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What a nice surprise!

My blog has been nominated for the “Love this site Award” at DevineCaroline!

This is such an honor to me, and very unexpected! I want to thank my readers who have voiced their opinion about my blog – I am truly touched by all of my readers and fans! I love each and every one of you! While I blog for “me” it is a very nice feeling to have a fan and reader base – makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!

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Yesterday I made the trip to go to the chiropractor as I have a pinched nerve in my lower back. It is about a 40 minute drive from our home so it’s not like an easy task to get there. J and I showed up and the door was locked! It was 12:45 and they close at 1 for lunch. I called my H and asked him WTF – he goes there more often than I do so I thought he may have known. I was about to cry! I haven’t been able to run because I don’t want any more damage until I can get it checked out… =(  I guess the doctor had a meeting at noon. No note on the door, NOTHING! Let me just say I was not in a good mood after that!

So I made the best of the situation and J and I went to the library. I picked up 5 or six vegetarian, vegan and raw food cook books. It wasn’t a total waste but I was still upset. So I am going BACK this afternoon at about 3 – what a waste!

I was starving when I returned back home so I made a cup of tomato soup, rosemary crackers, cambazola cheese and edamame.


Then Marc and I went shopping for groceries – we were out of all produce! I was starting to freak out a bit! lol


It wasn’t my normal place that I like to shop at. I like to shop FredMeyer, Trader Joes, Central Market and sometime Whole Foods; we ended up at Albertson’s. Their organic produce was limited and pretty much crappy, no greek yogurt (although they had organic), and I felt out of place. Oh well, I did what I had to do!

I recently participated in an ornament exchange and mine showed up yesterday! They are so cute!



They are His and Her snowmen!

J helped me put them on the tree, too! =)

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Thank you so much, Denise!

Before dinner I was in a snacking mood so I busted out the Sabra hummus and Mary’s Gone Crackers! PERFECT!


After J went down for the night, I decided on some Amy’s black bean chili – always great when I am indecisive!


Marc and I snuggled on the couch the entire night, watching the football game and celebrating our Fantasy Football WIN this week! With only 5 more games left, these next week are crucial for us and our standings!

I was missing my yogurt so I had this lovely bowl of goodness for breakfast! Strawberry yogurt, granola, apple and PB!


Well I am off to feed J some lunch, take a shower and get my back cracked. (hopefully!!!) Enjoy your Tuesday!


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The day after….

Did anyone wake up groggy yesterday? I did! I think it was the turkey… or chocolate cream pie 😉

My mom and her boyfriend stayed the night – we had a little sleep over! It reminded me of old times living with my parents. =)

I made a little Green Monster of spinach, almond milk, frozen fruit, half a banana and almond butter. And then a few hours later Marc made breakfast.


There was also ham and pancakes but I skipped those.

They left at almost noon and I started to get very sleepy… like “nap” sleepy. But J was up, running around – and speaking of J; he has been walking like crazy the past few days! We can tell he is getting a lot more stable and confident in his steps. It will only be a matter of time! =)

Lunch I made a left over sammy… but of course!




It had avocado, light mayo, sprouts, cranberry sauce and turkey between two slices of toasted, sprouted bread. The best!


With a side of freshly baked/steamed butternut squash with a pinch of brown sugar. I love butternut squash!

Even though I was exhausted I did end up going to the gym for a small run and some stairs. I felt much better, actually!

Dinner was a lovely little plate of everything!


Swiss cheese, heirloom baby tomatoes, Kashi crackers, an artichoke heart, organic carrots, baby corn and hummus. I simply adore snack plates – they really are my favorite kind of meal.

And a few hours later I had a Honey crisp apple with some PB.


Nothing else to report – today marc is refereeing so it will just be J and I for a bit. I don’t dare go anywhere, though. All of you crazy shoppers are on the road! 😉


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Day 11

An Amazing Meal shake

  • a whole cameo apple
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • a huge table spoon of almond butter
  • amazing meal

It ended up being very sweet but good!


  • Romain and spinach
  • baby corn
  • avocado
  • carrots
  • celery
  • salsa
  • sunflower seeds
  • black beans

too many cashews 🙂

Tomato, avocado and basil salad and a bowl of brown rice

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Day 7

Just a lazy Sunday – couldn’t have been better! It was a little over cast which I loved… a nice break from the heat as we do not have air conditioning in our home and the upstairs seems to stay so warm all night long.
The fam went to Whole Foods, too. I usually do not frequent WH as they are fairly pricey and I can get the same product at FM for a lot less. But they do carry a wide range of different products and more options. I mostly look and pick a few things up that are on sale. Some almond butter, a few produce items, nuts, raisins, jam, etc. I was very pleased to find a sugarless pasta sauce! I have had a box of rice fettuccine noodles in the pantry for quite sometime but had yet to find a sauce that didn’t have sugar. Yes, I know I can make my own but I KNEW there had to be one out there.
I was very excited for dinner at that point!I have also been reading quite a bit about these “green monster” drinks. A blend of fruits and vegetables mixed with a scoop or two of Amazing Meal, or something similar, and you have a breakfast, snack, ANYTIME go meal that is packed full of nutrients!

