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Feeding Baby: Homemade Avocado

Feeding Baby: Homemade Avocado

I think it is safe to say that most of us are, or at least try to be, conscious of what we use to fuel our bodies. As adults we have been through the active teen years where you could eat everything and anything; the college years when we experience at some point the inevitable “freshman 15”, even if it was our super senior year… [HA!], and the young adult life where you are just searching and waiting for life to “settle down” or a change to happen… ahh I don’t want to get too far off the main subject here, our BABIES!

The point I was trying to make is, you have been there done that with food. You know what is GOOD for you, and what isn’t. You know the fresh greens provide vitamins and minerals and a double cheeseburger does not. So, if you KNOW these simple pros and cons of certain foods, it should be a no-brainer when it comes to feeding your little offspring 😉

My little girl is just over 4.5 months old. Before I get any backlash, I have done my research and have considered all pros and cons of when to start her on solids. She’s been showing the signs of being ready since she was just over 3 months old, and as her parents, my husband and I decided she was more than ready to start! Plus, we of course got the go ahead from her pediatrician.

Unfortunately our poor baby was a little backed up (before we started foods) so we started with prunes! She’s probably one of the only babies out there who got their first taste of foods and it was prunes… but since that was my first time preparing, I made some mistakes, however things went better with the avocado! So, that is why I am sharing the homemade avocado recipe with you!

Feeding Baby: Homemade Avocado

Equipment:
-Mixing bowel
-Knief
-Spoon/Fork
-Blender
-Measuring Tablespoon
-Freezing Tray
-Glass Jar or Freezer Bag

Ingredients:
-Avocado (I used two)
-Water

Directions:
1. Cut your avocado(s) in half, discard the pit. If you have some small light brown spots, that is okay, but you can scoop them out and discard if it makes you feel better.
2. Scoop out all contents of the avocado. During this step you can either scoop into a bowl and mash with a fork, or place directly in the blender.

** If using a blender, I recommend using at least 2 avocados because otherwise the mush will stick to the sides if there isn’t enough in thereto keep it going!
3. In the blender at 1 Tablespoon of water per avocado, if just using a bowl and fork, wait to add water until mostly mashed.

4. Divide into portions. I put them right in freezer trays and froze them (especially with avocado since it browns so fast, and I don’t feel comfortable adding lime juice to her foods right away) Once frozen, pop out and place in a freezer bag, or a glass storage unit of some type!

A few tips that I would like to share! I am NOT an expert by any means, this is my second time in my life attempting to make baby food. But, the first piece of advice I can give; is to not use breastmilk in the prepping phase. This just makes it way easier in the thawing process. Using some water or other liquid, you can heat it up, with breastmilk in it, you cannot do that! So, if you are like me and do want to have breastmilk in it for aiding in digestion and the added nutrients, do yourself a favor and add it right before serving it!

My second piece of advice is use LESS THAN a full tablespoon when freezing portions. they recommend 1 tablespoon per serving when starting off, however if you freeze a full tablespoon, and then plan on adding breastmilk to thin or for the nutrients, you’ll end up with more than a recommended serving. Starting with less, you’ll have about a tablespoon when you add breastmilk, or other liquids right before a feeding! 🙂

PS. She really liked the prunes, but she isn’t really a fan of the avocado… must take after her mama on that one!

Stay tuned, next we are going to try either peas or green beans!!

Balsamic Chicken Breasts with the Greens

Balsamic Chicken Breasts with the Greens

Cooking never came easy to me, geese, I would be lying if I said it was a walk in the park even up to this day! Cooking can be fun, and would be SO MUCH FUN if we had one of those awesome kitchen with unlimited supplies (you know the stuff at the grocery store thats $28, you don’t know how to pronounce it, and you are probably only going to use it for that ONE recipe..??) fancy appliances, and all that other fun stuff! Well back to reality, we have a kitchen you can barely turn around in without running into the fridge or dishwasher! We manage and still eat, so Yay for us!

I have become a HUGE fan of the crock pot, but also glass dishes and the oven come in at a close second 🙂

I found this recipe a few different places, but I decided to do it my way and don’t follow what they do anyways! Basically just most of the ingredients are the same. This was a two thumbs up from the fiancé and myself!

