wiaw – just pretend there are pictures

July 23, 2014 in WIAW by lindsaymwright


Dude.

Put a flippin’ fork in me.  I am donezo.

I just spent the last hour and a half dealing with blog problems.  Things are still not working out and I’m kinda over it.  I took pictures of everything I ate yesterday for a WIAW post and now it’s taking me like 15 minutes PER PICTURE to upload.  I don’t have time for this.

So just pretend that you can see pictures.

Before a track workout, I drank a watermelon Spark.  {the workout rocked – thanks Katy & Callie}

For breakfast, I had a green smoothie.

Then a banana and Nuttzo.

Then some peanut M&Ms on the drive to the pool.

For lunch, I ate a sandwich, carrots & hummus, cherries and a string cheese.

Then I had a Simply Protein bar.

Then I sampled all three varieties of brownies that my sister made to get me fat.

For dinner, I ate a grilled chicken salad so I wouldn’t get fat.

Before bed, I ate cereal with banana and honey.

When I type it all out like that, it’s not very interesting.  So here, I’ll take the 15 minutes and upload the BEST thing I ate all day yesterday.

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[red velvet, dark chocolate, & almond joy brownies....the almond joy won, hands down!]

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QUESTION:  What’s the best thing you ate yesterday??  Anybody else having blog problems?

splendid…lindsay

summer entertaining with blue diamond

July 22, 2014 in Blog, Blue Diamond, Review, Snack by lindsaymwright

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.  All opinions about the nuts and soccer are my own.

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Let’s talk soccer here for a second.

Point blank.  It’s a “meh” for me.

I grew up playing basketball, softball, and running track and cross country.  I think I might have played one year of youth soccer – I vaguely remember seeing a picture at my mama’s house the last time I went through old pictures.  I guess since neither of my parent’s played, they didn’t encourage us to play.  (Isn’t that how it goes?  You might encourage a love of all sports but deep down inside you love seeing your little ones choose the sports you played.  Every time I see Henry run, I feel a little happy that he might take up running.  Time will tell.)

Anyway, Travis absolutely ADORES soccer.  Like adores!  Watching it, playing it….those are all the soccer verbs I can think of right now.  He told me that when the World Cup was on twelve years ago that he would get up at 2am every day just to watch the games.  That’s LOVE, you guys.  I get up to nurse a child and only because it shuts the crying up – I can’t imagine getting up in the middle of the night to watch soccer.

Blue Diamond sent us some of their almonds (whole natural and rosemary & black pepper) to party with this Summer.  Since we HAD to watch the World Cup finals, I figured this would be the perfect chance to share our bounty (aka create a situation that was fun for the girls.  Snacks and gossip with a side of soccer background noise).  I made a simple trail mix with the whole natural (equal parts almonds, craisins, crushed pretzel chips and white chocolate) and we paired the rosemary/black pepper with some good German beer.  You know…to show our support (and it worked!!).

Rah-rah soccer!  You’re still a “meh” for me.  Sorry.  But I’ll “watch” you for the snacks.

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QUESTION:  Love soccer??  What’s your favorite sport to play?  To watch??

splendid…lindsay

my 10-day advocare cleanse

July 8, 2014 in Advocare, Blog, Body, Diet, Food, Goals, Postpartum by lindsaymwright

I’m not sure if the title gave it away, but I’ve been up to something behind the scenes over here.  I’m sneaky that way.

I just finished a 10-day cleanse using the Advocare products.

I didn’t announce it on the blog or social media (or really to anyone but Katy – who did it with me, and Travis) because I honestly wasn’t sure what I thought about the cleanse.  As you know, I’m not a huge advocate of food challenges/cleanses/diets/etc.  They all seem so …short sighted?  Obsessive?  I don’t know.  With my history of ED and food restriction, I have to be really careful when it comes to these types of things.  When Janetha blogged about her Advocare experience last year and how much she loved it, I kept asking and asking questions.  She finally said, “Just do it.  Try it and see how you feel.”

So I did.

