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10-Day Reboot: Delaine’s Day 5

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by Delaine Teeple

I started out my fifth day with warm lemon water as usual.  I drink this as I’m packing lunches and getting my kids off to school. I don’t like coffee or tea, so putting lemon water in a coffee mug helps me feel as though I am having a morning treat.  I take a probiotic with the lemon water and then wheatgrass which helps boost my energy in the morning since I don’t have caffeine.

img_3177-1After taking the kids to school, I made a breakfast for my husband (He is joining me on this journey) and me. Eggs, avocado, fresh salsa from Central Market, a slice the Whole 30 approved Pederson’s bacon (no sugar) from Whole Foods and orange slices.

I did some work on my computer and then went for a 45 min. interval walk/run around my neighborhood with our dog.  I always like to use an app like Interval Timer that will tell me when to run and when to walk. It pushes you to keep it up and I need that!

I had meetings off and on all day, so I needed something quick for lunch. I made a protein smoothie with spinach, strawberries, blueberries and almond milk.

img_3193It was such a beautiful day, so I wanted to get more sunshine. After my last meeting ended at 1:45pm, I enjoyed journaling/reading on our front porch.  I loved the quiet time and the heat of the sun on my back. It reminded me to do this more often as it was much easier to think clearly on the porch than being inside looking at the clutter and to-do list. Before I left to pick up the kids from school, I grabbed an apple and almond butter as a snack.

I was scheduled to volunteer at an event at my daughter’s school from 4-6:30pm. Since I didn’t plan ahead, dinner at home wasn’t really an option starting that late.  We headed to our neighborhood Mexican restaurant – asked for no chips and I had a salad with grilled chicken and onions, avocado, no cheese and just used limes as the dressing.

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve found the most difficult: I have found the social media/technology turn-off the hardest. I have a busy week, so I have had to do some of my work and emails at night. I am really trying to let the things go that can be done tomorrow and just put it away.

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve enjoyed the most: As I said above, the sun is out and it has felt almost like summer, so being outside journaling, walking, or riding bikes with the kids has been extra fun.

img_3199Tips & tricks that have helped me: I can’t handle the taste of apple cider vinegar. I have learned that if I put a couple of teaspoons in cranberry water with lots of ice, I can drink it! I also got this new JosephJoseph water bottle that keeps count of how many times you fill it up each day using the dots on top (I can easily lose track). My goal is to get to 4 every day with just room temp water.  I then add in my lemon water and cranberry water with ice and I have made my daily goal.

The intention I am focusing on this Re-boot: Sleep! I am trying to get settled in bed much earlier than normal and not look at my phone.

 

10-Day Re-boot: Crystal’s Day 3

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by Crystal Tidmore

This morning I started off with a hot cup of DandyBlend Tea (kinda img_0974like coffee). My stomach doesn’t appreciate hot lemon water in the morning, so I opt for Dandy each day instead. For breakfast, I made one of my favorite smoothies with coconut water, spinach, banana, frozen blueberries and strawberries, and Hemp protein powder.

For a pre-workout snack, I pulled out my handy img_0978Trader Joe’s chopped salad (about 1/2 cup of package, apple cider vinegar, pumpkin seeds and avocado tzaziki dip that my husband had made for the Super Bowl (Reboot and Whole 30 compliant recipe that’s delicious!). I enjoyed a nice walk to the gym for a weight workout and luckily avoided the rain on my walk home.

Soon I was ready for lunch, and since I needed some post-workout energy, I sautéed some butternut squash “noodles” with onion, garlic and olive oil and tossed in some arugula and topped it all off with a few slices of avocado. With lunch, I made a cup of Detox Tea which is a favorite I have during Reboots.

img_0981Later in the day when my kids came home from school and were raiding the pantry and frig for snacks, I enjoyed a few dried dates along with my go-to cleansing juice like “Tigerlilly” at Juiceland: kale, spinach, parsley, celery and cucumber. I usually make a big batch that will last me 2 days. These great juice bottles come from People’s Pharmacy, so I re-use them quite a bit.

