Sunday, September 21, 2014

Reaching for the life preserver

When I first became vegan, this blog saved me. Networking with other vegan bloggers, publishing my dietary intake, being accountable on the public forum, are some of the many ways that blogging kept me on track with a healthy and vegan diet.  Sometimes I've wondered if blogging was just some sort of narcissism or boredom buster. But it helped me meet my goals, so I did it.

Lacking anything inspiring or brag-worthy to post, I have not posted here for a while now.  Consequently, I've had little motivation to get back on track with a cleaner diet.

This blog post is my attempt at reclaiming my health, vitality, and youth.

My own health and wellness have ceased to motivate me. Having just finished my master's thesis, my adrenals are taxed, I often feel lazy and depressed (unless I'm running on adrenaline, like at work), and I am in a constant state of mild fatigue.

Just like I was waiting for my thesis to just write itself for months, I think I've been waiting for the health train to stop right at my doorstep and invite me on board.  But I need to take the first step. Pack my bags, buy the train ticket, and get to the station. I have to work my way out of this hole, not lazy my way out of it.

How about that produce drawer full of juice-able veggies? Should I just wait around for the motivation to juice? That hasn't worked for me before. I need to take the first step, uncomfortable as it is. Just stand up, face the kitchen, and walk toward it.

Now I remember why I blog. This post is already helping me see my patterns of being stuck. Lethargy and stagnancy won't disappear until I work against them. I'm going to walk to the kitchen, fill a tub with produce washing water, and just see what happens.

Update, 9:34am:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Back on the CSD (Crazy Sexy Diet)

I'm here for a brief visit...and based on my page views each week I know you're still out there!

While I don't promise to blog about it, I am starting the Kris Carr diet again.  Adding lifestyle components, rather than taking away my vices cold turkey, works better psychologically for me.


  • green juice
  • 60-80% raw food
  • more frequent exercise

  • sugar
  • white flour
  • caffeine
  • processed foods


  • vegan diet
  • supplements
  • striving for enough sleep

If you are interested in this diet and want to join me or follow me or talk about it, let me know! I'd love to talk about it.  Otherwise, I will continue to look at my own old blog posts about the CSD cleanse to motivate.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

time to get back on the wagon?

i was just reading my old posts about the crazy sexy diet...

i've been so tired...

i think getting back on that diet would fix many things. including my faltering energy level.

step one: think about it.
step two: blog about it
step three: maybe, just maybe, get motivated to actually do it.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday night excitement : )

This was a combination of leftovers that left me wanting seconds (which would have been easy since it only took five minutes to make:
Lightly sauteed kale, Gimme Lean sausage, tamarind chutney wrapped in a grilled tortilla.

Oh my new juicer is incredible. I bought it last weekend to nurse a cold since I broke my old one. I actually toted it out of town with us and halfway through our vacation it broke. Darn kale leaves are too dense!!!

So my new juicer is the Hurom Slow Juicer.   Why do I LOVE it???
So much juice. 
So easy to clean. 
Such dry pulp. 
I can juice so much without cleaning it in the middle of juicing like I did with my centrifugal. 
So quiet that I juiced while the twelve children were napping and not a single one woke up.

The only two cons of this juicer are:
1. The juice is just a tad "pulpier" than the juice from my centrifugal
2. One of the parts is a flimsy plastic piece that I'm just sure I will break within a year.
3. Food should be cut in smallish pieces. But that's not a huge con because I'd have to cut the veggies anyway. Whats another sixty seconds of cutting?

(If you can't see the marking, that's 32 ounces of juice right there)

The juicer poops the pulp right out as it's juicing. I dump this pulp right into my garden. I could put it into the compost bin but it looks so garden-ready...

My typical juice recipe:
1 head romaine
1 cucumber
1 head celery
1 green apple

A breakfast of champions!!!

Peace out, I'll be back again in another few months : )

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Simple detoxifying dinner

the goal: to detox off of my CSD slip last night (read: lots of white flour, lots of sugar, even some soda...AND I missed my green juice today!)

I'm not entirely hungry but I must eat before the nighttime sweets craving kicks in...

In the bowl:
5 kale leaves, thinly sliced crosswise and massaged till dark green
walnuts and pecans
olive oil and a pinch of salt

In the cup:
hot water, just off boiling
a spoonful of miso
a squirt of Bragg's liquid aminos

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A helluva vegan day

mouth-watering portobello steaks w/plain spaghetti squash

I want to rescind my previous statements about not having "more" energy on the Crazy Sexy Diet. I do have more energy, it just took some time in the CSD groove to get it.  The important thing, though, was that I didn't have less energy--even without coffee. (Read: BIG deal).

I want to brag about my average day of eating.  The above is spaghetti squash (plain, just baked) with seasoned portobello mushrooms.  They were so good! The rest of the spaghetti squash is on reserve for Aimee's Asian Spaghetti Squash Salad.

Now I was just thinking during my post-yoga shower, I have eaten a lot of vegetables today! Probably 90% even if some of them weren't raw.  While that used to be a big accomplishment, it's just part of my routine on the Crazy Sexy Diet (why can't that diet have a less flamboyant name so I don't have to feel ridiculous every time I say/type/hear it?).

---warning, it gets pretty boring here unless you are my future self reading this blog for inspiration on how to get back on the healthy bandwagon---

Green Juice (cucumber, kale, green apple)
Oatmeal w/walnuts, raspberries and blueberries, chia seeds
Two or three cups of Teechino, French Roast (caffeine-free yummy coffee alternative)

Sprouted wheat tortilla rollup w/romaine, tomatoes, avocado, and two leftover veggie burgers made of black beans, spinach, sunflower seeds, gluten-free flower, carmelized onions, and some spices)
A handful of supplements

Salad (1/3 head radicchio, 2 large romaine leaves, 2 kale leaves, 1/4 tomato, 1/4 yellow bell pepper, 3 radishes, 1/6 of a red beat, flowers from 1 small stalk of broccoli) topped w/dressing (tahini, juice from one orange, mustard, nutritional yeast, honey and a dash of maple (weird right?), salt and pepper, raw apple cider vinegar, 1 avocado)
1/2 spaghetti squash w/sauteed portobellos

Proportions (not servings, but just by thing consumed)
Raw veggies: 13
Cooked veggies: 4
Fruits: 4 (weird, just realized I haven't had a banana today)
Grains/seeds: 4
Nuts/beans: 3

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yummy Salad

Okay, this is not the actual salad because I scarfed it down before taking a picture, but I will share this because it's as colorful as my salad (almost):
Artist: a very confident 4-year-old

My salad today:
1/4 head radicchio cut into bite sized pieces
1 avocado
handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
a few broccoli florets chopped small (save the stem for juicing!)
a few radishes, sliced
handful of baby arugula

Topped with:
hazelnut oil
small piece of ginger
a tablespoon of hemp seeds
a squirt of agave
Processed until emusified

I had to share this so I could also remember it for future reference.  The sweet agave in the dressing cut the bitterness of the radicchio and radish and the sourness of the cherry tomatoes, making all of the flavors blend beautifully.  Eating so much salad lately on the Crazy Sexy Diet, I get sick of the same old salad and I like to change it up.

I followed that up with some sprouted bean trio from Costco (comes dried in a big bag) cooked w/carrots and peppers, on top of some quinoa.