 

Balsamic Chicken Breasts with the Greens!

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This was soooo yummy and very easy to make!! it was only in the oven for about 40-45 mins and everything was PERFECT! It could feed probably 2 normal people!(I make a half recipe with only two chicken breasts) haha We don’t eat much so it was fine for us, and a third person that probably ate than and then made more to eat 😡 hahah!!


 

Ingredients:

about 2 tablespoons EVOO

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 package button mushrooms

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 bay leaf

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

minced garlic (to taste, use a much as you want!!!)

asparagus (I used one bundle, for two people)

1 large zucchini (for 2 people)

roadted garlic and cheese seasoning (optional)

 

Directions: This is so simple, are you ready!?

>Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

>Get out two glass pans, I had a square one I used for the chicken and rectangle I used for the veggies.

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>Put about a table spoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the bottom of each pan. and Place chicken in, roll both sides in EVOO. Then do the same with the asparagus and the zucchini.

> Use salt and pepper and sprinkle on both sides of the chicken, plus add some to the veggies for taste!

> Here is where you add the garlic!!! I loooove garlic so I loaded it on, both the veggies and the chicken.

> add package of button mushrooms to the chicken.

> I found some roasted garlic and cheese seasoning hiding in the cabinet, so I sprinkled that on the zucchini to give it a little difference in flavor from the asparagus.– now vegetables are done and ready to go when you are!

> Time to finish off the chicken. add your balsamic vinegar, low-sodium chicken broth, dried thyme, and bay leaf to the chicken. I broke the bay leaf in half and put one on each side of the chicken ends to spread the flavor!

>Bake until chicken is fully cooked and vegetable are done to your perfection, about 40-50 minutes!! Make sure you check every few minutes to flip the chicken, drizzle some juices on top of it, and roll the vegetables around!

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There you have a fairly cheap, yet delicious healthy meal!! We will be making this again and again!! Plus, if you don’t like mushrooms, this is the opportunity to try it again. I am not a huge fan, but myyy ohhh myy were they AMAZING!!! We even enjoyed it out on the porch with some candle light and a nice glass of red wine!

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Pineapple-Strawberry Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie

Pineapple-Strawberry Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie

Yummm! Every time I read the name of this smoothie it makes me want one!!! Of course I am a Pinterest junkie who usually posts just about EVERYTHING that catches my eye, but then I never, ever ever everrrrrr put it to good use. Well, one day I was in the mood for something different! I had a bunch of fresh fruit in the fridge, and apple cider vinegar hanging out in the cabinet. I know that apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits to it, which  am not going to go into right now. As I was scrolling through “healthy meals“, which is on of my boards, I came across this awesome looking smoothie. Okay, to be honest, it didn’t LOOK awesome, the ingredients just jumped out at me!


 

Here is what you need to make this healthy packed, yummy, delicious smoothie!

Equipment: Blender and a knife!

Ingredients:

>1/3 of a pineapple (I got the pre-cut ones that look like a cylinder are used 1/3 of that!)

> 1/2 cup or more of coconut water (you can also use plain water, but you can’t taste the coconut water, and that has huge benefits, so I recommend just using coconut water)

>1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar ( I used 1.5 the first time I could barely taste the vinegar, used 2 the second and it was way too much, start small, and add as you see fit)

> 1 teaspoon raw honey

> any extra fruit– I used a handful of fresh strawberries

Directions: Chop, combine, blend!

ACVsmoothie

 

I have had this smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and snacks! << not all in the same day of course! It is yummy, and refreshing!

Roasted Root Medley

Roasted Root Medley

This dish right here is one of my all time favorites!! If you would have told me the ingredients in this AMAZING dinner, I would have never even touched it 😡

If you look back to some of the older posts, I did the Beachbody Ultimate Reset (www.myultimatereset.com/alyssaraeb), and one of the reasons was to broaden my food palette. I was such a picky eater! I loved pasta and pizza, and didn’t stray too far from those two foods. Once I started on a healthier lifestyle (after I outgrew my ” I can eat whatever I want and not gain a single pound” years) I decided I needed to find recipes that I LOVED, and WANTED to eat! Which, let’s be honest, it can be challenging at first! Sooo, the Ultimate Reset really helped me out, and of course a little weight loss was on the PLUS side!

