The Clean Slate Day 1

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2014/01/08 by nikkiledford

As I recap Day 1 of The Clean Slate I would like to make something known:

My butt hurts. So good (bad).

Thanks to yesterday’s kettlebell workout by Neghar. That stuff is no joke. I can definitely appreciate the importance of mixing up your workout “routine” with new and interesting methods and movements. I do yoga and crossfit-style workouts every week, multiple times a week. You would think that all the movements in those 2 activities would make for a complete, total body workout. But no. After yesterday’s series of skater squats, windmills, and bulgarian split-squats… I can confidently say that it is important to step outside your fitness comfort zone.


Aside from the kettle bells, I had a nice morning vinyasa class. It was just the stretch I needed to warm up for all that kettlebell action.

And then there’s the food. Kept it really simple today… I actually had time this past weekend to prep a TON of food for me and the hubby. Tuna Salad, grilled chicken, sausages, chili, and hardboiled eggs. There’s no excuse to not eat clean!

Clean Eats

Breakfast (post yoga): Homemade Green Juice (romaine, celery, parsley, ginger, lemon, carrot, and 1/2 green apple) and 2 scrambled eggs

Snack (post workout): 1 chicken thigh and 1/2 a ginger kombucha

Lunch : Custom Green Smoothie (coconut milk, banana, blueberries, maca, kale, almond butter, and cinnamon) from the capable (and stylish) people over at Thrive Juice Lab in Laguna Niguel

Dinner: a bowl of Turkey/Beef Chili over steamed butternut squash

Other beverages include: alkaline water, yerba mate with almond milk

That’s it for today!

What are your new year’s goals? How did you support them today? How can you prepare today for better choices tomorrow?



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PUMPKIN FIG OATS //Caught some morning light on my morning bowl of goodness. I made this last week and it was so good (and loved by my child) that I made another batch! I don't know if it's the figs or golden raisins, the coconut milk or the collagen, or maybe it's the banana and the pumpkin that make this bowl of oats absolutely satisfying for a day of leading, teaching, cooking, sweating, loving, and seeking. 
#sometimesibreakfast #sometimesidont #glutenfreeoats #notpaleo #dairyfreeoats INGREDIENTS // one of my favorite activities is going out for coffee. For me, the sights, sounds, and smells of a coffee shop signal rest and I enter into a state of slowing down, more observing and less doing. Lately, I haven't been out to coffee too often because 1. It's expensive and 2. I don't tolerate dairy and I'm not much of a black coffee drinker so at most shops I'm limited to their dairy-free options. While it's nice to have nut milks available, I have discovered that all the other ingredients in these alternative drinks do NOT do my body any good. 
A solution to would be to bring my own homemade milk, but I don't always have some ready or I forget to put a bit in a small container (which then gives me the fun task of toting around a dirty jar in my car all day). These smaller bottles of almond milk are perfect for adding to my coffee when I'm out as most dairy-free milks come in huge cartons and are inconvenient for a coffee outing.  @popandbottle only uses basic, real food ingredients for their almond milk. They even sweeten it with a bit of date! 
I like to think that I always have a choice about what I put in my body. Sometimes I'll have to settle for black coffee, but if I plan a bit, I can still enjoy my coffee outings without ultimately compromising on what is best for me in the long run. SNACKS // kept it really simple today during meal prep. This is a tasty bowl of yams, banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes. FAST FOOD// Roasted all these veggies last night for a tasty quick lunch. Added a new find from Whole Foods. @goodlovinfoods lemon garlic dip. If you like bitchen sauce, you'll like this (!! bonus, they don't use any soy ingredients either !!)

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