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Say it…face it!

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I haven’t shared in a while. Seems as if when I am facing a new challenge or embarking on a new journey, it is hard to juggle all the other things in life. Because of course there are things that can never go on the back burner like family, friends and work, but as usual, those personal priorities take the back seat. Truthfully, I really could not wrap my head around all of it and stubbornness and conflicting importances can sometimes overwhelm.

But now I am feeling congested….with thoughts, whirlwinds in my head. Conflict, wonder and doubt taking up vacancy and causing me to …feel agitated…disappointed and unsure. But also hopeful….because writing again, thoughts coming on paper….is always therapeutic and necessary. Purging…..getting rid of the confessions and realizations before it changes who I am.

This blog has always been about getting healthy, self love and inspiration. But it also needs to be about self realization and discovery, even if it is not always positive. So time to write shit down and figure shit out!

10 months ago I embarked on a health journey that was mostly about plant based eating. My best friend had inspired me through her spirit and encouragement as well as her success so I thought I would give it a go. I had recently begun taking blood pressure meds and was struggling with 15 to 20 pounds that I did not really need to lose but wanted to. I embraced the Vegan food and followed a somewhat strict plan that included no added sugar, salt or oil. But I tried it, because honestly, I love a challenge, and I lost weight and felt pretty good. I am a big time foodie and love to cook and eat everything but I took this as a great opportunity to broaden my culinary skills. For the most part I enjoyed it but I always made it clear that I would still never do it 100%. I had no interest in completely cutting out dairy and my Mom’s homemade Portuguese sausage stuffing at Christmas would always be an indulgence. Also I never wanted to be someone who struggled with food at restaurants or dinner at friends. I learned a lot from it and don’t regret a thing but now comes the conflict in my head, in my heart, in my soul. I need to figure it out, because this is not it for me. And that is hard for me to say because it feels like failure, but it isn’t. It’s not failure but possibly just part of discovery. Now, I say discovery but that is not because I do not know who I am or what makes me tick. I do…but we are always evolving, learning and discovering new things, things that make us happy, better or healthier. Now, overall I am happy, and quite honestly, I am not unhealthy but I need to be better. Better at self love….self care…. in my soul, but mostly in my head! Yup…in my head, where shit goes to play games, where doubt, fear and self loathing goes. Where I tell myself I need to be skinnier, need to be prettier. That’s it really….those two things that torment me every day. Everything circling around that…say it…face it! I can not accept what I see and am always on the quest for that thing that will click in me, that thing that says..you are beautiful….just the way you are…will I ever get it? So that is why I venture on these paths, to try and figure out what will work for me, for who I am. At the end of the day I still need to be who I am. …………And I am not a vegan….now vegetarian maybe….through this I definitely know that meat will never be a big part of my diet. I don’t miss it that much and I am fascinated with the concept of Buddha bowls and all you can do with lentils, beans and veggies. So maybe at the end of the day I need to just face that I may have tried one thing that I am not able to do but through it I discovered that I can do something else.

AND….that’s ok….part of the journey is trying new paths, seeing where they will go and turning around when it isn’t where you wanted to end up. It is not failure, it’s just not your journey…your discovery…..or sometimes you do discover something else about yourself…….and that is for the next blog post.

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Prep for health

So Sunday  was my prep day for the week. What’s prep day? I know I am not the only one who does it, if you are a busy woman like I am who wants her family, (my  hubby and I) to eat healthy, a prep day is invaluable. If I do not take the time to fill my fridge with healthy, fresh, nutritious food, then what happens most of the time is unhealthy, processed eating! Many nights I don’t get home until 6pm and often too tired to create a healthy homemade meal, and if I do, we don’t eat until 730, even with the hubbys help. So a prep day is necessary, and thank goodness I love cooking as I must admit, a few hours spent in the kitchen is therapeutic for me.

