Thursday, July 31, 2014

OHVL Detox: Day 24, 25 & 26

Wow, what a whirlwind this week has been! Not only have I had to catch up on everything I missed last week being on vacation, but it also seems that all of my not-so-regular appointments have all fallen on this week. I've been running around like crazy while trying to stay grounded and finish off the Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life Detox by Tiffany Cruikshank strong!

Here is a summary of the past three days of the detox.

Day 24

On Day 24 of the detox, I had to nourish myself in a way that didn't involve food. I decided to take time in the evening to unwind after a stressful day and nourish myself with a luxurious bedtime routine. I did oil cleansing, steamed and exfoliated my face all while one of my favourite yummy candles burned at my side. So relaxing!

Casey and I already keep a budget and keep track of our spending, so I didn't need to make a budget on this day. Instead, I made sure it was up to date and looked at some areas that needed improvement.

Day 25

On Day 25, I decided to switch back from drinking sole (water saturated with pink Himalayan salt) in the morning to drinking warm lemon water instead. It was starting to hurt my stomach and I didn't feel like this was necessary in my journey with detoxing.

I also did a television fast for the day and studied yoga philosophy.

I was also very excited to fit in a 5k run yesterday just before a nice 30 minute massage. It was fantastic!

Day 26

Today was Day 26. I was beyond busy today, but I did have a chance to check in with the ergonomics of my daily life. I do a lot of driving, so I am sitting for more of the day than I would like. I take into consideration the placement of my seat and steering wheel to ensure my posture and body are in the best position possible. I also do a lot of work on the floor with my clients and always moving around in strange ways. This chapter from OHVL has really helped me recognize proper ergonomics and how to recognize them in my life.

I finished my day with some more myofascial release, this time focusing on my shoulders.

Food Highlights

Since I haven't been taking pictures of all of my meals, here are some highlights of the past few days. Enjoy!

And now it's time for me to get to bed! I'm determined to be in bed and ready to sleep tonight by 10pm and I want to try getting up an hour earlier than usual in order to start my day off right. Fingers crossed!

Monday, July 28, 2014

OHVL Detox: Day 22 & 23

Day 22

Yesterday was the beginning of my final week of the Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life Detox by Tiffany Cruikshank. I went out and bought a Brita water filter to put on our kitchen tap so we can have filtered water all the time!

As part of Week 4 of the detox, I have to drink one teaspoon of "sole" every morning on an empty stomach. Sole is water fully saturated with pink Himalayan sea salt. Some of the many benefits of drinking sole include balancing the body's acidity/alkalinity, remineralizing the body, regulating blood pressure, increasing circulation, and increasing oxygenation of the cells.

I also did some reading on proteins and how they benefit the body.

Since I don't want to take a probiotic, I am making sure to drink lots of kombucha this week to bring healthy bacteria to my digestive system and promote a healthy gut.

Day 23

I started my morning this morning with a Green Glow organic juice by Pulp and Press Juice Co. I don't love cilantro, but I knew this juice would do my system good so I drank it anyway!

I also made sure to eat as clean as possible throughout the day and avoid dairy, added sugar, wheat and caffeine. I had a big container of raw veggies to munch on throughout the day and had a few organic hard boiled eggs.

One of the requirements of Day 23 is to buy more flowers for the home. I've made a lot of big purchases recently, especially with our recent vacation to Algonquin Provincial Park, so I spent time tending to my herb garden on our balcony and admired the beauty of nature in that way!

I did, however, spend lots of time doing some stress reduction this evening. I went horseback riding, which is always such a great way to alleviate stress from my life! I also did some myofascial release to give some relief to my tense muscles.

Now for some more stress relief...going for a nice leisurely walk with Casey and Zeke before bed!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vacationing in Algonquin

I am finally back from our vacation in Algonquin Provincial Park! We had a fantastic time and spent lots of time relaxing as well as getting a little active with mother nature. I have so many photos to share, so I will let them speak for themselves!






I started the fourth and final week of the Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life Detox by Tiffany Cruikshank today, so I will be back to blogging about that tomorrow.

