I wake up in the morning at 6:30 a.m, and get a 2 large glasses of filtered water, each with a half of a fresh lemon squeezed in. I sip on it and jump on the rebounder for 10 minutes. I don't do the rebounder every morning, but most. Then, I usually have to get the girls ready for school, make lunches and breakfast, etc...
Then Brad walks them to school and I get ready to teach yoga. 6 mornings out of the week I need to be at one location or another by 9 a.m. I dry-brush before getting into the bath. Sometimes I forget to dry brush. It's hard to remember to do everything in my new life, but I am getting better. It takes time.
Almost always, I eat fruit as I move through I morning. Bananas. magos and dates or whatever is on hand. Pears, tangerines.... Today I had a papaya and bananas and dates. Dates are filling so I most usually have a few of those with whatever other fruit I'm eating. I may run out and teach a class then and come back and eat more, or I may just wait an hour or so at home and eat more, depends on my timing and schedule. The MORE is: a fresh squeezed juice and then about 20 minutes later- oatmeal with more fruit and coconut milk OR several pieces of gluten-free (and plant-based) toast with avo.
For my juice I might do straight celery, or I've been on a kick of carrot, orange, celery, pear, fresh turmeric and fresh ginger. Sometimes I do a gnarly green juice. Just depends on how I feel and what I have on hand.
See?! This is how you get REALLY full for breakfast on plant-food. After all that, I am super full until lunch.
I also do some supplements in the morning. I won't go over these today...but I will for SURE soon. I think I did share them some posts back as well.
Lunch depends. Unless I get a salad out somewhere, which is more rare these days, I'll make a huge salad at home-maybe with a baked potato or sweet potato or if I'm in a hurry I'll wrap greens and beans up in a coconut tortilla (no grains.) Sometimes I will have soup or hot grains with a salad. It depends, again, on how hungry I am and what food I have on hand. I may do veggie "sushi" with rice as I really like seaweed.
Snacks include...fresh fruit of course! Sometimes dried fruit and nuts. Or a big smoothie. Sometimes I might do a smoothie for lunch too and add in nuts or a nut butter or an avocado. I've been adding a bit of Dulse in, which is a sea vegetable and good for drawing out environmental toxins. More on that in another post.
Dinner--- well, Brad makes dinners usually so I'll take parts of what he makes and make my own dinner. Last night he did Gluten-free pasta with chicken and goat cheese and a big salad. I just had a little bit of the pasta and mixed it into a huge bowl of salad. Usually I mix in bits of what he makes into a salad. Sometimes there's cooked salmon or shrimp. I will often have a little salmon but not the shrimp. Salmon and a few other smaller fishes is the only thing I eat from the sea, besides seaweed of course. He will often make a non-gluten veggie pizza - and top his and the girls with turkey sausage and cheese and mine will be vegan. Often there will be cooked veggies too, with quinoa or rice. And he knows to use no butter (or very little) and mostly olive oil or coconut oil.
At this point, my meat intake is very slight. Almost "condiment-like" in terms of portion. Health-wise it is totally fine for me personally to eat the very little cooked fish or chicken meat that I do. It is not fine however for me ethically, so I struggle with this still. It has never been ok with me ethically and now I am down to eating the very smallest amount that I ever have. I would say about 5 days out of the week I am vegan, and the other two I have a combined 6 oz's (3 oz's each day) of cooked fish or chicken. Very little, but nutritionally at this point I feel I still need it. That may be because I am not yet well versed enough in the plant-based diet to fill that nutritional gap, or it may be because the rest of my family eats chicken and fish and my husband cooks dinner and I am too tired at the end of a long day to try and bridge my own gaps. Not sure, I'm working on it. I don't LIKE eating chicken at all. I mean, I like the taste, unfortunately, but I HATE the concept. On first thought, I don't seem mind eating fish as much. That is until I think about the fish getting caught on the line, and then I get upset.
So, as I said, this food transition has it's easy parts and more challenging parts. But feeling good, with a busy job and kids and running a household is important too so I strive for balance. I understand I am still learning. I think many people fail because they go to far too fast. Becoming vegan is still new to me, there is much to research and much to learn so it can be done without vitamin and mineral depletion.
My NEWS is that last week I started my Plant-Based Nutrition Education through Cornell University (online.) Within a few months I will hold a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition!!! I am already learning a LOT and I am excited to gain my certificate and, eventually, as part of my job, help others to transition to a plant-based diet through my health coaching and wellness support. I am doing a lot of study outside the program too, there is a LOT of info going into this brain right now.
Enjoy this Warrior I with an added forward fold and shoulder opener!!! I love this pose, thought it can be challenging. Remember to ground your back foot while coming in and out of it. Strong legs. Soft face. Here is some info on Warrior I, which you need to know well before folding over with the shoulder opener.
Much Love to you this weekend.