30 Day Challenge: Week 2, The Grumpiest Week of Them All

The first few days of this week were tough. It wasn’t so much staying committed to the plan. I woke up on Monday angry, jittery, and weak. For the first time, I doubted myself and began to feel like I was going to fail at this challenge. Who knew saying good bye to sugar was so tough? (Oh, that's right, everybody who has ever tried to kick the habit.)

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Nutritional Win of the Week: Roasted Sweet Potato and Chickpea Spinach Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Nutritional Win of the Week: Roasted Sweet Potato and Chickpea Spinach Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

This salad/Buddha bowl/grain bowl/whatever you want to call it is the antidote to the “I’m going to be skinny!” sad lunch salad. And the great news is – it will still help you achieve your goals of nourishing your body with the good stuff. The secret is to add fiber, protein and carbohydrates with grains, beans, seeds, and sweet potatoes to make the salad stick and keep you full for hours.

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Just Say No...to Cell Phones

Though I live by the rules of nearly every "Sleep Better!" list, I still struggle. For April’s wellness goals, I wanted to tackle sleep from a new angle. Stress screws with sleep and when you can’t sleep, your stress levels may increase – trapping many of us in a negative loop. So, I decided to eliminate a stressor in my life, the constant connectivity caused by cell phones.

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Ditching the (Fake) Sweet Stuff

Welcome to May, party people! Over the last month, I set two wellness goals. The first – ditch artificial sweetener. Ugh, I know. Please remember this is a judgment free zone. The second – make a behavioral change to reduce stress and hopefully improve sleep. Seems simple enough, right? However, April was a challenging month.

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