A couple times a year I think my body goes through a cycle where it just wants to hold onto all of the bad stuff I’ve been putting into it. Conversely, I think there are also times of the year where it seems I can eat whatever I want with pretty much no consequences. Right now, I’m experiencing the former. Despite my efforts to eat more fresh veggies & salad, as well as trying to make it to the gym more often, etc. I’ve still managed to put on 6 pounds! True, I have been a little bit (ok, A LOT bit) on a sugar kick lately, but 6 pounds??? C’mon!! When this happens, I know it’s time to tweak my habits.
Yesterday, my belly was so bloated, I looked like I was 6 months pregnant. I was uncomfortable all weekend, and just feeling the need to “cleanse”. I am past the stage in my life where I am interested in dieting, but I do think there is something to detoxifying your system every now and then. A couple of years ago, I tried the Fat Flush Plan, and I did lose weight, but it was so strict, and I gave up so many things cold turkey (like caffeine, among others) that I got so sick I had to stop. I think the eating plan does have merit, it’s just a little extreme to jump into all at once.
But I do think I can take away a few things from that experience that would help me now. This is what I’m willing to do:
1.) Drink more water.
2.) Eat more raw foods and less processed foods.
3.) Stop the mindless snacking in between meals.
4.) Cut out the processed sugar for a while.
5.) Exercise more.
There are a few things I am not willing to give up. These include my morning coffee (complete with sugar and powdered creamer), whatever kind of fruit i feel like having (a lot of diets restrict certain fruits because of the sugar content), meat, salt, and bread & pasta (although I probably will cut back a bit & try to use whole grain versions wherever possible).
I heard somewhere (Oprah, maybe?) that it takes 21 days to break a habit. I’m not sure if I can break my sugar habit while still enjoying it in my morning coffee, but I’m willing to give it a go… something’s better than nothing, right? I do also see benefits to preparing more meatless meals, although I am by no means going veggie.
Yesterday, I had an almost meatless day, using only about half a baked chicken breast on my salad at dinner. I used this recipe to make a delicious hummus spread for lunch (Wyatt is also a big fan of hummus). I did add a little garlic salt and extra water to the recipe. The only processed sugar I had all day (other than my coffee) was a couple of small bites of Wyatt’s water ice. For me, that’s really good!!
I’m not sure how long I’ll manage, but the goal is breaking the bad habits, and forming new, good habits in order to feel better. Wish me luck!