For dinner, I wanted a very light vegetarian meal because I had consumed a lot of red meat over the weekend. Into the oven at 450 img_0982degrees went brussel sprouts, onions, asparagus, mushrooms and green beans. It was exactly what I needed! And I drank tons and tons of cranberry cocktail all through the day. When it was time for bed, I felt good about the foods I had eaten during the day. I think I’ll add more protein into my diet tomorrow for more consistent energy. Loved having a light dinner and tea though. Just what my body needed!

Aspects of the Reboot I’ve found the most difficult: Technology turn-off is clearly an issue for me. I can’t seem to shut down at night. Tonight I’m going to try a guided meditation instead of frantically working on my laptop before bedtime.

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve enjoyed the most: I’ve really taken Dr. Bomben’s message to heart about trying to add in little things that can make a big impact over time. For example, today I walked to the gym instead of driving there. Also, I walked to the restaurant where I was meeting a friend for lunch. Usually I would just hop in the car without thinking twice, but now I’m looking for ways to increase my activity outside of my usual workouts.

A couple things I’ve learned about myself over the Reboot: Like Amy shared yesterday, I’m also pretty hard on myself. I’m noticing more and more the importance of accepting myself and loving myself…and making sure my children see this self-acceptance and self-love. What kind of message am I sending to my kids if I’m always so hard on myself? I want my kids to see that I’m making positive and healthy decisions for long-term health and wellness.
The parts that I have incorporated into my life: For the most part, I am trying to prepare healthy meals for the entire family…not just for me and my husband during a Reboot. It’s so important to me to offer healthy eating options for my family so we feel our best. Knowing the foods that don’t serve me well (dairy, gluten) is a powerful tool, because each day I get to choose if I’m going to fuel my body with what gives me energy or depletes my energy. I also have the choice to indulge every now and then, fully aware that my body may not react especially well, but I can way the consequences (i.e. having birthday cake because I want to celebrate with my family!)
Spiritual aspect I’ve enjoyed: During this Reboot, I am focusing on a daily gratitude journal where I write 3 things I’m grateful for each day. Eating clean has helped me gain clarity and with this clarity comes much appreciation for the blessings that are in front of me, like my family, my friendships, and my community.

10-Day Reboot: Amy’s Day 2

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by Amy Chibib

Super Bowl Sunday! Lets the Re-Boot Begin!

blob-3This was my first official day to commit myself to the challenge. I started the day with the warm lemon water and Apple Cider Vinegar. It definitely helps get me going without the caffeine. I am enjoying the Dandy Blend which is the closest thing I have found to a coffee replacement! My go-to smoothie is what I started the day with and it keeps me going all morning – Blueberries, Kale/Spinach, coconut milk, almond butter & Vega protein powder.

blob-2I did feel a slight headache, but as I kept moving and went for a run around Town Lake, the sluggish feeling went away! I was re-energized after the run and was excited to experiment with some new appetizers I was preparing for the Super Bowl game.

 

 

blob-1My game time meal and appetizers included: Roasted Veggies – These were delicious and a perfect snack! I cut up cauliflower, broccoli, beets, mixed colored carrots, and kale then sprinkled with a little olive oil, salt/pepper, garlic & turmeric. I placed in the oven to roast. Super easy and even my teenage boys were enjoying it! Mushroom caps – stuffed with Italian turkey sausage and sauerkraut. These were simple and delicious baked in the oven – without breading or cheese they were still yummy and satisfying. Raw veggies and olives with Hummus was simple and easy. Last, I made a big pot of homemade tortilla soup – sautéed chicken with onions, garlic, peppers, Rotel, vegetable broth and seasoning. It was warm and tasty! All this made for a Re-boot friendly evening! The only temptation was the brownies a Mom brought over for the boys – difficult to pass on those! It was a fun evening and I was still able to get to bed by 10:30 without checking my emails or social media!

It is still early in the Re-boot so my primary goal is staying off caffeine and chocolate! And continue to add in the self-care with more Epsom salt baths. Also, practicing the habit of journaling – noting what works for my body.