Anyway, it starts with Pinterest, searching yummy healthy meals, salads, marinades and my new discovery…..Buddha bowls. Love the idea, of lots of yummy wholesome goodness in a bowl. Check out some great ideas here. Can’t wait to try some this week. So last week I had prepped a whole bunch of chicken, three different marinades, an Asian, a smoky chipotle one and a seasoned one to go with anything. I grilled them on the BBQ, then portioned them out into the freezer together with some turkey meatballs. Having the protein ready to go is half the battle for me, next I will be doing some marinated pork on the grill. Now I am not a vegetarian at all, but  I am not a really big meat eater, usually a little chicken, and I love fish and when it comes to pasta, rice and potatoes, almost never! But healthier stuff takes more prep….processed convenience food is….well, convenient, so I need to have some stuff prepped ahead of time to ensure we eat healthy and just as important, if I devote one day a week to prepping, then every day I spend less  time in the kitchen which means I can squeeze in some yoga! I need to do this on this journey of mine.

So what did I do on my prep day? Roasted some beets, sweet potatoes and chick peas for bowls or side dishes. Made a veggie egg strata for breakfasts and lunch, assembled a healthy fruit salad for the week, cooked a pot of quinoa, and baked a healthy chocolate banana bread for my hubby, no sugar or oil….apple sauce, vanilla yogurt and a little honey is all it needs. So a few hours spent in the kitchen is so worth it, and I already have my next day planned out. Make some cauliflower rice, Roast  some more veggies, some fennel, zucchini and more beets this time, I also have been craving this spiralized carrot salad so that too is on the menu.

Once again, having a food prep day is invaluable to healthy eating so turn on your favourite music station, (mine is 80s or jazz), don on your apron,sharpen your knives and do it!  It’s so worth it!  No excuses! 😀😀

 

 

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It’s not that hard

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It’s not that hard…to eat healthy.  Just gotta do it.  Yes it takes prep, and dedication and sometimes a little imagination so it won’t be to boring, but it’s really not as hard as one might think. At least once a week, ( Sunday if I am not working,) I get organized for lunches for the week. I often will bake healthy blueberry muffins or banana blueberry bread for the hubby, I boil some eggs, I make turmeric paste for our nightly golden milk and then I will make some sort of salads for myself, a spiralized carrot ginger , or a Thai Cucumber salad, something so not boring and yummy….and crunchy!  I need to have some crunch! Today I went with a fruit salad though, I had a lot of fruit in my fridge and berries and nectarines were on sale so I chopped them all up together with watermelon, bananas and pears, then tossed them with a drizzle of coconut white balsamic vinegar and chopped basil….YUMMY! So tomorrow my lunch will be some protein, veggies and hummus,  greek yogurt to go with my fruit salad, garlic plantain chips, (low sodium and gluten free and CRUNCHY) and instead of my second cup of coffee…Kombucha!  Kinda love it! Now I am not the kind of person who can have the same lunch all week so I will mix it up with the different salads, proteins ect..but if I am organized and take the time to prep….it’s not that hard.

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Good girl Moonshine

So I promised to write about another healthy practice I have adopted. Good girl moonshine is a healthy concoction that I read about last year which includes many ingredients so good for your overall health. The most important one being apple cider vinegar, which let’s face it, no one wants to just drink a tablespoon of! So by making a refreshing drink that you can enjoy through the day you ensure you are reaping all the benefits. Now there are many versions out there but I prefer this one the most, check it out as it explains the benefits of all the ingredients. I add a little turmeric to mine as we all know how good it is for you! And I put some Stevia in mine instead of honey, to limit the calories. Bottom line is I don’t want to rely on pharmaceuticals to be healthy and to prevent and cure. Food can be our enemy but the right food can be our savior.    Enjoy!

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Golden milk….mmmm

Recently I have been researching a lot of healthier options to improve my well being, my life and of course my health. Oil pulling every morning, drinking Kombucha, drinking “Good girl Moonshine” (more about that later) and every night, drinking Golden milk. What is golden milk? Well, many people may or may not know that turmeric is almost a miracle natural remedy to many things.

