Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sorry For the Absence

Hi everyone.  Hopefully I was not gone too long.  Once again, good old writer's block + exhaustion has kicked in the past week or so.  Anyway, if you wanted to know how we are doing..... Brandon seems to be recovering from  his sickness nicely.  I mean, he is still a little tired and congested and coughs a little bit, but nothing like how it was before.  So that is good news.  Or at least... better news than before.  Also, I didn't catch his sickness at all.  Here are a few things I have been up to:

1) I have officially stopped wearing deodorant.  Now, before you start thinking I am disgusting with zero hygiene, hear me out.  I have always been a bit uncomfortable with the fact that deodorant contains aluminum and other harsh chemicals that could cause breast cancer and other health issues.  Also, I could not help but notice that deodorant never seemed to last all day.  Maybe 12 hours tops before I had to reapply another toxic layer to my already-irritated skin.  For instance, I would apply deodorant after a shower at 8:00 pm... When I woke up in the morning the deodorant scent was replaced by a very strong sweat smell.  So I had to apply it again.  Upon doing online research, I found this is because the body tries to get rid of the toxic chemicals.  Sweat comes out as a result.  The smell of sweat mixed with these chemicals your body has just gotten rid of is a Body Odor smell.  The other thing that always bothered me about deodorant is the fact that it gets on my clothes and has eventually stained the armpits on some of my favorite shirts.  R.I.P. favorite Panda/Hello Kitty T-shirt.  Anyway, so at first I was very scared to stop using deodorant because I figured that I will smell so sweaty and gross without it.  But I trusted my gut feeling on this one, and researched for alternative deodorants.  Well, it turns out coconut oil is a REALLY good alternative to regular deodorant.  This stuff WORKS, I am telling you.  I mean, initially it feels different than the powdery deodorant stick we are all used to.  It will take at least 2 days of adjustment time to get used to it.  I just dab a pea-sized amount under my arms.  On days where I just don't feel coconut oil alone will cut it for me, I add a dime size amount of baking soda on top of the coconut oil layer.  Just be careful not to do this directly after you shave your armpits or else it hurts so bad and may give you a rash.  But I do this baking soda method every 3 days or so.  The rest of the time coconut oil alone more than suffices.  And believe me, I was so skeptical to try something alternative at first, but it truly has made such a difference.  I rarely get the sweat smell any more.  Only if  I didn't shower and exercise or something.  Haha.  But seriously, deodorant is just too harsh to put on our skin.  It WILL end up in our system, causing problems.  Ok, I am done with this subject now.  Point taken, right?

2) I made semi-homemade lotion inspired by Jillee's recipe.  It was kinda fun, and I felt like a mad scientist.  It was so easy too!  I would just like to make some modifications to her recipe though:

Ashleigh's Semi-Homemade Lotion:

20 oz bottle of Vitamin E Lotion (dollar store)
4 oz bottle of Vitamin E Cream  (much thicker than the lotion version, can be found at any drugstore)
8-10 oz of softened but not liquified Coconut Oil (I got mine at Trader Joe's)
30-40 drops of your favorite essential oils (optional)(I like Eucalyptus Oil for flu season or Bergamot for any day)

Mix all of these lotions in a large mixing bowl with a handheld electric mixer.  Divide lotion into pretty bottles to give to your friends. 

I bought some cute pump dispensers from  the dollar store.  I changed the recipe due to the fact that I am  not too crazy about the smell of  baby lotion.  It is best left for babies.  :-)

3) I have been reading Ender's Game (thanks to my favorite blogger, Natalie).  OH. MY. GOSH.  It's brilliant.  I just love it so much. 

4) Lately, just to be a nerd, I have been practicing math.  Yep, Algebra is the section I am  on right now.  I officially got past Basic Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra.  Oh man, I am  hardly cut out for it.  Brandon is so good at math and has offered to be my tutor if  I need him  to.  Oh my.  Sexiest tutor EVER! Not that I have taken him up on his offer yet...

5) Lately, I love taking a walk as my lunch break at work.  It is a great way to get fresh air, relieve stress, and take lots of pretty phone pictures.  Speaking of which, tomorrow I will post all my phone photos.  I am just a little bit too side-tracked to do it right now.  And I spent waaaaay too long on the deodorant explanation to have any more time for blogging.

