Month: May 2019

30 Day CBD Challenge: Phase 2

30 Day CBD Challenge: Phase 2

The 30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge by Jessica Catalano is broken into three phases. We have already been through phase 1, great job! It was probally one of the hardest food detox periods of your life. Now it is time for phase two which helps […]

Results of the 30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge

Results of the 30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge

Today marks the end of my CBD Smoothie Challenge that I created to help end my migraines. Between balanced raw nutrition, plant-based meals only on celebration days, and Flora + Bast sleep tincture I have had phenomenal results. Before I started this diet, my chronic […]

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 22 & 23

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 22 & 23

I have gone 20 days without a migraine (May 3rd to May 22nd) which has been the longest time frame I can ever remember. As someone who was diagonsed with chronic migraines in 8th grade but has experienced them at a even younger age – this was extrodinary! That is why I was in tears as of yesterday because my 20 day streak ended with a stress and pollution induced migraine.

Stuck in traffic right by Tacoma, I was in back to back traffic. Then the icing on the was a chain tobacco smoker in the HOV lane who puffed one cigg after another for a whole 31 minutes in 80 degree heat. Between that, the construction fumes and car fumes – I was floored with nausea, muscle tension, and a blinding migraine.

When I came home, all I wanted to do was crawl into a cold well and fall asleep, defeated. I wanted to have 30 days of no migraines. I wanted to experience normalcy for once in my life without the burden of having to function with severe chronic migraines. I didn’t want to accept that outside factors outside of my control had resulted in this pain and my regime couldn’t stop it. My body had reached it’s critical mass from outside pollutants and was screaming for help.

I made myself a CBD smoothie, allowed myself to have a huge bowl of shredded jicama, kohlrabi, kale, shredded coconut, and a raw pad Thai dressing. I then nursed a 12oz cup of water and slathered on a THC infused pain salve. After finishing my evening, I crawled into bed and prayed my migraine would pass. However, the next day it was still there.

So, today has been about healing myself through raw foods, herbal teas, filtered water, and my CBD Smoothie Diet. My migraine as of this afternoon has been lifting a bit and I hope by this evening or tomorrow that it will be fully eradicated. I am going to end the night by taking a hot bath before bed with my homemade lavender bath bombs.

All in all, I have to be grateful and thankful for 20 days of no migraines. That in itself is a marvelous feat. I learned that chronic pain can be managed well when the right foods and natural plant medicine are combined. I also learned that this needs to be a lifestyle where daily smoothies and CBD oils are incorporated into my everyday living. Lastly, I confirmed the power of a plant-based diet. Raw smoothies, gluten-free plant based meals on celebration days, and CBD oil the last 23 days have improved my health more than any other diet ever has. For that, I am grateful πŸ™

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30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 15 through 21

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 15 through 21

I have had 8 days of pure comfort during this time. A body full of energy, no migraines, glowing skin, softer skin, a healthy weight, and a sense of calmness. I really believe in the power of plant-based smoothies combined with CBD oil to promote […]

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 9 through 14

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 9 through 14

My bacterial bronchitis has been pretty bad, luckily, the ZPak seemed to do the trick. The whole state of Washington has been experiencing bacterial and viral bronchitis and pneumonia paired with severe allergies. So it seems everyone is sick with the plauge! I am going […]

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 7 & 8

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 7 & 8

Day 7: Today was rough, a cold I have been fighting off before I started this diet turned into Bronchitis which went a little south. So I am now on a Z-Pak and using my inhaler as my exercise induced asthma has been triggered by the lung issues. Blah! Surprisingly, even though I have been battling this cold I have had stellar energy delivered by the smoothies. Without them, I feel like I would be camped out on the living room couch or bedroom.

The CBD tincture that I have been using by Flora + Bast has been a life saver as the coughing fits have been tough. It helps me to relax so well and fall asleep so deeply that each night I am able to sleep and recover. Each morning I feel refreshed and well rested even though my body is sick. I am very pleased with the results of this tincture.

Weigh in: 155 lbs down -1.6 lbs from yesterday.

Day 8: My cravings are no longer junk food but rather whole plant-based foods! Wow, I was not expecting this turn of events. I have been turning my nose up at the smell of Vegan junk foods which has made me very happy. Instead, I keep dreaming of large salads full of seeds, vegetables, fruit, and pan fried tofu with made from scratch raw dressings. I want to eat large nori hand rolls stuffed full with a rainbow of vegetables and a side of dressing made of sun butter, hoison sauce, extra virgin olive oil, red chili pepper flakes, and white sesame seeds. Ugh, the food cravings for healthy foods just keeps going on and on. I need to stay off of IG and stop looking at food πŸ€£πŸ™Š

Weigh in: 154.8 lbs. Down -7.2 lbs in 8 days.

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Vegan Gluten-Free Miso Broth Recipe

Vegan Gluten-Free Miso Broth Recipe

Miso soup is a life saver on this diet as it breaks the monotony of cold beverages throughout the day. It also supplies your body with much needed nutrients, salt, protien, and essential nutrients. Miso is rich in B Vitamins, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, and […]

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 5 & 6

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 5 & 6

Day 5: I am learning to manage my junk food cravings better. However, the smell of wholesome foods are starting to get to me. Roasting pablano peppers yesterday for Cinco De Mayo was driving me absolutely insane. I actually felt my mouth salivating as the […]

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 3 & 4

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 3 & 4

Day 3: I have been going through some insane junk food cravings. Pizza, chips, French fries, cookies, brownies, and foods that I don’t even eat anymore! I didn’t realize how badly Vegan junk food affects the body. Just because it is Vegan, doesn’t mean that the cookie is magically more wholesome than a non-vegan cookie. It is still full of sugar.

I am also realizing that processed juice or even pressed juice isn’t as healthy as it should be. Yes, the vital nutrients are absorbed faster in the gut however it lacks fiber. And because of this, the fiber is not there to slow down the absorption of fruit sugar. Essentially it hits your bloodstream just like soda pop would with the same insulin response. Which means everytime you down liquid sugar without fiber, it turns right to fat. This is where I see the importance of smoothies as they retain important fiber to slow down and process natural sugars the right way within our bodies.

Day 4: I am down 5 lbs! When I started this diet I was a very well rounded 162 lbs and today I weighed in at 157 lbs! I expected to lose weight but not this much so quick! My body is also definitely detoxing as I am waking up very sweaty and rank, however, I feel better physically. So I will take it!

I have definitely been experiencing an energy crisis the last 4 days. I feel like a cell phone battery operating at critically low. I know this will get better and I am just pushing through it the best that I can. I know I will feel worse before I feel better, as that is generally how detoxing goes. Much love to all those that are on this journey with me! Xo

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30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 1 & 2

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge – Day 1 & 2

This diet seems a bit daunting, but the truth is sometimes we think we are eating healthy, when in truth we are not. Sure, I was eating a 75% raw, gluten-free, plant based diet – but I started to choose unhealthy Vegan junk food for […]

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge

30 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge

This diet isn’t a fad or some miracle 30 day weight loss promise, so leave all your preconceived notions at the door. The 40 Day CBD Smoothie Challenge is about incorporating the joys of cannabis into a healthy lifestyle and hitting the reset button on […]