Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Fun

The kid and I have been traveling for the past few weeks to visit my family. We really enjoyed the trip and are very grateful for spending time with everyone, but toward the end of the trip the kid really missed his friends and his regular surroundings.


In the past when I traveled (especially for a long time), I often struggled with staying balanced when it comes to food. I sometimes used a “one treat per day” rule, but when you are gone for several weeks, one extra treat per day really adds up. Plus, I often ate such different foods than at home that it really turned out to be much more then just one treat…

On this trip, I continued to follow what I learned on the Conscious Cleanse. That is, I started every day with 32 ounces of warm lemon water, followed most days by a green smoothie. (I had planned the smoothie making ahead of time and bought and sent a small bullet mixer to my parents’ house as they didn’t have one. It worked great!) I also brought some food with me: Qia cereal, hemp seeds, almonds, almond butter, small trail mix packets, and a few Lara bars.

The majority of my meals were greens. Here are some salads we made at my aunt’s house.

 

Besides greens I also enjoyed some traditional foods that I normally don’t eat (but in smaller quantities and always paired with greens – which often resulted in unusual combinations). I also indulged in some Italian ice cream a few times, but my focus on the trip wasn’t food but people.

The Conscious Cleanse suggests an 80/20 rule when you are not on the cleanse. That is, you should eat according to the Conscious Cleanse principles 80 percent of the time and add in “extras” 20 percent of the time. I feel I followed the 80/20 rule successfully.

When I weighed myself after the trip, I had actually lost 2 pounds, which is probably a first when it comes to long trips and my weight. I am glad that I was able to continue to feed my body in a way that makes me feel great, and I’m thankful that I did the Conscious Cleanse first in January and then again in June as I had really learned what makes me feel good and how to make vegetables and some fruits the focus of every meal.

Hubby stayed home and also continued to eat quite a few Conscious Cleanse-friendly meals. He started his days with lemon elixir (water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and a few drops of honey). He also ate quite a few green smoothies, salads and veggies. But, it also happened to be Silicon Valley Beer Week while we were gone, so there was also plenty of beer and some “beer food.” So we’ll clean things up a bit in the next few weeks. Smile

In fact, another group cleanse starts on September 7th, and we are thinking of doing it again. If you want to read about my experiences during my first and second cleanse, you can read about them here (in reverse chronological order.)

If you are interested in doing the Conscious Cleanse in September, registration is now open, and through August 11th, you can get $25 off with code EBCC913.

Questions: What are some highlights of your summer so far? What’s your favorite summer food right now? Our tomato, basil and jalapeno plants are doing great, and we are enjoying tomatoes with every meal.

Be well,
Andrea

33 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea! Loved the photos! I can't believe you lost weight on such a long trip. You have such good rules for yourself, and it really shows on your figure. Even more so, I can't believe that husband watched his weight when you were gone. I think mine would be excited to eat something really high caloric. Beautiful salads for a beautiful person. Are those big long radishes on the salad on the right???

    :-) Marion

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    1. Thanks, Marion! Yes, they are long radishes. My aunt knows I love them and grew them especially for me. :)

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  2. Greta,
    schön,dass ihr wieder gut zuhause angekommen seid,ich gehe jetzt zur Lebenshilfe, danach kommentiere ich deine Seite.Heute habe ich Tomaten und Gurken aus meinem Garten gegessen,im Moment wird ganz viel reif.Der Salat sieht ganz lustig aus,jedenfalls originell.

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    1. Ja, unsere Salate waren originell! :)

      Wir vermissen Dich und deinen schoenen Garten!

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  3. It looks like you had a fun trip. Congrats on losing 2 pounds while traveling - that is not an easy thing to do!

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    1. Thanks, Pam. It was a good trip.

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  4. Great photos, and I can't believe you lost weight on vacation! That is some serious discipline.

    I miss you!

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    1. Thanks, Lara.

      Miss you, too! Let's try to talk soon.

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  5. Ok I won't lie, I would LOVE to just fly to California for Silicon Velley Beer Week!! That just sounds like a blast.
    My favorite part of summer, so far, has been our garden. I'm truly enjoying just going out back and picking mint, basil, rosemary and dill, throughout the day (and now tomatoes!). I'm loving it.
    Glad you enjoyed your trip with your son. How wonderful that you actually LOST weight on the trip! Impressive Andrea.

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    1. I agree, there is nothing better than homegrown herbs and vegetables. Enjoy!

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  6. Ah, I figured you must have gone out of the country to go so long without checking in! Looks like a great time - love the giant beers!

    And way to think ahead and ship the magic bullet! :D I had two great trips this summer - one to Austin and one to the mountains of Virginia - lots of family time!

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    1. Hi Biz! Glad you had two good trips and got to spend time with family.

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  7. Such fun pics - so important in life to do this!!! I am hoping to see the grandkids at the end of this month.. I am also trying to cut back on social media - trying! :)

    Glad the food is working out for you - find what works for you as I always say! :)

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    1. Hope you get to see your grandkids soon. Cutting back on social media can be hard...

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  8. Love the pics, especially that one in the left hand column where the kid is making a face - did he taste something unexpected? ;) Glad you had a great time!

    The 80/20 guideline is a fab one to follow, and it's great to hear it worked well for you while traveling :) I'd say the highlight of our summer so far was the scuba diving trip we took at the beginning of it!

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    1. I think the kid is just into making faces right now... :)

      The scuba diving trip sounded fabulous!

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  9. Good for you to be eating so healthy, especially when away from home!

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  10. I love the idea of the conscious cleanse. You are right..I often tend to go overboard when on vacation.
    You are doing so great!

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  11. Greta
    The pictures shows an very beautiful trip with the kid,great photos.
    Ja,ja,salad and movement gets slim. good sunday for you.

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  12. Looks like you had a lot of fun with the toddler.
    I always lose weight when traveling mainly because I don't eat what I normally eat and therefore not eat enough veggies. Packing usual food us a good strategy, I'm doing that as well.
    I love summer tomatoes and peaches right now. :)

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    1. Yes, tomatoes and peaches are wonderful right now!

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  13. Ok, that lego land thing looks like FUN!!

    I haven't heard of the conscious cleanse but I will read more. I like the sound of it.

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    1. The Playmobile park was lots of fun.

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  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL THESE PHOTOS.
    youve inspired me to compile all of ours, too.

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  15. Oh Andrea, I love the pictures...and every time I see your kid's picture I am like "wow, he is growing so fast".
    When traveling and eating out we usually do not eat as much fruit and vegetable as we would like...
    Thanks for sharing this precious pictures :D

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    1. Yes, he is growing up sooooo fast....

      Fruits and veggies can be a challenge when traveling. We just came back from a short trip to Lake Tahoe and brought a big cooler with veggies and fruits. That helped a lot.

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  16. Congratulations on doing so well with your food plan while on vacation.

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