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 19-25, Holidays, Birthday and Girl talk

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all well. I have had a slow start “back to reality” after a wonderful holiday by the lake visiting my parents with Brent and Lola. Delicious food was consumed, sometimes yes, extra food was consumed! To save you some time yes I weighed in this Monday (it is now Thursday) and no…I did not lose not one pound however I did maintain, which makes me happy. Sometimes you have to go with the flow of life and it’s not always going to turn out as you wish.

Monday August 19

Breakfast: Gluten free toast with peanut butter and jam

Lunch: Salad with arugula, spinach, cooked mushrooms, black beans and pico de gallo

Snack: Protein shake with almond milk, ground flax, ice, cinnamon, and Sunwarrior protein powder

Snack: Homemade tea brew of nettle, yarrow and calendula

Dinner: Left over vegan cheddar broccoli Soup with garlic naan bread

Dessert: Watermelon

Exercise: 45 minutes of swimming laps

Healing herbs: Nettle, yarrow and calendula – very healing for females especially

August 20th (My birthday!)

Breakfast: Tim hortons Beyond Meat sausage and tomato biscuit a hash brown and orange juice (Brent treated me to birthday breakfast on his way to work which was very sweet of him)

Lunch: Mixed Veggies with hummus

Dinner: Brent made a lovely mixed veggie and potato stew

Dessert: Daiya Key lime cashew cheezecake

We were supposed to go out for dinner but the restaurant I really wanted to go to was shut on this day. Brent’s homemade veggie stew was just as good as any restaurant.

Exercise: 30 minutes of swimming laps

Wednesday August 21

Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer, two natures path maple waffles with maple syrup and blueberries

I snacked on veggies throughout the day

Dinner: We tried to go to the restaurant – The Plant Diner – that I really wanted to go to. It serves 95 percent vegan food and 5 percent meat. This is a place vegetarians or people looking to eat mainly plant based can bring their carnivore friends! They have basically flipped the standard restaurant where it’s usually 95 percent meat based dishes and 5 percent vegetarian and vegan. Unfortunately it was SO packed that we could not get a table. I was greatly disappointed however the night turned around. We decided to eat at Montana’s which is one of Brent fave restaurants. It is mainly meat based but they have recently revised their menu and offer a few veggie options. I ordered the veggie burger (despite the fact that it had goat cheese and regular mayo on it) I enjoyed it anyway and didn’t let it bother me. I got french fries with it. I also enjoyed an adult bevvie – the “big mama” a spiked lemonade. Overall it was a fun Birthday meal. I’m not perfect. I am human. My food choices will never be perfect.

Thursday August 22

Breakfast: Coffee with soy cream, Udis gluten free cinnamon raisin bagel with earth balance butter and peanut butter

Lunch: Veggie sandwich using tomatos, pickles, olives, cucumbers and honey mustard

Dinner: I felt like a light dinner tonight. I had a Protein shake using Sunwarrior protein powder, frozen banana, cinnamon, flax, ice and cashew milk

Exercise: 45 minute walk and 45 minute swimming laps’

Getting that vitamin D and reading in – starting the Liver Rescue 3:6:9 in a few days!

Happy girl after a long walk

Friday August 23

Busy day packing and cleaning today!

Breakfast: Fruit bowl consisting of mango, blueberries and hulled hemp seeds and chia seeds

Lunch: Cucumber chopped with hummus and garlic naan

Dinner: On the road – New Orleans plant based spicy pineapple pizza (small) topped with dairy free mozza cheeze, yves “ham” red onion, pineapple and jalapenos. I dipped my crust in marinara sauce. This was absolutely delicious and TMI but…did NOT make me run to the toilet in pain with diarrhea. The last time I had REAL pizza was end of May. I spent two days in bed and had painful bowel movements, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Regular cheese does not like my body.

Saturday August 24

So happy to wake up in Port Elgin! I love spending my days outside. I feel this connection with nature. It uplifts me, renews my spirit and just makes me feel amazing!

Breakfast: Coffee with soy cream, Udis gluten free cinnamon raisin bagel (brought this with us)

Lunch: Stopped at my fave place “The Pea pod” TO pick up lunch and dinner. For lunch I got the cheezy chickun taco which was delish.

Snack: Large peach – so juicy!

Dinner: Half of the burrito bowl from the Pea pod. Full of good stuff!

Exercise: Short walk with Brent and Lola

I put this in the fridge and saved it until dinner which is why that beautiful avocado has turned spotty! This has layers of rice, corn, cucumber, grilled peppers, onions, sweet potato, lime juice, cashew sour cream, chilles and more.

Sunday August 25

Breakfast: Fruit and yogurt bowl using silk coconut unsweetened yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, hemp seeds, chia seeds

Lunch: Left overs from my burrito bowl

Dinner: A Sol veggie burger on an O Dough vegan/gluten free and no sugar added hamburger bun with fresh green beans

Exercise: Short walk with husband and Lola

Enjoyed time at the beach today – was super windy and the waves were crashing but we both had child like fun jumping through the waves! The water has warmed up as well – it was maybe 74-75 degrees.

We also enjoyed a camp fire at night!

I didn’t lose any weight this week – however i enjoyed my food and my holidays. I also didn’t exercise as much or as long as I typically would have. Overall it was a nice holiday spent with my parents and husband and Lola of course! I feel a lot better than I have in ages. I attribute this to dietary changes, an increase in exercise, getting outside more and my emotions and mentality getting stronger. I look for the good in things and try not to always focus on the bad or negative. This has been a work in progress for me as I lived my life for a great many years always looking at the “bad” or negative and complaining about things that I could easily change.

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Now if you are a man reading this you might want to tune out…I’d like to talk a little bit about changes in my cycle. So I have been making changes to my eating habits since around June. I have been limiting animal products and oils as well. Despite best efforts sometimes the fat levels may be higher than I would have wanted them but it’s been a work in progress.

This month I noticed distinct cycle changes. My cycle was around 7 days late (which stressed me out of course that probably made everything worse) but when it came….cramps weren’t that bad and my flow was super light. This is very unusual for me. Most of my life I have suffered pretty heavy flow and horrific cramps. Could this be the dietary changes as well as the new supplement regime lightening everything up? I’m not sure, but if it is, it’s definitely a welcomed change.

Stay tuned..I have more posts to share with you all this week 🙂

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!