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.

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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.

What I Ate this Week and Rewild Your Life 7 Day Challenge

Hello everyone and happy Monday! Well writing this on Monday and probably hitting publish on Tuesday 😉

Well the come down after my 3.6.9 cleanse was much needed. Although I felt amazing and really enjoyed the cleanse (will likely do it again soon!) It was still really structured and so I welcomed not having to think or prep too much this past week (starting on Wednesday) and really just got back to enjoying intuitive eating. I like practicing intuitive eating as much as possible and giving my body what it wants (within reason!). I also stayed the same weight this week at 227 which I weighed after the cleanse. Very happy to maintain that!

Wednesday September 11th

Breakfast: Lemon water, Mangos

Lunch: Watermelon slushie – a Medical Medium Liver Rescue Recipe

Snack: 2 wraps with caramelized onion hummus and lots of arugula

Dinner: I used my instant pot for the FIRST time!! I made vegan richas vegan aloo gobi. Super simple and delicious. I think I am going to be using the instant pot a lot.

It was such a nice day outside today. Super sunny and humid. I took advantage of it and got plenty of natural vitamin D, enjoyed my summery drink and went for a swim too.

Thursday September 12

Breakfast: Lemon water, coffee (gasp…yes!!) Mango and peaches

Lunch: I started with a large bowl of arugula and chopped veggies. Cooked up some portobello mushrooms along with red pepper. Steamed two perfect sweet potatos in the instant pot and used one of them mashed up in the salad. Added in seasoned black beans, hot sauce and hummus for a super satisfying lunch.

Dinner: Light but only because I was still stuffed from lunch! I had two large green apples and two dates after my one hour clogging class.

Clogging class??? Yes!

A few weeks ago I was looking into adult gym and cardio classes in my area. I have already dabbled in zumba and really enjoyed myself and I did plenty of swimming and walking over the summer but I need to change it up every once and again as to not get bored and quit with exercise altogether.

I found a local studio that teaches step dancing and clogging and offer beginner and adult classes. If you aren’t familiar with either – they are kind of similar to tap dancing which was my expertise growing up.

My history with dance is a somewhat strained and bitter sweet memories. I had fun and thankful for the experiences but as I have explained I believe it put some unnecessary stress on me at the time and really set me up for a negative relationship to my body and food. As a child I wasn’t really given the proper tools to deal with certain issues like body image, self confidence and self esteem. I always had poor self confidence and self esteem issues. And dance just added fuel to that fire for me.

A big part of my recovery from eating disorders and emotional trauma has been to acknowledge the past but to no longer dwell on it, identify with it or cling to it. I feel that by doing something like clogging and doing it just for fun and just for me is a good way to continue making peace with my past and turning the not so great memories into good present day memories.

SO anyways this studio offered a free trial class so I took advantage of that…i was pretty nervous but the nerves melted away when I saw lots of happy smiling ladies of all ages ready to learn the clogging basics. It was great cardio just as i thought – I actually sweat through my tee shirt! I got new tap shoes this weekend and looking forward to taking those for a spin this Thursday.

Exercise: Walking lola for 20 minutes and 1 hour clogging class

Friday September 13

Breakfast: Mango

Lunch: Left over aloo gobi with garlic naan

Dinner: Pizza night! I had been looking forward to this night for awhile. Especially after being so healthy and somewhat restricted on the 3.6.9 cleanse. I ordered a medium plant based pizza from New Orleans topped with Daiya “cheese”, Yves “ham”, Yves “Pepperoni” sun dried tomato, green peppers, olives and onions. Unfortunately my pizza came loaded with DOUBLE regular cheese. The “old me” would have just said “meh” ate that greasy cheesy pizza and suffered the consequances of horrid stomach cramps all weekend and nasty bathroom business (TMI) However…the new me won’t accept feeling that way. I am worth more! I was able to call back and they rectified the situation pretty fast. We went back and exchanged pizzas. Overall it was very enjoyable and I had left overs for the next morning. Fun fact: I used to be a creamy dip cup a holic. I mean I used to go through 4-5 of those in one sitting and now I simply enjoy the plain marinara cups (and just one) for my crust.

Saturday September 14th

Brent had to work early this morning.

Breakfast: Water and left over cold pizza – I think it actually tasted better cold.

Snack: left over sweet potato

Lunch: 1 wrap stuffed with cooked portabello mushrooms, green peppers, garlic and hummus

Went shopping for my new tap shoes and also stopped off at the new “Happy Plantet location” where I picked up enough vegan junk/processed food for a month or two. Don’t judge me!