Now that my 10 days are up (I only did the 10-day cleanse – there is a 24-day challenge that many partake in), I’m ready to talk about my experience.  If you’re squished for time (this is a long one), I’ll give you the one sentence synopsis.  I LOVED IT and I’ll do it again! 

The 10-day Advocare Cleanse

The WHY?

The primary reason I signed up for the cleanse was to get my digestion back on track.  As I’ve shared before, I struggle with constipation issues and have for most of my adulthood (read more here).  I’ve tried so many things – giving up dairy, using enemas, acupuncture, colonics, etc – and while those things work short-term, I still struggle with “going” daily (it’s more like every 3-5 days!!).  Pregnancy and this current postpartum period have also thrown my digestion for a loop.  Some days are ok, some not.  Going into this cleanse, I just wanted to find a happy balance.

I knew I wanted to try the cleanse for that reason alone.  Having less bloat or better skin would be nice side bonuses, but they weren’t the primary goal.  In fact, as you’ll read below, I didn’t adhere to the prescribed diet during the 10 days.  I also didn’t weigh or take any measurements.  Like I said, I know myself enough to know that I should steer clear of diet plans.  Plus, I wanted to see what the products would do on their own.  If I’m going to be paying for products, I want to know that they’ll at least do some of the work, ya know!?  You’ll see that I did make some changes – but again, those were related to digestion and NOT cutting out food groups for calorie restriction.

The HOW?

As you know, I’m a nursing mom.  Advocare has a special “Nursing Mother” bundle that includes products that are safe to consume while nursing.  After reading some of the literature (and googling for other mom’s experiences, which were all positive), I honestly still wasn’t sure that I wanted to be taking any sort of products.  What if they made Porter gassy?  What if my milk supply decreased?  What if he grew horns?? Joking, but you get the concern here.  I said that if I noticed any sort of adverse effects on my son, I’d quit immediately.  All Advocare products are Informed Choice-approved and undergo the highest safety and quality checks – I found comfort in that but still wanted to use my own judgment.

I’m happy to say that I didn’t notice ANY changes in Porter whatsoever – in his stools, in his gas, in his behavior.  My milk supply didn’t decrease.  I did make one change to the cleanse by decreasing the amount of Spark they suggest from two per day to one per day because this product contains caffeine (the amount in one cup of coffee) and I was more comfortable with that amount.  My sister Katy, who is nursing, also saw no change in her daughter or her own milk supply.  I say all this because I know a lot of nursing moms out there who WANT to do the cleanse but who might be concerned and I wanted to give my experience with these products.   As always, you should use your best judgment and talk to your doctor.

After researching and deciding that I wanted to do the cleanse, I signed up to become a distributor (<-full disclosure here – that’s an affiliate link). This means you pay a yearly membership fee and get 20% off the products. You can also sell products, but that wasn’t (isn’t) the draw.  Just from Katy and my mom ordering things, I’ve already made back my $79 membership fee!

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The “Nursing Mother” bundle consists of six products:

  1. Spark (an energy drink)
  2. Catalyst (an amino acid supplement)
  3. Fiber drink
  4. Probiotic Restore Ultra
  5. OmegaPlex
  6. Calcium Plus

Since I already take fish oil and a multivitamin, I didn’t order the last two products.  My kit arrived a couple of days after I ordered and Katy and I started on a Monday.

Here’s how it works (the “Nursing Mother” cleanse):

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The cleanse comes with a prescribed meal plan. You eat real, whole foods and you eat OFTEN. The products are meant to work in conjunction with a whole foods approach – there is no calorie restriction or starvation. You’re told to drink at least a gallon of water a day (easy) and to avoid dairy, sugar, processed foods and coffee.

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Here’s what I Did:

I tried to track everything using checkmarks (obviously..I love organization).

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Some observations:

  • As you can see, some days I forgot to take all of the prescribed products (woops) but for the most part, I stuck to the suggested supplement intake.
  • I felt like the “no carbs after lunch”-thing was a bad choice for me so I added in a bedtime snack every day (usually cereal with unsweetened almond milk).
  • I ate whenever I felt hungry and while I didn’t cut out all processed foods (teddy grahams, cereal, M & M’s, etc.), my desire for them went down drastically.
  • I DID cut out dairy because I know from past experience that this helps with my poo problem.
  • The Peaches & Cream Fiber Drink tastes amazing!  I like the Grape Spark better than the Watermelon.

