Thursday, May 31, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 13

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great day! It was a beautiful day here and it made me happy that today was my early day so at least I got out in time to enjoy a little bit of it! On Thursdays I have my training session right after I get out of work so I usually only have a few minutes to do some warm up cardio so today I just figured I'd jog my warm up. So I ended up doing a 12 minute mile before my session which isn't a bad starting place I guess? It's amazing how quickly I'm feeling the difference in my running and how I've been able to get my breathing sorted and work through the initial leg soreness. I'm very happy about it. I had a great session after that as well, I felt really strong today! Haha I told my trainer that I'm in beast mode for the summer ;) My goal is to be in the best shape of my life after this summer and I think I'm off to a good start.

I didn't take photos of my meals today because it was more of the same. Another smoothie, some more fruit, another salad, etc. Instead, I took pics of my mid-cleanse/first use of dehydrator grocery haul.

Check out the produce haul! 2 avocados, 1 sweet potato, 3 small beets (finally trying them!), 2 zucchinis, carrots, bananas and a huge ass bunch of kale. Kale chips anyone?! ;)

From the fridge and freezer I got some gluten free Brown Rice bread (haven't had gluten free bread in so long!), almond milk, stuffed grape leaves and hopefully better frozen blueberries.

I totally ran out of Vega this week. I found that they changed the Vega Shake and Go to Vega "Energizing Smoothie." I'm totally fine with this because it shaved $8 off the price of the large pouch! I got a big pouch of Vanilla Almondilla since I use it for most of my smoothies and 2 individual pouches of Choc-a-lot for when I'm in the mood :) 2 emergency on the go protein bars too.

Finally from bulk I got some quinoa, buckwheat groats (to try Angela's recipe from today!! Holy crap that looks good!) and some raw cashews.

I know it doesn't look like it but I actually held back on the produce because I'm hoping to go to a Farmer's market this Sunday (hooray for the opening day of the season in that location!) and score some good stuff. That's assuming I can get my ass out of bed after working the wedding on Saturday. I think I'll make it though :)

I hope you all had a good day. Hooray for Friday! I may have to work Saturday but I get out really early tomorrow so I'm excited about that. You better believe I'm going to be trying out my new running shoes tomorrow! Stay tuned for my Fun Friday post :)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 12

Hey everyone! Today's post is going to be quick since I have to get out the door for my 10 hour work day. Blah. I know I shouldn't complain because at least I have a job and all that but it's really hard for me to work until 9. Especially when I start at 11. I am a morning person so to be at work until that late is tough for me. You can imagine how I feel when I have to work until 1 am at a wedding.  I'll stop bitching though and just show you what is going to fuel my day. It ended up being a very red day!

A blueberry muffin smoothie. I ran out of Vega though which is possibly why it ended up looking like beet juice?

Midmorning snack will be watermelon and strawberries.

A lunch bowl with millet, roasted chickpeas, roasted cauliflower and sun dried tomatoes.

VaVaBar for afternoon snack.

Dinner will be a big chopped green salad that I have to go pick up since I have limited produce. It's that time of the week where I start scraping meals together ;) I'll get to Whole Foods tomorrow though!

I hope you have a great day! I'm looking forward to relaxing tonight!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 11

Hey everyone! I hope that everyone is finding their post holiday transition back to the grind to be smooth. At least it's only a 4 day week right? Well no not really because I have a wedding on Saturday but it's all good :) I'm getting used to the one day off a week deal again. I've gone way longer with no breaks so I make sure to enjoy every minute of my free time.

Today started off really well! I woke up and got my butt to the gym for some more running. I did the same 2 miles of intervals but switched it up a bit and shaved a minute off my time. It's still a pretty slow time but my motto for this training is "baby steps" ;) Not only did I improve my time but I felt so much better doing it. My breathing wasn't as labored, my legs weren't as sore and it seemed to be just a bit easier. And I am also comforted in knowing that it'll get easier every day. Progress people! After the intervals on the treadmill I hopped on the arc trainer and did 15 minutes just as a cool down.

