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12-Day Reboot: Amy’s Day 4

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by Amy Chibib

Woohoo – It’s Friday! This is my favorite day of the week. I think that is because I feel a big sense of accomplishment. Also knowing that the weekend is ahead that usually brings a more relaxed routine, freedom and fun! Can you hear some of my core values in there? I hope each of you have had an insightful week focusing a little more on care for yourself. Paying attention to how your body feels, what your Spirit is gently calling to you, and what is the mindset or thinking that is filling your days? These are all excellent clues to guide you in making the most of the process.
I must admit I am NOT following the cleanse completely. I gave myself permission to take the parts of the reboot that I knew I could handle. Which is taking a “vacation” from the white processed carbs, corn, dairy, soy, artificial sweeteners, and most sugars, alcohol, and the social media turn off. The best part, I have been adding in some of the rich nourishing practices this week and thoroughly enjoying it! I hope that each of you have tuned in to what you need – I believe we are all intuitively wise beyond measure and by plugging into your guidance system, many issues will melt away – even in the fog of caffeine deprivation – haha! I enjoy this Re-boot because it is such a great reminder that these are habits I can carry forward for healthier daily living. Here is quick synopsis of my routine this week:
img_2252-1Start my mornings with a gentle harp ringing from my alarm – Yes, I still need the cue to open my sleepy eyes at 6:30am. Yet I feel refreshed and before I move – I always give a quick thank you for this day and grateful for what is to come. I am always eager to make my French press coffee – it is a process in itself and a ritual I am choosing to keep – for now. Heating the water in a kettle – which I use the warm water to first mix my lemon/ACV water. It actually gives me the boost I need as I go get changed for the morning. Nice surprise! I may be able to give up the coffee after all – we’ll see 😉
img_22438:00am – Once drop offs are complete and before I hit the trail for my run – I choose the quick breakfast of oatmeal in almond milk that has soaked overnight. It is delicious and perfect with a touch of cinnamon and walnuts. I get my 4 mile run in and on these mornings feel mentally clear and ready to start the day (a testament to the cardiovascular workout)!

By 10:30 – I make a small smoothie – Blueberries, Kale, Almond milk, ice. This fills me until later lunch.
img_2253-11:30: I grab the deli sliced Rotisserie chicken (it is delicious from Trader Joes) top a field greens salad with a few olives and a hard-boiled egg & drizzle a tsp of olive oil. Very satisfying and filling!
Snack – 4/5:00 – I usually grab a handful of nuts or red peppers in hummus
Dinner – 7:00pm – Grilled chicken has been a favorite this week. With broccoli & peppers and tossed spinach salad.
I keep my meals very simple but love sitting down to eat with my two teenage boys who are ravenous! I don’t have to think too much or spend much time preparing or following recipes. (More clues to my value system 😉 )
Aspects of the Reboot I’ve enjoyed the most:  The awareness, acceptance, slowing down and paying attention. Making notes about how I am feeling and a journal of what I’ve eaten. I recognize trends and appreciate the extra thoughtfulness I am brining to my day and evening.
Something I’ve learned about myself: No judgement, giving myself permission I can choose only the parts that I can handle. There has been freedom in that but also a great sense of compassion and appreciation with no judgement. I don’t have to do this perfectly – there is so much richness in each element. I am taking that into my parenting and work.
Most difficult part:  It was probably the decision to say it’s ok that I don’t follow it perfectly. I have not added the Epsom Salt Bath but would like to give it a try. The other challenge is probably turning off my device long before I crawl into bed. That is a commitment I am working on!
Quality of Sleep: I have the gift of being able to sleep – there has only been a handful of times in my life that I have struggled with sleep and I feel for those that have difficulty falling or staying asleep. However, I do notice increased energy waking up in the morning which speaks to the quality of sleep I am getting with cleaner eating habits!

Energy & Mood:  Monday was not easy and even though I still had a small amount of coffee – I felt exceptionally tired and low energy. But with every day that passed this week, I have gotten better and better!

img_2254Spiritual Practice: My practice is to always read faith filled, meditative quality books before I drift off to sleep. I fall asleep with prayer and wake to a similar prayer full of gratefulness. Any moments in the day – I touch base. I’ve noticed especially in the car in this crazy Austin traffic – I ask for a little patience and take a deep breathe!

