“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf
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 😂👍 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. 😂
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. 🤦♀️ 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 🙂 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.
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! 🙂
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.
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 🙂
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! 🙂
Day two out of five of my raw reset challenge is coming to a close. I have been experiencing some body aches/pains and a headache. I typically only get headaches when I stop consuming caffeine for any period of time so this makes sense. I had the headache last night and a little bit tonight as well. Just trying to consume lots of water to drown it out.
I enjoyed 2-3 cups of the most delicious blueberries along with 1 tbsp each of hemp and chia seeds. I also had a nice large mango.
Lola and I went on a longer 45-50 minute walk today and it was so great because it felt like a Spring day outside. It was very mild and sunny. After the walk I felt ready to be productive and I could feel the happy endorphins rushing through the veins. If I could give you only one weightloss tip or “life” tip in general it would be to get out a walk at least once every day. It really helps to boost the mood, your productivity, overcome fatigue and obviously helps with weightloss as well 🙂
Today I snacked on 2 tbsp of raw pumpkin seeds and 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds.
Lunch was a Sunwarrior Protein Shake
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 scoops of the Mocha meal replacement protein powder
- unsweetened almond milk
- cacao powder
Raw date ball with a chai tea and almond milk
These really pack a punch! I take one out of the freezer and allow to thaw just for a little bit before I eat it. They go really well with a warm drink.
Dinner today was an extra large salad
- Lots of broccoli slaw
- Raw peppers
- Pico De Gallo
- Cashew Dressing
- Thai peanut dressing
Ended the night with a movie via Disney Plus (Home alone) and a blood glucose check at 6.1 – still very happy with this (2 hours after the date ball, tea and XL salad) It might have been a bit higher than last night due to the date ball 🙂 My aim is usually to stay between 4.5-7.5. I don’t typically share my values but I will so that you can see that my levels have not increased on a high fruit/carb diet.
I meant to post this last night but fell asleep! So good morning if you are reading this 🙂
Today was the last day of my October Medical Medium Recipe Challenge!!! It was a cool, rainy, Halloween day and was welcomed. 31 days, 31 recipes 💖 Sweet potato soup today.
Such a simple. nourishing meal! I think most of MM recipes are like this 🙂
Ingredients: Sweet potato, onion, garlic, ginger
Sweet potato: According to medical medium ” Sweet potato is one of the most healing vegetables we have available to us. They help to lower blood pressure and reduce stress. They are one of the best anti-cancer foods, and can particularly help to prevent breast, colon, lung, skin, and oral cancers.
Sweet potatoes are known for being easy to digest and are very good for ulcers, inflamed colons, digestive disorders, and constipation.
And to top it all off, they taste delicious! Especially in this quick and easy healing recipe. It’s perfect for dinner, and pairs wonderfully with a big fresh salad of leafy greens, juicy bell pepper, tomato, cucumber and avocado with a squeeze of orange juice.”
Onion: Onions have an amazing array of medicinal benefits and are high in vitamin C, folate, biotin, chromium, and calcium. Onions are the richest food source of quercitin which is a potent antioxidant that has been shown to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides as well as help to prevent blood clots, asthma, sinus infections, bronchitis, atherosclerosis, and diabetes. They also contain powerful anti-cancer properties which have been found to help slow and reverse tumor growth within the body.
Onions are particularly beneficial for stomach, colon, prostate, breast, lung, bladder, and ovarian cancer. They contain valuable sulfur compounds that are known to significantly strengthen the immune system, brain, and nervous system. These sulfur compounds also act as a heavy metal detoxifier and can help to safely remove mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and lead from the body. Onions can help to treat colds, coughs, bacterial infections, angina, and bronchial spasms.
They can also help to stabilize blood sugar levels and provide relief to the liver when processing glucose and insulin. Onions have powerful antibacterial properties and have been shown to be able to destroy many disease causing pathogens such as E.coli and salmonella. They also act as a natural diuretic and help reduce bloating, water retention, and edema.
Onions can help purify the digestive tract and help to stop putrefactive and fermentation processes in the gastrointentinal tract. They are also known to help regrow hair as well as add volume and shine. Onions that are eaten raw provide the most nutritional benefits and are a delicious addition to salads, sandwiches, and wraps. Onions are also excellent steamed and added to soups and stews.
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.
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. “
This was a lovely meal on a cool Autumn evening. 10 out of 10 for simplicity and flavor. My husband enjoyed it as well.
That’s a wrap for my October Medical Medium recipe challenge but this won’t be the last time you hear me mention MM. Hope you all enjoyed!