Monthly Archives: August 2012

Folding Sheets and Making Coffee

FOOD

Today started out with a totally awesome green smoothie.  Banana, mango, brown rice protein powder, spinach, stevia, cinnamon, and vanilla.  OH MY….MAKE ONE.  It was like dessert for breakfast!

my rebel smoothie. dessert for breakfast! (not to mention more nutrients than an average person gets in an entire day….)

Lunch was a quick cafeteria salad to go between meetings.  Absolutely nothing fun to even think of taking pics of.

Dinner was a spicy tofu stir fry over brown rice.  Lots of onion, tomato, garlic, cumin, and cayenne.  I think my mouth is still burning, but it was fabulous.

dinner!

This weekend is a 3 day juice fast.  This time I’m actually making all the juices (15 in all), so my fridge is stocked with piles and piles of fresh veggies.

I will say, that my husband clearly forgot which days I was doing it (it’s Sat-Mon).  I mentioned that “my” dinner was going to be ready before everyone elses (spaghetti), and he said…and I quote…”honey, I don’t care when you drink your dinner”.  I seriously thought he was referring to the glass of wine I’m currently enjoying, and making a slight that I was going to “drink my dinner” in the sense of alcohol.  What he thought was that my dinner was going to be a fresh juice, and was indicating that I should drink whenever I want it!  Oh boy.  Wine complex.

FITNESS

Yesterday was a run and strength workout.  Nothing really big (we’re talking push-ups, planks, and sit-ups mainly), but it was still really nice!

I worked out at a different gym than normal, and I almost felt like an invader.  I spent awhile walking around and figuring out what was there before running….on an indoor track (can’t remember the last time I did that!).

LIFE

So my parent’s headed home on Sunday morning.  This week involved washing sheets, re-organizing everyone, and getting life back to routine.  As I was standing there one day this week folding the laundry, I realized how much I hate folding sheets.  I will do almost anything to get out of folding sheets.  And as I was standing there, I started thinking about other household tasks I hate.  I hate making coffee too.  It’s tedious and seriously gets on my nerves.  I’m usually up first, and it upsets D to no end when I make an espresso ( fast and easy) rather than make his ghetto drip coffee.  I’ll drink normal coffee if someone else makes it….but I liken making coffee to a trip to the dentist.  No thanks….

And then I started thinking about how much of the heavy lifting I do around the house cleaning-wise, and I started getting all elitist that I shouldn’t have to fold sheets and make coffee.  I do enough….someone else can do that.  And change the cat box.  And take out the trash.  I can handle pretty much everything else (even though I don’t want to).

I think this week at work was the longest week ever.  Nothing bad, but jam-packed with meetings, which left little time to actually get things done.  I have a feeling that part of my long weekend will be spent catching up on things I didn’t get to do during the workday this last week.

The kids are hoping to enjoy their last weekend before school starts.  My house is filled with a gaggle of teenagers hoping to stay up late and play video games.  Fine with me as long as I can still go to bed early 😉

R and D chilling on the couch reading. So cute!

Visit Recap with My Parents

I was hoping I’d have time to blog during my parent’s visit, but I just didn’t get a chance to.  We were pretty busy, so here’s a quick recap!  Normal blogging will follow either later today or tomorrow.

I cooked several days they were here (TACO TUESDAY, scones, etc), and (hopefully) dazzled them with my culinary wonders.  At least I didn’t leave them hungry….

We were lucky to have gorgeous weather the entire time.  One of the concerns everyone had about visiting Virginia in late August is our usually hot and sticky weather.  My parents must have brought some cooler Wisconsin air with them, because the entire week was around 80-81 degrees and just perfect.

The first full day they were here, we went to Busch Gardens.  D couldn’t go since he was home running a fever and throwing up.  The rest of us went though (my parents, my kids, and me), and took our time going through the park.  My mom even went on a ride with the kids (a big deal, since she hates heights).

We did a visit to the beach one day, and a trip to the cinema cafe for a movie (my parents and M only).  I had to work, but did so mostly remotely via conference calls.  I also had a night out with girlfriends (long story – previously scheduled and couldn’t really be canceled).  The last night we they were here, we went out for dinner.

It was a nice and low-key trip (it’d been 5 years since my parents were both here together!).  I think they had a nice time, and the kids were definitely happy to see their grandparents.  They made it home safely by Sunday evening, and we re-organized the house to get things back to normal before the work week began.  All in all, it was a nice week.  Here are a few pictures from our adventures.

kids at the entrance to BG

R playing Sorry with my parents and M. She looks cute on the outside….but she’s a total shark when playing a game!

