InTruBeauty: May 2013



                                                                                                               

Friday, May 31, 2013

Fitness Friday: My Week in Cleanse, Review of Kaeng Raeng

A cleanse? No thanks! I would've thought a couple months ago that in order for me to try a cleanse it would also involve someone tying me down to a chair and forcing it down my throat. Most cleanse/detox programs I've seen or read about just don't seem healthy and the thought of drinking all my  meals for an extended period of time was the furthest from what I think is healthy or desirable. But I was super intrigued when I was approached to test this out for review. Contains Press Sample.

I started reading about Kaeng Raeng cleanse program. There are 3 day and 6 day programs. The difference between this and others is that this is all natural, there are no stimulants or laxatives and you can eat fruits and veggies while on this!

About:
Kaeng Raeng is vegan, gluten-free, caffeine-free, eco-friendly, and contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, laxatives or stimulants. Drink a shake three times per day which can be supplemented with raw fruits and veggies. There is a three day cleanse and a six day cleanse and there are three levels for each. I am the Beginner Three Day Cleanse.

Day 1:
  • Breakfast: Blended blueberries into the Into the Blue blueberry banana shake along with equal parts of homemade almond milk (blend 1 cup almonds to 3 cups water with 1 tbsp vanilla in a blender) and water. 
  • Lunch:  Joyful shake blended with strawberries and eaten with homemade kale chips and 1/2 of a red pepper and 1/2 of a green pepper and a plain black coffee.
  • Dinner: I made the Daybreak shake and blended it with two oranges. This is my least favorite flavor. I also had planned on eating a meal with as many veggies as possible to stick with the plan, but also knew I would need some solid food or I would be a very unhappy camper. Later I ate the rest of the peppers.
  • Side Effects: I was very hungry around lunch and dinner time and actually went through a whole bundle of kale I had just bought! I feel like I had a good amount of food (3 shakes, blueberries, strawberries, 2 oranges, kale chips, 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper and dinner below), but I was still hungry. Not starving, but hungry. Later in the day I also started getting a huge headache and I had a hard time focusing at night.
  • Motivation: I read other's reviews and knew I had to stick with this and the headache was temporary. I read a lot of information on Kaeng Raeng's website including looking up if it was common to have headaches and feel irritable and tired which is a side effect of the detox and the toxins being removed from your body
Day 1 Dinner: 
Red pepper, tomatoes and pasta cooked with lime juice, black pepper, paprika and cumin. Kale cooked very lightly in a pan on low heat with coconut oil. 

Day 2:
  • Breakfast: Woke up feeling alright with slight headache. Into the Blue shake for breakfast blended with strawberries and 1/2 homemade almond milk, 1/2 water. As I drank the shake which I finished, my headache grew and I had a lot of trouble focusing and felt tired. As I drank some water after I started to feel a little better and the headache dissipated. 
  • Lunch: Headache starts to disappear after mid-morning. I feel better but am really tired. For lunch I have 1/2 of a Joyful shake with strawberries in it along with a Jimmy Dean Delights Honey Wheat Flatbread Egg White with Spinach & cheese (160 calories).
  • Dinner: By dinner, headache and tiredness is completely gone and I'm feeling great. I finished 1/2 of the shake from lunch. They are big shakes and can be hard to finish so I split this up for this day and only had 2 shakes total all day. 
  • Activity: I even had energy to exercise. I walked about 1.6 miles and did weights for about 15 minutes along with some stretching and crunches. I kept it light intensity since I wasn't running on a lot of calories. 
  • Motivation: I lost three pounds so far! I'm liking the changes I see in my appearance. I have one day left to go and I know it will be worth it! 
Dinner Day 2:
Kale salad with diced red peppers and mozzarella pearls with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Plain Greek yogurt with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and raw unsalted almonds with local honey from the farmers market drizzled over. Yams with a little bit of butter and brown sugar as a special treat.