Something I've come to realize in this cleanse is that my raw:cooked ratio is easiest for me to maintain when I just do one cooked meal and then the rest of my food for the day raw. I have a hard to doing a some cooked food and a big salad all in one meal. I prefer to eat a big salad pretty much every day for one meal and then just cook my other meal (breakfast is pretty much always a smoothie and when it's not, it's raw anyway). And my cooked meal tends to have a bunch of raw elements in it anyway so I'm definitely maintaining my mostly raw goals :) It'll be even easier once I get my dehydrator up and running! Of course today my cooked meal is all cooked because I said that but you know what I mean!

Here's what I ate today!

I tried to be mindful of using my breakfast to aid in post workout recovery so I chose my smoothie ingredients carefully. I used banana for the electrolyte replacement, frozen pineapple because it's an amazing anti-inflammatory, Vega protein powder and a big ol' handful of spinach because greens are great! It was very sweet so I only got through about 3/4 of it but it was good and hopefully it'll help my recovery :)

Late morning I snacked on some of my yummy strawberries.

Lunch was SOOOOO good! I made a veggie packed quesadilla with a little Daiya (1/8 cup) and a little avocado. I packed it full of spinach, onions and a portobello mushroom. It was so delicious and filling. The only thing that bummed me out was that it got really messy. Everything was falling out, I think because of the Daiya but I just shoved it all back in and continued on ;) I served it with a little roasted cauliflower. I am SO FULL! Oh and this is Kris Carr approved which is so awesome! She has a quesadilla recipe in her book, I just switched up the veggies.

For an afternoon snack I am going to have one of my cookies from One Lucky Duck! I forgot about these! After I eat this one I still have 4 left! Definitely making them last :) I still have some of those crackers too actually...

For dinner is a big raw salad! This one has spinach, carrots, cucumber, sun dried tomato and I mixed it up and threw in some raw broccoli! I have a hard time with raw broccoli but I figured chopped up small in a salad won't be too bad and it's always good to throw in a little extra green! Oh, and notice the spinach in every meal today ;)

That's all for today! I have to work until 9 tonight and I can't wait to get home and relax. I feel like I spent all of my spare time this morning doing laundry and prepping meals so it is definitely time to relax when I get home tonight.

I hope you are all well! I also just wanted to thank you all so much for all of your support and positivity you've thrown my way through this entire journey of me being sick and trying to improve my physical and emotional health. I'm so lucky to have "met" all of you and it comforts me to know you have my back! So thank you all so much!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 10

Hey everyone! I've hit the double digits in this cleanse! I'm so happy to say that I'm feeling great and definitely noticed some differences yesterday during my 12 hour work day (which I'll get into in a minute!). I was really happy that I was able to keep up with my cleanse at work as I was concerned that I would be limited at the catering hall but I ate a Larabar as a snack while we were running around during the day and was able to load up on raw foods at the cocktail hour. The place was nice enough to make me a plate of veggies as my dinner too! I was happy that I was able to stick with it in a less than ideal situation. Staying hydrated really helped too and I'm usually bad at that on the job but I was mindful of it yesterday :)

I have to say that I had a really great day yesterday despite being at work! I was pretty bummed because my family was having a Memorial Day get together with some of our family friends yesterday and I was missing out on the festivities but I'm kind of used to it. I miss a lot of events during the summer because of work which sucks but it's all part of having a job that fluctuates with the seasons. Yesterday we spent a lot of time at a little beach community that has an 11 block radius. I loved it there. It made me want to move to the beach really badly actually. Everyone was riding around on their cruisers and I was so jealous! This is what I saw in front of the church!

