Happy Monday guys!!
The weekend has come and gone. Mine was quite eventful since Sean and I went up to Fredericton to see my new nephew and celebrate my niece's 3rd birthday! It was great to see all the family and finally get to hold baby Jacob. He was tiny to say the least.. and handsome as ever!!
So... for the past couple of weeks I have been eating very clean but I found I was just over doing the portions a bit. I feel like I have room to tighten the strings up a bit and set some goals for myself for the next 7 days! A bit of a cleanse I guess you could say.
#1 - My biggest goal... NO CHOCOLATE / REFINED SUGARS!! I don't usually eat refined sugars anyways, but I usually allow myself 70% dark chocolate every day. There are many health benefits to 70% dark chocolate BUT I feel it was starting to get out of hand.. so I am eliminating all types of chocolate for the next 7 days. I just want to see how I will feel after it all. Now, believe me when I say this is going to be very hard for me. Some people like salt (chips) and some people like sweet (chocolate) and I am definitely a sweet person. I could pass on chips any day!
#2 - Follow the Bodyrock workouts EVERY morning for the next 7 days for 30 minutes in the morning before I shower up. No Excuses!! As I confessed in my last post, I had a rough time last week being overtired from our trip away, so I didnt get many workouts in at all.
#3 - Consume at least 3 cups of green tea each day (organic strawberry long island green tea I purchase from The Feel Good Store in the uptown Saint John area) and at least 8 glasses of water a day. I am very good at getting my water in for the day but I thought I would set this as a goal since I don't always get as much green tea in as much as I would like.
#4 - And finally... Absolutely positively no eating past 7pm. Again, I don't usually eat past 7 anyways, but as I mentioned the past couple of weeks has been a bit off so I just want to remind myself how important this goal is.
I will continue to post recipes every second day but I will also update you guys on how I am feeling from my new goals and this sugar cleanse. So far so good today.. I packed lots of fruit for snacks (yes I am aware there is sugars in fruit but I am just focusing on refined sugars and actual chocolate) and a veggie packed lunch.
BEFORE I GO...
Alot of you guys have been asking about my Holy Crap breakfast I mentioned I was eating every morning. Well, I ran out a month or so ago and didn't have the chance to reorder. So, I thought to myself "Why couldn't I just make this myself"... so that is exactly what I did :)
Basically I mix 4 Tbsp of Plain Greek yogurt with: 1 Tbsp of organic chia seeds, 1 Tbsp of Hemp hearts, and 1 Tbsp ground flax. Technically the Holy Crap mixture was a mix of chia seeds and hemp hearts and then they added their own dried fruit.. which I wasn't fond of to begin with. So.. this works perfectly. I love it. I stir it up and let it sit a couple of minutes before adding a bunch of fresh fruit on top... banana and strawberries.
Do you guys know the difference between regular plain yogurt and Greek plain yogurt?! I didn't until just recently. Greek plain yogurt is packed with protein. Like.. alot!! Per serving I think it is between 18-20 grams compared to around 4 grams of protein usually in the other yogurts. I find the Greek yogurt completes your breakfast perfectly... and no I am not being biased ;)
The organic chia seeds are bought from Cochrane's Market in Quispamsis. Great little place to get all your produce, meats and fruit. They also carry a lot of Speerville products. The hemp hearts come from a supplier of mine "Nature's Best Products".. if you are interested in these just contact me. OR you can get them at the bulk barn. And then the ground flax is from the organic aisle at the Superstore and it is the Bob's Red Mill brand.
There ya go! Just a tad bit of info for ya in case any of you out there wanted to give it a whirl.
Well Have a great day!! Wish me luck on Day #1!!
Lots of love!