The one recipe that I loved and I STILL make very often is the Roasted Root Medley. I am not sure if this is the exact recipe, I think I have changed bits and pieces here and there to make it my own (I really don’t remember!)

So the ingredients are super cheap and easy to find!

Ingredients:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Sweet Potato
  • Onion
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pink Himalayan Salt

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Now, of course you will first want to wash your vegetables! I like seeing dirt, because  know there is a lower chance of weird waxes or anything on them! When you live in the middle of PA it makes it a little hard to get fresh fruits and vegetables from a farmers market all year round. I do what I can and buy from them while I can though!

image_1Step one: Wash the carrots! I usually use one large, or 2 small/medium carrots. It all just depends on how much you want to make! 2-3 small carrots are enough for about 2 servings from what I have found. Then chop carrots up in about 1 inch pieces, small enough to be bite size, yet not too big that they will take forever to bake all the way through!

image_2Step two: Wash your sweet potato! I use either one large or most of two small sweet potatoes. You will be surprised how far just ONE will go! After you scrub it down, peel the skin off and any blemishes that you see. Or anything you wouldn’t want to eat :p Then, just like with the carrots, chop into about 1 inch cubes. I find that placing the sweet potatoes in the microwave for a minute or two helps tremendously for cutting purposes. The first few times I made this I may have had a large cutting knife, but recently, I just COULD NOT cut through those sweet potatoes!! I do have a small knife this time, due to moving around because I am still in college. At this point I also like to start to preheat my oven! I have an oldie so it takes A LONG TIME to heat up! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

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image_4Step three: Now it is time to wash and cut the beets! I had a hard time with this one! My knife kept getting stuck!! I warn you to BE CAREFUL if this happens! I didn’t hurt or cut myself, but there were a few close calls! i bet you can guess what the next step is for the beets! We have already washed them, so yup, we are cutting them into about 1 inch cubes!! I personally make them a little smaller because I have grown to “like”beets, but I don’t “love” them! HAHA! So I tend to make those cubes a little smaller. But, hey, feel free to knock yourself out with HUGE beet pieces if you would like! I won’t stop you 🙂

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image_6Step four: Onion time!! Yes, the dreaded onion! I don’t know about you, but cutting onions is the WORST part of cooking! I cry and cry an cry, well tears just roll down my face! BUT!!! This time I have tamed it down just a little, if I rinse my knife under cold water between each time I make a cut, it didn’t make my eyes run too terribly! Once again, chop these babies up! These I usually am not too concerned about the size, I just chop up a few handfuls and call it a day.

image_7Now grab your EVOO and Pink Himalayan Salt!! It is time to use these ingredients!

image_8Step five: I like to then move everything to a bigger bowl if I didn’t calculate correctly the first time!! Now that there is room to toss, grab your EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and I usually put about 1-2 tablespoons in, stir everything around a little bit, and see if everything is evenly coated, if not, slowly add more until all vegetables are covered!

image_9Step six: This step is super, super easy!! Just grab a pinch or two of Pink Himalayan Salt!! Then stir in so that it is evenly distributed throughout the entire dish!

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image_11Step seven: Now it is time to bake! I personally like to grab a cookie sheet and cover it with foil. (I use a TON of foil! I cook and bake with it or almost every meal!) This just makes a very easy clean up!! So I then pour all of the vegetables into this covered sheet and place it in the oven at 400 degrees F. I would let this bake for 45 minutes to an hour! But every 15-20 mins go ahead and stir these around so they don’t get dried out or burn. Scoop out, and enjoy!!