A whole row of bikes! I love that people actually rode their bikes to church. I was obsessed with the orange one in front. I think my new dream is to move to the beach :) We shot their portraits on the beach and I was enjoying every moment in the cool ocean breeze, got a nice little tan on my face and soaked up the vitamin D. I also realized how much my change in eating has affected my thinking when I found myself thinking, "yum, that looks so good!" every time I saw bright green seaweed washed up on the beach. Ha!

Anyway, as I was saying before, I noticed how the cleanse has positively affected me in relation to work. 10 hours is a long day to be on your feet, constantly moving and carrying about 40 lbs of equipment. The photographer I work with a lot once made a joke about how I "turn" during cocktail hour. Meaning I go into bitch mode. I used to get really cranky before the reception because of a lack of energy, lack of food and what was an apparent caffeine crash! I didn't realize how much the crash would effect me! Last night I had energy and was in a great mood. I really truly believe it is because of how I've been treating my body.

Anyway, this morning I woke up feeling a bit tired but not anywhere near as bad as I usually feel the day after a wedding. I went out to do some Memorial day shopping with my mom and look what I got!!

A DEHYDRATOR!!! Finally! It's not an excalibur or anything but it'll do for now! I'm so excited to try it! And I also got a little $10 mandolin slicer to help cut down my prep time since it seems to have gone up quite a bit since eating more raw food. I'm so excited about the dehydrator and I have plans for it! I'm hoping to get to the store on Thursday and start dehydrating on Friday!

OK this post is already long and I haven't even gotten to the food yet from today so I'll make it quick!
It's been more of a snacky day but I think it has been fine and my dinner certainly added some bulk to the day :)

Breakfast was not so shockingly another smoothie. The same as the other day, frozen banana and strawberries, almond milk, Chocolate Vega and spinach.

Some watermelon and a few more strawberries as a snack when I got home from shopping.

A little while later I ate a roasted sweet potato with some organic, all natural ketchup. So good!

Then a little while after that I ate some unpictured seaweed snacks. Because I was craving them from yesterday ;)

For dinner I made a new quinoa bowl. It had quinoa, shredded carrot and zucchini and some lightly steamed broccoli. I topped it with some hummus as my seasoning and to make it a little creamy. It was very delicious but I think I added a bit too much hummus so I only ate 2/3 of it because it was kind of rich (if that makes sense?). Super delicious though!

So there you have it. I'm about halfway into my cleanse and feeling great. I have added some variety into my diet in terms of the meals I'm eating and I'm trying new things. I looked through Ani Phyo's cookbooks today and found some things I'd definitely like to make so that'll be good too. I saw a raw corn chowder that I'm dying to make! I'll wait until we get further into corn season though :) Oh and if anyone has any really great dehydrator recipes that I must try please pass them along! I can't wait to play!

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend! Back to the grind tomorrow, including my running. Enjoy the rest of your night!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 8

Hey everyone! I'm officially in my second week of this cleanse! I think I'm further in this time than last time? I don't remember how long it was before I got sick with bronchitis but I know it wasn't long. I'm so happy I did it again because I feel so much better and more successful this time around. Tomorrow will be a challenge though as I'm working a wedding but I'm going to make sure to pack plenty of raw snacks and I will definitely be hitting up the raw fruits and veggies at cocktail hour (that's usually my best bet for getting fed on a long day).

I've also began my running for Tough Mudder. Today and yesterday I did 2 miles worth of intervals. I did 2 minutes jogging 2 minutes brisk walking. I'm going to start with 2 weeks of intervals then start going for distance. I'm also starting a new training schedule with my trainer in June where one day is still devoted to my fight training and one is devoted to running and strength training. Then I'll continue to run on my own as well as strength train and train on the heavy bag on my own time. Baby steps. That's the only way I'll get through it!

Anyway, I had some great food today!

Breakfast was not surprisingly another smoothie. This one is frozen banana and strawberries, almond milk, Vega Choc-a-lot Shake & Go powder and spinach.

Mango for snack!

Check out this yummy salad! Spinach, roasted portobello mushroom, 1/2 of an avocado and 1 tbsp of raw sunflower seeds. Balsamic vinaigrette. So delicious!

