Sunshine Kir

On a daily quest for the eternal sunshine!

Month: January, 2015

Over It…

I was going to write a “How to Survive a 3 Week Cleanse’ part 2 last Sunday, but frankly I was too tired and didn’t want to bore you with details of how much I’m sleeping and what I can’t eat. Life’s too short! I went and read a book outside for four hours instead ♥

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A happy Sunday afternoon reading

What I can say is that my skin looks great, and by great, I mean possibly five years younger great. Save your money on the Le Mer and just invest it in 3 weeks of greens, gluten-free bread, salmon and quinoa. It’s not exciting, but it really did work. As for weight-loss, I’m definitely trimmer, but that is probably also due to upping the Pilates classes in anticipation of my upcoming umbrella drink vacation.

Yes, the light was great, but I sort of feel like this right now...

Yes, the light was great, but I sort of feel like this right now…

Dresses are fitting better

Dresses are fitting better

3 days left to go. Here’s what I learned + what I’ll be keeping post cleanse…

Loved

  • Sleep glorious sleep – 9 to 10 hours a night easy
  • M started reading ingredients + picking organic food – score!
  • The tuna, avocado, quinoa + greens bowl w/homemade dressing I created – keeping it
  • After day 4, a cup of herbal tea w/raw honey completely satisfied post dinner sweet cravings
  • The bikini I bought as a reward for disciplined behavior
  • Sunset walks w/M in lieu of our normal cocktail hour
  • I could still workout because I wasn’t too fatigued
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Quinoa, tuna, veggie bowl w/lime and hot sauce…will keep this in the post-cleanse line-up

Loathed

  • The 4 day headache I had at the beginning while my body adjusted to life without caffeine or alcohol
  • Feeling isolated from others b/c we couldn’t really go out to eat (everything has Canola or Soy in it)
  • Not being able to eat eggs. This was surprisingly difficult
  • M being cranky because he was bored with my cooking
  • Not being able to drink at our good friends wedding – not hard, just not as fun
This is how we feel about not having cocktails at gfs weddings!

This is how we feel about not having cocktails at gfs weddings!

Would I do it again? If I had to, yes. If I didn’t have to, no. I would opt for a shorter 7 day option. But I’m super proud of M and I for completing our goal and finishing what we started. That part was definitely pretty cool. It will be interesting to see how we feel in the next few weeks. M is excited about tacos, beer and pizza. I confess, I will be excited to have a steaming mug of coffee, but may opt for coconut milk instead of half + half!

So we’ll be done just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. Go Seahawks!

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How to Survive (Thrive) a 3 Week Cleanse – Week 1

The conversation went like this…Me: I’m tired, M: I’m fat. Me: You’re not fat, maybe we’re both a little fluffy. M: Fine, I’m fluffy. Me: Would you be open to doing some sort of detox? M: <silence with raised eyebrow>.

Fast forward to day 8 of our three week cleanse. We are on the wagon meaning, a lot of no’s. No booze, caffeine, dairy (including eggs), gluten, refined sugar, soy, tomatoes, corn or canola oil. Our goal is to get back into balance, to reduce inflammation and hit the reset button after weeks, months really, of eating out and enjoying the holidays. I confess I was a bit shocked I got M to agree to this, but immensely grateful because doing a longer cleanse is so much easier when the entire household is on board!

M multi-tasking making soup and watching NFL playoffs

M multi-tasking making soup and watching NFL playoffs

In essence, it’s 3 weeks of clean eating – fish, poultry, greens, veggies, fruit and grain like quinoa and brown rice. Everything should be pure, whole and organic. We are rewarding ourselves with an umbrella drink vacation somewhere when we’re done – bikini bod incentive is always key…more on that in a future post.

Avocados, citrus + ginger…can't have too much

Avocado, citrus + ginger…can’t have too much

Fresh juice + infused waters

Fresh juice + infused water

Overall, we are feeling pretty good! The first few days are definitely the toughest. I had a minor headache above my eyebrows for the first three days. M’s lasted 4 days. But once you settle in, it’s really not too bad. The key to surviving (and thriving) a longer cleanse is preparation. Here are the things that saved me on week 1:

  • Make sure your fridge + pantry is stocked at all times w/ foods/ingredients you can eat
  • Bust out the slow cooker (crock pot) – it’ll be your new best friend
  • Prep and cook a few meals ahead of time on Sat and Sun
  • Make extra of everything for leftovers to mix/match for lunch + dinner
  • Have meal plans and recipes at your disposal (I printed out grocery lists and bookmarked recipes)
  • If you’re a bread freak like me, find a good gluten free bread. It’s a game changer
  • Plan exercise that is more low impact – Pilates is perfect since I’m laying down while I tone!

Being prepared was the single best thing we did. My girlfriend, Christa, has an incredible business call the Whole Journey.  She was a superstar and emailed me grocery lists with recipes to get me started. Her recipes are awesome, easy to make and you can find them here. Another great resource is Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain. I have her Green Turkey Chili simmering in the crockpot as I type. As mentioned above, the slow cooker is key! I threw a whole chicken (rubbed with some spices) in with a cup of onions in the other day before work and turned it on low. By the time I got home from work, it was done and delicious!