Everything here was on sale. I got two bags of Daiya cheeze to experiment with (they are now in the freezer) 2 cauliflower pizza crusts, Gardein meatless meatballs, roasted garlic and onion hummus and brown rice pasta – which I guess isn’t apart of the “junk” food haul.

Snack: Sweets from the earth vegan carrot cake (naughty) also purchased at Happy planet.

Dinner: I used the instant pot again (LOVE) and we made High Carb Hannahs Red Lentil Chilli. I love Hannahs youtube channel and have all of her ebooks. She has great recipes to try that are mostly high carb, low fat and vegan.

Sunday September 15

Breakfast: Tim Hortons Beyond sausage lettuce tomato biscuit and black coffee which I doctored up at home with some soy creamer. Honestly…can I just enjoy my junk food please universe? This wasn’t great – everything was overcooked and dry. Must be a sign telling me that I shouldn’t be eating this junk lol

Lunch: Two wraps stuffed with cooked peppers, mushrooms and hummus

Dinner: Left over Red lentil chilli with cooked broccoli, hummus and green onions from the garden

Exercise: Two separate walks – one longer at 30 minutes and one short at 15 minutes. I checked my blood glucose level after my first walk and was pleasantly surprised! They continue to improve with time and consistency.

I use coconut aminos and water to cook my veggies instead of oils
I thought this was interesting! I used to be a pretty heavy meat eater.

Finally, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the next challenge I am embarking on. And no, it’s actually not food related! A few weeks ago I came across a post via social media from a company named “We are Wildness”

We are wildness “is a global community of humans reconnecting with the natural world, rewilding our daily lives, and protecting the wild spaces that still remain.”

As shared on the We Are Wildness website:

Who we are

We are a small team of committed individuals bringing you inspiration & educational resources grounded in Nature.

Our mission is to help improve the health of individuals, wildlife and the planet, by inspiring people all over the world to reconnect with Nature.

How we got started

We Are Wildness was founded by Alissa in 2011 as a personal growth project. After struggling with depression and anxiety for many years, she found nature connection and living closer to the land to be instrumental in her healing process. Ever passionate about wildlife, nature and wild spaces, Alissa’s hope upon starting WAW was to create an avenue with which to inspire people to reconnect, protect and preserve both their intrinsic wildness and the wildness of the greater earth organism.  That personal growth project has now grown into a beautiful collective of wild, yet modern humans who share experiences in many ways: By participation in WAWU, an online school, by reading and contributing to a diverse blog,  and by connecting with other Nature lovers via a  large social media community.

As I was reading about Alissa’s journey I could somewhat relate in the fact that I feel that being out in nature, natural vitamin D and getting away from social media for a few hours each day has also played a huge role in my recovery and brought my stress levels down significantly helping to balance my emotions overall. I find that the more time I spend outside the happier and more relaxed I feel.

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Although I have always felt a deep connection to and with nature and being in nature has always brought me a sense of peace, as a child I didn’t really play outside as much as other kids as I spent my days, evenings and weekends in dance studios and competitions. As I got older and struggled with binging, food restriction, obesity and the depression and anxiety that came along with that I learned to hide myself away and spent more time than I care to share indoors and behind a screen or IN-FRONT of a screen.

Lately I have been spending much more time enjoying the out doors. I love taking long walks with Lola around my small town, sitting watching and listening to the birds, meditating in the backyard, swimming outside, having camp fires under the stars and generally just being outside enjoying the changing seasons.

So when I came across the We are wildness website and read all about their challenges and courses (some free and some paid for) it was right up my ally and I wanted to get started immediately! I decided to join the 7 day *free* challenge first. For the next 7 days I will be participating in a daily challenge set up by the good folks at We are Wildness in hopes of making spending time out in nature a more carved out and concrete part of my days. I think we are wildness will inspire me to do just that. I will be sharing all of the 7 days with you here. Starting this evening.

See you then <3

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Medical Medium Liver Rescue 3.6.9 Cleanse Recap

Near the start of my journey while I was knee deep in the nitty gritty that is ANY healing journey I came across someone named Anthony Williams otherwise known as “The Medical Medium” He had been making a splash across Instagram and other social media platforms with his information from “Spirit” along with the celery juice craze. He has a loyal and passionate following that seem to be doing some AMAZING deep, cleansing and healing. Naturally, I wanted some of that…cuz like….who wouldn’t!?

