#111 | Wedding Food & a Shake Update

Oh hey there!

You guys, I was so excited to get such an awesome response to my post on Friday about drinking my shakes and getting healthier. Here on the blog, by email, and on Twitter, people wanted to hear more. So below, I provided a step by step picture tutorial for the shake I made this morning.

But, before we get there, there’s another thing I want to discuss: weddings. This is a wedding blog after all :)

If you read my post on Friday, you know that last week I basically jumped on the vegan wagon. I didn’t realize I was doing it at first, but I feel so amazing, I’ve decided to make it a legit thing. I did my research, bought my vegan one-a-day veggies to get the few things I’ll be missing (mostly B12) by not eating meat and dairy, and I’m off to the races. Of course it doesn’t help that I’m also gluten intolerant (really slimming out my food choices).

My friends are all a buzz about how I manage to eat…if I’m basically starving all day…if I’ll ever be able to go out to eat with them again…and the like. I’ve assured them, I’m totally fine. I ate out on Friday. I ordered a salad, minus the meat, cheese, and croutons. The waitress looked at me for a second and then asked if I was vegan. I replied, “trying!” and she said, “me too!!” We chatted for a second about alternatives on the menu (there were none), we had some laughs, and she recommended some great books for me to read. I was feeling SO AWESOME about my decision.

(Disclaimer: I’m not going vegan because I feel like it’s morally wrong to eat animals and I’m not going to throw red paint on anyone who eats or wears them. I’m adopting a vegan diet because I feel it’s healthier and will significantly decrease the odds of me getting cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. when I’m older. I don’t judge those who eat meat. I love meat. I just really wanna live a long, healthy, fit life, and this is how I’ve chosen to do that.)

Back to our regularly scheduled blog post already in progress: At this point, I remembered that we have like eight weddings this summer. The first starts in a week and a half. I’ve already sent back the response card, selecting a steak I’m sure. A wedding is not a restaurant. I can’t just order a salad without any meat. And this is a plated dinner, so I can’t just pick and choose the stuff I want. This is an actual problem.

So on Saturday I called the groom and asked him if they had given final head count and meal selections to the venue yet. He said no. I asked if he knew what the vegetarian option was, he said it’s pasta.

DOH! Stupid gluten.

I never even thought about this stuff when I was planning my wedding. We did stations, and I’m pretty sure there was enough of a variety to get everyone taken care of. There was a grilled veggies station, a meat station, a pasta station, a salad station, a starch station, and then the biggest venetian table I’ve ever seen with everything from fresh fruit to cheese cake and shots of chocolate liquor.

But that was just what happened to come with my package. I didn’t even think about people with different food needs. As if there isn’t already enough going on, is this another thing that brides (and grooms) need to be thinking about when planning their weddings? I wanted to know what you think. Are you a bride planning your wedding? Do you have healthy, vegetarian/vegan options available? They don’t need to be as elaborate as this:

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Although come on, how awesome does that veggie table look? But are you making changes to your menu in any way to account for allergies or different diets? Did you choose foods based on your dietary needs? Or what you think would accommodate most of your guests? Are you using a caterer/venue that specializes in local/organic food? I’m just so curious :)

And now………… to the shakes. As I mentioned up top, this is the shake I made this morning. I’m currently drinking one as I type this!

Kale

Spinach (organic from Costco)

Carrots (organic bulk from Costco)

Celery

Tomatoes

Apples (organic from Trader Joes)

Almonds

Flax Seed

Strawberries

Mixed berries

Orange Juice (organic from Costco by the gallon)

Pulsed slightly (greenish brown at first)

Fully blended

Now the final color will depend greatly on the ingredients. Erik’s looks like this:

Erik's shake

And Erik’s is much thinner than mine because he adds more liquid. Specifically, more water.

That looks so gross to me I can’t touch it. So I add more berries and less water so mine looks yummmmerific.

Yummmmmm :)

Extra exciting: I’m down another pound. YAY :)

So share in the comments. Answer any of the question I asked above about wedding food. Let me know what you’re doing to get healthier. Do you have suggestions for me?

xo

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#110 | Let’s Talk About Weight, Bay-Bee

It’s finally Friday! What a wonderful feeling! Today, we’re gonna depart a little from the usual sparkly, pretty, wedding stuff and talk about something a little more per-so-nal. It’s a wonderful roller coaster I like to call: my weight. And I’m gonna use the real numbers here.

Back in May, I blogged about my journey to hit my goal weight of 135 in time for my wedding in July (coming from 166.5 in November). I got within a pound or two thanks to an amazing nutrition plan, an awesome team of trainers, and a LOT of hard work. I was so proud of myself. I had to trade my wedding dress in for a smaller size twice and then had to have the smallest one taken in even more!

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Then I got married. I went on my honeymoon. I came home. And I got laid off. I spent all my free time applying to jobs, interviewing for jobs, and sulking about being laid off. I stopped eating the way I was supposed to eat and I stopped working out completely. I was one of those girls who got in crazy amazing shape for her wedding and then just let her self go. CRAP. And to add to the fun, I found out in August that I’m gluten intolerant.

