Intermittent Fasting

Hello beauties! I hope that this morning is going well for you all! As some of you know, I have decided to take the journey of intermittent fasting. I am almost at my full week as of today, it is Saturday and I will hit day 7 on Monday. I made a little video for y’all which I will post below, on how I was feeling the other day thus far. Monday I will make another video about how the whole week has gone and also post my before and after pictures. Today is my first day that I will be going to Crossfit while still fasting. So though I have been working out through this, usually I do it in the afternoon or evening when I have already eaten. Yesterday I did do a WOD in my garage before I ate and I did really well, and even got the skill of butterfly pull-ups trying it for the first time ever, but I didn’t lift heavy weight. Yesterday I also got a personal record even after doing a previous workout, but we all know that I give my strength up to the plant based eating =)

Ok, so I am going to get headed out to Crossfit, I will let y’all know how I did and how the week went on Monday. I am also enclosing two very simple recipes below for those days when you need a good but extremely quick meal!

For the wraps all you need is a wrap, hummus (or your favorite dip/sauce like the cashew cheeze one I had posted for super bowl Sunday), and a variety of your favorite vegetables sliced up. That’s it! Super easy, nutritious and delicious! I used fire roasted hummus, carrots, zucchini, radish, and cucumber in mine. For the pasta dish all you need is pasta, I used Cybele’s free to eat superfood white gluten free rotini. This pasta comes in a variety of flavors and is so good. Mine was green lentil, cauliflower, and parsnip. You also need a can of fire roasted tomatoes drained, earth balance butter (or any vegan butter, you could even use oil if you prefer) garlic, some pepper and a dash of salt, dried parsley, oregano, and basil. Make the pasta according to the package (I literally boiled it the whole time for like 5 minutes and it was done), add the butter and seasonings, then the can of tomatoes and your all set!

I hope you all have a good rest of the weekend and I will see you on Monday!

XOXO

Erica

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Cauliflower Wings

For super bowl Sunday, I decided to do a healthier and friendlier option of the traditional munch down food..wings. I couldn’t believe how yummy they were as well as filling. Did not miss eating wings whatsoever. I definitely will be making this tasty party pleaser again! Alongside the wings, I also paired it with celery of course, and Annie’s dairy-free Green Goddess dressing, fries, and cashew cheeze sauce.

For the wings you will need;

A head of cauliflower (I used two because I knew they would go fast, if this is your case, double up on everything).

1 cup of plant milk or water (I happened to use a cup of cashew milk and a cup of water because I doubled the recipe)

1 cup of your favorite flour

1 cup of hot sauce

1 tbsp of vegan butter melted or oil

Preheat your oven to 450 then cut up your cauliflower (I did my best to keep decent size clumps to resemble boneless wings). Mix your milk (or water) in a bowl until well combined. Place your cauliflower, a few pieces at a time in the flour mixture to coat. Turning each piece around in the mixture to make sure you get them nice and coated. Place in a shallow baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes. While that is baking, mix your oil with your hot sauce. After the cauliflower is done, pour your hot sauce mixture over it, make sure you give it a little toss so that all the cauliflower gets some sauce. Pop it in the over for an additional 8 or so minutes. (Recipe from PETA).

I cut up some sweet potato, carrots, and parsnips and baked them for my fries. For the cheeze sauce you will need:

1 cup of water

1 cup of cashews

1 tbsp of lemon juice

2 chopped scallions

2 tbsp of nutritional yeast

dash of salt

Blend all of the ingredients together until blended and  smooth, then heat low, in a pan until creamy. (Recipe from Sashia Frasers book Vegan Recipes & Preparation 

I have to say that I am obsessed with this cheeze sauce and it complemented the fries perfectly.  Make the sauce and let me know what you like to dip in it!

XOXO

Erica

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Week 13 of Veganism

Hello beautiful people!!!! Well, it has been just over 3 months of me taking on this amazing lifestyle! I have been becoming more sustainable and environmentally conscious, and more aware of what is really going on behind closed doors in the meat and dairy industries. As I have been becoming more proactive all around the board, I am and will continue to share my experience and views on all of it.

Below is my updated video and pictures of how my body is doing. I decided to take the pictures today as well as the video, as I am on my cycle and I am at my heaviest and most bloated, just so you can see how I feel and look when I am at my worst. I have two days that I am miserable and usually don’t want to leave my bed let alone the house, and today is usually the worst of it. LOL so your welcome world! Apologies for the scary zombie-ish look, but you know I gotta keep it real! Even though I feel at my worst, this is much better than it ever has been! Thank you plant based life!!!!

Below I also posted a picture from the book VEGAN RECIPES&PREPARATION By: Sashia Fraser on what foods to avoid that are additives or animal products. Sometimes you just don’t know when the industries use trickery in their wording. Remember when in doubt leave it out! I just don’t buy it if I cannot read it. Sometimes when you are in a bind and need something quick and on the go, you of course need to get food with words you may not know. Try to look for vegan certified products, and the list below will help you in knowing what trickery you should avoid.

As always, keep up the feedback, comments and questions! I love getting to know you all and some of you have become long distance friends that perhaps I could meet in the future! You are all amazing and beautiful and uniquely you! Keep being a badass! Continue to follow my joinery here, on my you tube channel  and my insta http://www.instagram.com/fitamerica55 and twitter at http://www.twitter.com/@byrnerica

XOXO

Erica

 

Video is at the very bottom =)

 

 

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