The “Common Sense” Detox

I’m feelin’ all fired up and positive today. Fihahed up baybee! I had a great weekend, full of friends, family, Tommy Boy (my man, not the movie) sleeping, spinning, relaxing. This was the first weekend in months that I didn’t have every second accounted for, and it was nice to be able to relax and do things last minute. Dare I say I was being spontaneous?!

Anyways, I’m doing a little reset with my eating habits. Ever since the Sugar Detox, I’ve been indulging a little too much. Just being lazy really. Not really even with sweets, just with stupid things, like gluten free tortilla chips, cheese, this ridiculous chicken salad from this deli that is 100% not Paleo. Dumb things that are making me feel not so good. Shocking, I know. We are going to Bermuda in 4 weeks so I figured that’s plenty of time to shed this little layer I’ve packed on. I’ve been pretending I’m a bear, and it’s winter, so I need to have an extra coat of fat for me to live off of. Right…

So what is this plan I’m doing for the next 4 weeks? Is it a Whole30? 21 Day Sugar Detox? Juice cleanse? Nope. This is self made by me, and I’ve decided to call it the “Common Sense” aka the “Get Your Shit Together” Detox. Here’s the thing: EVERY time I’ve done a detox, I’ve gotten sick. I think I stress myself out so much and think about food way too much and get overwhelmed and anxious and I make myself CRAZY. At this point, I know my body like.. (I was about to say the back of my hand, but that is my body, so that’s a great analogy. Way to go, Emily). I know my body better than ever before. Since I’ve cut things out of my diet, I know what makes me feel good, what makes me feel like shit, what makes me gain weight, what makes me maintain/lose weight. Get ready to have your mind blown…

I’m only going to eat and drink things that are good for me and make me feel good and will make me lose the few pounds I would like to lose. OMG WHAT?! Say WHAT?! I am being logical? Since I’ve gotten into the full time world of fitness, it is really mind boggling to me that nutrition and people’s diets becomes a foreign language to them. It’s not that difficult: eat well, lose weight, feel good. Eat shitty, feel shitty, gain weight. Boom.

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Ok, so apple cider vinegar makes me feel not so great but I can deal…

So what’s the plan? Here’s my “Get Your Shit Together” plan that I’ve come up with:

– Cut out processed sugars (no dark chocolate nibs every night. Wah!)
– Eat more protein, especially in the morning
– Drink more water (if that’s even humanly possible)
– Don’t buy dried mangos (because you will eat the whole bag, every time)
– No booze (gonna have to cut out that one drink per month…)
– More fish, less beef
– More veggies as snacks, less fruit
– No “gluten free” garbage
– Vitamins, fish oil and apple cider vinegar every day

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So there you have it. I will be keeping you all updated with progress! I’m not weighing myself before/after because I frankly could care less what the number on the scale says. I’ll know if I did a good job by how I feel in my bikini!

Anyone down to do this with me? How do you get yourself back on track?

-Emily

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We’re Alive/21 Day Sugar Detox Recap

Yes, yes YES we are alive!! SO sorry for the absence.. you all know how the end of the year is. It’s just been nutty. But new years resolution is to stay on top of the blog. I will be posting at least twice a week and Erica will be posting at least once. We will not desert you again! Promise!

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So, the Sugar Detox. You probably want to know how it all panned out. I’m not really sure where to start. This thing made me feel like shit, and I didn’t stick with it 100% the whole time. After a week, I started eating bananas again because I just felt so off. Then, I got a really bad head cold so the second week, I started eating other fruits (berries, apples and mangos specifically). I also had some orange juice, and cough drops (both all natural, but still sugar). I ended up caving and having cookies about 3 days before the official detox was over.

If I were to do this again, I would only cut out refined and processed sugar. I think natural sugar is healthy, and fruits are loaded with a shit load of vitamins and goodness that our bodies need. Especially me. I eat a lot of fruit, and it just makes me feel good. My whole system was thrown WAY off track by cutting it out.. I won’t go into detail, but my bathroom trips were way more frequent, I got my period a week early (which never happens, ever) and I got sick. So I guess that was going into detail. Whoops. Overall, I just didn’t think it was very helpful for me, and I didn’t feel GREAT all the time like I was expecting. I felt cranky, and my stomach was constantly hating on me. I’m not hating on the Sugar Detox- I know a lot of people have loved it and have had great success with it. I just think I’m a bigger fan of the Whole30 which allows you to have fruit.

