Friday Favorites

Friday, November 10, 2017

What are you up to this weekend? Our weekend begins today since my husband is off for Veteran's Day, and Luna is still on sick-cation. My only plan for the weekend is to bundle us up and go have some juicy burgers.  I have been craving a burger ever since my 8-day fast came to an end.  Aside from the need for a burger, we will be playing Monopoly Jr. and Netflixing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and Thank You to all the Veterans, here are this week's favorites. 

Favorite Quote: I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.-Susan Santog illustrated by Kate Stone Design.  I can't wait until our next adventure. 
Favorite Recipe: Flourless Keto Double Chocolate Cookies -via Peace Love and Low Carb. I'll be making these this weekend. 
Favorite Blouse: Black Velvet draped-sleeve blouse -via JcPenney. Velvet is all over the place and this blouse is a trendy way to add it to your wardrobe. 
Favorite Hair: 50 Shades of Burgundy -via The Right Hairstyles. I currently have my hair black, but I am missing my red tones.  Should I go back to it? Luna says yes! 
Favorite Tote: Personalized Tote -via Barrington Gifts. This is a more reasonably priced to that luxury bag trendy bag.  It would make a cute mom bag without breaking the bank.  
Favorite Lipstick: Revlon Black Cherry. This color goes a long way.  You can dab it on or build the color.   
Favorite Song of the Week: Havana by Camila Cabello.  The first time I heard this, I wasn't feeling it, and then it got me.  

What happened after my 8-day fast

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I recently completed an almost 8-day fast.  By fast, I am not talking about six juices per day or all vegetables or all fruit or all eggs.  The fast I did was a food-less fast. We were allowed to drink water, apple cider vinegar, tea, bone broth (in limitation) and one bulletproof style coffee per day. 

As the day inched closer, I felt ready and excited.  I was looking forward to giving my body a break from eating.  I know many cultures do fasts and it has a lot of positive effects on our mind and body.  Therefore, I was on board.  

The weekend before my fast was to begin my daughter began getting sick, but I was not going let this stop me from crushing my fast.  I bought bone broth and stocked up on apple cider vinegar.  Here's my favorite ACV mocktail

Day 1: I began my fast.  I had my morning coffee.  I drank water and ACV throughout the day, and when I felt actual hunger I drank a cup of bone broth.  The only thing affecting my psyche was my daughter's hacking cough which we confirmed was walking pneumonia, and I began to have symptoms of the keto flu.  Even with illness spreading, I ended the day feeling empowered. 

Day 2: I woke up a little bummed that my daughter was sick and I wasn't feeling too great myself. I was glad we skipped trick-or-treating because even though I have been sugar free for weeks, having a bag full of candy is asking for trouble. The whole day went well, but towards our traditional dinner time around 5:30 p.m. my emotional eating tested me.  I felt anxiety hearing my daughter hacking up a lung I was tempted to order pizza and drown my emotions in a hot slice.  I held strong and completed day 2 of my fast. 

Day 3: My keto flu symptoms continue and my daughter was still sick as well.  I did not let this take me down.  I was sick of bone broth by this point and all I had was water, tea and apple cider vinegar.  Besides the flu symptoms, I felt okay.  I definitely kept it easy and mostly cozied up to my daughter all day.  I ended day 3 and patted myself on the back for not giving in to the emotional stress. 

Day 4: I confirmed what I thought was still the keto flu lingering was actually the flu.  Being in close proximity to my daughter it was inevitable I would get sick.  So here I am on a food-less fast, a sick child, feeling very sick myself and on the verge of tears.  I researched and asked questions of my Reset group, and prepared a list of stuff to fight of this bug.  I was told I could add a spoonful of avocado or nut butter and I bought these fenu-thyme capsules. I armed myself flu fighting kit of fenu-thyme, avocado, tea and vapor rub.  I did have a little avocado and stuck to liquids.  I ended day 4 feeling a little guilty about having to add avocado, but I knew I had to let go of that guilty in order to let the fast continue to have positive benefits on my body.  

