Long Run Walls, Juice Cleanse Fails & Happy Belly Review

March 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Coming off a 3 day juice cleanse it probably wasn’t the brightest idea for me to go for a long run Saturday morning. I was aiming for 18 miles but ‘only’ did 16 after hitting the wall around mile 13. I had a very hilly course planned out (trying to get ready for marathon #2!) and I ended up cutting the course toward the end to go back to my car when I realized it just wasn’t going to happen for me. I still feel good that I ran 13 miles at marathon pace (10:15) but I’m not going to feel satisfied until I hit those 18 miles. Hopefully this weekend!
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Before I even got to my car my legs were throbbing so I knew an ice bath was in order. I suffered through it for about 10 minutes while drinking some the juice from my cleanse (and I’ll be sharing a video with my thoughts on the cleanse this Thursday!) I think the ice bath, foam rolling, and compression socks helped because I woke up Sunday without any residual pain.
2014-03-01 10.01.37That afternoon I finished up Happy Belly that I received last week to review. I was thoroughly impressed with it. The description of the book on Amazon really sums it up best:

Using the wisdom of Ayurveda, mindfulness and psychology, Nadya Andreeva created the Happy Belly guide which is designed to help women heal their digestive issues, find foods that address their body’s unique needs and change habits that are destructive to the body.
Happy belly is jam-packed with practical living and eating tips, journaling exercises, and ancient knowledge of Ayurveda that will help you create a personalized approach to food based on combing outer and inner wisdom.

I read it before going grocery shopping for the week and it absolutely inspired me to focus on eating primarily whole foods. I got rid of my chronic IBS years ago by cutting out most dairy but I still have lingering digestive issues. Now, I’m going to ask myself one simple question before I eat something; “Where can I find this in nature?” If I don’t know, then I’ll need to think carefully before eating it! So, even things like yogurt and ‘clean’ bars will be reduced and I’m going to try to make 80% of my diet simple, one ingredient foods. The other 20% will be chocolate, chips, and PB2.

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I did a pretty good job of sticking to my plan! Going grocery shopping after a long run means some treats sneak in.
2014-03-01 12.46.54I spent about an hour that afternoon listening to the Norah Jones station on Spotify (that randomly started playing Christmas music and I was so okay with that) and cutting up my veggies. I’m only roasting 2-3 days worth at a time since roasted veggies tend to get soggy after being in the fridge for a while.

2014-03-01 16.50.11I roasted the carrots, parsnips, brussel sprouts and asparagus in coconut oil. The acorn squash and sweet potatoes I roasted plain, but added some cardamom to the potatoes after. I’ve started putting peanut butter on the squash and potatoes. So good.

2014-03-02 10.58.08-1While working on photos for upcoming posts Sunday I took a few shots with Salem. I haven’t been using my nice camera as much anymore so I need to remember to take a few of me and the little guy every once in a while. Even if he clearly is not interested in that.


IMG_7541I received the final edited photos from my Mardi Gras shoot and I can’t wait to share them! Here’s a sneak peak:

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I don’t mean to be a tease but I have such an awesome week of posts lined up! I was uber productive this weekend and spent most of the day Sunday taking pictures, shooting a video, and writing up posts for the next few days. I think the juice cleanse helped reinvigorate me a bit, as well as deciding not to go out this weekend. I’ve been out and busy almost every weekend for the past month and it felt great to just get chores done at home. I also watched Gone with the Wind for the first time (I know, I’m like 70 years late.) Aside from the blatant racism I loved it. Definitely  not what I was expecting! I always thought it was some period piece romance. I was actually kind of pissed by the ending. I did love how badass they made Southern women out to be. I need to get a pistol. Every time I hear a loud noise now I yell to Salem, “the Yankees are coming!”

What classic film has the entire world seen but you?

Can you believe it’s already March? What are your goals for this month?

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26 Responses

  • LOVE your boudoir photos! STUNNING!!
    And I was interested to see how you like the juice cleanse, especially with your training. I am not sure I could do it haha

    • Erica House says:

      Overall I really loved doing the cleanse and would like to do it again when I’m not training! Or, maybe just for a day or two at a time. I’ll be posting about it Thursday!

  • Linz says:

    gorgeous photo! want to see more!!!

  • noladot says:

    Ohh, I am excited to read your posts this week!

    I love your Mardi Gras photo shoot sneak peeks. Way cool! And you look gorgeous-but you always do. A natural beauty!

    Do cats ever cooperate for photos?! LOL :) I have tons of photos of my animals, but I should really take the time to actually BE in the photo with them.

    My March goals…I started using a food scale and would like to continue using it, tracking food, and keeping up with workouts. I am missing a “traditional” lifting program and have started doing a full body routine on Sundays…and I need to figure out a plan for CrossFit…it’s not exactly satisfying lately :-/

    • Erica House says:

      Awww thank you :)

      I can sometimes get Salem to take a great photo with me, but I usually end up taking so many (since 90% of them don’t turn out) that by the end he starts to get antsy.

