As I complete the last few days of the 28 Day Total Body Detox, I thought I’d share a few of the habits I’ve changed in 4 weeks.
- Taking a full list to the grocery store. Before, we ate the same things all of the time. One of the reasons I created the detox guide was to have new and fun recipes to try for myself and my family. It’s become habit to use the 28 Day TBD Grocery List.
- Green smoothies are now in the rotation for my breakfast. I have been drinking variations on the same shake (Ironwoman’s Power Smoothie in the guide) for about 6 years. I was comfortable with spinach and kale but not something that still looked GREEN!! I am a convert thanks to the Green Smoothie Bar. Now I just need more green smoothie ideas.
- Lemon water to start the day. I did this last year and the habit didn’t stick. I like it though, so I plan to continue to make the effort to start the day this way.
- Moving more! Thanks to my commitment to move more and the 30×30 David Suzuki Nature Challenge, I am walking outside more than ever.
In the next few days, I’ll share some of my personal results and see if any of my clients will share their success stories on my blog.
Have a wonderful evening everyone and remember that every day is a GIFT, that’s why it’s called the PRESENT. Love to you all!!
The last few days have been a blast! I participated in a great event last night right here in Burlington, called Wealthylicious – founded by Leanne Grechulk. It’s a great event that teaches women (and a few men) about how to create multiple streams of income through network marketing, real estate investing and investments. We also teach about having a Millionaire Mindset and how to create freedom in your life. The event was capped off with a great presentation on Health = Wealth by Dr. Erica Mattia (DC). As I had little time for dinner last night, I decided on a shake, it’s simple and easy to digest – especially if I suddenly get a case of the nerves before presenting.
Another detox challenge this morning, I attended The Power of the Entrepreneurial Idea in Toronto – a breakfast event that involved taking the train at around 7 am. I made my green smoothie but by the time I arrived, I was already hungry. I usually bring lots of snacks and sometimes even pack a lunch but I thought I would be home for lunch. The challenge was that the only thing that a gluten-free vegetarian could safely eat at the breakfast were the eggs. No roasted potatoes or veggies and no fruit in site! Needless to say, my snacks disappeared quite quickly! Good thing the speakers were excellent!! Sarah Prevette is a young entrepreneur who has already sold 2 successful businesses and is quietly working on her next big thing! Julie Cole, one of the founders of Mabel’s Labels, also shared the company’s story of how their business began and the challenges that rapid growth can bring. I got a great opportunity to connect with Julie in person, as we stepped off the train in Burlington at the same time this afternoon! There are no coincidences in life and I am grateful for the opportunity to have made a new friend. The keynote speaker was David Chilton, The Wealthy Barber and now a dragon on Dragon’s Den (I never miss an episode!). He is very humorous and shared some of the more laughable entrepreneurial stories from his life.
Biggest detox challenge of the day? Last minute lunch in Toronto as I missed my train by about 5 minutes. So I had an hour to spend and I was hungry. First I tried sushi, but they didn’t have gluten-free soy sauce. I ended up at Oliver & Bonacini on Front St. I asked about their vegetarian pad-thai and was assured it could be made gluten-free. They also told my server that I needed it gluten-free and I asked her again directly for the gluten-free version. What was interesting is that it arrived at my table in less than 5 min. Seems awfully quick to me? As you can see, they didn’t bother to take the cilantro off of the stems for me. It tasted alright, but there was a lot of sauce. Within about 30 minutes I started to feel uncomfortable. The afternoon was full of discomfort and a feeling of not digesting my meal. I took more digestive enzymes which helped a bit. I wonder if I did get the gluten-free version after all….
Have you ever had this kind of experience when eating out?
All in all, a really fantastic day (besides the lunch challenge). The weather was beautiful and sunny, I got to walk outside for at least 30 minutes and I made new friends. What made today special for you?
This is it!! Officially the last week of the 28 Day Total Body Detox program. This can sometimes be the most challenging, as detox fatigue or boredom might set in. Here are a few tips to keep you going:
- Try a new fruit or vegetable. I bought dandelion greens this weekend. Not sure what to do with the, but I’ll figure it out.
- Plan a mini post-detox celebration with a glass of wine (one will be enough!) and some of your favorite dark chocolate (or just make the recipe from our Detox guide – so yummy!)
- Be grateful for how well you’ve treated your body over the past three weeks. Take a look at some of the new habits you’ve created – what was once difficult may now be a part of your daily routine.
- Share your story on our Facebook group – let us know how well you’ve been doing!
One more really cool thing about the detox. Today was garbage day! In our city, you are allowed to put out 3 garbage bags, every 2 weeks (or pay for additional bag tags). Our family of 3 usually has 2 bags. My hubby mentioned this morning that we only had ONE bag of garbage in TWO weeks!!! The compost bin, which is collected weekly, has been 3/4 full lately. Incredible!!!
This just in – my first book, 30 Days of Gratitude – will be available for purchase from Amazon on Friday May 31st. Please join our Facebook event and help us to make this book an Amazon bestseller!! Thank you for all of your incredible support!! I am looking for Book Ambassadors – please send me a message on Facebook if you’d like to help.
The end is in site. Only 8 days left of the 28 Day Total Body Detox! As many of you saw on Facebook last night, I had a major cheat night – I enjoyed a glass of Red Diamond wine with some dark chocolate m&ms. Some of you will understand that there are certain times in the month that require chocolate and wine. I will say this, doing this program does help with PMS and other symptoms associates with our monthly cycles. And no sense beating myself up over a bit of chocolate, cause today I got right back on track. For Mother’s Day, I made the Detox Salad, by Angela Liddon of OhSheGlows.com with new potatoes and chicken for my family. For dessert, Tanya’s Superfood Bar, by Tanya Fraser of Total Balanced Health. These are VERY tasty for a HEALTHY (yes, healthy) dessert for a special occasion during the Detox (or during a critical time of the month). If you’d like these recipes and many more detox tips, you can download our 28 Day Total Body Detox eBook.
