Tomorrow, along with Organic811LFRV, I'll be starting a challenge - following the 811 diet for 30 days (while she does 100 days of it - but she's already proven she's amazing!).So here's my plan:
WHAT I'M GIVING UP:
- meat and fish (even though I know they're dead animals, I can't help but loving sushis... feeling guilty... ,-()
- processed food (but that's no big deal because I've slowly decreased my consumption of it for a long time, now)
- tea (but it's ok because the weather's getting too warm for green tea)
- cocoa (now, THAT's a challenge for me... although I've come to realise that, if I eat enough fruit, I don't crave it at all. In fact, I completely forget it. How wonderful is that? The power of fruit!!!)
- dehydrated food (that's too bad when I'm so good at making MeganElizabeth's brownie bites... but hey, in 30 days I could have some!)
- cooked food (my bread is not bad and I'll continue to bake some for my family. Other than that, they'll share my dishes in the evening and over the week-end. And I know they shouldn't complain because they're getting used to it)
WHAT I'LL EAT
and my twist:
- nutritional yeast (because I love raw cauliflower popcorn and I know that B12 is healthy. Do you know another way to get some?)
- garlic and onions (tasty and healthy too according to me)
- rarely (or not at all) overt fats such as nuts and avocadoes
WHAT I'M AIMING FOR:
- simplicity (the simpler, the better, right?)
- mindful eating (I must pay attention to what I eat)
- planning (I'll track the day before using Cron-O-Meter and stick to my plan)
- more sleep (I will get to bed at 9pm - I've already set my alarm clock)
- at least 15 minutes of exercise a day (running, cycling, stretching, ST)
- blog everyday
I hope to have:
- more energy
- no more eczema (it's already been fading for quite a while now - since I've been more committed to eating raw. Let's find out what being 811 for 30 days does to it?!)
- smaller clothes of course (come on, it's Spring, almost Summer, I can't help being vain! ;-))
WHAT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH:
1. SOCIAL GATHERINGS
I've already got 2 scheduled mid-June. For my birthday party, at home, that should be easy: I'll share my new-found recipes. For the second one, at a friend's, I'll bring my cauliflower-zucchini tabouli and drink lots of water. Any other tips?
2. FAMILY DINNERS
Hubby is so awesome he supports me and doesn't say anything when I prepare huge salads for dinner. But I know that he and the kids (and me!) will need variety in the long run. So I'll try to find new extra-simple recipes that anyone can enjoy. For the time being, here are the recipes I regularly make:
- spinach-oranges smoothie
- tomato-scallions salad dressing
- cauliflower-zucchini tabouli
- multifruit cabbage
- lemon-orange dressing for grated carrots
- broccoli or cauliflower popcorn
I can't think of anything else, unfortunately. As you see, I need to work on that. I think I'll make a leaflet with all my 811 recipes and their pictures so that I can have them handy in the kitchen. That could also be a great souvenir of my challenge afterwards!
3. FINDING MY PACE
- I've already started using Cron-O-Meter and I find it fascinating. However, I have some hard time meeting my iron and calcium percentages. Would you know what fruit or veggies contain the most?
- Purchasing produce will require organisation. I currently go to the open market up to twice a week but sometimes, even when I'm just back from the market, I feel as if there's nothing for us to eat. I need to think about that.
- Finally, even if my sweet tooth and chocoholism seem to be under control thanks to fruits, I still find I 'need' to have some minty chewing-gum at the end of some meals. What could I do for that? I've been thinking of chewing real mint - I suppose that makes sense. Do you sometimes do that?
Tomorrow will be the first day of my challenge. I'll post my statistics: my weight, my body fat (using a Tanita scale), my measurements.
Thank you so much for reading this loooooooooong post! See you tomorrow!