Meal Prep What I have learned

Ciao Tutti,

It has been an interesting couple of weeks and, I have already learned so much. In regards to meal prep I moved toward a simpler kind. I found a meal prep on Pinterest that was simple, quick and, much easier. I also, found a recipe for a soup and, let me tell you I could not get enough it is so delicious. The first meal prep I tried took me over five hours to do and, I decided that was way too much time.  Especially, when I have so many businesses going on I need to devote more time to all of my businesses. I have also, learned to chill out a bit the weight loss will come when it comes. I stick to meal prep for most of the time but, if we are having a party or, family dinner I divulge a little bit. Well, this is about a month later when I’m writing this but, I’m glad I waited to add to it. I would say it has been even more enlightening to be on this weight loss journey. It has been amazing to not overthink what I am putting in my mouth. I still do meal prep but, not by days, I do it by having a few options to chose from such as, soup, pasta etc.. It is so much easier not to do meals by the day but, by what you feel like eating from a few choices. It also, is helping create less waste because I only have about three food items for each week. For example this week I made vegan mac & cheese, soup and, breakfast burritos. Eating when I am hungry is the only time I eat; on occasion I do snack but, that is a rare occurrence . I realized I was eating too much for my body and, it didn’t need all that extra food. I also, drink a chia seed drink every other day to flush out any extra fat that might be caught up. 70% of how you look is made in the kitchen and, the other 20% is made in the gym/working out. Boy have I really been getting into working out. I have work out classes four days a week. I want to incorporate morning and, nighttime yoga, working out on the weekends and, swimming. Trying to not overdue it but, still challenge my body. Yesterday I was in my zumba class and, my bum was on fire because the night before that instructor focused directly on glutes , needless to say I am in a constant state of being sore. It is amazing though, because I am defiantly seeing results. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next three months. Stay motivated, keep at it, and, don’t get in your head. If you are eating healthy, have a few things prepared you can grab at and, work out four-five times a week you should, be setting yourself up for success. More posts are coming your way very soon! I’m also, going to be eating specifically for my lymphatic system in April so, we shall see how that goes..

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

21 Day Meal Prep

Hello Loves,

Well starting Monday I will be meal prepping and, I already planned out all of my workouts. As some of you may know, I have been really preparing to lose a good amount of weight from 30-40 pounds and, I took two days to sit down and meal prep as well as, write out a full fitness schedule. Yes, that is a long time but, I have a feeling that it will be well worth the time that it took me. I will be going to Arizona in the beginning of March and I was hoping to go anywhere from fifteen to twenty pounds lighter. I am so excited to see family friends, my friend and, the Grand Canyon! I love traveling and, being able to buy a ticket was super exciting. Now with even more motivation to shed those pounds I sat down and, worked out a schedule. I have one rest and, everyday I have two workouts and, always have either yoga or stretching as part of the two workouts. I think I balanced out everything well when it came to the workout schedule. I also, planned my meals with the help of Pinterest the meals for the first 21 days are around 1,500 calories. Yes, I know there is this whole debate about getting 2,000 calories a day which most of the time I have trouble consuming. I am still getting used to getting all the right nutrients and, protein after three years of being vegan and, meal prepping was a way to ensure that I would be having very healthy food that would sustain me. If I am feeling hungrier I can always eat something this is not to starve myself just so, I can gauge the calories and, see what works best for me. My job is very sedentary requiring me to sit a lot which is why my calorie intact is going to be a bit smaller. If I was riding a bike around town all day then yes, I would probably need over 2,500 calories but, since I’m not I am going to test this out and, see if it works well. I have my shopping list ready to go for Sunday and, will be meal prepping Sunday for 21 days. I have never made food for this amount of days but, I am really excited to see where this brings me. I will keep you updated throughout this series with one to two posts a week possibly on how the food is tasting, if I needed to alter the diet,  how the exercising is going, emotions of the process etc… Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie vLuv

 

 

Fitness Update & Cleaning Up My Eating

Hello Loves,

I have been pursuing my fitness journey for some time now. I have been going to the gym and, working out at home. I have slacked a bit on working out at home which is something I am trying to get together. I just cleaned my beautiful room so, I will be able to do a lot more workouts. I am thinking that I will put together a little food plan for myself to have my meals all ready and, switch up the workouts every week. I think February is when I will start my swimming back up which will be a process and, I will probably start small like can I swim straight for 5 minutes which sounds ridiculous but, it will take me awhile to build my swimming stamina back up. Today will be my planning day since I got a lot accomplished over this weekend which, allows me the time to plan a bit. I have been resting quite a bit this weekend as well because I felt that I needed. It is also, hard to get sleep sometimes when pet sitting so, I would wake up let the dog out feed it and, then sleep a little more. Below is a video I did which shows a workout I have been doing and, a body fitness update. I hope you all enjoy it please let me know if you have any topics you want to discuss in the comments below. Planning I go…

