It’s February – Time for a Challenge

Today marks the start of a few new things at our house. With January being my birthday month, I find it hard to start anything new because we’re always pulled in so many directions at the beginning of the year. And with February being the shortest month, it seems easier to commit to a challenge of 28 days!

#1 – Jason and I have decided to challenge ourselves to have a “Dry February” and cut out all alcohol for the month. I find that with both of us being off we are drinking every day. Not always binge drinking (classified as having 5 drinks in a short period of time), but we are consuming (and spending) too much on alcohol. I have noticed that binge drinking is a real problem in our current society and it is a pretty normalized thing.

#2 – We’ve decided to curb our spending habits and not purchase or spend money on anything that isn’t a necessity for the month. I’m really curious to see how much money we can save as well as to see where we are potentially wasting money on frivolous things. I’ve got a notebook ready for us to write down what we spend (including rent/bills) and at the end of the month we’ll add everything up.

#3 – Being more active! Today marks the start of my 9 month membership to Toronto Yoga Mamas and the first Baby Yoga class for Abigail & I. I’m really looking forward to getting back in shape and transforming my body into a stronger, healthier version of what I am now.

I’m excited about these challenges and I think they will help us be healthier, more active and able to spend more quality time with our friends and loved ones. We won’t be “going out” as much and instead hosting friends and family at our house, so give us a call and come by for cards, games, cooking and maybe even some fun DIY projects!

What are you doing this month? Any fun challenges you’re starting? Feel free to join us and let us know what and how you’re doing.

xo

September Yoga Challenge

I love the idea of yoga, but I procrastinate on fitness, so have never really done it. I’ve done 1 real yoga class (which I loved) and a few times at home following different videos. I bought a Passport to Prana a year or so ago that I never activated and I really should!

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon  the video Yoga For Complete Beginners by Yoga With Adriene and really liked her style. I saved it in my playlist and this morning I finally decided it was time to do it.

 

 

I cleared my space, put out my mat and followed along with Adriene. It was a really good and easy to do 20 minute sequence and I really enjoyed it. I feel ready to start my day with a clear mind.  At the end of her video, she challenges you to do this practice every day for one week. And you know what? I’m going to take it.

So today marks day one, because if I wait to start until September 1st I probably won’t do it, and I’m going to do 7 days of the sequence above and then continue my yoga challenge from there. I’d like to do a mix of home practice and classes around Toronto so if you have a suggestion or want to join me, please reach out in the comments or send me a message.

There’s no time like the present to start a new goal and improve yourself. Wish me luck!

Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge Wrap Up

Yesterday was my final day of the Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge and I felt better than I did on Day 2 (Wednesday). I was delivered a modified cleanse that incorporated raw food (salads) into it and it really made a difference.

Juice 1
Romaine, spinach, parsley, lemon cucumber, apple
Juice 2
Orange, grapefruit, lemon
Juice 3
Wheatgrass, pineapple
Salad 1
Kale, Pear, Sesame Seeds & lemon juice
Juice 4
Carrot, beet, apple, lemon
Juice 5
Pineapple, coconut water
Juice 6
Pineapple, wheatgrass
Salad 2
Zucchini, carrot, poppy seeds and pesto dressing

The juices were sweeter than the previous ones, which I enjoyed more. The salads were fairly plain but good and it was a lot of food (yay!)

I didn’t feel as tired or lethargic as the previous day but I still had a bit of a headache. Around 2pm pm I crashed, felt dizzy and hungry so I decided to skip ahead and eat my second salad. It was good and helped but around 330pm I crashed again and was hungry and dizzy so I went out and got a banana and a hard boiled egg. This seemed to set me straight and I drank my last two juices and had a great evening.

I weighed myself this morning and I’m at 107 lbs. Not a huge difference but I wasn’t hoping to lose any weight.

I’m glad that I tried the  Juice & Raw Food Cleanse. It was a great learning experience and I think I will incorporate more raw juice into my diet. It definitely gave me a different perspective on clean eating and though I love my pasta and my sandwiches on bread I’m going to try and be more conscious of what I eat!

