Life Update: It’s So Worth It

Hey all!

It’s been awhile so that means it’s time for a life update.

As you know, towards the end of June I set out to really heal my body and metabolism by eating more food without restriction.  If you haven’t read that post yet, you can find it here.  Well, it’s been just a little over 2 months and I’m happy to report things are going great!  My body has adjusted to eating more food (aka  a more normal amount for my body and activity level).  I find myself feeling hungry more often which is awesome because for a long time I very rarely felt truly hungry for food and I felt like it took forever for my body to digest a meal.  I am also very happy to report that my digestive issues (severe stomach pain, bloat, etc) that I dealt with for a very long time seemed to have gone away almost completely.  I used to have to be very careful with what I ate and how often I ate, etc. or I would be in severe pain.  Not these days though!  Even when I decide to have a treat (like a bowl of coconut ice cream) I feel fine the next day.  This just blows my mind.  I felt like I was never going to get over my issues but eating the right amount of food has helped so much.  I also believe not stressing about food anymore has helped a ton.  I know that by eating more food it gave my body the extra energy it needed to heal itself.  And that doesn’t just include my digestive system.

Another goal of increasing my food intake was to get my hormones in check and getting my period on a regular schedule again.  I’ve mentioned before but just to refresh, I got my period for the first time in 4 years last July (2013).  It hasn’t been regular since then.  It would come every 2-4 months.  Since eating more I’ve had it twice with only 1 month in between which is my normal.  I’m hoping this continues!

I know this may seem strange to some to speak openly about such personal things but if it helps just one person that it is worth it to me to share.  If you have a history of calorie restriction, over-exercising, stressful food rules, etc.  I hope you will consider taking the step towards healing your body and increasing your food intake.  It is absolutely worth it.

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One more thing I’ve done is to not stress about exercise so much.  I love working out but I knew that I needed to give my body time to rest and heal itself.  I needed the extra calories my body was getting to be used to heal my insides not get burned away during exercise.  I didn’t stop working out completely but I decreased it a lot.  I did GPP workouts a couple of times a week but I didn’t do any cardio.  If there was running or a lot of jump roping in the workouts I skipped those parts and stuck with the weight training parts.  I went on walks a couple of times a week and did a bit of yoga as well.  I also took naps during the day if I felt like I needed too.  (which is recommended here).  I felt very tired the first couple of weeks but that has passed and Inow have a steady amount of energy through out the day.  Probably next week I will start doing a little bit more workout wise but only if I feel like it.  And I will workout however I feel like that day.  Whether I feel like lifting, running, yoga, dancing, etc  that is what I will do.  I know if I respect how I’m feeling and I will feel much better after my workouts.

Now there were some bad days-some hard days throughout the past couple of months.  It definitely wasn’t smooth sailing.  Especially in the first few weeks.  I experienced a lot of pain, bloating, edema (water retention) all over my body, and weight gain (carried mainly in my stomach).  It was not fun.  I felt huge.  I felt unattractive and uncomfortable.  A lot of my pants weren’t buttoning anymore.  I felt like it was never going to stop but it did stop.    My body adjusted to my new normal food intake, the bloating went away, the little bit of weight I gained (about 8-10 pounds overall)-that I needed to gain-has now evenly spread out over my body, not just in my stomach anymore.   And my body seems to have reached it’s optimal weight set point because I’m no longer gaining but maintaining.  And I bought some new pants that fit my new body.  These days my head is in a much better place.  I am grateful for my body and I love my new body because it is a healthy and beautiful one.  Every body is beautiful.  To be honest, I’m surprised at how quickly things seems to have  gotten better.  I thought it would take so much longer to reach this place.  And for some it will.  Every body is different.  I am grateful to be feeling so much better and happier these days.  I’m also so grateful to my husband for encouraging me everyday to stick with it and loving the heck out of me grumpiness and all.

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Well that’s all for now.  Next post will be about some fun things I’ve been able to do since I’ve let go of my food rules!

Post any thoughts or questions you might have in the comments below! 

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Eat the Food to Heal Metabolic Damage

Warning:  This is a longer post  but it’s an important one.  It was important for me to write it down anyway.  I hope you get something out of it.

When I first got into health and fitness (about 5-6 years ago)  my goal was to tone up a bit.  Maybe drop just a few pounds.