Dad and A at dinner the last night

M giving my Mom tips on using her iPhone

Dad with A and M

me with my folks just before leaving Sunday morning

my parents with the kids

with D too!

 

I Have Found Them!!!! OTHER VEGANS IN MY AREA woo hoo :)

FOOD

Crap, I did it again.  Let too much time pass, so I’m not listing a bunch of meals, but will hit the highlights.

The biggest highlight was the food at a vegan dinner party on Saturday night!

vegan tofu sushi

tempeh curried “chicken” bites. The hostess made this, and it was fantastic.  That’s a slab of homemade vegan buffalo mozz on the right.

amazing caprese salad with the buffalo vegan cheese, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic.

There was tons of other foods like stuffed figs, mushroom pierogies, stuffed mushrooms, tofu cabbage rolls, spicy black bean, rice, and corn salad (my contribution), chapatis, red pepper brushetta, lettuce wraps….and probably a few other things I can’t even remember.  And wine.  PLENTY of wine 🙂

Anything else I’ll write about will pale in comparison, so that’s enough food porn for you crazy readers.

FITNESS

I hit up 3 hot vinyasa classes in the last 5 days (Friday night and a ridiculously early 6am class with AC).  I absolutely love this class, and thankfully AC does too.  It’s always so much more motivating when working out with a friend.

Speaking of…it’s only because I agreed last night that I would meet her at her yoga studio at 545 am that I set my alarm for the unholy hour of 5am.  This morning.  A freaking work day!  Can’t let a friend down…especially when it’s a monster of my own making.  Even though I had less than 5 hrs of sleep, it was a perfect start to the day.  I left home at 520 this morning (crazy, I know), and felt absolutely fantastic.

This evening was a first ever family run!  Yep…all 5 of us went on a 2 miler.  Yesterday R said she really wanted to go run with me.  Of course I want to encourage all my kids to be active, so I told her we would start running together.  I mentioned to D last night that I was going to do the Couch-to-5K with her to ease her into running.  She’s a swimmer and very naturally athletic – and also has quite an excess of spastic energy, so this seemed brilliant.  Without skipping a beat, D said he’d do it too.

After the rains passed and it looked like we were going to stay dry, I suggested around 6pm that we run.  No arguments – and then the older two said they would go too!  So we loaded the C25K free app on my iPhone and loaded it up with everyone’s favorite energetic songs.  We took off, with the app cueing us to walk or run, all while jamming out.  It was so much fun!  Everyone wants to keep doing this, and I think we’re going to run a Turkey Trot 5K as a family.  So cool.

LIFE

Friday night, D took the older kids and some of their friends to overnight laser tag.  R and I snuggled, watched a movie, and got out of bed when the crew returned to our house around 730am Saturday morning.  We grabbed breakfast, R got her haircut, and then we went to the movies to see ParaNorman.

Saturday night involved me doing something that goes completely against my nature.

Yes…I finally broke out of my fear of meeting people, and went to a vegan social meet-up.  By myself.  And didn’t know a single soul.  I had intended to do this since VVC last year.  Hell – if I went to a vegan bloggers conference in another state completely alone, I should be able to handle attending a local vegan meet-up.  After much contemplation (and encouragement by D), I went on Saturday night.

It was a lot of fun, and I met a group of vegans or people who just love good food (not everyone at the party was a vegan, and that’s totally cool…no one there seemed to be the militant sort).  I’m actually planning on hosting one myself!  I know…hold me back…I’m totally breaking out of my comfort zone.

our hostess NS! This was the end of the evening, and we all had enjoyed some wine. This is her wine cork demon look….I love it.

Yesterday morning I had a manicure and pedicure appointment, then it was home to do some cleaning and preparing for my parents (who arrive tomorrow afternoon).  We had dinner, and relaxed, and even tried to go to bed early.  Alas…it was after midnight before D and I fell asleep!

Today was good, and I think an early morning yoga class helped with that.  I had several meetings, and then went grocery shopping.  The rest you know (running and cooking), and now it’s time to relax and hopefully get some sleep!  Tomorrow is a half work day, then picking up my parents around 1.

I will try to blog more this week, but no promises.  I imagine we’ll be pretty busy, but I’ll catch you all up later!

