Archive for May, 2012
Oooh… definitely not my perfect day today! I didn’t prep anything last night and then decided to take a yoga class at 7am which ended up being a 90 minute class followed by some chit chat, a bike ride home, taking my supplements and finally eating breakfast at 10am. I haven’t had breakfast that late in who knows how long!
Breakfast was… interesting. It really wasn’t worth photographing… Kind of looked like baby food. I had to switch some meals around so had the mashed chickpeas, 1/4 avocado and steamed spinach. I really enjoy ALL of these foods, I actually LOVE chick peas and eat them from the can sometimes… But for breakfast… it just doesn’t fit, I want my fruit back!
Chris and I had some errands to run and lunch was supposed to be salad and miso (ugg – so over miso – although last night was much better with the veggies). I only packed the salad to take with me, by the way, the garlic dressing is AWESOME! I ended up only having salad and then going to Costco and buying some more fruit and veg and confession – chowed down on some blueberries I bought. Like 1/2 a container! Fail #1
I was still hungry when I got home and made a cup of green peas, figured since I skipped the soup so needed something. Now my timing is all off for my Alkaline shake and afternoon snack. I ended up actually adding my alkaline to my Shakeology and looking forward to eating what is on the menu for dinner. Fail #2
Then dinner rolls around. I start cooking my beets (LOVE beets btw!) and kale (instead of collard greens) and make Chris some fish and salad. As I sit down to eat I realize I completely forgot to take my pre dinner supplements. What is up with me??? It comes in three’s huh? I will take the supplements 2 hours after dinner instead of before. Fail #3
I can’t stress about this. I fell off a tiny bit. I didn’t eat something that I am totally not supposed to (maybe the fruit a bit) but really? I honestly don’t think ONE day like this is going to “mess it all up”. I could have the attitude of “Well there goes that whole day” but that’s not true – it was 3 slip ups. Gotta get dinner right and make sure tomorrow is right on track! Only 9 more days to go. No biggie! So don’t sweat the little stuff – stay as close to on track as possible, you’ll do just fine! I guess not prepping my food the day before really threw me for a loop. Lesson learned!
I made another video today. This little video covers a bit of my struggles with the Reset, some of the things I miss and that overall, this is a choice I am making.
Today I went a bit “off reset” and met a friend for coffee. Now I don’t drink coffee even when I am eating “normally” but will drink some tea. I didn’t want to just sit and drink my water and ended up getting a herbal mint tea so still no caffeine – simply water and dried mint leaves. It was nice to feel a bit “normal”. Afterwards she and I enjoyed a nice and I packed my lunch of quinoa salad and cucumber/tomato salad and enjoyed it 1/2 way through the hike. Have food, will travel
Dinner was ok… I’m still not a fan of miso soup but having it loaded with veggies was MUCH better. My swiss chard wasn’t as fresh as I would have liked and I didn’t end up finishing it all. I should look for some better options for that. I thought the veggies were pretty.
I don’t have time to do any prep for tomorrow but I should have time in the morning and there really isn’t too much that needs prepping.
Also, looking back I actually would have split this week up into two different shopping trips and done some shopping and would have picked up the following things TODAY instead of at the beginning of the week:
~1/2 the fruit
These items aren’t used until later on in the week and the kale and swiss chard were looking a little wilty.
I had to do a double take just then, and then go and count the pages in my nutrition guide. Am I really at the 1/2 way point?? That was SO fast, and honestly, really easy…
I’m going to have to start planning what to do AFTER the Reset here really soon! I need to get my maintenance package!
Some of the things I am will most likely add back after Reset
~some cheese (possibly)
~chocolate Shakeology with a banana!!
~going out to eat. I love to cook and eat in but I know Chris misses going out, and so do I.
Things I’ll probably keep out for a while
~turkey (only on Thanksgiving)
~beef (I hardly eat beef as it is)
Things I’ll KEEP from the reset
~the stir fried veggies!! YUM!!
~homemade salad dressings! (SO easy!!)
~zucchini and cashew soup
~the nuts on the salad!
~sushi rolls – but not with tempeh
Things I WON’T keep
I did a bit of re-arranging with my food today. We had plans to be outside for lunch and I didn’t really want cold soup (I don’t own a thermos here in Hawaii) so I opted for the quinoa salad for lunch instead of dinner and had the other serving of soup for dinner tonight. Easy switch
Have you noticed that you never eat raw veggies at night? From what I can remember, especially in my Ayurveda classes is that raw food in the evening is harder to digest. In my “real” life I actually tend to eat a lot of salads even at night. It’ll be interesting to see if I notice a difference if I go back to that habit.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t feel like getting up today for my bike ride and ended up back in bed till 6am. It felt good
I’m LOVING the fruit for breakfast! I prefer my rainbow fruit platter over the breakfast out the other day. Isn’t it pretty!!