Well, that’s what I did.  And then I did some more. I’ve always been on the smaller side so I really had no business losing as much weight as I did.  I also became really strict about “eating clean”, restricting my calories, doing cardio 5-6 days a week plus strength training several days a week, plus eating 5-6 times a day, and making sure I was eating a carb, a protein, and a fat but not too many carbs or fat.  blah blah blah.  My story is not unique in this sense.  I know of many people through blog reading that have gotten caught up in this trap.

For awhile I was ok with being in this trap.  I was fine because I was toned and I had a flat stomach with visible abs.  But guess what I didn’t have.  A period.  Spontaneity.  A dinner out with my husband that didn’t include me being a stressed out grump because I didn’t know what exactly was in my food.  A life.  I hardly ever wanted to go anywhere or be away from the house too long because I didn’t want to mess up my eating schedule.  How responsible of me.

I looked good on the outside but the inside (which is what really matters) was struggling.  My body was shutting down just after a few months of this craziness when my usually very regular period stopped.  It shut down even more when I began having lots of digestive issues about 3 years into it.  I suffered from a lot of pain, bloating, and constipation (sorry tmi, I know).  I tried to fix things.  I cut out grains for awhile and then just gluten for an even longer time.  I cut out peanut butter for a time (some of the saddest days;), I cut out beans.  I tried a lot of things.  Eventually I became a vegan.  That helped a lot!  At least for a time.  Eventually I reintroduced eggs and fish back into my diet.   And although in the long run being a vegan hasn’t fixed my issues I have no intention of going back to eating meat.   But anyway, the point is I became even more restrictive than I already was which only put more stress on my body.  I had no idea what was happening to me.   Why was this happening to me?  The truth I soon found out was I did this to myself.

The first part of my healing started around the beginning of last year.  I still didn’t have a period (that’s 4 years, no period.  Kind of awesome, but in the long run, not awesome)  I knew I needed to get it back if I wanted my body to start acting normal again.  I had learned about how not having a period can really affect your hormones which can affect pretty much every part of your body including digestion.  So I started trying to eat a little more (although still not consistently enough), stress less, eased up on cardio, etc.  In March I stopped calorie counting which reduced my stress because calories weren’t consuming my thoughts anymore.   Eventually in July after about 6-7 months of focusing on this I got my period!!  There is still more work to do though.  I have had it a few more times since then but it’s not yet regular or consistent.  Fast forward to the beginning of this year.  My priorities shifted even more to really healing my digestion.  I went to a holistic doctor who put me on an elimination diet (no gluten, soy, peanuts, citrus, vinegar, yeast, nightshades, etc.) for a few weeks.  I’ve recently been able to reintroduce all the foods and guess what, as far as I can tell no food intolerances!  Not even gluten.  Actually I feel really well eating gluten:) (yay for that because sometimes you just need some fresh baked bread with avocado!!)  I’ve also had to take a high dose of probiotics and some digestive enzymes.  I’m very happy I don’t have any food intolerances but if I don’t have any intolerances, what’s wrong with me?

As I’ve learned recently, calorie restriction can cause a number of digestive problems among other things.  See this post for more info.  Or listen to this awesome and super helpful and insightful podcast.   Basically, my body wasn’t getting the energy it needed to perform all of its functions.  So it conserved energy by shutting down my reproductive system and slowing down the digestion of food also know as Gastroparesis.

“Gastroparesis is a survival mechanism whereby the stomach doubles its emptying time to the small intestine, meaning the food is churned in the stomach for longer to try to allow for the small intestine to maximize the too-little energy coming in to the body.”  This is totally me.  Whenever I did try eating more I was always so full and even when I ate a small amount I felt like my body took forever to digest it.  This made it hard to eat enough because my body was still digesting what it ate 5 hours ago!  Not fun!

Also, when you’re not eating enough, the good bacteria in your gut dies which only makes things worse.  Thus the reason I have to take probiotics to repopulate my intestines with helpful bacteria.  This leads us to the good news.  If you eat a low calorie diet or have eaten a low calorie diet for even just a few months (it doesn’t even have to be extremely low.  for the past 5 years I ate anywhere from 1100-1800 calories, more recently I would say around 1500-1600 which is NOT ENOUGH!!) and are suffering from any of these symptoms, you can fix it!  Please take my advice and change things!  After reading this post and this post I have decided to increase my calories in a major way so I can retrain my body to thrive on more calories which actually is more like the right amount of calories.  After calculating my calorie needs with an online calculator I should be eating closer to at least 2200 cal a day.  Although I’m not into calorie counting anymore I will be for the next little bit just to make sure I’m getting enough.

