I gave it my all – A for effort

Well…a lot has changed since my last post. As you all aware most of us are under lock down due to the covid-19 pandemic. It’s a bit ridiculous to think I could carry on the raw till 4 challenge for the rest of the month when I can’t really get to the grocery store and even if I could our grocery stores are wiped out of many things right now, including raw foods!

I did give it my all though and felt great while doing so. I am not going to continue with any sort of food challenges for the rest of the month as it’s way too much pressure at this time – especially for my mental health and anxiety.

I am so tired of seeing all the self righteous posts about how any sort of diet or healthy lifestyle will keep you save from getting this virus. It’s wildly inappropriate to spread such misinformation. Vegans, raw foodists, keto dieters, ANYONE AND EVERYONE – nobody is immune from this. Of course, eating a balanced and “healthy” diet year round will help to boost your immune system but that’s about it.

Wash your hands, practice social distancing, tend to your mental health and keep safe during this uncertain time.

With that being said – here is my A for effort for the month – in pictures 🙂

First time trying mangosteen – tangy and floral
Lots of mangos!
Lots of celery!
Fresh juiced blood orange juice
This is just one of many cooked meals for dinner which involved potato!
Simple way to make potato wedges with no or less oil
Simplicity!
Lola trying to get the apples from the orchard
My first hot breakfast (oats with banana and peanut butter) photo taken on my new samsung phone! This is so comforting and will be a go too in the next few weeks.

Looking back at all of the photos, I feel pretty good about my choices for most of the month 🙂

Please take good care of yourselves, until next time!

Mostly Raw March

Happy March!!

Welcome to Mostly Raw March! I have been slightly absent from blogging lately but it’s time for a new challenge and with that comes posting more!

This month my aim will be eating as much raw fruits and veggies as I care for until supper which I will then have a cooked meal. It’s kind of like raw till 4 but not exactly the same.

Beautiful mango snack
Mish mash meal – Spinach salad with tomato, mashed sweet potato, curried veggies and chickpea patties for dinner on first day of March

 Why do this, you may ask? Well my blood glucose levels respond amazingly to a high raw lifestyle and I feel great while doing so! Challenging myself keeps me excited to keep progressing forward with my weightloss goals as well. Join along with me if you wish! 🥗🍇🍉🍊🍌🥥 If you look back through my posts you will see that I’ve done a few challenges including the Medical Medium Liver Rescue, 30 days medical medium recipes, Rewild challenge and of course a “plant based” challenge that kicked my weightloss into high gear last summer!

Smoothie breakfast

That being said, a little disclaimer: I hesitate telling people my plans on how im eating these days due to judgement or on the other hand feeling pressure to stick to something. Ultimately I eat what I want and when I want it. If one day i don’t feel like eating raw then cest la vie – I won’t eat raw! Plans can and do change and I go with the flow of life and my body.

Another smoothie breakfast

Weight update: I have plateaued the last little while at around 225. While I am definitely not complaining and I feel better than I have in a long time – I know, it’s time for the next wave of weight loss. I challenged myself not to step on the scale until April first. So that should keep this interesting.

I will be checking in as much as possible this much

Cheers to March!

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 🙂

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!

Raw Reset Day 4/5 – High Blood Sugar & Intense Exercise

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

Blueberries with lots of hemp and chia, kiwis and mango
Mix of pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Big ass salad bowl with spinach, broccolo slaw, pico de gallo, peppers, cucumber, homemade chashew dressing and homemade peanut sauce
Vitamin C <3
Got out a walk with Lola – it was freezing!
This tasted like a Wendys chocolate frosty. SO GOOD!! Sunwarrior protein powder, cacao powder, dried peanut butter powder (less fat, more protein), bananas, almond milk, water and ice

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!

Raw Reset Day 3/5 – Sliced finger! Ouch!

Alright guys… this is gonna be a quick one. It’s hard to type with one of my fingers bandaged up. Earlier today I was making brownies for my husband and managed to slice off some of my finger nail AND the skin under it. There was so much blood and I completely lost my appetite. Thankfully I was able to stop the bleeding but it seemed like it took forever to do so.

It doesn’t look too appetizing but these are made with avocado and have a little less sugar in them than traditional brownies. I will have to share the recipe with you guys soon! I of course did not partake but if there are any left I might have to try one on the weekend lol

With that being said…here are my eats for today.

2 large kiwis, over a cup of blueberries and 2 large clementines
Raw pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
Protein shake with sunwarrior plant based mocha protein, 2 frozen bananas, almond milk, cacao powder, 2 dates, water, ice
Pint of blackberries
2 very large apples with almond butter

No big salad bowl as like I said I lost my appetite due to seeing so much blood. I am such a big baby when it comes to these things! Brent sliced up two extra large apples and served with a big scoop of almond butter for additional fat and protein.

Besides the sliced finger I am feeling good!! See ya tomorrow.

p.s no walk today as it has been pouring all day – boo!!!