Well hello there Sunday! I swear, time sure flew by this week, which is a really good thing since I’ve cut out just about everything from my diet! Except wine and coffee of course! 😉 I knew after the Holidays I wanted to do a cleanse or possibly try the Whole 30 program again, but I always forget how I feel a few days in. A couple of years ago Matt and I did the Whole 30 program and we felt AMAZING. Matt lost about 10lbs and I think I lost around 7lbs. Ok, first of all, why the hell do men lose weight quicker than women?! It’s really freaking annoying! UGH! Anyway, I felt great, my clothes fit great and I was comfortable in a bikini, SCORE! After the 30 days was over, I stuck to clean eating for the most part, ok, actually I just stuck to a gluten free diet, everything else went out the window, and we all know that gluten free does not mean healthy!……And then I started my blog…. I was so consumed in it for the first 6 months that I stopped working out as much and I was so lazy with my eating habits. I quickly realized I needed to get back on the wagon and since then I’ve stepped up my game with my Peloton bike and consistent workouts, except during this Holiday season, NOTHING was off limits. My biggest problem with eating gluten filled, high glycemic grains is that I get major fog brain. I’m not kidding! I can’t think straight, I forget EVERYTHING and I often forget what I’m talking about mid conversation. The struggle is REAL people!
Since Matt and I took the kids on an RV trip for the second week of Christmas break, and my birthday is the 7th of January, I decided to wait until after my birthday to hit the reset button. I’m currently obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow and her website GOOP, check it out here. She is such an inspiring woman, mother and entrepreneur. She’s also big in to clean eating and living a healthy, toxic free lifestyle. She keeps it real and admits to still indulging in french fries (that’s my kinda girl) and a cocktail every night, but her website is full of amazing recipes, products and countless ideas on how to have a healthy balance. She is a huge fan of the 21 Day Detox, also known as the elimination diet, etc, and I thought it would be a great idea to take bits and pieces from that, Paleo and the Zone diet. Is your head spinning yet?? I get it. I LOVE nutrition and would actually like to go back to school someday to study, and possibly become, a nutritionist! Any who, I love the freeness of the Zone diet, it’s not super restrictive but a lot about balancing carbs, fat and protein in each meal (I strongly agree with this concept), but I HATE measuring and weighing stuff. Paleo/Whole 30 is amazing, but I don’t do well with a lot of red meat and there’s certain nut flours and gluten free stuff that I can’t live with out, it’s also pretty restrictive. I love the 21 Day Detox because you can have certain gluten free grains but you can’t have alcohol or caffeine and lets face it, I’m not ready to give up my coffee or wine anytime soon….. SO, why not combine them all?!
Some people really need a strict list of what they can and can’t have and I find that’s a good way to start a new regimen. I’ve tried this and it was great, but I don’t find it necessary for me right now. Although, I knew I needed to hit the reset button FAST. Since Monday I have not had any gluten containing grains, red meat, dairy, processed sugars, added sugars, ‘fake’ sugars, soy, corn, shellfish or processed foods. The first couple days were fine but by day 3 and 4 I had a raging headache and felt like I was starving myself. Today, even with 6 hours of sleep, I feel pretty good so far! I think the biggest thing for me is the dairy, gluten and corn. They’re so inflammatory (along with everything else in the list), and I notice a huge difference without them. I really hope I can be completely dairy and gluten free someday, forever! I was planning on not having any alcohol for 21 days but that changed Friday, oops! I still feel like I have a good balance though.
If you’re looking to change your eating habits, to try a new program, or simply just hit the reset button, I encourage you to do some research. When I was first interested in doing the Whole 30, I purchased their online book and skimmed through it. I’ve done a lot research on nutrition in my past so certain areas of the book I just skimmed over since I had already been educated on those specific areas, but there were some really informative parts of the book and I’m really glad I read it before I started the program. I HIGHLY recommend the Whole 30 book, you can find it here. I also have a spiralizer that turns zucchini into noodles and sweet potato into fries, I highly recommend it, you can find the one I have for under $30 here.
I have found that all of these programs are a fantastic way of hitting the reset button and bringing more balance to your eating habits. Please let me now if you’ve tried one or all of these and what your experience was!
You can also find out more about Peloton here.