It’s day 5 of me eating more and I’m feeling better already.  For real.  My goal for this week is to eat 1900-2100 cal and add about 100 cal every week until I’m eating 2500-3000 calories a day. (Which is the amount recommend to fully restore metabolism which will include restoring my period and digestive function)  Doing it slowly will reduce any fullness, bloating, discomfort as well as reduce the amount of fat I gain.  The first 2 1/2 days I was very uncomfortable (bloated and full) but I ate anyway.  Our bodies are smart and things have normalized.  I’m actually feeling hungrier during the day and I have lots of energy.  That’s a good sign.  This means it’s working.  It can be scary to eat a lot more-no one wants to gain a bunch of weight/fat but even if I do, it’s ok because I know my body/metabolism will eventually normalize and any weight/fat I gain will drop off and things will be normal again.  Until then  I’m going to enjoy a few (or several) extra servings of guacamole and nut butter.

I know this is long but I hope it helps somebody.  Our bodies are a gift.  Our bodies are all we really own.  Lets treat them right.  We need so much more food than the media tells us.  Don’t listen to them.  Listen to your body.  Listen to your mind.  Don’t let food and exercise and having the perfect eating schedule run your life.  Run your own life.

Food is good.  Lots of food is even better.  Food is not the enemy.  Food is just food.  Rules and restriction are the enemy.

It takes time to heal but it is worth it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, post them below!

 

 

Green Smoothie Girl Lecture

Welcome to Friday my friends!

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a class/lecture by Robyn Openshaw aka The Green Smoothie Girl.  I went with my Mom, 2 of my sisters, and a friend.  I’m really glad I was able to go to it.  I had heard of her blog before but  for whatever reason, had never checked it out!  Because I didn’t know much about Robyn, I wasn’t sure what to expect at the class.  I was happy to find out that she teaches about how following a plant-based, whole foods diet (or at least eating more plants and a lot less animal protein and processed foods) can be extremely beneficial to your health.  As you know I absolutely agree with this 100%.  I have been eating this way for sometime and it has helped me in a lot of ways.  So although I didn’t learn too much that I didn’t know already, it was great to get a boost of energy and get excited about living a healthy life!

After the lecture I wanted to challenge myself.  Since I don’t need to eliminate anything from my diet since I avoid processed “foods” anyway, I decided I could start adding more smoothies into my life again.  I feel really good inside and out when I’m having a smoothie a day on a regular basis:)  My challenge for myself is to have a quart size smoothie once a day until my birthday at the end of the month:)  By then it will hopefully be a healthy habit of mine.  It might be a smoothie for breakfast, snack, lunch, whatever!  So I have 23 more days to go.  Day 1 is done!  Oh, and I even got Dom to have a smoothie along with his cereal today! Proud wife moment;)

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If you want to join me, please do!  Follow me on instagram and post your smoothie photos so I can see!  I will be using the hashtag #quartofsmoothieaday.  Feel free to use it too (even if it’s not a quart, any size will do)!

One more thing that I loved from the lecture was a quote she shared.  I believe it was her Mother-in-law that said it.  I could be wrong though!

“It’s not what you do once in awhile that will kill you.  It’s what you do everyday that will save you.”

I loved that and it stuck with me because for a long time I was very strict with my eating and exercise habits.  I would not leave room for any fun foods or extra servings of food that I loved.  That is not health.  And it’s not how I want to live.  I’m a lot less strict now which is a good thing.  I still struggle from time to time though with allowing myself something I’m craving that I feel isn’t good for me, even if it’s just an extra scoop of peanut butter!  Luckily this doesn’t happen too often and I can usually go with the flow and eat what my body is craving.  And because I tend to eat very clean the majority of the time I know I need to be easier on myself.  Anyway, that’s why I liked the quote so much!

That’s all for now I guess!  I hope you all have a great weekend!  And definitely check out Robyn’s blog.  She’s got some great information on there!

 

 

 

Favorite Meals of the Week

Happy Friday everyone!!

Any fun weekend plans?  Dom is out of town on business 😦  so I don’t have any major plans.  But I will be seeing Saving Mr. Banks with my parents and watching the Golden Globes on Sunday:)  Anyone else?!

