So I decided that once PT school was over, it was time to attack my lifestyle and make room for exercise, stress relief and better food choices. We already make a lot of good choices in what we buy, such as organic, local, hormone free, etc, but I want to go a few steps further for myself. I bought a juicer awhile back and have been experimenting since I planned to do a short juice fast before introducing all the changes. The juice fast will help reset my body, get rid of toxins and eliminate cravings that can destroy a new diet plan, so that is what I am doing. I am starting the juice fast today, that means that from today through Wednesday I will only drink juices that I make here at home with good, healthy produce. I will also have a few cups of green tea a day since it is good for balancing the body, and of course I will be drinking plenty of water. On Thursday I will introduce some solids in the form of a salad once a day, basically good greens like spinach, cucumber, jicama, avocado and a light dressing made with honey, mustard, olive oil and vinegar. I will also eat this this Friday and Saturday. Now come Sunday, which is Mother's Day, I will juice in the morning and at night, but will say screw it around midday since we are going to Maggianos :) I will try, try, try to eat responsibly, but Mother's Day and my birthday in June are the two "pass" days I gave myself, so I am going to enjoy them!
After Mother's Day, I will do the same schedule that I am doing this week, except next Sunday instead of eating at Maggianos, I will be adding fish to go alongside my salad at dinner along with a good whole grain such as barley, wheatberries or quinoa.
After the two weeks, we will see how it is going. I anticipate trying to have juice only days two days a week, juice and salad days two days a week and juice and healthy lean protein, healthy carbs and salads three days a week. Wish me luck, better yet, wish my family luck...notice there is NO coffee on that list! I will have some on Mother's Day and may allow it on two other days a week after this week, but I am not so sure yet. Hopefully I can do this for at least the next month, then I will begin to add more food days and less straight juice days to the schedule. This will be a challenge, I need to make food all day long for my family, but I think I will like how it makes me feel and I am up for the challenge.