Thank you to the team at Raw Juice Guru for providing me with the opportunity. It was definitely an interesting and memorable experience.

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Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge – Post 5

Yesterday I felt terrible. I had a headache since the previous afternoon, was lethargic, couldn’t concentrate on work, had a stomach ache and was overall a miserable person. I wrote to the Raw Juice Guru‘s to tell them I thought I might have to stop the cleanse and they told me that it was too strong for me and that I needed to eat raw food (fruits and veggies) to supplement.

I ended up leaving work at 4pm and went home. I ate a banana and some raw peanuts and then napped with Finn and Harley for a couple of hours until Jason came home. I ate more peanuts for dinner had some mashed potatoes and raw carrots and then went to bed.

Today they sent me my final day of cleanse juice and switched me up to the Raw Food Cleanse, which was mentioned on a recent post on phhealth.co.uk and looks absolutely delicious and I’m really excited about. I now have 4 large juices to drink, 2 wheatgrass & pineapple shots and 2 big raw salads to eat.

The lesson to get out of this is do your research and listen to your body. I know quite a few people who are on a cleanse right now – from 3, 5 and 10 days. I spoke to a bunch of people about how I felt yesterday and some encouraged me to stick with it and some said to stop it and eat.

The right thing to do was to call the experts – in this case the Raw Juice Guru’s – and let them know what was going on with me so they can adjust what kind of cleanse I’m on. I believe that because I’m a vegetarian (and have been for about 10 years) I don’t have any of the meat toxins of a regular diet, so the cleanse was not the right one for me to do. [UPDATE: Being vegetarian is not accurate and you can see the info from the Raw Juice Guru themselves BELOW] I am disappointed that I had 2 days of not feeling well and not being productive at work. But live and learn right? Thankfully there is an expert there to guide me along the way.

So on a positive note I do feel less bloated today and will weight myself first thing tomorrow. I was 108lbs at the start – I honestly doubt that I lost weight and I don’t really need to. The goal for this was to jump start myself into a healthier routine.

Stay tuned for the final wrap up!

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Here is the email from the Raw Juice Guru explaining a bit more about my reaction to the cleanse.

You being vegetarian had nothing to do with how your body reacted to the cleanse… Some people’s bodies can’t handle a straight juice cleanse, it’s too strong for them. So what we would do is incorporate raw food to make it easier for you.

The reason why the cleanse was too strong for you even though your juices were very fruity, is that you have a lot of built up toxins and sludge and your body is working extra hard to remove them… So we scale it back for the client. This is why we tailor the cleanses and deliver daily so we can track people’s progress and how they feel.‎ You being vegetarian for last 10 years does not mean your healthy. Toxins are not only in meat. They are also in fish, dairy, cheese, processed food, alcohol, coffee, energy drinks and let’s not forget stress…

…We don’t know how a person will react to a cleanse. And that’s why we keep track and ask questions. You didn’t feel well half way into day 1, so I kept an eye out for you. Made your day 2 juices a little more sweeter to see if that will help. And it didn’t, you said that you felt worse. So that’s when I put the brakes and said okay go have some raw food, fruits and veggies. And tomorrow we will include raw food for you…

Also…peanuts are extremely toxic and mashed potatoes are not raw [so they weren’t the right things to eat]

Thank you for the clarification Raw Juice Guru. This really helped and I am looking forward to my raw salads!

Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge – Post 4

Ok. So I’m on to Juice 4 for today and I have to be completely honest. I feel like crap. I’m tired and lethargic, have a bad headache, am really grumpy and I’m really hungry. I went out for a walk at lunch and bought some raw veggies to eat (2 pieces of red pepper, 3 pieces of cut up cauliflower). This cleanse is definitely harder than I thought and I’m struggling with whether or not to keep going. I’m going to suck it up and continue but it is a real challenge.

Juice 3
Wheatgrass pineapple

 

Juice 4
Beet, lemon, spinach, celery, cucumber, coconut water, apple