Day 3:
  • Breakfast: Joyful shake mixed with raspberries and strawberries blended in. Also added some chia seeds. Drank additional 16 ounces of water and a plain black coffee. Slight headache, but wasn't feeling hungry. 
    Daybreak Shake
  • Lunch: Daybreak shake blended with strawberries and a peach. Had a spinach salad without dressing, lime and lemon juice for seasoning. I cheated and had 1 diet mountain dew and some tortilla chips at the restaurant where I ordered my salad. Slight headache. 
  • Dinner: Blueberry shake blended with fruit. Ate kale chips a 1 banana.
  • Side Effects: Slight headache and many trips to the bathroom from drinking so much water!
  • Activity: I had enough energy to go on a brisk 30 minute walk and I felt great. I got a lot done around the house as well and was feeling pretty good!
Day 3 Lunch
Spinach salad with cheese, green peppers, onions, tomatoes with lime and lemon juice

My overall thoughts
  • Why did I decide to try this? I did it because the goals of the cleanse and mine are the same. To change the way I eat, to jumpstart a weightloss, to rid my body of toxins, to further progress my Clean Eating goals and to consume the most natural food possible. The goals of the cleanse are right in line with mine and I wouldn't have tried this if they weren't. 
  • Why is this different? 
    • I can recognize the ingredients. One of the ingredients is Psyllium powder or husk which is used as a supplemental fiber which helps remove metabolic waste from the body. You can use this daily and I actually do keep this in my house way before even hearing about this cleanse and it has been a lifesaver in the past.
      • What I use is Sonnes Organic #7 Detoxification along with #9 Intestinal Powder (which contains psyllium) to remove my body of toxins, especially virus and bacteria when I am feeling ill. http://sonnes.com/store/ 
    • All natural
    • No dyes
    • No stimulants or diuretics 
    • You can eat on it! Stock up on fruits and veggies! If not for that, I wouldn't have lasted just drinking shakes. 
  • I lost about four pounds total on this and definitely notice a difference in my energy level and overall feeling of well being. I also noticed that my eyes looked brighter. This is definitely going to kick start my next phase of Clean Eating! Since I've started clean eating, my parents did notice that my skin and eyes looked healthier and brighter. Goodbye preservatives and ickies, hello clean eating!
Tips:
  • Before diving into this, I would start making changes in your life a couple weeks before like reducing sugar and processed foods. I had started a clean eating plan weeks before this and yet I still had some side effects during the detox. I think if you've already started on a clean eating plan, the transition will be much easier and you will be much more likely to stick with both the clean eating and this 3 day cleanse. If you jump in cold turkey, I think your success rate will be lower.
  • Drink lots and lots of water! It will make you feel better and the sooner you get all the toxins out of your body, the better.
  • Stick with it even if you have side effects like headaches. I kept telling myself it was temporary and the end result would be worth it. 
  • I altered it slightly to make it workable for me. If you can follow the directions to a T, you are a better man or woman than me! In order to complete this, I made some tweaks and that ensured I was able to complete it!
I am not a medical professional. This is not intended to be medical advice.  Always consult your doctor as needed. Link up with me below and share your blog post or a favorite post of yours about fitness/health/clean eating/weightloss, etc and don't forget to follow me on instagram @intrubeauty to see my meal and fitness inspiration before Fitness Friday!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wild Butterfly Boutique Review & Giveaway

Wild Butterfly Boutique: The Perfect Accessory for Summer
Tear Drop Statement Necklace - Turquoise, $22.95 
Also available in Aqua and Mint
About:
Wild Butterfly Boutique is a US owned and operated shop committed to bringing our customers the latest in fashion styles and accessories. At Wild Butterfly Boutique our customers come first and we pride ourselves in delivering the best in customer service and satisfaction. Ships within 1 day.


My thoughts:
I received the above necklace for review. I absolutely love the gorgeous simplicity of this necklace along with the turquoise color. If it was ever sunny and nice out, I plan on wearing this with a white sundress and hopefully some sunkissed skin! This comes with a cloth style chain which you tie in back, giving you the ability to adjust to any length. What struck me about this brand and their website is there are so many great design and color options available and for really affordable prices! Check out some of Wild Butterfly Boutique's other great pieces!

Coral Bubble Bracelet. Currently out of stock. I hope they get more in! These are super cute and retail for $6.95 and also come in white and turquoise. 
Bubble necklace collection
Length: 26" with a 2" extender chain for adjustable length.
Size: 22mm Cabochon, 15mm Medium Bead, 12mm Small Bead
Red mustache pendant with goldtone chain necklace. 
Mustache emblem measures 1.75 inches wide. 
Material: Rhodium with enamel print. 
Also available in Yellow, Blue, Purple, and Black.
Be sure to check out their website
Comment and let me know what piece is your favorite and enter to win a piece of your choice below! (US only)
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Laughing Stock: My Guest Post for Slow Beauty

{Laughing Stock}

Need more laughter in your life? You can check out my guest article for slowbeauty.com
founded by Shel Pink, the creator of SpaRitual Vegan polish! 
http://www.slowbeauty.com/posts/156#/


Comment and tell me a story that made you laugh lately or just let me know how you're incorporating more laughter into your life! 