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

My Vegan Diary Day 1

Dear Diary,

It has been awhile since writing to you last and, I can’t wait to share what I have eaten. Since becoming vegan I have tried, tested and, made a lot of vegan food and, now that I feel I kind of have a grasp on the food part I jumped on the workout bandwagon. Yes, I do not like to admit that I let my workouts slip but, I did and, I am certainly paying the price. After making the mistake of thinking just because I am vegan I don’t have to work out as hard I have gained some unwanted lbs. Was I eating all whole foods? Haha, no I’m glad you mention that because it is good to be able to have more greasy vegan food or processed food but, I’m afraid my body does not really agree. I have been laying off the vegan “junk food” as much as possible and trying to carb the F up the right way. As you may have heard from one of my posts I joined the gym and, started swimming again! I am so happy to be back on track and rid myself of the evil unwanted extra fat. Today I swam for about 10 minutes, took a yoga class, and did zumba. Although, I am exhausted I feel fantastic. Let’s take a look at what I ate throughout my day.

Breakfast:

 I promised you all the recipe to this amazing nice cream on my instagram so, here it is.

Strawberry nice cream: Half a bag of frozen strawberries, 3-5 frozen bananas, and a little bit of almond milk. Blend in your food processor or blender until you get a creamy ice cream like consistency.

Chocolate nice cream: add a tablespoon or more depending on how chocolatey you want it to taste. The add 3-5 frozen bananas and blend untile you get the ice cream consistency.

Enjoy or add chia seed gel for a great topping. Look up how to soak chia seeds I am in the beginning stages of testing this.

 

 

 

Lunch:

 

 

 

 

Lunch was heaven in the backyard as a picnic! I love backyard picnics, don’t you? I also watched a few episodes of Charmed on Netflix!

Lemon Water

Dip: Chick peas mashed and avocado

Salad: Bag of salad, carrots, apples, tomatoes

6:45 p.m. ish I went to the gym as I mentioned and, do all of those activites

 

 

 

 

My face after Zumba- if you want to get updates in real time follow me on insta @thatsabangsfitme

Zumba was so much fun and, it really proved to me how much I want to get back in shape!

Dinner:

 

Of course ended the night with a mason jar with lemon water.

Dinner was leftover salad, dip from lunch, half an avocado, and two baked sweet potatoes.

It was a great day filled with accomplishments not only with my health but, with my work as well.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my diary! Please share and, comment I’d love to get a conversation going about vegan food and, your favorite vegan recipes.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

 

 

 

I joined a gym?

Yes,

Hello loves, I have joined a gym but, not because of the gym equipment but, mainly because of the pool!! I will be starting my training to try to get my swimming back to where it should be. Today on my vlog I talked about moving my channel toward fitness and, ethical fashion. On my new YouTube Channel “Forever Seeking Wanderlust” I will be posting travel vlogs and ethical fashion videos. If you are a follower of allie vLuv don’t worry I will still be posting vlogs, hauls, makeup, and vegan videos. Back to the gym, well, I had enough with not being physically fit. I have a few knee problems and, Reflex Nerve dystrophy so, I want to ease back into really getting in shape. I used to be on the swim team when I was younger and, just swim a lot in general. I will start with getting back into swimmer shape and, work on my technic. Once I have been able to get myself to a solid 20-30 minute swim I will start to incorporate a challenge that I would to put on the YouTube Channel. I was watching a YouTube Channel I will link a video down below, and, he was doing 40 hours of working for the week. It gave me he idea of pushing myself to do 3 hour challenge and 1 hour every other week to build up resistance. I will have to be careful of running because of my knees I will have to build up fast walking/jog to a run. Once I have established a jog, longer swim I can start the 3 hour 2 week challenge and keep building that up until I reach my 40 hour goal. I realize that it will take me about a month to get myself back in semi-swimming ready. I also, want to be able to bike to the gym over this summer which will be amazing when that happens. The visual of riding my bike to the gym is inspirational in my mind and, I can not wait for that vision to come to life. What we manifest, we put out to the universe what we want and, in return the universe usually gives us what we would like. We have to want it, think about, pray about it (if you are religious), write about it, and act on it. Your positive acts, thoughts, and feeling will be contagious; it is the kind of contagion that I wish would spread throughout the world. I am very excited to peacefully transition into a healthier/fitter lifestyle. As I start to lose weight it will be captured on all of my videos. I plan on eating vegan, of course, but, I will either be fruitarian or rawtill4. I will be learning what my body fuels on best when working out more and, how much I will need to bring with me. I am thinking i will be incorporating more medjol dates, smoothies, bananas, and of course my favorites melons!! I just bought a cap for my hair so I can swim with ease, I already own a one piece bathing suit, and goggles. I know that bathing suit isn’t going to be so flattering but, in my mind I have gotten over myself and, focus on where I need to get my body in order to be healthier and, have a happier life. Are you all excited to follow me on my journey, what are some post you would like to see, do you want me to do a weekly diary of how I am doing what I eat and, how I am coping with this new workout schedule. I am a little nervous, determined, excited, and motivated lets get it! This journey is amazing….

