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Friday’s Find (Raw Challenge and The Accumulator)

2 Comments 01 April 2011

On Day 1 of my Raw Challenge, I taught school all day and then headed off to the YMCA to teach my sculpting class.  I was feeling really good.  I had eaten delicious raw foods packed with nutrients all day long:

  • Breakfast – Berry smoothie for breakfast with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, maca powder, chia seeds, and almond milk
  • Lunch – Green salad with spinach, arugula, sunflower sprouts, tomato, red onion and black beans; an apple; and sliced mango
  • Snack – Homemade radish hummus and sticks of carrots, yellow squash, and celery

And then I taught my Sculpt Class.

I had promised the amazing women who come to Sculpt that we’d do The Accumulator at our next class.  Some of them cheered.  Some of them groaned.  Some of them didn’t show up for that next class.

The Accumulator is a push-yourself-to-your-limit experience.  It starts with one exercise and then adds an exercise each subsequent round.  This is the version of The Accumulator that we did on Wednesday.

  • Round 1: 10 push ups from knees or toes
  • Round 2: 10 push ups, 10 jump squats
  • Round 3: 10 push ups, 10 jump squats, 10 bench dips
  • Round 4: 10 push ups, 10 jump squats, 10 bench dips, 1 minute rope skipping
  • Round 5: 10 push ups, 10 jump squats, 10 bench dips, 1 minute rope skipping, 10 shoulder lateral raises
  • Round 6: 10 push ups, 10 jump squats 10 bench dips, 1 minute rope skipping, 10 shoulder lateral raises, 1 minute plank (on elbows and toes)
  • Round 7: 10 push ups, 10 jump squats, 10 bench dips, 1 minute rope skipping, 10 shoulder lateral raises, 1 minute plank, 10 burpees
  • Round 8: 10 push ups, 10 jump squats,10 bench dips, 1 minute rope skipping, 10 shoulder lateral raises, 1 minute plank, 10 burpees, 20 hammer curls
  • Round 9: 10 push ups, 10 jump squats, 10 bench dips, 1 minute rope skipping, 10 shoulder lateral raises, 1 minute plank, 10 burpees, 20 hammer curls, 1 minute walking lunges with or without weights
  • Round 10: 10 push ups, 10 jump squats, 10 bench dips, 1 minute rope skipping, 10 shoulder lateral raises, 1 minute plank, 10 burpees, 20 hammer curls, 1 minute walking lunges with or without weights, 1 minute wall sit
  • Round 11: 10 push ups, 10 jump squats, 10 bench dips, 1 minute rope skipping, 10 shoulder lateral raises, 1 minute plank, 10 burpees, 20 hammer curls, 1 minute walking lunges with or without weights, 1 minute wall sit; 1 minute bicycles (abs)

At the end of the hour, you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck.  (Actually, HALFway through this class I felt like I’d been hit by a truck.)  Normally, after a workout like this, I’d go home and replenish with some serious carbohydrate and protein.  Definitely protein.

And then I’d crash.

Hard.

On Wednesday, veggies were just NOT going to cut it.  I felt it in my gut.  I needed something with substance.  Protein.  It’s amazing how our bodies will actually tell us what we need.  We  just need to listen to it.

Recently, I found a source of protein that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.  Nutribody Protein.

Its 25 grams of protein come from brown rice and peas. Technically it isn’t raw, but it comes from whole grains and vegetables, so it’s raw enough for me.  When I made my smoothie that evening it was exactly what I needed.  And it was pure.  With only 7 ingredients, this all-natural, vegetarian protein powder helped me recover from an intense workout. For full nutritional information see here.

Nutribody Protein is clearly labeled gluten-free.  But let me warn you, it isn’t cheap.  A single canister is $49.95!  (Or 4 canisters for $35.00 each)  When I’m used to $20.99 for cheapo Whey Protein, this is a huge difference.  But while it may not be raw, it’s at least vegetarian and minimally processed.  It worked for me.

I made a smoothie similar to this one.

And chewed a few almonds and pecans.  A raw enough dinner.

Are you a raw foodie?  I know several of you are joining me on this challenge.  How have your first few days gone?  Are you getting enough protein?

 

Your Comments

2 Comments so far

  1. Alyson says:

    Holy WOW! That workout sounds IN-TENSE! Goodness me! :) I need to try that. Just for an endurance/”let’s try and kill myself” test. ;) Game on! :)

  2. Heather says:

    Oh yeah!!! You can totally do it! Makes you feel great to be alive…and then you hurt for 3 more days… :)


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