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!!!

Raw Reset Day 2/5 – Food+Caffeine Withdrawal

Happy Tuesday!

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.

Breakfast

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 🙂

Snack

Today I snacked on 2 tbsp of raw pumpkin seeds and 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds.

Late Lunch

Lunch was a Sunwarrior Protein Shake

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 scoops of the Mocha meal replacement protein powder
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • cacao powder
  • water
  • ice

Snack

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

Dinner today was an extra large salad

  • Lots of broccoli slaw
  • Spinach
  • Raw peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • 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 🙂

Cozy Autumn Oats

Hello everyone!

Hope you are doing well.

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

Serves 2-3

Ingredients – what you will need

1 cup Quick cooking oats

1 cup Steel cut oats

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 cups water

2 Pears

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

Cooking Instructions

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.

Stir, stir, stir, until super thick and creamy. Yum.

Let me know if you try it 😉

What I ate last week – Try better next time

Not my healthiest week ever – but it is what it is! I still enjoyed every bite. It was a yummy week. As someone who has struggled with disordered eating I find it a fine line when it comes to limiting various foods (in my case right now, fats) It’s fairly easy to get sucked into the rabbit hole of binging and restriction again and I just don’t ever want to head in that direction. I try to practice intuitive eating as much as possible. And so I try not to be too hard on myself when I have a less than stellar food week (more processed foods than I would like). I did make some great choices but overall the fat content was higher than I would have liked and I seem to get the best results with my blood glucose levels when my fat stays consistently low (under 30 G per day) If I didn’t have to pay attention to my blood sugar levels this would be a different story and I probably wouldn’t care as much.

Monday September 16th

Breakfast: Two toasted tomatos on UDIS millet chia gluten free bread with hellmans vegan mayo

Snack: Fruit plate

Lunch: Protein shake with sun warrior portein powder, 1 frozen banana, 2 dates and pumpkin pie spice

Snack: Natures Path organic granola coconut and cashew butter with cashew milk

Dinner: Big salad with lots of veggies, Gardein crispy chickun strips, hot sauce, homemade cashew ranch (yum), and guacamole

This was honestly so delicious. I guess sometimes you crave the fat lol

Tuesday September 17th

Breakfast: Fruit plate – banana, pineapple, mango

Lunch: Chicken wrap using left overs

Snack: Low fat vegan pumpkin muffin

Dinner: Vegan Red Lentil Chilli (low fat)

You can’t even tell this is not real chicken. It was amazing.
I had the itch to bake! Vegan low fat pumpkin muffins

Wednesday September 18th

Breakfast: 1 Vegan pumpkin muffin with earth balance and a coffee

Snack: Peaches

Lunch: Wrap with left over red lentil chilli, hummus and green onions

Snack: Half cup Presidents choice mango coconut milk based nice cream

Dinner: We went to Costco tonight so ate dinner out before hand at Mucho burrito – I got a whole wheat burrito filled with veggie ground, lettuce, tomato, peppers, onions, corn, cilantro, guac and hot sauce. Yum! I asked Brent to take a picture of it for the blog because I typically leave my phone at home when we go out. Well lets just say he didn’t just take a picture of the burrito! Typical husband.

Exercise: 45 minute walk

Thought everyone would get a kick out of this. I have food all over my face.

Thursday September 19th

Breakfast: 1 Vegan pumpkin muffin with coffee

Lunch: “TLT” – Experimenting with Tofu I got at Costco. I made a tofu, lettuce, tomato sammie and the tofu did actually resemble bacon! Topped with avocado, lettuce,tomato and vegan mayo.

Snack: 2 bananas with peanut butter

Dinner: Medical medium soup left over from the 3.6.9 cleanse which I added a can of coconut milk and curry powder too as per his suggestion in his book to make the soup a heartier meal.

Exercise: 1 hour clogging class

Friday September 20th

It was a VERY busy weekend…but fun!

Breakfast: Part 1: Coffee with vegan pumpkin muffin Part 2: later in the morning a beyond meat lettuce and tomato biscuit from Tim Hortons

Lunch: I was out with Chantel today and we went to Burrito boyz. This was my first time trying out this place and it was pretty good! Got my usual a small burrito with veggie ground and all the fixings. We also visited “the Woo shop” and I made some fun little purchases.

In the evening Brent and I went to see a concert featuring Dallas Smith, Dean Brody, The Reklaws and Mackenzie Porter. I danced for 4 hours straight and YES I did record that down into chronometer 😉 I was exhausted by the end of the night and hangry. We stopped at the only place open (subway) and I got a veggie sub on wheat.

Image result for dallas smith tour
I’m very into the woo.

Saturday September 21

This morning we got up early to take care of our two young nieces. We were pretty dang tired but coffee made it happen!

Breakfast: Coffee, 2 bananas with peanut butter

Lunch: A wrap with onion and garlic hummus and arugula and left over medical medium soup (while everyone else ate their kraft dinner) :/ Not sure how moms do it?

Snack: Homemade guacamole with tostitos

Dinner: Brent made dinner tonight – as I was snoring on the couch. I woke up to a bbqed Dr Pragers veggie burger with all the fixings and homemade french fries made in the acti-fryer (low/no oil) Delish.

Exercise: walked several times today with our nieces and Lola

Sunday September 22

Woke up early today and had a day trip to visit my parents by the lake!

Breakfast: On the road, Tim Hortons beyond meat sausage biscuit and coffee with soy cream

Lunch: 2 arugula and hummus wraps and vegetable sushi rolls

Snack: Coconut bliss salted caramel and chocolate icecream

Dinner: Also on the road – A&W Beyond meat burger with all the fixings, onion rings and diet coke

See what I mean about heavy on the processed foods this week? Oh well you win some you lose some and I will keep pressing on and trying better.

Exercise: At least an hour of walking spread out throughout the day

I don’t typically share my drinks for the day. Usually I drink filtered water, bubbly water, tea or coffee.

No scale check today but I do wish to share this progress shot with you!

This is around one year apart – same pants, although I could hardly move in them in the first picture and now they pull up past my belly button and are extremely comfortable! You can do anything if you believe in yourself and feel passion towards your journey.