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

The Losing Game

I know summer is coming and, you all want to lose weight and fit into that bikini or those swim trunks but, what if I told you how to maintain that summertime body all year long? I am currently in the process of doing this and, I think it will be great for you all. As you know I have been vegan for a little over a year and, now with a grasp on the food part I can focus on the fitness. I will be taking a walk almost everyday along with yoga. I am going to try to stay as active as possible without tiring myself out.. The bike is the best way to lose weight and get into fitness! I have the bike and the rollers for inside the house when it is a rainy day or for the cold winter weather. Now, that it is getting into warmer weather I am so excited to try riding my bike for the first time in years. My goal is to ride 10-20 minutes on the weekends for the first two weeks and build myself up from there. Keeping active and, off the couch when my body has the energy and, staying on the couch or resting when my body doesn’t have the energy. I have found that there are keys to helping your body heal from the inside out and from the outside in! Listening to your body is number one if you need rest then rest and, I mean rest take a short 30 minute nap, read a book let your body chill it needs to repair itself. When you are bursting with energy use that energy do not let it go to waste move around whether it is; gardening, playing with your kids, walking in the park, playing a sport, volley ball at the beach, roller skating, ice skating, hiking, biking , the possibilities are endless! Do something out of your comfort zone and ride your bike to the park or walk to the park go zip lining. Go camping and hike while camping. It is really up to you where you body goes and, what it does so make sure you listen to it. The most important of all is what you are putting into your mouth that is what’s going to determine your bodies fate. You are what you eat and, if you are eating greasy junk you are going to feel like greasy junk. Pump your body with whole foods fruits, and veggies! These are what make you thrive in life and, I have noticed quite a change in my energy when I eat the proper amount of whole foods. It is extremely important for you to eat healthy and, in return your body will thank you for this by becoming healthier. There is no quick diet, trend, or fad that is going to help you achieve your long term goals. Freelee the banana girls older videos are a fantastic help when transitioning to becoming vegan and, she talks about everything! I really recommend binge watching her videos when she shows you what she eats in a day and how much you really do have to consume to be vegan. Now this dos not mean to eat over 3,000 calories and, sit on the couch everyday because that is not going to help you, you need to put in the work and find a form of “exercising” that you love. Once you find what motivates you to keep moving stick with it, incorporate it into your life, and then add something new in. Before you know it you will be a lean, happy, healthy, fit machine! My morning routine may help you on your journey to do what you love in life and, help you to wake up with positivity in the morning.

Check out this music it has become on of my favorite albums to lisen to if I want to stay calm or need some positivity in my life:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/golden-lights/id981410346

Pump That System

The lymphatic system is a system that is very important but, on almost no ones mind. To be able to give a broader view on the topic I have done some research in order to be as accurate as I can possibly be about the topic. I am not a doctor nor am I in the medical field and, I am learning about the lymphatic system which, I thought was important for you all to learn a little bit from me and then do research on your own. The inspiration for this post is from Lani Jane’s e-book which I will link below. She brings up some great topics as well as, has yummy raw vegan recipes. The lymphatic system is extremely important to the body because it helps it get rid of toxins, waste, and unwanted materials. The fluid getting filtered through the blood becomes clean because of the lymphatic system. The lymphocytes are fighters to the war against potential invaders. The lymphatic system helps to fight infections with a “…fluid containing infection fighting white blood cells, throughout the body”(livescience.com). It is important to pump that system because it only pumps through movement, you need to break a sweat and, get red in the face. Let’s get educated and learn about our body so we can heal it from the inside out and, the outside in. Continue to heal your body and, show it love.

