Healthy Challenge Day #1

Today marked the first day of my 10 Day Cleanse (if you want to take the challenge yourself you learn about it here). As part of the cleanse I am asking participants to do a task each day, the first of which is to write down what your intentions are for this cleanse and what you hope to accomplish.
For me I decided to do this cleanse not to lose weight but to get myself back on a healthier path. I have veered of course a bit the past 8 weeks but I know I need to and want to get back to my healthier self. I hope to kick my sugar cravings and re-gain my energy. If I do lose a little weight that wouldn’t be too bad either but as I said not my first priority especially since I am breastfeeding.

I am going to attempt to photograph most of my meals over the next 10 days although most days you will see between 60-75% in photographs but I will share in writing what I am eating as well. Also in addition to eating better this cleanse for me is also about spending more time being mindful, relaxing and staying fit. Today I went for a walk in the beautiful sun (yes it gets sunny in Portland) and spent some electronic free family time with my husband and baby.

So lets get down to the food…
I started my morning off with a big mug of Numi Decaf Green Tea, Vigilant Eats Superfood Cereal and a big glass of water.
A little while later I had a bowl of grapefruit segments.
Then I had some roasted Brussels Sprouts. // (serves 2.) 4 cups of Brussels Sprouts, halved; toss with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then toss on a sheet pan and place in a 425F oven for 20 minutes.
For lunch I had a big Avocado Kale Salad. // (serves 2.) 1 bunch of kale, destemmed and chopped; 1 avocado; 2-4 teaspoons lemon juice; 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast; salt and pepper to taste. Place it all in a bowl and massage it to coat. This is great to make the night before you need it.
I was feeling hungry shortly after my salad so I had some plain Brown Rice.
After our afternoon walk I had some Dates with NuttZo.

I had planned to photograph everything I ate today but the afternoon came and we had family plans to visit the Portland Children’s Museum (Free First Friday!) so I didn’t photograph the kale chips, green juice and big bowl un-fried mega veggie rice I had. I am now trying to settle down for the night and calm this headache with a big mug of decaf green tea.

On the cleanse agenda for tomorrow is to do some much needed yoga!

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