Lunch was enjoyed on the beach today (that did include a 15 minute walk each way). Food always tastes better when enjoyed in pretty surroundings, this is one of our favorite beaches on Kauai – it’s called Secrets. Only a little bit of sand ended up in my salad!
I did end up making my Quinoa Lentil salad the night before, but if you don’t switch up your meals you don’t really need to prep it unless you want to.
My mom sent me a couple new Brazil Butt Lift workouts so I chose to do the abs and the “Secret Weapon” workout…. Who knew a towel could make you SO sore!
I do love me some Leandro!
Dinner was a piece of cake to prepare… soup was already made so I just reheated it on the stove and steamed my broccoli. It’s really easy to eat this way.
Prep for Day 11: Again, super easy so no extra post needed. Fruit is prepared for tomorrow.
I made my cucumber and tomato salad but won’t dress it until the morning and I had made two servings of the quinoa salad so just had to grab and go with that.
I’m not looking forward to miso soup and swiss chard…. siiiigggh…. I’ll give it a go though
Well, you saw it in the video… I’m full of energy today!! I don’t really feel like writing a bunch today so I’ll keep it short. I want to PLAY!!!!
Breakfast – YUM!! (I skipped the miso – went with fruit, I just can’t do miso for breakfast!)
Lunch – hungry by lunch but lunch was HUGE!! Bigger than normal! Loved that we got rice with our lunch!
Snack – I guess I shouldn’t be surprised I wasn’t starving for my snack after that huge lunch. I opted for Vegan Shakeology today with some almond milk.
Dinner – The grocery store has been out of asparagus for a few days now so a big serving of zucchini and the roasted red pepper and sweet potato soup. Another super easy meal to make! This eating vegan is WAY easier than I thought it would be! Chris ate the soup as well but he had a couple slices of toast. I REALLY wanted some of that bread but I held out!
Prep for Day 10 – There isn’t enough for a whole post on prep
Breakfast – fruit (I made my plate up -its SO pretty!!)
Lunch – Greek Salad (I needed more dressing and chopped my veggies)
Dinner – I’ll make the quinoa salad tomorrow and double the recipe for lunch the next day. Too easy!
How are YOU feeling on Day 9? I’d love to hear from you if you are following along while you do this!
You should be used to all this by now! You should be spending lots less time in the kitchen as well, is it becoming more routine for you now?
Breakfast – sorry, but I just can’t do miso soup for breakfast – I’ll be eating fruit again! I found a jicama for my salads so I started adding that to my salads as well!
Lunch – make your salad and hopefully you made two servings of the rice and pinto beans – you’ll need the second serving for lunch
Dinner – I did prep the pepper the other day but looking back I would actually just do it fresh while the sweet potatoes are boiling.
I’m SO excited I just heard from a friend of mine, Lynnell L. who just completed her 21 days and she wrote “Here’s to my last day on the Reset! I exceeded my goals – down to 110 lbs and my total cholesterol went down 54 points, bad cholesterol down 42 points – my doctor was amazed! And was able to get my results by customizing my meal plan to boot!”
Then I read this AWESOME testimonial on Carl D.’s blog – from daily vomiting to suffering from fibromyalgia she is symptom free after 21 days! http://www.carldaikeler.com/success-stories-people/so-whats-the-big-deal/
First – here is my recap from Week 1
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Well, well… moving into week number two where I will not be eating ANY animal proteins. No milk, no eggs, no cheese (that was gone already), no fish, no meat. I also add a new supplement today – the Detox. This is meant to flush your system, and flush it will. Just looking at the ingredients of it, organic flax seed, organic chia seed – oh yeah, it’s gonna make things move!
The detox drink was actually what I had first thing this morning. I was a bit nervous… I mean look at it… it’s gritty, it looks like baby poo. You want me to drink that?? But you know what… it wasn’t that bad… It’s sweetened with stevia which you can definitely taste. I love that I can actually SEE the flax seeds – there were a couple that didn’t make it through the grinder – it’s the real deal And I get to have THREE of these a day…. wheeee Yes, I drank it out of a wine glass!
A couple days ago Chris bought a new fancy pants camera so I had some extra motivation to get out of bed this morning. I was up until about midnight last night, a bit later than my normal 10:30-11pm and it was a bit harder for me to get out of bed. Glad I did – I saw not one but TWO rainbows on my bike ride.
