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Good-bye Dairy

Hi there bloggers and readers! Sorry if my last post was a teaser, but you’ll be happy to know that I have still been reading, I just have had no time for posting…so here we go!

Still reading The Beauty Detox Solution and WOW is all I have to say. I’m totally sucked into this book and everything the author is teaching me about food.

It’s kind of scary realizing all that you don’t know, and realizing what you do know, isn’t much and quite frankly completely skewed.

Rewinding a bit…I opted to work a cheer-leading competition all day on Saturday for some easy money.  I was up at 5:15 am and worked till about 7:00 pm and basically went right to bed once I was done. After being on my feet and watching what had to be well over 100 competitions all dubbed with the same pop music blaring, I was exhausted=no post.  Just look at some of the line-up….

It continues on the next page-yikes!

I did have one proud moment…my sister and most of her UNCC teammates are on a competitive team so I was able to watch them, they did so great!

Sunday I slept in and it felt good. My body slept like a rock, it was a little hard to get up and get moving. I was supposed to work the same event on Sunday but opted out and gladly let another girl take my place.  Instead I read some more of my book (I’m way past the intended chapters) did a little yoga (stretching more frequently is one of my New Year Resolutions) and went grocery shopping.

Boy has that become a harder task since reading Kimberly’s book! In case you are wondering she suggests living a more vegan lifestyle than I’m use to I have ever experienced. However, her research alone has scared me away from dairy, point-blank. Which if you are a follower, you know how much my oats, fruit and yogurt concoction is going to be missed. 😦

No Milk. No cheese. No animal by-products really…

and this tiiiinnnnyyy little section is where I can get some organic. This unfortunately is not going to cut it so I’ll probably have to make more trips to TJ’s.

After spending more than a 1/3 of my grocery money on produce, I ventured off to get some things for Chris. This change is going to be interesting within the household to say the least. While I preach to Chris the practices I’m learning about, I think it’s going to take him more than words on a page.

I’d like to be clear that I’m not starting the detox just yet. I still want to complete the entirety of the book so I can be better assured that I won’t make a mistake and that longevity is my friend. On a personal level, I just can’t really fathom eating any dairy anymore after what I’ve read. I still plan on eating meat for the next few weeks as I’m not starting the official detox till a week from today and even then she transitions you out, or at least gets you down to only eating it 2 nights a week, if you prefer.

This book is changing my life, the outcome is yet to be seen but it sure is powerful.

Let me highlight a few of the things in Chapters 2 and 3, I believe that will suffice for tonight’s post.

  • I’ve learned what causes us to age and how it can be avoided and reversed just by our diets
  • Also, the single most important way to redirect large amounts of energy to make weight loss efficient and fight aging is freeing up energy from digestion.
  • A food that takes the quickest time to digest=the healthiest for you and vice versa.
  • I’ve been taught the proper way to eat and it’s not every three hours…and breakfast isn’t the healthiest meal of the day (according to your stomach).

For more info on Kimberly Snyder’s book, go here.

In order to get a jump-start on Kimberly’s program, I made it a little easier on myself by doing a lot of prep work after the grocery store.

Here you will see spinach washed and separated for salad use and green smoothies, cucumbers, celery  sticks, apple slices for (sandwiches snacks and salads), red and green bell peppers chopped up and lastly, some iceberg and romaine lettuce.

I also am attempting to get my taste-buds use to Silk Milk (hey, it’s an alternative for things right?) Does anyone else notice the distinct difference in color from the actual glass to the advertisement. This will take some getting use to.

Hope to try her green smoothie in the morning after an early gym session-if all goes according to plan. I could potentially sleep in till the last second and go to work with my hair wet. Not uncommon for a Monday 😉

How were your weekends? Have you ever tried a detox or cleanse before??

Pilates Video Giveaway!

Hello fun and fabulous readers! I’m very tired this morning after the long day I had yesterday but I’ve got an exciting giveaway for anyone who is interested!! If you have been reading, you know that I have been dabbling back into Pilates. Not really for any other benefit other than my body needs stretching. I’m not the biggest fan of the mat work-out but it’s helping heal my body while I run and it’s always nice to switch up your work-out routine from time to time.  Before I get to the giveaway, here is a recap of the dinner that was made last night!