The positives- I did lose a couple of pounds that I had put on in October/November, but I think that was a result of cutting out refined sugar, not fruit. It also made me realize that I don’t NEED to eat sweets after eating a meal, so I would say it helped cut down my cravings, for sure. And it made me re-think my snacks- I’ve been getting plantain chips, jerky, nuts, avocado and egg whites, etc rather than always getting fruit.

Anyways, there you have it. I am glad that I did it around the holidays so I wasn’t a total cow for a month. And, I did feel much better in my bikini when I was in Puerto Rico this past week. Oh yes, that’s where I was. I meant to do a post beforehand telling everyone. You probably didn’t even notice I was gone, did you? Thanks a lot! Well, here I was:

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It was AMAZING. I will fill you all in tomorrow when I do a vacation recap/staying healthy on vacation post. ARE YOU SO EXCITED?

Have you done a Sugar Detox? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Change your life? Poo ya pants? Spill!

-Emily

 

Week 1: Sugar Detox Recap

Oh hi there. Miss me? It’s been a crazy week. I got back from Montana Friday night and went straight to New Hampshire for the weekend. Montana was sad, but it was great to be out there with my family. And NH was super relaxing and was a perfect reset. The only problem? I’M STILL NOT EATING SUGAR!

Well, that’s sort of a lie. I introduced some fruit (bananas and apples) sparingly back into my diet. I went a week without any fruit at all, and my system was getting a little wonky. I won’t go into detail… but you get the idea…. (butseriouslyifanyonehasdonethisbeforeandcoudntstopshittingpleasesendmeanemailsowedonthavetodiscussbowelmovementsonmyblog) So ANYHOOOO. A little bit of fruit is back into the mix. I was really worried about being away this weekend and not being able to prepare my own food, but I managed okay. Especially in Montana. Hellooo bison burgers. I’ve also been carrying around plantain chips and trail mix just to have with me on hand. So what have I been eating?

Breakfast: I normally have a protein shake mixed with fruit (AKA sugar, sugar, sugar) so this was the biggest change for me. I’ve been mixing hard boiled eggs with avocado, and eat it on my way to work. I usually don’t get a break until mid morning, so this really fills me up and keeps me satisfied.

Snacks: Plantain chips, nuts, veggie chips, kale chips, almond butter, leftovers. Not all at once.

Lunch/Dinner: I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately, really simple stuff like a boat load of veggies and sticking a bunch of meat in a crockpot. I’m sort of over sharing recipes because literally everything I cook is from PaleOMG or from my newly acquired Well Fed cookbook. But both of those women are geniuses so you should probably just cook everything they say to cook. K, cool.

Desserts: NONE. WAH.

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Yeah, I’ve posted this picture before. Whatever. via PinkBike

I have to say, I’m sleeping like a rock at night, have more energy throughout the day, and during my classes. I haven’t re-weighed myself since I started, but I feel a bit slimmer (I’m not trying to do this to lose weight, but wouldn’t mind shedding a light layer..). Definitely am going to TRY to stick with it for another 2 weeks. I think having bananas will be my saving grace. I’m going to a holiday party this weekend (I’ve purposely been trying to be a hermit so I’m not tempted..) so that will be the real test. I could care less about alcohol.. but holiday treats are a whole other story.

How have you guys survived this before? Any tips? Do you not want to be my friend anymore since I talked about poop on the blog? I understand. Are you even more upset because now I talked about it twice?

-Emily

 

Thankful/Food Rant

I had this whole post planned on how I was going to be sappy and talk about everything that I’m thankful for, but then I decided to go on a food rant instead. I’ll get to the sappy stuff later!

I read this post, “Nutrition is Science” this morning from my good friend Rachele over at Strong Process. It’s worth reading the whole thing because she is a genius, but the last section stuck with me the most:

“If you’re confused about what to eat, it’s not because science is confused. It’s because the people interpreting and blaring the messages are confused. It’s because the food industry wants you to be confused so they can continue to sell you crap-in-a-box. It’s because celebrities and their know-nothing trainers are trying to get you to pay attention to them. It’s because fill-in-the-blank “expert” wants to make a million dollars on a book touting an amazing new diet where you eat only snozzberries juiced carefully into mystical water from a secret spring in Asia (I made that up, it doesn’t really exist…yet).  

