I checked in this morning with weight and measurements from my last 30 days of healthy eating and healthy lifestyle with Arbonne. I lost 6 1/2″ inches around my waist, chest, and hips. And I lost 3 pounds (and I even had cheesecake at a birthday celebration!) But I gained a lot, too.  I challenged myself to schedule in exercise at least four times a week and found that helped my mood, my sleep, and my attention to self. I found myself to not really be hungry at all. I had great focus, with both mental and physical endurance. My digestion was terrific. No meal left me feeling heavy, or bloated, and I had no stomach upset. Sleep was a little more elusive, but that’s an area I’m still working on.  I slept well, but I just didn’t develop the habit to get to bed at a decent time. Let’s mark that one down as ‘needs improvement’. I’m continuing on the vegan meal plan with the Arbonne supplements, but I will be incorporating in more of my own recipes, and keeping this happy body going!

I talked about my choice to eat the vegan meal option.  Not only did I waiver from the meal plans at a birthday party this month, but I didn’t eat 100% plant-based either.  I was out for lunch yesterday and the closest I could get was vegetarian options, so I had some quesadillas (with cheese). I really don’t like to eat dairy, but sometimes you’ve just got to do what you’ve just got to do. I know there are some hardcore vegans. They won’t prepare meat for others, and would rather starve than eat cheese like I did. I respect that. But like most things in my life I look at it more like a journey. My reasons for eating plant-based are strong, but don’t resonate with everyone. I encourage conversation, and education, and compassion with where people are at.  I like harmony.

Besides my diet of choice there must be at least 30 others dietary restrictions (just because that made for a catchy title). Here’s a few: nut allergies, celiac, lactose intolerant, diabetic, high blood pressure, cholesterol, IBS, Chrones, soy allergies, paleo, vegetarian or vegan, religious practices, even budget! All of this can make family dinners, or dinner with friends a bit tricky.

So, as something special to complete my 30 Day Transformation, and to address healthy family meals for everyone I made a video with Sandra Katanic from Everyday Cooking !