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Healthy Treat of the Month: Numi Rooibos Chai Tea

Every month, we share the healthy recipe or treat our team is enjoying the most — and this month doesn’t disappoint!

Betty Cunningham

Betty Cunningham

Leader Betty Cunningham shares her current favorite way to enjoy a sweet treat at home, guilt-free.

numio-ruby-chaiLately, I have been trying to reduce my caffeine intake, and I have been enjoying a cup of the Numi Rooibos Chai Tea. It’s organic, caffeine-free and delicious.

I use steamed unsweetened coconut milk with it and a few drops of stevia. It’s actually very good!”

-Betty

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Member Spotlight: Leslie Yzaguirre

Roots:
ILeslie Y grew up in Houston and after going away to the University of Virginia, I returned to Houston, met my husband and we started our family there. However, while our kids were young, we also lived in McAllen, Texas and Monterrey, Mexico before we finally settled in Austin in 2001.

Family Life:
I’ve been married for 25 years to Max Yzaguirre, a fun-loving Valley boy from Brownsville, Texas, and we have two boys, Max, 22, and Will, 20. Max just graduated from the University of Montana and will spend his third summer in Montana as a fly-fishing guide. Will graduated from St. Stephen’s last May and spent the past year on a gap year traveling all over – he’ll start at Tulane this August. We love that our kids have located in such fabulous spots for us to come visit!

Work life:
It’s hard for me to remember being anything but “Mom”, but in my former life, I was an oil and gas attorney. Max and I decided that I’d do the stay-at-home mom thing after our first son was born and I’ve never regretted that decision, although I do remember being totally overwhelmed as a first time mom and thinking it sure would have been nice if my baby had come with a secretary and paralegal!!

Biggest lesson learned through my iGnite experience:
Hands down, without question, the best lesson I’ve learned from iGnite is that I can do it – no matter what the “it” is!  I only recently became an iGniter and very naively signed up for Kathleen’s Power Up class as my intro to iGnite — hilarious!! The first class totally kicked my rear, but I looked around at all of the high energy women in the class who were my age and going for it, and I knew that I wanted to go for it, too!

Best advice I’ve received:
Over the years, many people have given me truly impactful advice. But, as I’ve meandered through my 53 years, I realize that a little adage of my mom’s has probably been the most influential to me in terms of my everyday life: “When you smile, the whole world smiles with you, and when you cry, you cry alone.” Not that I don’t have my fair share of good cries and haven’t relied on friends’ shoulders to cry on all too often, but I try to start each day with a positive outlook and hope that I can be a positive influence in the lives of my family, friends and community. I strongly believe that positive energy is always the best way to cope with life’s challenges!

People may not know that…
I absolutely love fly-fishing! Our entire family enjoys the sport, and we’ve had the good fortune to go to some of the most beautiful places in the world to fish. My perfect day would be spent waist-deep in a gorgeous river, casting to exquisite fish, with my husband and two boys right there with me – and, of course, I’d catch the biggest fish of the day!

My favorite color is:
RED! It actually becomes an issue because I have to consciously stop myself from buying yet another pair of red shoes and I’m sure every decorator who walks into my house wonders what’s up with all the red – furniture, rugs, rooms – it’s just my color. I love the warmth and energy red exudes, and it seems to always set the tone for fun – something that I’m committed to trying to make happen.

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Staying Fit in the Summer Heat: Training Tips & Building Your Heat Tolerance

Tips for Staying Fit in the Summer Heat

by Alli Phillips

by Alli Phillips

With the hot summer months quickly approaching, let’s talk about how we can best beat the heat and continue to enjoy outdoor exercise during those sometimes brutal summer months with a smile on our faces!

Your body acclimates to heat in a number of ways, and by cautiously training in the heat to improve the efficiency of your body’s “cooling system,” you will not only be able to better tolerate high temps and humidity (like we have here in Austin), but you’ll also be able to continue to participate in and enjoy your favorite outdoor activities and exercise classes — and may even be motivated to try some new ones!

