Day 5 & 6 

This challenge has been a lot easier then my vegan challenge. I have been eating healthy and exercising every day. 

One thing I have found so far is I don’t love the shakeology. It tastes fine but I am not a huge shake lover. I would much rather eat real food instead of drink a shake but I will continue to drink it for the rest of the month. 

Today my meals were: 

  • 2 boiled eggs and 1 slice ezkeil toast
  • Laughing cow cheese (1), breton crackers, 1 small banana 
  • Ezikeil wrap, spinach, mushrooms, green pepper and feta 
  • Strawberries 
  • Steak, asparagus, peppers, mushrooms and onions 

I had a bit of a off day and didn’t hit all my containers because I needed to get groceries but tomorrow will be a more organized day. 

I roasted my veggies in the oven on 425. Drizzle with olive oil, mrs dash no sodium lemon pepper and garlic powder. 

Instead of a workout video today I decided to go outside for a walk because it was a gorgeous day! 

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Day 3 & 4

One thing I did find hard about my 30 days vegan is committing to a blog post every night. I found some posts suffered because I ran out of energy and things to talk about. It also took time away from my family. So I have decided not to put that pressure into this challenge. 

My plan is to commit to at least three blogs a week. Some weeks I might post more but my goal is three! 

This shake is making my life. 

  • Protein powder 
  • 8oz Coffee
  • Natural Peanut Butter 
  • Ice 
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk 

I don’t replace a meal with a shake, my shakes are usually a mid morning snack. 

This is officially one of my favorite snacks but it isn’t very filling. I have been having it as an afternoon snack to hold me over till lunch. 

  • 4 Breton low sodium crackers 
  • Laughing cow cheese 
  • Strawberries 

Such a yummy snack. 

So.. if you’ve been following along this journey from the beginning..

I finally caved. 


Delicious, cheesy  definitely not vegan nachos. 

But back on track tomorrow! 

If your wondering if it was worth it… it was. 

Xo, Marissa  

Day 2! 

This healthy eating plan has me feeling amazing and “lean” (the feeling not the look I’m clearly not there yet ha ha!!!!) 

This is the easiest time healthy eating has ever been for me. After being so restricted for a month before hand it has made me feel like I have a million choices and so many great tasting options. 

My meals for today… 

I did have one more meal I forgot to take a picture of and that was my shakeology which I had this evening. I was busy today and missed one meal but still felt good. 

Meal one: 1 egg, two slices blue menu turkey bacon, strawberries and slice of toast

Meal two: strawberries, laughing cow cheese, Breton low sodium crackers 

Meal three: fixate taco, spinach and wrap

Meal four: spinach and feta stuffed chicken and sautéed veggies 

Meal five: shakeology, ice, banana, almond milk. 

I did another country heat workout today and I really enjoyed it. You kinda have to give it your all to get all the benefits of it but I’m in love with the 30 minute workouts they are about all the time I can put forward right now and honestly all I have energy for! 

I find this plan is making me put my workouts first which is so important. We so easily push our health and well being aside to clean the house or do laundry but we need to stop! It’s easier to workout in the morning and do your house cleaning when the kids go to bed or after work than workout in the evening when you have no energy and want to relax. You eventually will have to do your laundry so you have to make time for it but you don’t necessarily have to workout. Which is why it’s so much more important to take your first opportunity to get that workout in rather then wait and say you’ll do it tonight.. We both know you won’t!  

Get out of bed early, get that workout in before you’re even awake enough to realize what your doing, put a smile on your face and get on with your day!!! 

You will feel better for it.

I promise. 

Day 1.. Take two! 

Challenge number two started today and this one is WAY more my kind of challenge. 

Meal breakdown…. ⬇⬇⬇

Meal one: Two eggs, 1 slice ezkiel toast, kiwi *1-R 1-Y 1-P* 

Meal two: vanilla shakeology super food shake, tbsp cocoa, 8oz coffee cooled, 8oz ice. Blend! *1-R* 

Meal three: cranberry, goat cheese & chicken salad! I split this huge salad with my grandma and didn’t use any dressing! *1/2-R 1/2-B 1-o 2-G* 

Meal four: 1/2 spinach and feta stuffed chicken breast and strawberries *1-R 1/2-B 1-P* 

Meal five: fixate taco meat with 1 green c spinach and ezkiel wrap. *1-R 1-G 1-Y*

Meal six: Oats, cinnamon and strawberries *1-Y 1-P* 

For those of you wondering how my meat and dairy was today… it was amazing. 

