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!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

OHVL Detox: Day 17

I'm currently glued to my computer (well, computer hooked up to my television) watching a fascinating webinar, so I'm going to go through Day 17 of the Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life Detox very quickly today. Enjoy!

I enjoyed a variety of healthy foods today, which included organic sugarless oatmeal...

...plenty of detoxing cranberry juice...

...and delicious barbequed chicken and salad.

I did, however, slip up a little bit and ended up consuming a bit of dairy AND sugar today. On a trip to visit a potential horse donation at work, we stopped at Tim Horton's where without thinking I ordered an iced cappuccino made with milk and two timbits. Oops! I did notice that this made my body feel pretty sluggish and the dairy made me pretty bloated afterwards. I'll definitely need to watch my sugar and dairy intake for the rest of the week.

In terms of my detox, I tried a variety of detoxifying techniques today! I did some dry brushing as soon as I woke up this morning to get my blood and lymph flowing.

Before writing this blog post, I did some myofascial release on my neck which felt FANTASTIC! I find I get headaches when my neck gets tight, but I've found that this technique really helps to release some of those trigger points.

I am also preparing myself to do something called wet sock treatment. This involves getting a pair of socks wet, ringing them out and putting them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Then before I go to bed, I will put on those cold socks then put on a thick pair of wool socks on over top of them and leave them on for the entire night. This will help improve circulation to the legs to warm up my feet and eventually dry the socks. I've tried this technique a few times before and it surprisingly feels great! My feet feel cold at first, but they warm up quickly and I can really feel my blood pumping through my body as I fall asleep. It feels therapeutic in a way and helps me to fall asleep.

That's all for now! I'm going to get back to this exciting webinar. I hope you all have a great night!

Monday, July 14, 2014

OHVL Detox: Day 16


I started off my day by making my cranberry beverage by combining pure organic cranberry juice with water to sip on throughout the day.

I then made myself a green smoothie for breakfast to drink on my way to work. I blended up some pineapple, half a banana, baby spinach, kale, some cucumber, half an avocado, spirulina and unsweetened almond milk. It was smoothie perfection!

Morning Snack

I made myself a clean protein bar to eat as my morning snack. I simply mixed up some organic oats, natural peanut butter, chia seeds, milled flaxseed and hemp protein, then formed it into a bar an stuck it in the fridge overnight. It tasted great and was very filling!


I also brought lunch with me to eat between clients. I had a huge container of mixed veggies and two hard boiled eggs.

Afternoon Snack

When I got home from work, I had the biggest sweet tooth you could imagine! Instead of giving into my cravings and reaching for something less than ideal, I helped myself to a bowl of frozen berries. This really helped kill my sweet tooth and gave me a punch of healthy nutrients and antioxidants.

Part of today's detox requirements was to pick up some more flowers to use as inspiration around the home. My flowers are still going strong from last week, so I decided to stick with admiring these ones!


Since this week of the detox requires me to eliminate all dairy, gluten, sugar and caffeine, I decided that it would be a good opportunity for me to try some new recipes. I threw together some leftover vegetables, particularly a head of cabbage, into the slow cooker this morning with some spices and organic chicken stock. By the time we got home from work, we had a delicious cabbage soup/stew waiting for us! I was surprised at how well it turned out considering I didn't go by a recipe and have never made soup before.


My workout of the day included a 90 minute FLXyoga class that was half FLXyoga and half regular yoga. It was great to get a whole mash up of strength training, core work, balance and mobility. I did some myofacial release on my hips, glutes and knees earlier today so I was ready to go for my yoga class.

I also made my own sauna/steam room using the hot shower in my bathroom to sweat out extra toxins. This is another recommendation for Week 3 of the detox and since I don't have access to a sauna, I decided to make one out of my bathroom. It worked quite well and left me very sweaty!

I have a few holistic wellness webinars that I will be watching tonight, so I'd better get going! I can't wait to learn more and absorb all of the information like a sponge. I hope you all have lovely nights as well!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

OHVL Detox: Day 13, 14 & 15

Day 13

The recommendations for Day 13 of the Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life Detox by Tiffany Cruikshank included considering adding new supplements to my diet and applying a castor oil pack. I ended up coming to the conclusion that given this is my first round of detox, I would leave out these steps for the time being. I will certainly consider the supplements recommended in the future, but for now I would like to keep supplements to the minimum and focus on whole foods instead.

I did end drink my liver detox tea and admired my beautiful flowers!