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Fitness Friday: My Week in Meals

Fitness Friday: My  Week in Meals
Follow me on Instagram @Intrubeauty to see all my meals and inspiration in advance!

After an okay week last week, I got right back on track this week in a major way. I did some major grocery shopping and didn't buy ANY cheat foods! I also went outside my comfort zone and bought things I didn't quite know how to cook, but figured with my Jumpstart to Fitness recipes and a new Paleo cookbook and of course google, that I would uncover the secret to cooking quinoa, squash and eggplant. 
So enjoy as I share my week in meals with you!
Only healthy foods in this fridge! I cleaned it out, took out shelves, wiped everything down to sanitize and threw out expired condiments. My goal is not to waste any fresh produce and I'm doing a pretty good job of it. Since I spent so much money on groceries this week I'm trying to use up what I have but I'm also running out of stuff now like garlic, onions and spinach. I never ever thought I would go through a pack and a 1/2 of spinach in 3-4 days! What a change! The colors keep me inspired as well!

Breakfast!
I'm not a breakfast person since I'm not a morning person. But this week I threw excuses out the window. I thought I'm not a morning person, but you know what, I AM a night person and so I did a lot of my prep for the morning's meal the night before, ie measuring, cutting up fruits, having the k-cup ready in the keuring, etc. And I succeeded at eating breakfast which for me is a major accomplishment and it kept me fuller all day and less likely to cheat or eat an unhealthy lunch. I'm loving Bob Harper's Jumpstart Breakfasts. I hope at some point to show photos of all his recipes, but that is a big undertaking! I also tweek a lot of the meals, so this isn't strictly Jumpstart compliant! :) 
The prep the night before for Quinoa Rancheros Week 1 Power Breakfast
Quinoa Rancheros
I didn't have any avocado left so I added some walnuts and almonds instead. Scramble 5 egg whites and add 1/2 cup pico de gallo which I made fresh the night before. I also added some garlic and green onions. Eat with quinoa which I prepped the night before. This was really healthy and contained 270 calories when strictly compliant to the recipe, but this is an enormous amount of food. Especially considering you're drinking it with a cup of coffee and 16 ounces of water. I didn't finish it and was full and satisfied. Includes three cups of spinach! I don't like wilted spinach so the only thing I would change would be to cook it for less time than the recipe calls for. Don't be afraid to alter things like that to make it into something you love!
Jumpstart Breakfast Week 1 Power Meal: Quinoatmeal with Eggs 
I made the quinoa the night before. You add the quinoa with 1/2 cup of almond milk and heat up in the microwave and then you're suppose to add blueberries. Strawberries were on sale this week at the grocery not blueberries so that's what I got and what I used. Eat with five eggwhites.

Jumpstart to Skinny Week 1 Power Breakfast: Peanut Butter and "Jelly" Oatmeal with Egg Whites
I didn't have almond butter so what I did was brought 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup water along with a small amount of  butter to a boil along with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. I then added in a 1/2 cup of oats and cooked for 2-3 minutes. I then added blueberries over. YUM! 

Tip:
Fresh butter from grass fed cows is the best butter choice health wise. You can buy this in larger quantities for cheap and if you have amish farms around you, buy butter from them. Luckily we do here! 

Variation of PB and Jelly oatmeal
This time I added 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup almond milk along with a teaspoon of honey and brought to a boil. I then added 1/2 cup of oats. After about 1 minute of cooking, I squashed up blueberries in my hands and added to the oatmeal. I then cooked it for 2-3 more minutes. I topped with one berry and drizzled a small amount of honey over. 

Tip:
When adding flax seed to meals like the oatmeal, make sure it is ground up flax seed. You can buy an inexpensive grinder (I use one I also use for coffee) to freshly grind up the flax seed. This is how you will get the most health benefits out of flax seed. You may not see much of a difference if you're just eating the seeds or just purchasing the oil which isn't as fresh and grinding yourself.  You can find flax at most grocery stores or health food stores. There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes and also has omega 3, fiber and antioxidants. (from Webmd)
Noosa Peach yogurt with eggwhites and homemade kale chips! I will show you how to make these in the snack section.