Bedside is my library of reads – I usually don’t get too far before I’m out!  I recommend Radical Acceptance – the message is beautiful and after each chapter has a guided meditation.

10-Day Reboot: Allison’s Day 10

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by Allison Quinones

by Allison Quinones

Day 10! I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Reboot and have loved this process of self-discovery.

Breakfast! My morning breakfast is always the same, flavored differently. Today it was cooked quinoa with almond milk, blueberries, strawberries, protein powder, ground flax, chia, and maca powder

Breakfast! My morning breakfast is always the same, flavored differently. Today it was cooked quinoa with almond milk, blueberries, strawberries, protein powder, ground flax, chia, and maca powder

Aspects of the Reboot I’ve found the most difficult:
Throughout the Reboot I committed to trying all of the elements listed in the guide. I’m happy to report that I’ve done them all, at least once! However, the most difficult has been taking time for Epsom salt baths, time outdoors, and a full 8 hours of sleep. To me, these three things all have one thing in common – they take TIME. Seeing how busy I am isn’t a groundbreaking realization, but I do know how nice it has been to actually take time for these things when I have been able to.

Turmeric Tonic tea at work meeting, although caffeine-free, my mind still believes it will help me feel more alert. I love turmeric for it's anti-inflammatory purposes

Turmeric Tonic tea at work meeting, although caffeine-free, my mind still believes it will help me feel more alert. I love turmeric for it’s anti-inflammatory purposes

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve enjoyed the most:
Technology Turnoff and Breaking from Social Media are two things that I thought would be the most difficult. Not surprisingly, this has been SO refreshing. I’ve noticed my habits throughout the day when I go to switch on my phone and catch myself automatically going into social media. Going into Facebook or Instagram has become such a mindless activity for me, and I’ve been aware that I need to check myself on this for a while, but there was no real motivation to do so. I don’t miss seeing what the world of Facebook is doing, what new recipes or exercises are posted on Instagram, and I’ve found myself being less critical of myself through these two elements of the Reboot.

Lunch consisted of Butternut Squash Mac 'n "Cheese" with Brown Rice Macaroni, Roasted Broccoli and Kale. This is from Oh She Glows blog. This is a favorite fall recipe!

Lunch consisted of Butternut Squash Mac ‘n “Cheese” with Brown Rice Macaroni, Roasted Broccoli and Kale. This is from Oh She Glows blog. This is a favorite fall recipe!

A couple things I’ve learned about myself over the Reboot:
I’ve committed to staying away from social media, and it’s crazy how many times throughout my day I mindlessly turn on my phone and almost open Facebook or Instagram. I’ve enjoyed reading ‘Made to Crave’ which is a highly encouraging book on eating and body image. I’ve been putting off reading this for a while and I am so grateful for more time to read this book and focus on myself.

Secondly, I’ve noticed I CAN abstain from sugar and tortilla chips! My two weaknesses. I can do it in private at home and in public when there is a delicious bowl of guacamole, salsa, and cookies just waiting to be eaten up.

Afternoon snack of apples with cinnamon, drizzled in homemade coconut butter with a tablespoon of freshly ground peanut butter

Afternoon snack of apples with cinnamon, drizzled in homemade coconut butter with a tablespoon of freshly ground peanut butter

My personality is to be very self-disciplined, so eating clean and exercise haven’t been a challenge for me. I enjoy prepping ALL my meals for the week on the weekend, so it eliminates any desire to eat outside of what I’ve planned for. I teach RPM spin at the YMCA and have enjoyed several HIIT workouts, as well as a few swims and a yoga class. These two aspects of my self-discipline give my body and mind self-care to help me function the best I can throughout my day.

Evening treat, leftovers from weekend baby shower. My own recipe of Lemon Cashew "Cheesecake" with Blueberries and Mulberries. It's oil-free, refined sugar free (sweetened with Medjool dates), soy free, dairy-free, all plant-based!

Evening treat, leftovers from weekend baby shower. My own recipe of Lemon Cashew “Cheesecake” with Blueberries and Mulberries. It’s oil-free, refined sugar free (sweetened with Medjool dates), soy free, dairy-free, all plant-based!

