I feel like talking about the weather and the date are both such clichés, but I just have to say that I can’t believe we’re already in March! (And I addressed the weather in my last post, so I won’t bore you with the sunny details again 😉 ). Between school and work, life has been busy, busy! Here’s a quick look at life lately according to my Instagram.
I feel the need to warn that in lieu of more photos of the food I ate (been there done that), I’m including the most recent pics I have on hand. They just so happen to be of the cruise J and I took to Mexico last weekend. We had such a great time, but to completely contradict everything I write in this post, I have to admit we ate nothing but sinful cruise food for three days straight. Now, on that note…
Phew. Am I happy those 21 days are over! Actually, to be honest, while naturally I had the occasional craving to curb, it wasn’t all that bad. It’s amazing how your body can really adapt to something if you just stick to it. Don’t get me wrong, ending on my birthday may have not been the best idea considering I wanted nothing more than to dive into a Red Velvet Sprinkles cupcake, but all in all I came out ok! That energy and overall “clean” feeling I described in my first post (after my initial “detox” period as I like to call it) truly stuck with me through the entire cleanse. I felt very steady and could actually tell my sugar levels remained consistent throughout the day. I had no headaches, mood swings, or any overall sluggish feeling after meals.
I know there are a few things that I have no intention of maintaining, but there are a lot of aspects of the cleanse that I’d like to keep as daily habits. Sugar is definitely something I’m more mindful of, as well as adding lots and lots of fruits and veggies, and less carb-y foods. I will absolutely still indulge in a delicious veggie pizza from time to time, but also have no problem neglecting breads and tortillas. I’m all about picking the “guts” out of a sandwich or wrap, it really is just as good-just way less filling!
Considering my love and devotion, I was shocked by how little I craved cheese. I had to get used to not using it during cooking because it’s so easy and can really add something to a sandwich or salad, but once I was, I didn’t even think about it. Omitting it from your meal is an easy way to reduce calories, and I found the flavor was easy to make up for with different seasoned veggies.
Coffee was also something I surprisingly didn’t miss. I found I actually missed the experience of a Starbucks more than the actual 400 calorie drink itself! The smell, holding the warm cup on a chilly morning, and the mental high I’d get knowing the caffeine I was ingesting-but the coffee “buzz” I could really do without. I think as time goes on it will become more of a treat, or a desperate “night before a big final” situation rather than a daily necessity.
Having a glass of wine with my man is something I certainly won’t give up, but I think I’ll really listen to myself. Not that I’m even a heavy drinker, but I know some nights I didn’t need that drink with dinner. Now having experienced going without it completely, I’ll be more inclined to turn it down when the occasion presents itself.
I think all and all, while I’m not a changed woman-nor did I drop a dramatic amount of weight, I’m happy I did it. It was nice to know I can, and I’m glad that I stuck with it. I won’t be in any hurry to challenge myself with another one any time soon, but for now I feel great and can’t complain!
I never thought this day would come. But I may have replaced (gasp!)…Starbucks. Now, even I’m not naive enough to say it’s forever, BUT, I will say I feel just as energized, refreshed, and overall healthier. Why even attempt such a feat you ask? Let’s rewind to last Saturday night. I was at a friends house catching up over a few glasses of wine, when a friend mentioned he had just gotten off a 21 day cleanse.
As I was listening to him describe how amazing he felt and all the other benefits I thought about my own eating habits that day. It went pretty much like this:
7:45am- Wake to blasting, obnoxious alarm clock. Slather on three layers of concealer to cover under eye circles.
8:30am- Rush out the door to nearest Starbucks for my daily
happy-pill caffeine fix (if I were blindfolded and walked into a Starbucks the smell alone would perk me up).
9:00am- Arrive at my job pleasant and ready to work.
12:34pm- Obsess over my boredom. And the time. And why it has suddenly stopped.
2:15pm- Leave work, meet the boyfriend for lunch and scarf down half a chicken sandwich.
4:00-5:15pm- Pass out face down on the couch in front of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reruns.
6:30pm- Shower and get ready for the night. Reapply concealer.
8:30pm- Eat leftover pizza for dinner. (In my defense it was thin crust, veggie, and made with semi-homemade Whole Foods dough!)
9:30pm- Arrive at friends house for wine and Samba dancing…which brings us back to the Cleanse conversation.
Ok, so maybe there was some room for improvement here. Long story short, I started the 21 day cleanse last Monday. There are a ton of restrictions but the main food groups to avoid are dairy, soy, wheat, gluten, yeast, acidic foods, alcohol, and of course coffee. (It sounds way more daunting then it is I swear! Check out the website for more details here)
So instead of my daily trips to Starbucks, I’ve started walking to my local Jamba Juice and ordering their fruit only smoothies. Not only are they delicious and refreshing, but they seem to give me the same energy boost I need to get through the day, without the crash! I’ve even come to look forward to my little Jamba date! An added plus is they’re doing a promotion where you fill out a survey online and get a free 16oz smoothie with the purchase of your next! So I pick up a smoothie in the afternoon and store one in the fridge for the following morning. A time and money saver. I can’t complain.
Now it’s only been a week, so check in with me on day 20 and see how chipper I am about neglecting that Vanilla Latte craving, but either way it’s nice to know that I can go without.