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Detox-Update. My progress THUS far! [+ a delish. granola recipe]

Cleansing ain’t so bad!

Today is already April 12, and I’ve been on a little ‘detox‘ since April 1.

I thought it would pass by slowly, but to my dismay it is flying by so far!!!!

The rules that I’ve stuck to quite rigidly include; no dairy, no gluten, no refined sugars, no chocolate, no processed foods, no alcohol… In addition, getting a GOOD sweat on 6x/week with some new workouts squeezed in, and drinking more and more lemon water everyday (although that’s not hard, seeing as I LOVE my morning start of 1/2 a lemon squeezed into room temp. water)

Quick little survey about my progress thus far;

  1. I feel…

    GREAT! The times that I haven’t felt 100% were the times that I slipped up and had a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie, or that mega-beer at the Blue Jays game… Go figure, eh !?

  2. I’ve eaten…

    LOTS of delicious foods. Lucky for me, this cleanse did not steer me too far away from my regular/routine diet. However, for some people this type of detox might involve a complete overhaul of their pantry! That is why it’s important to start with only what you can handle & want to take on…

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Above: Detox-friendly burrito bowl from Fresh Restaurant. You see cheddar cheese you say? Nope, that’s Daiya cheese alternative.

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Above: Detox friendly quinoa porridge. My complete protein is topped with blackberries, coconut flakes, walnuts, chia, and almond milk

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Above: This was a weird random meal that I threw together last weekend. It includes free-range chicken from my mama, sauerkraut topped with nutritional yeast, edamame, and a homemade chickpea flour bread (Besan) with spinach – LOVE this recipe.

3. Noticeable ‘side-effects’ of the cleanse…

Good = Better skin, less bloat after meals, weight loss

Bad = Hard to remain social, temptation is all around us – In addition, I miss chocolate

4. Plan for the next 13 days?

  • Keep to the original plan!
  • Try not to wander too far off from what I originally wanted to achieve
  • Cut out a couple more foods to see if I can identify any more food sensitivities

*Sorry for the lack of posts lately, life has been busier than usual*

I’ll get back on track soon enough with more recipes, fitness routines, and holistic living tips!

In the meantime;

–> Try this granola recipe that I just popped into the oven. Mix up cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, pure vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, a mashed banana, and maple syrup in a big bowl – add in oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds, chia seeds and dried cranberries. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes: stirring every 10 minutes.

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–> Check out my article on fitblogger.ca *Click here to get to it directly.

–> Take a look at the blog ‘This Rawsome Vegan Life’ which I am currently in love with. Her food photography is to die for! I want to hire this girl as my personal dessert chef.

 

 


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The ever-debatable topic of… GLUTEN. Do you eat it? Do you avoid it? Thoughts welcome!

Happy Thursday everyone !

It’s amazing how on my days off, I can literally consume myself in nutrition blogs/articles /websites. There is SO much information out there, you barely have to actively seek it – it just seems to find you once you dive in! And my problem is, that there is no way out once I start… but hey, that’s what days off are for right?

After teaching spin class today, I decided I wanted to check out a fabulous bakery that I had been to back in November. It’s called Cobz in the Kensington Market of Toronto.

It is abseloutly phenomenal – especially if you’re a baked good addict like me (it was nearly impossible not to buy out the ENTIRE store once I walked in!)

I ended up picking up loaf of freshly baked (still hot) loaf of whole grain chia bread. It was pure bliss when I tried it before, so I knew I had to get it again…

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This bread is literally the best thing sincewell, since sliced bread

(I guess that expression doesn’t work in this case!)

Besides the chia seeds and whole wheat flour, it contains dates, raisins, sunflower seeds and cinnamon. Dreamy combination, I know!

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Besides the fact that you should go out and splurge on a loaf – I also wanted to blog about the after effects of me eating this…

I try to avoid Gluten on a regular basis for a few reasons…

  • It’s a common allergen for many people, though you may not even know it
  • It makes me feel bloated
  • I enjoy the taste of Gluten-Free products, often more so than regular versions
  • My Mom is Celiac so I’ve become accustomed to eating GF products, and think that I might have a sensitivity to it as well (though not necessarily a full blown allergy like my Mama)

Oddly enough, I did have a Gluten Allergy test done about 3 years ago (I was curious if I had it, like my Mom)

Problem was that I had cut Gluten almost entirely out of my diet for the months leading up to this test (because I knew it didn’t make me feel the greatest), and of course what I didn’t know at the time was that you actually have to be EATING whatever you’re getting tested for in order for the results to be accurate.

Seems obvious, right? Clearly not for me at the time. It would have been nice for the doctors/nurses to specify that!