Tips & tricks that have helped me:
Let people around you know what goals you’re working on. Your support system will then avoid innocently tempting you with a glass of wine or checking Facebook for a trivial reason.

Not pictured: My dinner on the run of Wild Rice Pilaf from Forks Over Knives.

10-Day Reboot: Trina’s Day 9

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by Trina Keathley

by Trina Keathley

One more day, I know we can do this! Day 9 was just like most other days of the Reboot for me. I woke up to my alarm at 5:30am after about 7 hours of sleep. Sleep has not been one of my successes on this Reboot, but it hasn’t kept me down. After pushing snooze a few times, I get up and start off with my hot lemon water and making lunches for the kids. After making lunches for the kids and getting my daughter Sloan out of bed, it is time for breakfast.

Breakfast of Paleonola and Coconut Beverage

Breakfast of Paleonola and Coconut Beverage

My usual breakfast has been egg whites with sausage. I made the recipe of Everyday Sausage last week, but it was time to change things up. I wanted crunchy cereal!  So with some help from fellow iGniter Olivia, she introduced me to Paleonola. Palenola with a little coconut beverage and an orange is a perfect breakfast.

After getting both kids out the door to school, it is off to workout. Today’s workout was Dance Fit with Betty. It was a great cardio workout with a little “Whip and Nae Nae.”  🙂

Lunch: a salad with deli meat

Lunch: a salad of lettuce, avocado, red bell peppers and turkey

During the Reboot, I strangely haven’t felt hungry. As I move along through the day, I have to remember to eat. I don’t feel hungry, but look down and it is coming up on lunch and I haven’t even had a snack. So today, I ate a snack at 12 and had lunch 2. Since I had to go to the grocery store before lunch, I decided to pick up some turkey and have a salad. A thick cut of deli turkey is nice to add to lettuce, avocado and red bell peppers.

Super Seed Chocolate Protein Bites

Super Seed Chocolate Protein Bites

While at the store, I picked up the ingredients to make the Super Seed Chocolate Protein Bites from the Reboot recipe book. I was trying to have a healthy snack for this afternoon and for the kids when they get home from school, and I was hoping they would like them… or at least try them. Well, needless to say, they were a big hit!!  Not only with my kids, but with some fellow Rebooters (Jamie and Alice)! I texted them and told them they tasted like chocolate and they were by in an instant to taste and see. One small note, when I was purchasing the ingredients I purchased dark chocolate cacao nuts and was supposed to purchase cacao nibs. I don’t know if there was any harm in my mistake, but it sure helped us get through the afternoon and satisfy our sweet tooth!

Dinner: sirloin steak and baby broccoli

Dinner: sirloin steak and baby broccoli

My belly would have been satisfied for a little bit, but dinner was around the corner. And my family loves meat!  So for dinner, I usually grill something grass-fed and add a vegetable. Tonight was a sirloin steak and baby broccoli.

This is the second time I have done the Reboot with iGnite, and I will say that the second time has been better than the first. This time I took Molly and Catherine’s advice to wean myself early from caffeine. I love to drink ice tea all day long, and I knew getting off of it was going to give me a big headache to start. It was the best decision!  This reboot has helped me accomplish my exact goal: to get myself back on track with eating better and taking care of my body.

10-Day Reboot: Paige’s Day 8

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by Paige Clark

by Paige Clark

Day 8. It’s hard to believe that there are only two precious days left of my very first iGnite Re-boot! It has been a great experience so far and I’m already looking forward to incorporating what I’ve learned into my post-reboot life.

After getting a little over 8 glorious hours of sleep, I started my day with hot lemon water and apple cider vinegar while reading my devotional in the peaceful quiet of morning. (Note: Don’t let this fool you. While I earnestly wish that this were how I started each day, most of the time my mornings look nothing like this. Thanks to the re-boot I have been afforded the opportunity to refocus my time and choices and I’ve taken full advantage!

After getting a little over 8 glorious hours of sleep, I started my day with hot lemon water and apple cider vinegar while reading my devotional in the peaceful quiet of morning. (Note: Don’t let this fool you. While I earnestly wish that this were how I started each day, most of the time my mornings look nothing like this. Thanks to the Reboot I have been afforded the opportunity to refocus my time and choices and I’ve taken full advantage!