I had been dealing with terrible candida infections and mystery skin issues (not knowing at the time that it was linked to type 2 diabetes and PCOS) I got some of his books (Medical Medium, Life Changing Foods and Liver Rescue) to use as a potential resource. I also embarked on 30 days of celery juice. This was NO JOKE folks. He says if you have any sort of candida yeast, parasites, heavy metals, toxins – that celery juice WILL clean you out on your first few days. And clean me out it did. The first 4-5 days were hell and I had to stay close to the toilet. What came out of me was UNGOLDY. Sorry TMI!! But…oddly enough….I started feeling really good after the first 4-5 days. My digestion improved a ton and slowly but surely my eczema on my hands went away. This guy (and Spirit) knows whats up!

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Fast forward to mid summer of 2019. I had been incorporating some of Anthony’s suggestions into my days – more raw food, lots of fruit, good amount of veggies, lowering down the fats, getting off animal products completely, adding in some herbal supplements, teas and tinctures and meditations. That was going swimmingly and my weight loss and overall health has been amazing. I could not complain.

When I read Liver Rescue it seemed to go deeper into the whys of how issues like eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, strep, acne, gout, bloating, gallstones, adrenal stress, fatty liver, weight issues & autoimmune disease happen in the first place. One of the main reasons is because we go through our life not really taking proper care in the first place of our liver, kidneys, adrenals and gall bladder – all are working over time to keep up with our highly processed and junky S.A.D diets and lifestyles. But sometimes they get to their breaking point too and that’s when these diseases take over our body.

Below is my recap of my journey with the 3.6.9 cleanse. For further information and a step by step guide please go to your local library or book store and get a copy of the Medical Medium Liver Rescue Book! It will be your companion to get you through your own cleanse. I picked food items that worked for me and my husband over the 9 days. This cleanse will look a little different for everyone as you can tailer it a bit to your personal desires. Please note – this WAS not just for weight loss. Although naturally, weight loss has happened….it goes so much deeper than that for me. I am looking for TRUE and deep, lasting healing – which ultimately goes far beyond weight loss. Please note, I only shared a few of the pictures. Not everything I ate is pictured here 🙂

Monday September 2

First Day of 3.6.9

Upon Rising: 32 ounces lemon water and hibiscus tea

Breakfast: 1 Mango, 1 banana

Mid morning snack: Apple

Lunch: Gluten free brown rice pasta with veggies and nut free pesto

Dinner: Medical Medium liver rescue broth (turned into purred soup)

Dessert: 2 frozen bananas with pitaya powder – banana nice cream!

Feeling positive!

Today was pretty easy. The first 3 days are pretty simple and seek to ease/transition you into the cleanse. You want to try to avoid gluten, dairy, eggs, lamb, pork products and canola oil, reduce your normal consumption of radical fats (nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, animal proteins etc) by 50 percent and wait to eat fats altogether until dinner time, try only eating one serving of animal protein per day and focus on bringing in more fruits, veggies, and leafy greens in daily. I have been lowering my fat consumption over the summer so this really wasn’t new to me – although i will definitely miss things like nuts, seeds, nut milks, nut butters etc. The soup was absolutely delicious. Brent enjoyed it as well. I could see myself making this a lot in the future. He also gives a few alternatives like adding curry powder to this soup and some coconut milk (for a higher fat option). This felt and tasted super nourishing.

Tuesday September 3

Day 2 of 3.6.9

Feeling good but bad headache for most of the day – likely caffeine detox!

Upon Rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Breakfast: Fresh juiced apple (2), celery and parsley

Lunch: Big salad with chopped lettuce, spinach, sweet potato, black beans, extra veggies, dressing was fresh squeezed lemon juice, raw honey and some dried herbs

Snack: 2 apples and 1 Medjool Date (fun fact, I have always been so afraid of dates because of how “sugary” they are. Well guess what? They have yet to affect my blood sugar on this cleanse!)

Dinner: Medical Medium Liver rescue soup

End the night with more lemon water and hibiscus tea

Exercise: 45 minute walk with the dog

Prepping for the week – washing the celery

Blood glucose check in!

