32 days

It’s been 32 days since I’ve had a cup of coffee, a piece of bread, fruit, sugar, potato chips, or junk food of any kind. It’s been 27 since I’ve had any alcohol. A year ago I would have thought that this would have been impossible. I remember reading somewhere that it takes 21 days to change a behavior. I’ve learned so much through this process. I’ve learned to listen and trust my body. I’ve learned that I can do anything I set my mind to. I’ve learned that healthy foods can absolutely be delicious. I’ve learned to break my addiction to sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.

I have to say that the past week or two I’ve really been feeling great. It’s not perfect, but without a doubt I’m feeling better. I wake up easier (and earlier). I still don’t spring out of bed, but I don’t feel tired all the time. Two nights ago we had a sleepless night due to the wind blowing stuff around on our porch and Maddox up teething. The next day I was tired but not sluggish. I didn’t feel like I was going to end up with a cold. I’ve had a slight sore throat that comes and goes but it feels different than the ones I used to get. My prior sore throats acted as warning that I was on the verge of getting sick. This sore throat feels more like an irritation. I’m thinking it is associated with allergies.  I feel like my skin looks better. I feel like I can think more clearly. I haven’t been moody or irritable despite my monthly cycle. I feel like I’m doing good things for my body. It feels really good.

Now instead of stumbling over to my coffee machine in the mornings, I start my day with Vitality SuperGreens mixed with Vega vegan vanilla protein powder. I drink a lot of green tea but I don’t need it in the morning to function. I eat fermented foods at least once per day and drink fermented drinks throughout the day. I no longer miss my gluten free toast in the morning or sandwich at lunch. I’ve had some gluten free grains- quinoa, millet, and buckwheat which have been a nice addition but certainly aren’t staples in my diet. I’ve also been soaking and dehydrating nuts, making cashew milk, coconut milk, and bone broth. Bone broth has amazing benefits including healing the gut. Unlike the first two weeks, I no longer struggle to find foods that I can eat. Instead I eat every 2-3 hours. I’ve been obsessed with Thai green coconuts. The coconut meat is as good as a dessert without the guilt or sugar crash.

This journey certainly isn’t over for me. I’m 4 1/2 weeks into a 6-8 week program. Mostly I wanted to write today to remind myself how great I’ve been feeling. I’ve made the decision to add alcohol and coffee back into my diet. I realize that alcohol isn’t good for me. I’m not trying to fool myself here. The fact is that we leave for Napa Valley in 6 days and I’m not sure it’s a good idea for that to be the first time I drink. As for the coffee, I’ve periodically made myself give it up over the past 5 years. I love it so much that it can easily get out of hand. A month without coffee is a huge success for me. I bought the BulletProof Coffee starter kit and I’m ridiculously excited to have a cup in the morning.

Other than wine and coffee, I’m planning on continuing to eat like this for another 2-3 weeks. At that point, I’ll likely start to add fruits back into my diet. I’m not in a hurry to change much else about what I’m eating. I guess we’ll see when we get there but I definitely know that I want to continue to feel this good.

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