 

Celebrities Aren’t The Only Ones Who Fail Rehab

FOOD

I seriously need to do some grocery shopping.  Maybe tomorrow….

Today was supposed to be a grill night, but the weather had other plans for us (though truth be told, we didn’t get the intense storms the weather guys were predicting….voodoo science that is….).  Since we were worried about the weather, I decided to make up something from what I had lying around.

I laid out my snobby spices, and took some inventory.  I have canned beans, frozen and fresh veggies, rice, and potatoes.  Hmmm.  I felt some Indian food coming together.

Bumble’s rehab clearly failed….

…but she’s one happy kitty rolling around in the spices (and yes…celery seed still seems to be her spice of choice).

I did a quick rice and lentil curry dish in the rice cooker.  Sautéed some onion and garlic, added rice, curry powder, ginger, and turmeric.  After a few more minutes, I added lentils and veggie broth, turned on the cooker, and hoped for the best.  It turned out great, but I forgot to take a picture.

Then it was potato time.  I made a recipe I came across here, and it was just amazing.  Simple and spicy (I used hot chili powder), and everyone gobbled it up.  So yay, and unanticipated Indian curry dinner, which seemed to be ok with everyone here.

roasting in spices on the stove. I’m totally making this again.

FITNESS

Sunday’s golf lesson was fun (even though my instructor was running late and I was about to walk out…).

I wanted to do another workout on Sunday, but I was torn about what to do.  The weather was icky, so I didn’t want to run, and the gyms don’t really have classes on Sunday’s.  I ended up picking a 445 warm candlelight flow yoga class.  I love yoga, and I like the warm/hot yoga too, and doing it by candlelight seemed fun.  I think it’s one of the most amazing classes I’d ever taken.  I loved the “flow” aspect (it was a Vinyasa class), which meant pretty constant movement, and not holding any pose for more than 3 breaths or so.

Last night, AC and I went to a hot vinyasa class at a studio near her place.  We were both a bit nervous because it wasn’t just a full hot class (we’d been doing warm classes the past few months), but it was also the more intense vinyasa classes.  I think we were both pretty convinced we were going to suffer horribly.

Holy cow…it was awesome.  It was hard as hell (well, and HOT as hell too), but absolutely fantastic.  I wore a heart rate monitor just to see how much an hour of this yoga class burns….and I torched 415 calories.  That’s as much as I burn in a 3-4 mile run.

We have another one scheduled for Friday.  Yoga rocks.

LIFE

I know it’s been a few days, and I don’t have many great excuses other than life getting the better of me.

The past few days have been relatively low-key.  House and yard work, regular work, and normal life things.  I have a lot of work trips (and one fun trip) coming up in the next 3 months, so we’ve been doing some planning and organizing around that.

And most notably in the past few days was the series finale of one of my favorite shows – The Closer.  It ended well, so I’m happy.

And now…I need to clean the kitchen and start corralling everyone to bed!  Last night was a late night (of course after a yoga class that didn’t end until nearly 9, AC and I HAD to go grab a bite to eat and a beer!).  Bedtime was after midnight, so hopefully I’ll be asleep in an hour or so!

When The Urge to Throw Up Is a Sign Of a Great Workout

FOOD

This morning was some coffee and a leftover stuffed bell pepper for breakfast.  I was up early to hit up a workout, and since everyone else was asleep, I didn’t want to run the blender and wake them all up.  Besides, I love pepper.

Lunch was at Yorgo’s with M.  I had a vegan BBQ pulled pork and coleslaw wrap.  SO amazing.

Dinner was out with two other couples.  They chose a restaurant that is a wings and oyster bar place, so assuming I’ll be lucky to get a veggie side, I decided to eat dinner at home.  I was perusing my bookmarked recipes (the ones I know I want to make, so I import into my Living Cookbook software), and picked one I had always meant to make, but hadn’t.  The recipe comes from Heather, and I bookmarked it over 16 months ago!  It was really good….and I’m kicking myself for not making it sooner!  The only things I did different was to use regular quinoa and great northern beans, because that’s what I had.  Here’s the link to her Baked Italian-Style Quinoa, Kale, and Cannellini Beans.

ooey, gooey yummy dinner!

The six of us had a great time, and I ended up not ordering anything but a few beers, which was just fine because I wasn’t hungry anyway!

FITNESS

M and I got up early to do the Saturday am crossfit class.  It was a really big group, and the workout was amazing.  We both concurred that it was the toughest one we’ve had so far.

