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21DSD Ya’ll

Confession:  I fell off the paleo band wagon after the whole life challenge.  Not entirely, but I was eating the heck out of some snacks and my sugar intake went WAY up.  I stayed paleo for the majority of my main meals, but those snacks really got me. I’m talking hummus and chips, dark chocolate, coconut ice cream, banana chips, nutella, etc. etc.  It showed in my face almost immediately.  Acne all over the place because of the sugar!  I both love and hate how that happens.  Obviously, the acne is annoying, but at the same time, I find it fascinating that I can control it based on how I eat.

Last Thursday night I decided that I needed to “re-committ” and I thought the  21 day sugar detox by Balanced Bites was a great place to start. I read and hear about how addictive sugar is all of the time, but it didn’t realized how addicted I was until last week.  It sounds awful, but I literally found myself unable to limit the amount of sugar I was consuming even when I KNEW what I was doing to my body. So terrible!  AND not to mention I could tell a difference in my work out performance too.  I felt so slow and sluggish during the WODs, it made me so frustrated.

Why the 21 Day Sugar Detox?  Well I’ve read a lot of reviews and heard a lot of good things about the program.  It goes like this:  you register and pay $21 for 3 e-books chock full of great information, recipes, and tid-bits of inspiration to help you throughout the challenge.  There is no tracking system or logging points like some other “challenges” but I don’t think I need that this time.  A lot of people have asked what’s so different about the sugar detox compared to paleo or the whole 30 challenge.  Well, with the sugar detox it literally means NO sugar.  So, no fruit, no honey, no agave, no stevia, nada.  There are a few minimal exceptions:  1 green apple OR green tipped banana per day , and athletes can consume 1/2 cup of sweet potatoes each day (if you work out). I like that though, it really drives home the concept that your body craves what’s in it, meaning that as long as that “sugar bug” is flowing through your blood stream no matter if it’s source was a banana or a Hershey bar, you are still going to crave sugar! I feel like with the 21DSD I’ll be able to “kick my habit” at the root of the problem instead of trying to just cover it up.

I’m supplementing the 21DSD with some other goals as well:

  • Keeping a very detailed food journal
  • Water intake requirement of at least half of my body weight in ounces
  • Mobility – I’d like to do a mobility WOD every day
  • SLEEP – getting @ least 7 hours of sleep

If you’d like more information about the 21 Day Sugar Detox visit the website here.

I’m going to try to post about my progress at least once a week for the next three weeks.

Thanks for reading!


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Nutrition Documentaries

Hellloooooo Everybody!! It’s almost the weekend, and thank goodness for that.  I am starting this post from my desk at work- what a great way to break up my work day!

Do you like documentaries?  I didn’t think I did.  Documentaries sound boring, I’d rather watch a movie.  Well, FALSE.  Kayla now loves documentaries.  ESPECIALLY  food and nutrition documentaries.  And I suppose I would enjoy a documentary about CrossFit and or fitness but, I’ve yet to come across any of those.  I have however found three PHENOMENAL documentaries about food and nutrition: Hungry for ChangeFood Matters, and Food, Inc.

I think some if not all of these are on Netflix, but I don’t have an account (reconsidering this now though…) so I rented the documentaries on iTunes.  I think each one was like $4 for a 24 hour rental.  Not too bad.

Hungry for Change was definitely my favorite.  It was the most informative, the most interesting, and the most moving. Very powerful stuff. I loved this documentary because of how they present their ideas.  They don’t push the paleo diet or any specific type of diet really.  It is really just about how BAD these processed “foods” really are for us.  How we aren’t even really eating real foods anything we are eating “food-like products.”  YUCK!  But it’s so true.  Think about it…there is nothing natural about a cheez-it.  I’m pretty there isn’t even any real cheese in that cracker.  I don’t want to give it all away, but this documentary also discusses the chemicals that are added to our foods that alter and change the foods that we eat.  GO WATCH THIS!!

Food Matters is the prequel (if you will) to Hungry for Change.  I enjoyed Food Matters, but it highlighted a lot of facts/ideas that I already knew about.  Specially, the alternative treatments for cancer and other diseases/illnesses.  This information is what ALWAYS gets me.  Don’t get my wrong, doctors and modern medicine have their place, BUT it really burns me up when I go to the doctor and leave with a bag filled of medicine samples and three prescriptions.  I mean come on!  I’m very much a believer in treating the cause not the symptoms.  I honestly haven’t been to the doctor in a very long time because I would much rather try a natural/holistic approach to remedying whatever issues I have instead of using drugs.

I do have a good POSITIVE dentist story though, which is actually from last week.  I’d been having this weird taste in my mouth for about 5 days, so I decided to make a dentist appointment (I’ve only ever been to one dentist my whole life so it was a big deal for me to go see a dentist in NC, one who I knew nothing about, ugh…) Side note- I’m a little OCD about my teeth. My braces were expensive, so I like to keep my pearly whites looking their best. SO, during my dentist visit I explained what was going on, the hygienist checked out my teeth–didn’t see anything abnormal, the dentist came in and said the same thing–absolutely nothing wrong with my teeth.  BUT THEN, he said–Hey! It could be something in your stomach, why don’t you try drinking some apple cider vinegar. So, I did.  It was miserable.  Drinking apple cider vinegar is gross. But it did work! The weird taste went away.