I have been doing very well with the 30×30 David Suzuki nature challenge. Today was the first day I missed my 30 minutes outside, mostly because of the very strange weather here in Southern Ontario – rain, snow, sun, wind, cold, warm – you name it, we had it today!
Also some exciting news – the videos from our live 28 Day Total Body Detox event are being uploaded as we speak. Take a look at this first one, where I explain the program outline and hear 2 testimonials from Dan Lawrence and Pat Birnie.
Today was an awesome day for so many reasons – and a great detox day, with a little cheat . I had an incredible lunch with a good friend, Tanya Fraser who is opening Earthbound Organic Food Market in Ancaster, ON this summer. We ate at my favourite vegan restaurant, KindFood, in downtown Burlington. I love their Buddha Bowl in our 28 Day Total Body Detox Guide Book and today I enjoy the Goddess Bowl. It was so delicious, I think I’d like another one please!!And for dessert, I had to introduce her to Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, which is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, butter-free, cholesterol-free but certainly not taste free. We tried a few of their Mother’s Day Specials, the Green Tea and Lavender cupcakes. What a great day!!! And to top it all off – my book launch date is set!! Your chance to purchase 30 Days of Gratitude arrives on May 31st!! Stay tuned for the virtual book launch. I’m looking for Book Ambassadors – please message me or comment if you’d like to help!!
Last evening I got to attend another 28 Day Total Body Detox seminar in Kitchener-Waterloo, with two different practitioners. Amy Ballantyne was our host for the evening and she had two great speakers: Marilia Pereira, RHN, ROHP (Holistic Nutritionist) of Fleurish Nutrition and Arla Kasaj, ND (Naturopathic Doctor) from Belmont Natural Health Centre. I really enjoyed the event as I learned from both of these incredible women. I’ll be sharing a few of my learnings in my blog over the next couple of days. One thing I did learn was that it’s important to use the dry skin brush daily – this had been recommended by Olinca Trejo, ND at our last event, but I mistakenly had thought that a body mitt would be effective enough. Marilia explained why we need the bristles of the brush to really get the skin to flake off, and that it’s usually a bit uncomfortable at first. And that once the bristles start to become dull, it’s important to replace the brush. One of my tasks today will be to purchase a proper skin brush.
If you attended the seminar last night at The Rock Spa and would like to share any of your learnings, pleae comment below.
Today was a bit of a fail for the 28 Day Total Body Detox. I forgot the ginger in my shake. My lunch was more lettuce than wrap. Afternoon snack was excellent though, and good thing cause dinner was a bust. I made a vanilla shake (for snack) with almond milk, ice and a tbsp of organic, fair-trade cocoa – so yummy!
These ancient grain peppers look pretty tasty, right? They weren’t. I messed up with the seaweed. I chose dried wakame seaweed and it just didn’t taste right. I couldn’t finish one. My hubby ate half of one. I ended with GF toast and peanut butter for dinner. Not a meal I am proud of. Please comment if you’ve had any luck with the recipe.
Speaking of recipes, I’ve made a few updates to the detox guide and some of the recipes, if you don’t have a copy or would like to have the latest version, you can download it here.
I am finding this year a bit tougher than last year, perhaps because last year I really experience a dramatic shift in my digestion by removing wheat and gluten from my diet. No such major changes this year – although my pants are feeling a bit looser and I think I’ll be able to fit into my black dress pants by the end of next week!
I think this is the truly the first day when I haven’t had chocolate cravings!! Wow, that took a while. I wasn’t even sure that after 28 days of the 28 Day Total Body Detox I would be free of them. The beautiful weather and being outside really helps. I find that I’m less likely to have cravings when I’m occupied by other things, how about you?
Today I’ll share a quick dinner solution for you during the 28 Day TBD if you’re pressed for time:
- Chop a few of your favorite veggies and fry them in coconut oil
- Scramble 2 eggs per persons, add this to the veggies
- Top with Daiya dairy-free cheese
- Serve with gluten-free toast with butter or Earth Balance (vegan spread)
Officially at the halfway point in the 28 Day Total Body Detox!! Today I discovered a new treat, calimyrna figs. They are very sweet and very tasty. I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop and for someone to tell me that they aren’t healthy. I figure it comes from nature, there is nothing but the fig (no preservatives or additives), it’s mentioned in the Bible several times, so it must be good for me! It’s such a great way to curb a sugar craving (instead of chocolate) and they are very filling! My daughter likes them too.
I picked up this club pack from Costco, from Made in Nature brand. They have lots of other products, I will look for them at Goodness Me. I am a fan of dried mango and apricots too!! Without added sugar or preservatives though.
What’s your favorite dried fruit?
Well, I caved. 13 days without chocolate is too much for this girl. So, today, on Day 13 of the 28 Day Total Body Detox I enjoyed approx. 35 g of Green & Black’s Organic 70% dark chocolate (I shared some with my daughter). For me, this is the hardest thing to give up. Life really is like a box of chocolates and I will go back to enjoying rich dark organic chocolate after the 28 days are over. And I’m ok with that. The majority of what I put into my mouth is very healthy, I’d estimate about 90%, and there are also studies showing benefits of dark chocolate . What is the one thing you would never want to give up for the rest of your life (unless it was life-threatening)?
In other news, my husband worked his buff butt off this weekend and put together a patio for us! Looking forward to lots of entertaining this summer! Are you working on any outdoor projects this spring?