Hope you are all doing well. We are officially out of the little (or perhaps not so little) 6 week challenge that I had put myself through in order to change some of my eating and lifestyle habits but I think I want to continue sharing my weekly eats and exercise as it’s something I enjoy 🙂 I have actually grown much more interested in this than anticipated.
With that being said I will have another fun little challenge coming up so look forward to that most likely starting Monday September 2. I will be completing the Medical Medium 3.6.9 Liver cleanse! I have been re reading the book and it’s definitely inspired me.
OK…lets get to the goods. I haven’t been taking as many pictures but I will share what I have.
Monday August 12
Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy cream and GF toast
Lunch: Cucumber and celery with hummus
Snack: Half cup B+J dairy free icecream
Dinner: Big salad with black beans, homemade pico de gallo, assorted veggies, cashew sauce and hot sauce
Today I had another follow up doctors appointment with my current Naturopath doctor.
Summary of appointment
We took a look at the latest results from the lab tests
- High Iron (runs in the family) So it’s a good thing I have chosen to limit meat consumption! I have to start drinking green tea or regular tea with my meals and perhaps in the future might have to give blood regularly.
- Try to add more protein (I’m on the fence about this) I believe we can get all of the protein we need from a plant based diet….and when someone suggests adding in more protein or a higher protein diet this is also suggesting a higher fat diet in disguise. Even so, I could always use more plant based protein.
- She is not really sure about a vegan/vegetarian diet but will support my choices. (She advocates for low carb/keto)
- Refilled my supplements which have been helping
- Weighed me and I was down 15 pounds on her scale (in the evening too!) since last appointment
- Continue to monitor blood sugar as im comfortable with (I try to daily) 2 afters after a meal
- Continue taking supplements and increase b12 from 1000 to 2000-5000
- Continue light to moderate exercise
- Increase water intake
Tuesday August 13:
Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy creamer, half cup of oats topped with 1 peach chopped and some vanilla almond milk
Snack: 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (unsalted, raw)
Unexpected brunch: Tim hortons beyond sausage lettuce and tomato and hash brown from chantel
Lunch: Sunwarrior protein powder, 1 banana, almond milk, water, ice, cinnamon and inositol supplement – protein shake
Snack: celery with hummus
Dinner: cooked cauliflower with Heinz beans
Exercise: Short evening walk
Chantel brought me back the nicest gifts from her trip to Orlando for the Younique Convention.
Wednesday August 14
Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy creamer, half cup oats with blueberries, so delicious coconut milk yogurt (unsweetened) and peanut butter
Lunch: Medical Medium spinach soup, celery with hummas
Snack: 2 tbsps pumpkin seeds
Snack: Protein shake with chocolate sun warrior powder, banana, almond milk, water, cinnamon, ice
Dinner: High Carb Hannah cheddar and broccoli soup – delicious but next time will add some fried onions and celery and fresh garlic. Over a little bit of brown rice. Even Brent enjoyed this which is saying something!
Had a pedicure this evening in anticipation of an upcoming wedding i will be attending – was relaxing #selfcare. Also I have to mention – since changing my diet and taking better care of myself all around – I have noticed a huge improvement in the bottom of my feet. Less painful cracks and less dry skin which can both come along as a result of diabetes or blood sugar issues and infections.
Thursday August 15
Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer, half cup of cooked oats with Bobs flax, almond milk and blueberries
Lunch: Cooked zucchini, bell peppers, gardein crispy chickun mandarin orange and a little bit of rice
Snack: Veggie straws
Snack: So delicious coconut milk vanilla unsweetened yogurt with pumpkin seeds
Exercise: Walk 40 minutes, swimming 30 minutes
Friday August 16
Breakfast: Rudolphs Bavarian rye bread toasted, 1 slice of Emmi-Swiss lactose free swiss cheese, 1 tbsp hummus and spinach, Coffee with soy creamer
Lunch: arugula raw, black beans, bell peppers, pico de gallo, mushrooms, onions
Snack: 1 cup of blueberries
Snack: Protein shake – 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon and inositol (will talk about this supplement soon!)
Dinner: Cheesy vegan pasta – delicious! Brent enjoyed this as well.
Exercise: Walk 40 minutes, swimming 30 minutes
Lola and I have shaved 5 minutes off of our typical 45 minute walk!
Saturday August 17
Went to a wedding today. I didn’t want to be that pain that required a different meal so I just had a little bit of your traditional “wedding food” It Was fun getting dressed up but a very very hot day.
Breakfast: 2 natures path maple cinnamon waffles topped with peanut butter, maple syrup and blueberries with coffee
Lunch: Argula , pico de gallo, black beans, cucumber, cashew dressing with cheesy vegan pasta left overs
Dinner: half of a small chicken breast, cooked veggies, 2 small roast potato, coleslaw, about half a cup of red wine. I declined the gravy and heavy looking sauce for the chicken. I took 2 bites of dessert which was a homemade ice cream and then gave the rest to my husband.
It was overly sweet and I just could not have any more. I haven’t had these kinds of food since June and I am not interested in getting started again and that’s all I really have to say about that!
I need to continue on working on my confidence with the ability to simply say no to things I don’t want and things that don’t make me feel good. Why should I eat something that makes me feel like shit just to appease someone else? They don’t live in and with my body and know how I feel.
And while I didn’t want this food..I also did not want to be a pain in the butt to the bride and groom to provide an entirely other meal which I know is kind of a nuisance and costs extra money usually. The ability to say no without fear is something I will have to work on throughout my life time!
While I don’t identify as vegan or even vegetarian – I still have been eating that way 95 percent of the time as that’s when I feel my best.
I woke up at 4:30-5 am the morning after the wedding feeling like a punching bag. I was so dehydrated and swollen. I told my husband that it felt like I had inhaled a large pizza! This proves to me that I really don’t want to be going back to eating how I was. It was not benefiting me at all.
Sunday August 18th
As you read above I got an early start to my day. I drank 4-5 tall glasses of water to hydrate myself between 4 and 5 in the morning.
Brent had to work so he picked up some breakfast and dropped it off for me which was very sweet!
Breakfast: 1 large Tim Hortons coffee black (which I added soy creamer too) and the beyond meat, lettuce and tomato sausage biscuit with a hashbrown.
Lunch: A big salad with arugula, spinach, black beans, pico de gallo, veggies and peanut sauce
Dinner: Left over vegan cheddar and broccoli soup topped with smoked paprika and lots of dill.
I chose not to weigh myself this week as I had already checked in at the doctors office and was feeling pretty good about where I was at! I will check on the 26th and check in on here as well with that update 🙂 I choose not to weigh more than once a week for my mindset, mentality and peace of mind and heart. I will update you all with some clothing shots though and this quote which i found that sums up my health journey pretty well.
“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” -Carl Jung
Ok…now….are you ready for my big news
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I have enrolled in the CSNN – Canadian School of Natural Nutrition distance education program in hopes of completing and successfully achieving my diploma and certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. Kinda geeking out and excited to be a student again!
I am so excited to learn and grow on this new exciting journey and of course share with you guys a long the way! Remember beautiful things can come out of difficult experiences.
Thanks for reading!