It was a partner WOD, which means our score is combined.  After a big warm up and some mobility work (aka, stretching), we got down to business.  the goal was to get as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes.  Here’s what the workout was:

While Partner 1 ran 400 meters while carrying a big medicine ball…..(which was really hard and awkward – especially for a couple shorties like us).

Partner two did as many rounds as possible of:

*5 jerks

*10 toes to bars (yep – hang from a pull up bar and “try” to bring your toes up to meet your hands)

*15 up-downs (burpees minus the push-up)

When Partner 1 returned from their run, they picked up exactly where Partner 2 was.  So…if M had gotten to his 8th toe to bar, I had to do 2, then the up-downs to complete a round.

After 20 minutes, we did exactly 10 rounds.  I will say that since I’m a much slower runner than M, most of the hard work was what HE did.

It was a fantastic puke-worthy workout.

LIFE

Last night I slept like crap.  I don’t know if it’s because I napped during the day or because D’s allergies are acting up and that means he snores.  Either way, I woke up over a dozen times before I gave up and got up around 6.

M and I left at 830 to hit the gym.  After the workout, we went into Norfolk to grab an early lunch (late breakfast for him), and then to the farmer’s market to pick up this week’s CSA.  It wasn’t as large of a haul, but still cool.  We got grapes, cherry tomatoes, green tomatoes, eggplants, two huge bags of hot peppers, and a bag of green beans.

Then it was off to Dick’s Sporting Goods because M already outgrew the shoes I bought him in May.  We picked up a few other things and then headed home.  After showers, it was housework time (D fixed a shower and a toilet), laundry, dishes, and cooking.

This evening was spent with friends, which was very nice.  There were 3 couples, and we all had a very nice time over drinks and dinner.  Now it’s time to get ready for bed and my early morning golf lesson!

Death By Apple??

FOOD

It’s always so discouraging when choosing a healthy option causes a health problem.  Enter my food allergy hell.

I busted out my juicer this morning.  It’s been a bit dusty for a few month, truth be told.  I’ve been more about daily smoothies than juices, but after my cleanse, I was craving a good green juice.

I went with my typical favorite: a head of romaine lettuce, a celery stalk (with leaves), a lemon, and two green apples.  Now, I know I’m allergic to raw apples, but historically, when I juice them, I’ve been fine.  My allergist warned me that might not always be the case, but as usual, I rarely do what I’m told.

health in a glass….or the root of all evil?? I’m not sure yet….

My juice was yummy as always, and I swear I feel infused with goodness as I drink it.  Fifteen minutes later (since I was now in a rush to be on time for a meeting), I had a quick bowl of rice chex with 1/2 of a banana and some vanilla soymilk.

seriously…a bowl of cereal can’t possibly be trying to kill me. Can it?

A few minutes later, I felt the tell-tale signs of swelling in my mouth, itchiness, and a hive on my lower lip.  Ugh.  I’m assuming it was the apple, but I frankly just don’t know.  I eat raw celery all the time, but not with the leaves.  I eat romaine lettuce several times per week.  I use lemons and lemon juice all the time.  While I haven’t had rice chex in a bit, I’ve shown no food allergies to anything but raw fresh fruits and one veggie, so I doubt that, and since I practically live on bananas, I ruled that out.

I’m not giving up on juices, but I am going to give up on apples.  It’s not worth having increasingly anaphylactic reactions just to sweeten up a fresh juice.  Stupid apple.  I should’ve listened to Eve…(Adam and Eve reference, in case you didn’t know).

I slept through lunch because of the meds.  I had some crackers and hummus when I woke up.

Dinner was some crock pot stuffed bell peppers.  I used the bell peppers from my CSA last weekend, now that I’m back to solid grub.  Super simple recipe, but yummy and lots of flavor.

Crissie’s Easy Crockpot Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients

*4 bell peppers (I usually prefer red ones, but I had green on hand)

*3/4 cup brown rice

*3/4 cup brown or green lentils

*4 cups veggie broth

*4 whole garlic cloves

*1 small yellow onion

*15 oz can tomato sauce

*1 tbsp oregano

*1 tbsp basil

*zest of 1/2 orange

*1 tbsp crushed red pepper (or 1 fresh diced hot pepper)

Directions

*I used a rice cooker, but this step could also be done on the stove top.  I put the rice, lentils, broth, and garlic in my rice cooker on the brown rice setting.  Alternatively, you can place them in a pot, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for about 40 minutes, until the rice and lentils are tender, and the liquid is absorbed.