I guess you could say that I only half did this cleanse – I just tailored it to my own needs and went for it.  Katy actually adhered to the prescribed diet and had great results.  We took before and after pictures/measurements and she looks AMAZING!  I’m hoping she’ll let me share her story on the blog.

The Outcome

After 10 days, I feel GREAT.  My sugar cravings have decreased significantly (they were kinda out of control).  I have way more energy (I was relying on coffee far too often and I don’t think it was doing much for me).  As for my poo problem – completely gone!  I haven’t had a day that I didn’t “go” during AND after the cleanse (we ended last Wednesday).  For me, this is the BIGGEST benefit by far!

Because I know people are interested, I do notice a difference in the way some of my workout pants fit, especially around the waist.  I feel less bloated, less puffy.  I didn’t do the cleanse for weight loss purposes (nursing Porter is working well in that regard!) but to be able to easily fit into some of my old Lululemon pants is a nice bonus.

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Slowly getting some of those abs to peek back through.

All in all, I’d highly recommend the Nursing Mom cleanse and I already have plans to do another in early Fall.  My mom just ordered the 24-day Challenge to prep for our upcoming beach trip!  If you want to learn more, go here.  If you have any questions or need help creating your own Advocare bundle, just email me and I’d be happy to answer.

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QUESTION:  Have you ever tried any of the Advocare products?  Ever had problems with digestion/constipation?

splendid…lindsay

wiaw – the knoxville edition

July 2, 2014 in Blog, Food, Trips, WIAW by lindsaymwright

Hi friends!!

First, thank you SO much for all the support and well wishes I received about yesterday’s adventure!!  I had so much fun and I’m planning to blog about the experience on Friday – so please come back!  I can say this – live television is crazy fast and very much a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants world.  And did you know that this was the FIRST time we’ve stayed in a hotel with Henry and Clara (that can’t be right!?!  But neither Travis nor I can remember an overnight stay).  THEY LOVED IT!  Note to self –> put more money into the “Travel” envelope each month!

Today I thought I’d join in for a little WIAW fun and show you some of the eats and highlights from our trip!  You KNOW (or maybe you don’t cause you’re not tacky) that we had to hit up Cracker Barrel on the way over!  Plus Brittany gave me a great recommendation for lunch yesterday – Tomato Head!  It was spectacular – fresh, healthy and some of the best homemade hummus I’ve ever had.  We had some other yummy meals and a few too many car snacks.  I enjoy eating out as much as the next guy but a couple of days is enough for me.  I’m happy to be home!

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QUESTION:  How often do you eat out?  <-maybe once a week.  How often do you stay in hotels?  <-apparently not often enough!

splendid…lindsay

blue diamond blueberry-coconut almond butter

July 1, 2014 in Blog, Blue Diamond, Food, Recipe, Review by lindsaymwright

As part of my ambassadorship with Blue Diamond Almonds*, I was sent some of their Blueberry and Toasted Coconut almonds to test out.  First let me tell you that we’ve been buying BD almonds for …forever.  I’m a big fan of the Low Sodium Roasted Salted and Travis loves the natural ones.  I’d never tried either of these new flavored ones and wanted to do something special with them.  Think, Lindsay, think!

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A muffin??  <-baking required.  plus it’s summer and you have to heat up the oven.  bleck.

Some sort of protein ball??  <-I’d eat the whole batch before the camera made its way into the kitchen.

Arrange the almonds in some sort of cool pattern on a plate (maybe like an American flag??) and call it a kid’s snack??  <-tempting…really tempting..but too lazy even for me. 

What about…..

Almond butter!

We eat nut butters every day.  Why not try my hand at a homemade version (something I’d never done before).

Apparently you need three things for homemade nut butter:  A high speed blender (or food processor), almonds and patience.

I have a Blendtec that rarely gets used.

I have these delightful almonds.

I have no patience.

Crap.

 

Reason #57 why I could never be a food blogger.  You have to have patience.  (Reason #1 would be that I suck at cooking….)

