I’ve been sharing and talking publicly about the 30 day elimination plan that I began with some of my friends on November 6th but I haven’t yet taken the moment to share with you WHAT it is or WHY I’m doing it and with the recent questions I’ve received I realized it was best to just lay it all out there!
So here it is!
This is not whole 30, this is not paleo, this is not a portion fix plan and this is not vegan.
This is ME noting what works best for ME.
Over the last 3.5 years I’ve been making my own health and fitness a priority. I’ve followed a variety of programs and as I progress and as I try new things I’ve noticed some things that used to work for me don’t anymore!
For example, a loaded yogurt bowl used to be part of my DAILY routine. I looked forward to it every morning! The greek yogurt with some fresh berries, a drizzle of honey and some crunchy almonds to top it off! But over time I noticed my skin was breaking out like crazy.
I didn’t think I ate “a lot of dairy” but when it was suggested to cut it out I noticed improvements almost IMMEDIATELY.
That was the first eye opener! And with that, I began noting how different foods impacted my skin, my sleep, my energy levels, my cravings and I found:
Through my own experiments over time, I found I feel my best when I am: Grain free, gluten free, dairy free and (limit) my sugar…so that’s my 30 day PLAN!
Now those who know me know I love a good cookie and I don’t ever plan on cutting out cookies entirely but I am no longer including them daily and after 8 days no cookies I am proud to say I am not just surviving but THRIVING.
I kicked off my 30 days with a 3 day refresh. Not because that’s what everyone else was dong, in fact I don’t think anyone else in our accountability group started that way but after wrapping up a trip to Florida, London and then Vegas in a 5 week span – my body needed a JUMPSTART and this always does the trick!
I can’t really say that I lost any certain number of pounds because well, it was one heck of a morning in our house upon completion and I just never got there #momlife but I lost the BLOAT.
I needed to break the bad habits and this was exactly what I needed to kick it into high gear!
Oh, and don’t mind the instant tan- it’s just the difference in light I was standing under-that did not come with the detox. #sorryfriends
Together we’ve been holding one another accountable through a private Facebook group complete with live calls with different nutrition experts and celebrity trainers, like Chris Downing, the creator of The Shift Shop.
I’ve been leading challenge groups for years now. They are my saving grace and give me so much JOY and really give a purpose to what I do for a living but I will admit it feels good to be on the CHALLENGER side again. I am loving the change, the victories and knowing that we are doing this TOGETHER!
So what’s my meal plan look like?
I’m splitting my daily caloric intake into 4 meals. I’m not eating LESS I’m just eating specific foods that I know help fuel my mind and my body for optimal function!
Meal prep has been KEY for me to stay INTENTIONAL with my choices and make sure I don’t find myself caving later in the day!
Last week was the warm up.
This week kicks off my first go at Intermittent fasting.
I don’t have all the answers but I am willing to give it MY BEST not just for myself but for my challengers and those that allow me to be a part of their journey!
I am getting ready to kick off my Mission Maintain: Holiday Survival group on the 27th and I want you to know I have a spot set aside for you!
Living a healthy & balanced lifestyle isn’t easy.
But you’re statistically 6x m ore likely to follow through with it if you have someone else holding you accountable.
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We are going to end 2017 STRONGER than we started.