Don’t be confused. Nutrition IS science, but it really isn’t that complicated when it comes to what you put in your mouth. Put REAL food on your Thanksgiving table and be grateful for how biologically equipped your body is to make use of it. Then, based on the laws of physics, you probably can’t actually burn all the calories you will consume (~4500kcal), so you should probably plan to go for a run…

So, this Thanksgiving, do yourself a favor. Don’t buy into the whole gluttony thing. I’m not saying don’t splurge and have some mashed potatoes and stuffing and pumpkin pie, I’m talking portion control. There is NO need to load your plate up so much that you can’t see the actual plate, or go back for seconds (unless it’s dessert.. kidding! Or am I…?) Take small, itty bitty portions of everything. This way, you can sample everything without feeling deprived, and I imagine that your plate will fill up pretty quick.

Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to hop off the bandwagon. We have more than a month to go until Christmas. Are you really going to constantly be saying “oh well it’s the holidays” so you can eat like crap? Do you really bust your ass ALL year long just to let it go to waste and then make another New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy? Come on, people. Remember, EVERYTHING is a choice. No one is forcing you to go to holiday parties and stuff your face with cookies and eggnog. No one is forcing you to eat 4500 calories on Thanksgiving. Like Rachele said, the messaging is telling you to do that. The messaging of the media and the tradition of the holidays. I say, start a new tradition. So many of you are already on a path to better health and happiness. Your lifestyle has changed. So break the mold. Go for a run or go teach a spin class this morning (check). Grab your family and go for a walk after dinner (double check).

Ready for the sappy part? It’s not really even a sappy part, since I’m clearly not in a sappy mood, but I want you (and me) to remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving today. It’s not about stuffing our faces, or stressing about the holidays and materialism and fitting into our pants the next day. It’s about surrounding yourself with people you love and care about, and letting them know how thankful you are for having them in your life. No matter what if you’re vegan, Paleo, vegetarian, raw-dieter, food always has a way of bringing people together, so embrace spending time with your loved ones today. And embrace and be thankful for YOU. We often take it for granted how lucky we are. That we’re some of the few that are dedicating ourselves to live a long, healthy live. That we appreciate and cherish our bodies and our minds. That we even have food on our tables to be sharing with our families and friends. Seriously. This sounds so corny, but it’s true. Sometimes it hits me really hard how lucky I am- not just with my health, but with my family, my friends, my boyfriend, my new career… We get so caught up in our own little bubbles that we forget to see the big picture sometimes, and forget how fortunate we really are.

I just realized that I didn’t have a picture in this post, so here’s one of the people in my life I’m most thankful for.

What are YOU thankful for today?

-Emily

Being Healthy

So, this weekend I went out to Montana for my grandmother’s funeral. Even though it was sad, it was somewhat of a relief to know that she is finally resting and at peace. And it was great to see my family that’s spread out all over the world.

And it’s kinda gorgeous out there this time of year…

I’m going to go on a bit of a ramble about health and nutrition, and just want to start off by saying that these are just my opinions, and I am NOT a registered dietician or a doctor or anything legit. Besides a fitness and food fanatic that is. Which makes me somewhat qualified to speak my mind. On my blog. So here we go.

For years, my grandparents have been in poor health. My grandfather has had multiple rounds of cancer, kidney issues, back pain, hip replacements, you name it, while my grandmother suffered from diabetes and towards the end of her life developed dementia. Much like Erica mentioned last week, I always assumed that these things ran in my family and I was more susceptible to diabetes and other health issues. But since I’ve become more educated about physical activity and nutrition, I’m sort of realizing that a lot of their health problems (and many of our nations’ health problems) could have been avoided just by exercising and eating well. I know that this isn’t rocket science, and I shouldn’t be credited for making such an earth shattering discovery (…you can credit me if you want), but it really opens up your eyes when it hits so close to home.

When my grandparents’ generation was growing up and raising kids in the 1950’s and 60’s, there wasn’t much research and education about nutrition and physical activity. As a result, much of that generation developed poor eating habits that stuck with them for life. And look at all of the health problems that most of our grandparents are faced with! Look in your grandparents’ (or parents’) kitchens, and count how many pill bottles are in there. For everything- blood pressure, heart rate, diabetes, arthritis, constipation (ew), you name it. I just can’t help but think that maybe if doctors prescribed eating well and going for a walk a few times a week, the number of pill bottles would go way down. I’ve been studying for my personal training test and there’s tons of evidence (by people way smarter than me) about the direct link between preventing chronic disease and nutrition. So WTF?? I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist but why isn’t this a bigger issue? Why isn’t everyone waking the f*ck up?!

