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Rejovenation At Home + The Best Saladbeast Ever

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Hey Friends!

Before I begin, I just wanted to say thank you for all your love and comments on my last post about the gluten free diet. I just want to say that I got the sense that some of my readers felt as if I was introducing this new diet to them but that was not the main purpose of that post. Instead, my main point was to target those who do SUFFER with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. I wanted to discuss, briefly, how if they are following the conventional guidance of “This is gluten free and this is not” than they would not actually be eating gluten free. To add to that, if they are still suffering with symptoms despite cutting out the ‘gluten-free’ grains than the other [supposedly] gluten free grains may be to blame and they should experiment with cutting those out to see if their gut feels better as a result.

I was not trying to push the gluten free diet on those who don’t have an issue with it as I do hope that I do come across as promoting the notion of eating whole, unprocessed foods and not feeling the need to cut out foods you don’t have a problem with if you don’t wish to. Often times when I post about dietary lifestyles I’m simply giving my opinion on it and why it may be something to experiment with if you are having some issues with your current diet/digestive system. 

So to conclude, I do not promote the gluten free diet as a mode of weight loss. Many individuals going this route simply switch to heavily processed gluten free products which is not healthy. Even if you have an allergy to it and are forced to cut them out, please don’t eat that crap because, well, it is crap. On the other hand, if you experiment with proper gluten free eating (eating whole foods and simply removing grains from your diet) and feel better without the grains (like myself) than power to you and go gluten free and/or paleo or primal!

Always remember that you do what works best for your body, not what the public is saying is best because all of our bodies are unique and work on different lifestyles.

Okay okay, onto today’s programming.

So as the title suggests, I’m at home this weekend for some relaxing and rejuvenation after a long and tiring week. I always look forward to booking off my weekend shifts and coming home because just those few days really perk me back up. This week I knew that I really needed some R&R because after 3 back to back days of 8 hour close shifts (meaning 5 hours of sleep every night while still training the way I do #BeastModeNeverStops), my body was just aching and screaming at me for sleep and ‘do nothingingness’

So what better place to do that then at home? Oh and with this face

20140803-123636-45396507.jpgOmg I just love her so much. ❤

20140803-123636-45396715.jpgLesson of the day. If you want to take a pictorial of a very squirmy 1 year old puppy, sit them in your lap and use the self facing camera mode on your iPhone. Bam! I gots ya figured out lil girl. 😉

#DatFluff.

I have been asked to incorporate more personal stuff and events into my blog so here ya go. Hopefully my weekend of nothingness doesn’t bore you to tears. 😀

So last night I came home after my Dad and I stopped into Whole Foods and made a great dinna

20140803-123122-45082553.jpgWhole Foods had Sea Bass on sale so I just had to snag a piece of dat oily goodness…

Then I proceeded to make my Dad cookies..

20140803-123122-45082019.jpgWhile watching Criminal Minds

20140803-123123-45083674.jpgHealthieeerrr-ish chocolate chip oatmeal cookies loosely following this recipe by Kylie.

20140803-123123-45083069.jpgand winner for the most unaesthetic cookies goes to….

Yeah. Well I didn’t read further into Kylie’s directions when she stated to smoosh them down because they won’t spread…So they go smooshed half way through. Oh well, hopefully my Dad still finds them tasty.

My version was:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats (ground into a flour)
  • 1 cup oats left whole
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Crank or two on the ol’ salt grinder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup raw cashew butter
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Extra’s:

  • 1/4-1/3 cup pure semi sweet mini chocolate chips (all my parents had on hand)

Directions: “Cream” all the wet together. Add your dry (once you have mixed them well) and combine to form a cookie dough. Add a few tbsp of water as the dough may be a bit dry (or you could just add more apple sauce if you wish). Fold in your chocolate chips. Roll into balls and smoosh down onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 12ish minutes or until the bottoms are beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and plate them up to let them cool.

I haven’t baked in forever! I just had to. Oh and I didn’t say my MOM and Dad because my Mom is allergic to nuts and so she’s thinkin that even with the use of cashews (technically a fruit), she still can’t eat’em. #Sadface.

