Archive for May 2012

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” – Mark Twain

Few other quotes could accurately describe the relationship that my mom, Kathy, and I have nurtured for nearly the past 20 years. I labeled my 2-year-old to 12-year-old self as a “terrorist.” I was, at one point, asked not to return to children’s church if that gives you a clear enough picture of the little devil I was for the first 60% of my life, thus far. However, my mom’s ability to rationally explain to me that having a more positive and likeable attitude would reap positive consequences to my actions finally stuck with me at about age 13.

She is able to persuade not only me to reconsider my actions and potentially exchange them for more healthful, beneficial, productive behaviors, but almost anyone. My mom confronts people with such graceful assertion that one may not even notice that my mom really would rather gauge her own eyes out with a spork than attempt to calmly manage them–and they are almost guaranteed to take something positive away from the discussion. I try to emulate the communication skills that my mom uses on a daily basis, and I believe that doing so has allowed me to grow in so many directions.

Effective communication is vital in any relationship be it friendly, professional, family, or romantic. It is human nature to read tone, body language, volume, and eloquence during a discussion–not just the words exchanged. Therefore, it is important we remain attentive to our communicative actions when trying to foster heathy, growing relationships. I have learned to rephrase potentially abrasive statements to be more positively received by the listener– such as “I really hate when you cook steak for dinner,” instead maybe “Hey, next time you grill steak would you mind throwing a veggie burger on for me?”

Beyond healthy communication skills, my mom has put up with my health and fitness obsession for the past 6 years. She not only puts up with it, but fully supports it. She attends my workout classes even when her legs are sore; we walked a 40-mile cancer walk a few summers ago; she comes up with creative and health related gifts for birthdays and Christmas; she doesn’t bat an eye when I tell her my shoes are worn out and I REALLY need another pair; she always makes sure there are several vegetarian options on our dinner table even if I often decide last-minute fix my own dinner or eat with friends.

For almost 20 years, my mom has been my biggest supporter in health(I can’t say 20 years yet in regards to health, because 20 years ago she was pregnant and feeding me Burger King Whoppers and Dairy Queen Blizzards 4x weekly–not exactly “Fitness Buddy” worthy), happiness, and love. So thanks mom for teaching me to not throw rocks at people to make them play with me, for learning to love green  beans without bacon grease, and for pushing through chair pose every Tuesday and Thursday.

Guilt: it looms over us whenever a regrettable decision is made, it reminds us that our conscious is in workable condition, it drives us crazy. It drives me crazy. Guilt is what drove me to decide that 1 week on the Clean program, this round, was long enough. I was getting to the point where I was sticking it out simply to blog about it and to avoid guilt, while at the same time feeling guilty for my every longing for coffee (the largest source of antioxidants in the American diet, by the way). Soooo not worth it.

After doing the program once through last year and to a t, at that, I paid careful attention to the Clean Maintenance program where it advises anyone who has done the program for the full 21 days at least once to consider doing the full cleanse each year either all at once or broken up throughout the year. There are many ways to cleanse healthfully depending on one’s health and fitness goals. It just so happened that my feelings of deprivation were much more prevalent this time around and were leading me to a mindset that was unaligned with my personal health and fitness goals.

Guilt does little more than remind us that there is something to be learned from the situation for which we feel guilty. So instead of berating myself for cutting my cleanse short I will take away the appreciation of healthy food that I gained back, the lack of an incessant need to snack, and the drive to be my healthiest self that has been re-instilled within me. Do I encourage giving a cleanse a spin? Sincerely. I believe that taking even a day to focus on a healthier mindset about food, fitness, and life can be nothing but beneficial. Will I ever attempt the full 21-day Clean program again? Absolutely. It offers amazing health benefits that are key to living a fulfilling life.

Next post: new fitness buddy!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions about cleansing, feeling guilty, great restaurants, life, etc. please leave them below. I love to chat.

I decided to go back to my written ways for the post encompassing my experiences with cleansing for both yesterday and today. I will be back with a video tomorrow!

Day 5:

“Ugh!” is about the only way to describe my 5th day on the Clean program. I felt hormonal, weak, and lethargic. Because the elimination diet requires you to remove several things that typically interrupt the normal function of human hormones such as soy, dairy, and non-organic foods as your body adjusts to the new, cleaner diet, hormones change. I think I jumped the gun by assuming on day 4 that I was over the hump of cravings and detox symptoms. All I could think about yesterday was food; I didn’t want to work out (although I took a quick bike ride); I felt my own will and levelheadedness at a low. So, I caved. I ate some definitely non-elimination foods last night with a promise to myself to read the section in Clean about falling off the wagon, and jump right back into it on day 6. Dr. Junger’s advice on what to do in the even that a detox-er eats foods not included in the program was simply to jump back in as if nothing happened and to consider consuming only liquid meals for 1-2 days following the slip-up. I chalked my mistake up as a very human learning experience. Onward to day 6…

Day 6:

Woke up bloated and feeling pretty yuck from my “whoops” last night. I am ready to take on today with a vengeance , though. I already  gave my all in a 40- minute Insanity workout, plan to go for a jog and stay active today while enjoying the sun. Kombucha was the perfect drink to revitalize my body after last night and my liquid only meals today will keep me feeling light and energized.

We are only human and that means two things 1) We make mistakes. 2) We much compensate for those mistakes by treating our bodies right with activity, proper nutrition, and rest.

See you tomorrow for day 7!

I feel ultra-energetic today! I made a yummy brown rice pesto pasta for lunch, here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup gluten-free brown rice pasta, cooked
  • 1/4 cup boiled peas
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup water

Blend last 5 ingredients and pour over first two. Yum!!

Here is my video for today:

Day 4

Feeling great today! I offer tips and tricks about sticking to a cleanse in my video today.

My link will direct you to Facebook because I am trying to figure some things out as far as video goes.

Day 3

Sorry about the quality of the video, I will try a different meathod tomorrow.

So, day 2 is in full swing and I am feeling pretty good. If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, go back and watch it as I explain the Clean program. Enjoy my video and please please comment.

Day 2

Watch my first ever video EVER!

I filmed this on my first day of the clean program so that you can see physical changes as I complete the cleanse.

Bear with me as the beginning is shakey and I talk as though the detox-police are listening at my door to my every word. I guess I just get paranoid because my voice is much more often TOO LOUD than too soft.

Comment below and tell me what you think!

Thanks for watching!

My Video

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