So today’s breakfast was just fruit. A BUNCH of it, but still, just fruit. I’ve never had just fruit for breakfast. Chris loves going out to eat and I remembered one of our favorite places offers a large fruit plate as a breakfast option so I suggested that we go there. I was sad to not have my berries and peaches but enjoyed this one and I know Chris liked actually going OUT. The Reset recommends lower glycemic fruits like papaya, melons, berries, peaches, etc. Bananas and pineapple aren’t listed so I left those till last and only had a bite of each. I never cared for honeydew melon and was pretty full after about 1/2 cup of grapes, 1 cup of cantaloupe and 1/2 a papaya.
Lunch – we’re still on the salads. Silly me, I literally JUST re-read the recipe for the salad. I haven’t been getting 1/3 cup of nuts the first week! No wonder I’ve been hungry! Some days it only calls for 2T and I guess I thought that was what I was supposed to have all the time. Those nuts and seeds will make a BIG difference this week I’m sure! Bring on 1/3 cup YAY!!!
Here was dinner – rice with pinto beans, spices and steamed bok choy and zucchini (I ran out of string beans so subbed with bok choy instead)
Today overall felt similar to Day one. No headaches but I’m a bit tired today. I’m also a bit sore from my workout from yesterday. (breakin’ the rules, breakin’ the rules!). I’m officially down 4 pounds. I was at 134 at the beginning and down to 130. I really don’t care about the number on the scale. I’m noticing a bit of difference in the dark circles under my eyes, but I’ll wait to see if Chris says anything about them and I’ll report back
That went by FAST! And it really wasn’t that hard!
Emotionally it was another rough day. Not quite ready to blog about it and I honestly can’t say if these emotions are coming up more because of the reset and what were just ready to come out anyway.
Today was grocery shopping day for next week! I mentioned this a bit in the Prep for Day 8 but it’s worth mentioning again here. Grocery shopping was MUCH easier this week than last. First of all, we had JUST moved so we were starting from scratch. This week you have all of your staples as far as oils, spices, Braggs, seaweed, etc. so it is pretty much just stocking up on the fresh fruits and veggies for the week. UPDATE!!! ***You may want to divide your grocery shopping for week two into TWO trips! Below is a list of the food that you won’t need in the first three or four days of week two. I had some wilting food and wished I had planned a bit better****
~1/2 the fruit
If you hate grocery shopping I think you’ll find this way of eating easier in that aspect alone. You really are only in one or two sections of the grocery store, forget wandering up and down every aisle! I wish I could tell you exactly how much I spent on groceries this week but I honestly didn’t keep track.
So tomorrow starts officially a vegan meal plan for AT LEAST the next 14-28 days. WHAT?? I thought this was only 21 days! I will follow the Reset as it is laid out and slowly start re-introducing the food.
As far as energy levels go, feeling great. I’m up before my alarm and don’t feel drowsy at all in the middle of the afternoon. I am sleeping about 7 hours a night currently. I’d be a happy girl if I could cope on 6, but I’ll be reasonable
That being said… I did go off plan a bit today, twice actually…
First, my afternoon snack was celery, almond butter (only 3/4T instead of 1.5T) but I also had 1/2 a papaya which isn’t on the plan for after breakfast. I don’t feel bad about eating real food when on this. It would have been very different if I had a piece of bread, a cookie or a glass of wine.
Second time was when I pressed play with Les Mills Pump 45 minute Pump Shred workout. Working out like that is such a stress relief for me. I’ll admit, I had my ass handed to me during this workout. My fitness level is down after being on the road for 6 weeks! I need to get it back up before heading to Vegas to workout with Tony Horton, Chalene Johnson an Shaun T.!! I’m not following Les Mills plan, I am more curious to try out each of the workouts.
Today we headed out to a favorite beach of mine, Hanelei Bay and walked the entire bay before heading to the farmers market then the health food store to grab the rest of the goodies.
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Can you believe a week has gone by already??
UPDATE!!! ***You may want to divide your grocery shopping for week two into TWO trips! Below is a list of the food that you won’t need in the first three or four days of week two. I had some wilting food and wished I had planned a bit better****
~1/2 the fruit
How was grocery shopping today? Easier than last week? What about compared to your “normal” way of eating? It’s nice to not have to read labels or walk up and down each aisle, right? I ended up doing the majority of my shopping today at a local farmers market and got most of what I was needing for next week.
Good news – food prep is getting much easier! You might not need these posts after all
Breakfast – it’s just fruit tomorrow for breakfast.
Lunch – go ahead and prep your salad if you want. Do you still have enough dressing? Might be time to make some more!
Dinner – Rice, beans and veggies. I ended up making fresh rice for dinner on Day 7 so I’ll have enough left over for tomorrow. Also, I decided to throw my red pepper in the oven after I took out my Tempeh for soup on Day 9.
