10.23.2013

My Thoughts on the Cleanse

Like I mentioned last week, I started the AdvoCare 10-day cleanse. While I know some people do it to lose weight, I was looking at it as a way of getting my mind right and retraining my taste buds to crave healthier foods.

Here's the deal though, I can't do strict. When I feel like I "can't" have something, it makes me want it even more. It may be a lack of discipline or the way my brain is wired, but I just couldn't stick with the "rules" of the cleanse. But, I am not chalking it up as a loss because it DID help me get my mind in a better place when it comes to eating and working out.

I had an honest conversation with myself the other day. (Yes, that's right, I had a nice little convo going on in my brain.) I decided then and there that I was going to treat myself better. And since then, I have made much better food decisions.

Here are the things I am going to live by:

  • Most things are fine in moderation. I went to P.F. Chang's the other day for a girlfriend's birthday, and I had the orange peel chicken. Was it the healthiest choice on the menu? Probably not, but I ate half with brown rice, and took the rest of it home for lunch the next day. 
  • Treat your body with respect. The body you have is the only one you'll ever get, so be nice to it. If you feed it crap, you'll probably feel like crap. The nice thing though is that the opposite is true, too! And, banish the negative thoughts. We are our own worst critics and also our own most powerful motivator. 
  • Get moving! Exercise is an amazing thing because it not only helps you burn calories, it also helps your mental well being too. And, for me, the feeling of being strong will always beat the feeling of seeing the number on the scale go down.
  • Water is always a good idea. On a typical day, I drink a cup of coffee or tea in the morning and drink nothing but water the rest of the day. My skin loves me for doing this, and I feel like it helps flush the toxins out of my body.

I'm not perfect, and I am by no means an expert when it comes to health and wellness. But, these are the things that work for me. I discovered these things by listening to my body and being brutally honest with myself. Yes, of course what you eat and how much you exercise makes a difference in weight loss, but so does your mental outlook.

What health/wellness ideas do you live by?



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4 comments:

  1. I LOVE this Tori! I'm actually working on a post with similar points. I had an honest conversation with myself and my husband the other day and it opened my eyes to a lot of things.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Water is THE best, moderation is key, and work out as hard as you can without hurting yourself. ;)
    xoxo

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  2. We should take care about our skin and health. Treat your body with respect. The body you have is the only one you'll ever get, so be nice to it. If you feed it crap, you'll probably feel like crap. The nice thing though is that the opposite is true, too! And, banish the negative thoughts. We are our own worst critics and also our own most powerful motivator.

    Regards,
    Kopi Luwak

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  3. Great post! So honest! Did you do the last 14 days of the challenge? I am currently on day 8 of my second advocare challenge. It truly is easier this time around as I have already made a lifestyle change to eat clean foods. My mind will do the same to me-when I tell my body I can not have something I want then it tells me I have to have it! I don;t know why our bodies do this but I let myself have a cheat day every Friday or Saturday so I tell myself I can have that cheat meal on one of those days. After researching most foods that aren't clean, I don't even want half of that stuff because I know it is so bad for you. I also try to remember why I started the cleanse and eating clean to begin with-to help lower my risks of collon cancer after my mom was diagnosed this past May.

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