I’ve been telling you how I feel pretty crappy these days. I’ve gained weight, my clothes aren’t fitting, and I generally feel sluggish and bloated all the time.
There’s no mystery here. I’m eating too much, and too much of what I’m eating is junk. Add to that, I’m not exercising as rigorously as I was before, and we have a recipe for disaster. Oh, did I mention? I seem to be going through some, ahem, hormonal changes. I’m only 42, people! I am not ready for this!!!
I have three trips planned this fall — two are to tropical locations that require a swimsuit — and there are all the holiday festivities looming. I want to feel good about myself. I want to get this runaway train under control.
It’s a vicious cycle. I wake up in the mornings renewed and refreshed and determined to eat well and get back on track, and then by 5:00 I’m ready for a cocktail and a snack. I continue to snack the whole time I’m making dinner, and then I sit down to dinner and the train has already derailed so I just go for broke and enjoy it . . . too much of it. And then I go to bed feeling like crap, and I wake up and do it all over again.
This has to stop. I need a reset.
I’ve thought about cleanses and juice fasts, but I’m the kind of person that needs FOOD. I need to CHEW. I know I wouldn’t last 24 hours on a juice fast.
I’ve talked before about going Paleo, but I never seem to pull the trigger and go for it whole hog. (Pun very much intended, thankyouverymuch!)
Then over the weekend, a friend mention the Whole30 program. I’ve heard of it, I’ve seen my friends doing it, I’ve liked their photos in Instagram and always thought it looked like a healthy way to eat. But I didn’t think I had in me to give up all sugar and dairy and carbs and . . . OMG . . . wine!!!
But when she put the idea in my head, and I decided to look into it and see what it’s really all about. I poked around on the website and started reading the Whole30 Rules.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
- Do not eat grains.
- Do not eat legumes. No peanut butter, either.
- Do not eat dairy.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients.
Right about the time I was thinking, no way, I’m out, I got to this part:
Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.
And that’s when I started to get determined.
I did the gluten thing once. If I can do that, I can do this. It’s only 30 days.
I threw it out on my Facebook page to see what the reaction would be, and DeAnn asked if I’d looked into The 21-Day Sugar Detox. I had not, so I clicked through.
The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a comprehensive program designed to help break the hold sugar and carbs have on you, and at first I didn’t think that’s what I want right now. I want to focus more on eating healthy and the good things I CAN have rather than what I CAN’T have. But as I looked into the program further, I realized that it is based on the Paleo diet, just like Whole30, but it’s 21 days rather than 30. (Yes, I know that I can decide how long to do each program, but there’s a certain mental game you play with yourself when you make a commitment like this, and I know I need to choose one program and do it as written if I’m going to succeed.)
I’ve been saying for a long time that sugar is my nemesis, and I know I feel better when I’m not eating so much of it. Plus, my husband has been seriously trying to reduce his sugar intake so he’s interested in doing it with me. (See 141 reasons sugar ruins your health.) I started thinking that perhaps the 21-Day Sugar Detox is exactly what I need.
Upon further investigation, the 21-Day Sugar Detox allows certain types of dairy (happy day!!) and the program is divided into three levels so they attempt to break you in gently. I like the sounds of that. AND it comes with easy-to-follow meal plans and more than 90 simple recipes.
I need this to be EASY so I went ahead and bought the Premium Package and signed up as an affiliate (links in this post are affiliate links).
Maybe it’s all hype and I could do this without purchasing anything, but I’m the kind of person who needs incentive, and money is a great motivator. If I pay $100, I’m committed. Done.
Yesterday I went to Costco and stocked up on meats and veggies and came home and cleaned out my pantry and fridge. Last night I poured over the Quickstart Guide and listened to the Day 0 audio support. Then I had my last glass of wine for 21 days.
Wahhhhh . . .
But really. I’m ready to do this. I want to feel better.
Anyone wanna join me???