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Clean Eating Update

We finished our two weeks of clean eating a few days ago now so I thought I would share ore of what changes we made. The changes for us were fairly simple and not that much different. But at the same time they had a huge difference in many ways. Here is what we tried to stick to:

Avoid processed foods, and white flour/sugar. Since processed foods typically mean higher sodium, sugar and trans fat contents we tried to avoid these are much as possible. We still allowed treats with these ingredients but those were limited and ate more mindfully.

Shop the perimeter. This is something we typically do, but stuck with it even more during these two weeks. Helps to avoid temptations!

Add more veggies! My goal was to eat as much as I could every day. Salads for lunch or a large bag of raw veggies, then 3-5 veggies with supper. I find that it is much easier for us to eat more during the summer months so this was pretty easy.

Limit your alcohol. Or avoid it all together. Chad had some beers still but I had no drinks for two weeks. I have not been a huge drinker but the last 18 months I have drank more (haha). It helped that I was on medication and could not drink for part of the time!

Drink more water. This was something I challenged Chad to do more than myself. It can be such a small change with many benefits!

Limiting eating out. Eating out usually means processed foods or uncertainty of the ingredients so we tried to stay clear of eating out as much as possible. Bonus – it also saved money!

Those are the main changes we made for the past two weeks. We were not perfect, Blizzards were had, iced coffees and probably too much dark chocolate. The point of this was not perfection but to get us eating more whole food more mindfully and I think we accomplished that.


Foodie Friday

This week has been blah, the weather has been fairly gloomy and I have had a headache on and off. Then I had to head back to the dentist yesterday with a little hiccup, nothing major but I am back on antibiotics for a week. Due to Avery’s bedtime struggles last weekend she was in bed just after 7pm all week as I was not fighting with her until 8:30pm at night. The good news? No struggles J But this also meant no time for the park or walks after supper. I will take a happy toddler over those things though!

Continuing with our “cleaner” eating again this week this meal plan was a struggle, less cheese and less carbs in particular make it harder to meal plan!

foodie friday

Saturday – Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Bowls – Recipe Runner

Sunday – BBQ for Father’s Day (menu still TBD)

Monday – Glowing Skin Smoothies (Sally’s Baking Addiction) & tuna with hummus wraps

Tuesday – Kale, Asparagus and Feta Frittata with turkey bacon

Wednesday – Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers – Cooking Classy

Thursday – Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Friday – Leftovers

This weekend we might head out to a local parade and carnival if the weather cooperates, then on Father’s Day we are having Chad’s Dad and Step-Mom for a BBQ. Not much else to report from our week and no pictures!

Enjoy your weekends.


PS Next week there is no Foodie Friday, as a heads up!


A little “currently” update on life right now:


Reading Mosquitoland. It is our book club book this month and so far it is just okay. I like the story but not so much the writing, it is hard for me to follow and I lose interest easily.


I am also reading this book:


My Mom found it for $1 and it is awesome. I loved the baby version and this is giving me a lot of great toddler “tips”!

Listening to – I mainly listen to the radio and love the song “Cheerleader”, on the flip side I am not listening to Maroon 5’s song, “This Summer’s Going to Hurt Like a…” – cannot stand it! I also listen to Songza at work and love the “soft pop” playlist.

Eating –  ALL the fruits and veggies! Since we are in the middle of a two week clean eating binge we have pretty much eliminated sugars, some carbs and are sticking to whole foods.

Guilty Pleasure – Of course there has to be come kind of saving grace with our little challenge, so I am having a piece of dark chocolate most days:


Watching – Nothing, can you believe it? I cannot. BUT Big Brother starts on the 24th!

Current (toe) Nail Colour – Bright pink , which screams summer to me!


Drink – Going also with the clean eating thing, ALL the water. I add lemon juice and a bit of Stevia if I get really sick of plain ol’ water.

Excited for – Holidays! We are going to see Chad’s Mom in southern BC this month AND I am going on a 3 day yoga retreat nearby. I cannot wait!

Wanting – I have been on a hunt for brighter summer bag, but had no luck. I really do not even know where to look, I want to keep it affordable since chances are it will be a one season type of bag. Suggestions?

Work Out – I am back doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme (with some running) for the next few weeks. I LOVE this program, the workouts are fast and dirty and make you work! Even better news? They are on sale this month, and my girl, Alison can hook you up (she has details in that link).


Wearing – A lot of dresses. I have way too many summer dresses, still over 20 probably after my huge purge. Anyways, here are some current favs:




What are you currently…Excited for? Wanting?

Foodie Friday

Happy Friday! Hope everyone had a good week. We FINALLY got some rain and even a good thunderstorm. Anyone else love summer storms? I do!

This week…Monday we spoiled Miss.A and got her a “bike”, if you follow me on Instagram you saw this already:

avery on bike

We looked at a few options for her lately but nothing really was looking like it would work until we saw this. It was not cheap but it also coverts into a small scooter and a larger one so in theory it should be usable for a few more years at least. Her short little legs can reach the ground, it is stable, not too heavy and she does not have to pedal. Perfection!

