day 16 + becoming healthy

day 16 + becoming healthy

just like the picture says, becoming healthy is the best decision I have ever made. I’m not only talking about whole30, but living a healthy lifestyle in general. for me, living a healthy lifestyle looks like:

*exercising 4-6 times a week. this includes cardio, strength training and HIIT.

*eating fresh, whole, unprocessed foods. this includes all fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, nuts/seeds, and healthy fats.

*allowing myself a treat every once in a while. I usually go for the allergen-free ice cream. 🙂 It’s delectable.

*laughing, learning and making mistakes in the process. loving life for what God has blessed me with!

*serving others as much as possible. I am called to shine Christ’s light wherever I go!

*knowing Christ deeply and intimately. He died so we can have a relationship with him. this is the most important piece of my ‘healthy lifestyle’. without Him, I would be nothing.

there you have it! what living a healthy lifestyle looks to me. 🙂

day 13 + carrot soup recipe

day 13 + carrot soup recipe

this soup is a must try. it’s so bomb. I am currently eating it for lunch as leftovers and it tastes just as fabulous as it did last night. go make it!

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
5 large carrots, chopped (around 1 pound)
1 green apple, chopped
½ ounce fresh ginger, chopped
⅓ cup orange juice
1 can coconut milk
2 cups chicken stock or water
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
6 drops stevia (optional)
Garnish with fresh lime

Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan.
Saute onion, carrot, and apple in coconut oil until tender.
Add ginger to saucepan.
Add orange juice, coconut milk and stock to saucepan
Very carefully, in very small batches, puree mixture in vitamix.
Return mixture to pan to reheat, stirring in cayenne pepper, and stevia if desired.
Garnish with fresh lime
Serve!

day 13 — I do miss sweets terribly, but I’ll survive for another 17 days!
also, I could eat soup 7 days a week during the winter. It’s sooooooo GOOD!!! 🙂

recipe taken from:
http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-carrot-soup/

day by day, week by week.

I struggle with the “well…. I’ll just start tomorrow/next week/next month..” mindset sometimes. I’ll be on track for a few days, then get a craving (usually for something sweet) and honestly, it gives me an easy way out. It’s an excuse to eat this or that, and not taking the harder road to say no, I don’t want or need that.
I am doing this Whole30 to heal my body and to change my relationship with food. I have to keep on going, taking it day by day, and not giving myself permission to “start tomorrow”. Why do I have to START anything anyway? Healthy living is a LIFESTYLE, not a diet.

Week 1 went pretty well. I still am not feeling the greatest, but hopefully that will come to pass.

Here’s to week 2.
🙂