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Hey guys! I’m happy I kept these posts around because it is such a great way to track what I’ve been doing health and fitness wise. All year I’ve been taking about eating less animal products and I’ve been struggling to accomplish that, this is the great thing about having a blog, it’s a great tool to keep yourself accountable. Watching “What the Health” 2 weeks ago was the ah hah moment I needed, I didn’t throw away all the meat and dairy in my fridge but I did get rid of most of my cheese and the little I had left ended up going bad because I wasn’t eating it. I also found a solution that is feasible for me, I’m not trying to go cold turkey. I know I don’t want to give up meat and dairy forever but I don’t want it to be a part of my daily diet. I had a tendency to make meat the center of my meals and I no longer want to do that. Instead I want to avoid it in most of my cooking or use it more for flavoring or have it for special occasions when I go out to eat. Here’s some samples of dishes I made, not pictured I always have a batch of rice in the fridge, a veggie mix and baked sweet potatoes. I have not purchased any meat or dairy in the last couple of weeks, so I’m excited to see how long I can keep this up.

So first, I made this chickpeas and sweet potato stew, I’ve had it alone or with a side of rice.
chickpeas and sweet potato

Lentils are another favorite and this is my top recipe, it’s so yummy and feel free to add extra tomatoes in there. I have with naan, pita, rice & beans and more.

lentils

I have a big breakfast and lunch so I always favor light dinners, I swear I have nightmares when I have a heavy meal in the evening. This time I made a delicious guacamole, my recipe is simple. Chop up red onions and jalapeño, mix with 2 small avocados and give it some extra flavor with salt, pepper and paprika. If you have cilantro throw some in there. I love plantains, I had ripped ones so I baked one with olive oil sprinkled on it. This combo is so yummy.

plantain chips and guac

Another example of dinner, I still have some leftover turkey burgers. I used portobello mushrooms instead of a bun. These sweet potato fries are from Trader Joe’s and are everything.turkey burger and portobello mushroom

Fitness – As far as fitness, I’m pretty consistent so that’s good. I’ve been stepping up my workouts as well and started adding some extra cardio sessions. This is what they looked like for the past 3 weeks. While I love doing Cathe’s workouts I often skip her abs routines, so on Fridays I started doing BBG 2 again but just the Abs section. For everything else I’ve been doing Cathe’s and walking and running in the park.

Week 1:

Week 2:

Week 3:

You do need workout equipment to do these, I have dumbbells ranging from 5lb to 30 lb, step with risers, resistance bands, barbell, stability ball, a bosu and gliding discs. I recently got this mat to protect the tile in my apartment.

Next Month Goals

Remember last month I mentioned a little weight gain, well surprisingly my clothes that were tight started feeling comfortable again. So the goal this month is to keep it up

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