Overnight Clean Slowcooker Oatmeal

With a month of clean eating underway, I have found a delicious breakfast option that I thought I would share. It is very simple, but tasty. The best part of this dish is that it is hot, and ready in the morning when you wake up. What's better than that? 

With lots of flavour options, this easy recipe can keep your taste-buds from boredom! Keep your ingredients GF and this is a gluten-free, dairy-free but NOT taste free breakfast.

Got a great clean eating recipe to share? Leave it in the comments! I can always use some new inspiration!

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A Healthier Week - The Cleanse after Debatchery

It happens to the best of us. Overindulging during the holidays, followed by some leftover, didn't get to see each other January get-togethers and in our case 2-weeks away. This has produced tight pants, lack of energy and overall grumpiness. Our answer - a healthier week of eating to jump-start an overall healthier lifestyle - otherwise known as a cleanse. We are changing 3 main areas of our lifestyle for the week as a trial in the cleanse, and then see what we can make stick.

AREA 1 - FOOD:
We are basing the majority of our choices on the GOOP (Gwenyth Paltrow's lifestyle website) Detox from this year and last year. Last year, I did the cleanse solo and lasted for about 4 days - I am hoping that this year is a little easier as we are working as a team!

Here are some of the things we are sticking to for our Cleanse from her site:
Avoid: dairy, grains with gluten, meat, shellfish, anything processed (including all soy products), fatty nuts, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant), condiments, sugar, no alcohol, caffeine or soda.

Some of the recipes I continued to use through the year and will be using them this week:

Lemon with hot water in the AM!
Thai Curry Soup with Chicken
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi Salad
My two favourite smoothie recipes from the blog - Mango Lime Ginger Green Smoothie & Pineapple Strawberry Green Smoothie

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AREA 2 - WATER:

I am notoriously BAD for water intake - this is obviously an issue and something I am attempting to work on this week. First, we are having hot water with lemon to start the day and then trying to keep our water glass full all day. Nothing but good can come of this ;)

AREA 3 - EXERCISE:

Another weak area for both of us is regular exercise. Neither of us enjoy it (I know some people do) - so in an attempt to make an effort and try and find something we can enjoy and that would keep us interested, I signed us up for a FREE (yes, free) 30-day trial with Daily Burn. For those of you who don't know about it - there are a ton of different types of exercises (15 different types) including yoga, dance, kettle bells, kickboxing, cross-fit (ya, not even going there) and lots more for beginners too. There are tons of classes in each category and they make it easy to work to your fitness level as well. So perfect to try.

Today was Day One... I have a cold so it was tough going, but so far so good. Will give a full report next week and how we made out!

Art Journaling - My First Attempt!

It has been some time since I even thought about blogging. Life, kids and work took over for awhile. One of the reasons I chose to come back online was to chronical my new art journaling process.

I have a TON of mixed media supplies and have wanted to take a crack at keeping an art journal for ages. Since I am just a beginner,  I thought it would be a perfect time to start writing about it so I can see my progress. 

Not bad for a first attempt. Tried a bunch of different ideas that I had found online - like the end result!

New Year Cleanse

After several months of evening wine and snacks, plus a tasty trip to California my body was crying out for some TLC. Being gluten free already (food allergies - not by choice), there are a lot of ingredients I naturally avoid, so the thought of doing some sort of cleanse was not too far out of my comfort zone.

I did some searching around the internet and knew that I didn’t want to go ALL raw, do a juice diet or anything too extreme. Just needed to hit the reset button on my eating habits and jumpstart a little weight loss.

The simplest and tastiest sounding option was the annual GOOP Detox. GOOP for those of you who don’t know is Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company. The detox is simple to follow, and the recipes are tasty and actually contain some protein to keep you feeling full.

I am using some of the GOOP Detox recipes and adding some of mine, and thought I would share my progress.

I decided to use a cleansing supplement from my local natural food store to make the most of my 7-day cleanse. I am using Renew Life First Cleanse Kit (note is my affiliate link) - it is noted to be good for a first-time cleaner (me) so I thought it would be best to try something gentle the first time around. The kit comes with two weeks worth of supplements, so I will keep them for the next time I want to do a cleanse!

The detox I am doing, eliminates gluten, dairy, soy, corn, nightshade vegetables, added sugar, caffeine & alcohol.

Here is my daily schedule - each day, I used the following routine & recipes to keep me full and functioning:

7-Day Cleanse Routine

7AM - Wake up & drink hot water with lemon + took supplement

8AM - Head to work with my Mango + Lime Green Smoothie Recipe or my Pineapple + Strawberry Green Smoothie

Snack - Rice cakes with almond butter or hummus

Lunch - Variations of salad greens with a small amount of protein (egg. 1/2 a chicken breast, 1/2 fillet of grilled fish) with dairy free light dressing.

Snack - Veggies with hummus

Dinner - Green salad and either Kabocha Soup, Thai Curry SoupRoasted Squash or Stir-Fried Cauliflower Rice

Before bed - Drink hot water & lemon + took my nighttime supplement.


So, how did I do?

Day One and Two were a breeze! I was full of energy and doing well. Day Three, the HEADACHES and fatigue started. From Day Three to Seven I had a raging headache from 3PM until I went to bed. The first couple days, I tried to just fight it off without Tylenol. I drank water, tried to ignore it. By Day Five, I gave up and took a couple of Tylenol. I was seeing results with my weight so I wanted to keep going.

I found I was less hungry than usual which was great. My biggest issue was energy. I was completely exhausted by 8PM and most days were asleep by 9PM. This is odd for me, I usually stay up until 11 or 12PM, so it significantly shortened my day. Add to that I was a little more irritable than usual.

In total, I lost 9 pounds but more importantly, I jumpstarted to plan to eat a little more healthy. I had gotten into a bad habit of not eating enough during the day, then eating too much at night and enjoying too much wine. I am hoping to start a better pattern of eating a health with this cleanse.

Planning to do it again before the summer to get ready for summer clothes & beach season.

Have you got ideas of great smoothies or cleanse recipes? Leave them in the comments below!