Thursday, October 29, 2009

It is officially the weekend! Let the Halloween celebrations commence!

I don't have class on Fridays so it is officially my Halloween weekend starting tonight!! I love holidays! Any excuse to do something out of the ordinary and you can bet that I love it!

This evening my dance team is going to a haunted house together and then we will be coming back to my house for scary movies! I'm super excited! So that is the occasion for my Halloween Puppy Chow (there's plastic wrap covering it in the photo so it doesn't get stale haha)



This Puppy Chow is gluten-free and vegan so that I can enjoy it too :)
  • Rice Chex (the whole box)
  • Trader Joe's Crunchy Unsalted Peanut Butter from unblanched peanuts (1 cup)
  • Trader Joe's Pound Plus 72% dark chocolate (about half of one of the sheet)
  • 1 (or 2) tsp of vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar (however much you want)
  • Candy Corn (the reason it's "Halloween" Puppy Chow)
Melt the peanut butter and chocolate together and stir in vanilla. Stir in the Chex so it's completely coated. You're supposed to then shake the chocolate/peanut butter chex in a bag with the powdered sugar but since I don't follow recipes, I just stirred it in. Whatever, it doesn't matter. And then of course stir in the candy corn. Easy peasy, lemon squeezey! And it's yummy!

Well today was another good day. I took some of my Butternut Squash Soup in a coffee thermos to class with me so I could eat it over my lunch break. Yum yum yum! But I was suuuuper tired today because I didn't get to bed until late and I had to wake up early so I could declare my Spanish major. So before my internship, I stopped and got coffee and now I am FRICKIN WIRED! Woahhh baby! It's not a good feeling. So if I was ever in doubt that I want to switch to tea, the doubt is gone! Coffee for special occasions from now on only!

After my internship I stopped at TJ's and got some bananas and spinach to make some smoothies for the week. I also got some gluten-free 100% rye bread if I feel like having toast occasionally in the mornings. One of my best friend's dad sent me some home-made raspberry jam that would be lovely on rye. I'm excited.

So my Halloween weekend will be busy and crazy! Keep in mind that I do go to UW-Madison...and all stories are true. Haha. So I may or may not update this weekend but regardless, look forward to some crazy stories and more recipes!

Peace and Love and Happy Halloween!
Iluvlife

I Feel INCREDIBLE

10-Day Master Cleanse #3 is officially over!!!!

Let the trumpets sound and confetti fall from the sky because I did it! Yes!

In celebration I wore my skinny jeans today (which fit quite nicely, thank you very much) and I got SO many complements on how nice I looked. I didn't dress specially (my skinny jeans aren't like super nice or anything), I didn't even shower, but I got multiple people tell me I looked nice and a couple that said I just looked happier and "glow-y." Sweet!

So this morning I had my OJ at work which was SOOOO delicious! Oh yum it was perfect! I also had some Citrus Mountain Oolong tea which I am absolutely in love with (yes it has caffeine, I'm not giving it up). My coffee shop gets our tea from Cha Cha which is very high quality and extremely delicious (I will never drink Lipton again). I'm thinking of ordering some for myself in bulk instead of coffee and I'm going to get some for Christmas presents this year too I think. So I'll update with reviews of different flavors of Cha Cha from time to time. Citrus Mountain is my current favorite. It is so refreshing and light with a zip of citrus but also a nice earthy feel. I like it for breakfast (or in the morning) because the citrus makes it kind of an orange-juicy-type drink (AKA something you would drink in the morning). It also has amazing health/weight loss benefits and slightly less caffeine than black tea (not that I really care haha).

Then I got home and had my Butternut Squash Soup. Yummmm. I cannot tell you how delicious this was. *drool* I want more now. Anyway I should say quickly that when I cook I rarely follow a recipe and I don't like to measure, so apologies if this annoys you but I cannot change (sorry). My mom gets so mad at me when I come home and alter recipes but I think I am physically unable to follow a recipe. I HAVE to change it somehow. Anyway here is my Butternut Squash Soup (all Farmer's Market produce). And P.S. I am not a food photographer.


  • 2 Butternut Squashes
  • 1 lb green beans (yummy)
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • Dill (I don't know how much, I hadn't cooked with dill before and randomly wanted to)
  • 6 ears of corn (corn cut off the cob)
  • 1 bag of Spinach (I actually got the from Trader Joe's)
  • Nutmeg (a couple good shakes)
  • Vegetable bouillon (I didn't have cubes. I had some stuff in a jar but I don't remember the brand. You can really use anything, it just adds the saltiness)
First I cut up the butternut squash and boiled it until it became soft enough not to destroy my blender (oh food processor, someday you will be mine). I blended the squash with the spinach, bouillon, and nutmeg and then added enough water until it was the consistency I wanted. Then I just chopped up the rest and boiled it in with that. Nice and easy. Obviously I cooked the corn separately so I could cut off the kernel easier but I suppose you could do this beforehand too. And I didn't boil the tomatoes in because I hate mushy tomatoes so I just added those after the soup cooled. And that's it! That's the wonderful thing about soup is that it's so easy to make and it's super yummy and you pretty much can't go wrong. P.S. this made a shit-ton of soup so I will be eating it for the next two weeks (and no complaints here because it's healthy and delicious).

