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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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, Alissaโ€™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 & Exercise Journal โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