Here are some important facts about training in the heat and a few tips for building heat tolerance:

Acclimating to Heat

  • The Body Mechanics: The body acclimates to heat with changes in circulation, increased blood flow to the skin for cooling, increased sweat production, and decreased sweat electrolyte concentration.  As you adapt and acclimate to heat, the body begins sweating earlier in exercise, produces a greater volume of sweat, and produces more dilute sweat (losing fewer electrolytes).
  • How to Safely Acclimate: Gradually increasing the duration of exercise in hot conditions allows the body to safely acclimate. With repeated, but cautious and gradual increases in daily exposure, acclimation occurs within 10-14 days, depending on your initial level of heat tolerance.

Tips for Better Cooling Your Body

  • It is the evaporation of sweat (not sweating itself) that cools the body, so wear wicking fabrics that allow sweat to evaporate and light colors that reflect the sun (dark colors absorb sunlight, and thus, heat).
  • Avoid exercising in the direct sun, but rather seek out green shadey spots and trails (versus heat-absorbing pavement), preferably near water where air movement and breezes aid in the evaporative cooling of sweat.

Hydration 101

Because as you adapt and acclimate to heat the body begins sweating earlier in exercise, produces a greater volume of sweat, and produces more dilute sweat (losing fewer electrolytes), PRE-hydration, hydration DURING, and RE-hydration are crucial!

Therefore, increase your overall water/fluid intake during the 24 hours prior to a bout of exercise in the heat. More specifically:

  • 1-2 hours beforehand, drink 15-20 oz of water
  • 15 minutes beforehand, drink another 8-10 oz
  • During, drink 6-8 oz every 15 minutes
  • Afterward, continue to rehydrate, drinking 15-20 oz within an hour or two

Keep In Mind!

Be aware that although your body can and will acclimate to hot temps, you will not be able to exercise at the same intensity as you do in a “thermo-neutral” environment.

  • With the changes in circulation to aid in cooling, more blood is sent to the skin for evaporation, less blood is available to the working muscles, and therefore the intensity of exercise must be reduced.
  • When you’re running or cycling in the heat, use a “rating of perceived effort” or “feel” to gauge the intensity of exercise, instead of your watch, as your pace/speed will be slower than at the same effort level in moderate/mild conditions. (Runners and cyclists should let go of any pace/time-based goals for the summer months.)

Even after acclimating, exercise in extreme temps always requires extreme caution. The following are symptoms of heat related illness and heat stroke. If you experience any of these, take immediate steps to cool down and seek medical attention.
Symptoms of Heat Stress/Illness:

  • Headache
  • Cold, moist skin
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Fast shallow breathing
  • Nausea
  • High body temp (103+)

Adjust Your Route

Finally, when running and/or cycling this summer, plan new routes that start, finish, and/or include stops at pools, splash pads, and natural “watering holes,” to cool off, rehydrate, refuel, and ENJOY AUSTIN!

Here, I’ve put together a few cool spots to cool off here in central Austin:

  • Barton Springs Pool/Spillway
  • Deep Eddy Pool
  • West Enfield Pool
  • Big Stacy Pool
  • Ramsey Pool
  • NorthWest Park Pool
  • Clarksville West Austin Wading Pool
  • Little Stacy Wading Pool
  • Butler Park Splash Pad
  • Pease Park Splash Pad
  • Bailey Park Splash Pad
  • Clarksville Splash Pad

Visit austintexas.gov/pools for pool/splash-pad locations, hours, and more info.

Last, but not Least…

One more suggestion for staying cool this summer while enjoying fitness and fun…don’t just exercise near water — take the plunge and try these activities IN the water:

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10-Day Reboot: Neissa’s Day 10

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By Neissa Springmann

Day 10:

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Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars by OhSheGlows.com. Very satisfying and filling!

What aspect are you enjoying the most about the Re-Boot? Over the past ten days I have enjoyed many things, including:  making myself more of a priority, eating a hearty breakfast, taking the time to think about what I’m putting in my mouth, having food boundaries, getting at least seven hours of sleep each night, hydrating, trying new recipes and most importantly, feeling great!  Oh, and in the spirit of self-care, I thoroughly enjoyed my facial and massage last Friday at Mecca and I got short haircut too.  For sure my hair needed a re-boot!

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5-Minute Gluten-Free Oatmeal Power Bowl by OhSheGlows.com. This is very hardy breakfast!

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Black Bean Brownie Recipe by HEB Primo Picks: Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free and they are DELICIOUS! You would never know they are sooo healthy! The baking powder has corn starch in it but beyond the one tsp, there’s no corn either. Besides the honey and the sprinkle of chocolate chips, there is no added sugar. The kids love them! I made them last night so I could enjoy them today, post re-boot, and I love them too!

