Making good and healthy choices.
I reached a point where I was tired of always having sick kids in the house. Worst of all, when they get sick my husband always gets what they have. Not only was I tired of visiting the doctor, I was tired of playing nurse. It gets to a point where it is exhausting. It never just stays with one person. It got so bad at a point that one kid will get sick and over the next two weeks everyone will get the same bug. By the time everyone had a turn, the first one would start again. That’s 5 sick people every 2 weeks!
A friend of mine spoke to me about antibiotics and the negative impact it has on our health. I watched tons of You Tube video’s on gut health. Other things were also brought to my attention like artificial sugars and a healthy diet. We can’t just know these things, it took me months to read about it all and intensive research. I still don’t know half the stuff I need to know, but I am thankful that I at least know the bit I do for now. It’s a starting point.
January 2018 was a new beginning for me.
I decided in January to take this new healthy lifestyle for a test run. I found Sharny and Julius Instagram Page and followed the blog. Towards the end of January I signed up for the 8 week detox programme. I got a couple of others to join me, this was not a journey I wanted to take on by myself.
This journey started today 10 weeks ago.
- No sugar
- No grains
- No starch
- No dairy
- No alcohol
All of the above were part of my diet before and all of the above were going to be a huge challenge in giving up. I love fresh white bread, I love any form and kind of potatoes, I love Coke and had at least 2l a day. I also love a glass of wine at the end of some days. I had 4 cups of coffee in the mornings with 2 sometimes 3 sugars. This was my morning start up! I was a huge fan of pizza and pasta. Cheese is by far one of my absolute favorites.
First two weeks.
The first two weeks were torture. I walked around with a head that wanted to burst. I felt hungry all the time and not to talk about tired! I couldn’t understand how they were saying “healthy eating” gave energy.
I never stopped, I never gave up! I gave it my best! I woke up with a headache and went to bed with a headache but on the first day of week three I woke without a headache and felt great!
I never looked back from this point.
It was amazing to feel so energised and healthy. With this I mean, never… not once did I feel bloated. I felt like a feather bouncing off the ground. I fell in love with only drinking water, even at restaurants and I only had 1 cup of coffee a day with maybe 1/4 spoon of sugar! (I’m too sweet to have none!) Green Tea became my second drink.
Not only did I see a difference on the scale, I felt the difference. In my clothes and even in my confidence. It was wonderful to go through this transformation after the first 2 weeks.
The step I missed.
I was suppose to exercise every day during the 8 week period, which I never. I’ll be honest I couldn’t bare the thought of exercise during that first 2 weeks, I was way too tired and felt way to sorry for myself. I started exercising around week 4 and am getting more and more into it as we speak.
I use to love being fit but after having four kids I lost interest. Only because it felt like the only thing I ever do is “exercise.” Four kids can keep you that busy. I realise now that I’m not nearly where I want to be with my fitness and I am making work of that. This is a process, and I’m getting there.
Did I ever cheat?
Oh yes I did! Not a lot but I had wine when I felt like a glass, I had gluten free pizza twice, which made me feel terrible afterwards. I carried on using limited cheese and had milk in my one cup of coffee a day. I tried my best not to cheat, but lets face it….. it’s not easy!
Week 10 and going strong!
I’m well over my 8 weeks and I feel great! I haven’t touched Coke again and still try to stick to the original plan. It’s funny, I was never a person for chocolates or fruit but I craved sugar while I stopped all sugars. (This must be due to all the Coke I use to drink.) I now love fruit but still limit myself to the amount I take in a week. This is a learning experience for me, and I’m loving what I’ve discovered about myself and my body.
I am so grateful I did this and look forward to changing the whole family over to eating healthy and changing our lifestyle completely. I changed the way I cook when I started with the detox, but I can see it is a lot harder on the kids and my husband.
I never took any extra vitamins during the time of my detox but I can recommend it. I cramped up in gym last week.
I am looking forward to this new changed me! I love the way I feel, I love what this has done for me!
If you want to try something like this for whatever reason…..
- Weigh loss
- Health issues
- Healthier lifestyle
- Just detox
Whatever your reasons, go find someone you can relate to. There are tons of moms doing similar things out there. I am very happy with my results. Social media are crowded with awesome health and fitness bloggers.
You can do this!