See you then!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

OHVL Detox: Day 21

Yesterday marked the end of Week 3 of the Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life Detox by Tiffany Cruikshank. I successfully made it through 21 days of the detox and have never felt better!

I started my day with a FLXyoga class, then did some grocery shopping at a local farmer's market to prepare for the week ahead. I also grabbed some fresh juice that consisted of beets, celery, apples, ginger and lemon made with local, organic ingredients.

Later on in the afternoon, I did some research on adaptogenic herbs that will come in handy for Week 4 of the detox. I finished off my day with an essential oils and yoga workshop at Breath of Fresh Air Training Facility. I picked up a bottle of DigestZen digestive oil blend by doTERRA to help with my chronic digestive issues, such as bloating and indigestion. I hope it helps!

We spent today getting everything packed up and running errands to prepare for our week of camping!

I will be away from the computer until next weekend so I won't be blogging while on vacation. I also plan on putting my detox on hiatus until next week, so I will finish Week 4 the week I get back from vacation. I do plan on eating as cleanly as I can and doing yoga while I'm away, but I also want to enjoy myself and have some treats while we're away!

I hope you all have a fantastic week and I look forward to sharing photos of our trip with you when we return!

Friday, July 18, 2014

OHVL Detox: Day 20

Today was a very special day! Casey and I both took the day off from work to go to his best friend's wedding. It was such a lovely, intimate backyard wedding. The weather was perfect and I couldn't be happier for the newlyweds!

At the wedding, I balanced healthy eating with a little indulgence! I enjoyed some bean salad, veggies and dip, potato salad, a few cookies and a slice of cake later on.

I was also able to pick up a modern, streamline neti pot and tested it out. It was the strangest sensation I have ever felt, but I felt very refreshed afterwards! I likely won't be using it on a daily basis, but I'm sure it will come in handy the next time I get nasal congestion.

I also finally picked up a tongue scraper to scrape off all the nasty bacteria that grow on my tongue as I sleep. I can't wait to use it when I wake up tomorrow morning.

As I began winding down for the evening, I did a detoxing foot bath using Epsom salt and peppermint essential oil. I didn't have any seaweed to aid in the detoxification process, but I will try and find some for the next time I do a foot bath.

On a bit of a side note, Casey and I will be going camping for five days next week. We have slowly been getting all of our stuff ready and packing up our gear. I will continue blogging until Sunday evening, then will be on a hiatus until next Saturday. I will take plenty of photos during our vacation and share them with you when I get back!

I hope you all have a restful evening and enjoy the start to your weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

OHVL Detox: Day 18 & 19

Day 18

I didn't take any photos of my meals yesterday and the goals for Day 18 of the Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life Detox by Tiffany Cruikshank were fairly straight forward. I did another single day television fast, which wasn't too difficult for me, and studied yoga philosophy. It was a nice, relaxing way to spend the evening!

Day 19

I continued to eat clean on Day 19 of the detox. I had cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast because I was getting a little tired of smoothies.

I had a big jar of homemade green juice and two hard boiled eggs  for lunch.

As an afternoon snack, I had this amazing homemade protein ball! I mixed together some oats, hemp protein, hemp hearts, chia seeds, milled flax, honey and water. Perfection!

For dinner, I had a lettuce-less Greek salad. It was fantastic!

I did some more snacking when I got home, mostly apple slices and almonds. Yum!

The goals for Day 19 of the detox include scheduling an acupuncture or massage for this week or next. Since this week is almost over and I will be going on vacation next week, I scheduled one of the week after. I will also be taking stock of plastics and my use of microwaves. My goal is to have all of the plastic containers out of our apartment by the end of the summer. I'm gradually transitioning to all glass containers and getting rid of plastic containers in the process.

I was also supposed to try using a neti pot today. I didn't have a chance to pick one up, but I plan on buying one this weekend and giving it a try. I've always wanted to try one, so this is a great opportunity to do so!

Now it's time for me to shut down electronics and prepare for bed. I hope you all have a great night!


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