I’ve been so thankful for this time to focus on being intentional with each choice that I make throughout the day. From what I eat and drink and how much time I spend outdoors, to the way that I use my time just before bed and the number of hours I sleep each night — it has been an enlightening experiment!

Breakfast: A parfait of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries & a hard-boiled egg white.

Breakfast: A parfait of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries & a hard-boiled egg white

I’ll be honest and say that the first five days of the Re-boot did not really affect me. I didn’t feel any different than I typically do during a normal week and I did not know what to make of it. To be fair, my perfectionist personality lends itself to a rather disciplined lifestyle. Given that my regular eating habits and exercise routine tend to fall within the boundaries of the Re-boot already, my primary goal for participating was to learn how different foods affect the way that I feel. I have to confess that I’ve basically failed at this goal.

A delicious snack of almonds/walnuts and a peach while digging through work emails

A delicious snack of almonds/walnuts and a peach while digging through work emails

I have been blessed/cursed with the ability to be completely content eating the same foods repeatedly and it has been more difficult than anticipated for me to branch out. I’m not opposed to trying new things, but I also know what I like and I am not very creative when it comes to food. Plus, I don’t cook. However, rather than beating myself up over not achieving my original goal, I have allowed myself to adapt my focus to varying the way that I eat rather than what I eat. More specifically, I have found that eating more frequently throughout the day and incorporating more protein into each meal has resulted in significant change for me. I still haven’t completely figured this out, but I am enjoying the challenge!

(Late) lunch: Spinach and kale salad with chicken, avocado, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, and a dollop of hummus. Not pictured: an apple.

(Late) lunch: Spinach and kale salad with chicken, avocado, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, and a dollop of hummus. Not pictured: an apple.

Most noticeably, I have been finding myself eating at odd hours. I ate lunch at 2:30pm today. That would have never happened pre-Reboot. My only answer for this is that eating more protein throughout the day keeps me fuller longer and that I am learning to nourish my body with wholesome foods when I am hungry rather than when the clock tells me it’s mealtime.

During the opening luncheon, I quickly identified adequate sleep as the Reboot component that would be the most difficult for me to accomplish, so I really shouldn’t be surprised that this has presented itself as another key to my Reboot experience.

Highlight of the day: Spending the evening under the trees at beautiful Pease Park for Metabolic Circuit Training with Kathleen and an amazing group of iGnite women!

Highlight of the day: Spending the evening under the trees at beautiful Pease Park for Metabolic Circuit Training with Kathleen and an amazing group of iGnite women!

During the first half of the Reboot, I found myself struggling to fit in the minimum 7 hours of sleep per night and I was waking up exhausted. I love sleep, but I will admit that it is the first thing that I sacrifice when it comes to free time. I will find things to do around the house until late in the evening or wake up extra early to fit in a run before heading to the office without giving it a second thought. But sleep. Sleep is key. I slept for over 10 hours on Saturday and I woke up feeling like a new person. Since then, all of the other components of the Reboot seem to have been given new life and I have been feeling great! Prioritizing sleep is definitely going to be my number one take-away from this experience.

Post-work out dinner: Quinoa, black beans, and avocado with a side of green beans and asparagus. Another reason that I am thankful for the re-boot is that it has introduced me to quinoa. I know. Where have I been, right? Quinoa has basically been the extent of my branching out, but it just might be my new favorite food!

Post-workout dinner: Quinoa, black beans, and avocado with a side of green beans and asparagus. Another reason that I am thankful for the Reboot is that it has introduced me to quinoa. I know. Where have I been, right? Quinoa has basically been the extent of my branching out, but it just might be my new favorite food!

Time for bed and Day 9 ahead!

10-Day Reboot: Chelsea’s Day 7

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by Chelsea Kindred

by Chelsea Kindred

My Reboot By The Numbers

7: The number of days I’ve successfully completed the Reboot. The same number of days that I’ve felt more clear-headed, more focused, more invigorated by the challenge of treating myself well- body, mind, and soul.

