For those who haven’t seen my original post on #100DaysOfHealthy, I have a list containing 11 items, and I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over. Hopefully each item will become a lifestyle change if I think it’s worthy.
This past week I was to eat at least 5 servings of veggies a day. To be honest, I haven’t noticed much of a change, but then again, I was already eating my fair share of veggies since cutting out most sugars (added, starches and natural) a couple weeks ago. I also probably haven’t noticed much of a change because it seems like each day this week I’ve eaten something that I definitely shouldn’t have. Which has made me feel like I’m starting from square one again. It seems everything I detoxed out of my body is back, and I’m not really reaping any benefits anymore, and that’s extremely discouraging. On top of that, once I screw up, my thought for the rest of the day is basically “Well, I already messed up, might as well do what I want the rest of the day…”
That’s why my main focus for today is “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Although it is discouraging, slipping back into bad habits has also made it obvious how much they were bogging me down in the first place. It’s really brought to light just how much the things I eat affect me. So, while discouraging, it can also be encouraging to know what I’m doing with #100DaysOfHealthy is truly making a difference in my health. I may have fallen down a few times this week, but it’s time to stand up again and keep moving forward. Mind over body.
I can’t report back any positive results from this week, but I can report back that yes, eating even a couple processed or sugary items the majority of the days out of a week will make you feel like crap. So, if the majority of what you eat is processed foods, restaurant meals, added-sugar items and/or carbs, you probably feel like crap and are just used to it. Crazy and S.A.D. (Standard American Diet). I will however list off some of the ways slipping back into old habits (consuming sugar) has negatively affected me:
- I’m much more tired, not energetic or motivated
- I’ve started craving sweets and processed foods again
- When I get hot or sweat, my skin becomes red, blotchy and itchy (which had almost completely subsided when I cut out sugar but now is back with a vengeance)
- For lack of a better way to explain it, my body just overall kind of feels like crap (achy, anxious)
This week starts item #4 on the list: “Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly.” I may even change it to weekly, because my out-of-pocket is met so, I can, for free. And my first appointment during this #100DaysOfHealthy is today! It will also, hopefully, be a week of getting myself back on track with no sugar. Drinking the correct amount of water daily is still going strong, no wavering there.
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices