Fresh Goals – Cleaning It Up

Hello everyone!

Happy Wednesday.

I have made a new goal for the next few weeks in August now that I’m out of the 6 week countdown! This goal is to clean up my diet even more. No giving up now! Last week wasn’t the best in terms of processed foods. I am Learning every day.

I want to bump up the greens and plants and limit grains just a little. Doesn’t mean giving them all up completely – just reducing the amount of them I have been consuming. Love oats in the morning ❤️

Image may contain: food and indoor
Today I had oatmeal, almond milk and blueberries for breakfast
Another comparison from week one to week six

Ultimately I would love to get out of the 200s …so around 35 pounds to go! I plan on doing this through a series of fun challenges to keep my interest high and my tummy full of highly nutritious foods!

I will be adding some helpful resources over the coming weeks to the blog for you all to check out, from helpful books, resources, mindset tips, ways to overcome binge eating and more.

I really can’t believe the difference here. I can’t really recognize the woman in the first photo. She was uncomfortable, embodied by just layers of unhealthy conditioning and physical ailments that got in the way of herself really enjoying and living her best life. Goodbye to her.

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!❣️

Image may contain: one or more people and people standing
Image may contain: one or more people

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

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!

Food Journal+Weight Loss Results Week 2 (High Carb)

Hey hey!

Week Two and Week Three results coming at ya – a little late but better late than never. I had a great time on holidays by the lake and did not bring my laptop. We got home yesterday and just getting the chance now to sit down and share my results.

Week two was half at home and half on holidays by the lake. I will share a few pictures of certain foods/meals I ate along the way. I ate a ton of plant based food…glorious food! It was all worth it. Weight loss results (if any!!) will be at the end of this post 🙂

Monday July 8th

Weighed in today at 242 pounds. That’s 8 pounds in week 1. Onto week two! Fasting blood sugar level today was 7.3 – down from 10.1 2 weeks ago. I am so happy with the progress and going to keep going. I love seeing the lower blood sugar numbers as well as feeling great too. Lots of energy and less pain all over.

I had a lime water first thing this morning and took all of my supplements.

Breakfast: I had oatmeal with maple syrup topped with frozen fruit (unsweetened berries)

Lunch: I made Thai rainbow wraps. I filled the wraps with cooked rice noodle, red cabbage, lettuce from the garden and chives. I dipped the wraps in peanut sauce.

Dinner: I had two grilled Sol burgers (veggie burgers from costco) with all of the toppings along with grilled asparagus (no oil) and half of a left over baked potato with pico de gallo and cashew ranch dressing.

I walked over 50 minutes today – split up into two walks, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Feeling great! So happy about the weight loss and most importantly my sugar levels are coming down. I am eating a ton and feeling full and satisfied which is important to me especially coming from my past with binge eating.  I do not feel deprived at all. However.. I do need to eat more veggies (making a note)

Tuesday July 9th

Breakfast: 1 cup of oats, 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tbsp of jam.

Lunch – Left over rice noodles, cooked veggies, peanut sauce, hot sauce, 1 Dr Pragers California burger

Dinner – 1 big baked potato with grilled onions, cashew ranch sauce, black beans with spices and pico de gallo

Snack – cup of strawberries

Snack – 2 slices gluten free bread toasted – with peanut butter and jam

PMSING I AM SO HUNGRY.

I walked the dog 25 minutes in the morning and swam freestyle 30 minutes in the evening. It felt good. Swimming is a great low impact full body workout which burns some serious calories! I definitely need to do it more. We have a nice little pool in our backyard and just had a heater put in so it’s easier to get in there daily over the Summer.

Wednesday July 10th

Feeling good! I get right up in the morning easily. Sleep is restful and deep. Body is less achy in the mornings.

Breakfast: 1 cup of oatmeal with peanut butter and jam. Loving this combo. Trying to empty out our fridge before holidays so just eating what we have lately instead of going out to get more groceries. We Ran out of almond milk so I made the oats with water. Definitely not as good.

Snack – Half of 1 large orange

Early Lunch – Bout a cup of  cooked veggies, rice noodle, peanut sauce and hot sauce

Snack – 1 dempsters wrap, 1 dr pragers California burger, mustard and pickles

Dinner – Dinner was on the go as we had lots to do tonight. Burritos were calling our names. I got a regular whole wheat topped with black beans, brown rice, guacamole, corn, red onions, lettuce, green peppers, tomato, pico de gallo and hot sauce. This was delicious and beans make a great protein source too. This kind of food sits better in my stomach too vs the typical fast food joints like Mcdonalds or places of that nature.

I got out a 25 minute walk this morning.

I had a relaxing pedicure in the evening. Haven’t had a pedicure since my honeymoon. I notice the bottom of my feet are less dry and less cracked since starting my new lifestyle. Before I used to get such deep and painful cracks in my heels.

We are leaving tomorrow for the lake and so happy!  Not weighing myself until Monday so we will see what the results will be. I feel like my period will be here soon and so probably will be retaining a bit of water weight.