So..... I gotta run now.  I have truly missed blogging.  It is good for the soul.  Speaking of good for the soul, I was reading some random articles on this website on the pursuit of happiness.  A lot of the points this author brought up resonated with me today.  I did not agree with everything he said, but definitely was inspired to find things to be grateful for, and to express love more readily.  Note that I would never fall for buying his program for $100.  That is so utterly expensive for literature or podcasts.  Sorry to say so, but it's true.  But the side articles are excellent.  Alright dear friends.  Talk to you later. xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sick Day

Brandon and I have decided to start a new tradition where we go on a date every single Saturday.  This means that every Friday all of our weekend errands and housecleaning chores will be done by Friday night.  Then on Saturday we will have the entire day to ourselves to go do a fun dating activity.... maybe go roller skating, rock climbing, mini golfing, etc. Then!! Eat at an unhealthy yet delicious restaurant.  Last week was a perfect example of our new custom.  Wanting to do something similar this weekend, Brandon and I did all our grocery shopping and deep cleaning yesterday.  Well... except for laundry (dang it!  I still need to do that!).  However... starting at early hours of the morning I noticed Brandon had a cough, and obviously could not sleep so well.  Poor thing.  This did put a damper on our dating plans a bit.  But that is not the end of the world since we ended up having a great day together anyway.  Sooooo....I decided to *try* to help him to recover.  This is some of the stuff we have been doing to help him get over this cough:

1) I made some hot lemon water, which was just 1/2 a lemon sliced up thinly and put into a coffee pot with about a liter of water.  I insisted that he drink some to get some vitamin C in his body.

2) I made a *secret recipe* of homemade cough syrup.  Actually, it only consists of 1 Tablespoon of honey mixed with a generous dash of cayenne pepper.  Tastes a bit icky, but really cuts down the coughing.  Note: Raw honey is best, but we did not have that on hand and regular organic honey worked fine.

3) I gave him a foot massage with Mentholatum, then put his socks on to let it soak in as he slept.

4) When he awoke in the morning, I made him swallow a clove of garlic (a natural antibiotic) just like you would swallow a pill.  It was cut in half to avoid choking to death.

5) I noticed that I also wasn't feeling too hot today.  We both drank Emergence C drinks.  Or Airbourne is the same kind of thing.  Once again, to get vitamin C into our bodies. 

6) Brandon made some lavender red tea for both of us, which helped us relax and wind down a bit.

7) We have been eating citrus fruits like crazy.  Clementine cuties, fresh-juiced grapefruit (thanks honey!), and then.... for added citrus.....(below, #8)

8) Tonight Brandon made some lemon ginger tea.  It is basically just a lemon sliced up, with lots of peeled and sliced ginger with very hot water.  LOVELY.  And cleansing, I might add.

9) I have been trying to give Brandon some massages, especially on the neck area, where he feels particularly uncomfortable.

10) We slept today.  A LOT.  Both of us.  Sad that I feel so groggy now, but I think that sleep helps recover the worst of sicknesses.

11) I bought Brandon some Wolfgang Puck's organic Chicken and Wild Rice soup.  Brandon watered it down a bit and added some cayenne pepper.

12) We made sure that Brandon drank a gallon of water today.  Hydration is key to recovering from anything.

13) BONUS!!! We did end up going on our date today (Our activity was to watch/sleep through a very cheesy LDS movie called "Beauty and the Beast" at home.  Haha!! Worst acting ever, but so fun to watch).  We went to Jasmine Mongolian Grill and tried to avoid having noodles.  Instead, we replaced the noodles with lots of sprouts and zucchini.  Not to mention Brandon added A LOT of spicy sauces and garlic.  We heard that eating spicy food will help him to recover faster.  I suppose that we should not have done this, but we did eat ice cream afterward.  And dairy is definitely not recommended when you are sick.  But come on!  We couldn't resist.  We bought some Tillamook ice cream.  Two kinds: Vanilla Chocolate Chip and Mudslide.  Yes, we were craving chocolate.  And also, we bought some Jello Chocolate Pudding Cups.  Oh man.  We may or may not have overdone it today.  And maybe that ruined our health efforts.  But we justify it by saying ice cream and chocolate is good for the health of the mind.  HAHA.  Oh... and then when we got home we were snacking on Red Vines licorice.  What is wrong with us?? LOL!

