Sunday, March 31, 2013

Days 2-4: 100% Raw.

How's it going this weekend? I am doing great. I'm sorry that I haven't been able to blog as the days go on... I am going to work on that this week, but I worked a ton this week and Friday was spring break for the kids' school and I STILL had to work.

Day 2: 100% raw. It went really well. I felt amazing (duh :) and did a leg workout at home before heading out for work. IT was short, but effective. My butt hurt for a day afterwards.

Day 3: 100% raw. Guess what??? I went to my favorite restaurant and still ate 100% raw. Oh yea... I won't lie. I had that convo with myself that was saying, "You only come here every few months, get your favorite dishes". But, I didn't. I still had a great meal, great time, and great raw dessert. I even did a 10 minute jump rope circuit before I left.

Kennedy and I went to The Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore. We had a blast. She is so smart, it just blows my mind. We stayed for hours and read every sign. We even went on the part of the tour dedicated to the Middle Passage twice!

Day 4: 100% raw. Today. Rainy and cold. I craved dates all day. And so dates I ate! OMG these are the gooiest, juiciest dates...ever! I truly believe that magic happens when dates, cinnamon, and bananas combine. Pure magic. I did yoga today with Kennedy. It was so good to be back on my mat and in the flow. I felt a definite shift. I also got a jumpstart on my April challenge of: 1 green smoothie and yoga EVERYDAY for the month of April.

It is a busy week as usual. I am trying to factor in how to get my workouts done in an efficient manner and how to minimize stress this entire week.

So how am I feeling about my 30 day raw challenge so far? I am feeling great. Remembering all the reasons I love raw food and love keeping raw food simple. My "mind" is very attached to cooked food...really as a thought. I will say to myself, "What about going to an Indian restaurant?" Even though I don't want any Indian food right now. It's crazy thinking. I don't have any cravings whatsoever right now. I guess I'll keep going with the flow and eating until I am full and repeating at lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Who knows what I may decide at the end of this challenge! Hopefully it will be warm by then!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 1 of 30: 100% Raw Workouts

Wondering how my first day is going? Well, it's after 9 pm and  am just getting in from the gym. Yea go me!!! Raw and feeling good.

Today I ate:
  • Green smoothie: spinach, almond milk (ok not technically raw, but you get the point), frozen blueberries, bananas, dates (ran out today...ugh), greener grasses
  • Fruit salad (tons of fruit)
  • More fruit salad for lunch
  • HUGE salad. Mixed organic greens, 1 small avocado, pumpkin seeds, fermented pickles, dulse, hempseeds, lemon juice. So good.
  • More fruit salad after the gym

At the gym:
  • Upper body workout
  • 15 minutes of crazy interval
  • It was great to get in the gym just for some stress release. Sometimes it is good to just get out of the house for a bit so that I could get everything off my mind and zone out.
I made it to the store and bought:
  • cilantro- to juice
  • kale
  • apples
  • meyer lemons
  • dandelion root- to juice
  • oranges
  • avocados
  • sauerkraut
  • fermented pickles
I need to get at Costco's:
  • dates xs 2
  • frozen pineapple (to defrost and juice with the dandelion and cilantro)
I am feeling good. I will get up in the morning and do an at home lower body workout. I don't want to waste time going to the gym, so even though Kennedy is at her father's I can be completed with my workout in the time it takes me to get there and get dressed!

Anyone else eating more raw? More greens? Or getting ready to workout in preparation for tank top season???

Let's do this!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

100% Raw for 30 Days: In Defense of Vegans

It's been a while since I've felt I needed to go "In Defense of Vegans" and I will save the longer speech for a blog I'm writing about "Plant Based Vegan vs Paleo" stay tuned for that one. It's funny too! (at least I think so)...

I love being a vegan. I have been one for over 12 years. I can't imagine a day when I won't be. That is MY choice. I've gotten a few messages from people telling me that I need to "reconsider" my vegan lifestyle. I won't. Period. Kennedy has asked to eat eggs and seafood. I made her do research and that started eight months ago. Just this past week she ate her first free range, organic, vegetarian fed eggs. She broke out terribly and was sick as a dog. Missed two days of school. ALLERGY. She asked me to eat them with her and I told her no and explained why.

At her father's house she is a pesco-vegan. She now eats wild caught salmon (well she is supposed to start eating next week), but has already eaten shrimp and lobster with him alongside her normal organic, gluten free fare. I don't want to eat that way...and I won't have it here, but I have told her she is old enough to make up her own mind about food so long as she CONSCIOUSLY consumes. She has to eat wild caught and she has to think about the animal that gave its life for her. I told her NO WAY to chicken and red meat. She agrees.

Point is: I believe in being vegan. I believe in raw food. I believe in carbs. An upcoming post will be about all those things.

So, make your food choices based off what is best for YOU and you alone. What makes sense in YOUR world? For me the thought of consuming animal products of any kind make me want to gag...and cry actually.