Dinner was another Mexican Quinoa Bowl. I took a proper photo with a real camera this time. Just as good this time around!

I won't be posting tomorrow since I'll be out for about 12 hours but I assure you it'll be more of the same. I'm very excited to have Monday off though! Of course my family is getting together tomorrow. Go figure. It'll be nice to relax though.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend! I'll be back on Monday with more clean eats!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Fun Friday! Stuff I'm Into!

Hey everyone! I hope that you've had a great week! I wish I could say that my week is over but sadly I'll be working through Sunday. At least I only have to go in for a few hours tomorrow.

I wasn't sure if I should skip fun Friday and keep my cleanse posts going but I kind of feel like the food is pretty much the same. Lots of raw today but it was a smoothie, a mango, a hummus plate and dinner will be a big ol' salad. See, nothing new.

So, let's begin Fun Friday!

You didn't think I'd actually post this fun Friday without mentioning the book though, did you? How could I, it has consumed my week! In the best possible way though. I figured I'd do a first week cleanse wrap up. Overall, I feel really good right now. I hit a few bumps in the road as I documented earlier in the week, especially Day 3. Now that I've overcome the hardest part of the detox I have more energy, my appetite seems to have leveled off (I have the tendency of either having zero appetite or being a ravenous beast... now I feel like I have a normal person appetite), my skin is glowing and I've dropped a few pounds. I feel a bit more relaxed after my morning meditations as well. Overall, I feel much better on the cleanse this time around. I have a feeling that this will turn into a lifestyle instead of a cleanse. Stay tuned for another week!

As I've mentioned, I was in desperate need of a proper pair of running shoes, especially since I'm starting my training for Tough Mudder. I have to be careful with my spending so I was planning on saving up from the weddings I work to buy a good pair. I got an e-mail advertising a 20% Memorial Day online sale from Sports Authority and figured I'd check it out and see if I could find anything. I found these and loved them and the price so I ordered them! I've heard great things about New Balance for running so I can't wait to try them out. The list price was $74.99 and the total price I paid after taxes (I got free shipping too!) was $50. Not bad! Hopefully they are as good as I hear they are :) I had saved up already for a dehydrator (I was going to do a dehydrator then the sneakers) but I just switched up the order a little bit ;)

And on the same note, I'm going to start up my running today! I'm heading over to the gym in a little bit to get some interval running in. Wish me luck! 

I have never actually watched the music video for this song but every time it comes on when I'm in the car I find myself bopping around and doing a little car dance. It's Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo and it's called "Let's Go." I have a feeling it will find it's way onto my cooking/baking dance party playlist pretty soon.

I found this workout and have made it a goal. It doesn't seem that hard but it is. My goal is to make it through without dying.

Finally, I'm so honored that Gabby over at Veggie Nook nominated me for...

the Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling!

Here’s how it works:
1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way our judges will know who is being considered for the monthly presentation).
2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
3. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
4. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their stories and nominate them for the award.
5. Notify your  nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (
Random Fact: My initials are SAS so my family and our family friends call me "Sassy" or "Sas" as a nickname. They are even teaching my niece to call me "Aunt Sassy." I think it fits :)
It is so hard to only choose 5 people because I love all of my readers and their blogs! I'm going to try and nominate people I haven't nominated before to be fair! 
1. Caralyn from GlutenFreeHappyTummy! Such an inspiring story, you are a warrior girl!
2. Allysia from The Real Meal! Beautiful posts with beautiful food :)
3. Ashlae from Oh, ladycakes! You are a rock star! I LOVE your recipes and your stories always make me smile!
4. Ingrid from Ingrid Improves! I always look forward to reading your posts and to "chatting" with you. You are awesome!
5. Sophie from Fresh Air & Fashion! I love reading your food and fitness posts! Inspiration from your impeccable style is a great bonus!
Thanks again Gabby! I always look forward to reading your blog as well, your recipes have inspired me so much! 
That's all for me today. I am going to get ready for the gym then after I get back I'm going to enjoy a quiet evening watching The Ultimate Fighter Live and the last installment of UFC Primetime. Those Heavyweights are no joke!
Have a great night everyone!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 6

Hey friends! Hope all has been well with you! I'm feeling so much better. I have much more energy, less muscle soreness and fatigue, and no headaches. My training session was really good too so I think I'm definitely starting to feel the benefits of this cleanse!

