Wow. 21 days of total CLEAN eating and I'm down nine pounds. I had eight pairs of size 4 pants buried in my closet that all fit now. What an incredible feeling to slip those on. But most importantly I really feel great and that is what I was going for!
There was ONE night during the final week where I had so much energy surging through me that I could not sleep. It was almost like a drank a pot of coffee. I could not settle myself down. Other than that, even a week after completing the 21 Days, I am still sleeping incredibly well. I lost an additional .5 pounds during the 4th week and that is with me adding in foods like grains, legumes, some chocolate and meat. I'm ecstatic.
Read about Week One Here
Read about Week Two Here
I tried drinking coffee and my body rejected that. My heart went crazy and I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest once again. I was quickly reminded how that felt and I do not want to go back to that. No thanks. So I haven't been able to get myself to drink it. I continue to use a lot of the recipes from the 21-day Ultimate Reset in our weekly meal plan and that is helping a lot. I find myself craving the healthier foods over junk. Probably because I know how I feel when I eat well and fuel my body with foods straight from Mother's Earth vs. foods that have been manipulated or processed by science and man.
I did try a little Culvers after the zoo this past weekend and it did not sit well with me once bit. Not my proudest moment. My heart raced, I felt super sluggish and tired. I even took a nap, which I rarely do and spent the rest of the day feeling thirsty, groggy and swollen - I was retaining water terribly.
Would I do this again? In a heartbeat!! I was overwhelmed that first week but I realize that's how I had been feeling about EVERYTHING in life and I had gotten to a point where I was desperately seeking something that would help take that pressure and anxiety away that I had been feeling for months. Nothing seemed to be working anymore. This did the trick! Plus, it helped me get my love of meal planning and prepping back. I was getting burned out on trying to figure out what to make week after week. I also added in daily words of affirmations, massages, chiropractic adjustments, meditation, lots of walking and all that water and good food and it's amazing what that did for me - what this program did for me!!
I was hoping my Optic Neuritis would magically get better, but my eye is the same. My guess is if I continue to treat my body right, maybe my chances are better for a quicker recovery. Fingers crossed.
I've been sharing a lot of the recipes I tried during the 21 Day Ultimate Reset over at my Like Page. Be sure to like my page for more recipes or comment, like and share any of the posts.
DAY 21 ENTRIES:
HOW WOULD YOU RATE OR DESCRIBE YOUR OVERALL HEALTH?
I'd give myself a 9.5. I do miss the fitness part but all that walking and stretching was pretty great!
DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT?
ARE YOU AWARE OF THE HABITS and PATTERNS YOU HAVE FORMED AROUND EATING?
Yes. I found myself wanting a bite of my kids foods more than just once or twice. Or I wanted a cracker or 10 a lot. I also tend to want to eat really fast during meals because someone always needs something. I tried to slow down and remind myself I deserve to have a nice meal too and that I won't die if I don't eat something the minute I start to feel hungry. That was a big thing for me. I have this idea in my head that I will pass out if I don't eat when I'm hungry. Not true.
ARE YOU ABLE TO HAVE A COMPLETE AND SATISFYING ELIMINATION?
ARE YOUR BOWEL OFTEN CONSTIPATED? HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?
DO YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS?
HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR OVERALL ENERGY LEVELS?
10. I am back to brain dumping everything I'd like to do, then writing them out in a level of importance and getting a handful of stuff done. Rather than having that brain fog and freezing and doing nothing at all, which would create more anxiety.
DO YOU RELY ON STIMULANTS, SUCH AS CAFFEINE OR SUGARS TO GET YOUR THROUGH YOUR DAY?
DO YOU SLEEP WELL?
DO YOU WAKE FEELING RESTED?
If I get over 6 hours and 45 minutes of good sleep, yes. Anything less and the answer is NO.
HOW IS YOUR COMPLEXION?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE HEADACHES?
The day I had a few sips of coffee, my headache came back, otherwise I don't!
DOES YOUR BREATHING FEEL SHALLOW OR CONSTRICTED?
No. I feel really good!
DO YOU FEEL MENTALLY CLEAR AND ALERT?