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Week One Update – Paleo Detox

Wow! What a difference a week makes! Here’s the scoop about how I’ve been handling my paleo detox. Remember, I’ve committed to a strict 30 day no grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol or added sweeteners…yikes.

I’ve been traveling a bit, so I was worried this whole house of cards was going to crumble around me. But, I made myself so proud by sticking with this diet, and in doing so I’ve been rewarded.

I feel lighter in my step. Less achy, and much more clear headed. One way to describe my energy and state of mind, is “sharp.” My skin is clearing up, and the whites of my eyes are whiter.

All of this feels so good, and I can’t believe I’ve only been doing this for one week!!

Here’s a story for you.

A couple of days ago I felt the beginnings of a flu coming on– achey muscles and joints, the chills, and I was so tired. This just could not be happening right now! I will be on the road for two full weeks starting tonight. Needless to say, I was freaking out!

So, I stuck with my new eating plan, had some avocado, dashed out to pickup some zicam, and prayed. The next day, a miracle occurred. I felt totally fine.

This blew my mind. How could it be?

I don’t know if it’s because of the diet, or the zicam or the combination of both, but I’m into it!!

Going into week two, I haven’t been eating anything good enough to post for you guys. But, once I have access to a kitchen and both feet planted firmly on the ground again, I’ll make sure to get you all involved in the madness.

Until then, enjoy yourselves!

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Go With The Flow

We all have moments in life when we expect something to be amazing, and then it’s just not. Our expectations can really set us up for a big punch in the face sometimes.

For me, this weekend, I had one of those moments. I was really really excited about something, and it was so so bad. I went home deflated, and just sat on the couch for a daytime episode of Narcos Season 2. Why not?

When I got through the madness of Pablo Escobar’s story, I had a chance to process my prior letdown. I could let this situation fester within me. I could indulge my anger and complain about it to anyone who would commiserate with me. Or, I could bounce on my trampoline for a few minutes, quickly list a few things I’m grateful for, and let it go.

The thing is, we have to take chances in life and try new things in order to grow and to find what really lights us up. When we do that, we open ourselves to disappointment. But, sometimes we can use that feeling to pull ourselves up and strengthen our resilience.

We need disappointment, and we need failure to find what works.

I recently read a quote by the beautiful genius Mary Oliver “Everything takes the time it takes. Don’t worry.”

I find so much comfort in this quote. It’s like a sigh of relief and a reminder to just relax and go with the flow.

PS. In case you were wondering, I’m still on my paleo 30 day reset diet, and I’m loving it. My skin looks better already! More on that tomorrow…

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Want To Get Glowing Skin And Have Tons Of Energy?!

Don’t we all want enough energy to go after our goals, hit an exercise class, and hang with our friends after a full day of living it up? Don’t we want to feel amazing and have beachy, glowing skin?

These are my foremost goals right now: more energy, feel amazing, and get my skin to glow. Somewhere over the course of the previous year, I took a job that has me traveling all over the place, at the same time I’m still coaching clients, teaching yoga and meditation and speaking to college students on campuses around the US.

This lifestyle is fast, fulfilling and exciting. But, it’s not so great for my body. I’ve started having digestive problems, my skin looks like a pubescent 13 year old, and I’m walking around in a mental fog a lot of the time. During my time as Health Editor for CBS News, I learned a lot about how our diet can affect all of these things, and when we remove certain foods from our diet like processed food, sugar, dairy and alcohol, our bodies have a chance to heal.

If you’re having problems like brain fog, digestive issues, skin breakouts, low energy, and weight gain, then keep reading!

I’ve decided that it’s time for a reset. If you’re looking to boost your energy and upgrade your health, I invite you to join me on this journey! Keep me posted on how it goes for you in the comments!

Yesterday, I began a 30 day diet based off of the book The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser. It’s pretty strict, so I’ve had to rethink and retool a lot of my habitual foods and meals already.

Here are the rules: For thirty days you can eat as much organic meat, vegetables and good fats (avocado, coconut oil) that you want. Fruit can be eaten in moderation. Grains, legumes (beans), dairy, sugar, and alcohol are off limits.

That’s it, plain and simple. If you want more specifics about the plan, check out Chris’s website.

To hold myself accountable and to support you on this journey, should you accept my invitation to join me, I’m going to post the meals that I eat and some recipes for you to try out. Even if you decide not to do the full cleanse, I invite you to try some of the recipes I’m going to share. They are jam-packed with vital nutrients and minerals and will aide in delivering you to your healthiest self.

As always, there’s no better time to start than right now. So here we go!

For breakfast I typically eat eggs, toast and avocado, but now I have to adjust.

This morning I made a green smoothie in the vitamix blender and a couple hours later, I enjoyed my new favorite thing: superfood cereal.

Green Smoothie: four leaves romaine lettuce, 1/2 green apple, 1/4 fresh jalapeño, 5 stalks cilantro, coconut water

Superfood cereal: 1 tbsp chia seeds, 3 tbsp hemp hearts, 4 tbsp cacao nibs, handful raisins, blackberries, raspberries, coconut flakes, 1/4 cup Zenola paleo granola, almond milk

superfood cereal

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