Monthly Archives: August 2013

Adventure time! Planning my first 3 day hike!

It’s been my goal for the summer to complete a multi-day hike and since the summer is almost over I figured I had better get my butt in gear and just do it. I’ve gone on an overnight hike once before and it was awesome, definitely something I’d like to do more often. We made our own trail up a mountain in the Yukon then camped out just below the summit. It’s such an amazing feeling to work so hard and then reach the top and be able to just relax and take it all in.

After reading “Wild” By Cheryl Strayed at the beginning of the summer I became hooked on the idea of doing a long distance hike but I figured I had better test out the waters by doing a 2-3 day hike first. Luckily we live pretty close to some amazing hiking territory. After looking up a few hikes and getting some recommendations we decided on the Skyline Trail in Jasper, AB. It’s a 44Km hike of which 25 kilometers are above the tree line. I’m a little nervous having only done much shorter distances in the past but I’m always up for an adventure! I’ve been reading nonstop on what to pack, how to pack and how to reduce weight in your bag. We have almost everything we need already but I’ve been debating splurging on a new lightweight sleeping bag. I’m almost always cold when we go camping so lately I’ve been using a super thick sleeping bag but it’s not something I want to drag up a mountain. Especially when I just found a warmer, more compact bag that weighs at least half the weight and would take up half the space.. Problem is I already have to purchase a sleeping pad a a few other things and I want to invest in quality gear. This is definitely where kijiji comes in handy. So far I’ve found a sleeping pad for $40 instead of $70 at the store and sleeping bags for much less than in store. Unfortunately all the sleeping bags for sale are larger than what I’m looking for so that might be one thing I need to buy new. I wish I had planned a little more in advance and spent more time looking online for used ones. There has got to be lots of second hand bags in great condition as it seems everyone just buys new everything nowadays. Just where/how to find them… Worst case scenario I just end up hauling my huge sleeping bag around for a couple days, better than being cold!  

Now to reserve our spots on the trail and spend the next week gathering supplies. Oh and try to and get as many runs in as possible. I’ve kind of been slacking in the running department since getting sick last month and a little worried my legs won’t be up to all the uphill climbing. Yet excitement is definitely overcoming the nervousness as I hope this is the start to many more hiking adventures for Shadoe and I.

10 days and counting! 

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Hiking in the Yukon!

Day 2 and 3 of a high raw challenge

Okay so maybe I shouldn’t have started a challenge that require a ton of prep work in the middle of such a hectic week.. It was a strange work week for me as I had to switch from night shift to day shift in one day instead of my regular two days off.. That meant very little sleep for me both nights. I also had the Queen’s of the Stone Age concert Wednesday night. It was a lot of fun but I was a little too tired to fully enjoy it. I was also pretty hungry.

Honestly, I was just way too lazy to do this challenge this week. I only drank one of the two smoothies per day and did not eat as many veggies/salad as it called for which left me just hungry a lot but still not wanting to quit. I did well all Day 2 but cheated wed night after the concert. I got home and was starving, exhausted and not in the mood to make anything so I just chopped up a couple tomatoes and ate them with some cheese (I wish I had of had some vegan cheese on hand instead!).

Day 3 started good as well. I had a smoothie for breakfast and then lettuce wraps for lunch. They were actually delicious and I’d definitely make them again soon. After work I was exhausted and just not in the mood for salad for supper at all and I called it quits and made my masala pasta but I made sure to fill my bowl with mostly veggies. I honestly didn’t feel any different after doing the cleanse. Probably because I didn’t follow it correctly… Yet there were still some benefits. The green smoothies were awesome energy boosters. I always feel that way about smoothies and drink them quite frequently already but it was cool to add some new recipes to my repertoire. I also discovered other recipes like sweet potato hummus and the lettuce wraps which were tasty but overall I quite enjoy my cooked food and it’s usually pretty healthy. I think I could do raw for breakfast and lunch quite easily but supper just calls for cooked food in my opinion with salad as a side not a main dish. I’m so glad Young and Raw offers these free challenges. Check out their website, there’s all kinds of cool info and recipes for raw soups, sauces, etc. It was so cool to have a shopping list, recipes and meals planned for the 3 days. A great way to dip your toes into the raw food waters.

