I’ve considered working with a nutritionist for a long time. Over the last few months, I’ve felt sluggish and had frequent headaches.  I’ve been wondering if my diet might be the cause.

Because let’s be honest. I’ve picked up some undesirable eating habits lately, like mindlessly snacking at work and ending every meal in dessert. I typically make smart choices during meal time, but supplement my food intake with day-long candy and carb binges.  So there was plenty of room for improvement.

Working with a nutritionist be can be expensive, and I wasn’t ready to make the commitment. I was ready to dip my toe in the water and impose a little structure on my free-wheeling ways.

My friend Tracey (Kale with a side of fries) is a nutritionist and every quarter she runs a “detox jam” aimed at resetting your food habits. This seemed like the perfect way to jump start 2017 and clean up my diet. The detox jam cost $200 and is a two-week commitment. I signed up and paid up.

winter detox

The general structure of the two-week detox is this:

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Now a few housekeeping items. (Sorry Matt, this is the only housekeeping I plan to do this week.)

AND THE WINNER IS

 

Thank you to everyone who entered the REI Giveaway Sweeps. I’d like to congratulate commenter JUANITO! (real name: Jon Goren) on being the randomly selected winner! (I used a random number generator, FYI.)  Jon, check your email for your gift card!

A few weeks ago, I participated in Kale with a Side of Fries‘ two-week winter detox jam. I am going to write about my experience soon, for sure. Since the detox, I’ve had a renewed excitement for healthy cooking. I wanted to bake something sweet. I scoured the internet for a healthy muffin recipe and found this 5-ingredient one from the blog Pinch of Yum.  The recipe is super simple and the muffins were delicious. I used these gluten-free oats from Bakery on Main. They have 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving! (No one is paying me to say this. Though I would be open to accepting dollars, OKAY Bakery on Main?)

Here’s this week’s workout recap!

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Donald Trump is making me incredibly anxious and pissed off. I am in the Berkshires this weekend doing wedding stuff so I wasn’t able to join any of the incredible protests that happened this weekend. (Though I did donate to the ACLU, and if you can afford to I encourage you to do the same. The ACLU is working hard to protect the core fundamental rights we as Americans have come to expect. In less than two weeks in office, Trump is seriously threatening these rights with his flurry of Executive Orders.)

For me, getting into the woods is a healthy, relaxing way to temporarily regain sanity, and that’s exactly what I did for a few hours this morning. I needed a break from inhaling Twitter and MSNBC.

black bears

I’ve seen plenty of Disney movies, so I assume I’ll be fine.

We drove to Race Brook Falls in Sheffield, MA.

Race Brook Falls

When you get to the trail head right off Route 41, you walk for a bit then are presented with a few options, including a link to the Appalachian Trail.

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Sayulita, Mexico is about one-hour north of the resort town of Puerto Vallarta. Once a quiet fishing village, today Sayuiita is packed to the gils with west coasters looking for a non-resort beach vacation in Mexico. Matt and I spent three nights in Sayulita around New Year’s Eve, and it was incredibly crowded.

surfing in Sayulita

surfing in Sayulita

One of the biggest draws of Sayulita – aside from it’s excellent dining – is it’s beginner surf waves.  The break crashes slowly and gently so it’s easy for a newbie to stand up without losing her balance. The actual beach in Sayulita is pretty dirty. With the quick increase of tourists, Sayulita hasn’t been able to take care of it’s ocean. I really hope they are able to make infrastructure changes to preserve this beautiful spot.

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