Tuesday I had my dental surgery. A few years ago I had a tooth pulled due to an incident, then between being pregnant & maternity leave I put off having it replaced. The procedure takes a few months but the first part (putting in the implant) is now done. If anyone has had this done you will know it is not a fun procedure! Luckily I had almost no pain after the freezing was out and have not had to take pain medication.

Wednesday and Thursday was low key, we had a couple storms in the evenings so did not do much. I ran on the treadmill last night with NO foot pain! Thank goodness for chiropractors, I went Monday to find out my ankle was badly out, causing all my foot pain. Geesh.

I may have placed another Old Navy order…Avery’s new shirt, this suits her perfectly!

messy hair

Chad and I were talking the other day and decided to really put some effort into eating very well the nest couple of weeks. We both agreed we do eat well for our meals but our snacks, drinking and treats are getting a tad out of control some days. We figure if we start by a two week commitment we can kick start some better habits for summer.

You will see this in the below meal plan, lots of veggies, no processed foods, lean protein, limited carbs (only whole grains), and limited cheese. Other “rules”: no liquor, no cookies, muffins, cake etc, no cereal (Chad!), reduced sugar intake. We will allow ourselves a cheat each week as well.

foodie friday

Here is week one of suppers for our clean eating challenge:

Saturday – Black Bean Mexican Soup – Eat Clean cookbook

Sunday – Coconut Chickpea Sweet Potato & Chickpea Stew – one ingredient chef

Monday – Roasted Balsamic Veggies with Chicken Kabobs

Tuesday – Citrus Chicken Quinoa Salad – Sally’s Baking Addiction

Wednesday – Kale & Edamame Salad and grilled lemon garlic sole

Thursday – Turkey bugers (no bun) with Chopped Greek Chickpea Salad – the garden grazer

Friday – Shrimp, Artichoke, Feta Pasta (brown rice pasta) – food n’ focus

Wish us luck! Or even better, join us Smile I will be posting more meal ideas and progress etc as well.

Not too much on the go this weekend, a birthday party, visiting my Grandma and hopefully tackling a couple DIY projects.


Secret Ingredient

So is everyone ready to clean up your eats these next few weeks!? I am. After a couple months of indulging I am ready to back on the clean eating train. These past couple of months I have felt yucky, more aches and pains, less energy and just not myself. I know a few things are playing into this and one is my diet for sure. i can tell a huge difference when I am eating healthy compared to eating junk. Saying that, the point (for me) with this challenge is not to loose weight but to just feel better and make my body a bit more happy. There will be slip ups (there may have already been one!) but that is because I am not perfect. The goal is to do the best I can and really shift my focus back to clean eating. I hope some of you will join us! Make sure to comment along the way if so, so we know to enter you into the draw.

The last two days I have been awake by 6am, a total weekend sleep in fail, but maybe it was because I was in bed by 10pm both nights.

Yesterday morning we ran errands, bought groceries and went on our morning coffee date. I am not usually a Second Cup fan but I have been twice now to get their new Honey Vanilla Tea Latte – it is amazing. We also had to stop at Winners/HomeSense to buy a can opener since outs literally broke in half last week after having if for 7 years… I should have know that we rarely leave that store with one item. I found these lovely flats that make me even more excited for Spring:

new shoes

I love them. We also bought tongs (we actually do not have any), coconut bars for Chad and I found the most amazing headboard and matching chair. Sadly, Chad said no to the furniture. Probably for the best.

In the afternoon we headed out the the lake to ski. The temp said –7 but with the wind and being a wimp I was SO cold. Half way through I could barely feel my thumbs and was wearing $80 North Face “extreme temperature” gloves so Chad gave me his so we could ski longer.

Even though I was freezing after skiing I had one thing on my mind, a DQ banana milkshake. I crave one about once a year. Turned out we have a 2 for 1 coupon for them!

banana milkshake

I also had it knowing today I would start my Clean UP Challenge.

Today has turned out to be a baking day, though it was not planned. After the gym I made Red Velvet Waffles from Quinoa Revolution:


I made their lemon cream cheese topping to go with as well. They were delicious! So far we have loved every recipe from this cookbook. Worth buying for sure, and for you locals – its a Costco for cheap right now!

With the waffle recipe it called for pureed beets and we still had some frozen from the garden this summer. We had already boiled/cooked/cut them up and had them in individual Ziplocs so I pureed the whole bag not looking at the recipe. It turned out I only needed 1/4 cup so I was left with another couple cups of pureed beets. I knew if I did not want them to go to waste I had to use them today, and that I did.

First up was beet pizza dough from never homemaker. The recipe was easy enough and I got two doughs out of it. I cooked them but am going to freeze them for pizza another day.

I still had beets so looked for a third recipe and found Red Velvet beet cupcakes from Chatelaine. Do you see the challenge fail coming?! Never a good idea to make cupcakes when you are avoiding sugar… in my defence I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup for all 12 cupcakes.


They are tasty, but we each had one and the rest are going to my work tomorrow. Out of sight, out of mind.

I cannot believe how quick Sunday’s go, it is already 3:30pm. By the time I do a few more blogs things, it will be time to start supper, then back to work tomorrow. Boo.


Are you a fan of red velvet?

I never have been, but both the waffles and cupcakes might have changed my mind.

How about beets?

I LOVE them. Now only if my garden would grow more than a few each year.