Thursday July 11th

I had a very busy morning – lots of running around, laundry, cleaning, prepping some food to take with me and packing.

Had lemon water to start and took my supplements.

Breakfast : 1 cup of oats, coconut cream (silk), peanut butter, jam and 1 banana

Lunch : one baked potato, half cup black beans, pico de gallo, cashew sauce, hot sauce.

Dinner: Massive salad utilizing lettuce from our garden

I made a big batch of my Cuban style black beans, pico de gallo and Cashew ranch (vegan, no oil) to take with me on holidays as well as a few veggie burgers, flat out wraps and gluten free buns. Just taking some of my favorites which should also help me out in the long run as I KNOW I can become very easily tempted by other foods that don’t really align with this lifestyle. Not to say I won’t indulge in some plant based treats…but it’s a slippery slope!

We packed up our gear along with Lola and her gear and made the two hour trek up to the lake (where my parents live)


They had an awesome sign made for Lola lol



Friday July 12th

Just an FYI…some of my regular at home routines fell by the way side while I was on holidays. It is what it is! Ya…I had coffee instead of lemon water most mornings. I also got my period today. Bah humbug.

Breakfast: Coffee with silk coconut creamer. I had a full icewater and took my supplements. Forgot my vitamin D at home though – one of the most important supplements that I have to take ugh. This is the last meal with Brent before he leaves for his week long guys fishing trip. We took a nice little drive along the lake and I enjoyed the beyond meat breakfast sandwich at Tim Hortons while we parked by the lake.


Lunch: was a big salad with the food I packed. Garden lettuce, Pico de gallo, black beans, guacamole, cashew sauce and salty crunchy lentils which my mom gave me!


I ran to the town Health shop and picked up vitamin D with K supplement. I refuse to be without as my levels were super low. I will be interested to see if they have raised any at all by September.


My mom introduced me to the Pea Pod a vegan and vegetarian restaurant in town. It has the coolest menu and chill vibes. I definitely will be eating here a lot during my stay.

No photo description available.
No photo description available.


Afternoon snack: “the cookie dough smoothie” from the Pea Pod which contains banana, dates, cacao powder, almond milk, almond butter, sea salt, cinnamon and spinach. This was super delicious but SUPER filling!


Dinner: I enjoyed vegan tacos made with walnuts and black beans and such yummy toppings. These were also super filling. 
I was extra full today. I definitely ate more calories than usual which is fine. Usually I eat between 1200 and 1300. I track everything on Chronometer app to make sure I’m getting enough calories, protein and vitamins.


I Went a 25 minute walk with lola around the campground


Had a great sleep. Bed time was 10 pm and up at 6! We are surrounded by trees and birds and they wake up early!

Saturday July 13th

Breakfast: 2 coffees with silk soy cream. This is the first time that I have tried soy creamer for coffee. Cutting out half and half has been the hardest thing for me. This is why I just avoided coffee the first week. However I like the soy creamer much better than almond or coconut creamer.

It’s been nice to chill outside on the deck WITHOUT mosquitoes and enjoy the early morning peace. Just me Lola and the birds! At our home mosquitoes swarm the place and we can’t enjoy the outdoors. Self care doesn’t always have to be costly spa trips or massages. To me – self care can be those little moments of peace where you can be alone with your thoughts, the outdoors and nature.


This morning to eat I had one raw 1 banana and a cup of cherries. I had a huge glass of water and took all of my supplements 


I took Lola a 20 minute walk around the campground.


My mom and I went to Port Elgin Veg fest for something fun and interesting to do. I believe it was the first ever Veg Fest at this location. They had lots of vendors and goodies. Food is still food though and everything looked so good. My mind frame is not the best…“I’m on holidays” and so, indulged a bit. I tried a cup of vegan mac and cheese, bought a handmade bracelet, a book from a local author and 3 bliss balls (made with oats and lots of other yummy ingredients).


Lunch was rainbow wraps with peanut sauce and a Zevia tea from the Pea Pod. It was kinda nice not having to make these myself and they were MUCH better than my own haha. I loved the addition of the sprouts and pineapple. The peanut sauce was also very salty.


Snack : A strawberry vanilla bliss balls – super delish. I must figure out how to make asap!


I had bad cramps on and off today thanks to shark week and was quite tired so took an afternoon nap. Why not? I’m on holidays 😉


Dinner : was a big colorful salad


I had a raspberry tea and water in the evening . I like to drink raspberry tea in the week leading up to my period and over the course of my period as it helps to alleviate cramping and lightens the flow. Medical medium has lots of great info in regards to raspberry leaf in his book “Life Changing Foods” .

Veg Fest!
Bliss Balls – Yum
My early morning coffee companion
Self care <3
Bliss balls

Sunday July 14th
Today is day 2 of my period. The worst. Not as heavy as usual though. I attribute that to drinking raspberry leaf tea throughout the month and perhaps even the diet changes I have been making?


Breakfast : A bliss ball , 2 small cups of coffee with silk soy milk  creamer.