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Enough said, all you have to do is google it. For centuries people have been using it for many ailments, especially in India. Come to think about it, a beautiful Indian woman who works for me told me years ago how good it is for us.  But here’s the thing, you may not want to put it in everything you eat so making a tea, or Golden milk is a good alternative. Best way to do it is to make a paste out of it as I find it dissolves into the milk better. Here is a great link to a good recipe.image

I personally do like it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and some vanilla and cinnamon. My hubby and I enjoy it warm with either honey or a bit of stevia, ( to keep calories down ) 😉 It’s pretty yummy actually and so worth every drop. Enjoy!

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What am I waiting for?

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I am stuck….can’t seem to get going…can’t seem to start.  I have struggled for the last year with weight and health. Don’t get me wrong, I am healthy but mentally I just don’t know sometimes.  I battle constantly with guilt and self worth. I can’t seem to get control of my wellness.  I don’t want to say life because in all other aspects of my life, I have control.  My job is successful, my relationships are full but when it comes to my health I can’t seem to get balance, to get consistency, to get focus.  I know what I need, I blog about it, I pin it, I follow it and I am inspired by it.  Yoga, Meditation, Spirituality, healthy eating…I feel like I am doing research on a book report that never ends.  And…so far I have enjoyed every bit of it….because it interests me, inspires me, ignites me!!  But something seems to be stopping me from adopting it as practice. I meditate…inconsistently, I do not make healthy eating routine and I have not yet begun to make yoga a daily ritual. And I hate myself for every failure, for every avoidance.  I even picture me…older….possibly even in the throes of last moments and feeling regret for all I always wanted to commit to and never did.  What the hell?? What needs to click in my brain to make me feel motivated…focused.  But I have to make it click….I need to re wire my brain to make it so. How do I do that?  Is this a start…admitting and laying it all out there?  Do I need to do some spiritual purging and get rid of some of my mental clutter?  Maybe I need  to have more humility  to accept that I need guidance? Or have the courage  to see that age is what is happening, accept it and fight it every step of the way!  Don’t fight the wisdom, don’t fight the grace, don’t fight the elegance, don’t fight the respect…BUT…battle the fatigue, combat the slow metabolism, wage war on the mood swings…..Fight it! But first I have to get un-stuck…to start….to begin!!  NOW!

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Ready for the week….

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Well I am ready for my week.  In searching the web lately looking for healthier options for myself, I came across lots of yummy things.  For me it is not just about yummy and healthy, it’s about convenience. If I plan most of my meals for the week then it does guarantee that I will eat healthy.  And I know my weaknesses.  For example…I like something sweet with my coffee in the morning, about 930am while I am checking emails at work.  Also, like many people, if I don’t bring something good for lunch I will fill up with crap, like go into the lunchroom and have a Pizza pop!!! (that hasn’t happened yet..but it could).  So today was my day to try out some recipes that I found online.  I love to cook so spending a few hours in the kitchen is a pleasure and therapeutic.

Last night I put some overnight steel-cut oats on the stove so today I portioned them into jars for my week.  Every morning I will just add my fixins…nuts, coconut, brown sugar…lots of choices for overnight oats.  I also made some great Loaded Baked Omelette cups from  Skinnytaste.  Let me tell you, if you have not yet discovered Skinnytaste, you are missing out.  It’s got amazing recipes!

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So then I was onto some recipes I was really looking forward to trying.  I am not a baker and also I am trying hard to limit my gluten, but I was trying to find alternatives to my “morning coffee sweet”. So I tried these two recipes and they are not only no bake but healthy, clean and tasty!! I love coconut so if you don’t these are not for you.  So first I made Quinoa Almond Joy Bars, note…mine do not look as good as SkinnyMS but they tasted great!!  Then I had dried apricots in my cupboard so I tried these Apricot Balls.  Both turned out very delish!!! Will definitely make both again!! So I am ready for my week and still researching more yummy recipes…..any suggestions?

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