Day 5: My husband stayed home to take care of us and this was a huge help especially on my mental state. It gave me an opportunity to rest a little more while he spent time with our daughter.  I was feeling pretty crappy, but I do not give up easily.  I was popping two fenu-thyme capsules three times a day and my vitamins two times a day.  It seemed nuts to be taking 10 capsules and only drinking water and tea.  Its weird that our brains are so accustomed to our ingrained beliefs about food that I could not imagine this being okay.  I once again had a little avocado and continued on. At night time my guilt crept in again and I told myself that tomorrow I would skip on the avocado altogether and go back to 100% liquids. I went to bed early and still felt determined to finish this thing. 

Day 6:  It was definitely a little easier being sick and fasting having my husband was home with us.  When they had their meals I had a cup of hot tea usually Lemon Balm or Cold Season tea.  I would also add some ACV, lemon and a dash of salt.  I spent most of the time on the couch watching movies and trying not to think of food.  I mostly felt sick of being sick.  I came to the realization that if we wouldn't have gotten sick I would be so good at this fasting thing! I made it through the day with all liquids and survived another day. 

Day 7: I woke up still feeling like the women in the NyQuil commercials, and scheduled a doctor appointment for tomorrow.  I fasted all day, took my vitamins, rested as much as possible and tried to keep myself entertained.  My entertainment mostly consisted of pinning my comeback meals on Pinterest.  I was already envisioning what my first meal would be.  I could have broken my fast on this day, but I decided to push through and would see what news I got from my doctor.  I could not believe I made it this far. 

Day 8: I fasted all morning and in the afternoon I had my doctor appointment.  My overall stats were good, blood pressure was great, but my temperature was a little high and my lungs didn't sound good.  I definitely had walking pneumonia symptoms.  I was handed a face mask, a barrel of antibiotics and told to go home and rest this thing off.  I called my husband to tell him what was going on and his first response was your breaking your fast today and tell me what you want me to bring home to you. I could not believe that I made it this long. At 5:30 p.m. on day 8 I had my first meal! 

What I ate for my first meal? 

I was somewhere between a juicy burger and sushi.  Haha! I didn't want to get sick from a heavy meal so I chose sushi.  I ate some tuna cucumber rolls, a few bites of barbecue albacore, miso soup and some homemade salad.  It was delicious and perfect. 

What I learned about fasting?

Your fast may not go as planned because life is full of curve balls, but do not give up.  I had planned out what my week would be like.  How I would keep myself busy on my daughter's school days and so on.  Well my daughter did not go to school all week and we both got very sick (still on the mend). Life does not stop while you are fasting. Your fasting week will be a good time to touch base with yourself and your relationship with food will come to light.  

Would I do it again?

YES.  I feel so healthy inside--light as a fairy.  I lost some weight which is an added bonus.  My favorite part is the high I felt knowing I did it.  I rock at this fasting business.  I plan to do a fast 1-2 times per year.  

Tips for anyone interested in fasting?

Do your research and let your primary doctor know. If you can do it with a friend or partner because having some accountability and someone to lean on is great help.  Prepare yourself mentally.  Buy some bone broth, apple cider vinegar and some new teas to try.  Take into account that the first few days you may get flu symptoms which is normal, but not everyone gets it.  For those that didn't get full on sick like I did, I heard after day 4 your feel awesome.  Lastly, use the time you would normally be prepping meals or eating for something that makes you feel good.  I read, crocheted, listened to my favorite podcasts and used my Calm app more than normal.  

If I can do it, you can too! 

*Photo above via Pixabay on WordSwag app. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We are planning to cozy up at home, finish our halloween lights, carve some pumpkins and surprise Luna with putting together Trader Joe's Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are this week's favorites.

Favorite Inspiration: U r beautiful and ur gonna do gr8 today-via Pinterest. This made me smile and I hope it does the same for you. 
Favorite Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies-via I made a version of these with half almond butter, chia and flaxseed, and Luna loved them too! 
Favorite Fall Boots: Sam Edelman Petty boots-via I own these in black and they are always on my feet. I found them in brown at Marshall's for $45 bucks!
Favorite Halloween Face: Deer Makeup-via Dress Your Face. Pinterest and Instagram was pushing more towards a family costume, but nah! I bought $7 deer set and plan to try to do my makeup.  I'll be a mama deer, daddy will be a superhero and Luna will be a Disney princess--ta da everyone will be happy. Ha!
Favorite Find: Ochre Gold Cardigan-via JcPenney. I shared this lace-up sweater on my Instagram and its so soft and cozy. I am going back for this gold one that's on sale for $18 bucks. 
Favorite Drink: Hormone-Balancing Hot Chocolate-via Hello Glow. I have been learning about adaptogens and hormones so I can't wait to try Hello Glow's hot chocolate especially now that we've had our first fall rain. 

