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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

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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Food Journal+Weight Loss Results Week 4 (High Carb)

Hello everyone!!

Lets talk about week 4. Just to let you know I weigh myself usually On Mondays so here I am updating you all on Tuesday. I’ve decided to just start calling this my food journal. To be honest…not everything I eat is plant based. I try to eat AS MUCH plant based foods (fruits, veggies) as possible. But I am human and sometimes life happens. I am not eating any animal products currently and very low amount of oils. I am eating tons of carbs and my body is loving it! Just don’t want to rub anyone the wrong way and be upfront and honest with you all!

For anyone new reading this…I have switched over to a high carb, low(er) in fat lifestyle with the aim of incorporating as much plant based, whole foods as possible. I am into my 4th week. I try to include some photos and fill you all in on what I ate and what my exercise looked like each week plus my weight loss results (if any).

Without further ado lets talk about week 4.

Monday July 22

Breakfast: Starting to become a favorite! Oatmeal with frozen fruit. Typically I make it with water and then add in some almond milk afterwards for some creaminess.

Had lots of water and took all of my supplements (going to do a separate post about what I take very soon)

Today was an unpacking day and I didn’t even get it all unpacked/washed/put away. Oh well.

I went on a short walk with Lola – today was a very hot day.

Lunch: Raw wrap with guacamole, cucumber and red cabbage. This is my first time trying a raw wrap. My mom picked this up for me when I was up visiting them on holidays. I have to say it was quite tasty!

Dinner: Pasta – red Lentil pasta made with sweet potato, organic tomato sauce which I added spinach, broccoli, peppers and onion to – Very filling but had the toots aftwards, haham..TMI but keeping it real!

I made the same dish for Brent but made his with regular spaghetti noodles. He tried the pasta I had and found it quite delicious! I enjoyed a large serving of this.

Tuesday July 23

Breakfast: Oats with Banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and almond milk

I also enjoyed a coffee with silk soy milk.

Drank a ton of water with my supplements. Just to be clear…I drink water all day long. Don’t think I mention that in these journals!

Lunch: Left over burrito bowl from the weekend (added red pepper cashew sauce and guacamole) This is the dish that keeps on giving! I definitely miss the Pea Pod.

Dinner: Left over pasta

Dessert: oatmeal bar – homemade (vegan)

I enjoyed a longer 45 minute walk this evening. It was a beautiful evening with a nice breeze!

Wednesday July 24th

Breakfast: 2 Mangos cut up, lots of water with my supplements.

Snack: Homemade Oatmeal bar (vegan)

Lunch: two toasted tomato sammies with English muffins, tomato and vegan mayo (Hellman’s)

Dinner: Two (yes two) Sol Original Griller burgers (meatless) from Costco with all the fixins along with a Cottage Springs Distillery Peach Vodka Soda..because..life! I feel like I am eating more than I ever used to on a lower carb lifestyle and my body is loving it. I continue to lose inches, lose weight and blood sugar is stabilizing while eating more carbs. After a life spent thinking carbs were the enemy. I guess I was very wrong.

Exercise: 30 minute walk followed by a 30 minute freestyle swim

Thursday July 25th

Breakfast: Toasted tomato on gluten free seeded ancient grains bread with vegan mayo. This was a new to me style of bread and I really enjoyed it. Brent had some too and said he would have it again. I also enjoyed a new tea we picked up from the British shop. This tea really does taste like biscuits!

Lunch: Sweet potato fries with vegan chipotle aioli

Dinner: Orzo pasta with vegan pesto and chopped tomato along with lettuce, black beans, guacamole and roasted red pepper cashew dip

Exercise: 30 minute walk followed by a 30 minute freestyle swim

Friday July 26th

Breakfast: Silk coconut creamer and coffee, Bowl of cherries, Oatmeal with banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut creamer. This was delightful.

Lunch: Left over orzo with vegan pesto and chopped tomato

Dinner: Raw wrap with black beans, lettuce, guacamole and roasted red pepper cashew dip

On the way home from grocery shopping I enjoyed this Cashew chocolate milk drink (DOSE). We go to this small town No Frills and I have to say I am super impressed with it! So many plant based, vegan and vegetarian options!

Exercise: I got in a 20 minute walk and 30 minute freestyle swim

Enjoy a morning view of my hairy legs with a side of oatmeal



After grocery trip on the ride home. I enjoyed this instead of my typical mcdonalds iced coffee

Saturday July 26th

Enjoyed a Lemon and lavender water infusion this morning and took all of my supplements

Breakfast: 1 toasted tomato with vegan mayo, earth balance and tomatos

Lunch: fresh green beans from our garden and 1 mango cut up

Dinner: 2 veggie burger patties with all the fixins and a big salad

Exercise: 10 minute walk in the morning and Walked 45 minutes in evening

Sunday July 27

Breakfast : The husband made homemade Home-fries. He used peppers, onions and some seasonings and no oil. I also had toast with earth balance. This was particularly satisfying and delicious.

Lunch : Peachs, watermelon, celery, cucumber, sunflower company olive hummus

Dinner – Dr pragers veggie burger and salad with pesto

Dessert: Half cup coconut milk ice cream. I have to admit this ice cream was delicious and also not as pricey as your typical dairy free ice cream. Also, my husband is very picky about these things (likes his ice cream) and he also enjoyed it! Definitely recommend.

We also worked outside and took a dip in the pool. I enjoyed a strawberry vodka social drink.

Self Care! Dip in the pool

Hung up this new Canada sign we got at the Southampton Market

One of the best dairy free ice creams I have tried so far and very affordable

Overall a great week especially for exercise. For me, it’s all about doing light exercise at least 5-6 days per week. I have a good groove going with walking and swimming. I don’t really do the high intensity work outs yet as I am still working on my adrenal health. If you have any sort of issues with stressed/taxed adrenals then you don’t want to be doing crazy stressful workouts. I had some GREAT blood sugar readings too, they just continue to stabilize and get lower.

Weight Loss Results/Photos

SW: 265 September 

SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250

CW: 238

That’s a 2 pound loss for the week! I am happy with this.

Clothes are fitting better!

Into week 5 already…adding in IMF this week (isn’t that all the rage? lol) I will explain more about this next week and let you know if I see any difference with results in my blood sugar and weight loss. Lets do this!