I have a confession to make. No, it’s not anything scandalous… sorry to disappoint, but it is something I know all of you can relate to. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but as someone who spends her days helping people to improve their health I do feel a slight sense of shame in this confession.
So here goes:
I’ve fallen off the healthy eating wagon… And I mean big time.
For me, 2017 has been off to an insane start. I started graduate school full time while continuing to work a demanding full time job. Since clearly I wasn’t busy enough, I decided to adopt a puppy. A very energetic crazy puppy at that. As life got more hectic my self-care went down the tubes. As my stress levels climbed my diet went the other direction. Home cooked meals became take-out. Lunch was often skipped. On top of poor eating, an injury has me off of yoga and running… my two main forms of working out AND stress relief.
I became entrenched in what I call “a cycle of blah.”
Eating poorly, not exercising and high stress levels have taken over what had once been a healthy and balanced life. A day passed when I realized I hadn’t consumed a single fruit or vegetable. Another day I didn’t drink any fluids other than coffee. I hit a low point when I realized all I had for “lunch” was a bag of BarkThins dark chocolate… yes, the whole bag.
I call it the “cycle of blah” because each unhealthy habit feeds into the other. And BLAH is totally how I feel when I’m stuck in this cycle. Stress leads to poor eating, poor eating leads to lack of energy to workout, not working out leads to poor stress management, and so on. You get the picture.
I share this with you because so many people I’ve worked with fall into the same cycle. Everyone at Simply Nourished has experienced the dreaded “cycle of blah” at some point. Recognizing it is one thing. What you do about it is another. There are many different tactics to use to get yourself back on the health wagon. Over the next few weeks, myself, Ellie and a Simply Nourished client will share what works for them. What works for one person may not work for others and that’s why we’ve decided to share some different experiences and perspectives.
When my eating gets off track, I find that I need to do something BIG to break the “cycle of blah.”
For me it needs to be something STRUCTURED. Way more structured than just stocking my fridge with more veggies and less BarkThins. Personally, I’ve found that a 3-day juice cleanse is the perfect way to get back on track.
There is quite a bit of controversy out there on the benefits (or lack thereof) of juicing. And while it may not be appropriate for everyone, a juice fast can be a powerful tool. For me it’s like getting a restart. For three days I don’t have to think about what I’m eating. No meal planning, no cooking, just a steady intake of good-for-you veggies and fruit.
Next week we’ll dive deeper into the pros and cons of juicing as you join me on my three-day journey. In the weeks that follow you’ll get some other real life tools to help you get back on track. I hope you’ll join us!