What aspect are you finding the most difficult: Skin brushing and taking an Epsom salt bath.  I failed at making the skin brushing a priority and aside from one Epsom Salt bath, I never carved out the time, which is so sad!

Quality of sleep: Aside from randomly waking up every night around 2:30 a.m.,  my sleep has been great and I feel very well rested when I wake up.

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Detox Salad by Whole Foods and OhSheGlows.com The recipe makes a ton and I’ve eaten it throughout the week. I added salmon and avocado for high-quality protein and fat.

Energy level and mood during the day:  Excellent!  Prior to the Re-Boot I was experiencing more stress than normal, was was emotional than normal and feeling blue, but since the Re-Boot I’ve not experience the stress that I was experiencing and I am uplifted and cheery, like my normal self.

Are you having any specific cravings:  Really, I haven’t, which is shocking.  Initially I craved my after-dinner chocolate, but that has subsided.

Other observations related to this experience:  Slowing down, getting good sleep, proper hydration and eating high-quality foods is vitally important and can take care of so many “issues”.  And, not snacking on my kids snacks makes a big difference.

Tips or tricks that are working for you:  Planning, going to the grocery store and having prepared foods throughout the week was the game changer for me.  And, not having any caffeine in the house!

10-Day Reboot: Laura’s Day 8

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by Laura Caskey

by Laura Caskey

What aspect of the Re-boot are you enjoying the most and why?
I enjoy trying new foods outside my normal comfort go-to foods. Some of my favorites have been making beet & sweet potato “chips”, almond butter on celery and sliced apples sprinkled with Penzeys cake spice and walnuts. I feel better eating these instead of the normal chips.

Breakfast was gluten-free oatmeal cooked with apple, cake spice, walnuts, a date & blueberries. And the yummy hot lemon water.

Breakfast was gluten-free oatmeal cooked with apple, cake spice, walnuts, a date & blueberries. And the yummy hot lemon water.

What aspect of the Re-boot are you finding the most difficult and why?
Passing up sweets. Also this past week I was out of town most of the week, so planning to have good choices with me took extra time. It was great that each of the cities I was in had a Whole Foods so I was able to pop in to get a few things to make it work for me.

Quality of last night’s sleep/how did you feel when you woke up?
I finally had time to take a lavender Epsom salt bath last night and went to sleep easily. I did wake after 6 hours, but that is actually good for me. I felt rested when I woke up.

My morning snack of apple with Penzeys cake spice & almond butter

My morning snack of apple with Penzeys cake spice & almond butter

Are you having any specific cravings?
My cravings are cheesy Mexican food & a rich gooey dessert and a hot fudge Sunday from Amy’s ice cream. And maybe a chocolate cupcake with buttercream frosting or a galaxy bar from Food Food.

How was your energy level throughout the day?
My energy level has been great. All the healthy choices really make me feel better. I think some of the foods we are avoiding really do slow me down and my body feels better without them. If I could just get my brain to buy into that I’d feel better all the time!

Lunch: sliced turkey with horseradish, purple cabbage, red onion, radishes, arugula, cucumber & any other vegetable I have, rolled up

Lunch: sliced turkey with horseradish, purple cabbage, red onion, radishes, arugula, cucumber & any other vegetable I have, rolled up

Any other observations?
When I plan ahead I feel much better making healthy choices. This reboot seems easier probably because I have continued the daily apple cider vinegar and the lemon water since the last reboot. And I already knew several of the foods I had enjoyed in the last reboot. Last time I made the brownie bites from our booklet substituting almond flavoring for the peppermint and really like them.

For dinner I made the Green Turkey Chili from the booklet. It was yummy and Stan liked it too. And I have plenty for dinner tomorrow.

For dinner I made the Green Turkey Chili from the booklet. It was yummy and Stan liked it too. And I have plenty for dinner tomorrow.

Any tips or tricks you’d like to share with other Re-Booters?
Tips that work for me are keeping lots of ready-to-eat crunchy vegetables and fruits on hand. I had not bought much in the way of organic prior to the Fall reboot, and I was surprised how much better organic vegetables & fruits taste. I have snacks in bags and ready to go, even taking them on the plane to avoid the chex mix, peanuts, etc. I also took a sliced lemon to add to hot water to avoid the wine.