Also- do you know that only 31% of adult Americans engage in physical activity 3x a week? THIRTY ONE PERCENT is SO pathetic! And that’s for only 20-30 minutes at a time. Is it really any wonder that we have the largest rate of obesity and the biggest slew of health problems in the world? I don’t think so.

When people ask me why I work out so much, or why I eat Paleo, I always have the same response: “it makes me feel good”. And it does. But another reason I’ve been thinking of is that “because I can”. Because I’m still young, and am naturally the fittest and strongest I’ll ever be. Because I want to invest in my future and my health. Because I don’t want to end up like my grandparents (as much as I love them, SO so so much). I want to live for a long time, and I want my kitchen to be full of delicious, amazing food- not pill bottles.

What do you guys think about this? Am I being a b*tch? I feel like I got a little harsh at the end for criticizing my grandparents’ lifestyle, but I’m just trying to be honest and keep it real. Much like J-Lo, I’m all about keepin’ it real.

I’ll stop talking now and leave you with some eye candy from Montana.

Anyone else want to move?

-Emily

 

Weekend Recap

Although I love early morning workouts, they usually catch up to me around 8pm on Friday nights.  It’s like I’ve literally hit a wall and cannot imagine doing anything but going to bed.  My boyfriend use to make fun of me for this, but now accepts it and happily tucks me in around 9pm.  It’s a win win for both of us since he can spend the rest of the night doing guyish things like watch 4 different football games and rearrange his fantasy team.  See, everyone is happy.

However, whenever I have a busy weekend and can’t catch up on sleep, I find that I am absolutely exhausted the next week.  Does this happen to you guys?  In college I could get a couple hours of sleep and be fine the next day.  WTF happened? Ah, to be young and resilient again…

So, this weekend my sister and I had a surprise 30th wedding anniversary party for my parents.  Can you believe it?! 30 freaking years!  We decided to do something a little different and have a pig roast.  I know, how Paleo of us!  Although super cool, the sight of a dead pig was a little harder to stomach than originally expected.    I’m sure my sister and I were just being over emotional per usual.  But, I must say, the pork was absolutely amazing.  Since it slow cooks for 6+ hours, the meat was really juicy and delicious.  Its probably good that we enjoyed it so much since we will be eating it for the next month or so. 

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Poor piggy…

Although sad, knowing where your dinner came from was actually pretty cool.  We met the owners, toured their little family run farm and learned about how they raised their livestock.  It made me want to buy a half a cow like woah.   How cool would that be?!  You would never have to wonder about where your meat came from or if it was really grass fed  and finished (which I often wonder at the larger grocery stores).  But first, I must figure out where I am going to store 100+ pounds of beef… damn.

Do any of you guys belong to CSAs or buy your meat locally?  I need help!

 

-Erica

Humpday Rants and Raves

Haven’t done a good rants and raves for awhile. It’s not really even rants and raves, it’s more just me rambling about whatever is on my mind. Ready.. K, go!

1.) Eva is a bitch– I was introduced to the WOD Eva on Friday last week. Oh, you don’t know who Eva is?

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Yeah. She was a mean old lady. I scaled this back (you all know that I have a janky knee, and running doesn’t really agree with me) I did the first 800M run and then realized that I wasn’t going to be able to do that 5 more times, so I stuck to 400M runs, 15-30 kettlebell swings (still working on those) and 15 pull ups each time with the band.

 

Could I be any more complicated?

Fellow warriors, and tourists. Kind of hard not to have fun with this group…
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It’s horrible/fantastic that we’ve been doing so many pull ups. I’m still using the band, but am getting the form down and feeling myself getting better. Washing my hair after is still a challenge.

2.) Stinky situations– I now do laundry every single day. I used to let my sweaty workout clothes fester in my hamper for a few days, but it just got so f-ing disgusting. Water bills be damned, I need to attempt to smell fresh to death. Current problem though: my protein shaker. When I take it on the go, I wash it out right after, and it still smells like dank protein. Solutions?! Oh, yes, I still drink out of it.

3.) Two a days– I now feel like there’s an empty void in my life if I don’t work out twice a day. Anyone else get this too?

4.) My snacking situation– I bought a bunch of food on Monday to last me through the week and all my snacks are already gone. I think I have a problem. And the only solution is… more snacks!