Balsamic-Glazed Salmon

If anyone pays any attention at all to the weekly meal plans-you might have noticed that I was supposed to make this Monday night, not Tuesday. I’m dealing with a little wedding dress fiasco at the moment and my entire night on Monday was spent at a bridal boutique amongst silk, taffeta and organza dresses. Not the worst thing in the world, but it’s been stressful none the less. So dinners are being moved back a day. Tonight will be Turkey Meatloaf with Mushrooms and Herbs.

Ingredients:

  • 6 (5 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
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    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

    Coat a small saucepan with non-stick cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook and stir garlic until soft, about 3 minutes. Mix in white wine, honey, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, for about 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

    Arrange salmon fillets on foil-lined baking sheet. Brush fillets with balsamic glaze, and sprinkle with oregano.

    Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 14 minutes, or until flesh flakes easily with a fork. Brush fillets with remaining glaze, and season with salt and pepper. Use a spatula to transfer fillets to serving platter, leaving the skin behind on the foil.

    The entire dinner was made in under 20 minutes and the glaze definetly gave the salmon a different flavor than we’ve tried before. I will make this again for sure-for no other reason that it was quick and good!

    Now on to pilates lack of running that I’ve been doing lately. I have missed Monday and Tuesday night running this week!

    While it is humorous to see my trying to do a million different poses in my living room, I have found that I have perfected one in particular…

    Clearly this is not the most difficult 🙂 This is the only picture I could post that did not make me feel like a newborn baby trying to awkwardly get acclimated with my limbs. Pilates/Yoga is hard and while it seems like I am just “lounging” around it is clear that my body is getting a workout by the amount of sweat that my body exudes by the time I’m done. Not pretty. Luckily when I’m lying on the mat in exhaustion I have this cute face to look after me…

    With the Pilates Kit I received there are 2 workout DVD’s that came with it. I already have tons of great Pilates videos as well as access to Exercise on Demand on my TV, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try to get some interaction from you readers out there! Just let me know why you think you deserve the 2 DVD’s (I’ll throw in the band too!) and I will pick a winner on Friday, don’t be shy!

    Tofu and Yoga Pretzels

    Yesterday I actually stuck with the meal plan (yay-go me) and made a Tofu dish that I had been wanting to try that I found off Healthy Tipping Point. I’m pretty sure I didn’t squeeze as much water out of the tofu as needed because it didn’t hold the flavor as much as I had hoped, but it was still very good. Let me tell you how easy it is to whip up a tofu dish too! There is no defrosting, its soft and easy to manage and there is tons of ways to cook it! If you are looking for a few ways to get started either eating tofu or cooking it, try this website:

    http://www.nasoya.com/ 

    I decided not to run last night because I think on Monday night I pulled a muscle in my leg. It’s been really, really sore and I didn’t want to push it so instead I checked around on Exercise TV on Demand and decided that a good stretch was what my body was craving. I rolled out my yoga mat that has literally been collecting dust in my closet and promptly picked a Yoga tutorial by Brooklyn Decker (because who doesn’t want to look like her right!? ) Well, I am severely out of practice and got frustrated about half way through, but it still felt really good to stretch. I think I will try to incorporate more Yoga/Pilates throughout the weeks to help with my running. Anyone else enjoy Yoga? Where and how do you practice?

    The Perfect Baked Tofu

    Recipe from Healthy Tipping Point

    Ingredients:

    • 2/3 block extra firm tofu
    • 2 tablespoons EVOO
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

    Directions:

    • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
    • Press excess liquid from tofu.  Wrap several paper towels around tofu, and place tofu in between two plates.  Let stand for 15 minutes.
    • Cut tofu in 1 inch by 1 inch pieces.
    • In a small, microwave-safe bowl, mix EVOO, honey, chili powder, black pepper, and paprika.
    • Microwave marinade for 35 seconds and stir thoroughly.
    • Spray cooking sheet.
    • Coat each piece of tofu in marinade and place on cooking sheet.
    • Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of tofu.
    • Cook at 375 for 30 minutes, turning once.
    • Serve & Enjoy!