Is it just me or is keeping your summer bod especially hard in the summer?!
I mean sure, winter brings heavier dinners and holiday grubbin’, but summer sneaks in its little temptations as well. Um, helloooo ICE CREAM!! That creamy devilish treat alone can cause the unwelcome bridging of a hard-earned thigh gap!
Then lets add in white wine on a hot day, some barbecue washed down by sugary lemonade, and maybe some s’mores under the humid stars. Then if you’re married to Stephen Trevathan, you might come face to face with some perfectly marinated, grilled-to-mouthwateringly rare absolutely massive Ribeyes. Oh and speaking of marriage, let’s not forget that summer wedding season brings ultimate feasting and decadent cakes stacked in frosted tiers of rich perfection.
So yeah… Summer definitely throws you some speed bumps when it comes to that summer bod! And that’s okay! I don’t want a world without wedding cake or Stephen’s steaks. Plus, doing p90x definitely burns a calorie or two!
One thing I think is a touchy subject in the health world is the idea of “detoxing” or “cleansing.” It’s a buzz word that invokes the need for overpriced low calorie juice programs that leave you lightheaded and hangry. It’s plastered on Pinterest-worthy cucumberlemonmintstrawberrygreentea-infused water recipes. And to be frank, it’s often just a trendy term for yo-yo dieting.
I have a different way of “detoxing.”
If I know I’m about to indulge in a couple days of heavy and/or unhealthy eating, I limit what I eat (rather than how much I eat) for a few days before and a few days after. In the wake of both my friend Avery’s wedding and a camping trip the weekend before that, I’m currently doing a week-long cleanse.
For me that includes:
- Oil pulling in the mornings (I’m kinda bad about it but I’ve managed at least every other day so far!)
- Lemon water after that
- 1-2 apple cider vinegar shots per day
- No dairy
- No refined carbs
- No refined sugar
- No alcohol
- No red meat
I started the cleanse on Monday with this delicious smoothie bowl!
Here are the ingredients for anyone who’d like to try it:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup coconut water (I usually buy Zico or Vita Coco)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tsp Baobab powder (I recently got some Organic Burst stuff for the first time, as I mentioned in my May Mashup! Loving it so far!!)
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 heaping teaspoon maca (I use this brand)
- 1/2 peeled lemon
Blend and serve! 🙂
By the way, the lemon slices as garnish are just to make my images look a bit different from my Power Smoothie Bowl. I totally took them off, rinsed them, and stuck them in a baggie for future glasses of water (water is another VERY important part of cleansing/skin care/health/basically everything… but I’m sure you already knew that!).
I then threw in a small fistful of almonds and peanuts to increase the calorie and healthy fat content a little bit. I hate being hungry again an hour after I finish breakfast–plus that extra crunch is so satisfying!
I hope you all have a healthy and happy day!
p.s. Monday I also meal prepped a batch of coconut oil, cinnamon and baobab mashed sweet potatoes and a strange but awesome spilt pea, olive, turmeric and cayenne crock pot dish.
I also made a different version of my Dairy-Free tuna salad:
- Leave out the apples, turmeric and rice
- Add a tablespoon of tahini and drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette (technically this was a tiny cheat on the “No Sugar” part but I didn’t even think of it at the time…)
- Serve with raw baby spinach on Ezekiel brand Sesame toast– YUM!!
Healthy Girl Kitchen Essentials
I have the awesome Ninja blender and Cuisinart crockpot, and the spiralizer is on my wishlist. (I definitely want to hop aboard the Zoodle bandwagon!) I included the shot glass because that is how I take my extremely unpleasant apple cider vinegar shots. Maybe getting the coolest shot glasses ever would help?! 😉