So after a "tough day," I try to follow these 2 simple rules:
- Don't beat yourself up. It will lead to nowhere FAST. Get mad or feel bad for a few minutes and then MOVE ON. Not doing so can EASILY landslide into a vicious cycle of despair to deprivation to binge and back again. How do I know? EXPERIENCE. Just trust me on this one. (even if I STILL struggle with it, just thankfully not NEARLY as much as I used to)
- Try to make each meal choice nutritious, nourishing & as healthy as you can get (WITHOUT EXTREME DEPRIVATION) to put yourself back on a healthier path both physically & mentally. I may not have dropped 20 pounds overnight, but I woke up feeling leaner and lighter. This helps IMMENSELY in the 'mental' department and it sets me up for wanting to making healthier choices today and moving forward.
Oh yeah...and chugging as much water as possible. I ALWAYS try to drink as much water as I can
choke down possibly drink, but on 'recovery days,' I try to bump it up even more. And I always feel the most lean when I add juice from 1/2 a lemon (I also added mint to this bottle overnight for extra flavor).
Lemons help cure cravings (at least for me) and also have tons of health benefits. Plus it's just SO much better than plain ole water, dontcha know??J
ANYWAYS...back to the day:
9:30am: Breakfast- Watermelon & cashews
Hydration from the watermelon + protein from the cashews to balance the sugar made this breakfast last for AWHILE. More than you would think for watermelon and a small handful of cashewsJ PS-those are both a large & small ramekin. They look a LOT bigger in that picture than in personJ
10:30-11:45am: Power Yoga
Can never sing the praises of this class enough. It's like my Wednesday morning 'spa'...all while sweating my ass offJ
1:00pm: Lunch-Pomegranate Smoothie
This recipe made enough for Katie and myself (she had 2 of those little cups), so cut it in half if you're making it for one. I followed this exact recipe, except I added in a scoop of protein powder for satiety and muscle recovery after yoga.
5:00pm: Dinner- Taco Salad
Fiesta theme continues! In the mix:
- Ground turkey, seasoned with taco seasoning
- Red Beans
- 1/4 diced avocado
- tortilla strips (for a little fun crunch)
Tasted like HEAVEN last night, I must say. It always tastes better to eat 'lean & green' on a recovery day.
5:30-6:30pm: Body Jam
Ei yi yi....not a fan of this release. I don't think anyone is, but thankfully our teacher is SOFUN that you don't even mindJ But already can't wait to get back to some of the older ones that are awesome (and dare I say, harder??? This one seems a little on the easier sideJ).
8:00pm: "Dessert"- Cinnamon Honey water
You may have heard that this potent combo is the latest health benefits miracle, most notably at preventing fat from forming in your bod. I've tried it on occasion with varying degrees of success (and don't even get me started on the weirdness that is that the honey is suppose to SUPPRESS allergies, while raw honey CAUSES me to feel sneezy. No, I can't explain it either). But regardless, it still tastes a lot better than both lemon water (even though you get used to this and it's not so bad) and A ZILLION times better than the Meta-D (I'm even considering just doing SHOTS of ACV just so I don't have to sip on it. SHUDDER. Just not a fan.)
ANYWAY, you use 1 teaspoon of CEYLON CINNAMON (this is important! Regular 'grocery store' cinnamon is a blood thinner and not healthy when used in excess doses) and add 1 cup of boiling water and allow it to steep for 30 minutes. Then you add 2 teaspoons of honey (adding honey to boiling water will kill the enzymes) and drink half before bed and the other half first thing in the morning. If nothing else, it's tasty, healthy and helps that sweet tooth at nights when I find it sooooooo difficult to ignore. Give it a try and see what you think!
Alright...that's a lot of chatter from meJ Hope you have a good and HEALTHY Thursday!