Ok, so that is enough for now.  I have slept too much today and feel so very out of it.  I think I am definitely a bit sick too, but definitely not what Brandon has (at least I hope not).  ARGH!!! Good night dears! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The End Is Near

Oh man... Utah has been really fun.  I got to hang out with my dearest friends at the Asian store, Erin's house, and Cafe Rio.  I didn't get to see Lara though.  ARGH!!  Rachel, Kristen, and I have started watching "Dream High" together.  You know, just for the sake of getting them addicted to a new KDrama.  I am afraid I am a little bit out of it today and can't think straight... so maybe my post will be a bit boring LOL.  But anyway.  I also was spoiled to death by my mom.  She scheduled a massage for me yesterday and a facial today.  I got a chemical peel and already my face looks a couple years younger.  Hehe.  I am not excited for the next few days, where, apparently, my skin will be very dry and stuff.  But that is how it goes to achieve beauty, right?  My mom, Kaelyn, and I went to see Les Miserables.  Ok umm... it had a good message and lovely acting and singing.  HOWEVER... I didn't like it because I feel drained when I watch movies that are too serious or heavy.  I prefer happier themes.  So, don't hate on me, but I must say that will probably be the only time I ever see that movie.  So although I didn't really touch on most of the activities I did on account of being too zombied out, I have had a fantastic trip.  I am going to miss my family.  Tomorrow is my last day.  I am very excited to see Brandon again.  I miss him dearly whenever we are apart.  Ok friends.  I will talk to you again soon.  OH MAN.  Randomly, I have not taken nearly enough photos of my trip.  Oh well.  xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Fabulous Date and Utah

Yesterday I missed my flight to Utah.  I suppose that is what I get for going to bed so late when I knew I had a flight scheduled at 6:30 am.  Sadly, that meant I had to take a later flight and only arrived at 9:45 at night.  So there was not much time left to hang out and have fun.  But anyway, on the bright side, I did get to have a whole extra day with Brandon.  We were both dead tired from going to bed at 2:30 am.  But I woke up before him and was in a goofy mood.  So I made this certificate for Brandon and stuck it on the fridge. 

It was pretty hilarious to see his reaction when he went downstairs to make some food.  We made the most of our day and went on a killer date.  Brandon took me roller skating since it has been so long since I have done that last.  We ran into some of our ward friends, of all people.  Ha ha.  We both decided that I need to invest in a pair of roller skates and he needs to invest in a good pair of roller blades.  Funny how we are opposites when it comes to that.  I ALWAYS choose skates over blades, thanks to rollerskating being a side hobby for me.  Afterwards we ate Pho and then went to the airport and walked around a bit before he saw me off to my flight.  It was a magical day.  It was really fun to see my family that night.  Baby Elsie was asleep so I didn't really get to see her.  But everyone else was really happy to see me.  I also got to meet Sarah's new boyfriend.  And we all ate terrible unhealthy Asian snacks and I did my annual clothing giveaway (where I give all my clothes away that I have not worn much that year).  I hate to say this, but I did not bring my camera cord so I can't upload any photos just yet.  I will just wait until I get home to show you all my Utah trip pictures and for now settle for borrowing some of Rachel's instagram pictures.  :-)  So anyway, Day 1 was a bit exhausting but definitely good.  Day 2, I woke up first thing to Kaelyn coming into my room with Elsie.  SO ADORABLE!  I love that baby. 

 Cute little Elsie!!

Then I straightened Rachel's hair.

 What a cutie pie!

Then we went straight to church.  Afterwards, we had family dinner, and invited Sarah's boyfriend's family over.  I also saw Granmom.  :-) It was great!  Also, Rachel and I did matching manicures.  With dark pink french tips. 

 It was a bit messy, but hey, I did my very best ok?

 The nail polish we used.

Funniest moment of the day?  Asking my little brother Joseph his opinion on my manicure:

Me: Joseph... Do you like my nails?
Joseph: *disdainful face while playing his video game* Uhhh.... they scare me.
Me: Why?
Joseph: Because it looks like you dug your nails into someone's flesh.
Me: *cracking up* But they are pink, not red.
Joseph: Some people have pink flesh.

HAHAHAHA.  It was great.  The 2nd funniest thing that happened was when Sarah was giving her boyfriend a massage and he was practically drooling and it reminded me of Brandon whenever he gets a massage from Sarah or me.  Sarah and I were both laughing so hard.  I guess you had to be there, but it was pretty great.  Anyway, Brandon picked out this adorable toy panda for Elsie, and she LOVES it. 
 Is this panda ADORABLE or what?

