I’m sick of feeling BLAH and am taking on the challenge eating WHOLE for 30 solid days.
While planning the journey into this Whole 30 adventure I decided to start with a cleanse. I’ve been going overboard with the processed food, sugar, and starchy carbs. I eat our more than I eat at home. I can feel AND see the effects. My skin started breaking out, random aches and pains, restless sleep, low energy throughout the day, and out of control cravings! I go through this cycle from time to time. I can see a pattern so I know I need to change a few habits for GOOD.
I eat pretty healthy by most standards and follow a vegan lifestyle. I still find myself craving and caving to complete junk. YES! There is plenty of vegan junk food!
I also found myself slipping backward with the habits I was so close to breaking. Things like finishing the kids snacks, binging on chocolate, eating out more than once a week (sometimes more than once a day!) and sugary coffees. Ohhhhhhh the sugary coffees. Can you hear my sugar dragon ROARING???
I kicked off my Whole 30 with a three day cleanse. I chose to do Beachbody’s 3 Day Refresh. I’m more familiar with this program and trust the quality of ingredients because I trust the Beachbody brand. I have done this cleanse before but it has been a few years.
The 3-Day Refresh is a simple, straightforward program that will help cleanse your body and improve the way you feel without starving yourself.
Unlike juice cleanses or liquid fasts which tend to be high in sugar and low in protein (leaving you feeling weak, hungry, and sluggish), this program supports your metabolism while nourishing your vital organs.
For 3 days I followed the program with 3 shakes a day, a fiber drink, plenty of water, plus fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats throughout the day to help keep my energy and metabolism going!
I do not own a scale and it had been a few months since I had weighed myself. I was a bit stunned to see I was up another 10lbs. I’m not gonna lie, this brought my mood down for a good day. Then I reminded myself that it takes about two weeks of good solid clean eating to bounce back! I found my fire and dropped 8lbs on the Refresh!
By day 4 I was SUPER pumped to get into my WHOLE 30.
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." -Jim Rohn
So here is what I had for the first three days! Not too much of anything but that’s exactly what my body needed. A BREAK!
My favorite meal by far was the coconut steamed veggies!
This recipe is so freaking easy.
Simply, boil 1/2 cup of water in a sauce pan.
Chop broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.
Add the veggies to the boiling water for 5-7 minutes until soft.
Drain the water, add 1/2 tsp of coconut oil, season to taste.
SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS!
I definitely think I made the right move starting the Whole 30 with the 3 Day Refresh. I felt so excited for ALL of the options that became available on day 4. I would recommend giving yourself a week to prepare before starting either program.
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I’ll definitely be doing the Refresh again in a few months. Losing eight pounds is awesome but by cutting the processed junk I FEEL better physically. I can only imagine how great I will feel at the end of the 30 days. I imagine I won’t want to stop!