The past couple of months have been terrible for me in regards to my eating habits, and my workouts. I had to work the graveyard shift at work, so my whole balance of life was thrown off for a month. At first I thought it would be great, because I had imagined that I would wake up full of energy and be ready to go to the gym. It never happened that way. I think I actually made it to the gym three or four times the whole month. I could not find the energy to go, and to be quite honest, even the desire. My sleep was so sporadic because of being awakened by all the noises outdoors and by my dogs, so I never felt rested.
Anyways, during my time at work I began listening to some podcasts by Balanced Bites and realized even more so how out of balance I really am with my eating. It’s not like I haven’t known this, but for some reason, it really stood out even more as I listened to the podcasts. I know that when I did the Whole30 near the beginning of this year, that I actually felt better eliminating certain foods from my life during those 30 days. My stomach felt so much flatter, and my overall outlook of life was better. I know I can’t eat Whole30 every day, because I know me. I know that I will still want the occasional indulgence. However, I do think that I should somehow lean more into the Paleo realm of eating and adopt more of those eating habits. It’s a thought at the moment, but a very strong one. My only hesitancy is all the cooking involved. The hardest part for me during the Whole30 was balance. I felt like I never had a moment to relax. I would get home, change into my gym clothes…go workout and then come home and cook. We were eating our dinners late in the evening, and then going to bed on a full stomach, because getting up at 5am comes early. The key for me is to find the balance I need in order for this to work.
Another thing that I have been thinking about is how much I love sugar. It is one of the substances I can probably say that I abuse in my life. When I’m down, I reach for candy. When I’m happy, I reach for cake. When I am excited, I want to go out and have a dessert. It’s so hard to resist for me. I want to resist it, and even succeed at times, but most of the time, the sugary treat wins.
It’s like before I know what’s happened, I have eaten something sweet and end up feeling like crap for the next couple of hours afterwards. Sure, it tastes good going down, but is it worth it in the end? Is the damage that sugar can possibly bring worth it in the end? No. Emphatically NO!
So, I have decided to do the 21 Day Sugar Detox by Diane Sanfilippo. This is a Christmas present that I gifted myself. I joined the online program so that I can get support, and any ideas to help me along the way. When my detox is over, I want to get her Practical Paleo book and see if this can help me along my journey.
My detox starts on January 4, 2016. I am praying for God to help me through this, and to help those who have to put up with me during this time. 🙂