11 Sugar-free Days -- Halfway there!
Here is my Daily Success Log Entry for July 28th. 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.
- Exercise: 7,262 Steps (2.9 Miles) and 14 Hours of Good Posture. Rainy day - no exercise.
- Mood & Energy: Good
- Breakfast: Frittata w/ eggs, ground beef, sautéed chard, 1/4-C Almond Flour, 1/2-tsp Baking Soda, 1-tsp Cream of Tartar
- Lunch: Egg Salad w/ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Shredded Cabbage & Carrots. Homemade Avocado Oil Mayo.
- Dinner: Ham Roast (1-1/2" slices), Massaged Kale Salad w/ Granny Smith Apples, Yellow Squash, and Toasted Walnuts. EVOO & Balsamic drizzle. Tomatoes & Cukes w/ Basil -- Seasoned w/ White Pepper, Pacific Sea Salt, EVOO & Sherry Vinegar. Still eating basil & tomatoes from my bucket garden!
- Snacks: 1/4-C Roasted Pistachios
- Notes: Developed a skin rash on inner area of each forearm and the inner leg area of each knee and ankle. Skin rash was listed as an early side-effect of this detox. Tim was also extremely tired. Despite the -- feel this as a sign that the detox is working.
Commit to a Lifestyle
In my Recap of Day 10, I discussed how "My 5 Pound Decade" was one of the motivating factors in adopting a Real Food lifestyle.
But I want to be clear: My ultimate goal was not to lose weight. Rather, I wanted to gain control over my health. This was -- and still is -- a lifelong goal of health and wellness. Maintaining a healthy weight (as opposed to slowly and continually gaining weight over each decade) was a component of this goal.
This detox gave me a better appreciation for the nuances between "lifestyle" and "diet". Understanding the difference between is important. Because adopting the right frame of mind is another essential utensil for your Real Food journey. So let's break the concepts down into digestible bits.
"Lifestyle" refers to a way of life. Realistic FoodEs promotes a lifestyle of eating mostly Real Food to promote long-term (permanent) health and wellness. Lifelong health and wellness is a journey. And one that you traverse at your own pace. A balanced, yet steady approach to forming better eating habits and making better decisions about food. So that you can, as Tim & I have done, occasionally veer off-course. A mere detour that did not alter our long-term commitment. This detox is our way of getting back on track.
A "Diet" refers to a change in eating habits to achieve certain health-related goals -- most typically weight loss. The changes are temporary and based on restrictions of food or food intake. Because the dieter is likely seeking more rapid results. People may diet to lose weight before a vacation, particularly a beach vacation. But then during and after the vacation, will lapse into the same eating practices before the diet.
And a diet does not have flexibility. You may have to decline dining out with friends because doing so will interfere with the diet plan and jeopardize your ability to meet your goal.
But these concepts begin to merge if a diet becomes habitual. So a diet can transform into a lifestyle when you commit to following these new practices for long-term health.
This detox is a hybrid between lifestyle and diet. Like a diet, his program is limited in time (21 days) and limited to certain Real Foods, albeit a vast amount of foods. But there is no restriction of intake -- no portion control or weighing food, etc. And rather than weight loss, the goal of the program is to bust sugar and carb cravings naturally. So while the results will be achieved within a short-time, the benefits and practices are intended to last for the long-term.
The different mentalities can make a world of difference that may be the factor in one's success. With a diet, the mindset is rapid, short-term results. A particular number achieved within a set time. Whereas the mindset of a lifestyle is a steady transition towards a long-term goal.
Adopting this lifestyle mentality is a healthier, more sustainable, and realistic approach to lifelong health. And is another tool for your Real Food toolbox. If you approach your Real Food journey with the mindset of balanced, steady progress. You will eventually reach your destination of lifelong health and wellness, despite any set-backs!
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 :-)