Days go by

Where did we leave off?

Thursday morning I started my day at the yoga studio for a warm flow practise. It was a perfect, sweaty start to the day ahead. Breakfast was toast with banana, almond butter, honey and granola with a side of summer fruit that just won’t quit

I was invited to a sneak peek at the Calgary Home and Design show, I brought along my friend Torrie since she is obsessed with interior design. We wandered around looking at all of the vendor booths, I paused for a good chunk of time to drool over a Vitamix and wrapped up our tour with a visit to the Fiasco food truck for some gelato.

We also tried one of their Belgian waffles which heavy and doughy and heavenly. I scooped spoonfuls of my cappuccino gelato onto every bite of my half of this monster.

I invited my friend Shifrah over for dinner, wine and Glee, so as soon as we got home we started cooking.

On the menu: Quiona with roasted butternut squash, kale and feta, and broiled tilapia with pesto.

I had also been bitten by the baking bug, so we whipped up a quick batch of vegan almond butter blondies with dark chocolate chips and raspberries stirred in. Serve with a scoop of banana soft serve spiked with coconut cream which I HIGHLY recommend.

Despite a sugar/ white wine hangover, I was recovered enough on Friday morning to go to Body Pump. I’ve been going pretty consistently so I upped the weights and wanted to die by the end (in the best way possible) that is what I love about the pump, it never, ever gets easy.

I took advantage of a short break in my day to catch up on some reading and inhale my lunch — some chickpeas/ quinoa/ hummus/ veggie mix. It’s the quickest, most filling healthy meal I can throw together

Class – Work – Dinner – Crash.

Saturday I was up bright and early, gobbled up an almond butter blondie and caught an early hot class before work. I dilly-dallied on my way home since it was such a beautiful day out and I work in one of the most beautiful parts of the city.

Once I finally made it home I put together a big salad heavy on the toppings

Wild rice mix, green lentils, chopped pear, red onion, blue cheese, walnuts, home-made honey-balsamic dressing over spinach.

Then I proceeded to sleep for 11 glorious hours. I am sad to report that my lingering cold snuck up on me again! I caught it early at throat tickles and pumped myself full of Echinacea and vitamin C and I think that did the trick, except for my obnoxious right nostril which refuses to unplug.

Today was most certainly not a day of rest but was probably my favorite day this week.

3 Course Breakfast:

  • 1st course: Echinacea
  • 2nd course: Emergen-C
  • 3rd course: Smoothie with banana, blueberries, almond milk, perfect fit protein, peanut butter, spinach

Then I hopped on a bus and a train to spend the day down at Eau Claire for the AIDS Calgary Walk for Life. If you’ll recall, I’m a volunteer photographer with the society so I was fortunate enough to spend the day capturing moments of fun at the event.

{The extra F in my name is for Fabulous}

I was so, so impressed with every aspect of the event. The passion for this cause is so inspiring between the members of AIDS Calgary Awareness Association, all of the sponsors, volunteers and participants.

I wrapped up the day at Yoga Passage for a fast, hot, and sweaty class that I ended with a few minutes of head standing to try and clear out my sinuses.

Sleep tight.

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Crazy Sexy Adventure Day 13: New Protein and Dining Out

Doop-doop dingle ding ding-ding-ding.

I slept through the sound of my alarm (above) for eight whole minutes this morning! This never happens. I wasn’t tired once my eyes actually opened so I pulled on some stretchy pants and headed to Body Pump.

6 am classes are fun because for the first half I have no idea what is even happening. How did that bar bell get there? Why am I doing push ups right now? What is this!? By the time I fully wake up the workout it half done and my endorphins have taken over.

Green monstrosity.

Not long before I started this cleanse, I began incorporating organic whey protein into my smoothies. I really enjoyed the texture, flavour, and staying power that it offered. The ingredient list was short and recognizable and the stats impressive. Since the cleanse is dairy free, I have eliminated my protein from smoothies (subbing in a few tablespoons of chia seeds, coconut flour or a hefty scoop of nut butter) but I decided to sample a vegan source of protein. Yesterday I picked up a sampler pack of Vega Sport Performance Protein: a plant-based protein supplement with a blend of pea, sacha inchi, sprouted brown rice, hemp and alfalfa proteins.

It offers 26 g. of protein and 8% of your daily fiber requirements per serving. It is also delicious! I have heard that plant-based protein powders are notoriously bitter, grassy and gritty, but this was lightly sweetened with stevia and vanilla and blended well with the ingredients in my smoothie (frozen banana, cherries, almond milk, cocoa powder, and spinach)

I met my friend Natradee for a lunch hour yoga class. It felt amazing to stretch out my muscles from this morning’s Body Pumping. Afterwards we headed to lunch, I realized that it was my first restaurant meal on the cleanse!

