Have you ever met a raw foodist? I don’t get it… I do get that it can be fun sometimes though! Like veganism. It forces creativity, which I love. Also, I love bacon. A raw vegan taco seems strange, but this was so good it even surprised me. You could go all raw if …
Life is a jungle gym. Did anyone else read Lean In? In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg refers to your career being a jungle gym rather than a ladder. The same goes for life. The secret, in my opinion, is to be flexible and not to let things get too under your skin. A …
Food is one of the few things I tolerate well. I’ll patiently wait for good food even if I’m hangry. My food tolerance is only mental. It turns out that I have a shit load many food intolerances. I’ve never had any allergies to foods. I don’t experience pain from eating certain things. What …
There’s more than one way to make a bowl of oats. Breakfast without carbs is just wrong! Going without oatmeal or bread is not an easy task. I refused to believe I had to do it for the cleanse. Oats don’t have to be made with oatmeal! I’ve made a paleo version before. However, …
Learning lessons is a theme in my life lately. Some I’d rather not learn, but that’s another story. Despite having done this cleanse 3 times before, I’m learning a whole new lesson with this one. It’s about protein. I had NO idea how much energy and strength I was getting from all the protein …
This cleanse is my favorite because you can eat. Don’t get me wrong, I do miss peanut butter and meat. However, judging from the way my body has responded, I needed the break. I’ll refrain from the TMI, but let’s just say I’m definitelycleaner!
The other awesome thing about this cleanse is the creativity it inspires. Check out of some the fun stuff I’ve made in the past few days!
One of my favorite things about this particular cleanse is that, while there are parameters, the rules are easy to work within.
For instance, one of the guidelines is to eat more raw veggies than cooked. I love raw vegetables, but sometimes that can get a bit boring. Raw soup, on the other hand… that’s interesting! Eating a soup raw may seem strange, but it really is good. And perfect for this warmer weather!
The cool thing about this chilled soup is the creaminess. The avocado and hemp seeds lend healthy fats and a smooth, cooling factor that is perfect against the jalapeño kick.
Red pepper and carrots add a natural sweetness. It’s still early in the season, so I added just a bit of stevia. I may or may not have added an extra jalapeño in my version… don’t worry, that’s not in the recipe as written below.
All you need is a blender to make this souper-easy soup. I used my Vitamix, but any high-speed blender would work. If you chop up the veggies a little more, I think you could even make it in a Magic Bullet!
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It’s generally pretty easy for me to keep my diet in check during the week. The weekends…. it’s another story. Since I’m not competing this year I haven’t been following any real nutrition plan. Of course I took that to the extreme.
What I know about myself is that I love to indulge. I also know that when that starts happening too much, I feel like crap. It affects my physically and mentally. I’ve been struggling lately, and I know it’s time to reign it in.
For a few years now I’ve been doing a version of the Standard Process Cleanse. That’s the protocol I’m following for the next 21 days, except using my own supplements rather than buying their program. Basically, it’s eating super clean and eliminating common allergens like eggs, dairy, nuts, and gluten. The first 10 days is meatless. The last 11 days includes chicken and deep sea fish.
I’m only through Day 1, but here’s my first reactions:
Not taking pre-workout is hard
I’m going to need to buy a lot more veggies
Some of the dishes I made when doing this previously are really good – I’m excited to bring them back
This weekend I had the best guests possible – two of my favorite blogger friends! Heather and Sarah started out as internet friends, but we become fast “real” friends after meeting in person at food-related conferences (yet another reason you should attend the Blend Retreat!).
I was so excited to spend the weekend showing them more things I love about my city! Our first stop was to Atlanta’s “ethnic” food strip: Buford Highway. We dined on Vietnamese food at Chateau deSaigon. We have some sort of shrimp patty wrapped around sugar cane sticks, a sweet and sour tamarind soup, shaken beef, and burnt rice. The rice was my favorite, but the other tow said it reminded them of burnt popcorn. Probably why I liked it…