Side Note. I found a super cool site discussing the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie here. It’s quite interesting.

This morning (and a Rest Day), I forced myself to sleep in

20140803-123029-45029602.jpgIf you knew me, this would shock you. That’s a whole lot different than the 5:30ish am time I wake up every other morning.

Does anyone else have a really hard time sleeping in? Don’t get me wrong, I love sleeping, but literally I woke up at my normal time, went back to bed. Woke up every 30 mins or so, checked the time and was like…

“Dammit Chelsea go to sleep!”

Finally, up I got as I figured this was acceptable enough and began on the prep of my epic (was looking forward to this all night…) breakfast…err brunch #SaladBeast using yet another amazing purchase from Whole Paycheck Foods.

20140803-123030-45030227.jpgErrmagawd Bison Tenderloin! Droolzzz.

I quickly marinaded it (can’t even call it marinading as it sat there in the ‘sauce’ for like 10 minutes) in liquid smoke (the best stuff for red meat!), peppa, chili flakes, and garlic powder before throwing it on the grill (YES!) with my normal salad additions..

20140803-123032-45032117.jpgYes, I grilled everything including my acorn squash. See why this salad was the bestest? Grilled food is just better.

#WomanManningTheGrill

20140803-123032-45032889.jpgOmg that charred squash. Dat steak. 😀

Am I getting your excited yet with this drawn out lead up to a salad or what?

20140803-123029-45029450.jpgBam! Salad heaven. So as a wrap up here’s what this had in it:

Grilled Items:

  • Acorn Squash
  • Asparagus
  • Musrhooms
  • Onions
  • Ma STEAK!

Raw Items:

  • Spinach
  • Garden Salad Blend (lettuces, red cabbage, shredded carrots and radishes)
  • Snap peas
  • Pepper
  • Cucumber

Special Extras:

  • My organic no salt, no sulphites sundried tomatoes (the best with beef…or anything really)
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • My basil-cilantro pesto

Annnd my dressing..

20140803-123031-45031302.jpgSo worth the #SaladBaby!

So to continue my day of nothingness, I think my Mom and I are going to head out for a walk with the Magg-sters before the rain sets in. I also have this huge urge to make a peach pie. Is that weird? I saw the baskets of local peaches at the grocery store and I haven’t baked in ages so apparently that’s all I can think of doing at this moment. No this won’t be a healthy peach pie. It will be the pie my Mom and I always make together. Hmmm can you grill a pie? Oh this may turn out badly.

If I make one, I will be sure to show ya guys 🙂

What do you do on your day’s of nothingness?

Do you feel guilty about doing nothing? I still do but I’m trying to work on not thinking about that too much.

Enjoy your Sunday Friends!

-Chelsea

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43 thoughts on “Rejovenation At Home + The Best Saladbeast Ever

  1. Glad you are enjoying your day off! Your salad looks like a perfect start and a pie would be a yummy finish. I hope you find it in you to try some pie 🙂 One slice won’t throw off your macros TOO much! Say hi to your Mom and Dad for me!

  2. Glad you finally got a day off 🙂 But seriously how the ___ do you wake up at 5:30ish am?!?!?!

  3. I love lazy days and try to have one every sunday. I usually bake, or spend the day in bed watching TV/movies and reading magazines with tea. it helps me get through the work week!

  4. Thank you for the start of this post. I know you weren’t necessarily promoting a diet because that is SO unlike you but I do see how it could have gotten mixed up or at least get a discussion going. Based on some of the comments it seems most people are following your “eat whole food” plan/mentality.

  5. Thanks for showing your salad dressing ingredients. I can eat salad but only with a good dressing and usually turn to bottled crap. Thanks 🙂

  6. I try to schedule nothing days in in…I am continually having trouble keeping up with a consistent workout schedule since week by week I have different things going on after work and find it hard to find time. Plus my body just refuses to wake up extra early most mornings :/ My goal is usually 2 weight days, 2 cardio days, 1 yoga day and 2 rest days.