5.) Getting back on track– 3 days into my little “reset and stop eating cheat Paleo meals”, and I feel 100000x better. It’s INSANE  how quickly your body snaps back when you show it lots of love.

6.) Getting winded– No matter how many times a week I spin, I still get winded walking up stairs. WTF?! I don’t smoke. I have an excellent standing heart rate. I can beast a spin class. Come on lungs, get with the program.

7.) My legs- Are insanely sore this week. We did walking weighted lunges on Monday (5 rounds of 15, I did 35 lbs), and I’ve never quite experienced the sensation that I felt in my legs afterward. Like, legit wobbly legs. I felt like I was going to fall over. Little mini spasms all day. I was so looking forward to teaching spin that night and letting loose, until I remembered that I was teaching a hill climb class. Epic fail.

Pretending that I know what I’m doing. I’m glad you can’t see my face, because I definitely am wincing like a mofo. via CrossFit One Facebook

Also attempted to do some double unders on Monday, which was interesting. I’m a pretty good jump ropper, so I think I’ll be able to nail them down pretty quickly, but I definitely wacked myself in the legs and face a few times..

I was going to try to do 10 rants and raves, and I could probably go on for days, but I’ll leave it at 7. Good old 7. What’s up with you guys this week? What are you loving/hating? Can you help me de-stink my protein container?!

Happy Humpday,

Emily

Paleo Noms

We haven’t talked about food in awhile. Let’s talk about it. It’s my second favorite thing to do, besides eating it.

Paleo Fish Tacos

 

I’ve been wanting to test out making coconut flour tortillas for awhile, and had some leftover sea bass so figured I would attempt to make fish tacos. I gotta say- these things were bomb diggity (WordPress, don’t auto correct diggity to “dignity” please and thank you). I found the recipe from Free Coconut Recipes (didn’t know such a site existed) and topped them off with sea bass, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, salsa, and an all natural cream cheese spread with peppers and spices (obviously, cut this out if you don’t do dairy, and if you’re not trying to appease a non-Paleo person). The tortillas tasted amazing, I tripled the recipe, but only the first one came out in true “tortilla” form (AKA you could fold it up and eat it like a real taco).

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The key was to allow the batter to spread immediately upon hitting the skillet. The first one spread easily- super thin- because the skillet wasn’t really hot, so next time I’ll turn the heat down. The last ones sort of tasted like coconut omelettes, which were still delish.

Steve’s Paleo KrunchOH MY GOD stop what you are doing right now and go purchase this! Immediately! A friend gave me some to try out and holy balls these are like little packets of heaven. Super filling, and crumbly, and delicious. And there’s bacon. ‘Nuff said. Get ’em here. Lots of other amazing looking products that are great for on the go! Goodbye, paycheck.

PaleOMG Pumpkin “Granola”Clearly I was on a granola kick last week. I highly recommend that you make this if you’re looking to satisfy the pumpkin obsession that is sweeping America right now. “OMG PUMPKIN SPICE LATTEEES!” This is a healthier version, and way tastier. I made an enormous bulk supply to last me for hopefully a month, but realistically a week. If you don’t already stalk Juli’s blog on a normal basis like me, you’re missing out. I skipped the maple syrup, and am just realizing that I forgot to add coconut! WTF is my problem! I’ve been eating it plain, or with coconut milk and some fruit. Ah-maze.

Paula Deen’s Lettuce Wraps

Yes, you read that right. Paula Deen made something healthy, and PALEO. I was a little upset that I wasn’t going to be soaking my lettuce in butter and deep frying it, but what can you do? I made these with my boyfriend’s mom, and we used a different vinaigrette. That I don’t have the recipe for. But it was delicious- lots of lime, oranges, jalepenos, and other stuff. Why am I even posting this? I’m giving you no relevant information. I really just wanted to share with everyone that Paula Deen made a recipe for shrimp lettuce wraps. Is anyone else as blown away by this as I am?!

So that’s what I’ve been loading up on. I started a little 2 week reset today, so I’ll be doing a lot more cooking and preparation over the next couple weeks. I just feel like I haven’t been super Paleo since I got back from Bermuda. I’ve been eating healthy, but I also haven’t been saying “no” to sweets and cheats. So, little reset. My body needs it, so does my sanity. And Erica and I started a food diary together, so she is going to yell at me if I eat anything bad 🙂

Holler if you have some recipes you want to share! But if there is chocolate involved, I might start to cry a little.

-Emily