Pan roasted chicken

Pan roasted chicken

Yes, you’re going to be at the grocery store a lot and yes, organic, clean food can seem a touch pricey, but think of all the money you’re saving by not eating out and drinking! Now as we roll into week 2, we are figuring out the system. We have smoothies (thank you Nutribullet RX!) for breakfast most mornings, but this morning was avocado toast drizzled w/olive oil and Himalayan sea salt – tasted amazing (can I just eat this for 3 weeks???). We’ve also been making fresh squeezed juices (and infused water), salad dressings and soups. For the week, I found an awesome, simple recipe from the Free People blog for overnight oats. It’s so easy and satisfies the sweet tooth. We just leave out the brown sugar. See here for the recipe.

Free People Energizing Oats Recipe - just leave out the brown sugar!

Free People Energizing Oats Recipe – just leave out the brown sugar!

Organic India’s Tulsi Tea tastes yummy in the am and pm – I add a tsp of raw honey at night to head off any after dinner sweet cravings. Brown rice tortillas and Baron’s hot sauce have also been a lifesavers. Since you have to prep almost everything yourself, spices are key. It’s hard not to be bored so we’re trying to get creative – salmon, stir fry, etc. The hot sauce has been a lifesaver. We cook the tortillas w/black beans, avocado, leftover chicken and hot sauce. It doesn’t replace tomatoes, cheese and sour cream, but we can hang with it for three weeks. Another key to success is reading labels!!! You wouldn’t believe how much stuff has Canola oil and soy in it. Hidden sugar is everywhere too. Yes, I am that neurotic girl right now, sorry. But if I’m going to do it, let’s do it right. We’re going to delve into Thai stir-frys this week. (Hooray, you can have coconut milk!)

What we haven’t done yet…venture out to a restaurant. Supposedly, we can go to sushi and get protein rolls, sushi w/brown rice and sashimi. But we’re not sure we are strong enough yet. Will it be sad to not have beer and soy sauce? Go ahead and judge, but we’re waiting till next weekend. During the week with work, you’re busy so it’s not too bad. We both struggled yesterday. I went to Pilates, M ran and surfed. We met back at the house and felt restless. This would be the time we sit out in our backyard, have a beer and talk about where we are going out to eat. Not today. Our little text exchange pretty much sums up the melancholy…

"Love you but this thing sucks" pretty much summed up Saturday

“Love you but this thing sucks” summed up Saturday

On the bright side, we did go for a beach walk. And caught a killer sunset. Then went for a raging night at the grocery store where M’s morale was restored when we found chips he could eat!!!

A killer sunset to restore the soul

A killer sunset to restore the soul – no filter needed

Thank you Boulder Chips!!!

Thank you Boulder Canyon for making these heavenly, ingredient-approved chips!!!

So it’s a process. Overall, I think we’re doing good. We haven’t noticed crazy health changes yet, but I know my skin is better and my skinny jeans are a touch more comfortable. Stay tuned for next week’s episode in cleansing where M and I attempt to attend our dear friend’s wedding. The price to pay when M declares he has to be done with his cleanse by Super Bowl Sunday. Message me if you have any questions! I’m happy to share grocery lists. If you have a good recipe…please please please send it along!♥

 

 

2015…The Best of Intentions

Here it is, 10 days into the new year and I can tell things aren’t going to slow down anytime soon. So my primary goal is to enjoy the ride this year. Annnd to go with the flow. I looked over my goals/intentions from the last few Januarys. It’s interesting to see some of the same bullet points show up year after year. I like it. It’s growth, awareness, consistency in a weird way, and a life in progress.

The new moon is coming up on January 20. I have a plan to meet up with a girlfriend, write down our thoughts and then set them free in the ocean. Sound cosmic-y? It is. And I love it. Queue intention #1, be more in touch with the flow of life force and universal energy. Put the positive intentions out there, let that fabulous law of attraction kick in. Because there is a plan for everything, a time for everything and a lot of things I may not need to figure out just at this moment. Intention #2, spend time creating – what doesn’t really matter, just something, regularly. Don’t worry, there’s fun, frivolous stuff percolating in my brain too, but these are speaking to me loud and clear. Here are some more…

2015 Intentions

I don’t know about you, but when I set intentions, I feel relaxed and have a feeling accomplishment even though I haven’t really done anything yet. It’s like re-calibration for the soul. I’m sure I’ll revise this list as we go. There are no hard and fast rules. When I read the list I want to like what I see. There are a few more items I’m keeping to myself. But this is a pretty good start 🙂

Heathly, nourishing food

Heathly, nourishing food – photo from FP blog

Travel + adventure w/my love

Travel + adventure w/my love

Going with the flow and being more playful than not

Going with the flow and being more playful than not

Spending time in the garden surrounded by natural beauty

Spending time in the garden surrounded by natural beauty

Spend time with little ones who will let you snuggle

Spend time with little ones who will let you snuggle

Love love love

Love love love to me, to you and to the world

May we have more love, less violence. More empathy, less judgement. More patience, less reaction. Happy 2015!!! xx