We were on the go so I had an apple and a handful of almonds

Another tomato and basil salad like yesterday’s lunch

A bottle of Naked juice

Rice pasta noodles, tomato sauce with added fresh basil, fresh parsley, garlic, salt and pepper – paired with a hummus salad. I was so full I couldn’t eat all of my salad!

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Day 4

Over all a nice productive day. Although I did start my day to the sound of drills… my last dentist appointment for my fillings. I tried to eat breakfast when I arrived back home but was pretty unsuccessful. I ended up having most of my cereal all over my left side of the my mouth! 🙂
Marc left today for the night so as he was packing the suitcase as I was visiting and playing with Baby J. Over all I feel great still! This detox is much better than the last one, all around! No sign of sickness, no headaches, although I still am drinking a little coffee in the morning so I am sure this is helping. Here’s the thing: I love coffee and I have no plans of giving it up. I can go a day without, even a week but it starts my day wonderfully! I do mix half regular and half decaf so I do feel better about that. I don’t get the coffee jitters any more and it’s easier on my stomach. I also have never been one to add sugar, cream or any foo-foo stuff – just plain, straight up black. Plus, it is chalked full of anti-oxidants!
So after we waved bye to Marc, Baby J and I ran a few errands: post office, fruit stand and then the library. I found so many treasures at the fruit and vegetable stand!

The one item I am extremely pleased about is the bunch of Walla Walla sweet onions! Yes, they are extremely sweet! Eat them raw, eat them like an apple… I dare you! And to make our living area a little prettier I bought two bunches of Gerber daisies.

Baby J had a great time running errands with mom today.

Tasty Breakfast Cereal with a dollop of almond butter – tasted much better today!

Huge Salad! It’s hard to see all of the different layers!

  • organic romaine hearts and organic baby spinach
  • cold, cooked wild rice
  • raw sunflower seeds
  • avocado
  • black beans
  • olives
  • salsa
  • hummus

I was stuffed afterwords!

Fuji apple with almond butter

Remainder of my rice with fresh cilantro and a mug of butternut squash soup

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Day 3

I love going shopping while on this detox. Most would view this as a restricted torture diet but I become so conscious about broadening my horizon and finding creative and healthy alternatives. I also love looking at the bulk bins! Compared to pre-packaged items, you save upwards to 50% AND you only buy what you need.
My dad, Baby J and I went to Fred Meyer. I am such a fan of their organic and health food items. Great selection, great prices and fresh products. While I cannot get every single item here, I would say a good 80% of my food comes from their shelves. I shop a local produce stand for my veggies and fruit and do frequent Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I picked up a new cereal that I have been wanting to try:

The verdict: it was ok. Something that I have to get used to. Although it would be much better with some agave syrup or brown sugar but that is not an option for me. I did have a bowl with cinnamon but ended up just liking it plain. It has the consistency of cream of wheat although not as smooth. The serving suggestion makes a whole pot full – way too much for me, so I will have to work on the serving size.

Mighty Tasty Cereal

I was in a rush so I grabbed a few handfuls of almonds to get me by

Late lunch/Dinner: (around 3 pm)
Wild rice, avocado, blue corn chips and salsa

Dinner II:
A mug of Broccoli soup with hummus, carrots and olives

I sometimes wish I was surrounded by people that enjoyed a more health conscious lifestyle; or at least knew more about it. I am constantly getting questions like: Are you hungry? Is that even tasty? Tell me again how long you have to do this for? You can’t even have one bite or one sip of this? (insert something that is not allowed in the two week program)
I can take it as it doesn’t stop or discourage me but if they would only see that I am doing this for my health and the way I feel. It’s not as hard as it seems… trust me!

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Day 2

Yesterday went great! I was feeling a tad anxious as I had a personal training session and I didn’t want to feel light headed. But I was perfectly fine, had a lot of energy and feel even better this morning. Since you are pretty much limiting your caloric intake with any detox plan it is suggested that you try not to partake in any vigorous activity. Although I am making sure that I eat enough to feel full. The point of hunger is when a person can slip and start eating the way they were.

Coffee and a piece of gluten free toast

Black bean salad

Pre-workout snack:
A piece of toast with natural peanut butter (peanut is a no-no but I havnt not had a chance to buy almond butter and I wanted to make sure I had enough energy to work out properly)

Barbecued corn on the cob, another black bean salad and Rainer cherries (my fave!)for dessert.

I need to go to the health food store today and our local fruit stand to stock up on food. I hate getting to the point where I am mixing random things together so I can have a meal. It makes me not really want to eat which is bad. I also need to stock up on gallon water jugs. Yesterday I didn’t drink nearly enough water. Shame on me.

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Day 1

Today went great. It’s amazing how great I feel only after one day, more mentally rather than physically. It’s also a great feeling that I am not going into this adventure blindly. I have already done a lot of trial and error last year so now I can focus on new recipes to try!

did not eat anything

Black bean salad

  • chopped Romain lettuce, organic
  • drained, canned black beans
  • canned olives
  • avocado
  • dry roasted, un-salted sunflower seeds
  • organic salsa as dressing
  • 5 organic blue corn tortilla chipsBold

handful of almonds

Broccoli soup with a brown rice rice cake topped with organic hummus

I also consumed about 50-60 ounces of water, too. I love my Nalgene water bottle! I am also trying to stay away from canned food – I would rather cook everything from scratch but I was in a hurry and had to improvise.
Day 2 here I come!