Nothing too exciting today, here’s the menu if interested.  I also swung by the gym for 30 min. on the elliptical.  yeah me!

Breakfast: yogurt, granola, and fruit (bought at caf, so probably has sugar in it, but was best choice that wasn’t processed); Eater’s Digest tea, kombucha

Lunch: cup of veg chili and black bean burger with guac and cucumbers on rye

Snack: homemade trail mix with almonds, sunflower seeds, goji, cacao and raisins; apple

Dinner: tilapia, kale (steamed then quickly sauted with lots of garlic and a drizzle of olive oil at the end…thanks for the recipe dave!), sweet potato fries

Tomorrow, bye bye meat.

Sweet dreams,


Day 1 Success

Well, day 1 was a success.  I started the day with a meditation of yoga nidra for 20 minutes, then proceeded to get ready for my first day of work.  I found getting myself out of bed to meditate wasn’t too bad when all I had to do was move myself from one room to another to lay back down!  Hey, you have to start somewhere.  First day of work was good.  I’m still not fully sure what it will be like, but all the people I’ve met have been very nice and I started with two other people who will be working on my same project, so that was nice.  I basically spent the day getting up to speed on the project and getting set up with a laptop, office supplies, badge, etc.  Also checked out the cafeteria, which wasn’t bad, but will definitely not do for my cleanse!

So for food I had:

Breakfast: I start each day with a glass of water and lately, some kind of fruit, today an orange.  Then I had sprouted grain toast with peanut butter (2 pieces) and burdock root tea.  Lunch was a turkey wrap with cream of broccoli soup, and dinner was a nice surprise when I came home to a roasted veggie and chickpea wrap with potato/sweet potato chips ready and waiting.  I finished off the day with a square of dark chocolate and one spoonful of Ben & Jerry’s!

I also managed to go to yoga after work.  So far so good!

Tomorrow I will eliminate all processed foods (refined sugar (aka, no more Ben & Jerrys), white flour, etc.)  I will need to start planning soon, or lunch will be a challenge!

Health & Wellness,


Just back from a wonderful few days up in Vermont, relaxed and inspired, ready to take on the new year.  I skied for the first time in four years in wind chills that were certainly well below 0, welcome to New England skiing!  But despite the frigid temperature, we had a great time hanging out and relaxing with friends and enjoying the winter wonderland that we rarely see for any period of time in RI.  So, I’m winding down, preparing for my first day on the new job and making plans for my week.  Tomorrow begins my first day of the elimination/provocation “diet” where I will be removing all chemicals from my diet including food additives, alcohol and caffiene.  Shouldn’t be too hard as I’m not a regular coffee drinker and had my fill of wine over the last few days.  My exercise plan consists of plan A & B…A is to make a 5:30 yoga class in Newport, and B is to go to the gym if I don’t make that.  One thing I’ve learned about myself is if I try to make too structured a plan, chances are pretty good I’ll give up within a week, but if I plan in some flexibility, I’m much more apt to stick with it.  What type of person are you?  Do you do best with a strict schedule, or do you prefer to go with the flow?

This week I plan to go with the flow.  Next week, once I’ve figured out my work schedule and the lay of the land, I hope to do some cooking on Sunday for the week, and incorporate some morning meditation/yoga or whatever else I’m finding I need.

Ok, time to wind down, watch a movie, and have a final glass of wine.  Here’s to a happy, healthy, and well balanced life in the new year!



Below is a copy of an email I sent out.  Beginning Jan 5th I will be blogging daily as I work to get back on track with my nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyle.  Join me!

So, it’s that time of year again.  Time to start thinking about what life may look like for you in 2009.  As I’ve been assessing my own life, I’ve come to a stark realization: I have not been practicing what I preach.  Unlike when I started my business three years ago and I was eating great, exercising regularly, and living a low stress lifestyle, my current lifestyle is not what I would describe as optimum.  So, what’s a health counselor to do?  I have the knowledge, so that’s not the problem.  It looks like life has just gotten in the way.  Sound familiar?

Well, it’s time for a change.  And I figured, if I am going to work to make lasting change, why not take the opportunity to share my journey with our Ripple Effect family, that is the concept behind our name after all.  If I can make a positive change and share it with you, maybe you’ll make a change and share your successes with others and so on.  So, starting on January 5th, I will begin updating my blog on a daily basis with my nutritional, exercise and general lifestyle changes.  I’ll include recipes, food choices, and any other tips that come to me on my journey.  And I’m sure there will be some humor and excitement mixed in there as well.

My basic plan is to start with an elimination/provocation diet the month of January, do 40 days of yoga and meditation the month of February, and moving all of this into a sustainable, healthy lifestyle in March.  And I will do all this while starting a new 40-hour a week job with an hour commute each way, so convenience and planning will be key.

If this journey sounds like one you’d like to take with me, or at least watch from a distance, please go to my blog page and sign up to get updates from my blog sent right to your mailbox http://jess.rippleeffectwellness.com.  I would love your comments and support along the way.  Your comments and questions will make this an even more powerful experience for everyone.

Best of luck as you move into a new year.  Be sure to take care of yourself and the ripple effect is sure to follow for those around you.  I hope to hear from each of you!

Be well!