My levels have been coming down even further and even better they have been stabilizing (minimal spikes)

Wednesday September 4th

Day 3 of 3.6.9

Feeling good but headache still lingering

Upon Rising: 32 ounces lemon water

Breakfast: 1 Mango and a banana

Lunch: Baked Beans and mixed veg

Snack: 2 apples with dates

Dinner: Big salad with lettuce, spinach, black beans, sweet potato, pico de gallo and mixed veggies

To finish the night: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 45 minutes walking with the dog

All of the medical medium books are chalk full of information including helpful supplements for any sort of mysterious or perhaps not so mysterious ailments you may be facing. For the liver cleanse it’s not necessary to take ANY supplements during the cleanse however he does provide a list of helpful resources and you can pick or choose (or not) which supplements to take. I already have a pretty set supplement routine I follow daily but I did add in lemon balm to my rotation from his recommendations.

Thursday September 5th

Day 4 of 3.6.9

Headache has passed – yay!

Day 4 starts a little bit of a “stricter” cycle of guidelines to follow

For days 4,5 and 6 you must avoid radical fats (nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, animal proteins) entirely, stick to the foods outlined in his chart in the book, eat as much as you need to feel full.

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: 16 ounces of celery juice and Liver Rescue Smoothie. Yum…the liver rescue smoothie has got to be one of the yummiest tasting smoothies I have ever had. I hope to continue adding the liver rescue smoothie into my weekly routine! Today I went with the papaya option which was fun as I never really have papaya.

Lunch: Steamed asparagus with the Liver Rescue Salad

Snack: 2 apples and dates

Dinner: Steamed asparagus and Liver Rescue Salad

Evening: 32 ounces of lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement.

Getting that natural vitamin D whenever possible! So healing!
A Ha moment!

Friday September 6

Day 5 of 3.6.9

Very similar to yesterday!

Upon Rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: 16 ounces Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie this time with banana instead of papaya

Lunch: Steamed asparagus with Liver Rescue Salad

Snack: Apples and dates

Snack: Liver Rescue Soup/broth

Dinner: Steamed asparagus with liver rescue salad

Evening: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 25 minute walk with Lola

Saturday September 7th

Day 6 of 3.6.9

Upon Rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie

Lunch: Steamed asparagus and liver rescue salad

Snack: 3-4 apples and 2 dates

Dinner: Steamed asparagus and liver rescue salad

Evening: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and Lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 2 short walks with Lola and 30 minutes of swimming laps in the pool. Making the post of this nice weather before we close the pool!

September 8th

Day 7 of 3.6.9

The next cycle of 3.6.9 starts with day 7! A little changes in the food but the basis remains the same. Continue to avoid radical fats (nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, animal proteins etc) entirely, stick to the foods outlined in his chart, eat or drink as much as you need to feel full.

I am feeling pretty great! I have tons of energy and I’m proud that I have been able to stick with things.

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie

Lunch: Spinach soup with extra garlic over cucumber noodles.

Mid Afternoon: Another celery juice with at least 2 apples for a snack

Dinner: Potato with dried herbs and brussle sprouts

Evening: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 2 short walks with Lola and 30 minutes swimming laps in the pool

This tastes way better than it looks. I added extra garlic for a nice kick.
Shared this snack plate with Brent

September 9th

Day 8 of 3.6.9

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Mid morning: Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie

Lunch: Spinach soup with extra garlic over cucumber noodles

Mid afternoon: Another celery juice with 2-3 apples

Dinner: Squash with Brussels sprouts

Evening: Lemon water, Hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 2 – 20 minute walks with Lola

Tuesday September 10th

Day 9 of 3.6.9 THE LAST DAY!

Today is a day of liquids, water, juices, blended fruits etc. Today is a good day to take it easy! I am so proud of myself.

Imagine…a former binge eater like myself…addicted to food in so many ways, addicted to putting myself down, poor self esteem, poor self confidence, no self control or daily good positive habits in my life, unable to lose weight…to see how far I have come – let me brag a little! 🙂

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: Celery juice

Mid morning: Cucumber Apple juice

Afternoon: Celery Juice, fresh squeezed orange juice

Late Afternoon: Another cucumber apple juice

Evening: Blended watermelon slushie with lime, water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Progress Shots

Taken on September 7th. I just wanted to see the progress since mid Summer. So pleased with the results! It doesn’t even feel like I’m trying to be honest. Especially while on this cleanse. I am always so full. I have been eating so much i couldn’t make room for one more bite! Now that’s my kind of cleanse 😉 No deprivation calorie wise.


Weight Loss Update

SW: 265

Last Weigh in : 234

Current Weight: 227

Along with the weight-loss I am establishing, cultivating and maintaining healthy daily routines for not only a healthy relationship with my body but also my mind and soul (spiritually). I look forward to my morning smoothie or a fruit for snack and i think my palette for healthy, nourishing foods has expanded ten fold especially after this 3.6.9 liver cleanse experience! I am enjoying experimenting cooking and eating foods that don’t include animal products. It’s very different to the low carb lifestyle I used to lead.