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Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

I think it is safe to say that I am not the only person out there OBSESSED with pasta, pizza, just Italian food in general! About a year or so ago I was sitting in my apartment, a poor college student, trying to decide what I wanted for dinner. I love pasta, but I am not really a fan of Alfredo Sauce, and I wasn’t feeling the tomato sauce for once. I have to say, I am SO glad I did! That concoction I came up with that night remains to be one of my fave go to meals! I have ever had others fall in love with this, I hope you do too!

I am going to warn you, I have no written down, specific recipe for this meal, I just went with the flow the first time, and pretty much just do that every time.

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The ingredients are simple:

– pasta: I like long thin pasta! The one I used this time has a full serving a vegetables in it! Pay attention to your pastas, what you can find will surprise you!

– EVOO or regular Olive Oil

– SPICES and HERBS! I like to use Basil, Parsley, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, garlic, Chili Pepper, and sometimes oregano, or anything along those lines! Be creative 🙂

 

image_1To set up for this meal, it is so simple! Get a pot to bring water to a boil in, and a pan to sauté the shrimp, and later combine everything together! I usually start to thaw the shrimp in a strainer under warm water. While the shrimp is doing its thingggg, I fill the pot up with water, and turn the burner up to HIGH! Let the water come to a boil and add the spaghetti.

 

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Meanwhile, add a little EVOO or olive oil to the pan, and add the shrimp in at a low heat, I usually use about 3 for the temp. After it gets warmed up a little I add some garlic, and some of the other herbs. If you like it spicier, add some crushed red pepper now! If not, add it later when you add in the pasta!image_3

I let all the flavors be absorbed by the shrimp, tossing it around here and there while the pasta is cooking. It shouldn’t take too long, usually about 10 minutes. Once the pasta is completely cooks, I usually move my pots and pans around just to make everything go smooth, you may or may not feel the need for this step!

image_4All you do next is take the pasta rom the pot, and put it into the pan with the shrimp. You don’t need to worry about dripping water from it, you will want a little liquid in there right away!  Then stir it up a little so that it doesn’t start to stick to the bottom of the pan. At this point I usually turn the heat up to 4 or a little beyond that depending on your stove top.

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Once you transfer the pasta over to the shrimp pan, and turn the heat up, you might notice that all the water and liquids are evaporating. No worries! All you have to do is add a little bit more EVOO to the mix! I used to just add some water from the pot, but i ended up drying it out in the end. Adding more oil gives it a very nice finish!

image_5The las step is to add in all the herbs and spices. Just a little bit of this, and a little bit of that! Go with your gut on this. There is no right or wrong way to add these! Even the ingredients you added to just the shrimp, add more now, you will want that flavor in the pasta as well!

 

Stir it all up and serve! This here is just a serving for one. It is easy to make for one or 7 people. I have made this for myself, me and my boyfriend, and my whole family as well! Just be careful with the Chili Pepper and Crushed Red Pepper, you will be surprised at how spicy things can get with just one shake too many!! That is going to have to come with experimenting!

 

 

 

 

Lifesaver Apps con’t.

Lifesaver Apps con’t.

I am about half way through week TWO of my fifth and final year of college!!! So exciting, sad but exciting!! I think I am about ready to move on into the real world! ( AHHH–did I just say that :x)

My last post was about my favorite apps that I use ALL THE TIME!! This one is just to follow up on that! For my last post, I wasn’t using my TIME MANAGEMENT skills, and ended up running out of time before I could finish!!

image_3Charity Miles is such a GREAT app! A few people have asked me if it is a scam or not, but I really don’t think it is. It is a free app and you get to pick a charity they have listed for you to donate to. You then choose if you are running, walking, or biking. You begin and it keep track of your distance and time. When you are finished it lets you know how many minutes of research you earned, or how many meals will be donated to a mother, child, or soldier in need. The charity you choose is totally up to you!! Even if I know I am just going on a 5-10 minute walk, I alway use this! I think it is a great ay to give back, I am going something good for my body by working out, plus it makes me feel great inside to know that I can help someone else while even doing something for myself.