Honestly, going plant based made me appreciate chicken breast, eggs and healthy eating so much. 

My opinion on day one..

  • I have never eaten this much fruit or advised this much fruit on a weight loss plan 
  • I felt so good all day 
  • And I can’t wait for tomorrow. 

For my workout today I did a country heat workout. I was so tired today so I decided to do a fun workout I knew I would enjoy and want to finish! 

I am going to prep a bit more chicken tonight before bed or tomorrow morning and will post those recipes tomorrow! 

Happy Wednesday! 

xo, Marissa 

Meal Prep! 

I have a love – hate relationship with meal prep. The idea of it is amazing but.. surprise surprise I don’t really like leftovers….. (picky I know, at least you don’t have to live with me). 

So with that said my meal prep is not a 5-7 day full prep but you could always do that if you wish with the recipes I use. Usually I would do a meal prep on Sunday but where my last day vegan was today it was kind of a weird scheduling. This is like a half meal prep to get me through the week. Sunday coming meal prep will be waaay more in depth along with a look at my grocery cart! 

My plan for this week is to cook my breakfast fresh every morning. My aim will be 2 eggs, a carb of some sort, and some fruit! (I will post pictures and recipes as I make those). Tomorrow my plan is two boiled eggs, 1 slice toast and fruit! For the portion fix meal plan I am trying out it will be (1-Red, 1 – yellow and 1-purple). 

I also prepped some oatmeal this morning so I will have it easily on hand to just grab and go. 

Spinach and feta stuffed chicken breast…… 

Does that look good or what? I was drooling today making this.  

I used a meat mallet to flatten my chicken and filled each chicken breast with 1 – green full of spinach and 1-blue of feta. I only get 1 blue a day so I am using it wisely! Bake at 375 for 40 min. Around 1/2 of this chicken breast will count as 1-Red.  I know what your thinking, ONLY HALF? but keep in mind I’m eating 6 balanced meals a day. You could eat 3 big meals with all your containers if you wanted but that isn’t the most effective form of weightloss. 

I will also be drinking one shakeology shake a day for a snack.. depending on what I put in it will count as 1 red and most likely 1 yellow. 

Fixate taco meat! 

Let’s face it, taco meat doesn’t look that appealing as it is but I am hoping this stuff is good. My plan for this is to put 1 red in a wrap along with 1- green full with spinach! In the end this meal will be 2 – green, 1- red and 1- yellow. 

I found this recipe on pinterest just as a picture of a cookbook. If you want to see all my pinned beachbody recipes head over to my Pinterest @mariss4 (board is named BEACH Body) I will constantly be searching for new meal prep recipes and will pin them there! 

Those two meats are really all I prepped today because the rest I will probably make on the spot because I am home during the day most days. 

I will post tomorrow what my entire day looked like as well as pictures of my meals. I also did take before pictures and will be completely transparent on this journey of everything I am eating and the workouts I am doing so you can see my results! 

xo, Marissa 

DAY 30.. FINALLY

No one can understand the joy I feel as I am approaching the last hours vegan.

This challenge didn’t turn out how I had imagined in the beginning, I had high hopes for my pain and inflammation. I do believe it probably takes longer than 30 days to reverse rheumatoid or take away the pain so that being said I am not totally closing the door on this plant based (vegan) lifestyle.

Despite how hard the past 30 days have been I have learned so much about my “needs” and “wants” when it comes to food. I will continue to limit my meat and dairy intake and lean towards a more plant based lifestyle because I really have felt amazing over the past few weeks.

However, I meal prepped today for my next challenge and that chicken and ground turkey smelt AMAZING and I cannot wait for lunch tomorrow.

I know you are all expecting a BIG meat and dairy filled cheat meal but I am honestly just excited for my spinach and feta stuffed chicken breast tomorrow (check out my MEAL PREP blog post later tonight for that recipe.) and I am excited to really start hitting my goals for my wedding body!

