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Detox Recap

I survived my detox week!!!

Melodramatic much? In all honesty it didn’t feel like a detox at all. I ate how I typically eat and only avoided coffee, meat (fish), and sugary foods. I also avoided alcohol all week but yesterday I went out for a drink with some friends after seeing Bad Teacher (horrible!) and caved for a glass of red wine. Oops. I just considered it my celebratory I-survived-my-“detox”-week reward 🙂

But lets back up a couple of days.

Saturday was fantastic! The sun was lacking but the air was warm and summery. I started the day off with a buckwheat bake (shocker). I really should call it “microwaved buckwheat breakfast pie” or something like hat since I never actually tried to bake it. One day, folks, one day.

This MBBP (haha!) was unique though! I felt experimental and adventurous so I opted for a strawberry-rhubarb flavor. I first made a quick stawb-rhub jam by boiling farmer’s market strawberries and rhubarb together with honey for about 15 minutes.

The final product was out.of.this.world. I’ve always been obsessed with sourness and this definitely hit the spot. Sweet+sour= heaven.

I mixed it into my MBBP nuked it for 3.5 minutes. Meanwhile, I mixed together some of the jam with my homemade Nutella as an added scrumptious topping.

The topping may not have an appealing color but trust me, it was fantastic.

Good to the very last bite!

A few hours after breakfast my fab running partner and I hit the streets for our long run.

Once again I surprised myself by busting out 5 miles!!!

Oh it was glorious! I couldn’t be more proud of myself 🙂

As expected post-run, starvation hit me like a pile of bricks and I raced drove home to create this hydrating green beauty:

In the mix:
Spinach
Kale
Almond milk
Flax seed (ground)
Banana
Blueberries

It held off my hunger for ~2 hours until our planned barbecue dinner!

On the menu? Hamburgers (for the parentals), grilled portabella mushrooms and grilled pizza!!!

I used the whole-wheat pizza dough I created and froze a couple of weeks ago and it was still fantastic!

I stuffed my face with an open-faced portobella burger and plenty of slices (5!) of pizza.

Slightly altered version of a pizza margherita:

Vegan pizza with grilled onions, spinach, tomato sauce and avocado:

I wobbled away with a full belly and a happy heart 

On Sunday the weather was much improved. I celebrated by buying myself a new pair of shoes (kidding…kind of). Breakfast was not too shabby either: scottish oats with strawberry-rhubarb jam and organic blueberries. Hmm it’s been a while!

As I mentioned earlier, I also met up with some friends for movies and drinks. Thus came the glass of wine. No more words needed.

Overall my detox week was not too bad! I drank Kombucha every morning and avoided what I declared for the most part (dark chocolate also snuck into my meals :/). I have been having minor cravings for coffee all week but today I woke up and just wasn’t feeling it at all.

But what I “surprisingly” was feeling was a nice buckwheat bake…or should I say MBBP?

Today’s flavor of choice was cherry (one of my favs!) topped with remaining strawberry-rhubarb jam.

I adore cherries…yumyumyummy!

My other dessert for the day?

Banana-cherry softserve with dark chocolate. I was obviously on a cherry kick all day.

Ok kiddos I’m off to go and continue to be lazy…have a great night!

“Always be pure, simple and honest”

~From Russia With Love~

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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Running Into Success

Good afternoon!

I’ve been eager to share my brief running story for a while already, and finally decided that today is the day! So here it goes…it’s short I promise 🙂

Let me just start off by saying that I am by no means a natural runner and/or athlete by any means. In fact, before a couple of months ago I had not exercised since…brace yourself…freshman year of college. Ummmm…that’s ~3 years!!! Horrific…absolutely positively disturbing. There’s just something about exercising and straining/stressing my body that never appealed to me, although I wish it did. Luckily, I did get minor exercise in the form of walking to and from class and all around my huge campus.

One day, about a week after my graduation, my mom and I decided to go walk around a local lake. I had just done some brief exercises that I had been doing since Lent (it was my goal), and after completing the routine my entire body was craving more exercise.