Muir Woods

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

One of my favorite places on earth is Muir Woods (and Muir Overlook). It was finally Luna's time to explore the beauty of the woods.  Muir Woods is a wonderful place for kids and can easily be done in a few hours.  Here are a few tips for a great family outing to Muir Woods:

Arrive early or arrive after lunch time. We arrived around 12:30 which was awesome.  We got good parking and some of the morning visitors were leaving.  

Include the kids in the process by printing this free ranger booklet. This is a fun way to keep them entertained and informed. 

I would suggest packing a backpack. We took light sweaters because it gets chilly, water bottles and food.  There is the Muir Woods Café right before you start the trail, but it gets a little crazy and the food is no different than what you could make at home.  We opted to save our money and bellies for a great meal in the city afterwards.  This is what I ate...yummy!

Now you are ready to plan your next family outing to Muir Woods. 

What's Home To You

Monday, October 16, 2017

One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Theresa, If you want to save the world go home and love your family.  I am digging into this especially now that there is so much going on around us.  No matter where you are, remember what home is to you.  These are a few of what is home to me. 
The scent of my mom’s favorite perfume (Amarige) and my dad’s go-to aftershave (Polo).
The sound of my daughter’s little feet running up & down the hallway in the mornings.
My husband’s arms.  
Eating a bowl of posole (even if it doesn’t taste like my mom’s).
When a special song comes on wherever I am.
Friends who make you feel like you are at the perfect place.  
When my mom ends our conversations with "I love you too much."
It's okay to hunker down and focus on the things that make you feel at home.  Wrap yourself in those moments.  This doesn't mean you are turning your cheek on the world.  It simply means you are reloading some strength to keep rising. 
What's home to you? 

Hola Weekend.

Friday, October 13, 2017

What are you up to this weekend? We will be those parents sitting in the front row with camera in hand ready for Luna and her class to perform at the school's Fall Festival.  On Sunday I'll be brunching hard at my girlfriend Leah's house.  All-in-all we have a pretty great weekend ahead. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here's a little food for thought. 

Northern California has been hit hard by the fires.  Here's a list of verified accounts for California Fire Relief

The mornings are finally cool enough to throw on a cozy sweatshirt.  I have been living in this vintage Les Miserables sweatshirt. I paid $2 bucks for it. Thrift stores are still cool promise. 

I love this song and these kids made Rise Up even better. Kids are the best.

Did you know that exercise is not the key to weight loss? One of the many things I am learning on the Reset program

These 59 family halloween costumes made me laugh.  Especially the Napoleon Dynamite family! 

Speaking of Halloween this Pumpkin Nights event looks awesome. 

Here's a countdown clock that will surely make you laugh.  

Lendy Lately

Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Friday! What have you been up to lately? I have been embracing summer as much as possible, but I'm not going to lie, I cannot wait for summer to be over. Though, I googled last day of summer and we still have two months to go. So lets take it one day at a time fellow summer haters, and for all you summer lovers hand me a frosé and point me to the nearest air conditioning unit. Aside from summer survival mode, here's a little of what I've been up to lately...

I have been reading vegetarian/vegan books, especially after watching What The Health. I really like Forks Over Knives Family cookbook and Main Street Vegan.

The Bachelorette sucked me in as always, and I am hoping she picks Peter.  Another show I have been watching is Friends from College

I listen to The Daily every day, Up and Vanished is eerily good and DAIS by Rachel Hollis

I have been working my way through some recipes on my vegetarian Pinterest board and mostly eating buddha bowls like this one for lunch. 

The politics we are living through are a hot mess which I know is a huge understatement. I have been sending faxes to my representatives via Resistbot

I am counting down to the solar eclipse that will take place on my birthday, August 21st! Here's what you'll see where you live

Last but not least, if you follow my Instagram stories, then you know I have also been working my butt off at Orangetheory Fitness.  

I'd love to hear what you've been up to lately? What are you reading? Listening to? Obsessing over? 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

xo Lendy