Good Eats & Gratitude – #WLActionPlan Week 4
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. (William Feather)
It can be awkward or downright scary to break free from comfort zones, but it can also be energizing to try something new. Making sweeping changes or small alterations to our lives lifts us out of ruts. New experiences have the potential to reveal pieces of ourselves that would otherwise go unnoticed. This how I feel about my experience with Whole Living's 2012 Action Plan.
It was disorienting and difficult at times, but what I gained in return was worth every ounce of sacrifice. Eliminating processed food and drinks, added sugar, dairy, gluten, caffeine, and alcohol from my diet for 4 weeks was eye-opening. I discovered juicing, learned a bunch of new recipes, and started working out regularly.
Week #4 Highlights:
- Making it! I proved that I can achieve an ambitious goal I set for myself.
- Five workouts strong. That's two weeks in a row and I'm excited to keep it up.
- Spa day celebration. On Sunday I indulged in a massage + mani pedi. Bliss!
- Spinach with Garlic and Scrambled Eggs - the recipe calls for watercress, but the store was all out. Spinach is a healthy & delicious substitute.
- Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds - great to make ahead for several easy workday luches. Spicy, fresh and a little crunch from the almonds.
- Stir-Fry with Flavored Tofu and Vegetables - I made this after a long run on Saturday, using quinoa instead of rice. This one is full of tasty flavors.
They say it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. Over the next three weeks I hope to incorporate what I've learned into sustainable, healthy habits for my everyday life. Specifically, I'm planning to maintain a diet that is 90% vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and low in processed foods and added sugar.
Thanks to all of you who have shared your wisdom and support through these past few weeks. It definitely helped keep me motivated!
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