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The Detox Chronicles

May 11, 2015

I’ve always been a relatively healthy person.  Average childhood- minor and infrequent illnesses, no broken bones, no major hospitalizations.  I did, and still do, have some ridiculously bad eyes. Currently my contact prescription is -11.50….I don’t even want to think about what my glasses prescription is.

Growing up my diet could never be qualified as healthy.  I have a MAJOR sweet tooth and, like most Americans, I am a carbaholic.  Pasta, bread, potatoes – pour some sugar on it and I am one happy camper.

When we were young Mom tried her best to get us to “eat right” and we probably did eat more healthfully than the majority of the nation. Fruits and veggies appeared frequently on our plates and sugar and sweets were limited. Fast forward to young adulthood. My diet was still okay, but I leaned heavily on fast food for weekday meals and skipping dinner all together was pretty commonplace.

A few more years down the road. What exactly is this age called? I’m quite far from a young adult but not quite middle aged….matured youngling? Old young adult?

Anyway….. My not-quite-healthy lifestyle has caught up with me.  I’m a bare minimum of 30 pounds overweight (50 pounds overweight is probably more like it) and even though I only look like I have a “little” extra padding I am actually obese according to my BMI.  I can’t even say I don’t know how I got here.  Eating a whole pie a night for a couple of months straight really adds some cushion to ones hips.

Somewhere in the last two years I really started to become interested in how diet effects your lifestyle.  And I’m not talking about counting calories to shed weight diets, I’m talking about the types of food that we should be incorporating to prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and obesity.  I’ve recently discovered I am a complete food documentary addict:  Food Inc, Food Matters, Vegucated, Forks Over Knives, Super Juice Me, Uprooted, A Place At The Table…the list goes on and on.  OH! Did you know there is a Food Matters TV (FMTV)!?!?!?!? Um….excuse me while I swoon.

I’m also a complete bookworm so of course I have piles and piles and piles (and piles) of books. Cookbooks, self help books, informative books – you name it, I’ve probably got the book.  I’ve got books on veganism, raw food(ism?), paleo-ism, gluten free-ism and superfoods (no ism, hehe). I’ve listen to countless hours of summits and lectures and read what feels like a hundred million studies.  I think it’s safe to say I’ve done my research (thank you Captain Obvious, right?).

But with all this research I know what I should be doing but where exactly do I start? And how do I incorporate it into our crazy schedules? And once we incorporate it into our lifestyle how do we get it to stick? Fun fact: Did you know that it takes 67 times of repetitive action for it to become a routine? Is it just me or does that seem a little daunting?

Another fun fact: Did you know that your mind set, whether positive or negative, can make you or break you? It’s not easy changing any part of your lifestyle. Whether it’s incorporating a new diet or a new bedtime routine, that stuff is tough! But having a plan helps. And having a support team is better. But holding yourself accountable? That’s the best.  So to all my blog followers (all three of you 😉 ) I need your help in keeping me accountable.  I’m posting this here, tonight, because I’m tired of telling myself “Hey, next week we’ll get on this diet.” and never having “next week” actually come.

In the coming days and weeks I’ll be sharing my experiences, what I’ve chosen to do to get myself and my family more healthy and, if I’m feeling really brave, pictures of moi.

Have you been battling the bulge? Are you just a super healthy person? What’s your keys to success?

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