The Crazy Sexy Diet: Going for 30 Days

The Crazy Sexy Diet is technically set up for 21 days, however, I am going to extend it and go for 30. The other 2 times I have done this cleanse, I was eagerly looking forward to some junk food, and a glass of wine. This time around has been different. The “diet” is simply feeling like the way that I eat now, and not really like a diet. Day 21 came and went, and I did not feel eager to change anything.

I think a big part of that has to do with my yoga teacher training. I am pretty much doing yoga straight from Friday evening, till Sunday afternoon. It would be difficult to do this while eating poorly, or drinking alcohol. The training has been amazing in so many ways, keeping me motivated to eat well is another great benefit of it.

My teacher training ends on September 1st (BIG sad face), so I decided to keep up the diet guidelines, until then.

At the end of Day 21, I am currently feeling great!

  • I have natural, even energy throughout the day.
  • I feel fuller SO much faster.
  • I feel satisfied by eating smaller meals, more frequently throughout the day.
  • My digestion has improved.
  • I feel clean, light and strong inside.

I am eager to feel the benefits of one more week and continue to maintain this manner of clean eating and living.

Here’s an example of one my quick, weeknight dinners. I cooked this up one evening after yoga, when it was still hot out and I did not want to spend tons of time in the kitchen.

I heated up some crushed garlic in olive oil, and then added in white beans. I seasoned the beans with garlic powder, cumin and tajin. I served these in corn tortillas, topped with green onions, avocados and tapatio.

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For a side, I sliced up some bell peppers, threw in cherry tomatoes and edamame, topped them with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of tajin.

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This was a fast, flavorful and filling meal. It has been way too hot to cook up a big meal. I have been trying to keep tons of fresh fruit and veggies on hand that I can easily slice and eat.

Gluten Free Vegan BBQ

This weekend we celebrated Penny’s 2nd birthday. I am one of *those* people who makes an event out their pups’ birthdays. We usually have a barbeque, since both of their birthdays land in the summer.

My usual go-to for a BBQ is veggie dogs, baked beans and chips. It’s one of my favorite junk food meals! When I think of BBQs, this usually comes to mind:

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I was stumped for a bit on what to make without gluten or processed food.

I decided to grill up some veggies and top them with pesto.

We grilled up asparagus, eggplant and veggie kabobs (from Trader Joe’s), and topped it with homemade pesto (basil, spinach, olive oil, nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt and pumpkin seeds whirled in the food processor).

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I also topped a side of warmed, red kidney beans with the pesto. We ate this alongside fresh tomatoes topped with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and chopped basil. I made a fresh mix of marinated artichokes, fresh olives and sun-dried tomatoes + homemade hummus. We used Trader Joe’s brown rice wraps warmed up and cut to dip into the hummus. These wraps, along with corn tortillas have made this no gluten part of the diet, so much easier!

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This tasted like a Mediterranean feast! Not bad for my first gluten-free BBQ.

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Dessert was fresh sliced peaches and figs. I love this time of year!

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Happy 2nd Birthday to my (not so) little Penny!

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