Over the last 2.5 years, I have been on a journey to get healthy, once and for all. I have done this by conquering one “issue” at a time. I knew that if I was going to be successful, I would have to do it naturally by changing my lifestyle along the way. The yo-yo dieting was over for me. That is exactly what I have done, small changes over the last 2.5 years have added to one BIG lifestyle change. With that in mind, I decided to tackle a 10 day detox diet, based upon Dr. Hyman’s diet with some modifications. You can see more about this plan on the Dr. Oz show. I wanted to try this diet to kick any food addictions that were still lingering around, reset my metabolism, and really to just see if I could do it. I did it!!!! I successfully, completed the 10 day challenge and this is what I learned along the way…
- I survived! When the detox symptoms started on the evening of Day 1, it was questionable that I would make it.
- Food addiction is real. This I learned the day I was walking down the hallway at work and walked passed some highly processed cookies and wanted to lick the cookies for the sugar. I don’t even eat or like cookies, but I was having withdraws from the added sugar in almost all of our foods. It’s real. Read your labels. Take a look at the 57 Names of Sugar.
- Sugar is sugar is sugar. It doesn’t matter if it is bread, cookies, or fruit, when it enters your body, it is sugar.
- I eat too much fruit and that hinders weight loss.
- Detox symptoms are real. I discovered this on Day 7, when I had cold chills on and off for two days, along with a low grade headache almost the entirety of the detox.
- I don’t need food to cure my boredom, make me feel better, or as a reward.
- I love the way I feel when I eat healthy.
- I have a better outlook on life.
- I love what the detox diet did to my body shape….hello, waistline. It’s been forever since I’ve seen you.
- Lastly, I am worth it.
You are worth it….getting healthy is a reward, not a punishment. Get active, make some healthy food selections, read your food labels. You are worth it. For me, I plan to be around for my children, living a healthy and active lifestyle, and teaching them the same thing.