Aspects of the Reboot I’m looking forward to enjoying 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. Since October, I have been working to combat a recent discovery that I have Hashimotos (Autoimmune) thyroid condition that had been giving my digestion some serious issues leading up to the Holidays. It is getting better and better the cleaner I eat. I hope to use this journaling to continue to learn more about what effects my body so that I will have sustainable energy and overall health!

Something I’ve learned about myself: I am hard on myself – I tend to be quick to criticize myself for not doing better. So I am learning to be kinder and gentler to myself!

Most difficult part: will be to continue to stay off coffee in the morning!

Quality of Sleep: I typically don’t have issues falling asleep – it is feeling energized and rested when I awake that I am looking forward to being more consistent with the healthier habits I incorporate.

blob-5Energy & Mood: Sunday was honestly my first committed day! It was a fun and busy day which helped and I realize how much the exercise helps to relieve missing the caffeine.

Spiritual Practice: This is a space that I find throughout my day! I usually end my day with a quick read of something inspiring and before getting out of bed in the morning say a few words of gratitude and appreciation for the day ahead!

12-Day Reboot: Crystal’s Day 9

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by Crystal Tidmore

Daily confession…I fell off the Reboot Wagon last night. Suffered a bit of a sugar hangover today from the cookies and wine I had at an event for Austin High parents. What was I thinking?  The cookies were from Randalls…not even homemade! Oh, well, today is another day, so let there be a clean slate!

img_0201-1This Tuesday morning I began my day with a “Detox” tea. Citrus doesn’t agree too well with me, so I always opt out of the lemon water, choosing a caffeine-free tea instead. My husband, Todd, is trying his best to be a reboot supporter/guinea pig, so he’s been along for most of the ride. He and I made a smoothie with coconut water, img_0203-1banana, frozen organic berries, spinach, and Hemp protein powder. This is our stand-by recipe.

Aren’t you loving this cooler weather? My friend, Laura and I went for a short run around the 3 mile loop on the trail. She and I joke that our weekly runs are more for therapy than exercise! I cherish my girlfriends, and being outside on a fall day!

When I waltzed my sweaty bum into my house, I was hungry for protein. I made another go-to, which is 1/4 avocado, 1/3 cup brown rice, sea salt, ground img_0205pepper and apple cider vinegar dressing. I keep handy this dressing because I use it all the time (mix EVOO, apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard). Lots of cranberry water for me today and off to the shower!

Today I had a business lunch and didn’t want to cause attention to myself by taking a picture of my plate, so you’ll just have to img_0202-1imagine the most gorgeous Ahi tuna salad on greens with almonds and melon. Delicious! Later in the day is when I get “snacky” because my kids are coming home from school and wanting food right away. I had and apple with almond butter and more cranberry water. Pre-dinner snack was a green juice.

img_0217After running the kids around, I had a fantastic kale and roasted chicken salad with walnuts, cranberries, raising, onions, pepitas and flax seeds, tossed with my apple cider dressing, and with a side of pinto beans.

Feeling much better about my choices today, but also not so concerned about my decision last night to indulge in a glass of wine with my husband and friends at the Parent Mixer. (Could have done without the cookies though!)

Aspects of the Reboot I’ve found the most difficult: Taking time for self care has been the toughest part for me (and the technology turn off…more on that later). There aren’t enough hours in the day to incorporate a bath, dry brushing, oil pulling, etc. I’m trying to make one self care intention per day.

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve enjoyed the most: Digging up all my little body wash bottles from hotels and all the assorted beauty/body products I’ve bought over the years. I’m putting them all to good use, smearing, slathering and soaking in all of them finally!

A couple things I’ve learned about myself over the Reboot: Turning off technology 30 minutes before bed has been a convicting exercise for me. I told my husband that it would probably be very challenging for him to commit to this part of the reboot. I, on the other hand, would surely not have any problems with this. Well! I sure was taking a High and Mighty stance on this topic. How wrong I was! Todd has seamlessly transitioned into reading his book at night before bed, while I seem to be frantically typing away on my computer until right before my bed hits the pillow. Yikes! Embarrassed to admit how I thought this would be so easy for me…and difficult for my husband…not so!