Also, I feel so drowsy and tired now.  So I will just go to bed now.  I am sorry if this post kinda doesn't make sense.  :-) Anyway, I really look forward to hanging out with friends tomorrow and Tuesday, as well as more quality family time. xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Friday, January 18, 2013

Get OUTTA my head!

As some of you know... I am a bit behind the times when it comes to music.  I really don't listen to new music unless by some miracle I hear a song on the radio at the store and happen to like it.  This is because I listen only to foreign music.  Expanding my horizons if you will... while...erm, neglecting my own horizons.  What was my point in telling you this?  Oh anyway, you might think I am from the stone age when I tell you that I only just discovered One Direction recently.  As in... today.  LOL!!!  And I have to say, I have had this song stuck in my head all day.  Consequently, Brandon has it stuck in his head too.  "Get out get out get outta my head..." :-) Enjoy.  Maybe it will get stuck in your head too.  Normally I don't really go for this genre (bubble gum pop/rock) but actually I am slightly crazy about it at the moment.  Ha!

PS... I will be in Utah tomorrow.  SCORE!!! Can't wait to see my family and friends that I miss so much.  But I will be missing Brandon more than words can say, since he is not able to come on the trip this time around.  T.T xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hair Update and a T-Shirt I Love

So as you guys know, I did the Brazilian Blowout to my hair, and said I would take some pictures of it.  All it took to style my hair today like this was for me to shower, blow dry my hair, and touch up the very ends with a flat iron for about 30 seconds.  Yep, it literally took me about 5 minutes total of styling, whereas normally it would take about 20 minutes for me to achieve this look.  Now imagine if I actually put in effort... It would probably look a lot more neat than this.

And...I just have to mention that I love this T-Shirt.  It is the best for lounging around the house.  Brandon and I spotted it at the same time and just HAD to buy it.  Well, we got it for his mom, but then it didn't fit her.  So now it's mine.  HEH HEH.  Alrighty... well... until next time. xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Silky, Shiny, and Smooth Hair

Well well.  Today I have some news.  I bought some original Brazilian Blowout formula (yes I am aware of the controversies behind the product.  Don't judge me.) and did the Brazilian Blowout procedure on both Brandon and me.  For those of you who do not know what this is, it is a smoothing hair treatment that lasts for up to three months (but lets be honest, it will probably last about 2 months).  Brandon said it is comparable to Japanese thermal straightening, but the BB experience was a lot more positive for him.  Let me tell you.  First I did Brandon's hair last night.  And I didn't do mine yet.  Well, today he looked so smokin' hot with his perfectly pin-straight and shiny hair that I got jealous and decided I HAD to do it to my hair too.  So I did it all by myself on my own hair.  Don't ask me how.  But I did it.  After my eyes burning like crazy and breathing in all kinds of toxic fumes (not to mention lots of eye-watering), the result was worth it.  My hair is now silky and baby soft with lots of glossy shine.  It is the same texture as when I was 10 years old, aka, the best my hair has ever been.  Remember how soft and smooth hair is when you are a kid?  Yes, this stuff really works.  I have to say, I am thankful to Julie Kaye (my hairdressing mentor) for introducing Brazilian Blowout to me.  She would probably be shocked and horrified that I did it on myself since it is risky and unavoidably painful, but hey, I do not regret it one bit.  It turned out lovely and I didn't miss any strands of hair.  I guess now we will have to see how long the results will last.  :-) Maybe after I wash it and style it properly, I will take a picture for you. xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Monday, January 14, 2013

Goals for Good Health and Happiness

Hello friends.  Today I will just make a short post.  In order to follow through with my 13 health, wellness, and happiness goals for 2013, I feel it would be helpful to say them to everyone.  OUT LOUD. :-)

1) Have a smoothie every day with fresh fruits and vegetables followed by vitamins.
2) Drink 3-4 liters of water a day.
3) Get 8-10 hours of sleep a night.
4) Exercise 3 times a week.
5) Only use home made deodorant instead of the aluminum kind.
6) Wear SPF every single day.
7) Never fall into bed without flossing and brushing my teeth and cleaning my face.
8) Keep on top of scriptures, prayers, meditation, blogging, journaling, and centering myself.
9) Follow a stricter diet plan and take stricter care of my appearance.
10) Feel free to eat treats... but just not too often or too much quantity.
11) Exercise my brain and go back to school... and get good grades!  Also, continue Korean lessons.
12) Keep in touch with my family and friends more.
13) Make sure Brandon is the happiest man in the world, then that automatically makes me happy.

