Friends, I've got to tell you something.  "The Flourish Plan" really feels like the right fit for me.  I'm a few weeks in, and I feel renewed, refreshed, and reinvigorated.  It has become more than a "plan."  It feels like a genuine shift is taking place in my Spirit.  And I'm reconnecting with values that have always been important to me.

I'm sleeping better than I have in ages.  The clean eating plan feels great.  I am energized and incorporating daily exercise.  It isn't always strenuous.  I try to listen to my body and do what feels right.  I really like all of Leslie Sansone's walking DVDs.  They are easy to do with the volume on "mute" while listening to podcasts. I hold onto hand-weights while doing the walks for an added challenge.  It feels good to move.

This is the beginning of a journey.  And it will take an ongoing commitment to remaining on this path.  But I'm hopeful.  I genuinely don't want to return to my old patterns of over-working, eating unhealthy foods, and surviving on diet soda. 

Today, I want to share a few of my current food staples.  I remember loading up on some of these foods when I was 17 and learning about veganism for the first time.  I experimented with veganism again in seminary.  I'm not a vegan anymore and I don't plan to become one. However, it really feels good to be returning to an intention toward good nutrition, whole foods, and a special focus on vegetables, fruits, and seeds.

My favorite produce lately:
-Frozen fruits of all kinds

My favorite breakfast/lunch/dinner lately (I eat it constantly):
Oatty-Bowl of Yummy Amazement


- 1/2 cup oats
-1/2 cup almond milk
-2 tablespoons non-fat plan greek yogurt
-1/2 teaspoon (or more) cinnamon
-1/2 tablespoon raw honey
-1 tablespoon PB2 (powdered peanut butter) or regular peanut butter
-1/2 tablespoon hulled flax seed
-1/2 tablespoon hemp seeds
-1/2 tablespoon chia seeds   

PS: I change up the measurements every time, so just do what feels right.

First, I put the oats, cinnamon, powdered peanut butter, flax, hemp, and chia in my little personal smoothie blender.  I blend until it's just a nice powder.
(If you click this link, it will take you to my mini-blender which you can find at Walmart or Target).  

Then, I put the mixture into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.

I don't warm it up or anything.
I just eat it cold, and I find it really, really, really delicious.
I sometimes add a banana, too.  Extra yum.  

I'd love to hear what has been filling your belly with yum lately!
What are your current favorites?

PS: I have two good documentary recommendations.
They are both currently available on Netflix instant.

#1:  Yoga Is

PPS:  If you'd like to know the difference between hemp, flax, and chia,
check out this great Nutrition Diva podcast.

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