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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 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:
Almond milk
Flax seed (ground)

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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Foodie Friday

Hi again!

I’m back to provide a brief & visual recap of what I’ve been munching and feasting on all week. As you may recall, it’s been my detox week…detox being used loosely since I don’t actually believe in detoxes.

So here are some foodie highlights from this past week:

Lots and lots of Kombucha!

An equally ridiculous amount of buckwheat bakes!

Blueberry buckwheat bake:

Strawberry buckwheat bake FAIL:

One of the yummiest I’ve ever made: blended strawberry and banana with added oats topped with honey-tahini:


Even my cat agrees 🙂

I even made a cupcake from the leftover mixture and topped it with homemade Nutella (recipe coming once I perfect it!!!):


My week has also been filled with plenty of strawberry eating…

I wish the crate never had to end 😦

Believe it or not, I haven’t solely living on buckwheat bakes and Kombucha alone.

Soup was also involved- red chard with white beans

Look at the beautiful color of the red chard:

Today’s lunch was a spinach salad with fried tofu, apples, blueberries, cucumbers & tomatoes. I included a mini sandwich with a mashed avocado and topped with sauteed mushrooms.

Skin Detox tea was included, of course.

Sadly, my beautiful purple nail polish is already chipping 😦 I sense another manicure in the near future…

Overall my week has been health-filled and wholesome. I’m proud!

Have a good Friday night!

“Our thoughts are forming the world”

~From Russia With Love~

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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Straying From The Path

Hello hello!

Hopefully everyone is having a great week…it’s almost over!

My so-called “detox” (I mentioned earlier how I use that word loosely) has taken a bit of new path. One that includes:

pizza (fats, carbs, and veggies…healthy enough for me!)
chocolate (at least it’s 85% dark with minimum sugar)
cheese (hmm so much for a vegan week!)

Yesterday I went to visit my sister in the city and we had a fun-filled day of eating, shopping, and lots of walking. I love that her and I are completely in-tune with our hunger signals…we almost always get hungry at the same time. Of course, the first thing we did upon arriving on Michigan Ave. was EAT! Since we are both supposed to be on a “cleanse” we opted for the most logical choice on the menu: pizza margherita! It was well worth the minor stray from the week-long health food plan 🙂

Shopping was the main goal of the trip, the stores of choice being H&M and Forever 21. I had so much success finding adorable clothes to wear for nights out on the town! Pictures to (maybe) come in the future.

At the end of the day we chose to walk back to her apartment instead of taking the bus. I’m definitely feeling the 3 mile walk in my calves today! It hurts so good 🙂

It was the perfect way to celebrate the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. The scenery along the way was beautiful and thankfully it stayed light out for a long time.

We walked past the Lincoln Park Zoo:

The city was left behind:

I fall more and more in love with Chicago everyday 🙂

We made it home right as the storm hit…so lucky!

The next morning I basically forced my sis to wake up early with me to hit the farmer’s market. I have a confession to make: this was my first time ever going to a farmer’s market! Horrific I know :/

The walk there was longer than anticipated, but the end result made it all worth it.

The scenery along the way helped out:

Hellloooooo farmer’s market!

These red beauties instantly caught my eye:

So I bought 2 little crates- one for me and one for my sister.

I seriously have to eat these only a couple at a time. I’m scared that once I start I won’t be able to stop and will just end up eating the entire crate! Sooooo delicious!

I vowed to spend only $20 at the market, and of course I spent every last penny. My purchases were: organic cabbage, 2 crates of strawberries, rhubarb (I’ve been dying to try it!), and red chard. My sister’s purchases were: organic kale, flowers for our mom, and some fried berry-filled dessert.

We both worked up quite an appetite with all the walking, so lunch was up next. It was a simple yet satisfying dish: whole wheat penne pasta with organic (farmer’s market!) kale, grape tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.

We finished the entire dish 🙂

The best view of the day, though?

Oh what an amazing 2 days I’ve had with my sis! I ♥ her and can’t wait to visit again 🙂

“May your mind learn to love with compassion”

~From Russia With Love~

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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


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