Monthly Archives: February 2013

Easy on your tummy vegan tempeh crock pot dish

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How is your week so far?

I am trying to take it easy…

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so far the only activity was walking the dog this morning. But I need to say it was pretty refreshing.

I am still trying to follow my new diet to heal my gut so on today’s menu: Vegan Tempeh crock pot dish

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You will need:

1 block of tempeh & any veggies you would like

Marinate tempeh in 1 tbsp of gluten free Tamari, 1 tsp turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes.

Place on the bottom of your crock pot, add 1tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/2 c organic vegetable broth, and add remaining chopped veggies: celery, red. orange pepper; zucchini, asparagus, some garlic, kale leafs, parsley, carrots you name it. Cover and cook on High for 4 h. Sit down on the couch and relax.

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I love my new friend (crock pot). The funny thing is that I didn’t know it even exists until my Chinese medicine guy told me about it. Meat, veggies everything is so tender and you don’t have to spend so much time in your kitchen. The only concern I have is that I can easily eat all my dish by myself. It’s so easy and I don’t feel so full after. So be careful;)!!!

 

After 4 hours it’s done. I added some fresh herbs, avocado and nutritional yeast, and maybe a little bit of hot sauce.

Enjoy and let me know how you like it.

Izabela

 

Pain pain please go away!!!

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Hello my friends,

I am sorry for being away for the past week. I went through a big trauma and I am still recovering.
So…I had all my 4 wisdom teeth removed on Thursday. Honestly if I only knew what I will have to go though I would never do it. I was waiting for this procedure for 3 months and yes, I was stressing out but I thought I did a pretty good job with holding myself together maybe until an hour before the surgery. Then there was this whole preparation time where you are going there, waiting and then taking medication and hoping they will start working soon!!!=I thought that’s the worst
Well, no, that’s nothing compared to what’s after. I did mentally prepare for this day. I know I have ZERO resistance to
pain so I strongly believed that ” it will be all right”,”not so bad as they say” etc. I really don’t want to go into details with explaining to you the details. I do have horrible memories that I don’t want to recall.
After the operation Tom took me home and tried to be the best husband on the planet. He took care of me, prepared soups, applesauce and show me his patients when I was crying for 2 days and I was really bitchy to him. It’s the 5th day today and it’s a little bit better but still I can not function without painkillers. I am really swollen on my face and all I can do is gently move around the house.

I did not expect to have so much pain after the surgery and I did not know how frustrating it is…I cancelled all my classes and for now I am just trying to wait until the pain will be gone.
Pain pain please go away!!!

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Tom sent me this teddy bear image when I was at home alone and if I only could-I would smile;)

Also Thank you Tomi for gluten free cupcakes that were soft enough and I could enjoy it yesterday

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xoxo

Izabela

Family Weekend Recap

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I hope you had fun over the weekend.

The Family weekend in Canada is almost done. I was hoping to get back to my routines on Monday but it just didn’t happen. I think my body needs more time on some weeks.

We went skating at Square One with some friends. Yes, I survived this one.. After my last accident I need to admit I had a little bit of fear when everyone just started to spin around…but I was fine later on.

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We had so much goodies over here. I didn’t take pictures of everything but definitely we ate more that on a regular day.

(pic: from the left Banana split+ green juice; broiled chicken and sweet potatoes, almond cookies).

Today we are totally lazy. Most of the day I spent on doing nothing-love it!!! Now I am sipping my tea and trying to figure it out how to organize myself for the week, prep some food and hopefully relax and watch some movies in the evening.

Talk to you soon,

Izabela

 

What I did on Tuesday

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How is your day so far?

Mine is pretty productive as you can see. Lunch/dinner was a kale salad with Tahini dressing and saute veggies with tempeh- nothing original but still filling&delicious. And yeah, I got a dessert too;)

I am heading out to work now.

I wanted to share this find with you -In case you are still not sure why and if you should ever try yoga

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Enjoy you day and maybe see you on the mat;)

Izabela

 

Happy Monday-updates

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How was your weekend?

Ours was pretty quite. We had a snow day on Friday and my morning class was cancelled. It was tricky to get out of the house so some of us got really lazy

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On Saturday Tom&I went to Qigong class-to check it out. We went because it was recommended to me and I am always excited to try new things. Qigong is an old Chinese system of healing and energy medicine. You can read more about it here. It uses gentle movements and meditation to cleanse the body and circulate the life energy. It was pretty interesting, I could relate some parts of it to yoga practices.-which was great. Still I was a bit confused what we were doing and how can I use it later on. I loved loved the meditation part. So we will see if I can make it to the next sessions. The time slot of this class is not really great for me. I have my class just after in my studio and I had to rush to my clients

Speaking about meditation….Although it is still work in progress, I can see improvements. I ‘ve been pretty consistent with it. NO, I don’t wake up at 5am to meditate;) But I guess maybe because I am so often feeling  anxious I am drawn towards it. And it feels great to balance it out. I started to include meditations in each of classes as well and I feel that my skills to guide others improved.

Food/diet

Hmm, I am cheating a little bit on my recommended diet. Still have some raw veggies and hummus on the go; bananas, lentils etc but I am trying my best. Now trying to master my crock pot recipes. The hardest part for me is to have meat. Honestly I was never 100% vegan and did had some meat form time to time but now,,,it’s ridicules. My specialist insists that I should have cooked meat and meat broth all the time but I just can not stand it anymore. So today I had saute veggies and tempeh- yumi

6-FebDo  you see this chicken on the bottom left?-Tom called this picture:” What vegans are missing?”

I did not think it was funny. More important questions-does it help?

Yes and no. I see changes but still since he is working on my abdominal a lot I feel uncomfortable most of the time. I feel great after having a cook pot meal that’s for sure. But I have to eliminate so much from my diet for now and there is not much left so it’s hard. We will see. I am positive that he will bring some improvements, just if I can keep consistent with his recommendations;)

I think that’s it for now. I will talk to you soon.

xoxo

Izabela

Apple fig salad

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Guilt free dessert today

Apple fig salad

4 fresh figs

1 sliced apple

1/2 banana

1/2 c walnuts (or any nuts you like)

2Tbsp unsweetened coconut

1Tbsp Maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)

1/2 c non dairy yogurt (I used Almond dream)

Cut fruits into quarters. As much as I love apples I love them even more when they are warm so recently I started to microwave them for a min before serving. Stir the fruits, nuts, coconut and your sweetener together. Serve at once, topped with your yogurt. It was such a simple and delicious treat for me, hopefully you can enjoy it too.

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Izabela

Weekend Recap-Dave’s Birthday

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Hello Friends,

How was your weekend?

Our friend was turning 30! so went out to The Bier Markt in Toronto to celebrate.

It was cold on Saturday…

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…bye bye my favorite scarf…that I lost it there;(

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it’s a nice place if you are a beer fun for sure. Food was OK… To be fair they did accommodate the dish to my dietary needs.

There was a live band

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and dancing time.

I got a flour less chocolate cake

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but we had a blast overall. We came back home late that night so I was struggling with getting up and going to work the next day.

And what did you do this weekend?

Izabela