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!