The test came back negative. So I figured I had no problem with Gluten – and went on consuming it at my leisure…

But lately, I’ve noticed that often times when I do eat baked goods made with regular flour – or have a beer… My stomach is noticeably upset with me!

Without further detail, here are some signs that you might be Gluten-Intolerant…

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  1. Digestive Upset after consuming products which contain Gluten (Soy Sauce, Beer, Bread, Muffins, Lunch Meats, CousCous) – without being too descriptive this could include gas, bloating (looking like you’ve got a baby on the way, perhaps?!), and problems in the bathroom
  2. You’re tired and lethargic after consuming it (this could be a result of many foods, gluten is a potential culprit though)
  3. Your moods change after eating it – possible feelings of sadness or anxiety
  4. Inflammation in your body (puffiness, joints swell up, etc.)

On the topic of inflammation, I read a really great/moving/sad/happy article from the NY times. It’s really long, so clear some time to read it though if you can. It’s about a Mom whose son was diagnosed with arthritis at the age of 3 (sad, right?) and was put on medication at such a young age. She basically refused to see her son dependent on medication for the rest of his life, so she started to seek out Alternative Medicine. After much heartache, there was triumph… and they were able to treat his arthritis WITHOUT MEDICATION, and through diet and natural supplements instead.

Here is the article, if you want to read it!

Anyway, if you do suspect (like me) that you are either Gluten Sensitive or Intolerant – you can look into doing an Elimination Diet (on my to-do list) or you can get an IgG or IgE test which will examine all foods, and show you every allergy that you have.

My  Mom did one, and found out that she was extremely sensitive to eggs – but never knew it all her life. It’s best to cut out these foods, since they are likely causing inflammation in your body (which is not pleasant for anyone)…

Anyways… that’s just more food for thought, I guess. Take it with a grain of salt and choose your battles of what bandwagon to hop on in regards to dietary choices.

On my menu tonight, I’m going to try this recipe from Joyous Health.ca … Hopefully it turns out!

 

 


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Crazy Sexy Hummus!

Happy Hump-Day !

This week has FLOWN by for me. Between a quiz, a final exam, working, seminars and all that came in between – I managed to find little time to blog. With my lack of blogging though, came a nice long lost of future post ideas, so stay tuned for what’s to come!

Where to start…

On MONDAY – My Split Green Pea Hummus Recipe (click to check it out!!!) was posted on KrisCarr.com!

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I was beyond stoked about this, especially since this is actually a recipe that I really enjoy. Most people will traditionally make their hummus with chick peas, but what happens when you don’t have any of them on hand?

I figured lentils would do the trick (split green peas to be more specific), so I tried it and it was a success!

If you’re expecting that ‘chick-pea hummus’ flavour, you might be slightly disappointed – so don’t hold it to that standard! It’s a different texture but it tastes AH-mazing!

Let me know if you have a chance to try it out.

Also, I did some recipe experimenting with a friend last weekend…

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Using my Quinoa Revolution Cookbook that my sister gave me for Christmas!

This book has been wonderful so far, especially if you are a vegetarian looking for recipes that will give you an added source of protein (it’s a super food because it contains all 8 essential amino acids). Quinoa is amazing for that!

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This recipe was actually quite simple to make – maybe because we had to power of 2 people working away at it, but all in all it was quite basic.

There are no lasagna noodles either, just quinoa! Sure, it’s not a TRUE lasagna – but it’s definitely a healthy alternative, and believe me there was NO shortage of taste (I know because I’m eating the leftovers right now!)

It kind of fell apart in the photos…. oops!

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This recipe has been modified slightly from the original in the cookbook Quinoa Revolution

What You’ll Need.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 cup of mushrooms
  • Garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of parmasean
  • 2 Tbsp. Basil and Oregano
  • 1 chopped Zucchini
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 cup of mozzarella

Directions.

  1. Preheat oven to 350, spray a square casserole dish with cooking spray
  2. Cook quinoa according to directions, and spread at the bottom of the pan
  3. Saute onions, mushrooms, garlic and tomato sauce in a pan
  4. Combine cottage cheese, egg, Parmesan and herbs
  5. Spread 1/3rd of the tomato sauce over the quinoa, then layer ALL zucchini, then all of the cottage cheese mix, then 1/3rd of the tomato sauce mix, then the spinach, then the tomato sauce remainder, and finally the mozzarella on top!
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, until the cheese is  bubbling!

Good Luck!

You won’t be sorry if you try this, and you’ll have lunch leftovers for a couple of days (and who doesn’t love that!)

What’s your favourite way to eat quinoa?

Leave me a comment below, I love to hear from whoever is reading!