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.

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 😂🤣

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Finally

My school books have arrived! EEEK

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

More to come <3

Food & Exercise Journal – August 12-18 and some BIG NEWS

Hello everyone!

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

Snack: watermelon

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!

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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.

Got to shop in my closet again. I bought this dress last summer but it was far to snug on me then.
These shoes were also too narrow for my swollen feet last year. This is the first time I have been able to wear them comfortably

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

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I went shopping in my closet and found this black off the shoulder top which fits me perfectly now – before it was way too snug and I chose to never wear it. You can tell in this picture I was pretty proud!
This size 16 jean skirt from addition elle did not fit me the week before my 6 week challenge!
Six weeks apart!

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!

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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!

Food Journal/Weightloss Results Week 6

As I enter week 6 and taking some time to reflect on the previous few weeks (this was supposed to be my last week) …and enjoying my lunch of garden lettuce, black beans, half a small avocado, homemade Pico de Gallo and homemade cashew ranch….I can’t ever see myself going back to the way I was eating before and feeling crummy while doing so (digestive issues, sore tummy, skin issues, sugar highs and more) I plan on enjoying maintaining eating this way 90-95 percent of the time (as much as possible) and allowing for little leeways on holidays or special occasions. Recognizing that life happens and going with the flow is life.

It took quite some time and trial and error to figure out what was the best for my body and this is key. It’s hard to go against what society wants you to do or what they tell you is good for your body. We are even up against medical doctors who are sadly stuck in the past with old studies and knowledge who have not yet seen the light when it comes to nutrition, lifestyle and wellness.

What’s meant for me and my body may not be meant for you and yours. I am also human and this is very much still a learning process for me so expect slip ups, expect to see some processed food and expect to see me slip and get back up. That’s life.

It’s just so important to meet people where they are and celebrate their choices and wins along the way. I have become much more interested in this new way of eating and cooking than I ever initially anticipated I would be.

Monday August 5th

Breakfast: Husband made homemade home fries with peppers, onions and toast with earth balance. Treat was ketchup. I used to be addicted to ketchup! Now I rarely have it. It’s way too sweet and not in a good way like say…fruit! I also had 2 small coffees with soy milk creamer.

Today we spent the day visiting. First we visited Brents’ parents and nephew. We had lunch there. I had a mixed bean salad with tons of veggies and Italian dressing. They were very accommodating and have always been accommodating with my dietary changes as I have figured out what works with my body. I am thankful.

I had my hair done (as I mentioned last time) at my sister in laws afterwards– went from blonde to brunette! Loving it! Still kept some very thin blond highlights in there.

Dinner: I was so hungry when I got home, ate at 7pm. Had about 3 cups of chopped spinach with potatos, tomato, roasted red pepper dip and cashew sauce

Treat: So Delicious Salted caramilk non dairy dessert. You guys, I legit cannot purchase this stuff. I will eat it frequently and it will no longer become a treat lol

Tuesday August 6th

Staring at computer screen and working all day made me hungry.

Breakfast: left over homefries, toast (GF), coffee with soy milk

Lunch : Daiya supreme pizza (surprisingly not bad…still processed!) As I mentioned…this has not been a great week for me in terms of processed foods and eating out. You win some you lose some. I will say this….as opposed to regular pizza with regular crust and regular cheese – this did NOT send me running to the toilet with violent diarrhea. TMI, I know…but has to be said. Dairy does not like me!

Dinner: Subway veggie sub – loaded with the works, all the veggies!

Exercise: Short walk in the evening


Wednesday August 7th

Coffee with silk soy creamer

Breakfast: toasted tomato on seeded GF bread with vegan mayo and yellow plums.

Lunch: orange and spinach salad with beans, pico de gallo and homemade cashew sauce

Dinner: Spinach salad with boiled potatos, veggies, cashew dressing and hot sauce

Dessert: Banana “nicecream” (2 frozen bananas) blended and topped with Natures Path Coconut and Cashew butter granola

Exercise: 30 minute swim


Thursday August 8th

Today I had a blood Test debacle. I went early at around 7 am, Brent was late for work as he came with me (bless this man)…two women could not get blood from me or find my veins. It was a poor experience just like I had all throughout child hood. They dug around with the needle and I just had to say “please, no more” and try to come back again. So that threw the day a little bit. I was upset because I needed these results for my next doctors appointment which was coming up on Monday.

I also babysat all day so my diet was not the best today. Not sure how mothers keep it all together!

Breakfast: right after the blood draw – Tim hortons beyond sausage tomato and lettuce biscuit with hash brown and small orange juice

Lunch: Tostitos bite size with mashed avocado, garlic salt and lemon juice. My nieces love this…they are not the best eaters but I know they would eat this so I had it too. I added pico de gallo salsa to mine.

Dinner: Veggie sub on oat wheat bread – with all of the veggies, avocado, house dressing and sweet onion sauce.

Exercise: 30 minute walk (throughout the day)

Stopped by my sister in laws farm/garden in the evening and picked up an amazing array of fresh veggies. Caught some amazing skies while driving home.

Friday August 9th

Breakfast: Breakfast nachos topped with mashed avocado, vegan queso, salsa – this was a treat

Lunch: Mixed fruit bowl with chia and flax

Dinner: medical medium spinach soup with corn on the cobb

Exercise: 30 minute swim and 45 minute walk


Washing the fresh spinach and getting ready to make some soup!
Beautiful night for an evening swim

Saturday August 10th

Another blood test attempt today and happy to say I was successful (or rather) Meena the wonderful woman who drew the blood was successful. She was calm, confident, happy, sure of herself and assured me she would not poke around if she did not get it the first time. Sure enough…she got the blood immediately with a butterfly needle to my hand.

Breakfast/lunch (fasted for blood work until 10) Coffee with soymilk creamer, Tim hortons beyond meat sausage and biscuit with tomato and lettuce, hash brown, orange juice

Dinner: Corn on the cob, beets, fresh green beans from our garden and a Sol meatless burger bbqed on an ODough gluten free/vegan sandwich thin

Exercise: 30 minute swim, 30 minute walk

Sunday August 11th

Did some visiting today at my sister in laws and my husbands parents were there as well. Twas a lovely day for a photo shoot in their beautiful big, green back yard!

Breakfast: Mixed fruit bowl, coffee with soy creamer

Snack: Peaches

Lunch: Garlic naan with hummus and fresh cucumbers

Dinner: sol burger, O dough, bbq sauce, pickles, corn on the cob

Swimming: 30 minutes

Enjoyed my coffee outside this morning. So peaceful. Good for the mind and soul.

A month ago I would have not wanted my photo taken. I was just down in the dumps. I feel happier and a lot healthier lately.

Weight in Results

SW: 265 September 2018

SW at Day one of dietary changes journey 6 weeks ago: 250

CW: 236

Down another pound for 15 lbs in 6 weeks.

True story

I bought these Torrid size 16 boyfriend Capris last year at end of season because I loved the details on them and they were on sale. They didn’t even go over my butt but I bought them anyways hoping one day they would. I had been typically a size 18-20 Torrid prior.

Well I found them in the back of my closet, tried them on again and to my surprise I can now wear them comfortably. I can even squat in them if necessary 😅

I only share because last year it really had me down, not being able to fit in certain things plus being so out of shape and lack of energy. But by making a choice and simple changes over the course of a year…anything can happen!❣️

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I have some big news to share in the next few days…stay tuned to more regular posting now that the initial 6 week countdown is up! <3