Last week headaches and side effects caused by clinching my teeth took me out of the loop!  Misery loves company, but not in this case, I just curled up and babied myself so when I went to the pool today, I did not expect much from myself, thinking I needed to gradually obtain my previous benchmark of 16 laps.

To my delight, swimming was easier than ever and I hit 22 laps, all free style except the last two backstrokes I threw in just for fun.  Hot tub, steam shower, and sauna finished with a lavish coating of coconut oil made my pool experience better than an expensive day at the spa!

Since we started healthier eating about 6 weeks ago, I lost 18 pounds and hubby lost  21 pounds.  SO FAR!  We generally lose about 1/2 pound per day, then stabilize for a few days, then start losing again. Making this change in our eating has not been difficult at all, except  learning HOW to uncook standpoint.

We start everyday with Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie

I pack a vegan salad for hubby’s lunch and include a packet of Chia seeds, Flax seeds, and nutritional yeast.  I add a small container of Grapeseed oil and Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar, a glass of tea (sweetened with Stevia), and a small packet of homemade trail mix

After my workout I cannot wait to get home and have a spring, lettuce, or nori roll with a smidgen of Tamari, spiralized veggies and avocado!

I take recipes from Amber Shea Crawley’s cookbook Practically Raw and Ani Phyo, Kimberly Snyder, and a multitude of vegan bloggers.  For more complete list of great chef’s and nutritionists and foodists, visit me on Pinterest


To your health,



8 responses

  1. Carecia! Your health transformation is amazing! So awesome! Your meal plan sounds divine? Have you read “Eat to Live?” It was pivotal in my journey.

    When I went plant based I had headaches for a while too. I think they are just from the toxins in your body coming out. Hopefully they will go away!

      • Have you tried essential oils? I use them for headache relief (I only get headaches now when sleep deprived)
        mix a couple drops of lavender, peppermint and frankincense in the palm of your hand. Apply to forehead, temples and back of neck. Nearly instant relief and full relief within 10 minutes with nary a tylenol or advil 😉

      • Silly me, I have a friend who mixes essential oils and I have one bottle labeled HEADACHES! Guess I have to use it to make a difference.

        Thank you for taking time to offer a helping hand.

        BTW I was taking 400mg ADVIL morning and night for back pain and my doctor said my headaches THEN were residual headaches. I quit that about a year ago and rarely succumb to medication.

      • Good for you! Conventional medicine is amazing, but too often we go overboard. Glad you have been able to get off the Advil.

        I would love to hear if the headache treatment works. I can’t live without my oils and carry them everywhere like some patchouli obsessed hippie.

      • LOL I used to put patchouli on my paper money (long before debit cards). The idea was to scent the currency with oil and it would return many fold! Talk about Hippie!

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