The minute I stepped on the trail I knew I wanted to run and not walk. And run I did! I busted out 2.5 miles out.of.nowhere and it truly felt amazing. I finally felt the “runner’s high” for the first time in my life and was instantly hooked. Soreness was what my body wanted and soreness was what it got. I went running the following two days and couldn’t believe that I was still enjoying it. Here I was, the girl who used to dread running the mile in high school and junior high, quickly becoming the girl who loves running.

Soon enough I recruited one of my friends to go running with me 3 times a week. I also knew I needed a running goal to work towards so I registered for my very first race! I’m proud to announce that I will be attending the Bastille Day 5-K & 8-K Run & Block Party on July 14th!!! Initially, my friend and I were going to run the 5k, but being the overachiever that I am, I convinced her (and myself) to aim higher and run the 8k.

The most I have ever run in my life was 4 miles (indoors) once upon a time back in high school when I had a brief running stint going on with some friends. When I started running outdoors last month I discovered how much more difficult it was…duuhhhh. I shockingly discovered that I could barely run 2 miles outdoors! You can only imagine the instant fear I felt knowing that I would have to run 5 miles on race day.

My friend and I turned to SmartCoach to create a reasonable running schedule for us. Seeing running requirements being 3 or 4 miles terrified me!

But yesterday everything changed.

That’s right! I ran an entire 5 miles straight!!! I have no idea where my strength came from but I did realize/learn one very important mistake I have been making- I was running too fast. As much as I want to believe that a 8:30min/mile pace is ideal for me, the truth is plain and simple: it’s not. In fact, the only reason I was able to run 5 miles yesterday was because my pace hovered around 9:30min/mile.

Words cannot even describe how incredible it felt to run this distance for the first time in my life. Some people do it on a daily basis but for a recent running convert this was equivalent to winning a medal…or lots of chocolate 🙂

My reward was a hydrating green smoothie:

In the mix:
spinach
kale
flax seeds
almond milk
banana
blueberries

Surprisingly sweet! Yum :0

Ok so I lied…this post was waaaay too long. My apologies! This concludes my running story! Moral of the story? RUN! Don’t give up when you feel worn out, tired, and unmotivated. The feeling of success afterwards is so worth it 🙂

“Your intuition is your best friend”

~From Russia With Love~

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Detox Day 1

Detox Day 1

Welcome back friends!

As of last night I am officially back from a fantastic week-long vacation with the fam in Ocean City, Maryland. I will be posting vacation recaps throughout the week, but today I decided to start the week off with a “detox.”

I actually don’t like the words “detox” and “cleanse” because disturbing thoughts of all-liquid or all-fruit/veggie diets instantly come to mind. Personally, I am a firm believer in the workings of the human body; our colon is biologically designed to clean itself out without the aid of store-bought cleansers. However, over-burdening your colon with unhealthy junk food severely limits its ability to cleanse natually.

Surprisingly, my family and I ate very well during our vacation. My sister and I, being the health freaks that we are, decided that we would take full advantage of the invigorating atmosphere (ocean & salt water= best health booster ever) and fuel our bodies likewise. I will go into more detail about our “health plan” in later posts. However, junky food still sneaked its way into our bodies throughout the week. Pizza, ice cream, gelato, fried foods, and even funnel cake made quite a comeback!

Upon returning home, my sis and I both decided that we would go on a one-week detox in which all meat and sugar will be eliminated from our diets. I’m even considering avoiding all dairy as well (aka going VEGAN for a week), but I am still not 100% sure. After a long 13-hour drive from Maryland to Chicago, my sis and I immediately jumped in our cars and drove to Whole Foods (duh). I stocked up on Kombucha, spinach, kale, beets, carrots, fruits and berries, goji berries, coconut butter (Artisana baby!), and raw buckwheat groats (buckwheat bakes anyone?).

