Sunday, November 26, 2017

24 hour Juice Feast Results

I lost 3lbs of water weight and got a flat belly!  So here is the rap on it. I juiced for about 36 hours. I started the night before at bedtime and didn't have my first juice until 1pm the next day.  (12 plus hours overnight) and 24 hours from 1pm in the afternoon to 1pm the next afternoon.  

I juiced celery, carrot and cucumber as my main juice.  

The next day I juiced 2lbs of grapes for breakfast to mix it up some. I saved a 1lb of grapes to eat once I broke the fast and ease my system back into regular digestion. 

I used the Breville multi speed juicer because it's my favorite and takes me about 5 minutes to make a gallon of juice.  Clean up is easy and the machine is highly reliable.  Yesssss, Purists, I know slow juicing with a masticating juicer is better.  Now go away with your judgements.... I have one. I hate it.  It's slow and hard to clean.  I use  my Breville  because I USE my Breville. To me, the best juice is the juice I make and drink. 

Here is my juice buffet for the second day.  Yummy and delish.  

I found that the hunger cravings hit late in the evening the first day around 10pm.  I wanted to chew something. I made some tea and drank it to give myself something to focus on that wasn't food. During the day I was perfectly fine.  No cravings at all.  Actually the juice was so convenient opposed to purchasing a meal or preparing one. 

I also found my energy levels were fine as long as I kept drinking the juice. Anytime I felt sluggish or cranky, I just started sipping juice and it went away instantly.  

This juice feast is what I needed to get rid of holiday bloat and to infuse my body with some pure energy that doesn't come from coffee.  

Key take away: Prep your juice in advance. It makes this whole endeavor sooooo much easier.  Don't believe me?  Get hungry and then try to concentrate on washing veggies and juicing them and cleaning the juicer.   After you "Hulk Smash" everything in the kitchen, you will hear my voice in your head saying, "I told you so."  Haha

Have a better day than you ever thought possible!

Lov, Hav

Saturday, November 25, 2017

24 Hour Post Holiday Juice Feast

After some wonder our indulging I am ready to detox and replenish. 

I went out and purchased about $20 of fresh produce.  5lbs of carrots, two heads of celery, 6 cucumbers, two bunches of parsely and 3lbs of red grapes (not shown).

This should produce enough juice for 24 hours.  I'm using my Breville juicer for expediency.  I juice 64 ounces at a time. 

For sanity sake I am juicing from 1pm to 1pm the next day.  This allows me to completely fast from the night before adding some crucial detoxing hours to the overall fast. Fasting overnight makes it easier to maintain as well.  I'm not thinking about food in my sleep. At least not most of the time. Haha

Breaking the fast at 1pm the next day allows me to eat and replenish with some whole fruits and greens before going to work the next day.  

This is my method of flushing my system from holiday junk food and putting the color back in my rosy cheeks
Total fast time 36 hours. Total juice feast time 24 hours. Total awesomeness time all day every day!  YeYah!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Comfy Cozy Paleo Breakfast

This is a recharge meal.  All of natures finest to make a perfect post workout meal. 

Warm almond mylk.  Nut bread that has all the nutrients intact. I didn't bake this. I dehydrated it a low temperature to keep the enzymes and mineral whole and in touch.  Cashew cream cheese in a thin layer makes this better than any bagel and cream cheese I have ever had. 

Yes. This requires some planning.  I made the bread on the weekend and froze it in individual portions to enjoy all week long.  

I am loving how I feel when I eat whole food in their best form. 

Nom nom!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Baked Potato Soup - Dairy free! Low cal!

This is my latest decadent edible.  This bowl contains 1/2 of a Japanese yam (I chose this because it's high in vitamins and is white like a Russet potato), one slice of red onion and 12 cashews.  Blended with water in the Vitamix to make a creamy hot soup that easily rivals any restaurant appetizer.  

Reserve a little potato to stir in after blending for texture and chunkiness. 

Top with fresh herbs and more chopped red onion. 

You can always make this with a plain white potato or try a sweet potato for a more colorful sweet tryst!

This was so easy and so cheap it's sinful!  

185 fabulous calories. 

Nom mom. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Green Powder, Is it Worth the Hype?

I love green powder.  It adds a nice boost to my juices and smoothies. It is great for muscle recovery.  I am less sore after workouts and weight training.  My migraines are less severe and less frequent. I retain less water. The benefits for me go on and on.  

I tried this brand on an flash sale.  I'm always looking for a bargain!  I normally use Amazing Grass or use my own homegrown wheatgrass.  These are faithful products in my arsenal and not to be taken lightly when considering replacing them. 

This Naturelo product proved to be a good choice. It blends smoothly and is easy to add to a shaker bottle if you don't have time to blend.  

I found the taste to be a mild and unnoticeable addition to my post workout shake. It mixes smoothly and is easy to use when I am in a rush and don't have time to cut, harvest and juice wheatgrass.  

Verdict: I would purchase again. I think my beloved Amazing Grass has met it's match.  

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Vegan Breakfast Loaves

These are happy little loaves to make for breakfast or a hearty snack. Once you get your pantry stocked with nuts and dried fruits, this is an easy snack to make the nights before.  If you eat it for breakfast it's even better, because it will come out of the dehydrator warm and delicious when you wake up!

Do NOT go out and buy a bunch of nuts to make this loaf.  Month by month purchase nuts in bulk to stock your freezer or pantry.   Once you have the ingredients on hand with no effort and no extra expenditures, go for it. 

Here is the batter ready to fold in more goodies!

Here are the loaves ready to "bake". 

I make the batter with almonds, pecans, walnuts, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, water, olive oil and a dash of pink salt. Then once creamy, I fold in nuts and dried fruit.  Make little loaves. Put in dehydrator overnight. 

Omg!  Topped with fresh fruit purée, this is delish.  You can also serve this with a little olive oil drizzled on top while warm along with a dash of salt (to mimic the flavor of butter) in the morning and this is the perfect take along breakfast!

You can freeze these when done "baking" for future use.  They keep about 3 days in the refrigerator.  

As you can see, I make these in my Nesco (cheap) round style dehydrator. You can also make this into a full loaf if you have an Excalibur or similar type larger dehydrator that will accommodate a larger size full loaf. 

This is easy and doesn't require any exotic ingredients.  Stay tuned for the ebook where I detail the recipe and varieties on the loaf. 

Nom nom!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Southern Style Indulgence

Sometimes you have to splurge!  Indulge!  Treat yourself. 

I was craving some of my mother's southern fries fish. So I went to the market and found this wild caught fish on sale for just over $3 a lb!  

I dredged it in seasoned cornmeal. Pan fried (not deep fried) it in light olive oil.  And proceeded to stuff my face with fish and my Vegan Cheese Grits.  

This was a Sunday treat.  I felt no remorse.  I ate green juice for breakfast that day.  I had green tea for an after dinner beverage. 

I lost 2 lbs of water that Monday.  So don't tell me you can't indulge while on a health journey. You just need to be smart and keep it as a treat, not a regular occurrence.  

My pants still fit just fine. :-)

Bon appetite!