      I used a food scale religiously for a few weeks until I just knew by eyeballing things what the portions were.

      And …. are you starting a blog? !

      • noladot says:

        So I am replying here for two posts because Internet is spotty and I’m on my iPad. No, I’m not starting a blog. I had one years ago and couldn’t change the password or delete the account and I was having problems commenting so I thought, oh, I’ll just start a new account. I’d love to ramble write, but it would be so random and probably more livejournal-ish and useless.

        So I did a quickie research session and discovered Walgreens Well fish oil would cover me for a year if I took one supplement a day, or 200 days if I took two a day…for less than the price I am currently paying for just a 30 day supply…!!! Holy shitballz :-/ so I will be switching when I’m done with my current supply, oh, but I WILL be buying them in March for buy one, get one half off ;-)

        See how terrible of a writer I’d be? I started two paragraphs with “So” :-/ and I love emoticons and faces.


        • Erica House says:

          Well I’m glad I could help save you some money!
          I sometimes feel like I’m a terrible writer as well and other bloggers read my shit and lol.

  • Helen says:

    Yea. You really need those carbs to fuel your long runs. It’s still great that you ran that long of a distance!
    And you look gorgeous in that pic!
    My March goal is to basically incorporate more pilates into my routine.

    • Erica House says:

      Oh man I think my poor body was HATING me for running without properly fueling up!
      It’s been ages since I’ve done pilates. It’s kind of like yoga to me. Every time I do it I feel fabulous, but I never seem to make myself get into a routine of practicing regularly!

  • I’m at a weird place with my nutrition right now. Maybe lost is a better word. I’d love to know more about Happy Belly. Checking out the link.

    • Erica House says:

      I go through phases where I suddenly feel blah/tired/anxious and wonder if it’s due to my diet so I want to overhaul it. Take something away, add more of something else. It’s just overwhelming when I’m constantly reading about the ‘newest’ trend and how amazing it’s supposed to be for health.

  • Sarah N says:

    I’m obsessed with roasting veggies lately. I haven’t tried roasting asparagus yet–I need to! (Although I haven’t bought any in ages just because it’s so expensive where I am.)

    My March goal is to stay on top of fitness and eating as clean as I can during a move! We’re moving this week from El Paso, TX to Colorado Springs, CO because of my husband’s Army job, and it means several weeks in a hotel and then moving into a new house. Cooking/prepping my own food will be difficult but I want to try as much as I can. I feel gross when I eat out too much even when I make good restaurant choices!

    • Erica House says:

      Asparagus is ridiculously expensive! I was actually going to look into the possibility of roasting frozen veggies. It’s so much cheaper to buy them that way but I really prefer roasting to steaming.

      Moving to Colorado sounds awesome! Living out of a hotel for a few weeks does not. I’m sure you can keep eating pretty clean since your used to it already and it’s important to you. It does get difficult (and boring!) after a while though.

  • I also haven’t seen Gone With the Wind and I’ve only seem part of Braveheart <– I know!! It took me until 3 years ago to watch The Princess Bride. Oops.
    You look amazing in that picture – I can't wait to see more!!

    • Erica House says:

      Haha – well, Braveheart is pretty good and I’m not surprised about Princess Bride. To me that movie is one of those that it’s not going to blow you away unless you first saw it when you were younger (like the Labyrinth.)

  • Goal for March- be ready for my 19 miler in DC April 6th. And make it through the 35th anniversary of my arrival without being depressed. Lol

  • Mmmm I love juicing, I just wish it was cheaper! :) I can’t WAIT to see your photos!! I’m sure they’re going to be amazing!

    • Erica House says:

      Oh man juicing is NO JOKE expensive. I think that’s the #1 reason why I agreed to try it. I’d never be able to afford it on my own!

  • David Kingadingdangdong says:

    Is it just another spin on naturalistic eating? Paleo. Caveman. Basically, hunt and gather? Did you notice any differences?

    • Erica House says:

      Pretty much. I read an article recently that talked about how there’s 1,001 different ‘perfect’ diets out there now but they all focus on the same thing: eat real shit, and not to much of it.

      I already eat pretty clean so I’m not noticing any huge difference. My main goal now is to try and eat 3 larger meals a day versus the 5-6 I’ve been doing. Give my digestive system more of a break.

  • Jodi says:

    Gorgeous photo! I’ve read Gone With the Wind but never seen the movie. LOVED the book, though. Really a must read.

    • Erica House says:

      If you loved the book then you must see the film! It was spectacular. The end kind of left me hanging though but my Mom said someone wrote a ‘squeal’ that was pretty well received.

  • Ali says:

    Hi There:)

    How long do you roast your veggies for, and at what temperature? It’s such a great idea to roast veggies to save for several days to come.

    • Erica House says:

      I always roast enough to last a few days. I put them in at 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes depending on what types of veggies I’m roasting.