*stir in everything else, and stuff the pepper.

*place upright in a crock pot, and pour about 1/2 cup water in the bottom (it helps steam the peppers to be soft…but not overly mushy).  Any size would work…I used my casserole sized dish that I pretty much only use for this, ratatouille, or enchiladas.

*cook on low for 4-5 hrs.  I like a little bite left in my bell peppers.  If you want them totally mushy, cook for 6 hrs.

all ready to cook!

another angle because really, I’m having fun with my new camera and sometimes I can’t choose which pic I like better 🙂

amazing that this is only 165 calories. But jam-packed with whole grains, protein, and flavor! Filling for sure, and guilt free as far as I’m concerned (because it has no apples).

FITNESS

Alas….nothing.  Intended to run and hit up crossfit, but the meds knock me out for nearly 7 hrs.  I don’t sleep the whole time, but I can’t focus, much less coordinate my limbs.

getting a gold medal in the sleep-olympics. And I really don’t do naps. I couldn’t resist…and clearly neither could Bumble (my eldest snapped this when she found me).

LIFE

I was happy when I woke up to pleasantly sore muscles this morning.  I miss that feeling of knowing I worked hard and my body is sitting up and taking notice.

I got up and had my normal weekday morning.  I made it through 2 early morning conf calls, when I had my own personal little medical emergency that derailed the rest of my day.  I had to cancel an afternoon meeting, but it was a small one, and the project is on track, so I don’t think anyone minded.

After coming to in the late afternoon (only because D woke me by calling at 430 to say he was on his way home from work), I chilled out in bed for a bit, then decided to make up for lost work time.  I caught up on today’s emails, did some budget work, cleaned the kitchen, and then finished up dinner.

All in all, I feel like it was a waste of a Friday and I’m annoyed.  I planed to hit the driving range today, do some major raw food preps for the dehydrator, and organize my bathroom and closet.  I’m not good at being idle, and that’s exactly how today felt.  I was loopy most of the day (when I wasn’t asleep).  I was due for allergy shots, but had to skip them, lest run the risk of compounding the reaction earlier.  But I’m done whining.  The apples didn’t kill me, and I’m grateful to be able to recover and learn a lesson from it all.  No more apples for a long, long time.

Getting Squeaky Clean….On the Inside and Out!

FOOD

Well, I am done with my 6 day juice cleanse!  I certainly learned about myself as I was cleansing my body from the inside, that’s for sure!  Here’s a quick run down on my week.

Day 1 – felt great.  Tons of energy, and worked out as normal.  This thing is easy peasy!

Day 2 – started out fantastic.  And then hit a downward spiral of headache hell.  Worst ever and I was an unhappy camper.  Not a hungry camper…but still miserable.

Day 3 – No headache, which was great.  It was a Saturday, and did a lot of running around.  Started getting epiphanies about relationships with food, and felt very existential about the whole thing.

Day 4 – started getting angry that I “couldn’t” eat.  Still not hungry mind you…but my life sort of revolves around food and I wanted some.  Had to stop reading all blogs since they all involved food, and it was just pissing me off.  Watched a lot of TV which annoyed me too.  BORED AS HELL.

Day 5 – work day.  Felt amazing, tons of energy, and no desire for normal meals.  Came to the conclusion that I also want to eat when I’m bored and my kitchen is where I play.  Figured that’s why I got so pissed on Sunday.  Another existential moment.  Went out with colleagues to an Italian restaurant where everything smelled wonderful, I watched people drink red wine…and I had water and was the designated driver.  I personified will power.  Yay me.

Day 6 – also a work day.  Also felt wonderful all day, but really was missing having a normal meal.  Spent a lot of time daydreaming about what I was going to eat/cook.  Oh…and day’s 5 & 6 were work travel days, so that was interesting too.

Post-Cleanse Day 1 – everything I ate was the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten.  I love food.

