Another 3-day detox is in my future….

Ok, so it’s January 4 and it seems a lot of people are interested in my previous post, “I just completed a 3-day detox / raw vegan diet and LIVED.”

(It was a 3-day Kaeng Raeng detox and actually kind of liked it.)

This blog doesn’t get more than a couple hits a day, and while that one has consistently been one of my most popular posts…  yesterday that post alone got 141 hits.

141

That’s a lot of people feeling the need to hit the reset button.

I wanted to do the detox last year to help jump start me on my weight loss and kick start some better eating habits. Did it work? Yeah, for a while… but I am back on “the sugar” again, and I am feeling the need for another detox. I tried doing it a couple months ago without quitting sugar first… and I had to stop after the first day because I had such bad headaches!

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I am sure there will be some kind of confection involved to celebrate… but on Sunday I am going to try the no sugar thing again. Last time I detoxed I did 3 days with no sugar leading up to it — I’ll do that again and go for Kaeng Raeng detox #2!

I’ll keep you posted.

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Refocusing on the clean green — and my 2012 annual report

In the last couple of months I’ve revisited my “about” page and my eating and exercise goals. I haven’t quite done what I said I would do here. I know a lot of people make fitness goals around the first of the year, and I’ve never been much of a New Year’s resolution kind of person… but getting my WordPress “Annual Report” yesterday is making me think about refocusing on cleaning up my diet and finding time for regular exercise. (Here’s a link to that if you’re interested.)

Light green curry I made recently with brown rice, tofu, carrots, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and chick peas

Light green curry I made recently with brown rice, tofu, carrots, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and chick peas

I’ve been a bit side-tracked on the exercise bit for the last month because I was rear-ended on my way to work on Tuesday, November 27… I have to get a MRI on my neck/back to see if I have whiplash/disc damage. I’m hoping I don’t… but I can’t work out again until I find out. And…I can’t say I have been sticking to eating well most days these last two months.

BLARG!!

BLARG!!

Here are a couple things I’m doing to try to get back on track with my diet and exercise:

  1. I’m making an appointment with the registered dietitian at my local supermarket. I’m hoping I can come up with a 3-4 week meal plan. I’ve done this before but not recently — I think if I can have a mindset of what my meals are each day, there will be less of a chance that I will say screw it and eat whatever. This does, however, involve planning ahead, something I’ve not been so great with lately!
  2. As soon as I can get back to the gym I’m going to… I have to! I’m going to ask my doctor if there’s any kind of exercise I can do right now…
  3. I’m going to attempt to post at least once a week, probably over the weekend, with a brief eating plan and recipe links. I’ll also give a brief update of my exercise.

I’d also like to give a shout out to my top five commenters. I really appreciate your support and suggestions!

  1. Dangerously Daydreaming
  2. My friend Paula =)
  3. Rant and Roll
  4. In Her Chucks
  5. AgriGirl

~ I wish you all a Happy and Safe New Year’s ~

Quick Vegan Breakfast: Raw Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Quick Vegan Breakfast: Raw Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I never plan ahead for breakfast during the week, so if I’m lucky I’ll grab a banana and a Greek yogurt on my way out the door. It’s the healthier and cheaper option.

If I’m not lucky and I’m running out the door I’ll try to stop on my way to the office for a breakfast sandwich. Not so healthy or cheap!

I found this recipe when it was first posted over at Fork and Beans. (If you haven’t visited her yet I highly encourage you to do so.)

I’m not a vegan but I am trying to eat healthier, and of late I am trying to “get back on track” with my “crappy eating.”

Since I’m working from home this week (what with the apocalypse ’round these parts), I thought I would try this. It does require advance planning since it has to chill overnight, but as long as you have the ingredients and a seal-able container (and electricity!), it literally takes 4 seconds to prepare.

I was unsure how I would like “pudding” made from chia seeds… but let me tell you… it was absolutely delicious. And chocolate-y. And really filling.

This one is a keeper, folks.

(BTW…If you don’t know about chia seeds… see what it says about them on Dr. Oz’s site… here.)

Raw Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding (for One)

Raw & gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar-free

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1 c. non-dairy milk (I used unsweeted vanilla almond)
  • 1 Tb cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
  • drizzle of agave for sweetness (optional, but i did)
  • Toppings of choice (fruit/nuts — I used bananas)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place all ingredients into a mason jar or other sealable container. Screw top tight and shake vigorously.
  2. Place in refrigerator overnight (chia seeds will expand as they set).
  3. Mix with a spoon and pour desired toppings on top.
  4. Eat.

A close up… the consistency was kind of pudding-y, and the chia seeds were soft yet smooth… if that makes sense.

Hurricanes are bad for your sugar intake

Hurricanes are bad for your sugar intake

I have been hearing from a lot of my friends that they’ve been eating like CRAP all week. Some people have had to rely on non-perishable food due to Hurricane Sandy (I live in Central NJ), and many people still don’t have power today, a full week after the storm hit.

We didn’t lose power, so I can’t blame my eating on the storm. For the most part I have managed to stay away from the Halloween candy I have yet to give out (they’ve postponed trick or treating in my town until they can finish cleaning up downed trees and power lines). But I have not been eating well, and I have not been eating enough green things. Or vegetable things.