Side note: If it seems like a lot of my posts are about food it’s because I’m constantly trying to find ways to reduce my environmental impact. I have a lot less time now that I work full time and I find what I eat, where I get it from, and how I prepare it is one of the easiest things for me to be constantly working on. Plus I love food, discovering new recipes and sharing my excitement over them is fun for me!  

Other than that my weekend has been good so far! I’m dog sitting for a girl at work. A beautiful Husky/German Sheppard mix who is a sweetheart. We got to go floating down the river today in gorgeous sunny weather and then I took the dog on a nice bike ride afterwards. Now to clean the house and then relax for the rest of the weekend 🙂    

Have you ever tried a raw food challenge? Was it successful?  

Annnnd some instagram photos from this week: 

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Strawberries in my garden 🙂 Yay!

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Self-explanatory pic lol

Day 1 of a high raw challenge!

I love challenges, even if I don’t always complete them or stick with them 100%… I love the anticipation, the planning, and the feeling of trying something new. To me an attempted change is better than no change and usually leads to me picking up a few good habits in the long run. Last week, after talking with a friend at work about cleanses I decided I wanted to give one a try as well. The last cleanse I did was the master cleanse back in university to prepare for a trip to Cuba. I actually did enjoy that cleanse and looked and felt much better once the week was over! Admittedly I didn’t do it for the best reasons back then. More about looking good in a bikini then feeling healthy. Young and Raw, a Facebook page I follow, had just posted a 3 day high raw challenge that sounded right up my alley!

This Monday was a holiday (Heritage day) and to celebrate we have a weekend long festival with food, dancing, and displays from many different countries/cultures around the world. Since I knew I would be trying lots of new foods, a lot of them not so healthy I figured a Monday start would be perfect. Unfortunately last week I started feeling very drained at work. A few people had been sick lately and while I usually don’t catch whatever is going around this time I did. By Friday I was completely exhausted and left work early. I still wanted to go to Heritage days so I loaded up on drugs (even though I usually try to stay away from them) and we even stopped at the farmer’s market beforehand and bought a ton of fresh berries. I had a really fun time! It’s honestly amazing what drugs can mask. By the time I got home the drugs were starting to wear off and I crashed. I crawled into bed the minute I got home and didn’t move from either the couch or the bed for the next day and a half. My boyfriend was the perfect caretaker always making sure I had Neocitron, orange juice, soup or hugs to make me feel better. Even though my Monday start got derailed I was feeling well enough by Monday evening after all that rest that a Tuesday start could work!  

Somehow I managed to have almost everything needed for the raw challenge already stocked in my fridge. With the exception of some fruit I need to go pick up today. Once I discovered that there was no turning back. I spent the morning preparing some of the meals for the next 3 days. I didn’t manage to eat everything on the schedule for Day 1 (it’s a lot of veggies!) but I did pretty good. I had to work at night and felt a little tired and lightheaded for part of the night but I definitely had more energy than last week. The only time I cheated from the challenge was at 2am last night. Getting home from work my belly was growling for food but I was not in the mood to make a salad. Instead I grabbed a handful of unsalted cashews and went to bed. I find evenings the worst for snacking (as I’m sure most people do) I’ll eat healthy all day long but then be craving crackers and cheese or other salty foods as soon as it’s dark out. So I was pretty proud of sticking to a plant based snack!

Today I’m going to go grab the rest of the fruit needed for the challenge and then we’re going to the Queens Of The Stone Age concert tonight!! Yayyy! I am very excited! I only wish I didn’t have to work tomorrow morning.. Hopefully all this healthy eating will give me energy to get through the day! So far no detox symptoms to report unless the light-headedness was a symptom but I chalk that up to being sick for the weekend. I don’t really think I’ll have any detox symptoms as I normally don’t eat processed foods or high/fat high sugar garbage.     

And It wouldn’t be an eco-couple post without an update or photo with chickens! 

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I tried to fend of the sickness last week with a cold-busting smoothie and yoga in the sun! I love natural remedies 🙂

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Picked some berries for the chickens. They’ve been such good layers lately they deserved a treat!