Share, Share Again, and Share Some More

Living in Community Part 1

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Point to Ponder:
Do you open up regularly and share your life experiences, advice or wisdom?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

Really, I love our iGnite community for so many reasons. The list is infinite, but to name a few: I work with amazing women, I meet and am around wonderful women all of the time, I get everything I need and am looking for out of our fitness classes, and I learn from everyone. With 150-ish members (all women), iGnite is not only a network of brilliant resources, but more than anything, it’s a brain trust of wisdom — which I am a total sucker for! There’s not one situation or dilemma (that I can think of at least) that I couldn’t get several spot-on advice nuggets for. As similar as we may seem, we are oozing with diverse upbringings and life experiences. How do I know? Because I’ve been a wisdom sponge for the past 8+ years and what I’ve learned from just being around so many women and asking questions and listening is greater than any set of self-help books I could purchase at Barnes & Noble.

I’m not sure if you had the chance to read it yet, but last week we shared our February Real Women, Real Stories article featuring two young and healthy Austin women who unbelievably both had heart attacks: Darby Denison and Jennie’s Covert Stewart. Darby and Jennie knew one another for many years, and after Jennie’s heart attack, Darby memorized the symptoms which allowed her to identify her own heart attack symptoms- just a few months after Jennie had hers.

After visiting with both Darby and Jennie, I am both thankful and inspired. I am thankful they are both alive and able share their heart attack stories with us. Their stories will save lives — maybe my own?! Then, I am inspired by the way they are choosing to live their lives, post-heart attack. Jennie shared this: “Before my heart attack, I was crazy busy — which was brought on by myself. I volunteered for a lot more than I do now, but now it’s just more about quality and focus now. Not that what I did or who I spent my time with before was not important, it’s just that it took up too much time and took me away from what mattered most.”  “It forced me to re-purpose my life. It empowers me to say ‘no’ when I need to and focus on just having an audience of One. I have an attitude of gratitude and a true awareness of how blessed I am.”

When asked the best advice they’d ever been given, Jennie shared advice that her father shared with her, “Honor one another’s differences. I always fall back on this when I lose my patience. It also helps me have an open heart and an open mind.”

I LOVE this advice and am so thankful Jennie shared it because not only does it inspire me, but remembering it will help me be more tolerant and kind, when I would otherwise be judgmental and get frustrated.

I’m convinced that living in community and sharing life together is no-doubt the design by which we are created to exist. Therefore, throughout this week and moving forward, I invite you to live in community and share your life, your experiences, and your wisdom for the benefit of yourself and others. And if comfortable, please share the best advice or wisdom you’ve ever received by sending me an email at neissa@igniteyourlifenow.com. I will share your wisdom and advice in the upcoming March Journals for others to benefit from.

Action Item:
Live in community and share your life, your experience, and your wisdom for the benefit of yourself and others.

10 Day Reboot: Anne’s Day 7

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By Anne Jarvis

Day 7:

What aspect of the Re-Boot are you enjoying the most and why? Just slowing down from over eating and drinking alcohol, being more mindful of what I am choosing to eat and drink, and finding healthy options.  I became addicted to sweets last fall when an employee of my husband brought him two Costco size bags of regular and peanut M&M’s.  I had him hid them from me but once I found them I started having sugar and chocolate every day.  The perfect trifecta for a sweet eater is Halloween, Christmas and Valentines so I really needed the Re-Boot to put a brake on it.  I got out to eat a lot and I enjoy having cocktails so the Re-Boot helps me be aware of how often I do socially drink or casually drink at home.  Alcohol turns to sugar and the sugar turned into a muffin top on me!

What aspect of the Re-Boot are you find the most difficult?  Going to the store to have the right foods in the house, taking the time to cook and having snacks ready when I am hungry and on the go.  Another struggle during the Re-Boot is being social, going out to eat and not eating what the group is eating.  This past week I went with friends to two new popular southern restaurants .  I’m gluten-free anyway, but everyone was eating biscuits, mac and cheese and cobblers.  Even the Brussel sprouts came with breadcrumbs on them! Sometimes I just want to order off the menu and not worry about the ingredients or calories.  Restaurants love putting bread, cheese and salt in everything.