Lately, the stress in my life has been making me think of juice feasting. I always lighten my load and after three days, the cravings for food are over and I can cleanse my mind and body. But with this hectic schedule, all juice would be a set up for disaster. So, I am going to do 30 days of 100% raw. I still need to run to the store, but hopefully I can start this weekend. Maybe tomorrow...hmmm

Anyway, no fat gram counting for these 30 days. Just going to dehydrate some flax crackers and eat lots of salads and smoothies with green juice thrown in. I just need to simplify things right now. I feel like my skin has lost its shine, my hair its luster and I am just feeling kinda blah.

I know it is the stress I am under at work and with this potential life changing news I'm facing, but still....

Going to keep things simple (that's the point of this) and to RESET my system.

  1. Juice
  2. Smoothies (all green of course)
  3. Salads with avocados and olives
  4. Loads of sauerkraut...been craving it lately
  5. Fruit as in between snacks, but will try to minimize snacking so I can get my digestion back on track
  6. Detox baths
  7. Daily yoga sessions
  8. Early nites

That's the plan. Plain and simple. It is still really cold here or I would try to go lighter on the fat. Wish me luck!!! I'm actually really excited. I haven't been this jazzed about my food in a long time. I even got a new refrigerator in time! It came today. It is a bit bigger (not my idea), but it will keep the things fresher and more crisp.

So, I'm off to take a hot bath tonite and get another early nite. Reading this cute helps me keep my mind light before bed and easily drift off to sleep. Tomorrow after work I will see about going to the store allllll the way across town to get my "raw supplies".

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Getting Back on track to Taking Good Care of Myself

There aren't enough words that I could write to explain how stressful my job has been lately and the toll my self-care practices have taken.

I can say that I am on the cusp of one of the most major important decisions EVER and that coupled with this insanely intense job has left me devoid of my normally peppy, emotionally happy self. I was struggling to get my feet beneath me.

Here are my typical daily self-care practices:
  • Waking up early (between 5 and 6 am). This gives me about an hour before Kennedy is up to exercise, do yoga, journal and meditate. Without this days have seemed totally lost and long

  • Have a green juice/smoothie first thing. Lately I've been rushing around (no fun) and having any old thing for breakfast...

  • Skin Brushing twice a day- I've been just hopping in and out of the shower or bath. Who has ONE extra minute to skin brush????

  • Blogging- I'm sorry. Thanks to a comment by "Anonymous" I was inspired to write again realizing that somewhere...someone is possibly motivated by my shenanigans.

I'm trying to make sense of all that I have going on right now. It is scary. And as I make this next decision (can't wait until it's settled and I care share it with you!), I am terrified. Truly. But I have to find a way (limited time and all) to get back to the things that help me to feel better and more sane.

TODAY RIGHT I finish this post I will hop down on my mat and do a few minutes of yoga. Drink a tall glass of water, meditate and write in my journal. Guess I'm back on track now....

TOMORROW MORNING... 5 minutes of fitness and a green smoothie for breakfast.

Quick food stuff. Someone asked me for my "stressed" food plan. It's embarrassing, but hey I'm being honest. The past few weeks have looked like:
  • Random green smoothies throughout the day
  • Lots of hot gluten free oatmeal with cinnamon and apples with almond milk
  • GF pasta with veggies
  • Organic chips (yes chips) as I type away after midnite for work
  • Random vegan I type away after midnite for work
  • I have about 2-3 cups of fairtrade coffee per week. I used to be a total coffee addict. Then didn't drink it for like 8 years and every now and then a steamy mug of French press invade my dreams and I oblige.
  • So with the exception of the chips, snacks, and dry GF cereal, my diet is always the same: green smoothies/green juices/random (need more) salads, veggies, quinoa/rice with veggies.
  • Gained about 6 pounds in the last month. With about zero exercise and LOTS of the car between clients, as I type away after midnite (you get the point!)
Any tips that can help me stop being overwhelmed and get back  on track???

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Trouble Shaking This Cold and 10 Minute Workout

I am so annoyed that I can't shake this sickness...doesn't matter that the weather sucked big time and I am outside in between clients a lot.

Yesterday I did a 10 minute workout because I am so ready to get my momentum back! Well, now I have a massive headache. It started last nite and has carried over into today. I think that's because of a sinus headache forming...

I Kept it Simple Workout:
  • Jumprope 5 min warmup
  • squats
  • lunges
  • calf raises
  • Jumprope 5 mins to end
I just needed to step up and just do something to get back on track. Not sure what I can get accomplished today considering that I have this headache and a million things to do today.

I just want to say that no matter what you are going through, unless you are really physically ill, you can recover. You can stand up and say, "This will not defeat me" and then make a plan to move things forward for yourself. If not you, then who?

Right now work is crazy, and I am in a serious personal transition....things can feel overwhelming and I want to make sure that I am still focusing on the important things... taking care of myself IS NOT an option and when I fall away from my daily "take care of myself" rituals...I am out of balance.

So, here I am getting back into the swing of things. Anybody else having trouble right now?


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