2 Weeks Vegan {The Experiment}

by Kristine on November 23, 2015




So this is out of left field.

Not only that I’m actually posting, but also the subject matter of today’s post. (Also if you haven’t watched/listened to Adele singing “Hello” on SNL drop everything you’re doing watch/listen NOW.)

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve gone completely vegan.


Yep, this grass-fed steak loving, pastured eggs enamored, burrata obsessed gal went full-on vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits and nuts.

And you guys, I actually hate to say this, but I’ve never felt better.


Even after 30-days of Whole30 and abstaining from wine.


I actually have no idea how this came about – it wasn’t some declaration of “I’m going vegan for 2 weeks”. It wasn’t a challenge I presented to myself (which happens more often than you may think, and often I fail at them – like my “go to yoga every day for 30 days” one, or my “take up lifting heavy weights” phase). I lasted 3 days and 5lbs respectively.

It was like… organic. (Pun completely intended.)

I go through phases where meat grosses me out. Like a lot. Often even. A few months ago, Lindsay (get ready to drool when you click that link) told me to read The Kind Diet by none other than Cher Horowitz. I mean Alicia Silverstone.

So I started it a couple weeks ago. And watched like all the documentaries they tell you to watch. (Cowspiracy, Food Inc (again), etc).

And found myself, for the first time, absolutely drawn towards the vegan lifestyle for reasons of compassion and environmental sustainability. (And also for health, but these other things too.)

Which had never happened before.

Not that I don’t have a heart – I do and it’s a big one (I want to rescue all the puppies in all the worlds), but typically my forays into different diets and ways of eating have been for the abs. I’m not going to sugar coat it. It’s basically been a matter of what will give me the best results both internally and externally. Not so much about the planet. Or the animals.

But then I learned (and listened) about how food gets on to our plates and into our grocery stores and the impact it has on the animals and their well-being and quality of life and also the consequences it has on our planet (I’ll spare you the details/I’d never preach to you-  if you’re interested just watch the movies/read the books), and even though I buy meat at Whole Foods and at the Farmer’s Market from reputable, local, sustainable sources…. it still kind of hit me. Like harder than I’d care to admit.

So one Monday in early November I was like, I’m not going to eat any animal products or by-products or dairy today. Because I’m an adult. And I DO WHAT I WANT.

So I had a smoothie, oatmeal, a few salads and this delicious lentil/sweet potato/kale bowl. (Never said I was a light eater folks.)

And was so satisfied after each meal/snack. With no blood sugar dips.

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Minimalist Baker Vegan Falafel + Garlic Dill Sauce + Blair’s Cauliflower Tabbouleh

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Chunky Monkey Smoothie Bowl from RachlMansfield.com

So then Tuesday I decided I’d do it again.

Same thing. I was eating quinoa, barley, brown rice, farro, lentils, vegetables, fruit, nuts, avocado, all the almond butter in existence – SO MANY THINGS.

After a week I stopped thinking about it entirely.

After 10 days I felt lighter, my workouts were stronger, I was sleeping soundly and multiple people commented on how clear and glowing my skin was. #vanity but I’ll take it.

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Grilled Mushrooms + Asparagus + Garlicky Sauteed Spinach at Nordstron Cafe

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Seed + Salt Burger (the love of my foodie life)

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Coconut Oil/Vanilla Powder/Cinnamon/Sea Salt Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

14 days in, I was curious. I loved the way I felt and that I was eating all of the things and feeling so energized… and the one nagging thought was, “But is this all in my head?” (As you know it occasionally can be.)

So naturally, experiment time.

Saturday we headed up to wine country to taste and celebrate for a dear friend’s birthday.

I had a smoothie in the morning and then for lunch we went to Ca’Momi in downtown Napa – and I ate probably the best pizza I’ve ever eaten in my life. No bullshit. They cook it at 900 degrees for 90 seconds to make it truly Napoletana and they made and hand-pull their mozzarella in house. They also crush San Marzano tomatoes for the sauce and put fresh basil on top. And then we had the freshest al dente Tagliatelle with cream, herbs and all the freshest, most flavorful mushrooms you can find. We also had an artichoke, prosciutto, mushroom pizza. And tiramisu for dessert.

So: eggs, meat, dairy. Check, check, check.


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The verdict? I loved every single effing bite at lunch. OH MY GOD it was good.

My stomach? Freaked the F out. Which I imagine happens when you go cold turkey and then overload your insides with cold-turkeyed food. I also just felt bleh. Like really meh. And bleh. I JUST WANTED VEGETABLES.

My takeaway? I love following the vegan lifestyle/diet. I really do. I feel good about my choices for the environment, for the animals, and for my body. I also will make sure I have enough to eat when I attend your parties, events, dinners, etc. Don’t trip friends, I got this.