Playing it safe, we went to Gratitude Cafe, since many of the entrees there are already cleanse friendly, however my friend Christa recently wrote a post about how to take control and enjoy a healthy, vegan and gluten-free meal at any restaurant.

We each started with smoothies. Nat had the banana ginger with e3live and I enjoyed the mango basil with e3live.

Both were delicious and unique flavour combinations and absolutely perfect after yoga.

For lunch I had the I am grateful: Raw Mexican enchilada lettuce cups. I subbed hummus for the guacamole since I can’t do avocados.

This dish was so satisfying and flavourful. Light but packed with so many different tastes and textures. I cleaned my plate.

I also had a bite of Natradee’s Eggplant Canape with cashew risotto which was rich and buttery, but maintained a wholesome, healthy appeal. I can imagine how delicious this dish would be on a cold winter’s day.

Once playtime was over, I headed to work for the evening where I also had dinner: a quick salad from home and a cup of celery-cauliflower soup that I took to go from Gratitude. There was also a few pieces of raw, dark chocolate with hazelnuts enjoyed.

I just ate a million mini red grapes and am ready for bed. Tomorrow was supposed to be a juice fast day but I think I’ll push it to Saturday as I am still pretty low on produce. Costco trip in the a.m. !

Edible

I know I said I would be glued to the couch all weekend, but 9:30 Body Pump was calling my name!

My gym is having a customer appreciation week where you can bring a friend, I brought along my mom to experience the fun time that is Body Pump. Little lady’s strong!

Today’s meals were all inspired by The Edible Perspective. Ashley, the brains behind this blog, has a tonne of creative, CLEANSE FRIENDLY meals. Much needed for these final few days. I’m getting pretty tired of food.

First up, breakfast was TWO banana scrambles with almond butter and honey

Yet another way to combine my favorite breakfast food groups: Carbs, nut butter and banana.

I went to The Yoga Passage before my Karma cleaning shift for the hot restorative class, it was the best hour and 20 minutes of my week.

For dinner I made a quinoa egg bake with hummus on top instead of cheese. On that note, I miss cheese!

Another low-key night here, shocking, no?

Bubble and Boil

Nice little Thursday! Made my big scary muscles cry at Body Pump and then went to work for the afternoon.

BUBBLE N BOIL

Brown Sugar – Dijon Salmon, Kale Chips, Sweet Pataytuh

I was juuuust about to slip into my jammys and settle in to some Jersey Shore, but I have had QUITE enough of my own company. No work tomorrow so I’m going out with friends. G’night!

Corney Friend

Mr. Corn Tortilla says hello

The walk to and fro’ Body Pump was cold! Thank goodness Pump really makes you ‘feel the burrrrn’

Second hot meal of the day!

Steamy mexican vegetable soup, cheesy scrambled egg with salsa, corn tortillas (blech! Are they supposed to be so dry/ chewy/ chalky!?) and a perfect apple with cinnamon.

Best be off, work’s a-callin’

Dessert for Breakfast for Dinner

I just listed out all of the things about fall that I’m excited for, but this summer heat won’t let up!

That’s okay, I’m going to soak up every last bit of sunshine and remember it when I’m waiting for the bus during a snow storm unknowing that said bus is unable to make it up the hill to my house.

This morning I pumped the pump (Body Pump). I was the victim of the instructors harrassment all through class. I was a tiny bit late so I snagged the last spot left: front and center. She (playfully) teased me throughout the entire class on how long it took me to decide on and change my weights. I’m still kind of a newbie so I’m not sure what my weights are supposed to be! It made the class go by much faster and my abs got a little extra attention from laughing so hard.

I went to work for the day and got home, per usual, starving, with my blood sugar in my boots. It’s weird because I’m snacking the afternoon away while at my desk and answering phone calls between mouthfuls of food, regardless, hunger is the best sauce!

I was going to make a big salad but my spinach was looking wimpy

and who eats a salad when they’re starving, anyway? Actually, I’m sure that if further analyzed, I would find that my salads are often more calorically dense than my sandwiches and carbier meals. How did I start talking about carbs and calories? Who am I? Who are you?

Plan B: Milk Shake.

Done and done.

Frozen banana, chia seeds, peanut butter, spinach, cocoa, soymilk.Topped with Pumpkin Flax Granola

Winding down before 8 hours of tossing and turning in the heat of the night.