I love counting, making lists and checking things off, countdowns, stats, charts, journals, and any way of keeping track of the progress I have made. You have probably noticed it from some of my other posts.
This time around, I am finally going to clean up my eating. It has been heartbreaking to watch my dad suffer with diabetes, kidney failure, and chronic heart disease. My mom said that he said, “In my entire life I haven’t done drugs and I don’t drink. I work so hard and this still happened to me.” I am learning that life is not fair and bad things happen to the people that we love the most.
For years, I coped with food… Food has been my comfort and joy, but also a means to sabotage myself. I have had success with losing weight in the past, but it was never in a healthy way. As the years go by, I can tell by the way that I feel and the way that my body looks that I need to make some long-term changes.
I have so many blessings in my life and I don’t want to take them for granted anymore. Through the years my mom has always loved Ani Phyo’s books on raw food and clean eating. Very recently she invited me to do Ani’s 15 Day Fat Blast.
In the past I was always apprehensive to do this workout. The biggest 3 reasons were: First, I was worried that the ingredients would be expensive. Secondly, I thought that it would be time-consuming. Finally, I wasn’t sure that I could really commit to 15 full days of clean eating with no junk food, snacks, or coffee.
My decision to embark on this raw food journey was a gradual then deliberate decision. One afternoon I started looking through my mom’s book (which I had actually purchased back in 2012, but never read). The recipes looked easy, affordable, and healthy. Next, I ordered the book from amazon and it quickly arrived, but I just let it sit there unopened for over a week. In the meantime, I continued my unhealthy ways… Bringing home takeout, Chinese food, ice cream sandwiches, and ordering pizzas…
This week I finally decided to investigate and commit to healthy living.
This is what Day 1 looked like for me:
Lunch: Spicy Bok Choy Soup
Snack: I liked the Pineapple Green Shake so much that I made it again after my workout!
The hardest part about dinner was the fact that I was craving some salty, solid food. It also didn’t help that one of our tenants ordered pizza and brownies and was eating it downstairs while I diced raw tomatoes, garlic, and an avocado for my bisque.
I have to say that I really enjoy the sweet smoothies, but these savory soups are going to take some getting used to. I am proud that I strongly resisted the temptation to grab a handful of pita chips to go with my bisque. Let me tell ya, it was NOT easy!!!
I am just so happy that I made it through an entire day of clean eating with no exceptions. Also, the fact that the food was wholesome and raw is even more exciting to me. It is a definite test of will.
How do you hit the “Re-set Button” when you want to get healthy? Do you drink a detox tea or follow a certain plan? Do you have any experiences with raw eating? Please comment below to share your thoughts and ideas! I would love to hear them!!!
Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,
❤ Alana Xoxoxo