I started 2016 off at Fremont Chicago. Fremont is a new restaurant downtown replacing American Junkie. A very close food blogger friend mentioned me in an Instagram photo late last year when it opened and I was intrigued. Long story short I ended up having the best New Year’s Eve I’ve ever had at Fremont. READ MORE
Next Friday evening myself and a few friends will be a OYSTER FEST!!! I’m super amp’d! I’m not an oyster lover but I do appreciate them. I’m so excited to try Oysters from all over the country! Between 4 pm and 6 pm SAVEUR Magazine and Moet & Chandon Champagne are hosting Bauble & Brine, an all you can eat boutique Oyster & Champagne bar! There will also be a King Crab Cafe that include an exclusive raw bar and cash bar. I’m am super excited for this event. Now until Monday at 10 pm you get $10 off of your general admission ticket using offer code CHOC. Purchase tickets and get more information here. Can’t wait to see you there!!
Wednesday, April 9th was my last day completely vegan. It was a bittersweet day. The last 11 days arrived quickly. When I first began this journey I wanted to lose weight of course but more than anything I wanted to change the way I eat, live and make myself more aware of what goes into my body. My addiction has always been food, especially sweets. The 22 days I spent Vegan totally changed my relationship with food and hopefully my life forever.
Women can be very hard on themselves. I most certainly am! I use to feel guilty about the food I ate, lack of working out and etc. Today I don’t give a damn. It took time to gain weight, it will take time to lose it. My body is slowly morphing. I understand most celebrities bodies weren’t built in a day and neither will mine. It’s easy to be hard on ourselves and hate ourselves. The real challenge in life is changing what we don’t like about ourselves and truly accepting ourselves, flaws and all.
This week I’ll be back to fashion and this summer I plan to slay! LOL!
The weeks leading up to Wednesday, March 18th I began easing into eating vegetables while still eating a lot of things I love. I ate so much Home Run Inn Pizza, I couldn’t stand to eat anymore. I love bacon burgers so I went out one Saturday, sat down and ate a fat bacon burger at a restaurant by myself. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. The idea was better than the feeling I had after I ate it. One night around 9pm I wanted french fries so bad I fried them. I felt it best to give into my urges now rather than later. None of the foods I was eating were as amazing as I thought they’d be. I still can’t figure out why. Throughout the month of March I eased myself into the habits this lifestyle change would bring. I’m not in love with veggies nor do I prefer breakfast so I really had to ease myself into doing these two things and making them a routine. March 18th crept around and it all began.
Before I get into the details of this lifestyle change, let me inform you of several things:
-I didn’t give up honey because I drink tea daily and use a tablespoon of honey daily.
I don’t drink soda/pop but only water, tea and orange juice. During this diet I didn’t drink orange juice.
-The original 22 day diet allows for you to purchase meals but I didn’t want to spend $400+ on meal delivery so opted to make my own meals.
-I have and am currently working out throughout this entire process 5 days a week.
-I’ve cut all candy out of my diet. This is huge for me since I eat candy 24/7 at work.
-I didn’t weigh myself before I began. I’m more concerned with the way my clothes fit and don’t want to obsess over the scale. I want to lose weight but I want to also have a healthier relationship with food.
-I didn’t want to do protein shakes so I didn’t.
First 5 days…
There was quite a bit of negativity from various people about me going vegan. One person told me I’m going to be “hangry” and that I would not make it 22 days. In my head I said “F&ck that!” I was so happy to be walking into this journey and doing something that would challenge my personal health. More than anything I needed this because I’m not getting younger, diabetes runs in my family and honestly I just don’t want to be a fat ass!
Around the 4th or 5th I began to get so tired. I wasn’t eating enough food but I wasn’t hungry. I slept a lot and was just so tired. During this time Chicago was experiencing weird weather changes and I felt a little under the weather. On the 5th day, a Sunday, I went to a morning reformer pilates class and got so dizzy. I finished the class but knew I immediately had to go get multivitamins. That day I began taking 2 multivitamins a day and making an effort to eat more food. I made a lot of boring food such as quinoa or brown rice with veggies on the top. I ate lots of oatmeal or half a grapefruit for breakfast. I was on a fruit veggie overload! It wasn’t horrible either!
Next 6 days..
It was around the 6th day I realized I needed to eat more food at breakfast. I would sit in my bed and eat a very full bowl of fruit. It would fill me up but I definitely needed more. I learned I probably should eat before my 7 am workouts if possible. Throughout this entire 11 day period I ate nuts all day at work to keep myself away from chocolate and candy. I had dreams of surf and turf meals. I never in my life dreamed of meals until this diet change. It wasn’t until the 10th day that I began to get hungry for something. My body seems to yearn for hearty food and sweets.
I get questions about how I feel and to be honest in the beginning, about 6 days in, I felt lighter. I didn’t feel weighed down and I didn’t feel bad about what I’d eaten. A lot of times I’ll eat something and regret it. There haven’t been the drastic changes in my body that I want but there have been some. You can see my clavicle bones which is huge to me because I love that feature on women. My thighs are still thick but they look almost leaner. My boobs are still huge and I thank God for them! I love the double D’s. My stomach is my biggest issue! It’s made me so upset. I feel a little gut is still there but of course that will take time! I can see it becoming more defined. My skin looks the same to me at the moment although my face is a little clearer than usual. I have extremely sensitive skin so I’m hoping a healthier diet with help me have clearer “glowy-er”skin.
Changes & Life Plans
I always get this question, “Are you going full on vegan or vegetarian?” and the answer today is: HELL NO! I have no immediate plans for the future in regards to that. All I know is I have 11 days left and I’m going to mix it up. The first 11 days all of my meals have been simple and lacked creativity. So I’ve decided the next 11 days will be filled with creative fun meals. There are so many amazing options out there for vegans. I am introducing smoothies into my breakfast routine daily. I’m eating foods I generally don’t like such as mushrooms and tomatoes. I’ve even purchased an eggplant something I have NO experience with making. I’m really going to have fun with the next 11 days. I even thought about extending this journey from 22 days to 30 but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. To see more of my meals check out my Instagram.
Last Thursday I was invited to any amazing Bocce Ball event at Pinstripes. I’d never been before but when I walked in it was beautiful! I knew I would love this place based solely off a glass wine room. Once ushered downstairs, where we would later play bocce ball, I sampled an amazing selection of food. First we started at the bar with a Limoncello Martini. Next we moved over to the buffet. The Pear Salad, Halibut,
Hummus & Avocado Platter, Italian “Jambalaya” Risotto and Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta were so delicious! I’m not a huge pasta person but I had to go back for the Chicken & Goat Cheese pasta. It was so creamy and just perfection! Afterwards we stepped outside the room to a mouth watering display of my favorite type of food; DESSERT!! I will definitely be going back for dinner to sample more from their new menu this summer! Below are pictures that will have your tastebuds buzzing!
This past Wednesday I had a day filled with the usual errands of a girl who strives for perfection and fabulousness; Hair, Eyebrows, Brazilian (No Chip Mani was over the weekend). Despite of all these errands I made sure I found time to attend Windy City Blogger’s Happy Hour and let me just say SUPER CHIC! I arrived to the swank Public Hotel located in the Gold Coast. It was beautiful! I found my way to their Library bar that was utterly sickening! It was very professional and the food and drinks were amazing! Shockingly comped us everything during our event and didn’t disappoint! The staff was beautiful so accommodating! If ever I have a need for a hotel they’ll definitely on the top of my list!