:-) I have come to the conclusion that these goals are all very worthy and doable for me.  I know it is a bit late to share this with you since January is halfway over, but better late than never, right?  I wonder how everyone else is doing with their new years resolutions?? xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mini Fashion Show

Hi everyone!  I apologize for not blogging all week, but I do have something in store for you today.  I promised a while back that I would model my new outfits I got for Christmas.  Sooo.... just to warn you... there are going to be a lot of pictures in this post.  Thanks to my sweet Brandon for taking the photos.  It took a while to whittle it down to just two pictures per outfit.  Let's get started!

A Casual Outfit:

 Sweatshirt: Volcom, Hooded striped T-Shirt: GenX, Boot Cut Jeans: Abercrombie (half price if you buy it in a kid's size), Flats: Soda, Necklace: Vintage

A Relaxed but Classy Outfit:

Peacoat: Wet Seal, Black Tank: Burlington Coat Factory, Lacy Blue Tank: American Eagle, Skinny Jeans: Abercrombie (kids size), Flats: Soda, Asian Inspired Earrings: Papaya

A Perfect Date Outfit:

Belted Cardigan: Wet Seal, Black T-Shirt: GenX, Boot Cut Jeans: Express Rerock, Heels: Ross, Tribal Earrings: Southern Utah/Arizona Souvenir Store

A Classic Everyday Outfit:

Black Peacoat: Wet Seal, Black T-shirt: GenX, Black Skinny Scarf: Borrowed from Brandon, Skinny Jeans: Express Rerock, Flats: Classified

Another Classic Outfit:

Black Tank: Burlington Coat Factory, Cardigan: Forever 21, Skinny Jeans: Express Rerock, Flats: Classified

A High-Maintenance Outfit:

Black T-Shirt: GenX, Grey Trench Coat: Forever 21, Black Leggings: Costco, Black Leg Warmers: Christmas gift, High Heels: 2Love

TIP: When wearing leggings PLEASE make sure you wear an accompanying top that covers your butt, otherwise it is the same as wearing nylons without a skirt.  EWW!  Unpleasant.  Unless of course you are just out jogging or something, in which case, no one cares.

A Romantic/Girly Outfit:

Mini Dress: Pac Sun, Grey Leggings: Costco, Oversized Sweater: Marshalls, Boots: UGGs

A Church Outfit:

Black Tank: Burlington Coat Factory, Dress: Banana Republic, Heels: Gift from Mom

A Dressy Outfit:

Coat: H&M, Dress: Big Star, Tank: Burlington Coat Factory, Heels: 2Love

A Sexy Outfit:

Dress: Macy's, Tights: Forever 21, Heels: Ross, Coat: H&M

Wow, that was seriously a lot of pictures.  It was kinda time-consuming.  And then it started getting dark indoors, which is why we had to move the fashion show outside.  But I had a lot of fun with this :-) Hope you all enjoy it and have a lovely night! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse - Day 3

Whoohoo! The madness is over!  I am happy to say that Brandon and I both had discipline enough to get through the cleanse.  We both lost weight (awesome) but have been a little too excited to get back to food today.  At least the food we have eaten so far has been healthy.  Yesterday (Day 3) of the cleanse was the most torturous day yet, as far as craving food goes.  I mean, SERIOUSLY!  All I could think about the entire day was food.  Anyway, we did do one thing different on Day 3 that was not part of the cleanse, but we do not regret it at all and feel wonderful.

Cleanse Day 3:

Breakfast (8:15 am):

We did the same thing as Day 2 (doubled the recipe of the smoothie), except for the fact that we decided to refrigerate the bananas.  I cannot even tell you how much of a difference it made.  The smoothie was at least twice as delicious with cold banana.  We also had Red Tea with lemon again as well as our vitamins.  Let's just say it did not hold me over for long, but thankfully I was able to take my lunch break at 4 so I could go home early.

Lunch (4:30 pm):

You know you are deprived when you look forward to this smoothie with all your heart.  LOL.  For this meal, we doubled the recipe of the smoothie and added lots of extra kale and some spinach too.  We love our greens!  We also had the rest of our vitamins.  Sadly, we felt like zombies from this moment on.  Seriously, nothing could be done about it.  We were so weak.  But we did manage to go to the store to pick up some stuff we needed.  Unfortunately, everything was a blur, and I hardly remember anything that happened yesterday.  When we got home we tried to distract ourselves with video games and surfing the internet, but just could not stop the hunger pangs from striking.  So we *had* to have dinner a little bit earlier.

