The Clean Slate Day 2

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2014/01/09 by nikkiledford


Day 2 was a recovery day. I started out the day with some breakfast and a walk around Dana Point Harbor, followed by Yoga in the Park. It was a beautiful sunny day so I was happy to spend some time outdoors.

The rest of the day was a smörgåsboard of errands, always SUPER FUN!

I kept my food pretty simple throughout the day. I didn’t spend too much time in the kitchen besides some egg scrambling for breakfast, salad chopping for lunch, and veggie juicing for dinner. Prep time and cleaning for each meal didn’t exceed 20 minutes. Any healthy eating plan doesn’t have to take up a huge amount of time. Especially if you spend a couple of hours over the weekend grilling some meat, making some soup, and prepping snacks like hard-boiled eggs and chopped veggies.

Clean Eats

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with chopped peppers, mushrooms, and onion. Topped with 1/2 a medium avocado

Lunch: Farmer’s Garden Smoothie from Whole Foods (kale, berries, almond milk, banana, and maca powder) and a Cracked Pepper Real Sticks Jerky Stick.

Dinner: Romaine Salad with 2 chopped chicken thighs, tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, and (accidentally) lots of red pepper flakes, evoo, and balsamic vinegar. Also a handful of macadamia nuts

Snack: homemade veggie juice and a hardboiled egg

other beverages: water and yerba mate with almond milk

I’m really enjoying the meditation in the morning. I find that getting my mind right is so important for executing tasks throughout the day. My guided meditation asks me to imagine my day and everything I have to do, and then imagine getting it all done and really FEELING that sense of accomplishment. It seems silly cause really, if I didn’t get it all done, it’s no big deal. In reality, I can go to the bank tomorrow or work on that project over the weekend. However, I am noticing that by imagining the success of the day, it produces more intention throughout my day. Almost like I’ve already succeeded, so I might as well just do everything I had on my list.

One of my favorite productivity hacks is something I read in Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. In one of her chapters, she tackles this idea of productivity and efficiency. One of her rules is that if a task takes less than a minute or two to accomplish, do it right away. For example, that piece of recycling to take out to bin on the patio, that check which needs to be written and stamped, the juice jar that needs to be rinsed and put in the dishwasher, the folded towels that need to go in the linen closet. It’s a pretty great rule. I like the proactivity of taking charge of these little tasks that often get put off or passed off to the next person (spouse, kids, parents, etc.)


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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 !!) ROUTINE// Who else is meal prepping today? It's a small step that has big impact on your health... body and mind. One less stress to consider in a week full of choices and obstacles. #paleomealprep #sandiegoprivatechef #sandiegopaleo

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