Today I want to share some of my favorite meals of the week.

First up this Easy Flaked Almond “Tuna” Salad from Oh She Glows! It’s excellent.  And tastes really similar to the really thing.  No joke!  I might even prefer the taste of this because of the good chewy texture.

I’ve been enjoying it for breakfast on rice cakes before my workout as well as on top of a big green salad.  The recipe makes a good amount so you can have it throughout the week:)

large (2)Another recipe I’m loving: Salt +Vinegar Kale Mashed Potatoes from Edible Perspective.  I’m a big fan of the salt and vinegar combo.  I use to eat a lot of salt and vinegar chips when I was younger.  I would get chapped lips from eating so many (weirdo, right?!) Anyway, I don’t eat so many chips these days but I still love the flavor.  I’ve enjoyed them with salmon and veggies which was great!  But my favorite way is to serve them with a fried egg, a good serving of avocado, and a little nutritional yeast!  Sorry I didn’t get a photo of that!

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One last thing I’ve been enjoying this week is mixing together a spoonful or two of tomato paste with a big scoop of sauerkraut!  This makes the perfect topping for an egg scramble!

2 eggs with roasted jicama, brussel sprouts, and kabocha squash.

2 eggs with roasted jicama, collard greens, brussel sprouts, and kabocha squash topped with the sauerkraut+tomato paste combo.

I hope you will try these recipes out!  They are worth it, I promise!

Happy weekend to you!

What has been your favorite meal this week?

Five on Friday, 2 recipes included!

1.  I set a goal this week to eat more fruits which I’m happy to say I’ve done!  And I’ve been feeling great about it! So glad I no longer fear eating lots of fruit:)  Here is one of my favorite things I’ve made this week as a pre-workout breakfast.  Banana Coconut “nice” cream! (Wish I could remember where I first saw it called nice cream.  So fitting)  If you haven’t tried banana as ice cream, do it! It really is nice too.  Nice for our bodies, tastebuds, and animals:) And it’s actually great for anytime of day.  I will post the recipe at the bottom of the post.

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2. At the beginning of this week I came across some stuff about the 80/10/10 diet and the Banana Girl Diet.  For some reason I am very intrigued by this way of eating!! I mean seriously that’s a lot of fruit!  But it seems to work for a lot of people and that’s great:)    I think I might try it, just to try it.  Likely only for a week or so.  I like to try new things just to educate myself on different diets and to, of course, find how my body thrives with different eating styles.   By experimenting with different ways of eating I found that I enjoy and do well on a good amount of healthy fats with moderate carbs and protein.  I’ve also found that I am more satisfied in the morning  and have better digestion  when I have a more carb and fat filled breakfast (i.e. oat bran and nut butter) than a higher protein breakfast (i.e. an omelet with veggies).  So although this high carb low fat vegan diet is a bit different than what I’m used to, it’s nothing like I’ve ever tried before and so why not?  I’ve never really done that high of a carb/fruit diet and I’d like to see how my body reacts to it.  Who know’s it might be really cool.  At least for a bit.  I can’t stay away from my avocados and nuts for too long;)

3.  Mr. K is definitely a cool cat but he is also TROUBLE!!  Somehow he bit the tiniest hole in a tube on the side of the refrigerator that goes to the ice machine causing a small leak.  Good thing is he adorable and lovable the majority of the time.  We sure do like him:)

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4.  After taking on the challenge of having a different breakfast everyday of October, I noticed my dinners were often the same!  So this month I had a plan in my head to switch up dinner as much as possible.  I set a goal to have a different dinner at least 4 nights a week.  Well so far I’ve had a different dinner every night this month!!  Several of the nights have been soup (it’s just been so chilly!) but always a different soup of course:)  I will share my recipe for carrot ginger soup below!

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5.  Last thing for this week, I am an Aunt for the 16th time  (on my side of the family)!!!  My older brother and his girlfriend welcomed a new baby boy into the world on 11/12/13!  He is super adorable.  I haven’t had the chance to meet him yet as they live a ways away but hopefully I can soon!  I’m so happy for them!

Now for those Recipes:

Banana Coconut “Nice” Cream

Serves 1

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 TB of canned coconut milk (note: I like to freeze leftover canned coconut milk in ice cube trays to use for smoothies and such.  I measure 1 TB into each cube, so for this recipe I used 2 cubes:)
  • 2 pitted dates
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1-2 TB if needed

Blend everything together until smooth.  Top with anything you’d like or eat plain and enjoy!

