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Loaded Peach Yogurt

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Oatmeal Apple Snack

Core and slice apple Spread almond butter on apple slice Sprinkle with some or all…

Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

  < I’ll confess; cauliflower has never been one of my favorite veggies to eat. …

Tonight after I put the kids to sleep I went out for a quick run.  I usually stay on the quieter back roads because I feel silly running and am a little self conscious.  But, tonight it was starting to get dark and I thought it would be a better idea to stay on the main busy road.  “I’m being ridiculous” I thought.  “I’m sure I don’t look half as awkward as I feel.  It’ll be fine”.  I was nearing the end of the quiet side street I was on and confidently made a turn onto the main road.  I was running for literally 30 seconds when a pickup truck full of college aged boys drove past and yelled “run faster fat-so” out the window. Well that was completely un-necessary” I thought.

As I finished the rest of my run, I started thinking about how hard this past 6 months has been. It’s been different than I thought it would be. I was always looking for a health or diet plan that was “easy” and would “fit into my current life”. Isn’t that so funny, if you really think about it? My current lifestyle choices regarding time, priorities, focus, etc. are what got me into this mess in the first place! Yet, I somehow thought that was the “only way” I would be able to stick with something. But, do you know what?….I’ve (finally) realized that in order to get healthy I need BIG changes. I needed to shake up my current routine and do things totally different. I think that deep down everyone who shares this battle knows that’s what they need to do, but the thought of that can be very overwhelming. When people say to me, (and I hear this a lot) “it’s just too overwhelming. I don’t even know where to start” they are actually talking more about how to change their daily way of living, not necessarily how to stick to a clean eating or fitness plan.

I’ve had to make a lot of tough choices everyday and wake up each morning and actually REALLY focus on my goals and how to achieve them. The truth is; it’s just plain HARD! It’s hard to make food from scratch using new recipes and ingredients that I am unfamiliar with. It’s hard to squeeze the money for healthier groceries and gym memberships into my budget. It’s hard to try to coordinate times with my husband or babysitters so that I can go to the gym. It’s hard to motivate myself to go to the gym at the end of an exhausting day! It’s hard to go to parties and BBQ’s and have limited selections of things to eat and hear people poke fun about your new eating habits. It’s hard to say “no” to yourself when faced with your biggest temptations. It’s hard to get out there and work out and have college boys mocking you! 😉 It is just HARD- but ‘HARD’ is not a reason to give up!

It actually takes a lot of INTENTIONAL focus, trying to make one good choice after the next. Don’t you find the most worthwhile things in life are the things you’ve worked the hardest for? I’ve had so many people tell me they just can’t make the switch to living like this because it’s too ‘hard’. I want to assure you, it’s hard for me too- but it’s also sooooo worth it! The best way to start is one little step at a time!

Why not try something like this:
Month 1- cut out all refined sugar (this is a tough one, but is probably the most important)
Month 2- Do 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week
Month 3- Cut out all juices, coffee, pop, etc. and only drink water or herbal tea.
month 4- Try to make all of your meals “clean”

Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed! Make one change at a time! You CAN do it! You REALLY can! 🙂
XO,Pam
www.cleanlifehappywife.com

This is an interesting read about the effects of sugar:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/20/sugar-dangers.aspx
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

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Spinach and Feta Chicken

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Delicious Thin Crust Pizza

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Black Bean Brownie Betrayal

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When I was in grade 5 I remember sitting criss cross applesauce on the cold gym floor for an “exciting” school assembly. We all watched as four teenagers did a skit about the dangers of drug abuse. I remember watching their skit and thinking how un-relatable this was to me. I was a good girl. I would never become addicted to a dangerous substance like this. But, I sat there politely as I glanced around at some of the “other” kids who would likely need to hear this. At the end of their presentation a man in a Lion costume came out into the crowd and handed out stickers to all of the kids that read “Try Hugs not Drugs”. Although I felt WAY too old to be getting a sticker from a man in a lion costume, they got their point across. Do not become addicted to substances that will destroy your life. No drugs. No cigarettes. No alcohol. Got it!

If a friend or family member was addicted to drugs or alcohol and you saw that it was having a continuous negative affect on them, you would most likely feel comfortable taking them aside, addressing it, and then offering them help and support. Reality shows have even been made staging an “Intervention” in a case like that. It is socially acceptable to step in and voice your concern. No one likes to see someone who is a slave to an addiction and who is struggling every single day. It can be heartbreaking!

My addiction was something that was not easily hidden. When you are addicted to sugar or other foods, it is very difficult to hide. First your body, and eventually your physical limitations tell the story of a person who is struggling. Isn’t it interesting though, how much of a social “faux pas” it is to EVER highlight the obvious physical signs of another persons struggle with food addiction?
If you intervene with a friend who is an alcoholic- you are a hero.
If you mention a persons weight- you are a jerk.
Why didn’t the man in the lion costume warn me about the dangers of sugar addiction? Where was my “Try Hugs not Chocolate” sticker? 🙂

A few months ago I joined a program called “The 8 Week Challenge” to learn how to break my sugar addiction, transform my life, and start living clean! I know what you are thinking, “Oh so this IS just another “diet”. The answer to that really depends on you! 🙂 If you are planning on taking the tools and tips you learn and just applying them for a short time and then going right back to your old habits, then yes, this will just be another temporary fix. So instead, let’s consider making one small permanent change at a time in order to work towards living the healthiest lives we can!

If you are looking into clean living and feeling completely overwhelmed, then I HIGHLY recommend joining the “8 Week Challenge”! It will change your life! They have classes in Niagara as well as online so you can be anywhere in the world and participate with this program! When you sign up for the challenge you will get your OWN personal coach who will only be an email away to answer ANY questions you have! They do seminars on the “Clean Eating” Do’s and Don’ts (again, this can be in person or online). They do grocery store tours where they actually take you through your favorite local shopping spot and show you aisle by aisle what to buy and what to avoid (this is also available in person or online). They send you weekly emails encouraging you and giving you tips as well as loads of delicious recipes! And best of all, your coach is accessible every day to help you and answer all of your questions! The “8 Week Challenge” is less about a diet plan and more about providing education about a better way to live. Many of you have been asking me to explain exactly what I am doing to “live clean”, so just check out this website and try the program if you can! They are much better at teaching it and explaining it than I am! I will try to post tips each week on my blog, but the “8 week Challenge” will give you the foundation and weekly support you really need to succeed!

Check out their website for more info!

http://www.8weekchallenge.com/

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How to Eat the “Clean” Way

This is the article that I read 6 months ago that helped to kick start my new way of life! If you have a chance to read this, I know you will find it interesting and very inspiring!  It gives a great introduction to eating and living clean.  It is a little long so grab yourself an organic tea and give it a read.  It’ll be worth it- I promise!

www.churchoftherock.ca/blog/join-me-at-club-med

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