Is cheese off the table forever? Not sayin that at all. I’m human. And as long as Cowgirl Creamery/Burrata exists, I will eat Mt Tam and Burrata (very sparingly). I love fish so if/when I’m craving (wild, sustainable) fish, that’ll happen too. But for the most part? I’m going full speed ahead with this whole vegan thing.

I mean, if it’s good enough for Beyonce and JLo, it’s good enough for me.

Now someone please get me a Kale sweatshirt.

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{REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!} Misfit Shine Activity Tracker

by Kristine on November 10, 2015

Fitness trackers and Kristine have never been a match made in heaven.

And trust me, we’ve tried. But typically it ended in disaster. I’d be all, I KNOW I’ve taken 10,000 steps WHY AREN’T YOU RECOGNIZING THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT? Or, WHY WON’T YOU SYNC iPHONE APP?

It’s been tumultous to say the least.

But yet I press on. I keep going back. I want to know how many steps I’ve taken in a day darnit. I want to see those numbers. Because how else will I measure my life if some little gadget isn’t telling me how to?

A couple of weeks ago, Spright reached out to me asking me if I wanted to try the Misfit Shine Tracker.

I clearly immediately said yes. Because isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over with the same result? I had to see for myself.

I got home from Maui (I know, I know the recap is coming I swear to you people) and the little box was waiting for me.

So I tore into it like it was freaking Christmas morning.


First impressions? (THEY MATTER).

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“Oh wow… how cute is this?!”

Not sure if that’s what you were going for Misfit but you got me. Aesthetics. Check.

It’s really cute. It’s tiny. It’s inconspiuous. You don’t have an obnoxious plastic bracelet on your wrist. And you haven’t shelled out $200+ for a Tory Burch “cover” for it either. You can wear it as a bracelet, or you can wear it as I prefer – clipped on to anything.

Lululemon crops, running shorts, my favorite boyfriend jeans. ANYTHING.


I then went to setting up my Shine and downloading the app. After an initial disaster (I um, put the battery in upside down because I have a really high IQ level and a lot of common sense), I was good to go.

So I strapped that sucker to my SoulCycle-provided shoes and rode a bike that goes nowhere for 45 minutes.

The next morning I took off for Miami for a very sweaty and active week with lululemon – and wore my Misfit the entire time.

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Here’s what this little puppy can do:

Zzzzzzzzz’s : I wore my Shine to bed every night for a week. I clipped it onto my pajama pants because even in Miami I am perpetually cold and prefer to have the AC blasting (sidebar: I call them jammies, judge me) and went to sleep. Every morning I was super into checking my sleep – see how fun jetlag can be? That’s 3 hours of “light sleep” aka no sleep. You can also set the Shine to wake you up at an optimal time, but clearly, since I struggle to make my 7am SoulCycle or Bar Method classes, I haven’t tried this out yet.


Social Tracking: Um hello did a workout actually happen if you didn’t Instagram or Facebook about it? (I don’t SnapChat and I’m beginning to think that I should.) You can set up your social profiles so that you can add other Shine users as friends and see them in your leaderboard. Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition?

Get In My Belly: The Shine allows you to input all the food you eat as well to keep track. I literally eat nonstop for the entirety of the time I am awake on any given day so tracking my food never actually works for me. But if you’re someone like Carrie Underwood who tracks everything you eat for like years at a time (seriously – HOW are you so organized? Teach me.), this would be a great feature.

Aesthetics: Seriously, it matters. Why are all fitness trackers so ugly and clunky? This is Silicon Valley – we’re techies. Let’s make things sleek. The Shine hits the nail on the head. Not only is it small and sleek but it really is pretty. And it lights up without flashing an obnoxious number that propels me to like do jumping jacks in place for 15 minutes. A+ Shine.

Activity: Like a couple of other trackers, the Shine tracks based on points and categorizes on Light, Moderate and Vigorous Activity and lumps each “activity session” together for a certain amount of points based on how long you do it for. It also gives you fun encouragement like “200% of goal – you are the fittest person alive Kristine” which is always nice. (Note: Everything after 200% of goal is embellished and didn’t actually happen, but I’m nothing if not an over-achiever.)



Overall: I really like the Misfit. It certainly looks the best and it’s a great reminder to move more – any time I wear a fitness tracker I always up my game and walk, bike, run, crawl MORE. Its competition with myself – which is my favorite kind. (Except if you’re running ahead of me in the final miles of a half-marathon – then THAT is my favorite kind of competition). It’s not 100% accurate, but quite honestly it’s pretty close and it’s definitely the closest of any of the fitness trackers I’ve tried.

THE BEST PART? You legit have a chance to WIN ONE OF THESE. Thanks to the team at Spright, you can enter the giveaway here! It’s open until 11/17 (which is coincidentally the day after my birthday – feel free to send puppies.) Get after it!


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