Detox? Living it up with Thrive Live Reset.

One of Jackie’s friends had this idea a few weeks ago to try a detox.  The basic premise here was whole foods, no meat, no dairy, no refined sugar, low oil, no alcohol, no caffeine detox.  Really what you’re doing is teaching your body to go without all the junk that we normally crave.  Jackie asked me about it and we were both like sure, why not, we’ll join you on this journey.  We even got Bethany to join in with us too.  So the way this one works is that you sign up through Simple Green Smoothies and they send you a meal planner for the week.  They also hook you up with a Facebook group for support.

We started out on Monday and to be honest, for the majority of the week it’s been super easy.  As I sit here writing this, I’m somewhat bored, so all I want to do is eat, but other than that, we haven’t had a lot of the issues that others have been seeing.  We’ll get into that in a minute, but first I wanted to say that the food is great.  With the exception of the one smoothie that I found to be just a bit potent on the greens.  I suspect that had more to do with our cherries having little to no flavor than anything else.  Here are some examples of a few items we’ve had in the last day.  Grilled/Roasted Broccoli steaks, and a Watermelon Blueberry smoothie bowl.  We’ve definitely got new recipes that we’ll be keeping in our rotation for sure!

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Ok, so onto the health stuff, which is the whole reason for doing it in the first place.  I would certainly say that my mind has been more fresh.  There is no fogginess going on up there.  I’m totally not bloated, and Jackie agrees on that count for her.  It’s just helped to get our body back in sync.  My taste buds are reset in terms of how sweet and great tasting the fruit and vegetables are.  Oh, and I suppose I should note that I have dropped almost 11 lbs in the 6 days we’ve been doing it.  Now, I will say, I didn’t need to be dropping 11 lbs, so the last day or two, I’ve been upping my snack portions a bit.  I wasn’t following the instructions in that I didn’t tail back my exercise.  Which I probably should have, especially considering how dang hot it is here in Northern, VA.  The weight loss also was probably a bit water related as we totally had our favorite take out Chinese the night before starting.   Good Fortune always delivers on taste!

We haven’t had any of the crazy sugar cravings, or headaches, or complaints about lack of protein.  We simply feel good.  It might have been easier on us given that we were already vegan going into this.  For people that haven’t eaten that way, I could certainly see your body rebelling a bit.  I recall when we made the change, I went about 2 weeks before I started seeing an uptick in energy.

On a side note, I’ve also been reading the book Proteinaholic, by Dr. Garth Davis.  It’s been a really great read so far.  I haven’t got to all the science portion where he breaks down the diseases, but he makes everything so approachable and just intuitive.  It’s funny how we as a culture have stopped talking about actual food, and now break everything down into the macronutrients.  Let me just say this, I’m in complete agreement that if we’re getting enough calories, we’re getting enough protein.  If you want natures answer to that just look to the Silverback Ape, the Elephant and the Rhino.

Oh, Olive also loves the goodies from the plan…. Look at her enjoy that Watermelon, Strawberry popsicle!

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We’re feeling good here and we’re also happy to just have a weekend to rest. This is not something I’d do all the time, but it was a nice way to reset and get more whole foods into our body.  We’re playing some games with our friends tonight, so it should be totally low key.  Hope you’re all having a great week.

Encouraged to keep telling our story!

So today we we’ve had the great opportunity to have some friends over to the house and talk about our ongoing journey in life.  We’re talking about a both our faith journey and our journey with veganism.  I’ll tell you what, I think that the world is ready and ripe for change.  People want relationships, people want to feel better, and that’s a good thing.

We watched a great documentary  the other night, “What the Health” on Netflix.  That prompted us to share with everyone we know that they should all watch it.  It certainly reaffirmed our thoughts about what we’re doing being right.  It’s also had some of our friends wanting to make substantial changes in their life.  We know how hard that the change was so its pretty fun to answer questions and help along the way.

It’s also been a really fun day.  I started out with an 8 mile run, it’s crazy hot out here in Virginia these days, so it was a bit of a hard run for me.  I had to take a few walk breaks to make sure I didn’t die, and that was even at 6 am this morning.  (For the record, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, and somehow running has become such an important part of my life.  I just get to get rid of so much stress from doing it.  We’ve got a lot of runs coming up and we’ve just done a few races.  One just last weekend was supporting such a great cause, A fight against Human trafficking.  Here’s a race picture for y’all.)

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Then we went off to our favorite Doughnut shop.  Glory Doughnuts in Frederick, Maryland.  Check out the dough and my BBQ Tofu Club.  What a breakfast.

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We went from there off to Root’s Market in Olney, MD.  Our favorite grocery store shopping ground.  They have so many great products that we can’t find anywhere else and they are almost always the first place to get to roll out new vegan products.