  7. I usually rest 1-2 days a week, and it is definitely needed! I still try to go for a walk or something low key, but yes, rest days are crucial!

  8. I don’t really schedule my rest days. My workout intensity and resting ebbs and flows naturally with the course and flow of my life, work schedule, life stuff that pops up, childcare, parenting, etc…some days I just am “forced” into resting b/c of other things taking priority and that’s ok too 🙂

    Resting…yes, so important!

  9. How would you recommend eating on rest days? I’ve heard both cases, where you should modify your diet to eat according to how many calories you’re burning and also that you should eat normally as you would when you work out hard.

  10. As always great post! I get so frustrated when people push themselves when they are sick and should be resting, sometimes the body just needs a good rest to recover fully, why not take a few days off and then go hard out once you’re fully recovered instead of dragging out the illness by punishing your body?! Sorry rant over!

    Uber cute pic of Miss Maggie:-)

  11. I struggle with rest days. I’ve definitely felt exercise guilt before, especially if I can’t fit a great workout in for days in a row. Since moving back to the US, not having and gym and starting a new job has really got in the way of my old reliable workout routine. But now, instead of feeling like I’m hungry all the time, I’ve developed lighter exercise habits and better eating habits too! So I realized that my body doesn’t NEED to exercise as much as I think. I just need to do any kind of activity to stay healthy 🙂

  12. Great post! it’s a relief to know that I’m not the only crazy person who needs to talk myself into taking a rest day. My body has been craving a rest day all week & I finally listened by pretty much forcing myself not to work out today. I think it’s so hard for me to take a rest day because I know how good I will feel after a tough workout, but when i find myself dragging through workouts several days in a row, I know I’m overdue for a day off. What keeps me from going back on my decision is to remind myself how refreshed & stronger I will feel tomorrow.

  13. Hi Chelsea, I have a question that may seem so silly. How do you work on less sleep? I know we should aim for 8 hours but between fun/social life, school, work & fitness it’s unrealistic. I’ve been sleeping 8-10 hours this summer but as a result my fitness has failed & i stopped working out.

  14. I took a rest day today too after feeling “under the weather” all week! I think knowing when my next workout will be prevents me from feeling guilty… I’m hitting BodyPump first thing tomorrow! 🙂

    • I’m glad you listened to your body instead of pushing yourself to go. Sometimes I need to listen to that advice too but I’m stubborn and too hyperactive to quit haha. Taking time to rest should never cause guilt! 🙂 Hope your class was amazing after letting your body recoop.

  15. I was just telling a friend that I want to replace one workout with an extra rest day as they really improve the quality of my workouts! However I can’t help to sometimes feel anxious when I do but I am getting better at embracing them. Occupying my ‘workout time’ with another hobby like baking defo helps minimise the guilt!

  16. I’m really competitive, so taking rest days are generally difficult for me. It’s hard to remember that taking time off is actually really good for me.

    However, I’m having surgery on Tuesday, so I’ll be off of exercise for about a month (off running for 3. That is going to be killer. I’m not sure how to deal with that.

  17. I try to think of rest days as just as important as workouts. Your body needs the chance to recharge, so let it! I try not to make comparisons because I know I take great care of myself. Someday, I’m sure I’m having a great workout and someone else is resting. No sense in comparing. Everything balances out. Hope you’re feeling rested today! 🙂

  18. The last two Friday’s I have actually taken rest days on top of my usual Sunday rest day. I just felt the same way you explained, sore, tired, etc. I also read about everyone elses workouts and feel a little guilty. As much as I say that I am okay with it, I can’t help but feel guilty because the whole day I feel tired and have no energy and it reminds me that I could have just gotten up and done a quick workout, if anything! But at the end of the day, it is not going to make you gain 10 lbs for missing one day, it is not going to throw off your whole routine. I just focus on the next thing: eating a healthy lunch that day, or pushing myself extra hard the next day if I am feeling up to it! The feeling goes away as soon as I get in the next day’s workout, and I try to remember that the next time I decide to take a rest day!

