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FINDING INSPIRATION

Woohoo! So happy to hear that a few of you are on board with making some lifestyle changes. Educating people on the importance of what you put in your body is something I've been extremely passionate about ever since Sam and I decided to change our lives through eating healthy and exercising. I've been much more laid back lately because I got tired of other people's resistance to wanting to eat whole foods. I just got discouraged from fighting for change and really the best way to inspire people is not by being a know-it-all (ugh I don't want to come across that way) but by just living your life in a way that makes people interested in what you're doing.

So, along with trying to inspire anyone who reads this blog, I'm also working to re-inspire myself. I have been taking on a lot of negativity recently and am embarrassed to admit that I let other people really shake my confidence. I don't think people realize how their words and actions can affect me. I try to be really strong, but I'm sensitive. I wish I wasn't. It's a pain in the butt sometimes and I'm working on not caring what other people think. I've also noticed that "unwinding" at night without a glass of wine gives me more time to think and worry. Pushin' through that.

Back to inspiration! Boy-ee. I think people who are passionate about nutrition and wellness are so inspiring. There are lots of great blogs that focus on a holistic approach to living. Adrienne Eats is one that I really like. Adrienne's participating in The Food Matters project which I think is really cool. If you haven't seen Food Matters or Forks over Knives, I recommend watching them both. They are usually streaming on Netflix.

I am still having a morning cup of coffee. I decided that I still really enjoy having my coffee in the morning and one cup seems to treat me alright. I am snacking on nuts and I'm not hungry. Protein is so much more filling than carbs and when you eat the right balance of veggies and proteins it sustains you. Also, when you start the day with grains, it makes you crave them all day. If you have any questions I'll try and answer them and I'd love to hear what you're eating, what recipes are working for you and how you're feeling!

Pictured Above: Bryce Dallas Howard for Kate Spade

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  1. Whoah! Had no idea that was Bryce Dallas Howard!(LOVED her-and Joaquin-in The Village!) Those shoes are adorable and a DIY version could be doable if need be.
    You really inspired me yesterday and still today-enough that I went to bed talking to God about my Diet Coke whoahs:) First thing this morning I packed up all of them (even the crispy colds ones in the fridge!) and sent them out of the house with my husband. I had one cup of coffee to have the "necessary" caffeine and will drink tea and water the rest of the day. Thanks Lesley! Your passionate approach to a healthier life is what motivates me.

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    1. seriously. i just teared up. i'm so proud of you jayne! you can do this. trust me. drink lots of big fancy glasses of water with sliced lemon, that way it feels like a special drink and not just water. :)

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  2. i love all the links you provide!! thanks for being a source of inspiration. haters gonna hate girl ... just stay strong & keep doing what makes you happy. everyone will always have an opinion and, like most things in life, those that shouldn't pass judgement are the ones who dole it the most. xo

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    1. i'm so glad ashley! thank you for always being so encouraging/awesome. hope to see you soon!

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  3. ok so i heard about forks over knives... i haven't watched it yet, but my friend was telling me all about it. i don't know what to do with it though seeing as i'm totally into the nourishing traditions / weston a price model of living--good fats, good meat, good sources. i know you've cited nourishing traditions in the past (right?). so what do you think of the whole vegetarian/vegan thing!?

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    1. brig- i am right there with you with good meats, good fats, etc. i think what's important though (and what is the focus of forks over knives and food matters) is that meat (in particular - processed meats, grain fed beef, etc) especially should not be the main focus of our diets. people aren't eating "live" food anymore. so i just think it's a good reminder of the power of plants!

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  4. Just popping by to say hi! I love reading your updates, and I love those darling shoes! Spotted these similar flats for $22.94: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=897754012&tid=onaff4441350&ap=2&siteID=onafcid89&mid=g6aua8vcv&u1=g6aua8vcv

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    1. those are SO cute. thanks so much for the tip sam. great to hear from you! <3

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  5. I find your blog very inspirational! Thanks for keeping us all on track with healthy eating
    -Rachelle

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  6. Thanks for the kind words, Lesley :) Good luck with your re-inspired health journey. I'm excited to follow along. Finding balance and feeling good is so important.

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  7. I think constantly reading about health and good, whole food eating is what keeps me inspired to make good food choices in my daily life. I love reading yours right along with my other favorites. You inspire me all the time. As for grains in the morning, I have found, ESP comparing the way I was eating a couple weeks ago, which was mostly proteins, veggies, and berries, that I craved grains constantly when I cut them out. I just felt like something was missing, not in a good way. On this new diet I am only consuming sprouted bread on occasion (every three days) and steelcut oats for breakfast and I don't find I crave them for the rest of the day. My boy gets that small portion and it keeps me from craving them. I do agree that proteins are great t keeping you full though ESP. In conjunction with high fiber veggies and fruits. I rarely feel hungry when consuming them! Sorry this was long!!

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  8. I'm very sensitive too and it basically sucks. (For lack of a better term)

    Keep doing your thing and remember whose health you're influencing the most. YOU, your family and especially your daughter. You are a great example for her.

    Cheers to the morning coffee...I will never give it up :)

    xo

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