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A throw-together “something from nothing” meal: black beans cooked with salsa, grilled Poblano pepper strips, roasted sweet potato, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and pumpkin seeds.

Quality of sleep? I am so lucky because I sleep really well all the time. I had 9 hours of sleep. I have felt really good today after doing the Yin yoga on Saturday. It was super cold and rainy Sunday when I woke up but I hopped up and went to the grocery store at 9:00. My mind has been really sharp and I feel happy today—have been laughing a lot. Really nice to feel that joy.

Energy level and mood during the day? It has been good for the most part.  My slump is around 4:00 p.m. The winter makes me want to go to bed early and I’m typically a night owl.

How has your mood been? I have been in a good mood. Today is a quiet day and I am doing some tasks at the computer and at home. I am having time to be quiet today which I need to feel creative or plan for the week ahead. My husband fixed me eggs and turkey bacon today for breakfast which is rare so his kind act set a nice tone for the day.

Are you having any specific cravings? Yes, and the first thing I can admit is I really want cookies and crackers for some reason. It must be the carb, crunchy thing. But honestly, I have a box of Trader Joe’s pumpkin gluten free pancake mix in my pantry. It has been calling my name for a long time and I have resisted. It would have been so yummy on this dreary day. It will be worth the wait!

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Ingredients for spaghetti squash dinner: ground beef, basil, spaghetti squash, spaghetti sauce, yellow onion and zucchini squash.

Other observations related to your Re-Boot experience? I have not been perfect.  I had a celebratory two nights ago yet I didn’t feel bad about myself.  I think the aftermath of being on a six month super strict diet a year ago when I could only eat cooked meat, cooked veggies and brown rice to heal my stomach made me never want to restrict my self from foods or obsess over food again.  Over the years when I have “dieted” or “cleansed”, after the first few days I have the feeling of wanting to eat more or the wrong things and stop depriving myself, but now I feel like I have the power and control over these emotions.  I also don’t want to fixate on what I can’t have and spend so much time thinking about my next meal so that I jeopardizes the positive outcome of eating healthy.  I have been able to embrace this Re-Boot because it allows us to have real food and nothing is extreme.  It also helps knowing that I am not doing this along and I can check in with others during this time.

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A delicious spaghetti squash and salad meal

Tips or tricks that are working for you? I think the recipes in our booklet are fantastic yet to me can require a lot of ingredients and time to prepare. I like to take short cuts and I usually don’t cook from a recipe. So for dinner I am making beef spaghetti served over spaghetti squash. I admit I am using already prepared tomato sauce but adding to it zucchini squash, onions, spinach, fresh basil and organic beef. I will do a green salad with a dressing made of olive oil, Braggs apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper and honey. My husband really likes this dish and now prefers the spaghetti squash to the way he feels after eating a plate full of pasta.

10 Day Reboot: Maggie’s Day 6

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By Maggie McCauley

Day 6:

What aspect of the Re-Boot are you enjoying the most?  I really enjoy how easy it is for me to wake up in the mornings. Most days, I snooze at least 5 times, but since I have started the Re-Boot, I have been waking up so much easier. Also, I am not as tired throughout the day!

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Whole Foods fruit and veggie juice

What aspect of the Re-Boot are you finding the most difficult?  The hardest thing for me is thinking ahead to prepare meals. I usually stay at work kind of late, so when I get home, I make a sandwich or have something easy for dinner, but now I make an effort to leave a bit earlier so I can cook dinner every night.

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Balanced dinner at a restaurant: grilled chicken, brown rice and grilled veggies

Quality of sleep? I slept great last night! I slept way longer than I normally do for a Saturday morning, and it was amazing!

  Energy level and mood during the day?  I had a lot of energy today. I started out being a little lazy since it was Saturday, but I ran a lot of errands in the afternoon and never once felt like I needed to take a nap.

How has your mood been?  Today was a great day! At the beginning of the week, I was very stressed and not in the best mood, but as the week went on, my moods got better. Today was definitely my best day, and that might have been because it was Saturday, but it was great! 

Are you having any specific cravings?  I always crave chips and queso. Every single day! So I’ve been craving that this entire time. I also was craving bread at the beginning of the Re-Boot, but that isn’t as bad anymore

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Coconut yogurt with granola snack

Other observations related to your Re-Boot experience?  I had a really hard time with the apple cider vinegar at first. I have been mixing it into my lemon water in the mornings, and the first day, it was very tough. I think I’m starting to finally get used to the taste, so now it doesn’t bother me as much.

