One of the things people often say they like about me is I am honest and real. Therefore I am going to be honest right now. My healthy intentions for January pretty much failed at the first hurdle .
Although I have commited to my exercise, the unhealthy habits with food have still been there. Listening to an Audio last weekend called ‘the slight edge’ was kind of a turning point for me as was attending a national training event for my business.
The Slight Edge is basically based on the philosophy that success is a result of simply choices and decisions we make on a daily basis. Likewise bad decisions and choices can lead to unwanted out comes.
Take diet for example; I might think ‘oh I have had a hard day I’ll get a bottle of wine and a pizza for tea’ . Ok so that one instance of doing this might not do any harm but this habit repeated constantly will do plus it leads to unhealthy associations that food is a comfort or reward.
I therefore decided to take action. I am committing to a program called 30 days to healthy living and beyond. In the past I’ve looked at clean eating or raw diets but I’ve always felt over whelmed by the amount of random foods and ingredients and the amount of planning involved.
The 30 days plan kind of acts as a bridge to a clean eating lifestyle by providing nutrition to help support someone like myself who wants to change their eating habits.
I have always been sceptical about ‘shake diets’ but looking into this I realised that this plan isn’t about using shakes to replace meals it’s about using them to supplement and support a healthy diet.
For someone like myself who is always eating on the go and rushing about (and who also hates cooking) I know that two meals a day are taken care of but that I can add ingredients to the protein or I can use it to make pancakes, protein porridge or breakfast bowls which can be packed full of nutrients it would otherwise be hard to obtain.
So why would I bother embarking on this when I’m not over weight?
Basically I have always kind of had this all or nothing approach to food. I’ve gone through times where I’ve lost weight by eating very little and times when I’ve gained weight by eating several takeaways and family size chocolate bars a week. Neither approach is healthy.
I generally follow a diet which is high in refined sugars, I consume a lot of caffeine and also convenience food. Now I’m lucky, my health is generally good. I have a reasonable amount of energy, I’m rarely ill and I’ve never been overweight as such. However this is with a pretty crap diet. What I want to find out is how amazing I can feel and look by completely overhauling my diet and using anazing nutrition to support it.
So without wanting to bang on too much, I’ll be eliminating;
Caffeine , alcohol, sugar, wheat, dairy and gluten.
Along with this I will be using Vegan nutrition by Arbonne to support my journey.
In all honesty the thing which prevented me from embracing the whole plan were: 1. cost-how could I justify spending on myself when I have two kids. But you know what I thought, I need to invest in myself and be the best version of myself BECAUSE I have two kids. I’ll also be looking at improving their diets too. Plus I realised although there’s an initial out lay I will then save money I would normally spend on cakes, alcohol and coffee shop coffees. I sold loads of stuff I didn’t need any more on eBay to fund it so I didn’t feel any need to justify spending on myself too anyway !
2. What others think; that is people saying ‘why are you doing that?’ ‘Don’t be stupid, your already thin’ ‘you’ll end up with an eating disorder’. Then I realised people who criticise me it’s their problem not mine and they probably only wish they had the discipline themselves
3.Fear of success-I know that sounds mad but I have never stuck to anything like this before and that feeling of actually getting my diet sorted and becoming a ‘clean eater’ instead of someone always looking for their next fix is quite scary. I hope that makes sense. In the end I had to say to myself ‘you deserve this’ , ‘you deserve to feel amazing’
Anyway, I have rambled on enough. I’ll be charting my progress on social media just to help myself stay on track really and so I can look at how far I’ve come.