I made myself clean protein pancakes using gluten free oat flour, egg whites, hemp protein powder and milled flaxseed with an organic honey drizzle. Yum!

I focused on eating clean foods for the rest of the day and relaxing when I could!

Day 14

On Day 14, I met my requirement of spending time in nature when I went on a long walk with Zeke and later went to a potluck dinner that was entirely outdoors!

I went to the local farmer's market and picked up an entire fridge full of organic and mostly local foods--eggs, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, onions, sweet potatoes, ginger, pineapple and bread.

I couldn't wait to take a bite of the delicious local, organic rye bread that I picked up from the market. For lunch, I made myself a delicious grilled cheese sandwich with local asparagus on the side.

I also brought a gigantic kale salad to the potluck so I knew there would be something healthy and delicious that I could enjoy!

Day 15

Today marks Day 15 of the detox which is the start to the third week AND the halfway mark of the detox! On week three, I will be focusing on detoxing my kidneys and my skin.

I started today by doing some research and reading up on carbohydrates.

On week three of the detox, I will be consuming organic cranberry juice combined with filtered water every day of the week in addition to the water I am currently consuming. This will help to flush out my system and detox my kidneys.

I will be completely eliminating sugar, caffeine, wheat and dairy for the week. This may not be a permanent change, but eliminating all of these items for one week will help give me a sense of how my body will feel without any of these substances in my system.

I munched on loads of fresh vegetables and hard boiled eggs this afternoon.

I also made myself another clean protein bar without any sugar or wheat. I used gluten free organic oats, milled flaxseed, chia seeds, natural peanut butter and hemp protein. It was delicious and quite filling!

I finished up Day 15 by writing down my goals for the week and read ahead on the week to make sure I stay on top of everything. I can't wait to see what the rest of the week has in store!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

OHVL Detox: Day 11 & 12

Day 11

On Day 11 of the Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life Detox by Tiffany Cruikshank, I went on a television fast. Not that it was terribly difficult because Casey and I don't actually have television. We have A television, but we watch so little TV that it doesn't make sense to spend money on channels. When we do watch anything, it's online and we just hook up one of our laptops to our television. Long story short, it wasn't difficult to go on a television fast!

I took the evening off from detoxing because it was Casey and my 3rd wedding anniversary! Casey brought home some gorgeous flowers that makes up for the flowers I forgot to buy on Day 9 of the detox.

We went to Garlic's Restaurant for a nice dinner.

We started off with the artisan's platter as an appetizer. It consisted of sourdough toast, salami, mozzarella cheese with roasted garlic, and an assortment of mouthwatering chutneys.

I ended up getting the duck breast that came with kale ravioli and local asparagus. It was absolutely divine!

We spent the rest of the evening walking around downtown and stopped by Marble Slab for dessert.

I spent the rest of the night doing some yoga by candle light because Casey had to go to bed early for work.

Day 12

Today was Day 12 of the detox. I increased my fruit intake by adding extra mixed berries to my breakfast smoothie. Berries contain so many antioxidants and nutrients, plus they make smoothies fantastic!

I made a few clean protein bars last night and ate one on my drive between jobs today. I combined organic, local oats, a spoonful of organic unsweetend peanut butter, a squirt of organic honey, organic milled flaxseed, and hemp protein powder. It made for a delicious and filling protein bar!

I drank half of my gingeraid kombucha yesterday, so I brought the other half to drink today. Although I didn't love the flavour, I was still more than happy to drink it to help bring healthy probiotics to my digestive system. Hooray for gut health!

The final thing to do on Day 12 of the detox was to establish a rough wake/eat/sleep schedule in order to put my body into a routine and reset my body's natural rhythm. Here is the schedule I am hoping to stick to for now.

  • 5:30am - Wake up, drink a big glass of lemon water.
  • 7:30am - Eat breakfast or drink a smoothie.
  • 10:30am - Eat an morning snack.
  • 1:30pm - Eat lunch.
  • 4:30pm - Eat an afternoon snack.
  • 7:30pm - Eat dinner.
  • 10:30pm - Go to bed!

Now, this schedule may change if my work schedule or life changes, but as for now I would really like to stick to this routine.

That's all for now! I'm almost halfway done the detox and I'm feeling fantastic! If anything, this has really helped open my eyes to a holistic way of life, has made me really think about my diet and daily routine, and has held me accountable for my actions.

Have a great night and see you back here for Day 13!


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