I want to talk to you about this unfortunate thing that happened to me the other day.
Have you ever been praying and you didn't know you were praying,
and you kind of got caught talking to the big guy,
but you didn't really mean to ask Him the thing?
I'm The Healthy Life Project, because I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I have totally stepped away from the diet that I'm supposed to be eating, and guess what? I have felt the huge ramifications of that.
Number one being brain fog. My energy's down. I can see and feel the inflammation coming back into me. I need to get back on track. So, I was just driving along, thinking to myself, and I said, "Gee, I really need to know what the first step back is." Then, I heard a voice. It was a familiar voice. It was God. We chat a lot. Sometimes I accidentally pray to Him. This day I heard, "No Chick-fil-A for 90 days." Now, for some of you, even the average person that might not be a big deal. 90 days, three months. What do you go? Once or twice a month?
I have gone ... now listen... before I tell you this, you should know that it has snuck back in slowly and then ever so quickly back into my diet where the week that I said, "I've got to know what to do," was after my fourth time going through the drive-through that week! So, it's definitely an issue. Definitely more than the average person. Anyway, that's it. I mean, that's just where we are right now. We, meaning me and my Chick-fil-A issue. So, no Chick-fil-A for 90 days. It was late in the week. I decided, "We're going to start this on Monday." I had one last Chick-fil-A meal. Today is day three of 90.
I have not had Chick-fil-A. I accidentally had two bites of a chicken sandwich from a different place. I just naturally ordered it. I was ordering for somebody else, and I just got one for myself, two bites in, realized, "What am I doing?" Handed it to somebody else, asked them to eat it for me if they wanted it, otherwise just chuck it, but there we go. So, no Chick-fil-A for 90 days. When you are eating it two to four times a week, it's just kind of a habit. That is, I feel like, one of the hardest things to change when we're trying to lead a healthier life.
It's just habit. When it's habit, you don't think about it. When you don't think about it and you try to change that habit, you honestly don't remember what the other options are. Now, obviously, this might not be as drastic with the Chick-fil-A, but let me tell you as a busy mom how many times I am stuck out and about and I'm hungry. That is really where this is coming from. Our busy lifestyle, we're out and about all the time. For some reason, I always manage to have snacks and whatnot for the kids, but oops didn't pack anything for myself, and therefore we end up through the line, and we're grabbing something.
Real Food: Alongside with the no Chick-fil-A thing, I am working on adding more real food to my diet.
Micro Nutrients: I'm still on my Juice Plus Trio.
Macro Nutrients: I'm going to be upping my one shake a day to two shakes per day, because I need to get a lot of this yuckiness back out. The toxins and just the buildup ... I mean, this brain fog and the lack of energy that I have and the puffiness. Those are all signs of toxins building up in your system and they need to go, because eighth grade logic on a fuzzy brain is not a good, fun thing to do. We homeschool in case you didn't know.
Hydration: I'm going to be upping my water. I don't remember to drink water, so I'll be trying to drink seven to eight glasses of water a day.
Recharge / Sleep: Getting more sleep. Now normally, an adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep. I really need about eight to nine, sometimes even 10 hours of sleep. That's hard. When you end the day and you want to have some alone time and just kind of chill, the time really does slip away from you. So, I've set an alarm on my phone for nine o'clock lights out. Hopefully, that will work.
Exercise: I hope to exercise 2-3 days a week. I have a random knee issue that I'm recovering from so that means walking.
Cutting from my plate: I will be re-eliminating gluten. That has definitely been something that has been sneaking in once in a while. I think, "It's just fine. I'll just have a little bite of gluten here and a little bit of gluten there and it won't make a big deal." Not true my friends! Eliminating dairy back out of my diet. No more ice cream at night. Eliminating the caffeine. When the toxins build up in your system, you get that three o'clock slump. That is not actually a normal thing. It is a sign that you have too much junk in your system and you make it through the whole day. So, caffeine has snuck back into my life. It needs to exit right. I don't drink alcohol right now so that is something that will stay away for at least 90 more days. Processed foods ... those are going. Artificial refined sugars, and no eating three hours before I go to bed, which if I stick to the nine o'clock thing will be 6:00 p.m.
No Chick-fil-A for 90 days, which ... I mean, it's sad but true. It's going to be a very hard challenge for me. Among all the other awesome changes that I'm going to be making, the other changes outside of the Chick-fil-A is part of our Shred 10 program.
It's like a jumpstart, a restart, detox, to flush for your system. It's awesome. I don't understand why I don't eat like that all the time because I feel great and energetic and sharp, like sharp, sharp, sharp, sharp. My mind is so on point when I'm doing this. If you want details, you can just comment or contact me, and I can tell you all about that. We run it for 10 days at the beginning of every month. I'm going to be doing an extended 90 days of this probably with some tweaks, but we'll talk about it after these first 10 days are over.
I would love your support and your encouragement. Feel free to check in with me. See how I'm doing. Because Chick-fil-A and I, we're close, man. Love you, Chick-fil-A... It's going to be rough for these 90 days, but we (you know - Me and Jesus) can do it.
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