Daily Eats

Raw Food Challenge: Week 1 Recap

by agirlandhermutt on December 8, 2014

I’m writing this while my chia seeds and steel cut oats soak in almond milk. Seriously. I’ve become that girl. Both of these items are near the bottom of my “Things I Love” list. I don’t dislike either one of them, but they were never my go-to items for breakfast. I prefer items like eggs. And bacon. 😉

BUT! I’ve committed to a 21 Day Raw Challenge. I know, I know. I do challenges of some sorts all of the time. I like some guidance in what I am doing and I also really love the community that comes with a challenge. So sue me.


Lets chat about this challenge because I think there is probably some confusion and honestly, some serious eye rolling happening when the words “raw food” are thrown around.

A few weeks ago a Facebook friend of mine was posting about some results she had from a raw food challenge that she and her husband were participating in. He had some health issues and needed to make some big changes so they did. In a big way!

Secretly, I’m obsessed with the raw food YouTube community. I love watching videos from Easy To Be Raw, FullyRaw Kristina and High Carb Hannah and on occasion, Freelee the Banana Girl. My fascination is in some way out of interest in eating raw, but also because I think all of these folks have a touch of the crazy. But who doesn’t, right?! They are all really entertaining.

So when my friend mentioned this challenge I decided to take a look at the Sneak Peek guide that she posted. The biggest thing that stood out to me was what the Motiv8 America Raw Food Challenge was about and more intrestingly, NOT about:

This challenge is designed to help you:
• Develop healthier eating habits
• Reset your system
• Become more conscious and mindful about what you eat
• Help you kick the diet mentality
• Change the way you think about food.
• Teach you how to create your own weekly meal plan
• Set you up for Success!

This challenge is NOT designed to:
• Try to turn you into a Raw Vegan or Vegetarian
• Give you strict food guidelines to abide by
• Make you feel deprived or hungry

As I read more, I realized that this was an introduction into the raw food lifestyle that I was looking for. Some of the meals are what they call “50/50” meals that include cooked quinoa and cooked veggies. Perfect!

I’m not interested in eating 100% raw. I’m not interested in becoming a vegan full-time. BUT! I am interested in learning how my body reacts to no dairy, higher carbs, more veggies than normal and how to make raw meals. Will they taste good? What will my grocery bill look like? Will all that fiber make me bloat up like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day float (spoiler alert: Yes, the answer is yes.)

If you remember, I had a vegetarian diet for MANY years. Probably a little over 10 years? If I had to give myself a label it would have been better to call me a “Carbatarian”. I ate pasta. And potatoes. I thought I didn’t know how to eat healthy, but a more accurate description would be to say that I was too lazy to eat healthy. The result? I gained a crap ton of weight. Obviously, I don’t want to go back down that road.


This challenge gives an outline of what to eat for the first 2 weeks and then a guide on how to make your own plan for the last week. Again, Perfect! I had no intentions on eating a bunch of oranges and bananas and calling it a day. I need guidance!

At the end of November I signed up and the challenge started on Monday, December 1st.

Monday- Great!
Tuesday- Great! Then I went out with my friends and had wine and food. But! I stuck to vegan and gluten free items. I consider it a win!
Wednesday- Sunday- Great!

I managed to stay vegan and gluten free for an entire week. I AM SHOCKED! I have had on my list of things To Do in life “Go Vegan for a Week” for YEARS. I always assumed it would be nearly impossible for me to give up dairy (specifically cheese!). But I was totally wrong! Maybe it was a bit easier because The Husband wasn’t around, but in general, I didn’t feel too tempted. Well, except for the wine. 😉


But how do I feel? I’m definitely feeling lighter. I lost about 4lbs over the week. I know at least 3 lbs was water weight though. I feel fuller and satisfied throughout the day. I don’t find myself craving something specific come 3p like I normally would. I don’t have any more energy than I normally do. Actually I felt a bit more tired. Honestly, I’m not sure if that is because of the food OR that I’m feeling a little lonely at home? I I haven’t had some of the regular stomach issues that I do normally. I have an iffy digestive system. So far, so good on that front! However, I have felt bloated on several of the days right before bed. Oh, and my grocery bill was ridiculous. I have a ton of leftovers for week2! Right now I’m about 50/50 on both positive and less than positive results.


Monday starts Week 2 of the challenge. All the shopping lists and meals are spelled out really well. I’ve already learned a few things in week 1 that I will be taking with me into the new week.

-Peanut butter has no place in my home. I just can’t control myself. I don’t even really like peanut butter that much! But for some reason, I can’t keep my spoon out of the jar.

-I still prefer a less sweet breakfast. I’ve actually started to enjoy the whole soaked oats breakfast and have been subbing that out for the more fruit dominated smoothies.

-I miss chicken sausage and shrimp.

-Frozen strawberries in a smoothie are not my friend. They taste bitter and fizzy to me.

-Avocado is just as great as I thought it was before this challenge.

-A crap ton of veggies can make you really gassy. Truth.

-It is totally possible to eat out as a vegan without having to go to the weird vegetarian restaurant in town. I mean I knew this, but I appreciate that I proved it to myself.

-My knowledge about food was a little more extensive than I thought. I was surprised to find that I already ate/hand on hand many of the items that were listed in the shopping list for week 1.

-I don’t like carrots. I don’t like them cooked (shudder) and I don’t like them raw. Parents! Take note…don’t read this and then try to prove that I do like them by cooking those weird honey glazed carrots. Not cool. I’m onto you!

