Seeing the numbers go down is always nice. It's only two pounds and with all I have gained since moving I have a way to go yet, but I will be working on it.
I am re-reading Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi. It is SUCH a good book and I highly recommend it. I posted about it in the beginning of this blog and it was such an inspiring book I am reading it again.
I've been starting off each morning with a tall glass of water, followed by a cup of blueberry green tea. I was at the grocery store looking for blueberry green tea (because it's delicious) and I ended up finding Yogi Blueberry Slim Life Green Tea. It tastes good and claims to help you lose weight. Now, this could just be because of green tea having caffeine, but it has whole blend of organic herbs in it, so who knows maybe it has something else. But if nothing else, it is yummy.
The Yogi brand has a lot of good teas for detox and stuff and they don't add a lot of extra crap to it (like GMO soy lecithin which is in EVERYTHING these days, even tea) so I like it.
Also, because I love my iced latte drinks but hate spending so much money on them, I bought myself a couple of to-go looking re-usable cups (yay planet!). I have a large one that is not insulated and a smaller one that is insulated. You can get these pretty much anywhere, but for the highest quality and lowest price I recommend TJMaxx. I got my insulated one for 4 bucks there.
Anyway, I put a handful of ice cubes in one and pour 1/2 cup Oregon Chai Vanilla Tea concentrate over it and 3/4 cup milk (it calls for 1:1 ratio but the tea is very strong and sweet so I add a little more milk). It's delicious and only about 160 calories.
Also, any one who knows anything about me knows the love affair I have with VINEGAR. It is not only delicious, but good for your health, helps you lose weight and can be used for many purposes. For more on uses of vinegar, click here
My favorite health benefiting vinegar, hands down, is Bragg's raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Not only does it taste better than the filter stuff, but it has all kinds of health properties in the "mother" that's in it. For some of the health benefits, click here
But my latest love has been orange bell peppers (also nutrient rich) cut up with a dash of Himalayan Pink Salt (again, I recommend TJMaxx for the best price on the salt). I splash a little Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar and a little Newman's Own Organic Balsamic vinegar. It is delicious.
To help settle my stomach when I am hungry or when I just want something tasty, I frequently drink peppermint tea. I LOVE anything peppermint (lip balm, body lotion, candles, ANYTHING) so peppermint tea is probably my favorite kind. I prefer to brew it from fresh leaves or to throw a leaf in a glass of water to make it all cool and refreshing but if I don't have fresh I will brew the stuff that comes in a box. As long as it is just peppermint leaves.
That's all for now. Stay strong ladies!