Hungry

Today I began my blue print cleanse. I have been eating lots of unhealthy foods lately and have been getting in a bad habit. So I decided that I should do a cleanse to clean my body and start fresh. So far, I haven’t gone to class and I have a very free schedule today so I am really hungry. Usually, when I cleanse, the days fly by, but thats probably because I cleanse during the summer months when my schedule is packed and it’s too hot to eat real food anyways.

I drank my favorite juice for lunch, the cinnamon vanilla cashew drink. I wish I had more of these allowed per day, I absolutely love them! And for breakfast I had a green juice! I added some water and lime because I like a little more tang in my green juice 🙂 Anywho, I can’t stop thinking about the risotto I made a few days ago, I had leftovers yesterday with an over easy egg on it and it was phenomenal… 

But.. back to the juice. For the rest of the day I have one green juice left and I will drink limeade when I’m feeling a bit famished. Let me know if you are cleansing or have cleansed 🙂

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Madeline Shaw

I love connecting food with health and vice versa. Usually before or after I’ve eaten something I check the web to see what that food has done for my body (or undone…) Usually, I find tons of facts scattered on the internet. It’s hard to come across a blog that truly encompasses, with out exaggerating, the connection. So a few months ago, I came across Madeline Shaw’s blog. She posts about various foods and their health benefits, recipes, and other motivational essays. I check her blog every day or when I have time just to learn something new or re-educate myself.

Although I am not studying to become a nutritionist, I plan on taking nutrition classes if my schedule allows and some day hope to be as or more educated and excited about food as she is!

Hope you enjoy! xxx

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CocoNUT Oil Secrets

For the past two months I have switched to cooking with extra virgin coconut oil, for the most part. Growing up I used see a jar of solidified coconut oil on my aunt’s bathroom counter. She swore by coconut oil: she used it for moisturising both inside and outside of her body. I would see her cook with it and then rub it on her face. As the rest of my family did, I thought she was bizarre!

Since then, I had come across a few articles about the health benefits of coconut oil, but shunned them. So one day during my weekly trip at Trader Joe’s I stumbled upon coconut oil and decided to pick it up! I thought, I love the smell of coconuts and if I don’t like how it tastes, I can always use it as a hair mask (which by the way… will make your hair feel soft as ever)! So I started doing my research and came to a realization that coconut oil is actually amazing for your body, inside and out! Just like my aunt had said! It softens your skin, helps your hair glow, and cleans out your gut!

So anyways, ever since I started cooking with coconut oil and using it as a topical treatment, I have been noticing harder nails, softer skin, shinier hair, and smoother bowel movements!

OK, I’ll admit, this post is a little disorganized and shit but what can I say I’m getting so excited about this I don’t know where to start and so many ideas are flooding my mind and fingertips at once I can’t help it sorry…

Finally, here are some things I like to use coconut oil in!

— Shrimp Thai Dumplings from Trader Joe’s (Pan Fry/Steam them in coconut oil, you’ll feel like you’re in Thailand 🙂

— COCOliscious lace cookies… use your favourite lace cookie recipe and substitute the butter with coconut oil, trust me… YOU will never go back to using butter!

— Curry dishes! When creating the base for your curry, sauté your onions, garlic, and spices in coconut oil for an added tropical twist!

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