My toppings of choice were 1 tsp each of chia seeds, coconut butter, and bee pollen.

Carrot Ginger Soup with Smoky Tofu

Serves 1 (can be easily doubled, tripled, etc)

for the soup:

  • 2 med-large carrots, peeled and sliced. (about 1 1/2-2 cups)
  • 2 TB canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 oz firm tofu, pressed
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of braggs liquid aminos (or equivalent i.e. soy sauce, tamari, etc)
  • 1/4 tsp coriander

for the tofu topping:

  • 1 oz tofu, pressed and cubed or sliced
  • 1 tsp braggs liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • a handful of fresh cilantro

1.  Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  marinade the topping tofu in the aminos and acv for a couple minutes and then pop it in the oven for 8 min.  flip and do 8 min. more until it reaches a firm texture that’s a little crispy on the outside. ( I think I ended up doing about 20 min but don’t really remember now so just check every 8 minutes and flip each time:)

3.  Meanwhile, in a small saucepan add in the carrots and grated ginger on medium heat.  Let cook for about 1 minute then add the broth, coconut milk, and seasonings.

4.  Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat slightly.  Add i the 2 oz of tofu and let it cook for about 10 minutes or until carrots are cooked through.

5.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

6.  Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree your soup.

7.  Place in a bowl and top with cilantro and tofu topping.  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend!  I hope you will try these recipes out and as always let me know if you do.

What is your favorite fruit?

Do you tend to have the same things for dinner a few times a week?

 

 

 

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Recap of October Goals and Breakfasts!

Welcome to Monday.  Hope it was a great weekend for everyone!

I’m a few days behind seeing as how we are already a few days into November!  Oops!  But I want to make sure I finish recapping my breakfasts from the month as well as recapping the rest of my October Goals.

As for my goals I reached my goal of participating in the October Breakfast Challenge!  I was able to have a different breakfast everyday of the month and I loved it!  It helped me come up with a few new recipes that I otherwise wouldn’t have and also try several new to me recipes from others that were also awesome!

Here are a few more of my favorite breakfasts from the month:

IMG_20131025_074016I saw this recipe on Kylie’s instagram feed.  But it might be on her blog as well.  It is a pumpkin peanut butter overnight breakfast cookie!  It was super yummy and so easy! I topped mine with banana slices.

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This was a high protein buckwheat pancake that I made based on a recipe from peachypalate.com.

Here is what I did:  1/4 cup peanut flour+1/4 buckwheat flour (I just ground up raw buckwheat groats)+1/2 tsp baking powder+1-2 TB of pumpkin puree+1/4 coconut milk+1/4 cup of water+plus some cinnamon.  Mix everything together and cook just like any pancake!

I topped mine with homemade almond butter, banana slices, and my strawberry lime chia jam!

My final breakfast of the month was a very approriate for Halloween because of the orange color!!  Recipe below.

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Banana Sweet Potato Chia Pudding Parfait

Serves 1

Banana Layer:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup raw oatmeal
  • 1/2 liquid of choice (i.e. almond milk, coconut milk, water)
  • 1 TB Chia seeds

Sweet Potato Layer:

  • 2.5 oz cooked sweet potato
  • 1 TB peanut flour (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of liquid of choice
  • 1 TB Chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • cinnamon to taste

Nut butter Layers

  • 2 TB Peanut flour
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 TB nut butter of choice (I used almond butter)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water

1.  Blend together banana, oatmeal, and liquid in a blender, place in bottom of jar and mix in chia seeds.

2. Mix together ingredients for the nut butter layer until it reaches a thick sauce consistency.  Top banana layer with 1/2 of the nut butter mix.

3.  Blend together all ingredients for the sweet potato layer except chia seeds.  Mix in chia after blending and place into jar.

4.  Top with the remainder of the nut butter sauce.

5.  Optional:  not with cacao nibs or mixed nuts/seeds for some added texture and crunch:)

Let me know what you think if you try any of these out!