 

image_4This one is a new one I have found. I am not going to lie to you, I kind of have no idea how to use it. I know that it gives you challenges and you can get badges and stuff, like points. But The overall app still confuses me. It looks super cool, and the challenges are pretty awesome. There is definitely an activity in there for EVERYONE! I saw a few for swimming, hiking, running, lifting.. the list goes on and on! I know that you can base it off of beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, beyond that, I am a little clueless. SORRY EVERYONE! I know this is supposed to be me telling you about the apps. I just know that this is a cool one, and one of these days I will get it all figured out! haha

 

image_5This is by far one of the BEST apps I have ever found!! All you basically need is a barcode to scan and an internet/ wifi connection. You scan a food that you want to know the nutritional information on. This is perfect for people that don’t understand nutritional labels, or don’t look in too much detail in the list of ingredients.  When you scan an item it grades it on  a scale from A to D-. I honestly don’t even know if there is anything below a D-, I am too scared to scan anything and see something with a nutritional value that low! haha Either way, it is a very simple scale that we can all relate too, which is what I love about it! Then if it does rate it low, it tells you WHYYYY. The best part is it explains out what the WHY is! So if there is some weird ingredient in the product, it explains what that is and what it does. Another awesome feature of this app is that it gives you suggestions for alternatives! It then also rates those on a scale from A-D.

 

 

 

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review

Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review

So sorry I am a few weeks behind on this!! my computer decided it didn’t like to connect to the internet anymore 🙁 Oh well, I figured out a way to get it to work, so i am back in business!!

After thinking about it, I kind of like the fact that I didn’t write a review that day after I was done with the Reset. The reason being that now I had a chance to get back to my “normal” life and see how things have changed for me!

So as a total I lost 10.8 pounds! YUPP almost 11 pounds GONE! I was really surprised, because honestly I didn’t think I had THAT much to lose. However, the places that I was the most focused on losing the weight is where I saw the BEST results. It is almost like my body was like okay, lets keep a little of the fat here, lets lose A LOT here, and just a tad over there! I know that isn’t the way it works, but it fits! I was really hoping to see the most weight loss in my lower stomach, hips, and thighs. To my surprise, those are the EXACT areas that I think most of the 10.8 pounds came from.

M energy was super high, I was in an AMAZING mood almost all the time. I did get a cold during the third week. That put me down a little, but it was bound to happen when you babysit 5 kids and at least 2 were sick every time I babysat! It wasn’t a bad cold, just a little head one!!

I work wake up totally refreshed in the morning, and fall asleep at night with no issue at all. I have an incredibly busy schedule, so I think if I could pull this off, ANYONE can do it!

I think I would have been nice to do it with a buddy, if someone I lived with did it with me, I think it would have made things 100xs easier. You could take turns cooking, or at least not have everyone else eating something different than you! haha

Okay, I think I am ready to show my before and after pictures!!! I know the before pictures aren’t all that great 🙁 but they were the best I could do with awful college apartment lighting and no sun outside!! haha

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Altogether I would say that this was an AMAZING experience. Over the past 6 months I have really gotten deep down in in tune with my body on all sorts of levels. Training and running a half marathon was my first experience. It taught my body how to not say no its itself and how to push past the “I can’t” voice in my head. It also made me so aware of how the body works, body, mind and soul. Doing the Ultimate reset was my last piece to totally understand my body. It made me realize how my body worked with the food I was providing for it. I was now aware of the feelings I got while digesting certain foods and the outcomes of those foods. I learned how to eat different foods I never thought I would ever try in a million years. This experience has also taught me that I DO have time to prepare healthy meals and lunches on the go. I was only making excuses before, now I know there aren’t any excuses big enough to interfere with a healthy lifestyle.

I did not keep eating vegan, however, I did cut back on my dairy. I am cautious of adding cheese to different healthy foods. There are a ton of recipes I still use, and LOVE THEM!! If you have any personal questions for me on my experience please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at nutritiousfitness2@gmail.com!!

Ultimate Rest Review So far

Ultimate Rest Review So far

They say that as you get older your days go by faster and faster. If that is the case I hate to see what my life is like in 5 years from now! It is going to be such a blur! hahaha I hope things will settle down soon enough, and I am sure they will. So I have been really slacking on taking pictures of all my meals. Ugh I know, SO SORRY!!