  19. I am SO bad at scheduling rest days, is it amazing. I love to do something physical every day. So what I usually do is make sure there is one day where the only activity I get is walking, so it is like and active rest day. This seems to work pretty well for me!

  20. Thank you for this post! I think i’m in the middle of one of those weeks off right now, just feeling like my body really needs it. It’s good to hear that it’s ok and good to do that from someone like you who is so into fitness. You inspire me!

  21. Hi there! 🙂
    School just started in some parts of the states (senior year!!! :D) and I try to fit my workouts in when I can..I have free block first some days and get up extra early to workout, and other days I do some fasted walking before breakfast sometimes…but lately with school..I get home and just want to sleep! I think it’s because I also hate evening workouts because I get all sweaty then have to get ready again to go out! And I have like boooo energy, even if I eat pre workout 😦 Days like these are usually happening like 2x a week and I feel lazy not getting a workout in but I know I could smash it the next morning…I am also sleep deprived too though lol I’ll get up extra early to workout and therefore lose sleep alot of times…is it okay to take more than 1 rest day even when your serious about getting results?

  22. Great post! I have friends ask me alllll the time how to make good salads. I guess it seems second-nature when you’ve been doing it for a while!

    My last salad was kind of a kale, jalapeno, and goat cheese salad – it had two kinds of kale, fresh jalapeno, goat cheese, cilantro, radishes, and spicy homemade and gluten-free cornbread croutons. The croutons totally stole the show!

  23. My favorite salads end up being the end of the grocery week kind, where I just throw in all the odds and ends I have. Half a jalapeño, mushrooms, avocado, red bell pepper and onion. Delicious!

  24. I love all your salad ideas! I’ve never understood how people do not like salad. Growing up we started each meal with a side salad and I thank my parents for ingraining those habits in me.

    Half the time my dinners wind up on top of a giant bowl of greens – I definitely get my fair share of strange looks but I find any meal can be turned into a salad topper!

  25. oh my, maggie is so adorable.

  26. She sure is a cutie!! Great post…as I try to be more aware of what/how I eat, I’ve noticed that my favorite meals are the ones that have lots of stuff mixed together – ie, salads are pretty much ideal for me! I eat at least one salad type mixture every day – I pack one for my lunch at work (all cold based on greens) and often at home I’ll have a repeat, mostly just veggies on top of some rice for a warmer night time meal. I’m trying to mix up my greens (I just don’t like kale, but I’ll eat it if it’s mixed with some nice romaine and spinach), and I tend to stick to the cheaper veggies/fruits to help my budget stretch, but one of the secrets I’ve found for myself is I’m a sucker for just a little bit of sweet in my salad! Carrots and tomatoes (both staples) have their own little sweetness to them, but if I can add a few fresh seasonal berries (blackberries have been on sale regularly at Aldis all winter – YUM), I never get bored with salad choices. I also love adding nuts – sunflower seeds are my favorite, though. I tend to add protein, but I’m iffy with eggs, so usually sliced up deli meets are my go-to. Probably my biggest downfall is dressings, though…I tried for a while to do home made, but I just can’t find a recipe I like enough to use over store bought (though I try to stay away from the Kraft, or anything over sugared). I loveloveLOVE avocado in salads, but since I make salad for my lunch at work the night before, avocado doesn’t last as well and gets kind of a funny taste…super sad face 😦

    Anyway, thanks for some great ideas for switching it up! Salad lovers unite 😀

  27. Great post! I am loving all of your ideas. I enjoy salads but find myself getting in ruts with them more often than I’d like. Thinking outside the box with new or different ingredients is KEY I think!

    • For sure! Switch them up. I have been dying to try a new salad (taco style or a “hamburger salad”) but I love my normal ones too much hahaha. I have been trying fruit in mine lately to add a lil something different and different vinegars in my dressings. Try even throwing fresh herbs too hey add such great bursts of flavour!

