Some of you may remember that this is the time of year for me when I give up pretty much everything. I would say everything that is wonderful and yummy, but that just isn’t the case. In many ways, this 2 month detox pushes me to eat MORE of the delicious things I might pass up otherwise. And let’s be honest – I am getting married in 5 months; a girl wants to look her best – so I am trying to get those hips in line. The new year is a great time to reevaluate lifestyle. It is time to get life back in CHECK!!
From January 1 through Feb 25 (my birthday) – I will be giving up all alcohol, sugar, and carbohydrates. This year, I am also doing a two week full-body cleanse. After the first few weeks, I will start adding back in some fruit, but other than that, my diet will consist of veggies, protein, and light dairy.
For me, this is something I actually look forward to. After the indulgence of the holidays, I am more than ready to get back on track and give up some of the things that tend to make me feel weighed down, tired, and overly yuck. So, to break it all down for you, here are my 2013 Noshing Resolutions!
This is probably the hardest one for me – because wine and me are kind of best buddies. Not in the dependent or addictive way, but in the life is better with wine way. However, with alcohol comes a lot of things I don’t want. First, sugar. Especially in beer – maltose is not good for you. Cocktails can be even worse, depending on your poison. Additionally, a key to weight loss is a high functioning liver. So, a liver that is constantly processing alcohol doesn’t necessarily process other things so well. The better your body can process what you eat, the better off you are. And really, cutting the alcohol reduces a ton of calories in general. Yes, I could “cut back” – but for a proper and full detox, no alcohol is best. Also, after two months without it last year, I have to say – it is also a great way to think about your social life and how much of what you do revolves around drinking. It can be quite eye opening.
Everyone’s body reacts differently to various foods. My body reacts like this: eat a simple carb, gain 5 pounds (generally on my ass). No joke. Fat grams, calories, working out – all of them have their place, but for me and my body, carbs are the bad guy. By cutting them completely out for a good amount of time, I can feel a near immediate difference. After a while, adding back in complex carbs (whole wheat; 1 serving per day only) works great for maintaining. My goal is to go two months without carbs. Coconut flour, after a few weeks, will be my best friend.
This one is the easy one. No sweet stuff. Well, at least not what you might normally consider sweet. No refined sugar at all. Sugar substitutes do ok, but those aren’t super great for you either. I will stick to Splenda in my coffee (p.s., my morning cup of coffee is the only caffeine I will be having) and stay away from sugar in general. This sucks a lot more when you aren’t eating fruit – however, since I plan on adding fruit back in after 2 weeks or so, it shouldn’t be too terrible. I can do without chocolate. I can do without ice cream. Some blueberries with sugarfree whip cream will do the trick just fine. However, those cupcakes look divine, don’t they?
2 Week Full Body Cleanse
This year, I am trying a full body cleanse in pill form. I am using the 365 Complete Body Cleanse from Whole Foods – which was super reasonably priced at about $15.00. The cleanse comes with 3 different supplements (cleansing fiber blend, herbal regularity laxative formula, and milk thistle cleanse) that help to rid your entire body of toxins. I am half way through day two and not noticing a huge difference yet – but I am sure in a few days things will be rolling. I really want to rid my body of all the negative things that I possibly can. Despite the pills being a bit gigantic for me to swallow (I HATE swallowing pills), I haven’t noticed anything negative with the cleanse as of yet. We shall see how I feel in a week or so.
I have been consistently going to Zumba 3 – 4 times a week for the past 8 months or so. I love it. It is the first thing in a long time that has gotten me back to working out on a regular basis. During the two-week cleanse, intense working out is discouraged, so I won’t be going back to Zumba until January 16th (tear). However, after the initial two week period is over, I will go back to Zumba, as well as add in weights 2 days a week. In the meantime, I am going to do some Yoga to keep me limber and mildly active. I am hoping by my wedding, to be lighter and healthier. Although, the ultimate goal is to simply increase my health. We want to start a family soon, and the healthier I can be, the better. Thank god for Zumba and it keeping my ass in gear!
So, all you noshers out there! Heartbeat Nosh will be filled more with home
cooking in the next two months and less of the wonderful world of restaurants.
Stay tuned for tips, tricks, and recipes. Here we go!
P.S. – I could use all the supportive comments and help I can get!