Snack: a cup of cherries


Lunch: Celery and baby carrots with cashew dip along with  a cup of vegan oil free Moroccan chickpea and carrot salad 


Snack : Paleo brittle banana nut (Dear Lord..this stuff is addictive)


Dinner: I enjoyed a massive salad with all the fixings (black beans, pico de gallo, lime juice, salty lentils). Getting tired of salad but brought up lots of lettuce from garden and don’t want to see it wasted. My body enjoys the salad.


Took Lola two walks today. Both around 20-25 min each. I spent lots of time relaxing outside all day, yay for vitamin D and bird watching. Lots of water throughout day and raspberry tea at night. Took all of my supplements. 

Lettuce from our garden
Bliss balls

This weeks weight loss results

Down 2 pounds in week 2 


SW: 265 September 

SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250

CW: 240

Not the same location or same clothing but it will have to do!

Cheers! Onto week 3 ❣️💯

Transitioning

Well, almost a week has passed since I heard those three words.

I’ve been making adjustments and getting my shit together where and when needed. Over the course of last week I started removing animal products, oils, processed foods and anything too sugary (chocolate bars, cake, candy etc).

I put together a simple document on excel to keep track of daily supplements (most from my naturopath and some my choice- and I will make a separate post about that soon), as well as my daily exercise. I wasn’t consistent the past few months with any kind of supplements and never really ever took any sort of vitamins in the past so this is a big help in keeping me on track and organized. Besides the food this has been one of the biggest adjustments for me.

I have been walking every day – some days 25-30 minutes some days 45 minutes and beyond. My doctor says to aim for 45-60 minutes so that is always the goal. I couldn’t even walk around the block last year so I do feel an improvement in this area. Hopefully with a little hard work, focus and consistency my stamina and strength continues to improve. I will also be adding some upper body workouts with small weights to the mix.

I have been eliminating animal products and oils as I try to follow a plant based, lower in fat, vegetarian/vegan diet. I have been increasing the greens, veggies, fruits, beans and seeds. As I’ve said before, and if you have followed my previous blogs…I have tried things like low carb, keto and even “everything in moderation” and unfortunately that hasn’t quite cut it for me. I have come along way from my binge eating days – this is true – but I still have a long road to travel down as far as weight loss and health is concerned. Plant based eating at least 90 percent of the time just makes the most sense to me from everything I have researched and studied. I need to fill my body with ALL the nutrients and hopefully bring down my sugar levels and inflammation in the body.

I have to get my thoughts and mindset straight and advocate for myself and my health. I just have to “do the things”…take the supplements, go for the walks, eat the big salads, make good food choices, get lots of outside time to improve Vitamin D levels, follow through when I say I’m gonna follow through, bring stress levels down and really practice mindfulness this Summer and beyond. I dub this Summer “The Summer of Healing”. I have a good feeling about this! Nothing snaps you back to reality like a doctor telling you that you have diabetes! Despite the binge eating days being behind me and making better food choices and exercising more it still doesn’t change the reality that I have diabetes and I’m still obese. I hate that word but in reality that is the correct term.

In the past I have went along with other peoples choices to be a good friend, a good wife, good company (food choices, sitting on the couch instead of going for that walk etc) putting my health at risk to make them happy or to be low maintenance as to not inconvenience those around me. I have probably been a bad influence myself at times to friends and family, falling pray to the cravings of junk food. It goes both ways.

For months I read all of the plant based books, followed the plant based bloggers, heard and watched their inspirational stories of healing and thought/wished that could be me. I wasted a lot of time when I could have put forth energy into my own journey. But I have to say good bye to that complacent and content to let life pass by Jocelyn. Good bye to the people pleaser. I will now be putting myself as a priority. My health is more important than the approval or judgement of those around me. If it bothers them that I’m making these life style changes then that’s none of my business.

Over the next 6 weeks or so I will be following a plant based, whole foods, low in fat (but not all fat) diet. As long as I make the goal to try to make good choices (fruits veggies, seeds, nuts, small amount of grains) each day and to avoid animal products, oils and processed foods then I can’t go wrong! At the end of the six weeks I will see how I feel and if i wish to continue!

I will be updating at the end of each of the 6 weeks with what I ate, how I’m feeling, sugar levels, detox symptoms, stress levels, body shots, weight loss (hopefully) and anything else that is going on in my crazy life! Overall this is the place where I will be intimately sharing my life style change and weight loss journey. I hope some of you will be able to follow along on this journey with me.

At one point I was sharing about how my somewhat high stress child hood and upbringing contributed a great deal to my current health issues and mindset that I am living with today. That might be somewhat still true but I refuse to let my past define me. I had yet to make this connection while I was writing about my turbulent past. The connection being that it’s now time to be the care taker I needed when I was little, in my teens and even throughout my 20s. It’s time to be my own cheerleader and be in my own corner day in and day out. It’s time to break the cycle and unhealthy patterns I fell into again and again and again. It starts and ends with me. Simple as that. I am responsible for my thoughts, actions, behaviours and daily choices – nobody else has any influence over that. Ultimately this is what will see me through.