I have a friend that is really health conscious. She exercises and watches what she eats. Nobody’s perfect, and neither is she, but when she finds herself slipping a little bit in her health-life she’ll say she flipped a switch. Like all the sudden she recognizes that she’s been letting herself go a little and she needs to turn the train around. So the flip switches and she reigns it in.
My switch has flipped in a big way.
Its not that I’m not health conscious. I have always been a “healthy” eater. I don’t really binge. I eat a lot of veggies. I exercise….sometimes.
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But here’s the thing with that darn switch: the dang thing flipped and I have really been doing some long hard thinking about just how healthy I really am. I decided to make some changes with sugar and carbs…both weight gainers and addictive. Then I heard about this 30-day challenge. The challenge is like this: no sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, or alcohol for 30 days. (no fun….at all)
Here’s why I decided to take this drastic step:
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1. I am a plan-girl. If I don’t have a plan, I almost always fail. Also, challenges are huge motivators for me. I love a good challenge.
2. Jarrod agreed to do it with me and we both have needed to make some changes in what we eat…even though we are mostly good eaters. There was still a lot of sugar and carbs we were consuming and we both wanted to see how much better we felt being completely OFF those things.
3. Baby weight. Let’s just call it like it is: this crap ain’t easy to lose. After Vera, I still have a good 25# to lose. I’ve read about the Paleo diet not only just helping people lost weight (around 95% of people that do this challenge lose) but it gets to your right weight. We all usually have a specific number in our heads and sometimes that’s not the number meant for our body. So eating like this gets you to your body’s correct weight and if you’re pretty good with eating like this, you’ll stay there and not fluctuate all over the scale.
We’ve been loading our plates with good meats, eggs, lots of veggies and fruits, and good clean fats like avocados and olives. Its been better than it actually sounds. Did you know you can MAKE your own mayo? Well you can and store-bought mayo is illegal in Paleo because there’s sugar in it (like every other condiment in the world)…so I made my own. It was crazy-good fun and it tastes so good! So with mayo, I can make egg, tuna, and chicken salad and that takes care of a lot of lunches.
Its been 8 days. I woke up today to my ninth day of a strict Paleo diet. Overall I feel good. I have energy I haven’t had one headache…something that’s been an every-other-day normality lately, I feel less bloated. I’ve been drinking almond milk in my coffee and I miss my half-and-half a lot, but other than that the cravings have not been bad. The first few days were the absolute worst. I felt so isolated, like I couldn’t even breathe without thinking about food. Eventually after a few torturous mental days, we got the hang of it. We even survived the FOURTH of JULY with NO slipping or cheating! Its really exciting what your mind can lead your body to do when that switch is flipped.
A few final thoughts on our 30-day challenge:
-I can’t tell you if we’ve lost any weight because part of the challenge is hiding it away so if you don’t lose any weight, you’re not discouraged to keep going with the challenge.
-I can tell you already that I probably will not eat like this exclusively when my 30 days is over, but part of the purpose of this challenge is to change the way we think about eating and change those bad habits. And that for SURE is happening. It was crazy how many times I walked over to that snack cupboard to just grab a pretzel or a handful of tortilla chips in those first few days….I wasn’t even hungry!! I’ve realized how much just plain habit eating I do…I’m just bored so I grab something.
-You can follow along with some of what I’m eat on Instagram: @alicias_whole_plate
-This is probably the last you’ll hear me talk about this challenge until the end of it. And I’ll probably just tell you I’m done and if I feel forever change and if I lose any weight. There’s nothing more annoying than hearing someone obsess over their diet over and over and that is certainly not me. I am healthy, I’m taking steps to be healthier, and we are doing this challenge…I don’t have any desire to write a 12-part series on how sugar negatively effects our hormone balance or how the wrong carbohydrates trick our bodies into wanting more and more of them. No desire to do that. So while I would love your pats on the back of encouragement, I probably won’t be giving daily or even weekly updates unless you have specific questions….we don’t need to wear this thing out, ya know?
Alrighty cats, off to my eggs and tomato brekky. Have yourselves a terrific Wednesday!