Thursday

I have been having juices, smoothies, and healthy food for days now. This is a huge victory because I was amazed to find myself experiencing intense cravings the first three days or so for sugar, bad fats and salt. It goes to show you that your body can build addictions to good things or bad things but whatever it gets the most… it will crave the most. 

I have exercised well in the past couple of days but the other days were just so busy with things that I neglected myself in that area. Yesterday, I got some stretching and lower body work out (short and sweet) at the gym and then did a C25K workout and ended with a 25 minute walk. I also did an arm work out from the wonderful fitness blender site. 

Today, I got in almost 30 minutes on the treadmill and did 10 minutes on the stationary bike and some stretching. I spent almost 15 minutes in the sauna (no more taking my phone in there!) and did 11 minutes of walking once I got home. To meet my 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours of exercise per day … I need to get in another 10 minutes or so of something! Too bad washing dishes doesn’t count. I’m out of automatic dish detergent and I have hand washed dishes for an hour or two at a time for days! How can one house go through so many dishes?!

This morning, I had spinach leaves topped with a can of wild albacore tuna (canned) and the dressing I shared the video/recipe for yesterday. I am trying to eat 300 calories or less at a time and it has taken some adjusting since I’m used to eating WAY more than that per time of eating ;0

Well, I have a hot cup of coffee with honey and cinnamon swirled with So Delicious coconut milk creamer (dancing through the house over finding after searching for SO LONG…go, Kroger!) and it is the first time -other than the sauna— that I’ve sat down since 6:00 this morning. 

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Homemade Salad Dressings

Healthy Ranch (Raw)

1 1/4 cups cashews

3/4 cup water

3 Tablespoons of lemon juice

1/3 cup OACV (organic apple cider vinegar)

1/3 cup olive oil

3 Tablespoons sweetener

2 cloves garlic (I used quite a few more!)

3 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon dill

sea salt

Blend until mixed well. I scribbled the ingredients to this dressing onto a post it note after doing an online search for raw salad dressings. I don’t know what site it was to give credit! It has become a HUGE, overwhelming success with everyone who has tried it! My husband loved it, I adored it, everyone from 3 to Pops and Nandy devoured salads with this poured on! If I find the site I got this from … I will post it right away. If you are reading this and you know where it is , please share! 

Cilantro Salad Dressing 

based on this dressing recipe

I used cilantro in place of the basil because it is what I had on hand!

The ingredients for those who don’t want to visit the video or just want to print or write this out:

Ingredient amounts are approximate:

1/2 cup of OACV or lemon, lime, or orange juice 

1/4 cup Soy sauce or alternative

1/4 cup maple syrup

sea salt

prepared mustard

2 cloves of garlic (I used more)

2 cups fresh basil (or parsley, cilantro, dill) 

Blend in a blender and while it is blending, drizzle olive oil until it all emulsifies.Image

Saturday

I am still juicing, consuming green and other healthy smoothies, eating lots of salads with homemade dressings and soups. My lovely MIL shared a new bean soup recipe with me yesterday that I cannot wait to try!

I have made marinated mushrooms twice now and they are so wonderful over salads, lean meats, on lettuce wraps and more. They are also SO easy and they keep me prepared for easy flavor when I need it.

Marinated Mushrooms

1/2 cup namu shoyu, or tamari sauce

1/2 cup water

2 cups sliced or diced mushrooms (portobello, white mushrooms, or others)

garlic powder (optional)

1/3 cup olive oil

In a bowl, mix the nama shoyu (or tamari sauce), water, and olive oil together. Add the mushrooms and let marinate for 1 to 8 hours. Drain the marinade, and save it for future use. Sprinkle with garlic powder if desired.

I used low sodium soy sauce the first time in place of nama shoyu and the second time, substituted with Bragg’s Liquid Aminoes. I doubled the recipe the second time because we ate these up!

My energy level is higher than it has been in YEARS. I honestly have been shocked by how much better I feel … even in these beginning days. My skin was really concerning me — eczema, hives, and places all the way to my hands that looked like I used sandpaper on them. Now? My hands are SOFT and clear and the skin places all over my body are getting better and better.

I am going back in a few days to doing my laundry with SA8 bec I think the cheap detergents with so many fillers are causing some of my skin problems.

Company is here so I will try to finish my thoughts on here later!

*Cookbook credit* I forgot to list the cookbook I got the recipe from! It is from : the Sunfood Cuisine by Frederic Patenaude.

Typing my way to healthier life spiritually, emotionally, relationship-wise, physically and more!