As for my other goals:

Study my Scriptures everyday:  I did still miss just a few days but I was more focused while reading this time and I feel I got more out of them this month than I have.  Still something to work on:)

Prioritize my time better:  I ended up being very busy this month!  Which is a good thing and I feel like a got a lot done this month that will help me reach my career goals so I’m very happy:)

Well that’s all for October!  Now it’s time to embrace this new month of November!  This is one of my favorite months because it really starts to feel like the holiday season and it also includes my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving of course!!  Although I could definitely do without the freezing cold weather!! Anyway, no real new goals for the month.  Just want to focus on being thankful for all I have during the month and enjoying this time of year!

Have a wonderful day!

Hannah

 

 

 

 

MIMM: A Marvelous Breakfast

 

Good morning!! Welcome to this Marvelous Monday post!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Ours was busy!! But great:)

Dom is moving into his own office for work this week so our Saturday started off early, picking up desks and moving them to his office:)   We had a long relaxing drive in a U-haul van and it was actually kind of fun!

Later that day we met up at a pumpkin patch/corn maze with some of my family!  It was a beautiful day out!! We are usually freezing when we go each year but Saturday was a gorgeous warm day!

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So we made some friends with a goat at the petting zoo.  They are kind of adorable.  We all picked out some pumpkins too!  We got a white on and I got a couple of kuri squashes and a buttercup squash which I’m super excited about!

Dom had a little bit of work to do so we headed home after that.  Later we went to Whole Foods for dinner.  I had been craving salmon all week and although I try to follow a mainly plant-based diet I also try not to ignore any cravings I have either.  In the past I used to and it never turned out well!  Glad I am passed that now:)  And I’m glad I smashed this craving!

I got a piece of lemon salmon and my favorite veggie rolls that come with a yummy peanut sauce.  I dipped my salmon in the peanut sauce too and it was so good!  It totally hit the spot!

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For a treat Dom and I each picked out a french macaroon!  I’ve never tried them and have always wanted to because they just look so cute!!

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Pistachio for me, raspberry for him.  They are pretty tasty:) I like how light they are and the light almond flavor from the almond flour.

The rest of our weekend was pretty low key.  I did make a yummy breakfast on Sunday though that I’d like to share.  This is what happens when you don’t know what to eat!  I just mixed up a couple of my favorite things and it turned out pretty good!  Chia puddings are super yummy, If you haven’t tried them yet, do it!! I know my girl Meg loves them!  I have some other chia puddings here on my blog and Meg has some great ones too on hers.  So check them out!

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High Protein Coconut Banana Chia Oat Parfait

Serves 1

  • 1/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 TB chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup of raw oats
  • 1/4 cup of peanut flour or 1.5 to 2 TB of natural peanut butter
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt (if using peanut flour)
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon

1. Start by mashing the banana in a bowl. Add the the coconut milk, chia seeds, and oatmeal.

2. Mix it all together and let sit for about 10 minutes. You can also make this the night before but it works great in the morning too:)

3. In the meantime mix together your peanut flour, cinnamon and salt with about 4 tb of water until you get a thick peanut butter sauce consistency.   Or if you are using peanut butter instead, mix that with the the cinnamon and 1-2 TB of water until you get a thick sauce sauce consistency.

4. When your oat mix is ready, layer it with the peanut butter sauce and enjoy!

Well I’m off to get my workout in for the day which will be this one!  Have a great monday!

xo

What was marvelous about your weekend?

Have you ever tried a french macaroon?

Pumped Up Pudding Recipe

I’m pretty happy I decided to join Meg in her October challenge of having a a different breakfast everyday of the month! Happy because it brought me to today’s recipe.  I was pleasantly surprised how creamy and thick this came out.   And it kept me full all morning at work so that’s a major win!

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Pumped Up Sweet Potato Pudding

Serves 1

  • 1 medium sweet potato, cooked.  (about 1 cup cubed)
  • 3 oz of pressed tofu (i used extra firm)
  • 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 liquid of choice*
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Any toppings you’d like. I went with cacao nibs for some crunch:)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.

* I started with 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk and then added about 1/4 of water to help it blend.

I loved this exactly how it was, just slightly sweet and extra nutty:) But if you prefer things a little sweeter add in your preferred sweetener.  I bet 1 or 2 dates would be awesome!

Who knew pudding could be so satisfying with a wonderful balance of nutrients including over 16 grams of protein!

Too bad I have 27 days to go until I have this for breakfast again! Although this would be great any time of day.

Some may find this strange, but I just find it good;) #strangebutgood

Try it out and let me know what you think!

