Kermit the Green Juice

Yesterday I was feeling hungry but not wanting to actually make something, so I headed over to a vegan bakery and cafe called Wildflour Bakery.  It’s located on the Pawtucket/Providence line near Blackstone Boulevard.

I ordered 2 juices, one for lunch and the other for Saturday’s breakfast since I was supposed to be out for the day.  Lunch was the Alkalizer with plenty of ginger for some zip and I enjoyed it.

Kermit the Green Juice

Kermit the Green Juice

This morning’s treat was this very very green Kermit juice.  No fruit at all and very, hmmm, what’s a good word?  Green and grassy!  Not as tasty as I would have liked but healthy for sure with kale, spinach, celery, cucumber and can’t remember what else.  I got it down but will not order that one again.

Will try a smoothie next time.

Clean is going well and released another pound or so, for a grand total so far of 3.3 pounds.  I’m not starving, and even though I have to think a bit more about what I should be eating, my body is liking it so far.

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Day One of Clean

I have finished the recommended minimum amount of days for the elimination diet and ready to start this 21 days of being Clean.  I hope to release plenty of toxins from my body and of course, would love to shed a few pounds too!  My goal is 15 pounds.

During the elimination phase I have already shed 2 pounds.  Not weighing myself every day, but probably every 2-3 days to see if I am getting progress.  Of course I will also gauge from the way my clothes fit.

Nime Chow

Nime Chow

Tonight was a challenge for me since I went out for dinner to one of my favorite Asian restaurants, Apsara. But I kept it on the program by ordering Nime Chow with shrimp and then Stir Fried Lort (rice) noodles with seafood.  Rice is allowed on the program, but not wheat.

Weighing in again tomorrow and will see where I’m at!

Started Easing into the Clean Program

Today was my first day of a completely caffeine-free day and still doing fine, so far.  I am sipping some Coconut Oolong tea sweetened with liquid stevia.

Had a protein Greenberry Shakeology shake for breakfast made with almond milk and also had a Chocolate Shakeology shake for dinner, along with a tablespoon of almond butter.  Usually add peanut butter, but due to fungus on peanuts (per Dr. Junger and the Clean book) they are not in the program.  I will miss my peanut butter.

Lunch was my main meal and I ate Indian food at Rasoi, on Hope Street in Pawtucket, RI.  Delicious!  I had Shrimp Saag and a little rice, although I remembered after no white rice, so will keep that in mind.  I passed on the garlic naan and still felt I ate plenty to fill me without feeling stuffed.

Another day or so of easing in and then I will start the plan in full force.

A Pot of Tea

A Pot of Tea

It’s Not a Diet!

I have been posting pictures and comments on Facebook and Instagram about my journey into healthy eating and exercise.  And I just got proof that people are really paying attention to what I’m doing, even if they don’t interact with me very often.

I went to Mary Lou’s Coffee yesterday with my kids and got a delicious and decadent

My Spilled Coffee

My Spilled Coffee

Girl Scout Cookie iced coffee, complete with some whipped cream and about 350 calories.  But I wanted it and I enjoyed it.

The problem was the poor girl behind the counter spilled mine by accident and had to make me another one.  And when she commented that she should have taken a picture, I obliged her and put it on Instagram and Facebook.

Then I get the comment, “I thought you were all into healthy eating?”

I am, but this is a lifestyle change, not a drastic deprivation diet.  I enjoy an occasional treat and made up for the extra calories by hitting the treadmill for a walk/run and the arc machine for a nice calorie burn.

Don’t live like everything is forbidden except carrot sticks and salad.  Enjoy a treat every now and then.  All things in moderation is a nice credo to live by.

The Blackstone Valley Bike Path

Today was my first walk outside on the Blackstone Valley Bike Path.  It felt so good to be back out there on the path.

Walking the Blackstone Valley Bike Path

Walking the Blackstone Valley Bike Path

I walked an easy mile with my sister and even though I felt some tightness on the inside of my ankle, I made it through and burned 149 calories in the process.  I used my Polar FT4 watch with heart rate monitor to track the calorie burn.

I missed the bike path and I hope it missed me too.  Felt right to be out in the cool sunshine along the moving water.  Everyone was cheerful and I just basked in the simplicity of an outdoor walk.

Again tomorrow for sure!

(This is from March 13th and for some reason I forgot to post it!)

Saturday at the Farmers Market

I took both of my children with me this morning to the Farmer’s Market in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  This Winter Market runs until 1:00 pm and we eventually got ourselves motivated enough to get there around 11:30 am.  We are not morning people.  Thank goodness it runs a bit later.

Farmer's Market Haul

Farmer’s Market Haul

It wasn’t as crowded today and I was able to walk more easily and check out some of the goodies on display.  I ended up with collard greens, turnip, sweet potatoes, garlic, pea greens, and some mixed salad greens.

My son was happy with his crepe filled with egg, spinach and cheddar cheese from the ladies at The Creperie who are usually there creating some delicious treats.  I also scored some falafel and yogurt dip which were quite tasty too.

I would have taken a picture of the crepe too, but he ate it too quickly!

Going again next week for more fresh greens and to see what else is available.

Nurture Change Health Coaching

I have finally created my Facebook page for my health coaching business through Integrative Nutrition.  I had created it back in November but never activated it until today.  I guess I was just scared of it going live, and I have no idea why because it was quite easy to publish it.  Just hit the button!

Scituate Reservoir

Scituate Reservoir

This is the picture I chose to use on the Facebook page since I love it so much.  It is of the Scituate Reservoir taken during Columbus Day Weekend at the Scituate Art Festival.  Just a nice picture overall.

Please stop by to visit my page if you’re interested.  I’d appreciate any likes and comments, but it’s still a baby and a work in progress.  https://www.facebook.com/NurtureChange

My business is called Nurture Change Health Coaching and I will put up links when I have the actual business site up and running.  That too is a work in progress!