-I still don’t approve of fruit with savory foods. Apples in a salad? Nope. I tried it and I still don’t like it. Don’t even think about sticking mandarin slices on my salad. Get of here with that mess!

-I’m really glad that I live in an area where fresh produce and other “health food” items are readily available. Many of the folks in the Facebook challenge group had to order things like chia seeds and hemp seeds off of Amazon. I bought mine at the regular ol’ grocery store.

-My love for candy is intense. Sigh.


You can follow along with some of my meals over on Instagram. Check out one of my fave meals, Raw Chipotle-like dinner!

Parsnips, nuts & seeds, and guac!

See ya soon!


Planning Out the Week

by agirlandhermutt on April 14, 2014

Hi folks! I’m making a big effort to get back on my blogging game. I miss the blog! I also miss being able to come back to my own blog to see what I have been up to the past few months. Sometimes I need a reminder or two. 😉


One of the questions I get every now and then is what I’m eating or my exact workout routine. I always love reading people’s weekly menus or their week of workouts so I’m going to get back into that.

I should mention first that I’m taking part in the BeachBody 21 Day Fix Challenge (minus the Shakeology). It is a fairly new program from Autumn Calabrese, a fitness trainer and bikini competitor.

I’ve never been much of a home workout person, but my new roommate (the fiancé) is really into BeachBody workouts. He has successfully finished several rounds of P90x, Insanity, T25, TurboFire, etc. I really liked that this one had a pretty sound nutrition program to go with it and it sounded like something I could easily adapt into my current routine.

Plus, I’m still struggling with portion sizes (even with healthy foods!) and this plan directly tackles that issue.


There is a different workout for each day of the week and you are working out all 21 days. Sunday is your active recovery day with a yoga video that is more just a follow-along stretch. 30 minutes a day might work for some, but I need a little more so I do doubles on certain days. If it work out that I can’t do a double, no biggie. I just do my 21 Day Fix workout and that is just fine with me.

I should mention… I’m not a BeachBody coach. I’m not trying to sell you this program. Just telling you what I’m up to this month. 🙂


Workouts for the Week!
Monday– 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio/5 mile challenge at the gym
Tuesday– Cardio Kickboxing & 21 Day Fix Upper Body
Wednesday– 21 Day Fix Lower Body & Spinning
Thursday– 21 Day Fix Pilates
Friday– ZUMBA! (I’ll probably skip the 21 Day Cardio video)
Saturday– Total Body Melt & 21 Day Fix Dirty 30 (OR! Possibly a 5K Charity Run)
Sunday– 21 Day Fix Yoga (Active Rest Day)

Meals for the Week!
Monday– Brussels Sprouts & Turkey Quesadilla
Tuesday– Steak, Red Potatoes & Roasted Broccoli
Wednesday– Turkey Red Sauce & Spaghetti Squash
Thursday– OUT!
Friday– Turkey Burgers & Salad
Saturday– ????
Sunday– Grilled Chicken & Veggies


In addition to the majority of our dinners being eaten at home, we are also doing breakfast, lunch and snacks. A lot of times I would grab breakfast or my snacks at work. I’m also learning how to cook for 2 people. Phew. That is a learning process for sure! Last night I did some prep for breakfast and lunches for the next few days.


So that is what my week of healthy living looks like on paper. I am fitting in some fun though too. YAY!


Before I go, I have to give a little update on Korky. I mentioned on twitter that both Kork and I have ear infections. We are a fun crew! I took him to a new vet on Monday. He was such a good boy! He even managed to keep a close watch on a few cats that were in crates in the lobby. His watchful eye made sure they didn’t even think of coming out of their crates. So helpful, huh?! Fortunately his little ear infection is nothing serious and neither is mine. We both have drops. Bedtime is a good time for everyone the next few days.


I hope you guys have a great week! Talk to you soon!


Week of Eats

by agirlandhermutt on November 3, 2011

Hello folks! Today is my Friday and I have never been so happy to see a fake Friday. Ya buddy! <—Jersey Shore anyone?! Pauly D fans unite!

This week I was out and about during the week quite a bit and will continue to be over the weekend, so when planning my menu on Sunday I had to be pretty strategic. I not only wanted to use up all the groceries I had, but also didn’t want to cook every single day.  I like to do most of my cooking Sunday and divide it up for lunch or dinner for a few days in the week. That way I just have to cook up some sides and I’m good to go! Leftovers LOVE!

Here is what this week’s eats looked a little like…


Broccoli Cheese Soup from my new favorite recipe magazine, Weight Watchers Four Ingredient 10 Minute Recipes. 


Blue Cheese Olive Stuffed Chicken w/ Garlic Mashed Blue Potatoes and Sautéed Spinach.<—All recipes from the same magazine above. Good buy Mom & Dad!


Spicy Turkey Sauce over whole grain pasta w/ sautéed garlic spinach and grape tomatoes.


Oh, and there was some serious snacking going on with these roasted pumpkin seeds. I used the same recipe from my Halloween Recipe Roundup.


I’m sure you are wondering what the cute little pumpkin looks like where I got these seeds. Ready for this?


Ugh. The original idea was super cute Hello Kitty. I was carving her little bow all nice and pretty then snip…all gone. My great carved pumpkin became just a big ol’ pumpkin with a hole in it after my little knife slipped and cut Hello Kitty’s face straight off.

Eh. At least there were seeds to enjoy afterwards.


Hope you guys are having a good week and that your carved pumpkin was more successful than mine. Not very hard really. 😉

Random poll: Red or Gold fingernails for the weekend?