Re-set Challenge is full, however, you can join in the clean eating from anywhere.

Let’s talk about clean eating for just a second or two. We originally started this blog, this workout thing based around The Whole 30.  Which was good to do a couple times, and find out what works or doesn’t work for my body, BUT I CAN’T SUSTAIN IT.  What is the point of vitamins you can’t afford, or diets that aren’t sustainable?!  This is why I keep returning to the 80/20 rule or thing or thought (I hate rules).  Do what you should do and eat 80% of the time.  The other 20%? Are you really never going to taste wedding cake again? or have a glass of wine? or a chocolate chip cookie? or pasta?  I think you get the point.  These are just my thoughts.  You don’t have to agree.

So this next month?  The month right before spring break and summer is coming?  Well, let’s do 80/20.  Clean eating 80%.  What does this look like?  Say there are 21 meals in a week (although snack need to be clean too), 80% of 21 is 17.  That’s 4 small cheats each week.  Totally doable.  Maybe even too much.  But that’s my story.  Use them wisely.  Next, let’s define our version of clean eating:

  • organic meats/fish
  • nuts and seeds
  • fruits and vegetables
  • that’s it.  Nothing out of a package.  No, pretzels and popcorn are not a healthy snack.  đź™‚  An apple and handful of cashews is.
  • Oops I almost forgot-whole grains . Think real oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa…

Can you do this 80% of the time?  Start cleaning out your fridge and re-stocking it.  Let’s do this.

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Are you sore and a little food-hungover? or is it just me?

Days 2-3: The Hangover.

The alarm rings on day 2 and you pop out of bed expecting the same kind of Charlie Sheen winning feeling you had yesterday. Instead, you get the other side of Charlie…you know – the pounding-head-cross-eyed-can’t-see-straight side. You know you didn’t down a fifth of tequila in your sleep, so what the heck happened?!

Remember the pre Whole30 bender you went on? Pizza, cookies, Jim Beam, jelly beans (oh, the jelly beans)? Yeah. This is when it comes back to bite you in the butt. (And the head.)  And it is definitely true that the amount of suck you experience in this phase is directly proportional to the amount of crap you consumed before you began the program.  Especially if you consumed it consistently. This phase is especially hard for the habitual Diet Coke (and Diet Dr. Pepper here in my part of the world) drinkers. You know who you are.

Many Whole30ers report headaches, fatigue, and general malaise during this part of the program.This, my friends, is completely normal. Your body is working its way through a whole host of junk it stored from the foods (or food-like-products) you used to eat. This process lasts a day for some folks, but for others it can take a few days longer. Relax, drink a lot of water, and keep making good choices. And do your best to earn the sympathy and support from friends and family, because…

Read more at http://whole9life.com/2012/06/the-whole30-timeline/

Are you sore and a little food-hungover? or is it just me?

Days 2-3: The Hangover.

The alarm rings on day 2 and you pop out of bed expecting the same kind of Charlie Sheen winning feeling you had yesterday. Instead, you get the other side of Charlie…you know – the pounding-head-cross-eyed-can’t-see-straight side. You know you didn’t down a fifth of tequila in your sleep, so what the heck happened?!

Remember the pre Whole30 bender you went on? Pizza, cookies, Jim Beam, jelly beans (oh, the jelly beans)? Yeah. This is when it comes back to bite you in the butt. (And the head.)  And it is definitely true that the amount of suck you experience in this phase is directly proportional to the amount of crap you consumed before you began the program.  Especially if you consumed it consistently. This phase is especially hard for the habitual Diet Coke (and Diet Dr. Pepper here in my part of the world) drinkers. You know who you are.

Many Whole30ers report headaches, fatigue, and general malaise during this part of the program.This, my friends, is completely normal. Your body is working its way through a whole host of junk it stored from the foods (or food-like-products) you used to eat. This process lasts a day for some folks, but for others it can take a few days longer. Relax, drink a lot of water, and keep making good choices. And do your best to earn the sympathy and support from friends and family, because…

Read more at http://whole9life.com/2012/06/the-whole30-timeline/