I also had a chance to get to Whole Foods to stock up a bit on some yummy foods so I photographed my haul too! Today is also an Instagram edition because I was in a major rush to get out of the house this morning so I photographed my breakfast, lunch, snack and workout beverage on my phone and figured I'd keep it consistent. I also just used the same effect on all of them (Lomo-fi if you are wondering ;]).

Check out the haul and the grub! Lots of photos today :)

Produce: broccoli, huge ass container of spinach, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potato, avocado.

2 Pineapple Vita Cocos, almond milk, organic strawberries (forgot to put them in the produce pic! they looked too good to pass up), Vega Recovery Accelerator (figured I'd give it a shot if I'm eventually going to be working out twice a day), millet (in the container), Braggs Liquid Aminos (worth a try!), stuffed grape leaves.

Breakfast was the same smoothie as yesterday.

Lunch was most of the salad that I didn't get to yesterday :X

Pre workout snack was a VaVaBar. So good!

During my workout I had a Peach & Mango Vita Coco. Not a huge fan of this flavor, I'll stick to Pineapple.

And this, my friends, is THE BEST MEAL I'VE EVER HAD. I'm not even kidding you. It puts Chipotle to shame and it was the easiest thing I've ever put together. I was inspired by Sophie's Homemade Chipotle Bowl and decided to make my own version. I was STARVING by the time I got home from grocery shopping so I need a fast, filling, protein packed meal and this was perfect. I just heated 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1/2 cup of organic black beans on the stove and topped with organic medium salsa and 1/2 of an avocado that was mashed and seasoned with black pepper and garlic. I took the photo and could hardly wait to mix it all up and dig in. So delicious! The salsa is the perfect seasoning. I wish I would have taken a photo on my regular camera but my tummy was calling the shots but I have a feeling this will be a staple meal and I will have plenty more opportunities!

I hope that you have all had a great day! I'm finally settled in my pjs and relaxing. I have work for a few hours tomorrow and Saturday and a wedding on Sunday but I'll have Monday off. Can't wait!

Have a great night!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 5

Hey everyone! I'm sorry this post has to be a bit quick but I have to get out a bit early today. I am running low on groceries as usual by Wednesday so I'm going to grab a big ol' chopped salad for dinner (and it'll probably end up being lunch tomorrow too, they are seriously that huge!). Today is my long day at work and my boss is taking head shots of me and my coworker for a promotion we are doing which is anxiety inducing for me, ha! I'm SO uncomfortable in front of a professional camera so I hope he gets what he needs!

Anyway, more of the same. Feeling a little better every day except my shoulder is still feeling pretty bad. I'm still not taking the anti inflammatory meds because of the cleanse and I'm just so tired of guessing what's wrong. I just wish I knew the answer. I feel like they should have an MRI done on my shoulder to make sure it isn't just an actual injury but I'm not a Dr. I'm going to call my Dr. on Friday and schedule another appointment to see if she has any other ideas.

Anyway, here's the yummy food for today (minus my salad for dinner)!

I decided that I wanted to start to move toward following Kris Carr's green smoothies a bit more than I have been. I find the veggie based smoothies a little tough for me since I'm just used to sweeter, fruit based smoothies so I'm going to slowly work toward adding veggies and cutting fruit. Today I used a frozen banana, cut down to 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and added a big chunk of cucumber instead of the other half cup of blueberries I normally add. It also has almond milk, Vega and spinach. Baby steps my friends.

