Life hasn't allowed much time for blogging lately but I don't want you to think that means I haven't been moving forward. On the contrary, I've made really big steps over the past few weeks that I've been dying to write about here.
I will start with the craziest part. For the past 12 days I have been doing the "14-Day Total Body Re-Boot and Cleanse" developed by Tracey Webber at Eat! (which is located within the Clay Fitness + Nutrition studio). Tracey opened EAT! about a month ago and I'm so excited about all the amazing things she is doing that I've been helping her promote them on SuzySaid. A few weeks ago Tracey approached me and asked if I'd like to take part in her Re-boot and Cleanse program as a thank you. Ironically a few days earlier I had mentioned to Hyam that I knew that if I was going to get off the plateau I've been on for the past few months what I had to do was really commit to a better, healthier eating plan. Though I've never even contemplated doing something like a cleanse Tracey's offer intrigued me so I said yes.
So here I am 12 days later, down 8 pounds and feeling fabulous! The purpose of the cleanse was not necessarily to lose weight, but it is a fortunate side effect of ridding your diet of all processed foods, sugar, dairy and animal protein. Sounds restrictive, and I guess it kind of is, but it's only two weeks and you do get to eat as much as you want of "approved" foods. I've definitely had my fair share of greens lately!
Though I still have a few days left before I start adding things back into my diet (Phase 3 of the Cleanse) I think it's safe to say that this experiment has been a success. I've tried more new foods in the past 12 days than I had in the past 12 months and it's taught me a lot about how was I eating. I don't miss processed foods from a dietary standpoint at all - though I do miss the convenience of them a little. And the sugar...remember how much I craved sugar? That is gone! People kept telling me it would happen once I gave it up but I didn't really believe them. I don't even miss it. Well...maybe a little.