Today started quite nicely. It was sunny and lovely out, so I was a happy me.
We enjoyed some of the baked oatmeal I made last night along with reheated buckwheat pancakes from last week. (BTW for the oatmeal I used this recipe along with this recipe and voila! I added my own twist: cocoa nibs, quinoa flakes and gogi berries.) Then I hopped on my bike and headed into the city for a pilates client. It was a great bike ride into the city and I was thankful that my legs could work that hard after a weekend of beer drinking! After, I rode back home and whipped up the loveliest salad with all the ingredients I prepped yesterday.
Quinoa Summer Salad ingredients: quinoa, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, thinly sliced green apples, toasted macadamia nuts, and black beans. I tossed it with a bit of apple cider vinegar, olive oil and s&p. It really hit the spot! After lunch I ran out the door to have an interview with a new friend of mine. I will post the interview after it actually happens- it will answer some of the questions you have regarding genetically modified foods. I didn't make it to the interview because I got into a very unfun car accident. Luckily everyone involved was fine, just shaken up. I was more mad that I didn't get the interview! I spent about two hours waiting for my car to be towed, so AGAIN I didn't get to prepare the other yummy foods I wanted to. But at least I got to sit and relax in lower manhattan with a nice stranger who really calmed me down.
I got home and threw together a nice EASY dinner, as my nerves were too shot to do anything exciting in the kitchen. Gluten free pasta (my favorite brand is bionaturae organic) , pesto, peas and cannellini beans. I mixed some nutritional yeast (nooch) into the dish as well. Have you met nooch before? Let me introduce you. Nooch and me... we go WAY back. Nooch has been an intricate part of my stove top pop corn making, my pasta seasoning, it's been there for me as I let go of my dairy devotion. I'm truly happy I met my nooch.
As I was sitting around today waiting for my car to get towed I was reminded of a thought I had in my car this past weekend. I thought: The only thing that is standing between you and your health goals, is practice. I would say that I practice courageously healthy living as much as I can. Because It feels good. I'll write more about this in the coming weeks, but I invite you to practice things that freak you out, especially if your gut is telling you that you are ready. Small steps love, teeny tiny little steps.
I believe in you, big time. If I can do it... you TOTALLY CAN!
A note about the foods I choose:
I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot.
My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.
( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)
Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?
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You. Freakin. Rock.
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