Hello My Dear Darling Friends!
The biggest highlight of last week was that I was Eating Clean. I started Ani Phyo’s raw food detox. I think the part that I enjoyed the most about following this plan was how organized I was. I would write down my menu and all of the ingredients the night before.
This was the MOST amazing time saver ever!!! I didn’t have to waste time agonizing over what I would eat for dinner and it increased my efficiency phenomenally. Because every daily menu was different I found myself looking forward to my meals.
I stuck with this plan for 7 days. The first 3 days were cleanse days in which my meals consisted of smoothies and soups. For days 4-7, I started eating salads and adding dates to my smoothies.
What were the challenges that ultimately led to my discouragement? I think it was the criticism from those around me. A handful of people started saying that my fruit intake was way too high and that much sugar (even natural sugar) would make me sleepy. I also noticed that my meals lacked protein. I don’t doubt that I could have stuck with the plan for another week, but last friday I ran for miles and that night after agonizing for a few hours, I caved and ate a salad with seafood on top and a piece of gluten free bread.
Up until that point, I had cut out dairy, flour, refined sugar, and had refrained from coffee! I can hardly believe that I really did it! I stuck with that plan to the book. Yes, I am disappointed that I allowed myself to fall off the wagon. Most of my meals since Saturday have not been great. Not terrible, but not great.
I do have to say that I was feeling a little out of it and my brain was feeling foggy. I am sure that if I had given it more time, my energy probably would have increased. Also, as healthy as I am sure that they are; I am not a big fan of cold vegetable soups especially ones that have avocado whipped into it. The author emphasized the fact that this plan would be effective without exercise. I honestly think that I need a lifestyle plan that is exercise friendly.
I had some wonderful moments of eating clean and I feel extremely encouraged by this. I never thought that I would be able to give up flour, dairy, refined sugar, and caffeine AND stick with it for 7 days!!!
Now that I can do that, I should be able to jump right into a healthy lifestyle again. I will admit that I fell off these past few days and my lack of energy and brain fog has been way worst than it was.
So here I go, I want to reattempt this whole eating clean lifestyle, but this time I want to do it right in a healthy way that is sustainable for me. I know that a raw food diet is wonderful and has many health benefits so please don’t think that I am criticizing it. I just need to find what works best for me. I have noticed that when I lack energy it is hard for me to find the motivation to work out. I am not going to give up until I figure out what works!!! This current week has been stressful for me. I am still behind and we are in the midst of mid-term week. I am just going to do the best that I can and focus on learning.
And just like that, a new month has begun!!!
Mix It Up!
Re-organize your life. I am going to start this today by cleaning my room and cleaning out my kitchen to prepare myself for clean eating!
Paint Something. This doesn’t have to be something super fancy. Even a little baby spark of creativity is good enough for me.
Do something you’ve never done before. I want to stick with a healthy and clean lifestyle and begin my weightloss journey in a healthy way.
Go on an adventure!
What are your goals for May?!?! Please comment below to share them with me!!!
Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,
❤ Alana Xoxoxo