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 🙂
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!
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)
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.
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!
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.