 

So right now I am on my last week of the Reset. Thursday will be my last day! So crazy how fast it went! i have to be honest with everyone, I took a cheat day!! I know, I know, it is only 21 days, but I got a really bad cold and the thought of a salad was the farthest thing from my mine! I had some chicken noodle soup, and peanuts butter toast that day. I didn’t eat terrible, just something  a little easier on the stomach.

 

I took a picture on day 11, I have a comparison here for you!! I lost about 7 pounds so far 🙂 I only see a little difference in the picture, but I don’t think the picture does any justice!

Day 11 Weigh in. Down 7 pounds
Day 11 Weigh in. Down 7 pounds

 

The only picture I have right now of food is day 14 or 15 dinner. It was a baked sweet potato, quinoa, and garlic veggies! Although I do really like the reset, I will be happy when I can make my own decision on what I want to eat! I know that i can tweak the meals, but I am trying my hardest to stay as close to the meal plan as possible. I figure that they made it like that for a reason! hahaha I am starting to miss my eggs and fish! I don’t really miss the meat too much. Well I would have a Buffalo Chicken Pizza as a cheat meal, I DO miss that!! It is just hard when you are craving other healthy foods, but they are meats or dairy. But I know that this is so worth it!

 

Dinner!
Dinner!

 

End of Week One/ Phase One & beginning Week 2

End of Week One/ Phase One & beginning Week 2

I feel so bad, I have been so so busy that I haven’t had time to post everyday!! I am going to do my best to wrap it up for you!!

Things I have noticed:

1. I have lost about 3 pounds by the end of week one.

2. Woke up sore 2 of the morning, stretched and was A-OK to get on the move!!

3. Breaking out a little in the chin area, its getting a lot better though.

4. Have had cravings for pasta three times, a lot less than I thought I would! 😡

5. Fall RIGHT asleep at night!

6. Wake up well rested.

7. If I don’t drink at least 60 fl oz of water each day I get a headache.

8. Almost all meals can be made to eat on the go!

9. Put the Detox Supplement in the BLENDER!! I plan on starting this tomorrow! i am going to get a water bottle and drink 1/3 of it 30 mins before each meal.

 

So since I don’t have a bunch of time (again 🙁 ) here are some of the pictures I was able to take!!

Day Six Dinner
Day Six Dinner

 

Day 7: Breakfast
Day 7: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Lunch
Day 7: Lunch

 

Day 8: Breakfast
Day 8: Breakfast

 

Start of Week 2: Day 8: Dinner
Start of Week 2: Day 8: Dinner

 

Day 8: Lunch
Day 8: Lunch

 

Day 9: Breakfast
Day 9: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Breakfast
Day 10: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Lunch
Day 10: Lunch

 

Day 10: Dinner
Day 10: Dinner

 

Day 11: Breakfast
Day 11: Breakfast

 

My food prep for Week 2!! I decided to put my salads in bags! It made things so much easier!!
My food prep for Week 2!! I decided to put my salads in bags! It made things so much easier!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate reset: Day 5 & Day 6

Ultimate reset: Day 5 & Day 6

I am sorry I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday!! My day was CRAZYYYYY, as was today, I don’t know how I have time to sit down and do this! It kind of makes me feel like I am forgetting to do something else…. 😡 hummm. haha OH WELL!!

How about we start off with Day 5. Day 5 was yesterday, Feb. 5th, 2013. It was a Tuesday and I was SUPER BUSY! I woke up and noticed my leg muscles were a little sore and tight. I did a little stretching and felt good as new!! I then made breakfast. Okay, breakfast was AMAZING!! I seriously found a new favorite food/recipe. So simple too, oatmeal, walnuts, and maple syrup!!! ( and a serving of fruit!!) I ate that and packed my lunch since I only had an hour lunch break I wasn’t going to spend 40 mins of it walking back and forth to campus!

