I want to start off by telling you about my favourite breakfast smoothie!I made it this morning and finished every drop of it! I blended a small banana, 3 strawberries, a handful of spinach, 1/2 cup of almond milk and 1 tbsp of hemp seeds. I had it with a rice cake and natural peanut butter. Jess says to have produce at every meal, so I've been playing around with my greens and fruits for breakfast, trying to find something that is quick, clean and filling. Smoothies are working for me!

One of the things I appreciate about Jess is her honesty and no-bullshit attitude. I was honest with her in letting her know I indulged in a Tim Horton’s whole grain blueberry muffin. My excuse? The term “whole grain”. Jess laid it all out for me and told me that if I had to choose between unhealthy indulgences, and fast results. My mentality had been “I can have this now and burn it off on the treadmill later”. Jess held nothing back, reminding me that is the wrong mentality to have and that it simply doesn’t work. If I'm burning off a muffin on the treadmill, I am at a standstill! Many of us say we’ll burn it off later - most of the time referring to the calories - but in reality we don't just need to worry about the calories. Jess has taught me that indulging in too many sweets will leave me craving more. I want to avoid this! In order to avoid craving empty-calorie goods that spike and crash my blood sugar, I need to cut them way back. She reminds me that sugar is a drug, and brings the same addictive response. It's simple, and yet I have a hard time. The reason why it’s so hard for me is because I’m used to eating something sweet after a meal or with my tea in the afternoons. I associate those things with the sugar high. It’s something my family and I have always done. Many of you will agree with me when I say that it’s a part of our culture. Jess says if I cut out the sweets for a day or two, I won't want them as much the next day. I’m going to try this and let you all know how it goes. I'm able to indulge in a large square of dark chocolate or a few dates per day to avoid feeling deprived, so it shouldn’t be too hard.

Saghi executing a 4 Limb Lift Plank - this is not easy!

Before I end this, I want to mention Jess’ blog on clean beauty products. Jess and I have had numerous talks regarding this topic and I’ve also been trying to transition to cleaner skin and hair care products. It's not easy, but I'm taking baby steps toward a good change. I’ve been using coconut oil as a body moisturizer and almond oil as a face moisturizer at night and I love it! Recently I’ve been using coconut oil on my hair, too, and have seen a difference! I’m getting my first all natural facial at Pure + Simple Spa on Sunday, I will write about this next week. Keeping it clean, keeping it simple!

Another healthy lunch at work! Nothing not to like here...

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