Check out this yummy lunch plate! Hummus, stuffed grape leaves, celery, grape tomatoes, carrots and some home made gluten free tortilla chips.

Afternoon snack will be a Chocolate Brownie Pure Bar.

I'm planning on getting greens, carrots, cucumber, sun dried tomatoes, chickpeas and broccoli in my salad. Yum! I'll go grocery shopping tomorrow after the gym which means I'll have to get a grocery list together tonight after I catch up on your blogs :)

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 4

Hey everyone! I'm so happy to report that I woke up today feeling much better. I have more energy, feel less cloudy, I'm more alert and am in a better mood. My shoulders are still sore but maybe down the road they'll start to feel better? Last night was really rough, it took forever to fall asleep even though I was exhausted. I never got my appetite back after feeling sick at the gym so I never ended up eating my Buddha Bowl but managed to get down a Vega Protein Bar instead. Day Three of the cleanse is where you hit the wall according to Kris Carr and there you have it! I can't believe I hit it that hard but I guess I had more toxins to get rid of than I thought.

I've been doing  everything I can do to be as healthy as possible. I dug out my Vitamin B complex and Vitamin D supplements and will be taking those daily. I also took a little extra Vitamin C since that is supposed to help seasonal allergies. Even though I was sore from yesterday (my trainer mangled my legs!) I still did my 45 minutes on the rebounder. For the record, it is incredibly boring but I'm glad I did it.

I'm also eating some great food today! Check it!

I woke up pretty late this morning so I got a late start on my meals. I drank half of this smoothie before my workout and half after. It has frozen banana and blueberries, almond milk, Vanilla Vega Shake & Go Powder, and spinach. Brendan Brazier says blueberries and bananas are good for post workout recovery so it was perfect! I wanted to get some calories in before since I had eaten so little after my workout last night. I love the photo too. The reflection of the ridges on the lid make it look all wavy :)

For lunch I had a big spinach salad (later drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette)...

...and the other half of my zucchini boat. It was so good and I love how it makes the house smell like pizza! I had to blot a little bit because the Daiya got a bit greasy but it was still good.

My afternoon snack will be a Orange Coconut VaVaBar. Yum!

For dinner I'll eat last night's Buddha Bowl at room temp (no microwave folks!). I'm looking forward to this meal!

I'm glad that I'm starting to feel better. It was making me anxious to be feeling so poorly which doesn't help! Hopefully I'll feel better every day! 

Hope you all have a great day!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 3

Hey everyone! I think I'm hitting my stride here with this cleanse. I took some time to plan last night and I have my meals planned through Wednesday which definitely helps. I made another batch of VaVaBars and some quinoa for the week and I feel like I'm ready to go. The next step is to start a shopping list for my next trip to Whole Foods :)

Basically today is more of the same. I woke up and my entire body hurt, I keep getting headaches on and off throughout the day, I'm exhausted and I literally look like I got punched in the face. I look like I have two black eyes, it is crazy! I researched foods to help fight inflammation and found a bunch of links including this and this. I feel like I already eat these foods and began to get frustrated again. My next step is to see if I can get allergy testing done. Turns out these symptoms are often overlooked symptoms of food allergies, and I wonder if I've been eating foods that have been causing me to feel like crap for years. I don't really know how to go about doing this but I'll figure it out.

I've been trying to increase my exercise as well. I did 30 minutes of cardio and then my 45 minute training session. I had a tough time during my session and then right before the very last stretch I felt really dizzy and nauseous and like I was going to pass out. It was horrible.

That aside, at least I had some really good meals today. I'm really glad I decided to try the cleanse again. It's a lot easier now that I don't have to deal with the caffeine withdrawals :X I'm so glad I never went back to coffee, it is one of the best things I've done for myself! Anyway, here's the grub!

