21 Day Fix Extreme

I’m SO excited to start this NEW workout plan next MONDAY! Who’s with me?!?

http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/JessWaring?bctid=3900439442001

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Vegan corn chowder

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I just made this for dinner tonight it was so yummy! It’s a variation on Chris Carr’s recipe from the crazy sexy diet.

Cashew cream sauce
-1 cup raw organic cashews
-rinse and soak over night in water
-then blend in high speed blender until smooth

Kombu broth
-4-5 pieces of kombu seaweed
-2 cups of water
-a little onion and garlic powder
Let simmer for 40 min then remove seaweed

In a large pot add
-one onion
-1 clove of garlic chopped
-1-2 tbs of olive oil
-3 sticks of celery chopped
-4 carrots chopped
-2 tsp of thyme
-4 ears of corn, corn cut off

Let summer for 10 min then add kombu broth and cashew cream and let simmer on low for another few minutes. Stir often so it doesn’t burn!

You can add more water to thin and an optional veggie bullion for more flavor.

Baby juice!

I’m visiting my friend in Pittsburgh for the week and we are having lots if fun cooling healthy meals and of course juicing lots if greens! We even got her beautiful baby girl to enjoy some apple kale juice!

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Halloween in Dubai

Here are some pics from our Halloween party last year in Dubai! This year I’m trying my hardest to skip the treats and having. Healthy meal made in the crockpot and a glass of wine!

These treats aren’t too bad for you all are from cooking light and were so fun to make and eat! I made Spider Cupcakes, Cheesy Witches Fingers, Pumpkin Cheese Ball and Spiced Cider! All the recipes were variations from Cooking Light’s Halloween party section.

http://www.cookinglight.com/entertaining/holidays-occasions/halloween-party-for-adults-spooky-recipes-00412000072905/page17.html

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What a Week of Food Looks Like

 

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http://www.nutritionnews.com/food/diet-food/what-a-week-of-groceries-looks-like-around-the-world/

Check this out! Its really interesting! Its crazy how different my diet is from the standard American diet. I think my only similarity is the tomatoes and occasionally a bunch of grapes! Also of course salt and pepper…

I do eat tortilla wraps, but I buy the gluten free food for life version, and Rao’s Homemade tomato sauce in a jar not Rago!

 

What does your week of groceries look like? I’ll take a pic next week to share what I typically buy! I’m interested in what other health food crazy people buy in a typical week! Please share if you buy a weeks worth of groceries this week I would love to see it!

Friday Night Pickles!

  • 6small cucumbers
  • 4cups water
  • 1/4cup white vinegar
  • 1teaspoon white sugar
  • 2tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4cloves of garlic, sliced thin
  • 1/2teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 6bunches sprigs fresh dill
  1. Combine water, vinegar, salt, and sugar in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then set aside and let cool.
  2. Add the mustard seeds, peppercorns and allspice to a large mason jar. Pack in as many cucumber spears as will comfortably fit in the jar, and then pack in the dill sprigs and garlic.
  3. Once the water & vinegar mixture has cooled (i.e. the brine), pour the liquid over the cucumbers in the jar. Seal with a clean lid and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before eating.

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Now I know the secret of making the best persons; it is to grow in the open air and eat and sleep with the earth.

Walt Whitman

Defeating Allergies in the Middle East

I just applied to my dream job! I thought I would share my writing sample for the job application since its so relevant to my diet, health and what I am so passionate about!

Allergies have always been my worst enemy. I would dread spring because I knew come May, I would begin hibernation. Curling up with a box of tissues and consuming benadryl is not exactly anyone’s idea of a thrilling summer. My family always had rescue pets who I couldn’t touch or else I would have to immediately shower so my eyes wouldn’t swell shut. With the help of “The Crazy Sexy Diet” I have defeated my adversary and now can live a healthier, happier life.

I had completely assumed allergies were something I had to live with. Or that I would have to go to the allergist for shots which I was terrified of. I started the 21 day cleanse outlined in “The Crazy Sexy Diet” hoping to lose a couple pounds for my upcoming wedding. I prepped my kitchen for a couple days and reduced my coffee then went right into a full on vegan diet.

At the time I was living in Dubai, UAE a beautiful new city that lacks health awareness. The expat culture of Dubai is to live in excess. Whether at the gorgeous hotels partying, or excessively dining. It was making me sick! Unfortunately Dubai has not yet discovered the magic of Whole Foods so finding anything vegan was impossible. The language barrier didn’t make life easier, where words such as “vegan”, “gluten free” or “allergic” were followed by blank and awkward stares!

This sent me on a mission to find the locally grown greens and finally a juice bar. I searched all over the city in to find the right foods. It turned out there were a couple of small, unheard of restaurants and stores spread over the sprawling city.

After a while I figured out what stores had the right foods and would go to a different grocery store every day to be sure I had everything I needed to stick to my cleanse. My savior was discovering a newly opened organic juice bar. I found the best foods available, and started to create my own easy, healthy meals.

I came home to visit family March. The previous time I was home I could hardly breath. The first day back I was amazed that the animals in the house weren’t bothering me, I assumed it was a fluke and that the symptoms would start up again soon. Until a week went by and I had no reaction to any of the normal triggers. Now its the middle of August and I feel better than ever.

It is still quite a challenge to stick to my new way of life. This summer I’ve been traveling visiting friends. Its been a fun challenge to cook for them and to find something everyone can enjoy together since a typical meal for a young 20 something living in any city is some fast cheesy meat. I even started a blog to keep track of my favorite new foods! I love my new way of life and am grateful every day for the knowledge and health I’ve acquired!