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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One of the highlights from #blueberryparty weekend was this Almond Butter and Blueberry Bread Pudding.
Gluten free Almond buttter and Blueberry jam sandwiches, chopped up with banana, fresh blueberries, eggs, and coconut milk. Easy! 💙🍞💙🍞💙🍞💙 #unreal #somanynoms #glutenfreebreadpudding ☮️❤️🌿
Peace, Love, and Kale... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me and sweet baby Atlas. I got out of the house this morning and went straight to yoga and then to get my fav smoothie from @projectjuice Let the birthday festivities begin! My little man turns ONE on Monday and we are celebrating with a blueberry picnic tomorrow. Complete with Mango Blueberry Salsa and blue corn chips. The first of many yummy Blueberry-themed noms. 
#blueberryparty #atlasjacobledford #yearoneofatlas MOTHERHOOD// I'm a little embarrassed at the lack of impressive food posts lately.
As Atlas has begun to eat more food, I find myself just munching on things while I prepare his meals, never really sitting down to my own. Breakfast is some eggs and berries. Lunch, some deli meat and @primalkitchenfoods mayo with a banana and almond butter. Dinner usually includes a quickly grilled piece of meat atop some lettuce greens and any chopped veggies and quick dressing. It's not glamorous at all, definitely not "Instagram worthy".
It's just real life right now and I'm hoping to get into a groove pretty soon and get back to  creating mealtimes instead of surviving them. I mean "surviving" in the best possible way. My kid loves to eat real healthy foods and it's so fun to explore this new part of his day. My creativity is taking a big hit though and I long for some real thoughtful meals at my dinner table with my main man.
Until then sausage/salsa/lettuce wraps will do.

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