My goal of greens for breakfast was accomplished this morning :) As I mentioned, I had planned my meals last night and by coincidence I planned the same smoothie that Maud had posted over at Food Feud! I made mine a bit differently but it was the same idea. I was happy to read the post and see that it had gone over well and I was definitely looking forward to breakfast this morning! I made mine with a frozen banana, 4 fresh strawberries, 3/4 cup almond milk, Vega Choc-a-lot Shake & Go powder and lots of spinach. So delicious.

Late morning I enjoyed the other half of my mango from yesterday's breakfast.

For lunch I had lots and lots of green! A big S&M salad with lots of spinach, dulse, hemp seeds and avocado. So delicious. This is a nutrition powerhouse and Brendan Brazier talks about the benefits of all of the ingredients in Thrive. I felt so virtuous eating this salad!

For snack I made Mexican Chocolate Chia Pudding! I halved the recipe in Crazy Sexy Diet when I made it over the weekend and it still made a ton. Like I said it was a bit sweet so for my snack today I used 1/3 cup of the pudding and mixed it with 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder! It made it rich and chocolatey, cut the sweetness and combined perfectly with the cinnamon already in it. So good!

I drank a Pineapple Vita Coco Coconut Water when I got home from my workout to try and restore my electrolytes and get my blood sugar up.

For dinner I made my version of a Buddha Bowl from CSD. I could have sworn I bought broccoli but didn't see any in the fridge so I used the rest of my roasted cauliflower. There is also chickpeas, carrots and sun dried tomatoes and it is seasoned with garlic, pepper and I sprinkled the top with nooch. I also used quinoa instead of rice to get in some extra protein. I haven't eaten it yet because I'm still not feeling great after my workout.

I'm happy with my meals today. I achieved my goals that I set yesterday, was full all day and enjoyed every meal (that I've eaten so far). I really need to figure out what's going on because feeling sick is really exhausting.

Goals for tomorrow: 45-60 minute run on rebounder.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse Take 2: Day 2

Hey everyone! What a beautiful day we had here in NY.  I woke up late-ish for me and wasn't feeling so great so I lounged around for a bit. When I finally got up my neck and shoulders were still bothering me but decided to suck it up and go to the gym to get in 30 minutes of cardio since it had been a few days since I've worked out. It wasn't the best workout I've ever had and I was quite uncomfortable after but at least I got the blood flowing again. I decided to skip going to the city though and just lounged around and enjoyed the warmth of the beautiful day.

I also ate some really tasty food! Check it out!

Check out this awesome breakfast! I made a half batch of Kris Carr's chia seed pudding from Crazy Sexy Diet last night and was so excited to try it for breakfast! It is the first successful chia pudding I've made (a little sweet for my taste though, I'll cut the agave next time) and I loved it topped with fresh mango and strawberries! So delicious and such a bright breakfast! All raw too :)

Lunch was another snack plate, this one starring hummus and stuffed grape leaves. A mostly raw plate. Can you tell I love carrots?

I wasn't super hungry for an afternoon snack but know I needed some energy so I had one of Gabby's Lemon Coconut Hemp Seed Bites. Perfect pick me up!

Yes, I know this meal is cooked. However, I still think that I made about 60% raw for the day? I felt pretty unprepared for the start of this cleanse because it started so abruptly but while the meal is cooked, it is definitely still healthy. I made roasted sweet potato fries, roasted cauliflower and roasted chickpeas. There's a little organic ketchup for the sweet potato fries. 

I'm happy to report that my energy is way up now from this morning. I'm researching foods that cause inflammation and foods that help inflammation as well. I figure that since I'm not getting a ton of help from my doctors, I may as well try and find some solutions myself. This cleanse is step one and permanent changes will be the next step. I've also spent today planning for the next few days so I'm more prepared. Yay! I plan on getting back on the workout plan tomorrow so that is good too :) 

Goals for tomorrow: GREENS(!!) and a smoothie. More raw foods and a good workout!

Hope you all had a great weekend and enjoy the rest of your night!