Food, Inc. is SERIOUS. This is like deal-real documentary stuff.  They basically expose various MAJOR food supplying entities (beef, poultry, soybean, corn, etc. companies) and uncover all of the unethical, terrible things that they do without us ever knowing about it.  There is ONE good farmer that they interview though, and guess what? He’s from Virginia (my home state)!  Heck yeah!  It’s definitely worth checking out though.  You’ll be appalled, and you won’t want to buy anything from a grocery store ever again.  Just saying.

So, if you have some extra time on your hands this weekend, I would say, check out these sweet documentaries.  Hopefully they’ll inspire you to make some positive changes in your life.  Let me know what you think if you watch!


Whole Life Challenge Wrap Up

Good Morning!

As you may have read previously, I participated in the Whole Life Challenge from February 16 to April 11. 55 days of FUN.  Now that the challenge is over I’m going to do a simple pro’s and con’s list, and then also share what I learned from my challenge, what practices stuck, and what I’m planning for the future.  Settle in, it’s going to be good!

First: I came in 5th place in my gym (about 45ish people).  No it wasn’t first place like I was shooting for, but everyone at our gym made TREMENDOUS improvements. And it makes me so proud to be apart of such a great community.

My baseline work out scores:

  • before: 158
  • after: 179

the work out was:

  • 12 Minute AMRAP
  • 1000m row
  • 60 air squats
  • 50 hand release push ups
  • 40 ab mad sit ups
  • 30 burpees
  • (start back to squats if finish one round)

My body measurement scores (can’t believe I’m posting these on the internet, but…)

  • before: hips = 41; waist = 32
  • after:  hips = 38; waist = 28

Challenge Pros:

  • The website keeps you accountable
  • It wasn’t just about nutrition/paleo eating
  • Mobilization really made a difference for me
  • Could track progress with your body measurements and baseline work outs
  • Body weight wasn’t really a concern, since everyone would most likely be building muscle to replace any body fat

Challenge Cons:

  • 2 months is a long time
  • I don’t think bonus points should have been used for food…I found myself banking on using those bonus points.  I feel like they were enabling me.
  • It was frustrating when the site didn’t work properly
  • I think rest days should have been incorporated, or at least maybe having like a “yoga day” or something.  55 days straight of active recovery work outs is kind of a lot.  Plus your body needs to rest in order to build your muscles.

What I learned/what stuck:

  • Taking a supplement.  I’m going to stick with the fish oil, and potentially add a probiotic.
  • Mobilizing. why was I not doing this before?  It feels SO good, and makes SUCH a difference. I need to take some time to catch up on MobilityWOD  and try some more/different techniques.
  • Drinking water.  ugh.  I mean how many times have people said “you should drink more water” or “drinking water is key to a healthy life” or many other variations of those phrases.  countless, that’s how many times.  But was I listening?  Nope, not really.  I’m a champ at hydrating before big races or long rungs, but I do not consistently hydrate.  Well, now I do!  I noticed a major difference in my body when I drank at least half my body weight in water.
  • My skin benefits from eating clean and drinking water.  Again, not sure why I wasn’t listening to the people who have been preaching this all along, but now I finally get it.  Sugar + my skin do NOT agree.  Same with dairy and gluten.  I feel like someone would be able to tell everything I ate during the past week just by looking at my face, they wouldn’t even need to ask me.
  • I snack way too much.  Even though the snacks were paleo, I should still chill out with the amount of snacking that I do throughout the day.

What I’m planning for the future:

  • WHOLE 30 CHALLENGE Maybe in May or June?  I would like for my whole family to do this with me too.  It’s going to take some persuading though.  There’s even a Whole 9 seminar in Northern VA on June 22 that I’m thinking about attending.
  • No more cheat meals. I heard a great quote while watching a food and nutrition documentary last week (it deserves its’ own separate post). Basically they said by eating “cheat meals” once a week is like a heroine addict saying “Well, I only do heroine on Sundays, so it’s okay…”  Obviously this does sound a little extreme, but I interpreted it to mean:  Polluting your body is polluting your body no matter what it is with or how often you do it.  Just because I eat jelly beans once a week doesn’t mean that it is good for my body; I’m filling my body with garbage.  So, no more of that!
  • Food Journal.  I’m interested to see how certain foods make me feel and what affect they have on me when I eat them.  I’m currently trying to come up with a sweet printable to share with everyone.  The journal will not only include spots for recording what food is consumed, but also a place to makes notes about how you feel throughout the day, a place to record a work out, work out performance, and SLEEP!

All in all, the I would highly recommend the Whole Life Challenge to anyone who is looking for some motivation to change their life in a positive way! It’s totally worth it and it is a lot of fun.  Not to mention, there are THOUSANDS of other people who are participating in the challenge right along with you, so there is always someone to talk to or provide encouragement.

I’m off to the box to get my WOD on this morning! Hope everyone has a super fabulous weekend!!!

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