Monday, June 24, 2013

Whole Living Challenge - Week 1

A few months ago I talked Jarrod into doing the Whole Living Challenge with me. We both have digestion issues, headaches, allergies, and other issues that I think could be dietary. While we eat a fairly clean diet, I wanted to see what would happen if we really cut things out and went hard core. (If you haven't read my sister's post about me, you really should. It might help you understand really how hard core I am.) I presented it to Jarrod with the idea that he would probably say no. I was shocked when he said yet. We immediately put it on the calendar. We start today so I spent the weekend buying lots of fruits and veggies.

The Whole Living Challenge is 3 weeks (with an optional 4th week) of cleansing your body of toxins and resetting everything. I first heard about this challenge several years ago from Dusty at All Things G&D. It seemed simple enough...
No processed food or beverages, added sugar, dairy, gluten, caffeine, and alcohol.
During week 1 we can eat fruits, vegetables, and plant-based fats, including nuts, seeds, and oils. In week 2 we can add in seafood, beans and lentils, and organic soy. Week 3 brings us gluten-free grains and eggs. Week 4 is optional and just continues that diet. I haven't told Jarrod that week 4 is optional...we'll just continue on. :-)

I know it's going to be hard. I eat on the road and out with people a lot for my job. This is going to really challenge me.  I know it's going to be hard on Jarrod too. He loves meat and giving it up during a very stressful season will be challenging. He also drinks a cup of coffee every morning just to get going. It will be hard to give that habit up for 28 days. When someone brings in baked goodies to work or leaves donuts in the break room, it's going to be nearly impossible to steer clear of them. When my stomach is growling and my head is hurting, it will be hard not to grab a chocolate and a diet coke.

But I'm SO excited. I cannot remember the last 24-hour period where my stomach didn't hurt. I cannot remember the last day I didn't see Jarrod take headache medicine. I know we need this. We need to reset and see how our bodies do. We need to focus on putting only good things in and monitoring how we feel. I cannot wait to see how good we feel...after the 3-4 days of detox and getting used to things. Those days are going to suck. I already know that. ;-)

What we will be eating this week:


We are NOT putting Wesley on this cleanse, but he will get to experience some new fruits and veggies with us. He's going to be eating green smoothies, yogurt, quinoa with beans and veggies, healthy muffins, and bread. He doesn't eat much meat, so we will probably keep the house meat-free for a while.

I'll update you at the end of the week, probably at my coffee date, with how we're doing. Have you ever done any detox diets? How did it go? Pray for us! ;-)
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