Tips & tricks that have helped me: I’m trying to be more mindful of whether or not I’m actually hungry. I’ll ask myself what food/drink will fuel me the best for what’s ahead in my day.

New findings: Carbs (even brown rice) tend to make me crave sweets. Veggie juices give me energy.

Quality of sleep? Interestingly enough, I tend to sleep more soundly when I eat a vegetarian dinner. Animal proteins at night make me have a restless sleep.

Energy level and mood during the day? When I’m eating clean, I have so much more sustained energy throughout the day. My mood is also positively effected by abstaining from processed foods and sugars.

Spiritual aspect I’ve enjoyed: Self care and reflection are critical to my state of mind. When I have quiet time in the morning to pray, journal, and get centered, my entire family benefits. Read and loved this quote: “Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit.” -Unknown

12-Day Reboot: Delaine’s Day

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by Delaine 

3 Days Down! I started out my third day with warm lemon water.  I drink this as I’m packing lunches and getting my kids off to school. I think just having that lemon water in my hand has helped me slow down and not rush my kids as much.  It is a reminder that I am going to be intentional about my day, and that I am doing something for myself! I usually don’t think about me until everyone is out the door 🙂

img_0978Once they were off to school, I made a smoothie for me and my husband (He is joining me on this journey). I used our cranberry water as the base and then added protein powder, kale, lemon slices, organic frozen mixed berries and ice.

I did some work on my computer and then went for a 45 min. interval walk/run around my neighborhood.  I used the Running
for Weight Loss app that was one of the ones highlighted in the blog article here.  I like to be told when to run, when to stop and how far I have gone.  This app is great as it does all of that and more.  You can pick different levels and  it even has tons of playlists for you!

I needed something quick to grab as I was getting dressed because I had to be at my son’s school to volunteer during lunch. I make these protein balls and keep them in my freezer or fridge to grab when needed. I usually use unsweetened peanut butter, a little honey and roll them in oats. This time I used almond butter and didn’t include the honey (not as good). I grabbed a few of those and an apple and was out the door.  I ate leftover chicken, sweet potatoes and salad for a late lunch after I volunteered.

I had quite a slump in the afternoon. I do not drink caffeine, so the headaches and other

img_0989-2symptoms of no caffeine do not effect me the first few days. I do, however, grab for something sugary in the afternoons, so by Day 3 I’m in sugar detox.  I was dying for a piece of chocolate or some of my kid’s candy 🙂  I opted for lots of water with hummus and carrots and some dried fruit instead. For dinner, I made Atlantic Cod and veggies steamed in foil and served it with a brown rice/quinoa mix and salad with avocado.

Aspects of the Reboot I’ve found the most difficult: I have found the social media/technology turn-off the hardest. I have a busy week, so I have had to do my work and volunteer emails at night.  I have tried my hardest to turn it off early, but this week hasn’t allowed for that. I have not gotten to bed as early as I would like either. 

Aspects of the Re-boot I’ve enjoyed the most: I love the Epsom salt baths. I did them the first 2 days with the body brushing. I also put sesame oil on my skin before bathing.  It doesn’t smell the best but it helps in the detoxing even more and makes my skin feel great.

Tips & tricks that have helped me: I can’t handle the taste of apple cider vinegar.  I have learned that if I put a couple of teaspoons in cranberry water with lots of ice, I can drink it! 

The intention I am focusing on this re-boot: Not looking at social media. I have found myself just clicking on it and scrolling before I even realize what I’m doing.  It has gotten to be a habit, and I am thrilled that this re-boot will help me break it!

Spiritual aspect I’ve enjoyed: Because this week has been a full one for me, I have not had time to sit down to journal yet. I am looking forward to that. I have, however, been more in the moment and prayed throughout my day. I think my mind is clearer with eating clean and without as much technology. It has made me be able to see all of the things I am grateful for and give all of my worries to God throughout the day.