Dietary Discipline

You are invited to join me in a little dietary discipline! If we all do this together – we will not only have support but also some accountability. For just one week – commit to eat healthy. For me here’s what that looks like: lean meats, fruits, veggies. In the ‘no’ category: gluten, sugar, soy, dairy, alcohol. Does that sound impossible? Let me make it easier for you!

This meal works and is so yummy!
This meal works and is so yummy!

Here is a sample day:

Breakfast: Eggs, avocado slice, handful of blueberries and coffee if you prefer

Lunch: Salad with grilled shrimp, tomatoes, and assorted greens/veggies. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a dressing.

Snack options: almonds, strawberries, radishes, carrots, cucumber, avocados, smoothie (mindful of your ingredients – fruit, ice, protein powder, almond butter)

Dinner: Grilled chicken, sauteed spinach and mushrooms, roasted vegetables – squash, peppers, onions.

That doesn’t seem so bad does it? I think we are often scared off of cleaning up our diets because we focus on what we can’t have and don’t think about all the tasty things we can eat. Get creative – explore your farmers market and try new veggies.

So what’s the point of this one week cleanse? For starters its about discipline. If you can say no for one week to fried or unhealthy foods, donuts at work and so on – you will be more likely to say no in the future when those temptations come up. Secondly, it’s a great way to rid your body of some of the less great options and clean out your system by only eating truly clean healthy foods. Third, you may be surprised and notice you start to feel better – you may discover you have some food sensitivities you didn’t realize. Many are not technically allergic to gluten and do not have celiac disease but find they just feel better when they don’t eat it. The same can be true for dairy. That is not to say dairy and gluten are bad – but you won’t know until you try if your body is sensitive. And the fourth reason – sometimes just the process of paying attention to what we are eating works to curb our calorie consumption.

So let’s get a little dietary discipline this week. And if you just can’t this week with the holiday- how about next? Hit the grocery store or farmers market and stock up on all things clean and healthy so you’ll have good options handy. You don’t have to stop at one week but let’s make our goal small and you can always exceed it!

Feel free to report in and tell me how you are doing!

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