Lunch: Soul Boulder smoothie from Juiceland (coconut water, banana, blueberry, cherry, almond, cacao powder, brown rice protein, coconut oil, vanilla, cinammon)

Lunch: Soul Boulder smoothie from Juiceland (coconut water, banana, blueberry, cherry, almond, cacao powder, brown rice protein, coconut oil, vanilla, cinammon)

76: Days until my wedding, something that is frequently on my mind. I wanted to participate in the Reboot to detox from the stress of wedding planning and my work travel season and to shift the focus back to feeling my best for these next 76 days.

4: The number of people I’ve raved to about the skin-glowing effects of dry brushing. Seriously, my skin has never looked better.

2: Happy hours that had to be rescheduled, one to Juiceland, one to the week after the Reboot.

83: Cravings for something salty crunchy, something rich and cold, something sweet and warm from the oven.

Dinner: "Deconstructed" taco bowl- cilantro cauliflower rice (from Ignite Reboot Recipes), black beans, grass-fed ground beef, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, shredded vegetables (brussels, broccoli, cabbage) and avocado

Dinner: “Deconstructed” taco bowl- cilantro cauliflower rice (from iGnite Reboot Recipes booklet), black beans, grass-fed ground beef, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, shredded vegetables (brussels, broccoli, cabbage) and avocado

1: Excruciating visit to Jester King Brewery to celebrate one sister’s birthday. The difficulty of being surrounded by wood-fired pizza and cold beer on a hot day cannot be understated.

2: Trips to the Greenbelt for the silence it offers, the peace, the gratitude for the lush green after a long summer.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Facebook emails begging me to give in and check my Facebook!

Facebook emails begging me to give in and check my Facebook!

8: Emails from Facebook, begging me to come back, to like that photo that someone tagged of me, to respond to the notifications, to spend my time clicking and refreshing and scrolling.

3: Meals at the airport where I said “No bread, thanks” and “What’s in your roasted vegetables?” and “What’s the sauce on the chicken?” and scoured the backs of packages of nuts for one that didn’t include canola oil.

3: Invigorating Ignite classes, in sunshine and in the pre-dawn hours, surrounded by strong women, enthusiastically challenging one another to be their best self, to remember that we are stronger together.

5: Recipes cooked from the Ignite ReBoot cookbook, including some pictured here, like the avocado boat and cilantro rice.

Breakfast: Avocado boat, tomatoes, cantaloupe and lemon water

Breakfast: Avocado boat, tomatoes, cantaloupe and lemon water

6: Additional hours of sleep over the week, six more hours for my body to rest, my mind to clear, and to prepare for the next day.

2: Epsom salt baths that soothed aching muscles and offered me a chance to stay still- to pause, to reflect, to light a candle and read a book.

Bath time with an Epsom salt bath!

Bath time with an Epsom salt bath!

 

 

2: The number of books now on my bedside table with water-wrinkled pages.

Countless: Opportunities to talk about the Reboot, to say why it is important, and to share the community of Ignite with new people that I meet. Thank you, Ignite, for encouraging us all to take 10 days to streamline our focus and renew our commitment to ourselves and our well-being.

10-Day Reboot: Neissa’s Day 6

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by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann, founder of iGnite

Having come off a hectic summer of selling our house then moving to San Diego in August, this Re-boot could not have come at a better time!  So many of the healthy habits I have practiced for years have fallen by the wayside, and therefore my body, energy and overall health has suffered. So, re-implementing the Re-boot elements has given me a focus and routine — and I’m feeling great!

What I have enjoyed the most is giving myself permission to get 7-9 hours of sleep, properly hydrating, exercising outdoors and eliminating caffeine.  Sleep, hydration, outdoor exercise and not drinking caffeine go hand in hand for me. When I sleep, hydrate and exercise, I make better food choices and I notice a distinct difference in the way I feel and function.  Also, I am a caffeine abuser.  It gives me a false sense of energy and therefore I don’t get the sleep I need. Then, when I don’t get the sleep I need, the whole vicious cycle of needing more caffeine, not properly hydrating, not making good food choices and then not feeling like exercising starts all over again.  So, for me, eliminating caffeine and getting more sleep are the two most important pieces that set me up for feeling great!

