Yesterday was our 3rd sugar-free day. Here is recap, starting with my Daily Success Log Entry for July 20th. Note: Food portions are approximations. Veggies are local. Meat is local, 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised. Poultry & Eggs are local & pasture-raised:
- Sleep Time & Quality: 6.5 hours. Slept well. But may have overdone it during Iron Hour. Woke up with muscle pain along my right shoulder blade.
- Exercise: 16,756 Steps (6.6 Miles) and 6 Hours of Good Posture. Morning Walk w/ Tim & Boys. Walked 9 holes of golf.
- Mood & Energy: Very Good
- Breakfast: Leftover Frittata from yesterday. Chard, Slow-Cooked Pork, Avocado, 1/4-C Almond Flour, 1 Can (6.5 oz) Native Forest Coconut Cream, 1-tsp Baking Soda, 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar, Eggs.
- Lunch: 1/2-C Roasted Carrot & Beet Soup. Massaged Kale Salad w/ Chopped Zukes & Cukes, Dragon Tongue Beans, 5 Organic Black Olives, EVOO & Balsamic drizzle.
- Dinner: Pan-Seared Pork Chop. Massaged Kale Salad (see lunch)
- Snacks: 1/4-C Roasted Pistachios, 1 Cup Homemade Chicken Bone Broth (YUM!!)
- Notes: We're both adjusting fine. And feeling good about getting back in control of our eating habits.
So if you haven't gathered from the first few postings about my sugar-free journey, I am sharing more than my experiences about what I am eating and the physical and emotional effects of this detox. I am also using these 21 days to deepen my understanding of food and its impact on our health and wellness. I want to drill down into the concepts of my food ideology. Continuing to refine the Realistic FoodEs philosophy. Reinforcing my knowledge and sharpening my Real Food tools. I want to be a more effective leader in this movement to empower you find your BEST self through Real Food.
So these detox postings are no different from any others. Each article still provides tools for your Real Food Toolkit. The only difference is that I am offering these in "real time". Sharing tools that I am accumulating from current experiences and research as I progress through this cleansing process.
With the recap for Day #1, I introduced the concept of how food affects the liver function. Knowledge is power. And knowing the damage ultra-processed food does to your liver (and thus overall health) empowers you to make better choices about food. You are choosing Real Food because you respect your body. And you choose health. So if you ever need motivation for or affirmation about why you eating Real Food, this knowledge is your tool to get Real. Whether doing a sugar detox or transitioning to Real Food, or cruising through your Real Food journey. If you are looking for a reason to keep on truckin', think about your happy liver :-D
The Day #1 Recap also reiterated the benefit of keep a food journal. Or in my case, a Daily Success Log. This is a tangible reminder of where you are in your journey. A common mantra among us yogis is "Do little, do right". The goal is not to be perfect. But to work towards perfection. And to do so at your own pace. So if you are struggling or your Real Food journey is stalled. Then set mini, incremental goals that you can realistically achieve. And a food journal can be an effective tool to pull out of your Real Food Toolbox. A record of where you are at each juncture of your journey. And to help set a course for where you want to go next.
The Recap of Day #2 focused on one of the most important tools in your Real Food toolbox -- Reading the ingredient labels first. The article focused on spotting hidden sugars among the ingredients. But as a general principle, this label always trumps any other on the package. If the ingredients are chock full of refined (and hidden) sugars, refined grains, refined fats, or long, unpronounceable, chemically-sounding ingredients. This food product is NOT real food. Put this food product back on the shelf and just run along.
Tomorrow's post will be a Recap of Day #4. It should be a very interesting article -- examining a basic but crucial question: "What is food?"
So please check back soon. Thanks again for your support and positive energy!
Realistically Yours -- Rowena
Kick Sugar To The Curb!
If you decide to take this challenge, please let me know. I have received so much support and positive energy from you all. That I would like to return the favor :-)