In other news, I’m looking forward to the weekend because I will be taking part in a Color Run along with some of my family members:)  The run is to raise money for those hurt by wildfires in our area this year, which sadly is a lot of people.  It should be a fun event though and I’m really looking forward to it:)

I hope you all have a great weekend too!

xo

Hannah

 

Plant-based Eating with Thrive Kitchen + A Recipe

I have some wonderful things to share with you today! If you don’t know already I follow a mostly plant-based diet with a few eggs and bowls of Greek yogurt thrown in there from time to time.  I started eating this way because for me personally, that’s how I feel best.  I also believe it is the the most sustainable way to eat.  It’s good for the planet, good for our bodies,and good for the animals! Win win win:)

Earlier this year, the creator of Vega, Brendan Brazier launched thriveforward.com which is a free online program where you can get personalized information to help you gain optimal health through plantbased nutrition. It’s really cool.  This week they added something new! A recipe center called Thrive Kitchen.  I’ve been scrolling through it all morning making a list of all the awesome recipes I want to try! Seriously check it out. There are so many good looking recipes to try,not to mention they are all healthy and nourishing for our bodies.

Double Chocolate Banana oat protein pancakes

Double Chocolate Banana oat protein pancakes

DIY plant-based stir-fry

DIY plant-based stir-fry

My mouth is watering.  haha.

 

Before I go I wanted to share my lunch with you!  It’s not quite as beautiful as the above photos but it was definitely yummy!

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Miso Avocado Noodles with Chickpeas

Serves: 1

  • 1 small or about 3/4 of a med/large zucchinni, spiralized. (could also use a julienne peeler or a grater)
  • 1/3 of a carrot, spiralized
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (I spritzed mine with a little braggs liquid aminos)
  • 1/4 cup of fresh corn
  • 1/4-1/3 avocado
  • 1 tsp of miso paste
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • Optional:  A couple of scoops of sauerkraut

1.  Warm the chickpeas in a pan if desired.

2.  Mash the avocado, miso, and lemon juice in a bowl and then mix into the noodles.

3.  Top with corn, chickpeas, and sauerkraut if using!

4.  Note:  As always, you can use whatever veggies you would like for the “noodles”.  Zucchinni and carrots are just my favorite!  Other options:  cucumber, jicama, raw beets, shredded cabbage, etc.

Easy peasy and delicious.

Hope you all have a fabulous thursday!

Do you enjoy eating plant-based meals?

Suprising Myself

If I haven’t mentioned it before I’ve been following the Gpp workouts from gppfitness.com for a couple months now.  I love them so much and I’m actually going to Utah this weekend to the Intensive Training they are doing so I can learn lots of things and become a better trainer!  Anyway,  they post the workout for the next day the night before. So before bed I checked the workout to see what was in store for me today.  This is what I saw:

Burp-O-Rama

Every minute on the minute for 20 minutes perform:

10 burpees

Post reps completed to comments.

My first thought was Um..no…yeah no.  200 burpees? No thank you.  I’ve done lots of burpees before so no thank you.

Well fast forward to this morning.  I was feeling really good when I woke up  and I had a super fun day at work (because I work with super cool people;).   That left me feeling great, so I really had no excuse not to do this workout when I got home.  And thanks to some fun warm up dancing from my husband I was ready to do it!!  I was hoping to at least get 170 burpees within the 20 minutes.  Well guess what?!  I got all 200 burpees with lots of time to spare in each round.  I was pretty happy and proud of myself!  It left me with this thought

Untitled-1 copyWe are capable of so much more than we think we are at times.  We need to not underestimate ourselves.

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I think it’s important to do something everyday that makes you proud of being you!  This is something I will continue to work on:)

Anyway, so after my workout I refueled with a delicious smoothie!  I was inspired by Meg to add some sweet potato to my smoothie today.  It was awesome!

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Here is what I did:

Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 1/2-3/4 cup roasted sweet potato cubes
  • 1 cup liquid of choice (I did half cup water, 1/2 cup almond milk)
  • 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 2 TB of peanut flour
  • a generous sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 6-7 ice cubes

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

*Substitutions:  If you don’t have any peanut flour you can replace the Peanut flour with 1-2 TB of peanut butter!

Let me know if you try this out I hope you are all having a fantastic week so far!

xo

Hannah

What’s something you have done recently that suprised you or made you proud?