Top left:  For hydration and extra cleansing I love the SUJA Lemon Love from Costco.  I found it in the San Diego Costco and it’s “Master Cleanse-ish” but without the maple syrup and is sweetened with Stevia.  Next, is a jug of cranberry water, SUJA Organic Mighty Greens (also found in the San Diego Costco) and Kombucha (also much cheaper when purchased at Costco);  Bottom Left:  Morning Hot Lemon Water; Right: Numi Organic Chia Hot Caffeine-free tea on page 22 of our Re-Boot Booklet.  I steep when I am wanting a warm coffee drink. I usually make it with Coconut Milk but I was out so I made it with Almond Milk.

Top left: For hydration and extra cleansing I love the SUJA Lemon Love from Costco. I found it in the San Diego Costco and it’s “Master Cleanse-ish” but without the maple syrup and is sweetened with Stevia. Next, is a jug of cranberry water, SUJA Organic Mighty Greens (also found in the San Diego Costco) and Kombucha (also much cheaper when purchased at Costco); Bottom Left: Morning Hot Lemon Water; Right: Numi Organic Chia Hot Caffeine-free tea on page 22 of our Re-Boot Booklet. I steep when I am wanting a warm coffee drink. I usually make it with Coconut Milk but I was out so I made it with Almond Milk.

My 2 favorite cookbooks

My 2 favorite cookbooks

I do not enjoy cooking.  I am not creative, and I loath the mess I have to clean up afterwards; therefore, too often I stick with the same boring things.  However, what I do find most helpful is using two of my favorite cookbooks, Against All Grain and Everyday Detox, and the iGnite Re-Boot Booklet.  These two beautifully written cookbooks are loaded with Re-boot friendly recipes.  So, last weekend I dog-eared the recipes I wanted to use for the Re-boot, headed to the grocery store and have had a fully-loaded pantry and refrigerator.

Paleo and Re-Boot friendly pancakes from Against All Grain for the family, and a Strawberry Basil Blast from Everyday Detox for me.  Bottom Right: Chocolate Chai Smoothie - A delicious meal or snack that is Re-boot Friendly!

Paleo and Re-Boot friendly pancakes from Against All Grain for the family, and a Strawberry Basil Blast from Everyday Detox for me. Bottom Right: Chocolate Chai Smoothie – A delicious meal or snack that is Re-boot Friendly!

Detox Salad from p. 28 of the Re-Boot Booklet with avocado and white fish.  Bottom:  Veggie and Shrimp Bonsai bowl from Wahoo Taco:  brown rice, black beans, shrimp and lots of veggies

Detox Salad from p. 28 of the Re-Boot Booklet with avocado and white fish. Bottom: Veggie and Shrimp Bonsai bowl from Wahoo’s Fish Taco: brown rice, black beans, shrimp and lots of veggies

What has been the most difficult for me is that this Re-Boot has fallen during my husband’s birthday, so I haven’t been perfect.  The kids and I made him a delicious cake and rather than not participate in the celebration (that would be terrible!), I enjoyed festivities, devoured my cake, had a class of wine with him and followed up with extra hydration and clean eating.  I have found that when I enjoy a splurge or drink alcohol, the best antidote is to follow with extra hydration.  It’s cleansing and seems to reverse the often times gross after-effect feelings.

Outdoor Band Exercise with my kids at one of our neighboorhood parks

Outdoor Band Exercise with my kids at one of our neighboorhood parks

What I once had to force because I was told I needed them, I am an Epsom salt bath and body-brushing lover.  But, unfortuntely and ridicously, I have not made time to do either yet. This is another habit that I have dropped and I am determined to get at least two in by the end of the Re-boot.

All in all, I love the Re-boot!  It always seems to come at the perfect time for me, when my good habits have dwindled.  What’s always interesting is that on the front end, it seems like it adds an extra layer of complexitiy to my life, but once I’m in it, I consistently realize how it truly simplifies my life.  I am more mindful, peaceful and rested.  And, I LOVE taking a break from social media.  I’m not a huge fan of social media, but when I do sneak a peek, it sucks me in!  So, if anyone wants to permantly boycott it with me, let me know.  I’ll be happy to be the ring-leader 🙂

10-Day Reboot: Karen’s Day 5

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by Karen Elliott

by Karen Elliott

This is my first iGnite Reboot experience and after 5 days, I LOVE the small changes in my habits and food choices. I have a busy household, so keeping up with my family while taking care of myself is a challenge. I love to cook, so my family doesn’t go out to eat often. I subscribe to a CSA –Community Supported Agriculture — program, so this Reboot has “encouraged” me to experiment with new spices and use up all of the fresh, organic vegetables! What I have easily adapted to and have enjoyed over the past 5 days is planning. Planning for meals, planning for a soak in the tub, making time to sit out in the sun or float in the pool after an afternoon workout. Half-way through this Reboot, I am looking more closely at food ingredients when making purchases. Even if I am buying something I will not eat, I am looking for better ingredients for my family.