Dinner (7:30 pm):

We figured we would just make a really big dinner shake so we would not need a snack shake.  We followed the original recipe (doubled) but reduced the coconut water a little bit so we could make way for 2 small containers of Nancy's Greek Yogurt.  Also, since the avocado I had purchased was rotten, we just added a generous spoonful of almond butter instead.  It tasted much better this way.  I drank this smoothie slower than any of the other smoothies even though I was hungry.  We were both so sick of smoothies, and not chewing anything.  It was sad, because even after I ate dinner I was looking at pictures of food online and imagining that I was eating all of those lovely meals.  LOL.  Pathetic, I know.

After Dinner:

We took our lavender bath.  It was really nice.  After that, we were just soooo tired.  I passed out right away.  In the meantime, we were both incredibly starving to death since we had missed our snack shakes for the past three days.  Brandon was even rolling around in bed in pain and couldn't sleep as I passed out from the sheer starvation mode. Then Brandon woke me up at midnight for a wonderful treat.

Brandon: Ashleigh... you should have some yogurt and diced apples with flax seeds.  I just had some.
Me: But I'm tired.  And I can't think or move. 
Brandon:  Trust me.... you won't regret it.  And it's totally healthy.
Me:  I suppose Dr. Oz would not disapprove since we have skipped every snack shake.
Brandon: Exactly.

Soooo... we went downstairs and my sweet Brandon kindly diced up a Jazz apple and put it in greek yogurt with a spoon full of ground flax seeds.  It was the BEST!!!!!  I felt so energetic and not unhealthy at all.  I suppose it may look like we were like cheating, but hey, we both lost weight and feel wonderful today.  That night, I slept like a baby.  It was delightful.

Conclusion?  This cleanse was definitely energy-sapping at the time.  But today I felt better than I have for a long time.  I believe good health = good emotional wellness as well.  My mind felt so clear today.  Plus, it is enjoyable to not feel so bloated or congested all the time.  BUT!!! I could never live that way permenantly.  We are going to incorporate a smoothie a day (probably the lunch one with raspberries added) since we do like the health benefits.  I suppose that will do. :-) Overall, the cleanse was worth it.  We are NOT going to spoil all we have worked for by eating unhealthy things now... hehe... at least not for a while.

Today, I was happy to eat lovely squid first thing in the morning from this Asian shop that just re-opened, Pal Do.  I was sooo missing meat, I have to admit!  For lunch we made steak seasoned with olive oil, garlic salt, and pepper.  We topped that with sliced cooked mushrooms and a sprinkling of turmeric.  We also cooked stir fry vegetables (the big bag from Costco) with a couple dashes of Chinese Black Vinegar.  Just lovely.  Oh.... and also some roasted peanuts on the side.  For dessert we had Cuties clementines and sliced mango.  Ok, I will admit we ate the mango before lunch was done cooking.  Gosh, we did eat kind of a lot, but I really feel great.  Food is such a blessing.  I have decided one large meal a day is enough, and the rest of the time it is comfortable to snack on healthy things and just have a very light dinner.  I tried to be thorough and honest in describing our cleanse experience.  If anyone has any questions I would be happy to answer them. xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse - Day 2

So…yesterday was Day 2 of the cleanse we have been doing.  I have to say, it was a LOT harder than the first day.  I believe Day 1 was easier because the food from the day before was still sustaining us.  But Day 2, there was nothing to rely on.  We were both very tired and out of it.  We were so out of it that we were laughing at everything.  Even stuff that wasn’t funny.  Also, Day 2 we were running to the bathroom a lot more.  I suppose that is the point of a cleanse.  The smoothies were a lot harder to drink quickly.  One good thing was, my headache was not there anymore.  Also, our bellies looked a lot less bloated than normal.  The best part was, my sinuses have been feeling very clear instead of blocked.  Brandon lost a bit of weight.  So did I, but not so dramatically as when Day 1 was over.

Cleanse Day 2:

Breakfast (8:15 am):

We just doubled the exact recipe listed on the previous post.  It was yummy, but we forgot to freeze the bananas, so it was still a warm smoothie…aka not my favorite.  We took all our vitamins straight after as well as our Red Tea with lemon.  This time around, I got a lot hungrier by the time lunch rolled around.  Also, I had to stay a little bit extra after work.  ROAR.  I could have died.  All I could think about was cooked food.