So…how do I feel, and what are my conclusions??  Well, I felt amazing.  I lost a few pounds, but not an unhealthy amount (that’s not sustainable nor healthy anyway).  I was clearly getting complete nutrition.  I certainly experienced many of the detox symptoms (refuse to get into gory details here), but that just showed me that my body was healing from the inside out.  I enjoyed a disturbing happiness about that.  I will say that I saw the most physical benefits through day 3, so…other than learning more about my feelings about food…a 3 day cleanse in the future will be my goals.  I do plan to do this a few times per year, or as I feel the need to re-set my body.  Perhaps 6 days on a first-time cleanse was just too much.

a serving of juice was about 40 ounces. Which I drank 3 times per day. Each round took me about an hour to finish, as they were loaded with insoluble fiber.

tonight’s dinner. Taco fixings (tempeh with a spicy mexican marinade, yellow, red, and green bell peps, and onion) in the skillet.

I had a moment of indecision. Did I want a baked potato, or did I want tacos? Enter the potato-taco. A big baked spud, topped with my taco fillings and some shredded cabbage. YUMMO! Steal this. You want to.

FITNESS

Most of the cleanse all I did was yoga.  I focused on poses that stimulated my digestive and “elimination” organs.    It was a nice balance mentally to what I was experiencing emotionally.  It was also all the effort I wanted to exert, so I listened to my body on that.

Today though…woo hoo.  Back to “me”.  And M and I hit up Crossfit when I got out of work.  The hour was tough and totally intense, and I loved every second of it.  Running, jump rope, pull-ups, ab work, running, holding handstand positions against the wall…all brilliant fun.

LIFE

Life has been mostly work.  I had to be away from home for 3 days…still sort of local-ish (Williamsburg), but still in a hotel and working long hours.  Very fulfilling hours…but long.  I have an extensive amount of travel coming up beginning in early Sept through at least mid-Nov.  It’s all for great reasons, but I hate being away from home so much.  At least most of those trips will let me see my sister and her kids, which I’m very excited about!

Around here we’re trying to get things organized for the kids to start school and for my parent’s visit later this month.  Otherwise, it’s life as usual.  Which is totally cool.

Still Not a Country Girl

FOOD

Today I’m wrapping up Day 3 of my 6 day cleanse.

I’ve discovered an interesting perspective on food, and it’s giving me some great insight on how some eating habits become bad habits.

I’ve spent a long time re-learning good eating habits, and I’m certainly not perfect (far from it, actually). However, not “eating” for several days has been quite an interesting experience.

I will start by saying that I haven’t been hungry the last few days, but I have missed chewing on food. I have munched a few tomatoes and bell pepper slices (raw fruits and veggies are fine to have during the cleanse), but I’ve kept it very minimal. But with that said, I’ve wanted, or craved, very specific things based on situations, and not hunger. For example, R and I went to the movies this afternoon and I desperately wanted popcorn. I wasn’t hungry, but the urge to have some was very strong. Earlier today, D and I were touring a facility (I’ll explain later), and we were sitting in the restaurant talking to someone, and while D had a soda – I wanted one too (even though I rarely drink the stuff).

What I am discovering is an unexpected side effect of being on this detox. I am better recognizing hunger vs. cravings, and I had seriously thought I conquered that a long time ago. I’m seeing where munching on something, finishing what’s on my plate just because it’s there (one of my biggest struggles historically) or drinking something is related to a specific situation instead of what I actually want. I hope I don’t lose sight of these insights.

FITNESS

Today was just some gentle yoga this morning when I first woke up. I was feeling fairly rough by yesterday evening, so figured I’d keep it pretty easy going today.

LIFE

I’ve mentioned a few times about how some girlfriends have tried repeatedly to get me into Country music. Thus far, it still hasn’t worked, but their efforts have been valiant. However, this post is not about music.

Late morning, D and I had an appointment to tour a country club near us. Now that we’re starting our golf journey, we thought it would be something to look into. We really loved the place and were very close to joining on the spot. However, my very intelligent husband suggested we go home and really think about things, so we did. First, summer is coming to an end, and while I live in a warmer state, we’re really only looking at having 3 more months of golf weather. The club also only has an outdoor pool, which closes in one month. Their fitness facilities aren’t as nice as the Y, so we ultimately decided it wasn’t worth the investment right now. We want to play golf for a few months, and then revisit the idea again in the spring. So I’m still not a country girl 🙂

After touring the club, D went to his second golf lesson, and I went to the farmer’s market to pick up our CSA offerings. Today was corn, blueberries, bell peppers, tomatoes, red cabbage, and nectarines.

After getting home from the movies with R (which was really fun), it’s now time to chill until bed!

Call Me Bubble Girl

FOOD

Well, I really haven’t had any the past 2 days.  I’ve had 2 bananas and a bell pepper, but that’s it.  Allow me to explain….

