Monthly Archives: January 2014

Five Things Friday Link Up Love – January 31st

Happy Friday!!  I have been reading Five Things Friday posts, hosted by Clare from Fitting it All In, for a while and am so excited to finally take part this week!  I love five. Mostly because I was born on the fifth day of the fifth month, it was number in high school, it’s not too small nor too big, and well you get it!

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Five Things I Ate

I haven’t cooked fish in a while.  I loved this Salmon that I glazed with coconut oil and mustard and topped with almond flour, salt, pepper, and sage!

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We braved the cold and threw these pork chops on the grill.  They came out yummy and I made sweet potato fries for the first time!

 

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My go-to omelet obviously!  I’ve taken out the mushrooms because of a recent experience with eating bad ones…no fun.

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21 Day Sugar Detox – Recap

I did it!  I completed the 21 Day Sugar Detox!  To be honest, those exclamation points are a little exaggerated from how I really felt waking up this morning (Day 22).  Maybe because today was Tuesday, maybe because I didn’t change my diet that drastically over the past three weeks, or maybe I’m just no fun.

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All of that aside I do feel like I accomplished something and proud of the self-control I had throughout the detox (except for one cheat meal) My body is grateful for how I’ve treated it over the past three weeks, that I can tell you for sure.

My favorite part of committing to this sugar detox was all of the fantastic recipes in Diane’s book.  It will remain on my kitchen counter far beyond my sugar free days.  I definitely recommend this detox for anyone.  If you already eat paleo / primal, it will help you stay on track throughout the entire week and also figure out if any certain foods are causing any problems.  If you do not eat paleo or primal yet, then I absolutely recommend the 21 Day Sugar Detox as a jump-start into the lifestyle.  Here’s my recap:

My Favorite Recipes

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Results I’ve Felt or Seen

  • Less bloating
  • No random stomach aches / digestive issues
  • No hangovers (from eating or drinking bad)
  • Clarity, refreshed feeling
  • Skin is just starting to clear a bit

Food/Drink I Missed the Most

  • Honey Almond Butter
  • Dark Chocolate (100% is no bueno)
  • Blueberries
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Ketchup
  • WINE!!

How I will transition now that I have finished the detox:

Diane suggests that you introduce foods back into your diet one at a time.  Eat that one food a few times throughout the day and then not again for two days.  This will help determine which foods cause certain reactions.  Being that it’s the middle of the week, I didn’t have a big “Woo hoo I completed this sugar detox now let me stick my face in a bucket of candy bars” type of desire.

I started small and had what I missed the most.  I had a RIPE banana with Justin’s Honey Almond butter this morning.  It’s funny the almond butter only has 3 grams of sugar but it tasted extra sweet!

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This weekend is Andy’s birthday and we are heading to Vermont for a ski weekend.  I am sure I will indulge a bit (or a lot) at that point – so will report back!

Did anyone else just finish the 21 Day Sugar Detox?  What is the first food you introduced back into your diet?

Yoga Teacher Training – Weekend Two

As I sit here trying to think of what I want to write about this past weekend I can’t help but smile.  My lips, my eyes, my heart are smiling.  I can tell this is going to be something big, something life-changing.  I can already tell you that this journey is going to teach me more than I’ve ever learned about this crazy, beautiful world we live in.

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This weekend was a little bit different, and was led by a guest teacher David Martin.  David is the founder of Growth Vault, a company that helps businesses grow by executing a plan and putting it into action.  The foundations of his program can benefit anyone and everyone.

I am not going to go into detail of what we learned as I am definitely still processing a lot of it.  What I have taken away from it is that in the world we live in today, many times we stay in a place of fear or resistance, trying to keep control and be safe (of course this is very general and may not be everyone’s reality).  If we can try to move toward a state of openness, trust, and acceptance we can move a little bit easier through life.  This weekend was about becoming aware of these two states and moving from the first to the latter.

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Without getting too deep or yogi on you (that seems to be happening fast :)) I will say this.  When you put a group of people in a room together who are on a journey to learn about something they love and something that teaches openness, gratefulness, love, and presence….well it creates something pretty freaking amazing.

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