  28. I love big salads and mine are usually equal parts greens and all the fun mix ins as well 🙂 The last one I had was romaine, gr. peppers, cherry tomatoes, feta, a can of light tuna, croutons and some mediterranean style dressing. One of my favs is using leftover taco meat with salsa, cheese and lots of veggies and greens for a taco salad!
    Even at restaurants I enjoy ordering big salads with different things on them that I might not think of or have tried yet.

    • One of my fav places to eat is a massive salad bar where you can pick from all the “gourmet” toppings. It’s the absolute best! Way better than any fast food I could get (maybe Thai might be the exception ha!). When I could tolerate cheese a wee bit better I loved either low sodium feta or light goat cheese as well. Omg do I ever miss my weekly goat cheese. Lactose intolerance problems.

  29. I am so happy to say that you are a huge reason I love salads so much now! Through reading your blog the last couple of months, I’ve realized that salad beasts are pretty much my very favorite thing to eat, especially because there’s endless combos you can make 😀

    The last one I had was at dinner alongside a slice of pizza…it was chopped spinach, cucumber, strawberries, shredded carrots, a few walnuts/almonds, dried cranberries, a bit of avocado with a honey miso cherry vinaigrette! It sounds weird kind of but was so good!

    • Amazing right? Never again will a bowl of lettuce be called a salad amirite?? Hahaha. And hey, whatever calls to you when making your salad beast throw it in. You’re right when you say there are endless combos because, really you can just throw in whatever ingredients you are feeling at that moment and voila, all cravings satisfied!

  30. Hi chelsea,
    Maggie is sooooo cute ! 🙂

    Reading your blog has become second nature now, everyday, just after FB :).
    You are such and inspiration and you have a great spirit. Keep up the good and kind work 🙂

    After coming across your blog, I have drastically changed my food habits. I’m loving veggies and fruits a lot and even crave them (I love the apple with AB and cinnamon):). I have also started with my workout routine…treadmill, stairmaster. Will add weights soon. I am looking to lose about 30 pounds and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

    I would really like to know how you spiralize the zucchini and all the other things. You have great hair and skin. Is there anything special you take or do?. I’ve started taking spirulina tablets..they say its really good for health.

    Keep up the good work, chelsea

  31. Wow you eat so healthy! I don’t know how you do it! These cookies however look really good! I will have to try these this year!

  32. Just made these cookies with strawberries and cherry’. They look and smell amazing and I can’t wait for them to cool off! Your blog is really great. xoxo

  33. I love EVERYTHING you have to say here. Ditto on a clean, healthy, yummy lifestyle. This way of living absolutely works. I practice the same mindful techniques and preparations. Day to day I am careful……but my six mini meals a day are filled with high energy, whole foods with great flavors. I am not on a diet. I too know how to stay on my path with occasional indulgences!! I want to feel and look great. Cruddy eats make me feel….cruddy! I also want the same for my family. I look forward to following you!

  34. So glad I found your blog! I’ve been “figuring out” my eating style for the past three years and it is very similar to yours. It makes me feel so much better that there is someone else out there that isn’t “completely raw” or “100% vegan”. We’ re just a couple of gals doing the best we can. Whole, natural foods and if some of it happens to be cooked or from an animal it ain’t the end of the world. Cheers to healthy eating!

  35. I love your style of eating. What are you most conscious about? how many calories something has? how much protein? how much fat? where the ingredients come from?

    • Thank you! I always say to look at the ingredients first. This has been lost over the years as people tend to fear the number of carbs and/or fats something has. That part doesn’t necessarily matter if it’s coming from a whole food. Think getting 50g of carbs from a sweet potato vs sugar. You wouldn’t know unless you read what the ingredients were. Just my take 😊

  36. Your dog is adorable 🙂 I enjoy your blog and think the layout and everything is great! I am working on starting my own so it is nice to see successful ones like yours. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes!

    • Aww thanks so much! So exciting that you are going to start your own blog. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to get your thoughts out there and communicate the things you love with more people. Good luck! If you try any of my recipes I would love to hear what you think 🙂

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