Monday, February 3, 2014

Let's Make it 100 Days




The last week of my detox was the hardest.  My portions kept creeping up and my cravings started kicking in.  By Saturday and Sunday, I was really ready to drink alcohol and eat crap.  That, to me, says I'm not done resetting my system.

Instead of quitting after 28 days, I'm going to take this to a full 100 days.  It's not my intent that after the 100 days I just start eating bread and beer exclusively, but I think after 100 days, I will be able to work those back in with better self control.  The 28 days has been great, but I easily feel like I could fall into unhealthy patterns again.  I need more time to reset my mind.

Also, 100 days will take me through some milestones where I want to perform well.  At the beginning of March, I will run my second half marathon.  At the end of March, I will be trying to take my final test to become an architect.  This is an area of my life where I have had to cope with disappointment in myself, and I want to do my best.

Lastly, I have lost 11 pounds, but I feel like that's only a good start to a great change in my life.  If I don't move forward in the same way, I can easily put that weight on, plus some.  I have known for a long time that I really wanted to get healthy, but I just wasn't being serious and making it a priority.  Well, I am now.

So, moving forward, I will be keeping several things out of my diet and allowing a few things back in.

Out List

Alcohol
Processed Sugar
Gluten
Caffeine 

Back in List (Sparingly)

Soy (in the form of tempeh and tofu)
fruits of all kind (detox was just berries and citrus)
natural sweeteners (maple syrup)

I am excited about my moving forward plan, and I hope it will work well to help me continue on my path to optimal health.









Breakfast:  2 scoops choc protein powder, 1 tbs chia seeds, 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1/3 cup frozen strawberries

Lunch:  2 scoops vanilla protein powder, 2 cups spinach, 1/2 cup raw carrots

Snack:  almonds!


For dinner, I have a recipe for you!  It was a quick throw together, but it was simple and delicious.  After work, I had hot yoga.  It was an amazing class.  I got a lot of time on the mat to think about my choice to extend this way of eating and keep certain things out of my life.  I felt very happy and confident that it was the right decision.  When I got home, I set to work on this.

Pesto Stuffed Baby Bellos

Ingredients:
3 baby portobello mushrooms
1 tsp olive oil
3 heaping tbs vegan pesto
1 tbs paprika
a few cilantro leaves (optional)
2 tbs avocado lemon dressing (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F).
  • Rub outside of mushrooms with olive oil, remove inner stems, place cap down in baking dish.
  • Stuff inside with pesto.  
  • Dust with paprika.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.  Take out when mushrooms start to release water.
  • Garnish with cilantro and dressing.

Cauliflower Green Stir Fry

2 leeks, washed and cut into rings
1 tbs coconut oil
1 head of cauliflower
2 cups collard greens
2 limes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbs cumin

  • In a pan, heat coconut oil on medium high.
  • Add chopped leeks, saute for 5 minutes.
  • Cut cauliflower into manageable pieces.
  • Blend cauliflower in food processor until it looks like rice.
  • Add cauliflower to pan.  Stir occasionally.
  • Add juice from limes, garlic powder and cumin.  Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add collard greens, stir in and cover with top.
  • Let steam for 10 minutes.
  • Remove top, let sit for 5 minutes.






I hope you all had a fun and healthy weekend, and even though I know there will be ups and downs with this 100 day plan, I'm very excited.

5 comments:

  1. I'm totally starting a similar 6 week detox before i turn 30 and change tomorrow! I think cocktails and wine will be a huge hurdle. before, i used to just say, "well, if jesus drank wine, it is ok by me!" But i don't want to end up 60 years old at the bar at 11AM and blame it on jesus, so here i go. your blog helped me see how awesome i will feel.

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    1. that's awesome! i know i'm not quitting drinking forever and ever, but it's something I don't need right now, and I think that's fine. good luck on your detox!

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  2. Great plan and way to go for knowing yourself well enough to know that more time will be beneficial for you. I started my own version of this plan yesterday though I'm using plant fusion powder instead. My biggest hurdle is going to be giving up coffee especially as cold as its been where i live but I'm letting myself have a little leeway in transitioning to tea. I also have a hard time getting my butt up in the morning to exercise..

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    1. I love plant fusion! That stuff mixes SO well with water. I used to leave some in my car in a mix bottle after a workout and just shake it up and drink it on my drive home. I'm usually a tea drinker, so switching to green or herbal tea wasn't a big hurtle. I CAN'T work out in the morning. I try and try, but it just doesn't work. So, I try to make sure I carve out time after work.

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