Eat to Live 6 Week Challenge- Adele Week 1

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Happy New Year!  My new year’s resolution every year is to eat healthy and exercise.  Each year I start off strong but then my motivation fizzles out and old habits creep back in.  My husband and I usually bring in the new year with the same brand of champagne we drank on our wedding day.  This was my first Nutritarian New Year.  We toasted the new year with a healthy delicious smoothie!  This year really does feel different.   I had no new year’s day headache and I woke up energized.   My 2018 Year-At-A-Glance paper calendar is up!  I am going to keep track of my weight and each day I eat Nutritarian.  

I started eating only Nutritarian foods again the day after Christmas.  Coming into this first week of the year, I was just getting my appetite back after being sick for a few days.  I think I experienced most of the detox from Christmas sugar overload during the days I was sick and not feeling good.  In the past, I have had such a hard time not snacking.  I live in a house with lots of SAD food temptations, like Girl Scout cookies, ice cream and chips.  The hardest time for me is between dinner and bed time.  Somehow, even though I was uncomfortable and the SAD food was screaming at me, I was able to stick with no snacking. This is big for me!  I did not limit my portions at meal times this week.  I think I ate too many potatoes and I was generous on my vegan frosty desserts.  I brushed my teeth after dinner and went up to bed earlier than usual most nights.  My energy level was like a rollercoaster.  I had a lot of highly productive energy and I got a lot done.  My lows were spent in my comfy chair “resting”. This is all part of detox.   


My focus of this first week was to keep it simple.  I struggle with food prep and meal planning.  Usually, my first thought for dinner happens at dinner time when I am tired and hungry.  So, having a plan and keeping it simple this week was helpful.  For breakfast, I had either a smoothie or oatmeal.  For lunch, I ate a huge salad or a plate of veggies with hummus.  For dinner, I roasted veggies and threw together some red potatoes, onions, mushrooms and black beans.  Simple and easy.

Okay, confession time!  I did slip up this week.  Here is what happened.  Our hot water heater busted and flooded our entire basement!  After a rough night and a long day, I took the easy way out and got carry-out pizza for my family.  I ended up eating a veggie calzone with NO cheese.  I have mixed feelings about this.  I feel like if I had the energy, willpower and had food prepped earlier in the week, I could have made a better choice.  On the other hand, I resisted my previous favorites, spicy toasted ravioli and pizza!  Now the true test begins…staying on track and not getting derailed completely.   


About the Author:

Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 30k plus whole-food, plant-based eaters. Elisha began blogging about this lifestyle in 2010 after discovering that it was a treatment for years of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating. Today she is a mentor to thousands who are striving to adopt this lifestyle.

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