry tea in the week leading up to my period and over the course of my period as it helps to alleviate cramping and lightens the flow. Medical medium has lots of great info in regards to raspberry leaf in his book “Life Changing Foods” .

Veg Fest!
Bliss Balls – Yum
My early morning coffee companion
Self care <3
Bliss balls

Sunday July 14th
Today is day 2 of my period. The worst. Not as heavy as usual though. I attribute that to drinking raspberry leaf tea throughout the month and perhaps even the diet changes I have been making?


Breakfast : A bliss ball , 2 small cups of coffee with silk soy milk  creamer.


Snack: a cup of cherries


Lunch: Celery and baby carrots with cashew dip along with  a cup of vegan oil free Moroccan chickpea and carrot salad 


Snack : Paleo brittle banana nut (Dear Lord..this stuff is addictive)


Dinner: I enjoyed a massive salad with all the fixings (black beans, pico de gallo, lime juice, salty lentils). Getting tired of salad but brought up lots of lettuce from garden and don’t want to see it wasted. My body enjoys the salad.


Took Lola two walks today. Both around 20-25 min each. I spent lots of time relaxing outside all day, yay for vitamin D and bird watching. Lots of water throughout day and raspberry tea at night. Took all of my supplements. 

Lettuce from our garden
Bliss balls

This weeks weight loss results

Down 2 pounds in week 2 


SW: 265 September 

SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250

CW: 240

Not the same location or same clothing but it will have to do!

Cheers! Onto week 3 ❣️💯