When Molly started talking about the Reboot Program, I was very excited to learn more about it. The summer had left me fatigued from the lack of meal planning and letting everyone’s schedule pull me in different directions. The Reboot presentation and guidebook are well-laid out and easy to follow. When I first perused the guidebook, I was excited for the recipes. I was really excited that my pantry and refrigerator were already stocked with many of the recipe ingredients. I have challenged myself adding curry, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and balsamic vinegars to my vegetable dishes.

IMG_0005Mornings have been the easiest for me. It is usually very hectic getting my children awake, feeding them breakfast, and getting them out the door. I am not a coffee-aholic, I just drink it when I am out with friends. I don’t even have a coffee maker. If I want a cup of coffee at home, I use a French Press. The new routine of having a cup of hot lemon water calms me as I look over my emails, cook breakfast, and pack lunches. I am a breakfast person, so I make eggs with left-over veggies from the previous night or an egg with tomatoes and avocado. After a morning walk, I have brushed and sat in the tub. The house is empty and I can truly focus on myself and my well-being.

Snacks have been a little harder. I’m used to grabbing a Kind bar to have between meetings or in the car. So planning to have fruit plus a protein when I’m on-the-go has been challenging. One day, I skipped my morning snack and ate a little more during lunch because I was hungry. My stomach felt nauseously-full, and I felt sluggish for most of the afternoon.

My snack of rice crackers and hummus

My snack of rice crackers and hummus

Today, I tried some coconut yogurt with sliced strawberries and a sprinkle of chia seeds. I’m not sure what the chia seeds add nutritionally, but it added some texture. In the afternoon, I had rice crackers with hummus — what a filling combination. I also carry serving-size bags of almonds and dried cherries in my purse for when I am out of the house.

For lunch, I dined with some friends at Galaxy Cafe. I knew I could always order a salad if I couldn’t find something that was dairy, soy, or gluten-free. What I ordered was absolutely delicious — I think I’ll even try to replicate it at home. I had the Galaxy Buddha Bowl: steamed kale, homemade lentils, brown rice, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and all-natural free-range grilled chicken. It came with a side of chile peanut vinaigrette, which I didn’t need. Very tasty.

Buddha bowl from Galaxy Cafe

Buddha bowl from Galaxy Cafe

I have been really surprised by how easy cooking dinners has been. I do add a carb with gluten for my children, but I make extra veggies for my husband and myself. Tonight I made ground turkey pasta sauce, served over roasted spaghetti squash, zucchini sautéed in olive oil and garlic, and a green salad with lemon balsamic. So filling, and all of the vegetables came from my CSA box!

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Dinner: ground turkey pasta sauce served over roasted spaghetti squash and zucchini sautéed in olive oil and garlic

Five days left, and bedtime is an area in which I still struggle. That being said, the downstairs air-conditioner has been out for a couple of weeks, so I have been sleeping in the guest room upstairs. An unfamiliar bed and a disruption in routine makes it hard for me to sleep, plus I usually read from my Kindle before I go to bed. My energy level has remained the same, but my skin feels better and I no longer have that “bloated” feeling. I miss CHEESE! — it is probably the one food item I crave and miss. I am surprised that I do not have a craving for sweets or bread. I make sandwiches for my children and pack them a “dessert” everyday — so far so good. I missed Facebook and Instagram the first day, but my curiosity has waned.

Dinner side salad: green salad with lemon balsamic dressing

Dinner side salad: green salad with lemon balsamic dressing

After a fast-paced summer and eating whatever I desired, this detox has been good for my body and the Reboot was something I needed for my mind. Thank you iGnite for taking a “wholistic” approach to the detox/cleanse/Reboot!