I look forward to getting outside and appreciating the wonders that is our natural world. I enjoy the present moment and I try not to be too hard on myself these days. I am enrolled in a holistic nutrition program! The changes that have come along with taking responsibility for ones self have been amazing.

Overall Impressions of the Medical Medium 3.6.9 cleanse

PROS

  • I learned what REAL hydration was all about. I think this was key for me. Most of us walk around these days super dehydrated. I started my day with 32 ounces of water and ended it the same way. I ate so much fruit, drank herbal tea and sipped on water throughout the day. This is something I will for sure carry on.
  • Blood glucose levels came down even further and minimal spikes. Imagine that! I ate so much fruit. The fat was cut down and my sugar levels balanced out.
  • I ate super Nourishing food and rarely experienced hunger – in fact i was usually full and could not eat another bite!
  • Great community support via social media
  • Weight loss: Although not really a motivating factor in doing this cleanse …I lost a substantial amount of weight!
  • Feel very uplifted and motivated

Cons

  • Lots of daily prep work (but worth it)
  • Some of the items in the guide lines were not in season so some of it was a little pricey
  • Bad headache the first few days but that subsided!
  • A little hungry on the last day because it was mostly liquids
  • Eating differently than husband however he DID eat some of these meals

In other news ….School is going well! Lots of reading and note taking so far.

IF you have any questions about the cleanse or anything else please feel free to drop me a line 🙂

Food & Exercise Journal – August 26-Sept 1 – Lazy Days, Weight Check in, Life changes, School and more!

Hello everyone! Happy back to school day if you or your kidlets are heading back today!

Well this past week has been kind of a lazy one for me. For one reason or another (excuses such as…having my period, unpacking from our trip, family events) I seemed to have taken a bit of a break from my daily exercise and so really must get back into the swing of things! I am acknowledging that I have made excuses for myself feeling lazy.

Monday August 26th

Still in Port Elgin on holidays, loving the outdoors and slowing down a bit. Enjoying some good food along the way.

Breakfast: Udis gluten free toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with a bit of earth balance butter.

Snack: left over baked potato and veggies with hummus

Lunch: Veggie roll sushi with wasabi and pickled ginger

Dinner: My dad treated us to pizza. Of course I got the spicy pineapple (daiya cheese and yves meat free ham) from New Orleans Pizza. So good!

Tuesday August 27th

Back to reality – back home today!

We wanted to visit the Keady market today but it was raining so decided against it. Instead we took a drive by the lake – got breakfast (not pictured) and just sat and enjoyed the gloomy scenery.

Breakfast: Tim Hortons Plant based sausage, lettuce and tomato biscuit with hash brown and coffee. I ordered my coffee black and used some soy creamer when I got back.

Lunch: Before heading home I ate this little microwave meal I picked up a few days earlier (just to have something on hand that was convenient) This is the Gardein orange beefless bowl. It was spicy and quite delicious!

For the road: Stopped at The Pea Pod for one last hurrah – got their special weekly drink which happened to be a dairy free golden milk with an extra shot of espresso (yum) and we snacked on some fresh local cherry tomato.

Dinner: Sol original griller burger with all the fixins, ODough gluten free hamburger bun, cob of corn

Exercise: 20 minute walk with husband and Lola

Wednesday August 28th

Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer and Udis plain bagel toasted with earth balance

Lunch: Veggie Sandwich

Snack: Lots of yummy melons we picked up while on holiday all grown locally

Dinner: Potato, veggie and chickpea curry

Thursday August 29th

Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer, melon and blueberries

Snack: Unsweetened coconut yogurt with blueberries, chia seed and flaxseed

Lunch: Left over veggie curry

Dinner: Dr Pragers veggie burger with all the fixins on an O Dough

Friday August 30th

Breakfast: Udis gluten free bagel toasted with earth balance

Lunch: mixed green salad with chopped veggies and black beans

Snack: bowl of mixed melons

Dinner: Brown rice spaghetti cooked with peppers, zucchini, onions, garlic, green chillis and peanut sauce

It doesn’t look appealing but it was yummy!

