Yoga & Healthy Eating Challenge: Week 1 Goals

by Jessica on July 1, 2013

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What is your healthy eating goal this week?

Here are examples:

– Replace all white/refined carbs (breads, pasta, rice) with whole forms like brown rice, 100% whole wheat bread, quinoa, rye, etc.
– Add a healthy breakfast to my routine:  Whole oats with one apple made with soy/almond milk + cinnamon
– Eat 2 servings of vegetables at lunch & dinner.  One serving is 1 cup of raw veggies and 1/2 cup cooked

Here is a hummus recipe I made today:
– 1 large can of Garbanzo beans (chick peas)
– Juice of 1 lime, + lime zest
– 1 Tablespoon Tahini
– 1 Tablespoon of capers, can use salt instead
– 1 Tablespoon of nutritional yeast
– Handful of basil

Rinse the beans.  I like to heat them, this adds creaminess.  Combine all ingredients except basil, in a food processor blend well.  Add the basil and pulse a few times.  Enjoy!

I spread lots of hummus onto a sprouted Ezekiel wrap with tomatoes, sprouts, avocado, and arugula.   On the side I had steamed kale and brussels sprouts, seasoned with a pinch of salt and wine vinegar.

What is your healthy eating goal for this week?  Please post below.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan July 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Eat 4 servings of vegetables a day.
Drink at least 6 glasses of water a day. Increase my green tea drinks to 2 a day.
Continue to not eat red meat and very little chicken and fish.

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Laura July 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I will stop eating refined sugar and practice yoga 4 times this week.

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Leah July 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Eat less dairy. I bought some So Delicious Coconut milk yogurt, but it just isn’t the same as my Greek yogurt. Any suggestions?

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Jessica July 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

HI Leah,

I prefer Soy Yoghurt to coconut milk . The texture is closer to dairy yoghurt. The problem is that Whole Foods doesn’t seem to carry it much. None at Arabella Station and limited supply at Vets. I haven’t found it in other markets either.

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Vivi July 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Goals:
Attend 3 or more yoga classes this week, including one AM class!
Learn to cook a new meal with my farmers market produce

I love putting my oats in a mason jar & soaking them overnight in almond milk. The oats absorb the milk and are a great on the go breakfast. It’s extra yummy if you add cinnamon, fresh fruit, and chia seeds 🙂

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Jessica July 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I love oats, and almond milk with chia seeds too! I’ve done it with buckwheat too.

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Kelli July 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm

This week I will begin exploring some vegan recipes and experiment with tempeh. Avoid refined carbs and sugar. I will also attend at least 3 yoga classes. I have to tell you guys that this has opened up a whole new world to me. I’m having my first vegan meal tonight: tempeh heated in a skillet with sesame oil and the juice of one orange + red bell pepper with hummus for dipping + sautéed spinach + 1/2 field roast grain sausage. I would really appreciate any vegan sauce and veggie dip recipes. I wish you all a happy and healthy week!

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Tammy July 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

1~Attend 3 yoga classes this week.
2~Pack healthy lunch for work each day.
3~Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

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Megan July 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

This week I will practice yoga at least three times. I will also significantly reduce my refined carb intake, and have at least four servings of vegetables per day.

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Beth July 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I will bring ginger tea with me to work instead of coffee.

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Ramona July 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I plan to practice yoga 3 times per week at the studio, plan and make live/raw sauces and dips for salads and veggies, make rejuvelac to have on hand throughout the week, and make green juice to consume at least 4 times per week. I think this is doable.

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Leah July 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

I tried a few new recipes for the 4th of July. Lentil burgers and potato chickpea salad. I used less oil in the potato salad and they didn’t get as brown, but the taste is pretty good and my husband loved the burgers.
http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2013/05/jalapeno-chickpea-lentil-burgers-with-sweet-mango-avocado-pico-vegan-gluten-free/
http://betterwithreds.com/recipes/a-farmgirls-dabbles/7-red-potato-and-chickpea-salad-with-tangy-honey-mustard-dressing.html

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Jessica July 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

This is a post from Sarah M.:
My yoga goal would be to commit to practicing yoga a minimum of 3x/wk (currently less than once/wk – relatively new to the neighborhood/city and I have recently joined & loved your community class on Tuesdays).

I have no physical constraints or limitations, as you can see my main obstacle is making time.

My goals for this challenge is to create and commit to a routine yoga practice and healthy lifestyle.
I am already on day 4 of no sugar (except for the wine consumed during celebratation 😉 ~ I have faith my morning cup of Joe will soon taste as wonderful as I remember.
I will be removing alcohol from the diet for 30 days.
and then look fwd to my weekly goals and sharing lots of great recipes & personal stories
Ex of my personal weekly goals… A week of Raw/ a week of no cheese or milk Lactose free (I am a cheese freak, & may as well be coffee free too w/o cream or sugar)…

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Kelli July 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Week one was a very eye-opening, delicious experience! I was having so much fun trying new recipes and exploring new ingredients that I only had one non-vegan meal. My goal this week is to read the first 50 pages of The China Study (which I purchased yesterday) and continue on the path to a plant-based diet. In addition, I will attend at least 4 yoga classes.

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