What a beautiful day here on the north east coast! I was feeling full of energy and it is no wonder with the 9 hours of sleep I logged last night 👏. I honestly slept like a baby and am feeling the obvious results of the equation:
Fruits + Veggies= Energy
Energy + Excersice = Sleep
Energy + Sleep = 😀
Hot yoga kicked my bottom today but I pushed through and am glad I did. Started cleaning my flower beds out a bit and broke the rake with my super He-Man super strength💪
Feeling good & loving life…. and to that I am grateful👍
Feeling great. Lots of energy today. Happy for another sunny day.
Enjoyed a veggie wrap for lunch with mustard (bean sprout wrap):
Made my test batch of healthier homemade chocolate chip cookies. I substituted pulverized dates in place of sugar. They were a big hit with the family 👍:
Wanted to make the lentil Shephard pie for dinner but ran out of time – took my daughter to see Cinderella after school (very cute). Instead, I made a bowl of steamed mushrooms, spinach, carrots, cauliflower, flax seed, brown rice, red quinoa, black lentils and whole wheat pearled couscous:
Am grateful for my mom and thankful that she made it through surgery tonight. I am also grateful for the opportunity to help take care of her tomorrow while her husband is at his grandson’s party. It is not often that she let’s anyone fuss over her. It feels good to give back to someone always putting others first 💜
Feeling full of energy today. Yoga class cancelled due to weather. Jumped on my bike instead: 40 mins\7 miles.
Weighed in today at Pro-Activity. Down 7 pounds in 3 weeks and feeling great! 💪
Grabbed an awesome lunch at the Fuel Good Cafe. Caught a fresh batch of veggie soup…warm and delicious. Highly recommend the Herbivore Hot Panini too. Good stuff 👍👍:
Enjoyed some leftover tofu-veggie-goat cheese lasagna for dinner followed by the Chia No-Cook pudding that I blogged about preparing yesterday. It was OK. I substituted a little vanilla extract and cinnamon for the agave sweetener. I might cut back a little on the chia seeds next time. The consistency is just like tapioca – custard style:
I am grateful for faith, family and friends – especially the folks @ Pro-activity
Feature picture is of my children taking a homework break today. Below photo taken of my daughter Ava on this Wacky Wed in rememberance of the talented Dr. Seuss:
Kale, pineapple, beet, orange, apple, blueberry smoothie
Super sized veggie & greens salad topped with corn, black beans, salsa and chia seeds
Tofu-veggie- goat cheese lasagna
Joined the motivated seniors at the Phillipsburg Mall today. Did an hour power walk with me Mom. Thinking about joining the weekend runners club at Pro-Activity.
Feeling fantastic and looking forward to Hot Yoga tomorrow morning. Also can’t wait to try the no-cook chia pudding that is chilling overnight:
Am grateful for the motivation and energy I feel and all of the support from others to make that happen 💛
Feeling much better today. Up and out of bed first thing. Being sick for days has given greater awareness and appreciation for my newly found energy. I must agree with the 80’s hair band Cinderella – you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone.
On day 3 of illness, I pondered how I got so sick being so healthy? Wouldn’t my immune system get the same boost as my energy level? None of this mattered of course today when I opened my eyes and was back to myself again and ready to go. I then realized this morning that any time in the past when I was sick, I slowly bounced back. Today was much different. I can’t remember a time where I bounced back almost like a flick of a switch…without a transition or day of recovery following illness. Big eye opener.
I started my day with a kale, pineapple, strawberry, blueberry smoothie. It was just the boost I needed. My son enjoyed some with me, asking for more, and my daughter was not a fan citing opposition to consistency and strawberry seeds.
Bean sprout tortilla filled with portobello mushroom, pepper, onion and goat cheese hotly pressed in my quesadilla maker.
Didn’t get many move minutes in today besides those dedicated to getting the household back into order, disinfecting and laundry catch up. Will get some more focused move minutes in tomorrow.
Looking forward to getting into the kitchen tomorrow evening with my friends at Pro-Activity 😃
Am grateful for sunshine, good health, family and friends.
I am spending a lot more time in the produce aisle these days. In fact, my kitchen counter is beginning to look like “Hawaii” according to my daughter:
Three weeks ago I claimed one shelf in the fridge. As of today, I have taken over all but 1 shelf and the “meat & cheese/deli” drawer:
I am noticing that the more I spread out, the easier it is to make better choices. I am thoroughly enjoying trying new things.
Today, I prepared a snack of steamed artichokes (feature picture). I brought water, garlic, lemmon juice and mustard seed to a slow boil. I placed the artichoke inside of a steamer basket for 20 minutes. While the artichokes were steaming, I decided to make a bean dipping sauce for them by placing chick peas and black beans in a blender. I plated the artichokes when ready and added some of the steaming water from the artichokes into my dip for a final blend. Soooooo good!!!!
I am gratful for change of seasons and Spring, my children who have been helping me in the test kitchen, and the strength within.
Tonight was my 3rd session with the coaches and group at Pro-Activity. It was a tremendous session. I felt a lot more motivation and energy in the air as we push on together into week 3 of the Plant Based Diet. We supported each other by sharing perceptions, ideas, recipes and even our stories. My coach Anthony told his story which again was the inspiration for my journey and this blog. His story serves as motivation, encouragement and support to all of us in the room tonight who may have been feeling a little overwhelmed, perhaps going through withdrawal as our bodies and minds struggle to make that connection…to break the cycle of polluting our bodies and minds with garbage.
One homework assignment from week 2, left unresolved, is setting my daily affirmation. I thought long and hard about this. I even looked through old pictures, searching for a happier and healthier version of me. I realized that I did not have many pictures of myself. Digital photography was not yet born when I was feeling good as a teen and into my early twenties. And when digital photography really did take off, so did I, straight down the path of trouble with my health. It seemed easier to be taking all of the pictures of my family so that I could conveniently not be in them. It is time to put the camera down and get into the picture.
I decided to switch it up this AM by taking a break from my usual oatmeal and fruit. I threw some kale, Pomegranite seeds, orange & cucumbers in the blender for a smoothie. It was satisfying. I was amazed at how long my hunger was curbed.
Leftover Vegetable Lasagna
Apple plus baked my own banana-coconut-oatmeal-cocoa bites. They were ok. Think I need to add more banana next time:
Today’s feature picture. Leftover vegetarian chili served in a bean sprout tortilla topped with crunchy alfalfa sprouts. YUMMY. I 💜 leftovers. I am finding it convenient to make dishes bulk and enjoying them throughout the week. Have been enjoying these sprouted grain tortillas:
I am grateful for the coaches at Pro-Activity for sharing recipes, insight and themselves. My family, friends and possibilities.