*Note: my photoeditor is completely useless now so, again, pardon the photos. I’m never home when its sunny out anymore and I have nothing to help me out with my poorly lit apartment =/ *
Alright, so let’s do this review things, shall we?
No Spend November:
I’m actually not having as much difficulty with this as a imagined I would. I think I helped myself out by budgeting everything super well, taking cash out and dividing it into envelopes. And avoiding Target like the plague. I will admit though, that I’ve had a few temptations. My friend, Lisa, introduced me to this god-awful-but-I-can’t-stop-watching-it Youtube channel by a girl named Bethany, aka, MacBarbie07. She reviews beauty products and clothes and it makes you sort of want to try everything. What’s this? Taylor Swift has a new perfume? Dry shampoo works great after the gym? That matte powder with the giant brush looks so fun…I want to try that lip balm…AHH!
My current solution is to look up what she reviews on Amazon and put it on my wish list. That way, I can come back to it at the beginning of December and ask myself, Do I really need three new lip balms? The answer should be a very firm no. Though…that big fluffy brush did look super fun…
My other tempation has been spur of the moment food treats, like coffee. I went to vote around 11/11:30 on Tuesday and it was super Fall-y out- the sun was shining, the wind was blowing, it was cold out, I was rocking my favorite Fall coat, I had just done my patriotic duty and voted for President and I thought, I should totally treat myself to Starbucks now. It was hard to resist. But, I knew that I wanted to go to the movies this weekend and I didn’t have a lot of fun money left so I was able to pass.
I think the biggest help in all this was that small amount I put aside for fun. So far, I have been able to go out to eat a few times and I have a movie outing planned. I am still able do stuff and plan stuff and I’m not stuck inside my super cold apartment and that’s a huge help.
Two Week Cleanse:
This is A LOT harder. Yesterday was day 3 which was the all liquids day. I had smoothies throughout the day and pureed cauliflower apple soup for dinner. I was craving bread so hardcore, though! I shot Leanne over at Healthful Pursuit a comment and she said I may be missing complex carbs and to have a baked sweet potato today. You can bet your ass I went to the grocery store immediately after work and bought a few. I also bought some butternut squash, roasted it when I got home and pureed it into my soup. It was a huge help! It gave new life to a soup I have been living off of, it smelled so good when it was in the oven and it made me feel like I was really eating food. This weekend I have my mom’s birthday at home so we’ll see how I do when tempted with cake.
Another thing that helped me through yesterday when all I wanted was warm, yummy carbs was making this Almond Butter. A success in the kitchen always makes me feel really good! I’ve tried making nut butters before and they just never come out right. Turns out I was missing a key ingredient- patience!
Vanilla Flax Almond Butter
from Healthful Pursuits
- 2.5 cups of raw almonds
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- Preheat oven to 170F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicon baking mat.
- Spread the almonds out onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, stirring once half way through.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Place roasted almonds, ground flax and vanilla extract into the bowl of your food processor and process until drippy, scraping the bowl as needed. This could take anywhere between 10- 30 minutes depending on your food processor.
So, my almond butter isn’t quite “drippy” but I got it spreadable! I did this while my butternut squash roasted so I was STARVING and I just wanted dinner so after 30ish minutes, I called it quits. I was super excited with the results though!
I halved Leanne’s recipe but kept the vanilla the same. I can’t eat sweets during this cleanse so the vanilla made it taste more dessert-y. I think with the 2.5 cups of almond, it made about 1 cup to 1.5 cups of almond butter, which is plenty for me!
I can’t wait to have this with an apple for lunch! It’s the closet thing to dessert I’m going to get for another week and a half! oi.