Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thrive Forward, Breakfast Smoothie!

 I love smoothies! And this is a great start to my day, I feel so happy in my body to nourish it perfectly and start the day off right!

In the Thrive Forward 30 day challenge this smoothie is the blank canvas smoothie. There are so many varieties to mix it up, this was my choice today!

  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1  cup of raspberries
  • 1 scoop of chocolate performance protein
  • a handful of baby spinach
  • 1/2  cup of ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Thrive Forward Challenge!

I am ready to begin a very exciting challenge! The Thrive Forward Challenge created by Brandan Brazier the maker of Vega! The challenge is right in line with my goals of eating clean, but taking it a few steps further.  Its a 30 day wellness program focused on achieving long term health and enhanced performance through  plant-based nutrition.

Thrive Forward program launches in January. Pre-Register now to get your FREE Thrive 101 starter ebook.

Eat clean and Thrive. Thrive Forward is your FREE, personalized online guide to help transform your health through clean, plant-based nutrition. Your journey to optimized health begins with a customized wellness program, built with topics that are most relevant to you, such as nutrition, energy, sleep, weight management, libido and more. Each personalized plan includes comprehensive lesson videos, health tips and useful tools like eBooks, recipes, shopping lists and more.
Pre-register now to get your free starter eBook — Clean Eating 101 and be among the first to transform your health with your own personalized plan when Thrive Forward launches in January of 2013.
It’s your turn to Thrive Forward
This is the book that I have and it gives some fantastic recipes as well as the background information of why our nation is need of a change, not only for our bodies but for our world.

I hope you decide to thrive forward with me! I will be blogging along about my experiences and challenges as well as posting recipes that I love! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ancient Grain Muffin and Loaf

I discovered Grainstorm Heritage Baking Mixes and I am so excited to say they are awesome!

I am usually not too keen on baking mixes as I question alot of ingredients put into the package, however this is a no brainer! Its better than from scratch, all ingredients are natural and follow a clean eating lifestyle. 

I added cacao chips (of course) to the mix and when I greased the muffin tin, I used coconut oil.

So easy and so perfect!

Enjoy the simplicity of making from scratch with so little room for error. LOVE IT!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Listening Challenge~Yoga Teacher Training

I am 8 weeks into the Yoga Teacher Training program and am starting to remove an exterior layer of myself that I wasn't aware it existed.

We have been learning about the Yama's and Niyama's (Yoga Ethical Guidelines for building a foundation of skillful living) and have begun journalling about how these show up in our lives and learning to mediate about these issues that arise. 

I am not an experienced mediator, so what I found was that I started 'praying' to overcome obstacles and realized that "praying"was actually me speaking and asking for things...but "mediating" was more about quieting my mind and listening. 

Totally different and super cool!!  I finally got it! 

I am coming to realize that my personality on the mat is who I am off the mat too! This is not exactly stuff I am proud of either! 
It's a self discovery like nothing else. I 'rush' to get to my practise and it takes me a while to centre myself and just stop and be with the practice. With a more profound awareness, I find myself in conversations with people and I realize I am not listening...I am not even good at pretending to listen either...and in fact, I am aware that they know I am not listening too! Yikes, what is this...oh my..."Just stop thinking, quiet the mind and listen".

Or I am in auto pilot...just going through the motions, mindlessly. Oops, I ended up driving to the gym instead of daycare?!? Oops I just finished my lunch and cant remember tasting it...and I am still hungry?!

And sometimes worrying about things I cant control.

WOW! So here I am, a human being in need of Yoga every minute of my life. Not just on my mat. This is so much more than a physical practice.  I need more union and connection to myself and others. I am prepared to put that mirror up and face myself and focus on grounding my thoughts, and becoming much more present. And recognizing that when I am not present, to be honest about that too. 

Thanks for listening!