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Day 20 Plant-Eating Challenge: REBOOT


When I woke up this morning, I was truly discouraged. After being off track for several days, I could feel a slump beginning to develop..

I didn’t want that.

I dug really deep into my emotional/mental pocket, reached down and grabbed on to the one thing that I know is always there.

Mental Power

We all have it. That power to change. That power to choose how we react to something. I chose to push the slump aside and push myself to beat it.

Step 1 Internal Boost

I decided that I would have smoothies all day, untill dinner, because that’s a good cleanser, pick-me-up, and a great way for my whole body to feel good. I mean homemade, green smoothies. No dairy. No pre-made juices.

Step 2 Support

While at work today, I spoke on the phone with my husband, who, by the way, is the true love of my life. Even though he has his own business to run, he knew I just needed to talk, and I needed him to just listen.

I told him how discouraged I was, and that even though I know in my heart that it is the journey that is important, I felt really fed up with the damn journey. I felt fed up that it seems like I am always on this journey, where I continue to fall down…where I again, do not succeed. I never seem to make it to the end of the journey, to that moment of success where I feel I’m living the healthy lifestyle that I want.

He reminded me that it is true that I am on a journey, and even when I do reach my goals of what I perceive to be “health”, I will still be on a journey. The journey doesn’t ever end- it’s always developing into something even better.

My dear friend, Susan, also helped me today with her supportive words of wisdom in a morning email. It is so easy for me to beat myself up, so easy. She reminded me to stop doing that.

Step 3 Stick-with-itness

I kept positive all day, and had no trouble enjoying my smoothies and staying away from other food. My ability to commit, gave me the boost I needed.

After I arrived home, I made myself a delicious wrap from Ezeikel wraps. I threw in some tomatoes, bean sprouts, red onion and lettuce. A little mustard and some no-fat caesar dressing (maybe a teaspoon…a tiny vice I still have in the fridge for emergencies).

Next, I decided to make some soup with the leftover squash in my fridge. I tossed that into the blender, along with some green onion, garlic, ginger and homemeade rice milk. Very thick…most wouldn’t even call it a soup. My daughter loved it! That says it all.

Since I have made my own rice milk before, I thought..hmm…let’s see if I can make a different kind of milk, with the same idea? So, I did, with whole oats.

1 cup oats and 3 cups filtered water, and volia! It turned out well…tastes less bitter than the rice milk, and even had some nice foam. Will be a perfect addition to the morning oatmeal.

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So now, I end my day feeling much better.

Tomorrow, I need to get back to my exercise routine. Getting the blood running always helps.

Goodbye temporary slump.

Hello, rebooted me.

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Day 7 Plant Eating Challenge


My daughter and I have made it one week eating only plants!

It’s amazing how our bodies adapt to what we eat! When I was in a slump a few weeks ago, I was eating food that my heart knew was wrong for me. I ate processed junk food (aka: CRAP) and animal products such as: chips, McDonald fries, pizza, chicken fingers…I mean…YUCK!

The reason I kept eating crap is because my body wanted more. Why?

1. The salt and fat (probably some sugar in there somewhere too) in those processed foods is addictive. Companies design the food that way. And, I knew this while I was eating it, and I didn’t care! That’s how bad my slump was. I couldn’t get enough of it. If you want to learn more about the addictive powers of sugar, salt and fat, check out the book with the same title:

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2. My taste buds wanted more fat and more salt. I craved those foods. In fact, I frequently turned up my nose at any vegetables. Now, my taste buds are as they are meant to be (not manipulated by the concoctions of processed food). When I eat cooked potato, WITHOUT any butter, it tastes good. I will be honest here, and say that I still use salt, and my husband often thinks it is too much. But, if I have to use a little more salt than I need to transition to plants? So be it. I can work on decreasing it later.

3. For me personally, part of my slump was related to my braces (just got them three months ago). Eating salad greens is not a whole lot of fun with braces. So, that had me drawn to soft foods and away from crunchier vegetables. Now, I just eat more green smoothies, and basically, my smoothie is my salad.

4. Another reason I kept eating that way is because, well, like I said, I was in a slump. It was easier to buy something premade than it was to think about preparing something. It was easier to just give in. I could see my weight increasing, so that didn’t help either. Slump continued.

I am so happy to say that my slump is over!

Each day, I am focused on accomplishing my other goals at the moment: working out every day (almost) and staying on top of my work commitments.

I don’t think about food at all, unless it is to think about what I might throw together for dinner. I don’t fantacize about the food I am going to eat later, like I used to. I don’t dive into bad food when I feel stressed.

First off, I feel way less stress.

And secondly, I deal with my stress in other ways, at least so far. I really like deep breathing. If I am on my way home from work, I often take many deep breaths, and push out the leftover busyness/stress from the day.

We just finished dinner: kale chips followed by baked sweet potato and regular potato fries. All cooked in my oven.

I don’t feel bloated or guilty. I feel satisfied and at peace.

What a concept!