I also made some Halloween Puppy Chow for my dance social tomorrow night but I will post pictures and that recipe tomorrow because this girl needs to get her ass to bed.

Also, I got Skinny Bitch from my library today and read it in two hours! I absolutely loved it!! It is the perfect book to read while cleansing/right when you come off as a reminder of how to eat and what the junk people put in their bodies does to them. The presentation is cut-to-the-quick which adds an element of humor to the seriousness of the issues it presents. I want to share this book with all my girlfriends but I don't want to seem imposing in my views on health. Anyway, if I ever thought that veganism is just a phase I'm going through, I don't anymore. I know that for the rest of my life (after Spain since it will be pretty much impossible there), I want to be vegan. And I will definitely raise my children vegetarian at the very least (c'mon understanding husband! I know you're out there somewhere!). Bottom line: if you haven't read this book and/or you aren't completely sure which sort of eating-lifestyle you want to lead, you need to read it!

Oh and I'll leave you with a couple pictures of the gorgeous autumn trees around my house because it just puts me in an even BETTER mood! I just LOVE this season!



Peace and Love,
Iluvlife

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day nine

TOMORROW IS MY LAST DAY OF LEMONADE!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day eight

Another good day. Not too exciting. But I only have...two more days!!! I'm so excited for soup and green smoothies!!

I just reserved a copy of Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnounin at my library. I've been wanting to read it for awhile so when a copy comes in for me I will let you know and post a review :)

Things to look for on my blog coming up:
  • My post-cleanse Butternut Squash Soup pictures and recipe
  • Vegan/gluten-free Halloween Puppy Chow pictures and recipe
  • Some autumn/Halloween excitement!!!
All for now! I have to go be productive.

Peace and love,
Iluvlife

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day Seven :)

What a perfect fall day. Seriously, this is the post card definition of a gorgeous fall day :) My favorite season!!

First I got to sleep in which was EXACTLY what I needed, I cannot tell you how crabby I have been the past week. Oops! Hehe but everyone knew why and I apologized so it's all good. Then I went to the Farmer's Market with two of my amigos and got....

Brussel sprouts because I have never had them before and I've wanted to try them for awhile. So that will be a good little post-cleanse healthy eat :)

And I also got...Some festive fruits! Yay! We have a pie pumpkin which is exciting because I LOOOOOVE pumpkin-flavored baked goods. I don't know yet what I'm going to make with it but I will definitely update with pictures when I do! And I also got an acorn squash which is just really good cooked alone with a little cinnamon and maybe coconut butter or something? I'm not sure what the green one is but it's pretty. Anyway I was super excited that these can serve as festive decorations as well as food...and they take kind of awhile to go bad. BONUS!

So I'm also in a really happy mood because I'm listening to Christmas music. Yes, I know, it's wayyyy to early. And usually I am adamantly opposed to any sort of Christmas music listening before Thanksgiving but I am skipping two holidays this year because I NEED a little pick-me-up after midterms and I love Christmas so much, why not? As my good friend told me when I was explaining how no one else understands getting excited for Christmas as early as I do: "It's a lack of talent, really. You know they would [be excited] if they were capable of such long-term sustained excitement." Haha so funny and true. This is the friend who is studying abroad right now who I haven't talk to in forever (we talk over Skype) because he's been traveling around. So it's good to talk to him again :)

I'm ALSO in a good mood because I have gotten so much done this weekend so far with study abroad forms and homework that I've needed to catch up on. SUCH a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. It feels amazing!

And finally I'm happy because I am seeing RESULTS from my Master Cleanse! And I only have 3 more days! I will have pics of the butternut squash soup I made for post-cleanse up soon with my recipe!

Peace and love and crunchy fall leaves!
Iluvlife

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day Six

I don't know why this is so difficult for me. It's not. It's just that I cannot stand the lemonade this time. I've always liked it in the past but this time I cannot make myself drink it. And that's bad. I've been having one 16 oz (sometimes two) glasses per day but that is not enough calories and I am soooo hungry. I don't want to end early though because that will give me a quitter's mentality and then I will fail and my vegan/gluten free/exercise venture post-cleanse.

I mean I only have four more days but I don't know if I can force myself to keep drinking the lemonade. And this of course is making my cleanse not what I want it to be about. I keep daydreaming about the food I will eat instead of focusing on how I'm going to make my life healthier once the cleanse is over. I'm just so frustrated! I can't understand why this is so difficult for me...it's my third time, it should be a breeze!!!



>>Edit<< I ended up heating the water and omitting the cayenne just this one time. I pretended it was tea and was able to drink it all. I'm feeling much better now :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I just realized something...

I only post when I do MC, Water or Juice fasts.

I don't want you to get the wrong impression of me. I am not constantly doing fasts or looking for ways to dramatically cleanse my body. I love food and I am a regular eater haha.

