Friday, February 8, 2013

#YU30 Challenge

When it started to become clear to me that I was very addicted to food, I really had to take a step back and evaluate how things were going to play out moving forward.  As I mentioned in my addiction post, modification at this point is just not an option.

Here's some other things you don't know.  At the end of September I started the two week cleanse.  After that I ate a vegan diet until Thanksgiving, that was my first stray from the diet.  I did pretty good up until Christmas and then started sliding down the hill really fast.  I was gaining weight, my stomach was a wreck, but there were other things.  I was developing rashes on my body, bumps on my body...things I've never had happen before.  I also started losing my hair.  The hair loss was very reminisce of when I was post Leyton delivery.  I started to freak out.  Then I started looking at the big picture.

That couple months previous to my slide down the slide I had given my body nutrients it probably didn't know existed.  Things it had never seen before and it LOVED it.  It was happy, it was healthy, I had a ton of energy.  Then I took it all away.  I think my body started to revolt.  While it had eaten like this before, it now knew that the grass was indeed greener on the other side and damn wanted back over the fence.

I first say the #YU30 Challenge from a friend Caitlyn.  She posted it on Facebook and I thought, hmmm...maybe I will do that.  As it got closer to the start I got scared.  My mind didn't want to give up all the things I had been indulging on again.  I put off grocery shopping and finally on Feb 2nd, two days into the start I got to the grocery store and bought my supplies.  I officially started on the 3rd.  By the end of the evening I was a wreck.  I had a major headache, I was pissed off, I wanted to crawl in bed.  The 4th felt very much the same.  Now, it's the 8th and I'm feeling great!  The recipes on Yum Universe are fantastic.  I've made some homemade granola, and will never buy granola from the store again.  My favorite recipe by far was this quiche from the other night.

It was DELICIOUS.  Even the hubby went back for seconds and we had it as a leftover last night.

The bumps on my skin are going away, my rash is almost all cleared up and my hair isn't falling out quite as much.  I'm not waking up with headaches.  I'm in a better mood and much more patient with the balls in my household.  I'm happy.  My body is happy.  I look forward to the month ahead and all of the new foods I will discover.

When I started the cleanse back in September I knew I needed a system refresh.  After that point I wasn't sure which direction I would head.  By December I just figured I could eat whatever I wanted in moderation.  That was not the case.  What I now know is that I need to be plant strong for life.  Does that mean I won't ever have another bite of meat or cheese, probably not..I'm sure I will.  Does that mean I won't have bit of cake at a birthday party, probably not.  What it does mean is that I am going to make a major lifestyle change.  That my idea of "normal eating" is not normal at all.  It's processed and full of junk.  I'm creating a new normal.  Don't worry, I'll still be a little crazy no matter how normal it may be!

Thanks to Yum Universe for putting on this #YU30 challenge and sharing the wonderful recipes and tips. You came along right when I needed you most!

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