New Month New Challenge

Hello everyone!

Still feeling a little under the weather with a cold and cough but hey ho!Writing to you today because I have cooked up a new idea for the up coming month of October and I couldn’t be more excited!

Halloween bullet journal theme for October, monthly welcome cover page by @paperlemons

I felt great after the Medical Medium 3.6.9 liver cleanse and realize I really need to continually work on including a ton of fruits and veggies as a large part of my diet while striving to keep the fats low and Medical medium teaches us to do that with his wonderful books and recipes.

I have decided that for the month of October, however challenging it may be, that I am going to try one new recipe per day from my Medical Medium book collection. These recipes could be anything from breakfasts to snacks, lunch or dinner. Instead of sharing with you my weekly “what I eat posts” for the month of October instead, I will share with you each day what recipe I picked, how it tastes, how I rate it and what the benefits of the ingredients are healthwise.

So just to recap:

Why Am I doing this: To inspire myself to continually make fruits and veggies as a large part of my meals and nourishment for the days. To continue to reduce my A1C and balance my blood glucose levels naturally and to minimize my PCOS symptoms even further than I already have.

For How long: Every day in October

What I am i hoping to gain? Knowledge of new recipes that I can continually include in my healthy eating “bank”, continue to support healthy blood glucose balance and healthy weight loss, healthy hormone balance, keep the journey fresh, new and exciting as to not get bored.

Potential Pros: Knowledge of new recipes, nutrient dense, different fruits and veggies each day = more vitamins and minerals, healthier A1C, more energy, clear skin, weight loss, feel happier and more positive about my choices.

Potential Cons: Could get expensive getting the ingredients for a new recipe each day, time management, potential days where we will be outside of the home and travelling, not being able to find certain ingredients, more work as far as dishes/housework etc.

Can’t wait to share with you this challenge – feel free to follow along and join in too 🙂

Rewild Your Life Week Challenge Day 7/7

I am a little late posting this but I wanted to let ya know that I did finish the challenge! I came down with a nasty cold/cough on Tuesday so I have been laying low this week. There might not be much to post in the food department come Monday but we will see how I’m feeling on that front!

Rewild Your Life Week Challenge Day 7

Final Day!

” For today’s activity find a piece of cloth to use as a blindfold. Go to a quiet natural space and make yourself comfortable. Blindfold yourself and begin to let go of your need for vision- which is probably your strongest sense. Open your ears and tune in. Listen to what the natural world has to say. “

Ok – So…I must admit…I didn’t blindfold myself as I didn’t want to scare my neighbours lol but I did just sit outside and close my eyes. It was peaceful. To be honest…I usually find ways to fit something like this in my days.I feel so much better for it.

I love getting outside with my Lola gal.

If you are trying to find ways to disconnect from social media and lower your stress levels or just looking to change up your routine a little bit I definitely recommend checking out the 7 day free challenge from We Are Wildness. Get outside and have fun!

What I ate last week – Try better next time

Not my healthiest week ever – but it is what it is! I still enjoyed every bite. It was a yummy week. As someone who has struggled with disordered eating I find it a fine line when it comes to limiting various foods (in my case right now, fats) It’s fairly easy to get sucked into the rabbit hole of binging and restriction again and I just don’t ever want to head in that direction. I try to practice intuitive eating as much as possible. And so I try not to be too hard on myself when I have a less than stellar food week (more processed foods than I would like). I did make some great choices but overall the fat content was higher than I would have liked and I seem to get the best results with my blood glucose levels when my fat stays consistently low (under 30 G per day) If I didn’t have to pay attention to my blood sugar levels this would be a different story and I probably wouldn’t care as much.

Monday September 16th

Breakfast: Two toasted tomatos on UDIS millet chia gluten free bread with hellmans vegan mayo

Snack: Fruit plate

Lunch: Protein shake with sun warrior portein powder, 1 frozen banana, 2 dates and pumpkin pie spice

Snack: Natures Path organic granola coconut and cashew butter with cashew milk

Dinner: Big salad with lots of veggies, Gardein crispy chickun strips, hot sauce, homemade cashew ranch (yum), and guacamole

This was honestly so delicious. I guess sometimes you crave the fat lol

Tuesday September 17th

Breakfast: Fruit plate – banana, pineapple, mango

Lunch: Chicken wrap using left overs

Snack: Low fat vegan pumpkin muffin

Dinner: Vegan Red Lentil Chilli (low fat)

You can’t even tell this is not real chicken. It was amazing.
I had the itch to bake! Vegan low fat pumpkin muffins

Wednesday September 18th

Breakfast: 1 Vegan pumpkin muffin with earth balance and a coffee

Snack: Peaches

Lunch: Wrap with left over red lentil chilli, hummus and green onions

Snack: Half cup Presidents choice mango coconut milk based nice cream

Dinner: We went to Costco tonight so ate dinner out before hand at Mucho burrito – I got a whole wheat burrito filled with veggie ground, lettuce, tomato, peppers, onions, corn, cilantro, guac and hot sauce. Yum! I asked Brent to take a picture of it for the blog because I typically leave my phone at home when we go out. Well lets just say he didn’t just take a picture of the burrito! Typical husband.