I have been wanting to do a juice detox/cleanse for quite a long time.  I do mini ones (and I mean MINI) where I do all raw juices or food for a day or two in order to reset my body after vacations or travels or anytime I feel I just haven’t been eating well.

When I made the decision to go gluten-free – and also to move even more into raw foods, I found I hit a stumbling block.  Doing those two things have been more difficult for me than going vegan was.  I love bread, and rice, and crackers, and pasta, and all the processed foods I KNOW are bad for me, but can’t seem to break away completely from.  I decided that I’m a bit addicted to them…or just not creative enough to replace them from my diet.

I decided that a detox was the perfect avenue to break my dependence on cooked and gluten-rich foods.  But that said – I don’t have the time, inclination, or fridge space to do a cleanse that would require me to do all the juicing.  I needed a delivery service!

I think it was fate that Amber over at Almost Vegan is focusing on Juicy July, where she has been reviewing several companies who do just this (as well as posting some of her juice recipes!).  Some sounded better than others, but the one that really stood out for me was Kaeng Raeng.  This company offers 3 or 6 day juice detoxes at either the beginner, veteran, or master level.  I did my research, and I felt that this product fit my needs the best.  The juices come in freeze-dried packets, so they’re portable.  I’m on the road a lot, so having to bring my juicer along with me just isn’t possible, and even if I made them all at home, I’d still have to lug bottles around with me.  If I went with one of the other companies, they’d drop ship tons of bottles, and I have no room in my fridge.  I think these two attributes were probably the single biggest sellers for me.

nice small box!

three flavors in easily portable and mixable packets

Don’t get me wrong – I’m pleased with the nutritional content too.  So here’s the program – drink 3 pouches a day (and these make about 40 ounce servings each), and if hungry, snack on fresh fruits or veggies.  I opted for the 6 day beginner program after I contacted them.  I didn’t think 3 days were going to be enough, but I also have never done a real cleanse before and didn’t want to fool myself into doing something above beginner.

Today is day 2.  I was worried about having a caffeine withdrawal headache, but was fine yesterday.  I do have one today though (at least I think it’s from caffeine…but it could be just a side effect of my body purging toxins).  My energy levels have been fine, and I haven’t been hungry.  These juices take me about an hour to drink and I’ve just been blending them with water.  There are options for using juice, non-dairy milks, or even making them like smoothies by adding fruit.  I’ve decided that I have enough will power to have them as-is.  So far, so good.

I did munch on a banana yesterday when I was in very long meetings, and a raw red bell pepper when I got home.  Today I’ve had a banana too, between the morning juice and afternoon one.

My goal is to ease out of this cleanse and into a cleaner raw foods and (truly) gluten-free diet when I’m done.  And if this is succesful, probably do a few times a year to keep my body functioning well.

I’m sorry, I won’t have any fun food pics for a few more days 🙂

FITNESS

After my run on Wednesday evening, my plan was to keep my workouts light due to the detox.  I figured yoga, golf, and walks were about all I’d have the energy for.

Yesterday I decided to rest and just see how my body was adopting to everything.  It wasn’t my original plan – I was at the pool with R, but it closed because of thunder.  Which also killed mine and D’s plan to go smack some golf balls around.  Oh well.  Clearly I was meant to take it easy!

Today, despite my headache (which really isn’t that bad), I went for a run anyway.  All in all, it wasn’t too bad.  I was a bit slower than normal (which is saying something), but I finished the run feeling good.  My only idiotic move was not bringing water with me for the hot afternoon, and that probably made my head hurt just a little bit more.  I kept the run to 3 miles though, so I don’t think I dehydrated too badly!

LIFE

The past few days have been pretty typical.  Work and family time.  It’s so weird (but nice) having everyone back home.

We’re going to tour some local golf and country clubs this weekend, and try to get in some golf practice.  D has his next lesson tomorrow, and I know he’s excited about it!

So the only thing new for me is allergy shots!  After my allergy testing a few weeks ago, my allergist and I decided to hold off on starting shots until I was mostly home.  I call Wednesday, and went in for my first round.

I will be getting 3 shots per day for every 3-10 days for about 5 years.  Here is what I had to say about it after….

I better be able to walk through a meadow growing every tree and grass on earth, breathing deeply of pollens and mold, all while rubbing a car on my face by the time this is over.

Until then, I should live in a bubble….