Week 2 of the Whole Living Action Plan is officially here! This week is still about purifying but gradually adding back in foods like wheat, dairy, and soy. Still no sugar, processed foods, alcohol, or too much fruit juice, which frankly, I think i'm going to try and continue best I can as the year continues. It's been going well, with a lot of yummy meals made last week, which i'll share soon... along with more stretching and exercising, including core and arm toners, and working up from walking to jogging. I think the best part about this whole plan is that you don't hit the ground running. Gradually working up to jogging, and then running is such a great way to ease yourself into it all.
As I mentioned before when I first started taking yoga, I really wanted to work towards feeling less tense from sitting at my desk all day. I've been taking an hour-long yoga class on Wednesdays and doing the Whole Living yoga stretches each morning. Well today, as the afternoon slump hit, I decided it was time to get up and move around a bit, so I took a few minutes to do some stretches. When I reached down to try and touch my toes, I realized something... my legs are straight, and i'm touching the floor in front of my toes! Um, what? When did this happen? lol... I know it may sound a little silly to some people, but I have never been the "stretchy" type, so this was great for me! It really goes to show that with daily practice and gently easing your way into stretching, changes can take effect. I don't think i've ever been this excited for yoga class now!
Last week I also made some really great meals. From the Whole Living cookbook titled Power Foods, I made the Walnut-Crusted Chicken, with Roasted Root Vegetables, and on the weekend as a little treat for my boyfriend and I, I made the Walnut & Flaxseed Banana Bread. Cheating a little with the last item there, but I don't feel like i've de-railed myself at all. It was made with healthy ingredients, and now it's back to healthy meals! It's actually kind of nice to not be too hard on yourself if you eat a treat every once and a while (not every day though, lol). I highly recommended this cookbook if you're looking for some great recipes. Everything was so easy, I can't wait to try a few more out this week!
Photos: Scanned by myself - Wendell T. Webber, Kate Sears, and Johnny Miller for Power Foods.