Although……… I MAY just need to eat some chicken wings this weekend and maybe some nachos! MAYBE, but if I do I will let you all know!

I think going plant based is a wonderful thing, I watched a really great documentary “forks over knives” and it spoke a lot about health and plant based lifestyle. In theory it sounds amazing and I would have loved to LOVE being plant based. But it was hard, it was a huge change to my lifestyle and there was WAY too many things I didn’t like. And what did I like… CARBS, sadly… Cakes, cookies and corn chips do NOT help you lose weight. Could I be 80% or 90% plant based..? Maybe I could… But we will have to see.

For now, I will be introducing SOME dairy back into my lifestyle as well as some meats. I will still be trying out new vegan recipes and will definitely share them with you when I do.

I had high hopes for my last vegan meal tonight. I had planned to go to the grocery store get everything I needed and cook a recipe from one of my cookbooks..

But frankly, I am just over it.. Instead of going to the grocery store I did meal prep for my next few days of healthy eating and went for a walk on this beautifuo day with Aaryn. I have spent a lot of time and money on plant based eating. I have made a lot of recipes and almost all the supper/lunch ones I did not like. So I decided I didn’t want to make another one.. I knew I wanted to make at least one Vegan recipe on my last day and so I made Vegan Chia Seed Jam.

This is my second time baking with chia seeds and I got to say, these are weird sticky little seeds when they get wet. They stick to everything and they look like fish eggs! But if I haven’t turned you off them already I will say they don’t taste bad, they don’t really taste like anything.

I used partridge berries and it was good! I will definately put this on some of my Oatmeal in the next few days.  This jam lasts for 1-2 weeks in an airtight sealed container in the fridge. If you like sweeter jam I would advise using strawberries or blueberries. 

Chia Seed Jam

  • 3c berries
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds 
  • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 

Cook berries in saucepan on medium-high heat add maple syrup. Simmer on medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Add chia seeds stir frequently let simmer for 15 min. Remove from heat & add vanilla!

This is from my oh she glows Cookbook! 

Worth a try, next time I will try blueberries!!  

 Keep an eye out for my meal prep post this evening for some healthy recipes :). 

xo, Marissa 

Day 29 ONE MORE DAY!

Tomorrow is my LAST day Vegan.. Maybe forever, maybe not who knows! (I’m impulsive like that).

I will definitely have some “vegan days” ie. meat, dairy and egg free days but I am SO looking forward to chicken and even a bit of cheese!!

They say not to quit cold turkey when going vegan because it is such a HUGE change and I have to agree. If you are thinking about going vegan, start slow. Cut out one thing at a time. Try red meat this month, dairy next.. It is very hard to change your lifestyle in 30 days. Find vegan foods you LOVE. Mine was carbs.. I ate carbs for the last 29 days.

Did I gain weight? No.

Did I lose weight? Maybe 3lbs.

Was it hard? Heck yes.

Is it doable? Yes, but don’t do it like me.

To say the least I am SO MISSING chicken and ready to get back to meeting my health and fitness goals. Of course I could have met them vegan.. But I was picky and could not adapt a taste for the foods I needed to. Am I quitting? No. I am going to keep trying recipes in my cookbooks and trying to incorporate a few vegan recipes a week. Who knows, in a year I could be fully vegan……..but probably not.

Today I was super boring and was in a just trying to get through mode.

Tomorrow I am going to attempt one more new vegan recipe for my final day and it will most likely be a sweet one but I haven’t picked it out yet. I will also give you a full breakdown of my past month…

AND

I will be starting meal prep for my next 30 day project which is officially starting on Wednesday! I will hopefully be able to show some meal prep and how my eating is going to look over the next few weeks. (Be sure to look out for two separate posts tomorrow; a meal prep and DAY 30!)

This next project is totally a health and fitness weight loss project. I will give you guys an ALL-ACCESS PASS into the journey to my WEDDING BOD! Get your pen and paper ready because I will be giving away WAYYY TO MANY health, fitness and meal prep tips I have developed over the years! Of course I will be posting a BUNCH of free clean eating recipes as well…. and not the gross ones that really fit people that take pictures of their abs tell you taste good but really they are disgusting.

I will not deceive you like that.