Tips or tricks that are working for you?  When I went to the grocery store before the Re-Boot, I bought a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. I washed and cut all of the fruit, and I was much more inclined to snack on it throughout the week because the prep was already done.

10 Day Re-Boot: Melissa’s Day 5

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By Melissa Morrow

Day 5:

Aspects of the Re-Boot I’m enjoying the most?  The lemon water will definitely become a part of my regular routine after the Re-Boot. It is easy and it quenches my craving for sugar.

Aspects of the Re-Boot I’m finding the most difficult? Living without dairy. I do not usually eat a lot of meat. Dairy is an easy protein for me. I now realize that I usually eat or drink a dairy product at every meal.

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Quick, healthy and gluten-free snacks

Quality of sleep? I slept really well last night, it was the first night all week to get a full 8 hours and it was glorious! It has been a very busy week at work which has actually made the Re-Boot easier for me because I have not had much time to think about what I am missing.

Energy level and mood during the day?  Very good. Amazingly I have enjoyed high energy all week and it seems to be more consistent throughout the day.

How has your mood been? Today was definitely my best day all week…I am not sure if it was because of the cleanse or it being the end of a very busy week, or that the Band the Spazmatics were playing fun music in our gym this afternoon.

Are you having any specific cravings? I have been craving chocolate, sweets at the end of a meal, and the texture of cheese.

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My organic berry splurge

Other observations related to your Re-Boot experience?  Both times I have done the Re-Boot I noticed an immediate decrease in my waistline and a lot less bloating.

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The goats milk yogurt vs almond milk taste test

Tips or tricks that are working for you? I went to the store on the Sunday before the Re-Boot began and splurged  on a bunch of easy to grab, good, gluten-free snacks and every kind of organic berry they had so it felt like I had lots of good food to look forward to.  I conducted a cow’s milk yogurt substitute taste test, with a goats milk yogurt, a coconut milk yogurt and an almond milk yogurt.  The coconut yogurt was my favorite.  Even my kids at it up! They goats milk was a close second for me, but my kids didn’t go for it.  The almond milk yogurt…humm, let’s just say I don’t have to worry about anyone in my house eating it except me 🙂

10 Day Re-Boot: Leslie’s Day 4

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By Leslie McConnico

Day 4:

I really began the re-boot last Friday. I had geared myself up for it and just went with it.

Aspects of the Re-Boot I’m enjoying the most?  I’m enjoying trying new recipes and not drinking. Really, I wake up feeling better and less puffy.
Aspect of the Re-Boot I’m finding the most difficult? I attend lunch meetings and social events and it’s difficult to find foods that fit in. Restaurants are not too bad since they can easily accommodate restrictions.

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A Perfect snack- Apples, orange and almond butter

Quality of sleep?  I am not sleeping well. I have had nightmares the last 3 nights. I wake up at 3:ish and have a hard time going back to sleep. My mouth is very dry during the night and I have to wake-up and drink more water, hoping it will also make my headache go away. Not sure what this is about since I’m drinking so much water during the day and at night.

Energy level and mood during the day? Energy level is good, except when I took an epsom salt bath after exercising in the late morning. It zapped me and I had no energy for the rest of the day. Next time I’ll do at night.

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Quick, easy and delicious smoothie

How has your mood been? I had a headache beginning around 1:30 the first and second day. I do not drink coffee but I do have a diet Dr. Pepper each afternoon so I’m sure it was a combination of lack of caffeine and no sugar. I was not too grouching but not perky either.

Are you having any specific ravings? I really crave my pretzels and DDP’s. Can’t wait to have them again!! The rice chips and Mary’s crackers are helping with the crunchy but it’s just not the same.
Other observations related to your Re-Boot Experience?  I do use my scales. It is a big motivating factor for me. I do this to also try and lose weight since I’m so frustrated at being over my usual weight.
Tip or tricks that are working for you?  Variety seems to really make a difference in being able to continue each day. I’m really trying to vary everything I eat. Also, Soup Peddler has some great soups and foods that fit in really well. I don’t like cooking all my meals.

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YUM!