I have now completed the 3 week "detox" cycle under the guidance of Meredith from Eating Mindful Nutrition; actually I've been back to normal for about a week and a half now, but I thought it was important to wait a bit after the deadline and see how I felt coming out of it before sharing my final analysis.
That may not sound like much if you're just sort of a naturally healthy person, but if you're prone to cravings or yo-yo dieting like I am, it's a pretty big freaking deal. It's a fundamental shift in my daily habits away from damaging and towards long-term health.
There was some adjustment to be had throughout the process, of course. There were a few days where I was freaking dying for a cheese pizza...which was odd, since I'm lactose intolerant, and haven't had one in many years (Meredith diagnosed it as a calcium craving. Sure enough: added some more kale and such to my intake, and the craving went away. Weird).
During the detox, I definitely noticed my energy levels were...well, different. I felt pretty chipper throughout the day, but by about 5PM my gas tank was just empty. I'd go into the gym, get started on a strength set and just burn out and be ready for bed after a set or two. Meredith and I talked about it and readjusted when I was eating what throughout the day, which made a big difference.
The most important change I've noticed coming out of this process has been one I didn't really expect. Spending the three weeks on this detox and seeing and feeling the difference it's made on my body has tied action to consequence on an emotional level. Let me explain:
We know soda is bad for us. This isn't really news for anyone (I hope). I've given up soda before. Sometimes for long periods of time. Rationally, I've always known that drinking water is healthier than drinking soda.
But that doesn't do diddily for my emotional, gut-level feeling on the subject (you have to feed the elephant!) I can feel overweight today, drink no soda, wake up tomorrow and feel no different. That's a huge problem. When you're stuck in that mode, you're adding sacrifice but getting no reward (or more realistically, the reward is slow, incremental, and hard or impossible to notice in a time-frame you'll respond to emotionally). Just because you know junk food is bad, it's very hard to force yourself to make healthy choices if you don't see them making a difference. This process really put the results front and center for me--the total immersion in a healthier diet removed other variables, and the structure and timeline attached to it made me want to stick it out (I'm only three days in, I'm not going to quit...well now I've already made it a week, it'd be stupid to stop...).
Now I have an actual, physical, gut-level understanding of "healthy choices = healthy body." That's a rational "well duh" but an emotional "eureka!" It colors every meal and snack choice I make now. I save room for a cookie and such, sure...but it's much easier to balance the good with the indulgences, now.
Anyhow, that's enough out of me. You can contact Meredith yourself right here and talk to her about the goals you have for yourself.
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