November 1st, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Motivation

I’ve had one thing on the agenda for today: Recalibration.

After a week of brownie sundae’s, Halloween party goodies and Kit Kats, I channeled Brendan and Natalia today to help me fend off the sugar cravings that have started to try and sneak up to hit me on the head with a lead pipe, in the kitchen, by Colonel Mustard.

Oh no you don’t sugar. Nice try. I’ve got the dream team on my side!

Ladies first!  Natalia and her green lemonade were on the breakfast menu for this morning. But thanks to some beet greens – my vegetable squeezings morphed from a beautiful shade of green to a little more like something I might have skimmed off the top of a stagnant pond.

Love Juice Knows No Color

Brown juice. Mmmm. I almost didn’t take a picture of it – but then I said you know what? My juice love knows no color! Say “cheese” pond scum! Today’s your day to shine!

Moving on.

Part II of today’s recalibration? Why a Hugh Jass salad of course.

Big Salad

What the hell is recalibration anyway? Well I’m glad you asked. Brendan Brazier was the man who introduced me to this term.  It’s something I’ve experienced before but didn’t really have a nice word to tie it up into a neat little package. When you avoid overly stimulating foods, your body eventually stops craving them. I know from personal experience that if I can just take a day or two and focus on avoiding sugar and processed grains, my cravings for these things totally disappear.

If you haven’t read Thrive, I found an interview Brendan Brazier did on recalibration that you can check out if you want to know more.

Snack time involved what you might call a some-assembly-required Larabar. Dried fruit and nuts. I’m doing Brendan and Natalia proud YO!

Dried Fruit and Nuts

Snacks scarfed, and feeling kind of rakey on this perfect fall day!  Time to throw these kids outside!

Perfect Fall Day

Today’s sweat session was sponsored by the tree in our front yard that finally barfed up its five million leaves.

I told Ava she could jump in the leaves but only if she wore her helmet.

Only Jump With a Helmet On

OK so bike riding may have been involved pre-leaf leaping but seriously, the ground is hard!


I’ll fully admit that I was comforted knowing she was wearing a helmet as she launched herself into mid air to land and then flail on the ground.

I raked, Maxine assisted in leaf removal with her tricycle trunk and Ava hand carried leaves to the road. Child labor laws be damned – put these kids to work!

Toddler Leaf Removal: At Your Service

Buried in sand, buried in leaves – what’s the difference really?

Where's Ava?

I wish these freaking kids would lighten up though, they take everything so seriously.


Recalibration Part IV: leftover beet burgers. Taste the rainbow (sandwich).

Beet Burger

Recalibration Part V: go to bed! What do you mean it’s only 8 o’clock? Why am I so tired? I feel like I’ve had an extra hour today or something!  Maybe my recalibration tactic worked a little too well.

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18 Responses

  • Erica says:

    mmm great day of healthy eats. I want your huge salad! I will have to make one for lunch or din din tomorrow. Your kids are ADORABLE playing in the leaves. They make me want to be a kid again. Is it really the start of a new eek already?

  • Christina says:

    your kiddies look so cute on halloween! I am feeling a sugar high too- too much candy too much indulgent food- must cut back haha

  • Julie says:

    Damn, I think everyone in blog land is recovering from sugar indulgences. Damn candy. Why are skittles so delicious?! WHY?!

  • your kids are HAPPY man. can i be your kid, lying in those leaf piles?

  • Erin says:

    Recalibration is the perfect word for it too. Thanks Brendan! No wonder he’s you’re boyfriend. He’s so smart.

    Does he have a brother??? 😉

  • Bernadette says:

    I’m happy to say I knew exactly what you meant when I read it! I absolutely LOVE that book and carry it with me everywhere, because I can’t seem to remember all the names of the seeds/grains he talks about and heaven forbid I should be in the store gathering what I need for a recipe I’m going to try…

    That picture of Ava in the leaves is adorable!!


  • Lizzy says:

    goodness i love those girls! :) they are so adorable.

    I need to read thrive. like asap! checking out my bookstore this week for it!

  • Holly says:

    haha…i feel ya on the recalibration. after overindulging, i am often in need of that as well. *cough* the holidays coming up *cough*. i LOVE kids playing in leaves pics – they are soooo cute, and that maxine cracks me up. seriously.

    hope you enjoyed your raw beef (i mean beet) burger :)

  • Isn’t recalibration also when you run over let’s say a median or dead body with your car and you need to get your tires aligned? Yes, no . . . okay I don’t own a car, but I have dated a mechanic and I think he used that term before.

    Anyways, I seriously need one too. I went on a sweets binge all week.

  • My juice is looking just like yours lately thanks to lots of red Swiss chard, etc… Sometimes it’s a bit more reddish (which I have found is not a bad thing as it matches our couch; you almost can’t see the stains…)

    Love the girls in the leaves. Kids are so good at enjoying life…

    Have a great week! :)

  • Liz says:

    Great eats today. Looks like the recabilration has been going well. I know what you mean about going to bed early! It’s only 7:30 here in CA and I feel like it’s almost 9…which is what my body clock is saying. Gotta reset that circadian rythmn I guess.

  • . . . oh wait sorry for the gruesome dead body comment, I’m still in the halloween mood apparently! (I’m thinking of decorations from last night hahaha)

  • Cindy says:

    Sweet Fall!
    I did just the same thing. lots of greens and rest and flushing out what junk I did eat.

    I ate so much flipping less candy I am amazed. And even what I did eat, I really felt. glah!

    that smoothie and water and teas felt so great.
    I craved protein today so that’s what I ate!

    and granola cereal!

    Happy Day
    sleep well

  • Mama Pea says:

    Oh, I am so cringing (not at the beet burgers…well not exclusively) but at Ava up to her neck in leaves. I’m imagining all sorts of creepy crawlies all over her. GAHHHHHHH!

  • Amy says:

    I’m trying to focus more on whole foods and eat fewer processed foods. I’m really glad I stumbled on your blog 0 you’re hilarious.
    I love the picture of the sky and clouds – beautiful.

  • Nicole says:

    I miss playing in the leaves now!! Too bad it is cold and wet here in Germany otherwise I would be playing in mine!