Exercise: 45 minute walk

Thought everyone would get a kick out of this. I have food all over my face.

Thursday September 19th

Breakfast: 1 Vegan pumpkin muffin with coffee

Lunch: “TLT” – Experimenting with Tofu I got at Costco. I made a tofu, lettuce, tomato sammie and the tofu did actually resemble bacon! Topped with avocado, lettuce,tomato and vegan mayo.

Snack: 2 bananas with peanut butter

Dinner: Medical medium soup left over from the 3.6.9 cleanse which I added a can of coconut milk and curry powder too as per his suggestion in his book to make the soup a heartier meal.

Exercise: 1 hour clogging class

Friday September 20th

It was a VERY busy weekend…but fun!

Breakfast: Part 1: Coffee with vegan pumpkin muffin Part 2: later in the morning a beyond meat lettuce and tomato biscuit from Tim Hortons

Lunch: I was out with Chantel today and we went to Burrito boyz. This was my first time trying out this place and it was pretty good! Got my usual a small burrito with veggie ground and all the fixings. We also visited “the Woo shop” and I made some fun little purchases.

In the evening Brent and I went to see a concert featuring Dallas Smith, Dean Brody, The Reklaws and Mackenzie Porter. I danced for 4 hours straight and YES I did record that down into chronometer 😉 I was exhausted by the end of the night and hangry. We stopped at the only place open (subway) and I got a veggie sub on wheat.

Image result for dallas smith tour
I’m very into the woo.

Saturday September 21

This morning we got up early to take care of our two young nieces. We were pretty dang tired but coffee made it happen!

Breakfast: Coffee, 2 bananas with peanut butter

Lunch: A wrap with onion and garlic hummus and arugula and left over medical medium soup (while everyone else ate their kraft dinner) :/ Not sure how moms do it?

Snack: Homemade guacamole with tostitos

Dinner: Brent made dinner tonight – as I was snoring on the couch. I woke up to a bbqed Dr Pragers veggie burger with all the fixings and homemade french fries made in the acti-fryer (low/no oil) Delish.

Exercise: walked several times today with our nieces and Lola

Sunday September 22

Woke up early today and had a day trip to visit my parents by the lake!

Breakfast: On the road, Tim Hortons beyond meat sausage biscuit and coffee with soy cream

Lunch: 2 arugula and hummus wraps and vegetable sushi rolls

Snack: Coconut bliss salted caramel and chocolate icecream

Dinner: Also on the road – A&W Beyond meat burger with all the fixings, onion rings and diet coke

See what I mean about heavy on the processed foods this week? Oh well you win some you lose some and I will keep pressing on and trying better.

Exercise: At least an hour of walking spread out throughout the day

I don’t typically share my drinks for the day. Usually I drink filtered water, bubbly water, tea or coffee.

No scale check today but I do wish to share this progress shot with you!

This is around one year apart – same pants, although I could hardly move in them in the first picture and now they pull up past my belly button and are extremely comfortable! You can do anything if you believe in yourself and feel passion towards your journey.

Rewild Your Life Week Challenge Day 6/7

” Today’s challenge is simple. Find a place that allows for a view of the whole sky… the more the better. Lay a blanket down. Put on some sunglasses if it’s really bright and sunny. Lie on your back and look up at the sky. Watch the clouds or the clear blue sky. Try to spot any flying creatures. Look at the tree tops if there are any around you and imagine what it would be like to be up there. Do this for at least 30 minutes today. “

I felt like a kid again 🙂 My buddy Lola was with me. It was nice to get outside for 30 minutes and just lay down and let the stress leave my body. I definitely have to continue to incorporate sky watching into my days!

I’m a little sad that the last day of the challenge is tomorrow but definitely thinking of trying the paid for 30 day challenge.

Rewild Your Life Week Challenge Day 5/7

” Go to the closest natural body of water today for at least 30 minutes. “

Rewild Your Life Week Challenge Day 5/7

Beautiful Lake Huron. Isn’t she something? We have been close since I was just a baby. I am never away from her for too long and so glad I have family that live so close! To be by the water is so soothing it always brings my nerves right down to ground zero. I always leave feeling better than I felt before.