I did, however, make a root vegetable soup on Monday the 29th, in my “I have to do something” panic before the storm hit that night (sort of a variation on this one, which I’ve made before).

soup preppin

The aftermath of the storm has been so bad that they cancelled my CSA pickup this past Thursday. Hopefully those shares were donated and didn’t go to waste, but I’m not sure.

My gym has also been closed for the last week… which also is no excuse for my lack of exercise over the last week.

I’ve just been really off lately. In a rut. And now that we just turned the clocks back there’s more darkness. I love this time of year for so many reasons but the lack of daylight is not one of them!

Hopefully things will get back to normal soon with power and gas… and hopefully I can get myself in a better frame of mind.

I think I am going to try to go without sugar for a few days too… and do another 3-day detox. I had tried to start one the week before the storm and I had to stop after less than one day because I had such an incredibly bad headache (which I think must have been me detoxing from sugar/caffeine).

CSA Share 15 and a vegan soup recipe

CSA Share 15 and a vegan soup recipe

As I just wrote in my other blog…

A brief note:
Thank you, readers, for sticking with me! I know my entry schedule has been sketchy at best. I have to try to manage my time better so I can find the time to blog. I have started several posts in my head in the past couple of weeks but I think you would enjoy the posts more if I actually wrote them. Lately, Sleeping. Always. Wins.

CSA Share 15 — October 11, 2012

That’s a lot of greens!

I’ve been frustrated in the last few weeks because some things from each week’s share weren’t getting used, even though I split this share with a friend. So when I got home Thursday afternoon I decided, rather spontaneously, to whip up a quick soup using a recipe from my trainer. Whipping up a “quick soup” might sound like no biggie… but I always try to limit my food prep time during the week. I’d rather be hanging out with my daughter than cooking, and I love cooking.

My trainer went vegan for Lent this past year and she kind of made up this soup recipe. She gave me some notes… so I’m kind of making up the amounts here…

“Super Vegan Soup”

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 full head of garlic
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2-4 cups of greens, washed and ripped into smaller pieces (I used kale and Swiss chard, but you could also just use anything you have on hand)
  • olive oil
  • seasonings you like… I used salt/pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, basil, mint and sage

Basic directions: in a large stock pot add about 1 tbsp olive oil and sauté the onion, shallots and garlic. After a few minutes add the carrots and greens and cook a few minutes more. Stir in seasonings and add 6 cups of water. Cook over a low heat for at least 20 minutes, but more if desired. The longer it cooks the more flavorful it becomes.

Instead of water you could also use vegetable broth. My soup came out pretty good, but I added a little Parmesan cheese to it… making it not vegan. I went a little light on the spice, so next time I would also add more seasonings, like at least 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of each one.

kale and Swiss chard… prepped and ready for the soup

I finished the rest of the soup leftovers today for lunch

 

Homemade Deodorant Update

Homemade Deodorant Update

Note: I started to write this post at the end of the July but I am finally getting around to finishing it now. I saw a post over at In Her Chucks that reminded me I still hadn’t made public my little, uh, “experiment”. So here goes!

So, I finally made some deodorant, but I used this recipe, found on My Merry Messy Life. Sara at MMML made her own recipe using two others she found for inspiration.

Let me just preface the recipe by saying…. I never thought, not in a million years, this stuff would work as well as it does.

And I don’t mean “it works well for a natural deodorant”. I mean…it works better than any deodorant I have ever used.

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cornstarch
4 tablespoons organic coconut oil
5 drops of organic Tea Tree Oil
5 drops of organic Lavender Oil

I actually wound up using a couple more drops of the last two oils (about 8ish drops of each?), and a little less coconut oil. I added the Tea Tree and Lavender oils when I finished mixing the other ingredients together. When finished it looked like this…. kind of like a thick cream:

mixing mixing mixing

The finished product… housed in a tiny Tupperware container that I keep in the bathroom.

I started using it this past Saturday and I have not had a whiff of body odor. And, now that I think of it… I don’t think I’ve even perspired as much… but this isn’t an anti-perspirant. Regardless, I think this is somewhat amazing, considering how much I sweat. I doubt I would have to find a reason to go back to any kind of commercial, chemical-laden deodorant ever again. Ever! Seriously. I’m floored by this stuff. Especially because my last deodorant, Secret Clinical Strength, scores a 5 in the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (thank you Sara at MMML for educating me!).

Update: Ok, so I’ve been using this stuff since the end of July. And I am still impressed with how well it works. I will say that it didn’t work as well for me “during that time of the month”… which, I guess, makes sense if you think about it. Hormones always screw things up, don’t they? And I will report that there have been a couple other days when it didn’t work as well as it usually does… like this past Saturday, when I was up and about all day and didn’t get home until about 11:30 pm with the family. But I’m sticking with it, as it works better than a conventional-full-of-chemicals deodorant. Additionally, I did get all the ingredients together for the other recipe I posted back in June…. just haven’t found the time to make it…. but I will soon and I will report back!

One more important note: The finished product needs to be kept in a temperature-stable environment. I made the mistake of taking the whole container with me to the gym and then afterwards leaving it in my hot car while I ran some errands. It melted and then I had to put it in the refrigerator to solidify…and then I wound up adding a bit more cornstarch and baking soda to get the consistency back to normal. If you need to take some to the gym with you, put a little bit (1/2 a teaspoon or so) in a plastic ziplock bag.