“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf
Hello October First!
And so begins The Medical medium October Recipe Challenge – where I will be making one medical medium recipe every day during the month of October!
Starting it off with a bang!
This is a recipe I have had and enjoyed before. You can find it in the first Medical Medium book “Secrets Behind Chronic and mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal”
Today I enjoyed Spinach Soup over Cucumber Noodles for my lunch.
Ingredients used: Tomatos, spinach, oranges, celery, cilantro, cucumber, extra garlic, pepper and chipolte flakes for garnish
Spinach: Great source of bioavailble and assimiable protein. Holds precious and vital mineral salts, iodine, chromium, sulfer, magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, manganese and more.
Tomato: Are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
Oranges: Properties in oranges help to fight off viruses, protect the body from radiation damage, and deactivate toxic heavy metals in the system. They are abundant in a form of bioactive calcium you cant get anywhere else.
Celery: One of the most powerful anti inflammatory foods. It starves unproductive bacteria, yeast, mod, fungus and viruses that are present in the body and flushes their toxins and debris out of the intestinal tract and liver. Consuming celery is the most powerful way to alkalize the gut. It also offers enzymes and coenzymes and it raises hyrochloric acid in the stomach so that food digests with ease and doesn’t putrefy. Celery improves kidney function and helps to restore the adrenals.
Cilantro: The go to herb for heavy metal detox and so much more.
Cucumber: Cucumbers are the most perfect hydrating food. They hydrate us at the deepest cellular level possible. Cucumber is great for lightening the load/burden off the liver and contain tons of critical nutrition such as b, a and c vitamins.
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.
Lots of left overs for tomorrows lunch as well!
The taste of this is pretty smooth – I add extra garlic and seem to enjoy it with that extra zing. I rate it a solid 7.5 out of 10.
Have you tried this recipe yet??
I will be back for day 2 tomorrow 🙂
I have made a new goal for the next few weeks in August now that I’m out of the 6 week countdown! This goal is to clean up my diet even more. No giving up now! Last week wasn’t the best in terms of processed foods. I am Learning every day.
I want to bump up the greens and plants and limit grains just a little. Doesn’t mean giving them all up completely – just reducing the amount of them I have been consuming. Love oats in the morning ❤️
Ultimately I would love to get out of the 200s …so around 35 pounds to go! I plan on doing this through a series of fun challenges to keep my interest high and my tummy full of highly nutritious foods!
I will be adding some helpful resources over the coming weeks to the blog for you all to check out, from helpful books, resources, mindset tips, ways to overcome binge eating and more.
I really can’t believe the difference here. I can’t really recognize the woman in the first photo. She was uncomfortable, embodied by just layers of unhealthy conditioning and physical ailments that got in the way of herself really enjoying and living her best life. Goodbye to her.
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.
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” .
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.
This weeks weight loss results
Down 2 pounds in week 2
SW: 265 September
SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250
Not the same location or same clothing but it will have to do!
Cheers! Onto week 3 ❣️💯