I love to cook, I love to eat, I love all things purple and I just happen to be vegan!
I want to welcome anyone that is new to my blog! Thank you for joining us in our group detox. I will be posting everyday while we are on our detox so feel free to comment or contact me if you have questions. Everyone that subscribed has received an email today with our plan for days 1-3. Our first 3 days of our detox will be comprised of mostly smoothies. No one should be hungry, if at any point you are feeling hungry and you are not able to make another smoothie PLEASE EAT!! Feel free to eat and raw veggies or fruit until you can have another smoothie! Also be aware that most times when we think we are hungry we are really just thirsty so stay hydrated!! Drink plenty of water! So I went today to shop for Days 1-3. My grocery bill came up to $39.45. I am a budget diva and that was over what I would usually spend to do a detox but I want to approach this the same way others in The Purple Vegan community would, and if you are new to detoxing you will need more substance to get over the hump of the first couple days. So here is what my haul looked like:
I am usually in a position to make smoothies as needed during the day because I work from home several days a week. In order to keep this more realistic for those following along I went ahead and did prep for tomorrow. I made smoothie packs and put them in the freezer.
This is simple prep and took me less than an hour to wash and chop up ingredients. You put everything in your freezer bag minus the liquid and pop it in the freezer. I am actually going to blend up my morning smoothie tonight before going to bed and then in the morning I will blend up my lunch smoothie to take to go. I will do another post showing how I store my smoothies after I blend them. They keep best in glass containers so mason jars are idea. They will keep for around 24 refrigerated. If you have freezer safe glass containers you can even blend them and freeze them for up to a week.
I also like to make sure that I drink at the very least 64 ounces of water while detoxing. One way I do this is by having a container that holds exactly 64 ounces in it in my refrigerator. I have my container filled with water and I have added lemons and cucumbers to it. Lemons help keep your body alkaline and also helps your body to flush itself out. The cucumbers are hydrating so you feel refreshed. When I detoxing I drink this throughout the day along with plain water.
Share what you are doing for prep with me! You can find me on Facebook, or use my hashtag on Instagram #ThePurpleVegan10DayDetox! Let's get it!!
“Where do you find your confidence? A colleague of yours said that it’s out of this world and you’re either an alien or you have no idea what you look like.” An interviewer said this once to Gabourey Sidbe which she tells in an article she wrote for the June 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.
I could only imagine how Gabourey Sidbe felt when those words were said to her. You see I too have and still do deal with confidence that wavers every single day. The words of others cut like a knife, even things that other people say that are meant to be a compliment only feel like a dig at me in my mind. I am my own worst critic, so my mind uses comments from others to back up whatever negative dialogue I have going on in my head at any given time. As you can probably tell this has no direct connection to me being vegan. but this was just on my mind today.
Keeping my self esteem in tact and building my confidence is something I work on everyday. The key for me is to be consistent in my actions everyday. I do believe one day I will walk with my head held high in confidence that is genuine and unwavering.
I would like to share a few things that I do to help me in building my confidence:
**Make a plan for your day and celebrate when you accomplish your goals for the day. (Don’t make a big deal about the things that didn’t get done, those will only make you feel bad about yourself.)
**Meditate. Most people believe that meditation has to be done a certain way and that’s why they don’t do it. I am hear to tell you meditation is just about quieting your mind, finding that quiet space within yourself and listening to the calmness within. This can be done on your way to work (if you take public transportation of course, definitely don’t do it if you are driving!) This can be done in the bathroom in the morning sitting on the toilet or even while in the shower/bathtub. If you are one that has a hard time getting out of bed, try meditating while lying in the bed when you wake up in the morning by staring at the ceiling and focusing on your breath. I meditate sometimes while I am crocheting, the repetitive motion of moving the crochet hook is calmative and doesn’t require much thought which allows me to spend the time focusing on my breath and clearing my thoughts.
**Saying positive affirmations daily. Even something as simple as affirming that you will go through your day being confident in all you do. You can make your own affirmations up as you go or use the good old internet to search for affirmations that pertain to confidence.
**Listen to uplifting music. The song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams always puts me in a positive space. When you feel positive the positive energy helps your mind be more receptive to the affirmations you are saying for the day.
**Be grateful. You may wonder what gratitude has to do with your confidence. Expressing gratitude makes you feel at peace with things whether those things are things you can control or not. Being more peaceful which helps put you at ease, this feeling of ease allows you to open up to yourself. Being more open and accepting will allow you to be confident in who you are right now at this moment. Here is an article that tells you 31 wonderful benefits from expressing gratitude consistently.
Let’s take some time in this moment to be grateful that we have a chance to stop right now and say. “I AM CONFIDENT!”
Make the rest of today great!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.