Now it’s a restful afternoon, we’re having this great conversation, yes I’m blogging while talking, but hey that’s because these friends have all encouraged me to do this again.  In the mean time, here’s a few other pics for you all to know that we’re still alive and doing well!

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Hopefully we’ll catch y’all again soon!

Happy Labor Day, and aplogies for a lack of posts

Its Labor Day, and the weather here has turned gorgeous. Its seriously been one of the best days ever. Jackie and I have been outside enjoying it and I’ve been in the kitchen whipping up a storm of good foods (Potato, Corn and Kale Chowder, pasta sauce, pizza, cookies maybe?). Its been a fairly busy weekend around here and I missed my Sunday Sips yesterday. We were spending time with Jackie’s sister and went and saw “World’s End”. I thought about doing a review of that for Sunday Sips. It is a beer drinking movie after all. It was a pretty good movie, lots of funny parts, but definitely stupid. If the actors weren’t British it would have been terrible.

A slightly belated Sunday Sips would have me reviewing Original Sin cider that we tried last night around a fire. The premise behind this cider was that it was made with heirloom apples grown from a strain that Thomas Jefferson was said to have partaken in. It was a very dry, crisp cider. It almost bordered on a wine in the dryness. It was very refreshing and had a nice bite to it. We found it at world market. I would give it a good recommendation if you stumbled across it and like cider. For me it was a 3.5 out of 5.

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We’ve been somewhat uninspired lately, but both Jackie and I do want to get back to blogging more, so lets see if I can’t do a little recap of the past week, we’ve had some good times.

Last weekend we went to Dubuque, Iowa and went on a Mississippi river cruise with my parents. I talked a bit about it in my Sunday Sips from last week if I recall correctly. It was another nice day out there, certainly warmer than today. Jackie and I got some cute pictures of ourselves though. 🙂

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The next day after church we stopped at the gardens and snapped a few more pictures… Because Jackie was looking super cute in her stichfix top.

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We took Basil out for a jaunt when we were looking to buy an 8 year old crutches for her birthday… Long story, but she’s crazy, her brother needed some after an accident and she fell in love with his crutches that were too big for her. Basil was so HOT. But he had a lot of fun.

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Not to be outdone by the fact that we’ve done some more exciting things lately, we’ve also started to get some more exciting food again. I smoked some tofu and made some mac&cheeze to go along with grilled Zucchini. Now that was awesome, it hit my BBQ fix.

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The other day Jacks whipped up some vegan biscuits with some veggie gravy… The next morning I decided that needed to be turned into a breakfast… DIVINE. Mmmm, Gardein sausages, biscuits, gravy and hashbrowns. It was so delish.

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So hopefully with all this going on, we’ll get back to being more regular on here. Thanks to all you regulars who have stuck through things with us. Would love to hear from you all as to what you missed the most. 😉 But seriously, back to the blogging, and have a wonderful Labor Day.

High Five for Friday – Nickerbocker Edition

Ok, so its not so much of a guest blogger, but still. This is Jackie’s thing and she asked me if I’d like to do it today. I was happy for the opportunity. Why not take a moment to give out props for what’s been a rather great week. Personally if you all ask me, she asked me to guest blog because she’s chosen to sleep in this morning. And you know what, that’s something to be extremely thankful for. Its pretty awesome to have the day off after we’ve celebrated our country’s independence. With that, onto the week in review. 🙂

Here are my top 5 for this week:

1. I know Jackie already had a post about it this week, but seriously, the color run, fantastic. We had such a great time, I LOVED running in the rain, and I’ve still got pink frosted tips in my hair because of the run. COOL!
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2. Sunday morning we had one of the most transcendent breakfasts that I’ve had since becoming a vegan. This was an awesome Tempeh hash with a tofu scramble courtesy of Monty’s Blue Plate Diner in Madison, WI.
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3. Basil has been growing into his older age by becoming a bit more lazy and a lot more grumpy dog. Well it seems part of that has been he hasn’t been sleeping well. We let him sleep in his bed instead of his kennel and all the sudden he’s back to happy, sleepy and oh so cute dog.
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4. Yesterday was the 4th of July. I love celebrating the fact that we’re free because of all the brave people that have gone before us. What better way to celebrate than with food. I made Jackie and I a feast. Complete with Veggie dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, grilled asparagus, and some crazy good Guacamole Potato salad.
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5. We finished off the night of the fourth with a fire on our deck. It was perfect. For the record there is no fire starter or lighter fluid in this thing. I’m just good at being a pyro and making a fire. We let it die down later and finished off the night with smore’s while listening to the fireworks. Pretty awesome. Bonus tip for any of you that didn’t know this, but Warm Vanilla Sugar body spray by Bath and Body Works is GREAT at keeping gnats away.
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Enjoy the rest of the weekend. It sure seems like its going to be nice around here.

*linking up with Lauren
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