And so, apparently I took a blogging siesta.  Really, though, I did take a long staycation earlier this month and it was fabulous.  I used to hoard my time off for this magical time when I would need five weeks off in a row.  That time never came and this girl became very cranky without some downtime.  This was the longest break I’ve taken from work and experienced true rest and relaxation.  This post is a hodgepodge of what I’ve been up to – enjoy!


I’ve been riding the Kripalu high for the last month and putting the lessons and tools Gabby taught us into practice.  I’m rereading May Cause Miracles to reboot my mind and focus on finding the calm in the chaos.  I’ve also been incorporating much more meditation into my day-to-day.  The workshop last month really peaked my interest in Kundalini yoga so I’ve been practicing a lot of Kundalini meditations at home and am excited to attend my first class in a few weeks with a new spiritual running buddy that I met at Kripalu!  I’m loving frog pose these days.  It is the most amazing way to energize your morning.

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My mom was able to visit earlier this month and it was fantastic to spend some quality mother/daughter time.  We had a great day in Portsmouth, NH and York, ME with Andrew.  I recently discovered The Juicery in Portsmouth and if it wasn’t 50 minutes away, I would be popping in daily for my green juice fix.  (My fave is the Jungle Juice – seriously addictive.)  I’m usually a girl on a mission and don’t just take leisurely strolls.  We spent the afternoon just walking around Portsmouth, dipping in and out of shops and it was incredibly relaxing.  We also took a harbor cruise, which was a great way to enjoy the water.  There is something therapeutic about being on the water with the wind in your hair and sun on your face.  We ended the day a fantastic dinner in York – lobster, anyone?!

I’m currently on the final days of Dr. Frank Lipman’s two-week Be Well Cleanse.  Along with rebooting my mind, I wanted to reboot my body.  The cleanse involves three protein shakes a day (two in the morning and one in the afternoon) along with a light lunch and dinner and plenty of water.  The eating plan is one of the biggest reasons I selected the Be Well Cleanse.  I’ve been intrigued by the idea of a cleanse for a long time but couldn’t imagine going very long without food.  I did the one day BluePrint juice cleanse and loved it but 3 or 5 days would be the limit and I thought I needed a more intense reboot.  Dr. Lipman’s program is designed to detox your organs, eliminate “problem” foods like dairy, gluten and sugar, and replenish your system with nutrients.

In the morning I have hot water with lemon to get my system awake and happy.  I’ve jazzed up the shakes with frozen organic blueberries, kale and coconut water.  With the extras, I only need two shakes a day and still feel satisfied.  I drink one on the way to work and one around 3:30pm.  For lunch I’ve been having salads or quinoa dishes and dinner has been a mix of organic chicken, wild salmon, lots and lots of veggies, sweet potatoes, beans, and quinoa or brown rice.

I’ll be crossing the cleanse finish line on Tuesday and am hoping to feel more energized (I haven’t had caffeine in nearly two weeks – what?!?!), healthier and to finally (after nearly a decade of being lactose intolerant) kick the dairy habit.  I will say that the dairy and gluten have been the hardest part of the cleanse for me.  My mind was filled with images of quesadillas, pizza, nachos, and cheeseburgers for the first 5 days.  I definitely find comfort in ooey-gooey melted cheese.  (And I’m drooling.)

Quinoa has been my BFF during this cleanse and here are my two faves:

I’m Craving Pancakes but I’ll Have Quinoa Instead
Serves 2

  • 1/2 cup organic quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raw chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup blueberries (or fruit of your choice)

1.  Bring the quinoa and water to a boil
2.  Lower the flame to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes
3.  Turn off flame, fluff with a fork, add cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes
4.  Top with fruit and nuts

Quinoa and Veggie Salad
Serves 4

  • 1 cup organic quinoa
  • 2 cups organic low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts

Lime and Cumin Dressing – my new obsession (from Oh She Glows)

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener–I used about 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2013/07/19/cumin-lime-black-bean-quinoa-salad-quick-easy/#ixzz2aCvrtlBG

1.  Bring the quinoa and stock to a boil
2.  Lower the flame to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes
3.  Turn off flame, stir in the beans and veggies, cover, and let sit for 5-10 minutes
4.  Whisk together all dressing ingredients and pour over quinoa and veggies

In other (non-food) news I’ve been diving deep into Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map.  This program is changing the way I plan my life and make decisions. Danielle walks you through the process, step-by-step, showing you how to create business and life goals that resonate with your soul.  The Desire Map is all about ditching the auto-pilot approach to life.  Because what could be a better use of your time than clearing the space for wide-awake living, right? Live a life you love!  The book is broken into two parts: theory and the workbook.  I just finished part one and can’t wait to feel my way through part two.  (Expect a follow-up post about my experience because this is some amazing stuff!)

Oh – and I was super sad (spoiler alert!!) to see my favorite dancer, BluPrint, eliminated this week on SYTYCD.  🙁

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Have a great weekend!