Saturday August 31

Breakfast: Found a new style of the Odough product which I have been loving this summer. At Goodness me we found the 100 calorie ODough bagel thins which also happen to be gluten free vegan and no sugar added. They actually are pretty dang tasty. This morning I had one of the bagel thins with Hellmans vegan mayo and some of our garden tomato

Lunch: Had a big salad with regular green lettuce, spinach, red peppers, cucumber and mother raw dressing. I also had a bowl of left over peanut noddles cold.

Snack: Mango

Dinner: Morning star farms black bean chipolte burger (no bun) with a baked potato topped with cooked spinach, broccoli, nutritional yeast and tofutti sour cream.

It was such a beautiful late Summer day today. Spent time by the pool and got some much needed vitamin D!

Preparing my mind AND kitchen for liver rescue 3.6.9!

Sunday September first

No pictures taken today!

We spent most of the day at my sister in laws house for a birthday celebration for my father in law. For our contribution we brought a vegan potato salad (made with hellmans vegan mayo) along with a beautiful 3 bean salad which consisted of mixed beans, garden cucumber, parsley, dill and italian dressing.

I had a large plate of cooked mushrooms (instead of choosing a burger) mixed garden salad, 3 bean salad, potato salad and a large slice of a tomato. Dessert for me was 3 small brownies that my mother in law made and some strawberries. All in all it was a nice Sunday!

Weight Check In

Haven’t done this for awhile! It was kind of nice ignoring the scale for awhile and I guess it worked!

SW: 265 September 2018

SW at Day one of dietary changes journey 9 weeks ago: 250

CW: 234

So that’s 2 more pounds down since my last check in around 3 weeks ago 🙂

I don’t always want to focus JUST on weight loss. Truth is anything could happen today or tomorrow that might set me back in terms of weight loss. But the important thing is im changing the way I look at food and how I relate to it and life. I’m learning and doing what’s best for my body and that’s what it most important.

While any amount of weight loss is extremely difficult and we should applaud people for doing it for the right reasons (health) we should also applaud the growth and everything that goes along with that.

Here’s what has been changing for me along the way:

– mindset – acknowledging how I feel and not holding onto those feelings. This was a big obstacle for me. I worked on it. 
-living in the present with few worries
– food choices – improved. Choosing food that makes me feel good despite the opinions of others.
– looking forward to “go out and do” 
– new goals: registered in a holistic nutrition diploma program 
– able to walk longer 
– able to swim longer 
– sugar levels have decreased 
– digestion has improved 
– no more painful skin rash 
– greater knowledge of what’s going on inside my body as I got over my fear of blood testing 
– happier in hot and sunny weather. Before I would dread it because I sweat a lot 😂🤣

❤️❤️❤️

Finally

My school books have arrived! EEEK

So looking forward to taking you all on this journey with me!

More to come <3

Self Sabotage

This topic is an important part of my journey – and a very important self realization for me that I included it as a sub topic in the “about me section”. Can you relate? Have you played a role in any of your suffering, weight gain, disease etc…? I know I have.

After a great deal of reflection, self analysis, shadow work and inner child work I have come to realize that my path has been rife with self sabotage up until just recently. I had EVERY excuse under the sun to not exercise, to not spend time outside, to not choose healthy, nutritious foods that actually agreed with my body and to simply take proper self care. I didn’t care to heal myself or my life. Even if someone handed me all of that on a silver platter, I bet you I could still come up with the reasons why that I could not and would not do that. I did not feel worthy of what might come along with making these integral changes in my life.

I have realized that I had everything I needed all along, the knowledge, the power, the tools within myself but deep deep down I was afraid. Afraid to take a chance, afraid to stand up against the status quo, afraid to say no to the typical S.A.D (standard north american diet) I had a deep routed fear of being seen by those around me and such a low level of self confidence from trauma that I have been through throughout my life that I could not get beyond. I played into the trauma that happened to me and let it affect me more than it should have. I was afraid to really LIVE and start my life. I was holding onto the past and the negative patterns and unable to break free.

This pattern of self sabotage became my own personal hell and identification. It was the never ending hamster wheel that I could not get off. Until one day I said no more. I will no longer accommodate the pattern of self sabotage that had become apart of me and I no longer will identify with that. I will no longer kill myself with food, negativity and nasty self talk. I love life, I love myself and I want to live! Like…really live. Disease free. I will no longer accept that I have to live with the disease that I created in my body by the choices of self sabotage that I once made. I have the power to say no and to change. We all do.

The thing is…i was never ready before now. Everyone will have to come to this point in their own time of acceptance and letting go and making the choice. And I’m just glad that my time is now.