Chat tomorrow when I quite possibly might stay up until 12:01AM to eat some cream cheese hot baked spinach dip and wings. Hmm or steak, steak would be good, steak and twice baked potatoes??

I’m dying.

xo, Marissa

 

 

Beachbody has arrived! 

Friday I received my beachbody package. 

As promised I will post pictures, descriptions and my thoughts below.. ⬇⬇⬇

My initial reaction.. 
That box is pretty small for all that money! Beachbody is a united states company so we as Canadians get hit with exchange rate.

Does this company/product have the potential to be worth it? Sure it does, if it is as good as they say it is. 

When people look at products like this they automatically ask price. As do I. Especially when people buy products and realize.. oh but I still have to do the work. I can’t just drink this shake and automatically lose weight. 

Remember.. if you can just drink that shake and automatically lose weight without exercise or healthy eating. Ask yourself, is this sustainable? Will I continue this lifestyle when I lose x amount of weight? AND most importantly is this healthy?

If your answer to all of those questions is Yes. Then spend that money. But if any of those questions is no. PASS 

There is no quick fix. If it is quick it’s unrealistic and unhealthy.  

In my package I got..

  • Shakeology 
  • Shaker Cup
  • Portion fix containers
  • A bigger container for meal prep 
  • Portion fix eating plan
  • Shakeology recipes 

My thoughts.

  1. Shakeology -I’m not to sure about this I’m going to give it a try. I find it expensive but if it’s worth it I’m ok with the price. 
  2. Shaker Cup – well come on? It’s a shaker cup..
  3. Portion fix containers – see portion fix meal plan 
  4. A bigger meal prep container – looks kinda cheap… 
  5. Portion Fix Meal plan – I’m kind of in love with this actually. It gives you food lists exactly what you need to eat and how much. An awesome tool, great for people who know nothing about healthy eating and even for those who do. 
  6. Shakeology recipes – some look really good. 

    I am starting-ish today but will be modifying until I can add meat back in on Wednesday! 

    Day 27: Vegan Chocolate Cake

    Chocolate Cake is good no matter what. As long as there is sugar and icing, it’s good. 

    This was no different for Oh She Glows Vegan Double Chocolate Fudge Cake. 

    So moist and sooo delicious! 

    The recipe is in her Cookbook but you can also find the recipe here ⬇⬇⬇

    https://www.google.ca/amp/s/nutsaboutgreens.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/double-layer-chocolate-cake-with-chocolate-avocado-frosting/amp/ 

    I didn’t make the avocado frosting. The frosting recipe I used was the chocolate buttercream:

    • 2.5c icing sugar
    • 1/2c vegan butter 
    • 2tsp Vanilla 
    • 3/4c cocoa powder 
    • Pinch of sea salt 
    • 3.5 tbsp almond milk 

    Mix all together except milk in a large bowl. Add milk gradually. The frosting should be thick but spreadable and not too runny. 

    This recipe is worth a try. It cooked easy, came out of the cake pans easy. It was such an easy recipe to follow which I can’t say for all the vegan recipes I’ve tried. Very chocolatey but in  a good way and not overly sweet! 

    Seriously try this recipe, you can replace the vegan butter with real butter. If your not vegan don’t go buy new butter just to try this! 

    Day 26! 

    I promise.. I am trying my hardest to like vegan food. 

    I really am. 

    I’m cooking new recipes and giving everything a fair chance! 

    Today for supper I made Thug Kitchens white bean and red lentil burger with root veggie fries.

    I followed these recipes down to the last spice. 

    And I just can’t do it. The burger was dry and tasted like chili.. which isn’t bad if I was eating chili but I was eating a burger. 

    The root veggie fries were good but can you really go wrong with fries?..

    I also decided to make some Oh She Glows On the Go Chia Doughnuts with Lemon Coconut Whipped Cream! 

    RECIPE ⬇⬇⬇

    https://www.blenderbabes.com/lifestyle-diet/dairy-free/vegan-gluten-free-chia-doughnuts-coconut-whipped-cream-recipe/

    These were really good, you could tell they were healthy. Mine look alot different than hers because I didn’t have have a doughnut mold but she said you could bake them the same in muffin tins so that is what I did. 

    I would definately make these again! 

    Only a few days left!