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.

Friday Free for All

It’s certainly shaping up to be a great day.  Here’s what’s happened so far as well as the plan for what’s going to happen the rest of the day.  (I guess by the time I post this it will all have happened, but I digress).  Jacks and I both started the day off with a run.  I wasn’t necessarily planning on getting out this morning, but it was still raining and I can’t pass up a run in the rain.  I don’t know what it is but I absolutely love it.  I’m also super proud of Jacks, she did 5.2 miles.  That’s awesome! Breakfast today is oatmeal with all the fixings.

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We’re just going to hang around the house for a bit, and then we’ll be off to our favorite vet’s office Caring Hands Animal hospital for Olive to get her nails trimmed… Weird fact about our dog, she just LOVES the vet.  She’s so bizarre.

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We’re going to head down to Arlington after that and sell some gear at a consignment shop, hit up a great little bakery/coffeeshop, Bakeshop, and probably get a smoothie for a snack at South Block.

Salted Oatmeal Apricot Cookie!
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Dogs want smoothies too!
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Lunch is/was a nice big salad.
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We’ve got a massage planned for the afternoon, and then, one of the most fun things we’ve had in the plans for awhile.  We’re going to make dinner with both Connor and Bethany.  We’re still trying to figure out the exact menu, but there is just something about cooking together and breaking bread together that is awesome.  It’s been a huge blessing to have the two of them around a lot lately.  It’s kind of sad that they’ll be headed off to British Columbia in a week.  But I’m really excited to hear those stories as well.

Speaking of the massage, that seems to be one of those things that often leads to comments about us having a great marriage.  I find that kind of interesting, but it really does help to put things into perspective.  I do think we have a great marriage, but it takes a lot of work.  As a man you can’t give up on dating your spouse.  It may be easier for us in not having kids, but I’m going to challenge you to look at your priorities.  Even without kids, we have to make an effort.  It requires putting things on the calendar, and it requires putting the phone down and talking.  It also takes a very clear understanding that it’s a commitment.  And for us it’s a covenant as well.  We couldn’t do it without having God in our lives.  We were trained several years back as marriage mentors, what I would tell you out of that is that we got so much more in our own marriage when we were helping others.  It required us to really look inward at ourselves.  I know there are a lot of people out there that are struggling at hurting.  I’d encourage you all that getting help and talking to people isn’t a sign of weakness.

I hope and pray for you as the readers to have a great day, and if any of you needs prayer, I’m always happy to do that.

Failures, mishaps and spring!

How have y’all been? It’s been pretty good around these parts. Nick and I went to see “Divergent” last week and it was great! I had never read the books (Nick has, and he told me I wouldn’t like them – I trust him!), but I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the movie. It definitely kept me interested! Now I’m excited to see the next 2 movies.

I’ve been working on some recipes but I have had some real stinkers this past week. I tried 4 new recipes and they were all BIG FAT FAILURES. Do you ever have weeks like that? I mean, NOTHING was going the way I wanted! Flavors were off, textures were weird and some just never worked. UGH. I needed to take a bit of a break because it was kind of making me doubt myself a little, haha!

That being said, Nick and I have got some recipes in the hopper that I hope end up blowing us away and ones we can share with you!

Oh! And the past few days? Have totally felt like spring here in the Midwest. WAHOO! It’s so wonderful having the windows open and our daffodils out front have bloomed. Welcome, spring!!

Anything fun going on with you?

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.