Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Day In the Life - I'm on a Diet.

I am trying to lean out.  So today I went for a run.  Then I proceeded to eat clean all day.  I gotta tighten up my eating habits.  So today was a great start!

Here's what I had:

Watermelon juice for breakfast (and coffee not pictured here)
Bananas for a snack after the run. Pho Noodle Soup for lunch!  Cheap and yum!!!!

Trail Mix for pm snack. 

Large Herb Salad for dinner with sesame orange dressing. 

Cheap tip---buy a tub of salad and use it for your dinner or lunch.  The tub at the grocery store near me is $5 for organic. Makes 2 HUGE salads.  


Monday, September 14, 2015

Starch Solution -- A Day in the Life. Is It Worth It?

I'm all about healthy eating that makes me feel good. I am working on a book now that chronicles my diet adventures.  In the meantime, here is a day in the life of the no meat, low fat, vegetarian lifestyle - "The Starch Solution".

Here it is-----

I had a bagel for breakfast.  

Lentil Soup (homemade from sprouted lentils)

Fruits and veggies for snacks all day.  

Then I made vegan lo mein for dinner and Fresh peaches for dessert. 

This isn't a permanent lifestyle choice.  Just an experiment in eating healthy.  I have to say I was pretty tired all day long, but I was up late. So maybe that has something to do with it.  Also, I didn't eat any greens.  

I'll see how it goes tomorrow on a good night's sleep and a morning workout. I'm tempted to go right back to my mostly raw food diet right now though!  

Wish me luck. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

My Game Day Spread! Healthy Half Time!

Here are some of my favorite game day treats.  These are hearty and wholesome and don't leave you wanting more like some healthy fresh food spreads do. 

I love a salad as much as the next girl, but during football season, I need to have proper snacks and treats to keep me in the game. 

These easy recipes are sure to be a favorite even among your meat eaters.  

Round out the choices below with a hearty chili or lentil soup and some organic tortilla chips and salsa.  You could even serve pizzas loaded with veggies.  

I promise after the initial shock wears off, even your die hard burger eaters will be good with this spread. 
Buffalo Cauliflower Wings with Ranch

Toss chopped cauliflower in the following sauce. Franks Red Hot sauce, coconut oil, salt, pepper, cayenne.  Bake on 350 for ten minutes. 

Ranch Dressing made with Just Mayo and Good Seasons ranch dressing powder. (This dressing has lots of salt and is not vegan, but is totally worth it for game time. Ranch dressing on the side makes the "wings" seem more authentic.)

Oven Grilled Potato Chips

Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Preheat oven to 450. Thinly slice redskin potatoes.  Salt and pepper the potatoes. Place potatoes in hot skillet and brown on one side only.  After bottom layer of potatoes is brown, place entire pan in hot oven for 35 minutes. Remove and serve hot.  You should have some crispy potatoes in the batch and some soft potatoes when you remove them from the oven.  All of them should be delish.  

Fresh Fruit Platter

Slice up at least three varieties of fresh fruit and serve on a divided platter if you have one. Here I have grapes, apples and peaches.  Make sure the cuts are easy to grab and go for finger food. You can also put toothpicks in the slices if you prefer. 

There you have it. You can hang during game time, eat fun foods and still stay on track with your health and fitness goals.  Don't believe it? Just watch. 

Nom nom!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Meal Prep for Vegan Paleo Veggie Health Addicts

I follow a bodybuilder/physique competitor's lifestyle.  I don't compete but I train and live my life like I do.  I find that prioritizing my health as a lifestyle choice is the most important thing to me, outside of my relationships with the people I love most. 

Many people who compete or who take their fitness seriously, set aside Sunday as "meal prep day".  They spend time on Sundays grilling chicken and salmon and portioning out tuna and brown rice and veggies ...measuring oatmeal into cups so that they can stay on track with what they are supposed to be eating each day. 

Usually typical day of meals for a strict fitness competitor will consist of 4-6 containers of rice, grilled meat and boiled vegetables, along with any supplements they are taking.  

It might look like this:

Well, I don't eat that much meat.  My diet focuses primarily on fresh, raw, organic fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds.  I do eat fish and meats but sparingly.

Here's what meal prep day looks like in my kitchen on Sunday:

First I make salads with a plethora of veggies and put them into stoneware, glass or porcelain bowls that have plastic covers. I also include homemade salad dressings in each one. Shown here is kale salad with cashew dressing on the side. 

Next I cut up fruits for my snacks and lemons for my water. I place those in small glass containers or baggies. 

Saturday night I soak my nuts and seeds for the week. (I buy raw nuts and seeds whenever possible.) I take all the nuts I need for almond milk, cashew milk and trail mixes and cover them with water.  I place them in glass containers on my counter and let them sit overnight. This is supposed to make some of the nutrients more bioavailability and make the nuts easier to digest. 

On Sunday, I take the nuts I plan to snack on and put them in my dehydrator and leave them for the day.  This restores the crunch.  They come out tasting so good!  Especially when they are still warm.  Yummmmm!!!!  I freeze the ones I don't dehydrate to use in nut milks and recipes. 

This is what I do each week to try to stay on track with my goals.  If your planning is piss poor then your results will be too. 

Cheap tip-- purchase nuts in bulk online and portion them out in bags. You will save up to $1 per pound. 

Raw Food Haul! Episode 1

Gotta love Costco.  Gotta. Love. It. 

Get your fruit and veggies on!!!

Drive in Milkshake Shakey Shakes!

This is decadent love in a glass.  Oh how I love thee milkshake.......let me caress your silky dreamy creaminess. 

Let me take you all in and have you nourish my soul.  

1/2 cup coconut cream (ice cold)
1 cup fresh almond milk
(Soak almonds overnight then rinse and blend with a few drops real vanilla and raw sugar or maple syrup)
A few ice cubes 

Blend until all the ingredients make love to each other and then bathe in it.  

Dreamy. Creamy. Deliciousness. 

Mono Meal --- Watermelon Island!

I have heard about a new tactic some foodies have been using to cleanse.  Eating one fruit for a whole day? Now I have heard of mono meals (one fruit for a meal) but not a mono "day".  They call it watermelon island.  Or banana island.....or "whatever fruit you choose" island.  Interesting concept.  A little too boring for me.  Although I admit doing similar things in the name of fad weight loss diets in my past....but I digress. 


This morning I tried a mono meal of just watermelon.  I had a half of a watermelon after my workout and it was delish!  I was full and energized all morning long. I don't know if I could eat watermelon all day and nothing else, but it was very refreshing as my breakfast this morning. 

Have you ever been to watermelon island?  I heard your poo starts to look like pink watermelon.  Lol! 

On that note.....Bon Apetit!