JANUARY 8, 2013

Okay – here we go!! This is the plan. We all live in our comfortable spaces. And by comfortable I mean, you get into your routines and tend not to shake out of them. Well, how do you experience anything new when you don’t try anything new?? So besides the January detox that I so desparately need, I’m going to challenge us all to do something outside of our box every week. So my re-fresh your-self plan is going to consist of two parts:

1. DETOX YOUR BODY
2. DETOX YOUR MIND

Just so we’re absolutely clear…I do not believe in starving yourself. So don’t fret, I have no intention of telling you to drink lemon water with cayenne pepper for a week. By the way, whoever came up with that detox is a serious sadist! I just want you to think about what you’re eating, and we’ll kick start that with a month of healthy foods. I’m a big believer in three elements when I feel I need to pay attention my intake. Portion control, spices = flavour, and nature’s vitamin water…TEA. So for the month of January we will exclude the following out of our diets:

1. alcohol
2. white anything – sugar, flour
3. red meat
4. coffee
5. soda and other sugar beverages
6. sugar

I will post daily what my food plan is for the following day as well as what exercise regiment will be part of that. I will post an inspirational quote to keep you going and I will give you a challenge, something to do that you wouldn’t normally do.

Here we go:
Day 1 –

Every single day:  DRINK!   Keeping hydrated is the most important factor in staying healthy.  Drink water, drink tea.  But drink!  I like to add a Genmaicha stick to a bottle of water and drink that during the day.

Start your day with five minutes of quiet time for yourself.  Lie in your bed and be present, lay out your intentions for the day.  Do some light stretching today to get your day started.

LET’S START A BOOK!  I want you to finish a book this month.  No time you say?  Leave the television off and read a few pages.  It doesn’t have to be War and Peace – it can be anything you want.  I am reading:  GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn.

Breakfast:
Hot water with lemon
1/2 cup oatmeal cooked in water or 1/2 cup skim milk
top with blueberries and a squeeze of agave

Tomagong Black Ceylon 

Lunch:
Quinoa Salad
Prepare quinoa according to directions on box.  Chop up your favourite vegetables in fine pieces.  Add herbs – I pile mine with flat leaf parsley or dill.
Combine lemon juice of half a lemon, salt, pepper, 1 tsp olive oil.  Mix all ingredients together.  I like to spice mine up sometimes with chilli.  But that’s completely up to
you.

Green Tea Kombucha Lime
 

Snack:
Apple

Dinner:
Poached salmon with steamed vegetables
Prepare poaching liquid – boil water, add 2tsp Genmaicha tea, add skinless salmon to boiling liquid and allow to cook.  Steam your favourite vegetables in a steamer until you’ve reached your desired cooking point.  I like my vegetables crispy, so this is a very quick process for me. Stir a mixture of chopped herbs (parsley, basil, tarragon, chives, dill, ) with minced shallot, extra-virgin olive oil, and a splash of white wine vinegar or lemon juice; season to taste. Spoon over fish and vegetable mixture.

Iced African Queen tea with a splash of Club Soda

 

LIFE IS EITHER A DARING ADVENTURE OR NOTHING – Hellen Keller