Okay, so I admit I’m a desert-er of sorts when the times get tough. Or, actually, when I’m just too busy to consistently find inspiration/time/a desire to do anything for an extended amount of time. Thankfully, it’s the summer. Goodbye 22 unit quarters! It’s a time for a 9-5 job, a steady paycheck, and evenings to myself.
Which, thankfully, brings to me to here and now. About three months ago I bought myself a juicer in hopes that I could garner enough willpower to do a 7 day juice cleanse. But alas! It ended up a 1 day event, with a few mornings thrown in for good measure. However, as the title of the post suggests, this is both a reboot for the blog and a reboot for my new healthier lifestyle. Notice that I wrote lifestyle, instead of diet, because 1) it sounds more permanent 2) has a better connotation to it and 3) just sounds lovelier.
So, on to the so-called lifestyle change, I juiced last night:
If you can’t see – two carrots, one small cucumber, half an apple, and a handful of baby kale yielded about one serving of 12 ounces of delicious juice. For those that want to start juicing – or have and just stopped – I highly recommend my concoction. It’s sweet and refreshing, and definitely doesn’t feel like you’re giving anything up. If you want, and I did, add a knob of ginger to boost up the drink. Gateway drink? Me thinks so.
So I juiced up two mason jars, had one for breakfast (super cold with extra ice) and it lasted me from 8AM-2PM. Then I had lunch:
(to be fair, I only had half of those pita chips, and the sandwich like thing you see is half of one of Costco’s chicken bakes. For the love of all things, if you get one of them ever, eat half. It’s 810 calories!)
And dinner came around and my mom and I teamed up to make one of my favorite dishes, ever – Steamed teriyaki salmon with vegetables.
It’s not cooked yet, but it’s still pretty!
YUM! The salmon and vegetables are bundled in foil (or parchment paper) and baked. When you take it out of oven, everything is steamed to perfection. Interested?
And, of course, while waiting for the food to finish in the oven, juiced for tomorrow…
Squash, carrots, cucumbers, apples, and kale
With left over kale – my brother went to the Farmer’s market and brought back a lot of produce – I made a warm kale salad with roasted beets and squash. Picture tomorrow!
And now, it’s time to exercise before my night activities.
Ciao lovelies! I promise to write more often, seeing that blogging my journey to a healthy lifestyle is actually one of my main motivators of change – there’s a sense of permanency to document the journey. After all, if I make it to the end within a reasonable amount of time, there’ll be a lot of goodies. More on that later.