  • Anything with chemicals or that is toxic toss it, it is not worth it
  • Get enough sleep and, listen to your body
  • Move around throughout the day
  • Take long walks in the park and breath in the fresh air
  • cycling is also, excellent
  • Of course you need to exercise but, it doesn’t have to be boring find something that you love to do and keep at 3-7 days a week
  • Drink lots of water and add some fruit such as lemon, berries etc.
  • If you have a trampoline that is highly recommended
  • Do vigorous exercising 1-2 a week
  • I do yoga everyday which helps me remember to breath ( when I miss a yoga practice I notice a difference in my day)
  • Working with you body is so important we forget to listen and, follow through with what our body needs and, wants

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Loni Jane’s ebook:  http://feelthelean.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Working Out & Throwing Up?

Ciao Tutti,

Yesterday in my Instagram post I said I would explain in further detail about why I get sick working out so, here it is! I decided to do a plyometric bootcamp workout and I felt so sick with about ten minutes to go. Background to me getting sick is that I have low blood pressure and, I get over heated. Great combination right?! When I do floor exercises like burpees etc. I always feel like I am going to throw up. Yesterday, there were a few burpees but, I chose to not do them as I know, they are big triggers of me feeling sick; I did a few floor exercises including planks. While doing the planks I was fine then bam, right after that the dizziness/nausea set in. Oh great, I can’t even finish the workout which almost always happens… I get to the bathroom place a cool wash cloth on the back on my neck, position myself by the toilet, sip coconut water, and hope for the best. I sat there for about ten minutes feeling absolutely horrible and then, I started to feel better. I slowly got myself up and proceeded to go downstairs and make myself dinner. I then recalled that I had forgotten to eat something substantial an hour/hour and a half before working out. I did not have enough energy to burn off because I didn’t eat enough. My blood pressure defiantly dropped but, I’m wondering if my blood sugar dropped as well. I used to use Gatorade for this problem now I use electrolyte water and coconut water. They are both healthier options and work just as well. Bringing you back to when I was in high school I used to have to have salt during the day because my blood pressure would randomly drop ( it was not a pleasant feeling). Now I keep pretzels next to my bed and, it happens less, now usually when working out. I have to remember to eat enough to sustain myself especially when I am going to work out. As a vegan, sometimes I am full and I forget to continue to eat until dinner. Today, I made conscious effort to eat as soon as I woke up and, throughout the day when I was filming. I filmed a taste test and vegan haul so, I had a little bite of sweets and savory snacks before doing a lighter workout today. My goal is to eat around 2,400 calories and, workout about 2-3 times a day. I would like to get back into my workout routine not only to be healthy and get in shape but, to help my RND as well. RND is reflex nerve dystrophy which is a disconnection with your brain and nerves if, you want I will explain about that and my experience in another post. The only way to help RND is to workout to help your nerves try to connect properly. I was in a program where I was working out about 5 hours a day with specific therapies to help RND patients that was a few years ago. For now, one workout a day and hopefully yoga in the morning or at night. I hope you enjoyed my little story feel free to comment below!
Have an enlightening an adventurous day,

Witch Hazel Loving

Ciao Tutti,
So, recently I have been reading about witch hazel and how it takes the toxins out of your body. I have been using it on my face and arm pits. I will be geeing my thyroid checked soon because I have been cold sweating (which means I sweat when I am cold). This problem has been extremely frustrated because my deodorant no longer works properly. I am usually home by myself working so, there isn’t a huge problem but, if I go out I do worry about it. I got curious and decided to do a small amount of research and came across witch hazel being used as not only a toner and face cleanser but, as deodorant. Pleasantly surprised, I started using it to try and regulate my body. I am trying to get back into completely natural ways to heal the body. Yes, heal because there is a built up of toxins from other deodorant brands I have used and I am working to clear my face of some acne spots and blackheads as well. I do wonder if waxing and not shaving the armpit would help to get rid of some of the hair follicles which would leave less room for toxin to develop therefore, less odor would occur. This is an odd occurrence for me because I didn’t have this issue until starting college three years ago although, cold sweating can be caused by stress it seems to not fit because I am out of college and, just working away. I am happy an love what I am doing so, I will be happy to get down to the cause of this. In the meantime, I am using witch hazel to see if I can balance my body to its natural form while decreasing the odor. Does anyone else have this issue, if so what do you do to help yourself. I am vegan so only vegan product suggestions please or natural remedies. I can’t wait to read your comments below. Last question, do you use witch hazel and, what do you use it for. The platform is now open for discussion so, ask and help away! Social Media will be linked down below don’t forget to tag me and #witchhazelmadness #theodorwithin .

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,
allie

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