When it comes to food, I have always struggled with self-control. If it’s in front of me; I can’t say no. Knowing this about me is what pushed me to take on this challenge.
Knowing it was “no longer an option”, for whatever reason, made it easier to say no.
As I write this, it sounds a little ridiculous, but it was all in my head. I finally had to be held accountable. To do this, I had to tell every person I knew. And by doing this, my reasoning to myself was; I’ve told too many people to let them all down.
What did my meal plan consist of?
I only ate real food – no sugar and nothing processed!
- Veggies: there are so many vegetables, which is great, I never got bored or ran out of options.
- Meats: natural forms of chicken, beef and pork. Nothing processed or smoked and no deli meats.
- Sustainable seafood
- Nuts and seeds
- Grains: only whole, unprocessed or unrefined
Was it hard?
Surprisingly, not as hard as I expected. Again, the other “stuff” wasn’t an option.
Were there a few fumbles?
Yes! But only because I didn't research what I was eating well enough and those lessons taught me so much more. I learned so much about myself: self control, nutrition, true clean eating and who my genuine support system was.
This is where I would tell you; if you are going to take on a challenge like this, try to convince your core group to do it with you; at the very least the people who live with you. Having the temptations removed from my house was the key to my success.
I still ran into the haters. People who thought this was stupid, who couldn’t understand my reasons, or didn’t think I could do it.
Maybe they had never struggled with self-control, maybe they were jealous that I was strong enough to take on the challenge; maybe they just didn’t care….but they were always the ones telling me “one won’t hurt”, “just one bite”, “you have to enjoy things once in awhile”, “it doesn’t have much sugar”, “you can have one drink, studies say a glass of wine a day is good for you” ….the list went on and on. It’s funny that, as an adult, peer pressure is stronger than ever.
I made a choice to become a better version of me. I’m now conscious of what I put in my body. I want to invest in my body now, so I can use it longer, the same way one invests money for their future. I want to have clearer skin and healthy hair. I want to hold onto my youthfulness for as long as I can.
Did I mention I've never felt better?
For the first time ever I am comfortable in my own skin. I may not have the six-pack I was hoping for, but it's starting to peek through (I may have also forgotten to mention that I have no patience, this might have to be a future challenge, lol). I don’t have tummy issues anymore; not even indigestion in the night. Most days I have more energy then I know what to do and I enjoy the most restful deep sleep. I truly feel happy.
When they say that food is the most under-utilized anti-depressant, they aren’t kidding. I feel like I can take on any challenge. I now have control over my choices, and I am accountable for all of them.
Did I miss certain foods?
YES!!! But my goals were finally more important. I had given up on so many past goals, and failed at so many other diets, I finally wanted to learn what not giving up felt like.
Now comes the question - what now?
With Christmas around the corner, I will be loosening the reins, but I still want to keep my food as clean as possible. We’ll see how I do….balance is key, right?!