Preparation and planning is important to succeed but I do want to touch on that this is not always the IDEAL way to eat. What do I mean by this? Well food has a certain amount of life and energy in it, in Ayurveda terms, Prana – or “vital life”. When I say food I am talking about REAL food. The more processed it is the less life is in it. Cooking, storing, reheating, etc all drain the life and energy out of food. Think about the last time you tore the wrapper off a frozen tv dinner. Did that food look alive and fresh to you? Heck no!! Who knows when those peas were actually picked and stored. Who knows when that tuna in the can was actually last seen swimming in the ocean!
This Reset is helping you to become better connected to your food through all aspects of it, growing or shopping for it, preparing it, eating it and allowing it to nourish you, cleanse you and HEAL you. Too often we have lost that relationship. The more you can actually prepare your meal fresh, right before you eat it the better. These tips are to make this more do-able if you have a busy schedule and aren’t used to being in the kitchen.
I was NOT on my game today. You know those days where you pour your coffee into your milk instead of your milk into your coffee. Yep, it was kind of like that. It started off with me buying 3 cucumbers this morning instead of 3 zucchinis and not realizing it until the evening AFTER I bought 5 cucumbers at Costco later on in the afternoon. That evening I kept turning on the stove when I needed the oven. Or turning off the oven because I had to run back out to get more zucchinis and forgetting to turn it back on and wondering why my veggies aren’t cooked. I don’t know if it has to do with the Reset or not or if I just felt I had too much on my plate and need to slow down, take a deep breath and think before I do anything.
Today’s breakfast required more time to prepare. Baked Tempeh – it needs to marinate for 60 minutes and bake for 35. As soon as I got up I threw the tempeh in the pre-made marinade and headed out the door for my morning bike ride. Loved the sunrise this morning.
I came home, preheated the oven and took my supplements, preheated the oven and timing worked out great. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about tempeh yet. It didn’t feel like the “traditional breakfast” I am used to… and coming up miso soup for breakfast… eeewww. Yuck. Today was also my last piece of bread for a while. Sad.
Check out one of my favorite places on Kauai. It’s Wailua Falls and one of our favorite places to go for a swim, lay in the sun and read a book. Bliss. Can you see me under the waterfall?
After our lovely waterfall stop we had some errands to take care of. Of course I packed my lunch in my handy cooler bag. It’s the second time this week I have done this and both times now I’ve ended up at Costco. I tend to sit near someone who will make a comment about what I am eating. Today the man asked me if I work there since I brought my lunch and I said “nope, just running errands” and he was surprised that I still brought my lunch. I guess it has just become a part of me. I love picnic lunches pull up somewhere pleasant and enjoy your food instead of sitting in a fluorescent lit fast food joint. Of course the ambiance at the fast food window at Costco leaves a bit to be desired!
Tonight’s dinner brought an interesting dilemma. We were invited to a friends house for a fish dinner. When we were invited she asked if we had any allergies or didn’t eat a particular food. I wanted to accept but I didn’t want to go off of my meal plan at all. When I called to RSVP I simply said “We would love to come. Chris eats whatever, I am however on a specific meal plan and if it is ok with you I’ll bring my own food and some extra to share.” Would that be something you could do comfortably?
It actually worked out great. Before heading over for dinner I roasted up the veggies (I had prepped them the night before and cut up lots of extra) I made the soup which was so easy and made a total of 4 servings and also made the millet.
Dinner was a hit. Our neighbor knows first hand about being on a strict meal plan as she suffered from some severe swelling in her foot and found that eating for her blood type coupled with an anti-inflamatory diet completely reversed her problems. When we saw her six months ago she couldn’t stand for more than 10 minutes, now she is hiking. It drives me up the wall that doctors just want to shoot her with cortisone shots and give her drugs and not look at what she is eating.
The Zucchini soup was AMAZING! In fact her 14 year old son and his friend both enjoyed it. Don’t tell me teenagers wont eat healthy! I didn’t feel like I was missing anything at dinner that night. I was there for the company and I stated my restrictions as terms of accepting the invitation. Simple as that. You have to stand up for yourself.
Pretty easy actually
Breakfast – Hopefully you still have some oatmeal leftover from earlier this week. If not you’ll need just one serving.
Lunch – When you make your Zucchini Soup on Day 6 make a double serving and chop your veggies for your salad
Dinner – Your marinade should have been prepared already from the day before and hopefully you still have some rice leftover.
Day 7 you should also be planning on hitting the grocery store for next week. It’s cook how all the foods you bought in the beginning of the week have actually been USED. If I had bought all those veggies before doing this reset so much would have been wasted. I am LOVING having a plan.