I just wanted to give you an update on the food plan. Just to provide a little bit of a recap, I started the plan on October 1 when I started the three day cleanse. If anybody has been on a cleanse before it is something everyone should try. I was quick to realize that my body needed a good cleanse to get on track for the eating plan. You never realize how out of sync your eating is until you actually get it on track.
At the beginning I was irritable due to giving up refined sugar and carbohydrates. Don’t misunderstand me, I didn’t have to give up carbs completely but I use to eat them consistently and this was a major change. For the last twenty six days I have spent most mornings eating a bran cereal with fruit, which is a great way to start the day.
I eat significantly more vegetables and fruit then I ever did in the past. As a matter of fact there are days now where I actually crave salad, green or red pepper, cucumber, cauliflower, etc. Most of the time I eat these vegetables raw instead of cooked. This is not due to any choice of a raw vegetable eating plan, it just tends to be the way I prefer them.
I find myself enjoying yogurt now, which is a big change. If you new me before I never went anywhere near yogurt. I didn’t like the seven thousand kinds that are available at the grocery store and I also avoided frozen yogurt that so many people like. Now I tend to eat yogurt as a snack during the day. I typically eat DANONE yogurt, fat free with pro biotic.
Another big change has been stopping the snacking in the evening. I didn’t realize in the past how often I would grab something small to snack on in the evenings while watching TV or working. Sometimes it might have been a handful of chips or it could have been jube jubes that hit the spot. Now I spend my evening avoiding the food and keeping my body going with water.
I am proud to say that in the last twenty six days I have lost just over 20lbs. I don’t expect to lose 20+ pounds every month but I am still shocked about the number. I found that my body has adjusted well to the new eating plan and now craves the healthy food as it is learning new habits and creating a new palate.
The ongoing battle will be with my mind. Even though I don’t physically crave the poor food choices I made before sometimes I mentally think I still want them. When work or life tends to stress me out my mind begins to think that I should entertain some comfort food to make me feel better. I imagine that this urge will also dull over time even if it doesn’t fully go away but right now it can still be a battle for me.
At the almost one month mark I am proud of the journey I have made so far. I am surprised with the amount of weight loss and exactly how much more energy I have today then thirty days ago. I encourage everyone to take their physical and mental health into their own hands, guide yourselves to the experts and build a better life.