So I got a new job (that I actually really love by the way) and things were looking up. I was eating OK, but not great. I was having salad everyday from the cafeteria at work (it’s the safest thing down there if you can’t have gluten), but I added things I shouldn’t, like big piles of cheese, bacon bits, and dried cranberries (stupid added sugar). And I still wasn’t working out.

Then this past Sunday I was feeling pretty crappy. I was tired, I felt bloated, my pants weren’t fitting right anymore. I knew it was time to face the music. I stepped on the scale and wanted to cry. 146.9. I had gained 10 pounds since the wedding. It wasn’t just the weight. It was how I felt. Tired, sad, unmotivated. I knew from working with my nutritionist that my mood was directly related to my food. I was eating crap, thus, I felt like crap. I decided to try something new.

A little before the wedding, Erik started a diet almost entirely of shakes. He was never overweight, but had started to get a little bit of a belly. He’d been watching a lot of documentaries about how many illnesses are caused by poor diet and decided to make a change. He’s lost more than 20 pounds since the summer, with NO CHANGE in activity. He had to buy new pants and drill new holes in all his belts. Plus, he feels amazing! So I decided to do it too.

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I have one shake for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for dinner. In between meals, if I get hungry, I have a snack of either: nuts, seeds, fruit, or vegetables (or any flavor of Lara Bar which doesn’t have chocolate). Surprisingly, I don’t snack very much, because I’m not very hungry. My shakes are full of such good food, that my body is actually nourished by them and doesn’t want to snack all day. (Crazy right?!)

Wanna know what’s better? I got on the scale today, and guess what it said: 141.6. I’ve lost five pounds in under a week (weighed at the same time of day, under the same conditions, in same weight clothes).

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Just to clarify: We are not juicing. When you are juicing, you throw away the fiber of the fruit/vegetable and only get the sugary liquid. For that reason, some people experience stomach discomfort when juicing. You’ll lose weight fast, but you won’t be getting all the benefits of the fruit and veggies that live in that yummy fiber! We throw everything in the blender whole: vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, seeds, I even toss in a teaspoon of cinnamon for a little extra kick! They are sweet, easy to make, portable, and JAM PACKED with healthiness.

Now eating a diet of raw, organic, veggies, fruit, nuts, beans, and seeds can get a little pricey, so here are some tips for saving a couple bucks:

  1. Check your local bulk/warehouse stores. We have a Costco and BJ’s nearby. Costco sells organic spinach and carrots for really cheap. We buy big bags of frozen organic fruit from BJ’s.
  2. Stock up when things go on sale and freeze them. Frozen veggies only make your shake colder and yummier.
  3. Buy in bulk whenever possible. When it comes to nuts, seeds, and beans, we buy them in the self serve area of Whole Foods instead of buying a packaged brand name an aisle away.

We don’t add any supplements to our shakes. The protein in our shakes comes from foods that are naturally high in protein (like nuts and avocado). We also don’t add dairy of any kind. (Basically I think we went vegan without meaning to.)

I think my biggest problem this last time around, was that I was so focused on hitting a certain weight by July 4th (wedding day) that I forgot to look beyond that day. I wanted to look amazing in my wedding dress, and I think I did, but my goal shouldn’t have been to weigh 135 for one day, it should have been to maintain a healthy body for life. I knew that, but I didn’t follow through, and now I know that’s what I have to work on.

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I feel reinvigorated. I feel excited. I feel proud. I’m done with weight goals. I’m only setting fitness goals from now on. I want to see visible ab muscles this summer (I’m not talking about a six pack, just definition). I want to run at least 3 5k’s this year. I want to encourage other people to take healthy steps with their nutrition.

So if you struggle with weight, know that you aren’t alone. But also know, that you can do something about it if you choose to. What’s your story? Share it in the comments. Have questions about our shakes? Ask away! As always, I love to hear from you :)

xo

UPDATE:

I was asked on Twitter for a recipe and it wouldn’t fit there, so I’m adding it here. This is my “usual” shake. Note: I make a large batch each night and put it in a glass jug for the next day. This recipe makes me approx 3 shakes. This is the order I put them in the blender (light on bottom, heavy on top will push the food down into the blades and ensure smoother shake). We have a Blendtec blender and I hit the “smoothie” button twice to get the consistency I like.

  • 1 Large Kale leaf (or 2 small leaves) broken in a few pieces
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 2.5 carrots full sized carrots (i give the last half to my greedy puppy)
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1/2 of one large tomato (or one plumb tomato or a handful of grape tomatoes)
  • 1/2 of one apple
  • 1 handful of almonds
  • 1/2 tablespoon of flax seed (approximately. I just kinda shake it in there)
  • 1/2 cup of pinto beans (soaked overnight)
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • 2 handfuls of mixed frozen berries (strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • water if needed/desired (will be thicker without it. I don’t use water, Erik does.)