Lunch (5:00 pm):

We doubled the recipe on the previous post.  This time around, we did still juice the celery, but didn’t add carrot juice.  It was really yummy in my opinion.  For all those complaining about the lunch smoothie on the reviews, I guarantee it is because you did not juice the celery.  We added lots of extra kale since we were both starving, but not starving enough to make a snack smoothie.  We took the rest of our vitamins right after lunch.  We both kept ourselves busy playing video games, surfing the internet, and watching some KDramas.  I am telling you guys…. “Protect the Boss” is where it’s at.  Lots of distraction.  Until you happen to notice that one of the main characters is eating a lovely looking steak for dinner.  It was beyond torturous.  Also, I have to admit it did not help to come home to the smell of homemade Korean soup cooking on the stove. T.T
We skipped the snack.

Dinner (8:30 pm): 

By the time dinner rolled around we were absolutely ravenous.  We followed the recipe exactly from the previous post (doubled) except that we added extra kale and a small container of Nancy’s Greek Yogurt.  Somehow, even though I was so hungry, it was hard for me to drink this smoothie quickly.  We were both a bit sick of the taste of smoothies.  And the dinner one happens to be our least favorite.   But it is the most filling, thankfully.  I felt a bit grumpy after looking around the kitchen and not being able to avoid the sight of other more delicious food.  Delicious bread rolls (Brandon even made me smell them, just so we would both be wallowing in self-pity about our dire situation), popcorn kernels with VERY appealing packaging (a picture of buttery popped popcorn), chocolate oranges sitting on the counter.  Even just plain carrots sounded delicious.  Then Brandon and I started to dream aloud about various foods.  Sushi, Steak, Pho, Prawns, Hamburgers, Cheese, Pasta, Popcorn with Nutella… It just kept getting more and more ridiculous.  Yes, my mouth is watering a little just typing this.  To say the least, we felt so tortured at dinner time.

After Dinner:

We took our lavender bath.  It was our saving grace.  It felt so nice.  By this time, we had zero energy.  It was the perfect bath.  Unfortunately, after our bath, I found myself passing out right away.  Not even enough energy for ANYTHING.  No lavender oil massage.  Sorry my sweet Brandon… We were both very tired.

Other thoughts on this cleanse?  I believe the effects are worth the trouble of three days.  I feel a lot healthier besides the fact that I am so tired from having nothing really with substance.   I see why this is meant to be a cleanse, and not a full-on diet.  I am so excited to get back to eating normally but with healthier habits.  Once again, I am loving kale!  And just vegetables in general.  I have not been put off by the copious amounts of greens in our smoothies.  In fact, it is only copious because we kept adding extra greens to our smoothie on purpose.  One more thing, I realize how much fun it is to prepare a meal together, even if it is just a silly smoothie.  I enjoy “eating” with Brandon every single meal.  It brings us closer together in a way.  I want to do that more often, since sometimes we just kinda snack all day and rarely have an official meal together.  I am SOOO loving the deep sleep I have been getting.  Even if it is merely because of exhaustion.  But still, I have had lovely vivid dreams about me visiting my family in Utah and having lots of fun traveling with Brandon.  It was such a shame to wake up.  Haha.  Well, that is enough about Day 2.  Today is Day 3, or should I say, THE LAST DAY OF TORTURE!  Kidding but not kidding.  I will let you know how it all goes.  So far… it is as good as can be expected. xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse - Day 1

READERS!  I’m back.  It’s been a few days… I can’t believe it is 2013 already.  Brandon and I have not really written down our new years resolutions, but we do have some in mind.  One of our goals is to have better health and not continue with our bad health habits of last year.  January 1st, we did nothing different.  In fact we ate like gluttons as usual.  But yesterday, we started the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse.  Just to break it down for you…. This is what we have been doing, and I have already lost a couple pounds after just one day of this cleanse:
First of all, we have not followed the cleanse instructions perfectly, but rather we have been doing what works best for our lifestyle.  Normally, Brandon and I follow the Leangains pattern of eating (except for the fact that we eat awful horrid unhealthy food as well as the stuff we should be eating)… I can expound on that later if anyone cares to know.  So this cleanse is temporarily a little bit different from what we are used to. 
Cleanse Day 1:
Breakfast (8:15 am): 