I searched and searched but couldn’t find a recipe that included prepackaged, dry roasted almonds like the ones I’d been sent.  I wanted to see a recipe where you just open a canister of almonds, dump them in, grind and VOILA – nut butter!!  Every single one required RAW almonds and sometimes you had to soak them before grinding.  What if my Blendtec caught on fire?!?!  I even texted my foodie friend Tina and asked.  She didn’t know if it could be done.

Turns out it can!

And with no soaking required!

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This blueberry-coconut almond butter is crunchy, not drippy – just the way I like it!

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The add-ins of coconut oil and fresh blueberries pair nicely with the flavored almonds and also provide “liquid” so your blender can handle the mixing.  You can spoon this onto crackers, pancakes, yogurt …or in our case, dunk your Teddy Grahams.  Feet first.  (it’s a little nicer that way)

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Blueberry-Coconut Almond Butter

Yields 1 cup

  • 1 canister (6oz) Blue Diamond Almond Toasted Coconut flavor
  • 1 canister (6oz) Blue Diamond Almond Blueberry flavor
  • 1-2 T organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries

Combine almonds and coconut oil in a high speed blender or food processor.  Blend for 10-12 minutes, stopping often to scrape the sides and bottom.  When the almonds turn into butter, pulse in blueberries.  Store in a glass jar.  Enjoy often!

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QUESTION:  Ever tried your hand at homemade nut butter?

splendid…lindsay

*This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond.  All opinions expressed are my own.

wiaw – all the #blendswag

June 25, 2014 in BLEND 2014, Blog, Food, WIAW by lindsaymwright

I’m welcoming Wednesday with open arms!  (And a early morning run!)

Wanted to say THANK YOU for so much support on the #15minutesforyou Challenge!  I’m excited to see what you guys come up with and how you plan to spend that time each day.  I already have a goal in mind for myself (and it involves Travis – lucky him)!  Remember – we start NEXT MONDAY (June 30th).

Linking up with Jenn today to give you a look at what I ate yesterday.  Sometimes my eats get super boring but I know that if I’m showing other people, I’ll try to change things up a bit.  Is that odd?  The blogs holds you accountable in many regards…food just happens to be one of them.  Anyway – here’s everything I ate yesterday, save a few handfuls of random stuff here and there that I was too lazy to snap a picture of.  There are SO many great Blend swag items in my pantry right now – I didn’t even see the theme until I put all these pictures in the post!

Breakfast – (recycled pic)

FlapJacked Protein Pancakes with extra egg whites and blueberries (must remember to spray the pan!), coffee + So Delicious French Vanilla creamer

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AM Snack

Golden delicious + Peanut Butter & Co squeeze pack <-love these for car snacks!

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Lunch

Grilled chicken + side salad + cantaloupe (Ken’s Caesar dressing added after pic)

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Afternoon Snack

Onnit’s Hemp Force protein bar

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Afternoon Snack #2

Stovetop cookies

(made these for Everett & Kathryn – had to lick the pan to see if they were poisonous.  They weren’t.  Phew. 

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What they WERE was too soft so I had to spoon them into an old Christmas-cookie container and make them into a “bar.” This happens more often than I’d like to admit.  To top it all, I slapped a big “A” on the top ….for artistic points.)

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Dinner

Pizza Hut pizza + salad

(Travis’ brother Everett just welcomed a new baby so we took them supper.  Oh my word, he’s a cutie!!!  This is how I “cook” when a friend has a baby – takeout pizza and bagged salad and stovetop cookies that don’t set up.  Luckily everyone’s so busy eating the pizza and the cookies that they don’t notice that I’m lazy.  #hoodwinked)

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Bedtime Snack

1/2 Quest Cookies & Cream bar (broiled for 1 minute – split with Travis)

(Quest sent everyone at Blend Retreat even MORE swag!  Two boxes of Cookies & Cream bars showed up on our doorstep yesterday, so we just had to try one out!!  Soooo good!  Thanks, Quest!)

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QUESTION:  Best thing you ate all day yesterday!  GO!

splendid…lindsay