I just tend to blog more when I am going through a fast because it is a challenge to get through and this is my form of support. I don't tell people when I'm fasting/cleansing. It's too difficult to explain and it's too easy for them to blow it out of control, I find it easier to just do it for me and not tell anyone. So that is why I post here when I am cleansing. I don't need support to eat, that's the easy part :P

Just thought I'd clarify!

Day 4

And my crazy, stressful, busy life continues. (Yes I am still going strong on the MC)

I've been contemplating lately what I want to do with my life. I mean I want to be a writer and going into publishing but I don't know what my goal is, my purpose.

I am reading a book titled Mountains Beyond Mountains and I strongly encourage anyone to read it. It's a text that is required for one of my classes but I would just read it for pleasure if I picked it up at the library or bookstore. It is a semi-biographical story about a man who starts a clinic in Haiti and his life story is absolutely incredible (and I'm only 1/3 of the way done with the book!). Seriously, it's such an enjoyable read. Go read it!

It makes me think of my love for Guatemala. I want to go back there so badly and I have been saying that I want to live there for a year after graduation. I feel that more strongly now than ever after reading this book. I think the whole point of life is to learn and share compassion. I so much admire those who can sacrifice things to make others happy and I wish to someday be like that. Even if it means offering to buy a friend lunch, it's just the little things that make someone's day that can make a difference.

Today at my coffee shop one of my semi-regular customers came in and chatted with me while he was fixing his coffee. Then he stopped halfway through his sentence and just said, "Can I give you a hug?" The strange thing was that it wasn't weird at all and it was such a heartfelt request that it completely made my day. Haha I don't know it kind of sounds weird trying to explain it but at the moment it was really touching.

Anyway as far as this MC goes...this time I am really struggling with the lemonade. I know I had said that I wasn't drinking it much because I am busy and don't have time to make it, which is completely true. But even when I do drink it, it makes me gag. It is just too sweet and, I don't know the taste is just wrong to me. I haven't had an issue with this before but I just wish I could leave out the maple syrup. I know that's where my needed calories are coming from so obviously I can't do that but the sugar is making me sick. Hopefully I'll get over this since I still have six more days of it. Oh boy. This week is going by fast though so I'm exciting to start eating fruits and veggies again!!!

Peace and love,
Iluvlife

Monday, October 19, 2009

MC Day twoooo

ughhhhh

So my life is FAR busier than it was during my last MC. Yesterday I only had one 16 oz glass of the lemonade and then today I am just sipping my first 16 oz glass now and it's 6:30pm. Needless to say my brain is fuzzy and my stomach hates me.

I just honestly don't have time to make the lemonade during the day. Maybe I'll have to juice the lemons the night before (even though it says you're not supposed to do that)

Other than that I'll be fine. Plus side of being busy is that the next 8 days are going to go by SO FAST, I can't believe it's already the end of day two. Sweet.

However I need to start making realistic goals toward taking care of myself--exercise and sleep in addition to gluten free and vegan. And I need to stick to these goals!

I think I can do it though. I'm feeling very optimistic about this cleanse, very much in the right mind-set. And even though I've been hungry all day (since I haven't had any lemonade), I've only wanted fruit or soup or tomatoes...yum I wanted tomatoes so badly this morning! So that's good yay!

Oh P.S. since my last post I have been gluten free and vegan except for Saturday (my parents took me out to Olive Garden when they visited). So I'm proud of myself for that much. I mean as far as gluten free goes...I loooooove my carbs so it's hard to resist a bagel at work or some pasta at the Union when I go to study. But I've been in super soup and tea mode lately so I think post-cleanse will be excellent!

Peace and love,
iluvlife

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I Suck

Oh wow hello everyone I kind of forgot about you...

Well my life is completely insane right now. I have SO much on my plate that I don't sleep, I don't workout and I don't have time to eat well...AT ALL.

I survived two cases of H1N1 in my house (two of my roommates had it) but I am completely surprised since I am being so hard on myself that my immune system should be SH*T!

Main idea: I need to start taking care of myself again. I'm screwing the whole raw concept. I officially got accepted into my study abroad program in Spain for next semester (SUUUUUPER excited!) so that will pretty much not work anyway. But I need to focus on being vegan and gluten free. I am learning more and more about myself as my eating habits suck more and more (I mean I guess there is a small plus side in that way) but I've found that gluten is no good. My body does not like it. And high fat foods (like nuts and seeds) are no good either (unless there's like a small sprinkle in a salad or something).

With this in mind I think I'm going to start another MC on the 18th. I know I know it seems like so soon after my last one (probably because I pretty much haven't posted since then) but I really really need this. I have the right mentality but my body just wants some BREAD.

I also seriously need to start exercising more. I literally have no time but my mom made the excellent point when I talked to her on the phone yesterday that it will really help me focus and have a generally better mindset and thinking back to last year when I ran almost every day I can see that that is pretty much true.

So the plan until the 18th is to remain vegan/gluten free. Focusing mostly on soups (since it's frickin COLD) and then I will dive into an MC before Halloween. Haha great timing.

This weekend I'm taking it easy...focusing on sleep and getting caught up into my MOUNTAIN of school work.

I doubt anyone is still following me but I hope to start regularly posting again!

Peace and love,
Iluvlife