Lunch/Dinner
Turkey Patty made from ground turkey with spaghetti squash and 1 cup of Campbell's 100% Natural Chicken Gouda Bisque. 

Tip:
Make sure you check serving sizes on products like soup. You may think you're making an okay choice, but there were two servings per this can which increased the sodium level to much more than I needed or wanted. I stuck with eating only 1 serving! Go me!

Jumpstart Dinner Spaghetti Squash Bolognese 
Turkey, Squash, Spinach. I added to this recipe since I had a very light lunch and I'm not 100% compliant on the  Jumpstart plan. I added some quinoa, almonds, blueberries, a few mozzarella pearls and some pico. I just love the color variation and this fulfilled my every need!

Stuffed Eggplant from my Paleo cookbook. 
Due to lacking some ingredients, I followed the basics of the recipe. I hollowed out the eggplant and then diced the insides of the eggplant and sauteed with green pepper, broccolini, onions, mozzarella pearls and pepper. This was alright but probably my least favorite meal of the week. I've cooked eggplant a couple times in the past but I don't think its really my thing, but it was worth a try! 

Carrot Ginger Soup
I made soup! Holy crap! This is carrot ginger soup from scratch from emeals.com 
For the full recipe sign up for emeals on the icons below. You can pick your plan and you're emailed weekly meals with shopping lists. This is from the clean meals plan. There is a small cost for the plans, but I'm loving the meals and ease of cooking them! I'm not a carrots fan so this was a great way for me to eat carrots and love them! I never thought I would make soup from scratch. This allows you to limit the ingredients that go into this like sodium (use low sodium chicken broth) and of course everything is natural and hasn't been sitting on a shelf for a year!
Proof that I made this from scratch!
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Snacks
Kale Chips! So easy to make! All you do is break up the kale leaves into chip size pieces. I put them in a tupperware dish and shook up with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. I also mixed in some pepper. Lay them back down on a baking sheet and place in pre-heated 350 degree oven and cook for 10-12 minutes until they are crisp enough to your liking. These are amazing and they are paleo compliant if you're following that plan/way of eating. I just bought a paleo cookbook this week so I'll be experimenting with more recipes.
I can't believe how easy it is to make hummus. I took a can of chickpeas and added to a blender with two tablespoons of lemon, three cloves of garlic and a 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and pepper to taste. You can also add jalapenos. I blended this in my "magic bullet" blender and ate with multi grain sea salt pita chips. I will NEVER buy hummus again after realizing how flippin' easy it is to make! I'm going to experiment off this basic recipe as well! 

Greek Yogurt with Chia Seeds. Easy and filling!
For health benefits of Chia Seeds, see last week's post here:

Greek Yogurt with flax berry granola with stawberries, local honey and a dark chocolate cashew. This was my treat since it does contain a lot of sugar but obviously is healthier than getting a candy bar or a slice of cake! 
I was craving a snack but didn't want to derail my diet so I cut up some fresh off the vine tomatoes, onions, cilantro, garlic and mozzarella pearls. I then squeezed a lime over and added some pepper, mixed and ate with organic blue corn chips with sea salt! It satisfied my craving and was healthy. The only thing you have to watch out for is how many chips you are eating. Measure them out before and stick to that quantity for the day. This salsa tastes even better the next day as well!

If you're a serial snacker like me, why not make an entire meal out of it? This meal includes some fresh deli chicken (gluten free, no msg), spinach with strawberries and lime juice, greek yogurt with flax granola, gluten free crackers with babybel mini cheeses, almonds and two dark chocolate covered cashews. This was one of the most satisfying meals I had this week! 

Processed Meats:
There was an article I read lately about just how harmful packaged and processed meats are and that we should absolutely eat NO processed meats including packaged deli meats, hotdogs, sausages and canned meats or meat in soups. I've been really trying when I can to buy the Kretschmar off the bone deli meat fresh from the deli. I'm going to be making more of an effort to research this and buy the least processed meats possible. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21682779

What do you think of my week in meals? Which meal looks the best to you? I had an awesome week and I'm feeling great. I also worked out on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday. I'm feeling super motivated to make serious life long changes in my life and I hope this helps to inspire you as well!

Don't forget to Follow me on Instagram @Intrubeauty to see all my meals and inspiration in advance with hastag #fit2bfab!
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