Eating my last piece of dark chocolate last night, I vowed to eat right and exercise (!!!!) every day this week. This morning I woke up excited to begin my cleanse. First thing I did was drink a glass of Trilogy Kombucha. According to my sister it’s important to drink Kombucha on an empty stomach, but I’m not sure why. This article provides some useful info regarding Kombucha consumption.

This isn’t my favorite flavor, but I’m determined to try all of the flavors so I obviously had to buy it. Painfully pricey but still worth it!

Breakfast came soon after and consisted of ginger tea and oatmeal. I haven’t eaten oatmeal in a while and was craving it this morning.

The combo was quite simple: half of a banana and goji berries mixed in along with cinnamon and vanilla extract. Toppings included raw buckwheat groats (add an awesome crunch), goji berries, sunflower seed butter, and organic blueberries.

Ginger tea has been a staple in my life for over a year. I drink it every morning with my breakfast. It is known to aid in digestion, and although I still find it occasionally difficult to tolerate the overpowering gingery taste, I refuse to give it up. The health benefits are endless!

My favorite ginger tea is Alvita, and I have been loyal to it since day 1:

It is the only ginger tea I have ever found whose ingredient list consists solely of ginger. You can find it at your local…Whole Foods! Shocker.

Perfection!

After breakfast my mom and I went to get post-vacation manicures. The salt water did wonders to our nails and we immediately had to take full advantage of our newly long and strong nails.

Check.It.Out.

O.P.I nail polish= Purple With A Purpose (yes, I am aware of my O.P.I addiction)

Absolutely gorgeous! I seriously can’t stop looking at my nails. So purple and shiny!

To address your confusion: I most definitely consider a relaxing manicure as part of my detox 🙂

Up next was a much-needed visit to the bestie, X-tina. I missed her mucho! Sorry, there are no pics of the brief visit!

A detoxifying day would not be complete without some sort of exercise. I have been keeping this a secret for a while already, but I’ll confess: I started running! Yes, it IS a HUGE deal to me, and I will write an entire post on why very very soon…I promise!

I drove straight from X-tina’s house to my local outdoor park and busted out a smooth 2 miles. Ok it was actually a very painful 2 miles but I’m still working on it!

Pretty views help though 🙂

At this point I was starving so I quickly drove home (only minor speeding involved :)) and made myself a Green Monster consisting of spinach, kale, 1/2 a banana, blueberries, chia seeds, and wheatgrass. I’m quickly becoming a fan of the wheatgrass and am even considering buying a small tub of if (if I can ever get over the price!).

Cat approved?

Oh yea.

She loves it…just like I love her ♥

Crazy cat lady anyone?

This monstrous smoothie held me over while I showered, and lunch was up next.

Lunch: A falafel veggie Sunshine burger sandwiched between two scrumptious slices of Ezekiel bread as well as spinach, ketchup, and mustard.

It’s the return of the Healthwich!

After eating Ezekiel bread for ~2 years I still can’t get enough! Yummy yum yum! And the Sunshine burgers are quickly becoming a favorite as well.

Post lunch snack= a pink lady apple (my #1 choice of apple)

Pink Lady rocks my world!

And yes I still can’t get enough of my purple nailpolish, which is why I awkwardly distorted and twisted my hand in order to capture yet another picture of the gorgeous color.

Don’t judge.

One of the main reasons I’m doing this detox/cleanse is because my skin has not been at its finest for the past couple of months. The cause is still unknown to me, but I refuse to live with it any longer. The healing ocean did wonders on my skin and hopefully my daily Green Monsters will continue to do what the salt water did.

Just to make sure my skin gets the ultimate treatment, I brought in a pro: Yogi Tea!

This Skin Detox tea is absolutely delicious. It has subtle hints of rose with a tint of sweetness. I highly recommend it (and all Yogi teas in general…yes another obsession of mine!).

I will end my day with some snacks (TBD) as well as some fresh juice via the juice maker! Carrots, celery, beets, cucumber, and ginger will all be used. Can’t wait 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this ridiculously long post on the first day of my detox!

“Inspiration is an unlimited power”

~From Russia With Love~

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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