Day FIVE Breakfast: Oatmeal, maple syrup, walnuts
Day FIVE Breakfast: Oatmeal, maple syrup, walnuts

 

 

So then I walked up to my first class, Intermediate Digital Art, where class was from 9:30-12:00. I took my supplements around 11:30-11:45 so that by the time class was over and I got to a place to eat I would be able to eat!! I was to take a little side note, just to get everyone ready!! I have an AWESOME project I am working on in my digital art class. I am making a self portrait out of text! YAYA! So excited!! Okay, so anyway, back to the reset! Class was over and a left a little after noon. I went to one of the dining places on campus and grabbed a fork!! I picked a table with a nice view of the FREEZING, COLD outside and enjoyed my lunch! I had quinoa, veggies and hummus!!

DAY FIVE LUNCH: Quinoa, veggies with hummus
DAY FIVE LUNCH: Quinoa, veggies with hummus

 

I finished my lunch and still had a little time to spare. I posted this beautiful picture on Instagram (follow me: alyssaraeb) and just relaxed and let my food digest. Soon enough it was time to go to my painting class. Then back home, I think I had a snack yesterday, saltines possibly, ( I can’t remember :x) hahha! Then I was making dinner, which was also FABULOUS!!!!

Day Five Dinner: Rice, Stri-fry, Mico soup
Day Five Dinner: Rice, Stir-Fry, Mico soup

 

After dinner I had A LOT of homework to do! i went to bed way later than I wanted to! I was just getting tired and cracky. That of course had nothing to do with the detox, I go to bed early ALWAYS, or else I get a little cranky haha. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I was OUT!! So little things I picked up on throughout the day, that may or may not be related to the detox. First I noticed I am breaking out on my chin. This could be because of the reset, or because since I am a girl we have our “friend” come once a month, so it of course could be that. YAY for perfect timing  (-__-) Then my sore muscles I mentioned earlier. I think that is from the detox, I know we are not recommended to exercise while doing the Ultimate Reset, and even though I do not intentionally exercise, my campus is on a hill, I live on the 3rd floor of an apartment building ( always take the stairs of course –we don’t have an elevator anyway! haha), and all my classed are on the 2nd or 3rd floor of their buildings. So, it is almost like going to the gym and spending some time on the StairMaster :p Other than basically those two things, I haven’t noticed anything else.

 

 

Day 6: Wednesday Feb 6th

So today was the real day 6. Today was crazier than yesterday. I don’t have too too much to talk about for the reset today besides food! I had the same thing for breakfast today as I did yesterday. That is not what it class for, but I did not have one of the main portions of today’s breakfast. For lunch I had some left over quinoa and a micro salad. i worked crazy on school work in between my two classed and only took a break to eat my lunch. I came home and went grocery shopping for Week TWO!!

week2 shopping

 

 

I think everything I bought was a fruit or a vegetable!! Well I did have a spice and some coconut milk haha! But still, I can eat for a whole week off of JUST fruits and vegetables alone! This is so crazy! People think they need to buy pounds and pounds of meat per week to feed their families. Right here is all you need for a perfectly balanced diet! So yummy and satisfying too! After I put everything away I decided I would make dinner. I am so glad that I was not STARVING! Because I did not have tonight’s dinner prepared yet. Of course it was the ONLY meal so far that has a decent amount of prep work that had to be done. It wasn’t too bad, I just was ready to relax! … and I couldn’t. So I started to make a few of the ingredients and parts that needed time to cook or soak. As that was going on I decided to shower and do a few other things for some me time. Like clean up my bedroom and gather stuff for tomorrow.

 

Dinner tonight was interesting. I had some Zucchini and Cashew Soup, Millet something…, and Roasted Beet Medley( or something like that!) Everything was good. The soup was reallly good!! I over cooked the Roasted Medley concoction, so that was a little burnt, otherwise really good. The Millet was .. different. I don’t think I cooked it long enough, it was a little hard; or maybe just harder than I expected it to be.

Day Six Dinner
Day Six Dinner

 

It has been a LONG two days and I am SO READY to call it a night!! tomorrow is the last day of Phase 1!! Friday I will do a weigh in, some measurements and pictures!! I have;t decided if I am going to post the pictures yet or just wait until the end and show a before and after and then another pictures with the phases. I am open to suggestions! Goodnight!! <3