It’s not my place to get into the nuances of nutrition and healthy eating – I’m not a registered dietician and I’ve primarily made eating right a mission for myself. So, I’m not going to preach about food and eating correctly or the farming industry, or the benefits of one particular diet over another. Honestly, I just feel overwhelmed by most of it; do you feel that way, too? Ugh.
In the past I’ve done healthy elimination diets, which means canceling out dairy and carbs, nightshades, things that can wreak havoc on the system. But it’s a lot of work, a lot of cooking, a full time JOB! I’ve already got three full-time gigs as it is, so I’m not in the frame of mind to take on that sort of commitment right now. Instead, I’ve opted to take the plunge and try the Isagenix 30-day cleanse. Yes, I’ve researched it, I’ve read the reviews, I’ve talked to all my friends who’ve tried it and I felt pretty confident that I could stick to it and come out feeling good at the end of the month.
While the commitment is huge, the process is actually really simple. No special grocery shopping, stocking up on loads of greens that spill out of the fridge. No special three meals a day plus snacks to prepare. Really, it’s basically two shakes a day, two snacks, and one sensible meal. How hard is that?
I’ll tell you, it’s day two and I’m craving snacks and coffee. Yeah, I’m a decaf drinker so it’s not the caffeine I’m chasing just the taste and smell and warmth of the cup in my hand. My coffee drinking is more of a hobby than an addiction. So is my snacking. When I have writer’s block or when I’m in the flow of writing I need nuts, or pretzels to just mindlessly pop into my mouth. I’ve cut myself off from all this in order to what? Well, vainly, get rid of the last few pounds of pregnancy weight my body just doesn’t want to shed even after I eliminated sugar and work-out five times a week.
It’s frustrating that my clothes fit, but not comfortably. Instead they pinch and pull and cut into all the wrong places. It’s annoying that wearing anything baggy makes me look schleppy and anything fitted feels snug. And that bloating that happens after lunch? Well, I’m sick of it. I didn’t have these things pre-baby, but post-baby my body has just changed so much. It’s like I’m rediscovering how it/I work.
I don’t honestly know where I’ll end up at the end of this monthly challenge, but I’m hoping for the best. I’ve definitely set some high expectations in my head, which I’m aware is silly, but I just feel a sense of positivity and I want to honor that, because why not? It’s so much work to be pessimistic.
How do I feel right now? Pretty good. Day one was rough. Not because I was hungry, but I had every symptom they tell you might happen. Which basically equates to feeling like you have the stomach flu. Ugh. But day two I’ve seemed to level out. I’ll keep you posted with my honest feelings, because why wouldn’t I?
If you are interested in some awesome foodie info from a vegan, my dear friend and author Michael Chrobak has a wonderful blog talking about the food industry and some great vegan recipes that I’ve tried and approve of! You can find his site at: eatingwrite.weebly.com
In addition, another wonderful resource for nutrition and wellness is my dear friend, Health and Wellness Coach, Kelly Schoger and her company ApotheKelly Wellness. Kelly is a trained and experienced coach with so much amazing knowledge. Her website is truly helpful: ApotheKellyWellness.com
Why am I telling you all this? Why not? This mom can’t be alone in feeling sluggish, anxious, bloaty, and tired, right? I want to feel good all the time for my son, my work, my partner, and me!
A story blog is coming later this week… stay tuned. 😉