We followed this recipe exactly, except we doubled it since there are 2 of us (of course).  My advice would be to cut the bananas into 1 or 2 inch sections and freeze it the night before.  Our smoothie ended up being a little warm.  In fact, I might even suggest freezing half the raspberries you are using, just for that added coldness.  The taste was not half bad.  In fact in my opinion it was yummy.  Of course, Brandon and I will eat anything and are not picky when it comes to fruit and vegetables.
We also made some red tea with lemon.  I bought the lavender kind.  We skipped the stevia since it is really not needed for our taste buds.  It turns out lemon isn’t the yummiest with lavender.  So I would really recommend just getting plain double red rooibos. 
During breakfast, we also took a handful of vitamins and probiotics.  We both have different vitamins.  I take a multivitamin, biotin, St. John’s wort, Super B complex, salmon oil, and a probiotic pill.  Brandon has other stuff he takes.  WARNING!!! Don’t try to swallow pills with these smoothies or else you will more than likely gag!
Lunch (4:30 pm):

No, I do not recommend having lunch at 4:30.  But Brandon and I have jobs, and had to work, so we had to wait to get home to use our blender.  We modified this recipe slightly.  Once again, the recipe was doubled for two of us.  We read too many icky reviews about how the celery was way too chunky and disgusting, so we just juiced the celery.  On top of that, we had some extra baby carrots that we wanted to juice, so we added that to our smoothie and substituted that for part of the almond milk.  Also, we melted the coconut oil before we added it to the blender.  We also added a little bit extra kale, for good health.  Let me tell you, the first taste of the smoothie was a little different, but we ended up really liking it!  It made a lot more smoothie than the breakfast one. 
We took the rest of our vitamins since some of the pills were half servings.
We skipped the snack smoothie altogether.  It was just not going to work for us since we had a very late lunch.  In fact, that lunch smoothie was MORE than enough to hold me over until dinner.
Dinner (8:30 pm):

I am aware that our eating schedule is a little bit crazy, but we do the best that we can with our schedules.  Anyway, for the dinner smoothie, we doubled the recipe and Brandon added a small container of Nancy’s Greek Yogurt for some added protein.  This little addition did make the blender a little bit full.  But once again, we drank all of it.  The taste at first was very strange.  It seems like it gets progressively more awful with each new meal.  But we did end up liking this smoothie after the initial taste shock.  Not bad, but I probably would never make that smoothie again after the cleanse is over.
After Dinner:
We filled up our giant bath tub with hot water and doubled the Epsom salt and lavender oil.  It smelled lovely and was so relaxing we were practically falling asleep in the bath.  Haha.
BONUS:  I gave Brandon a foot massage with the lavender oil before bed. 
My thoughts on the entire thing so far?  Brandon and I definitely want to start incorporating smoothies into our diet.  I have a new liking for kale.  :-) Also… the best thing to do is distract yourself with activities to avoid thinking about cooked food.  Brandon and I watched “Protect the Boss,” and were too busy laughing to think about our hunger.  We also took a nap.  Actually this whole cleanse thing made me drowsy for the last half of the day.  Additionally, I had a bit of a headache because my body is not used to such nutrition!  I allowed myself to drink as much water as I wanted.  That ended up helping a little bit with the headache.  One thing I did enjoy was the fact that I passed out like a baby and slept really well.  Also, my body still smells so lovely from the lavender bath.  I would not mind taking a bath more often.  I have realized that half the stuff I am “hungry” for is not really necessary.  Even Brandon has realized this too. *GASP* Haha jk.  But seriously.  We were dwelling on cheeseburgers and pizza and buttered popcorn and all kinds of fatty/delicious stuff, despite the fact that we were filled to the brim with smoothie and could not possibly stuff anything more into our mouths.  We both admitted that we are total gluttons for thinking this way.  We are already missing regular food, but are FOR SURE going to make some radical diet changes so this cleanse will not be in vain.  Although this is not a weight loss diet, it is inevitable that you will lose a few pounds along the way.  I can’t complain.  I have to admit I am glad since my belly had lots of extra fat on it from the holidays and already it looks a lot less bloated.  ONE DAY LATER. Awesome.   
Alright, you have probably heard more than enough of my ramblings.  So far, I am ok.  It is Day 2 now, but I will give you the full update tomorrow.  Have a lovely day! xoxox
~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son