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.


Laura July 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

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


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?


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.


Vivi July 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

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 🙂


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.


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!


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.


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.


Beth July 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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


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.


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.


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)…


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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