Monday, April 6, 2015

VV Reset: Introduction

In January of 2014, I did the Arbonne detox.  While I don't put a whole lot of stock in detox diets in general, this one helped me learn a lot about whole, nutritious food and how to add extra protein into my diet.  I'm really grateful for everything I learned, especially how amazing my body could feel.

I kept the detox diet going for awhile after, but somehow along the way beer and pancakes won out, and I dropped most of the way I was eating.  Even though I knew it would make me feel good, I didn't gravitate back towards this way of eating until my sister and I went to the Kickstart Little Rock event in January.  I was reminded how yummy super simple meals can be, and I started to clean up my diet.

I feel great, and I'm eating very simple meals, and I don't want to lose that momentum.  So often when I go on a restrictive diet, everything goes out the window.  Since I have spent the last several months pumping my diet full of greens (can we say kale for dinner every night?!), I am ready to take it to the next level.  Our wedding is in May, and I want to feel glowing, so I plan on trying to get in as much good stuff as I can from now until then (and beyond, of course).

Instead of giving you a whole list of things I shouldn't eat, I'm going to give you a list of my goals for daily eats.  I really do believe that if you pump good things into your diet, you won't have room for the crap.

VV Reset 

Breakfast Goals:

Protein powder (shoot for 20 grams)
A serving of fruit (preferably berries)
A serving of fat (nut butter)
A serving of chia seeds

Lunch Goals

Protein powder (shoot for 20 grams)
A serving of greens (spinach)
A serving of fruit (mangos, peaches, kiwi, etc)
Pick me up supplement (maca)
A serving of fat (avocado, tahini, olive oil, coconut oil, etc)

bonus:  get in a small salad in addition the above smoothie

Snack Goals

If hungry, or working out, get in nuts or seeds and a serving of fruit

Dinner Goals

A serving of protein (legumes)
A serving of greens (kale, mustard greens, green veggies)
A serving of carbohydrates (brown rice, quinoa, etc)
A serving of fat (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, etc)

If I spend my time trying to get in all the good stuff, there won't be time for the bad.  This is pretty much what I've been doing lately anyway, so to kick it up a notch, I will be limiting (not eliminating) the following:

  • alcohol
  • refined sugar
  • caffeine
  • soy product
  • gluten

I'm not of the opinion that any of these above things are evil or will destroy a healthy diet.  I do know that I like most of them quite a bit, and if I limit them, I can focus on the other good stuff.  Because I know myself, I know cutting these out completely will result in my wanting them more.  So, they'll be occasional treats.

Preferably, this is the way I want to continue to eat for life.  It's moderate, wholesome, and energizing.  It may have taken years, but I finally feel like I'm finding the best way to eat for my body.

I'm going to try to blog my daily eats for the next month, so you guys can see what it looks like.  I'll break in with occasional other posts as well.

Do you need to set the reset button?  What foods to you go to when you want to feel healthy?  Leave me a comment!


  1. Sounds awesome! I love hearing what other people eat on a day to day basis to give me inspiration.

  2. I've got some "baby weight" to lose, and I tend toward the heavy side. I have tried counting calories, and I generally eat healthy but have been having no success. Enter- Weight Loss Affirmations! It has totally worked! If you think about the narration in your head it makes sense. Anyhow- might be worth a try! Now I only eat what I need and I never over eat. Exercise makes me feel healthy and strong.
    Sounds dorky, but it's working! Also I've been doing affirmations for other areas of my life, such as not being a cranky mom, and it's worked for that too!
    I enjoy reading about your journey- and am excited for your wedding!

    1. I will look into that! :) Thanks for the recommendation. I like the idea of using it in other areas, too.

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