makes the dreams work.
I am on the 8th day of the 100-crunch a day challenge and am going strong. While I was getting undressed for bed the other night my boyfriend commented that he could already see a difference. I hadn't really noticed but I appreciated his observation, I keep on meaning to take before and after pictures but I keep on forgetting.
We are completely opposite. He is 6'4 with an athletic build and if he misses a meal I swear he loses 3 inches immediately. I'm 5'4. He is a die-hard meat-eater, beer lover and hates carbs. I am a vegetarian that sometimes eats fish, I don't drink really and I am addicted to carbs. With all of our differences we have an amazing relationship and somehow cooking is one of the things that we love to share with each other. I have turned him onto soy-rizo, vegan sausages, smart balance, veggie satays & much more. He has spiced up my meals with homemade tomato sauces, eggplant parm and supports me constantly.
We have been talking about looking at our eating more closely, for the most part we eat really well, but recently have taken it to the next level. We buy only organic, and when possible, we buy local. We get the basics in: protein, vegetable & whole grains in at every meal and have started to add braggs liquid aminos & flax oil to more and more dishes. I got us new shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate free - we are already that couple that uses fluoride free toothpaste & tom's deodorant, but we don't smell like hipies.
BUT TODAY: we are doing a 'cleanse' for 21-30 days. I call it a cleanse loosely because that makes it sound short-term. After the 30 days I plan on evaluating how I feel and if I want to incorporate more if it into my day to day. He has done this before and said that he felt amazing and as we talked about the guidelines for it I laughed because I had eaten really closely to this for a few months about a year ago and I also felt amazing.
- no caffine, I never really drink coffee but he is going to stop
- no soda, I also never drink soda, but this is his ultimate weakness
- no added sugars
- no meat or animal products (eggs, cheese, milk, etc.)
- no alcohol, because I don't like to 'drink my carbs' his challenge will be to cut the alcohol, although I might miss the occasional glass of wine with dinner
- no smoking, we are both quitting smoking (he doesn't smoke that much, and I have cut down, but this will also be my personal challenge)
- no GLUTEN (this is going to be tough for me!) ALSO really good, because my doctor's think I might be developing celiac disease which is a gluten intolerance, so this will just be good practice
- nothing that is 'man-made' or really processed
What will this look like?
- LOTS of fruits and fresh veggies
- beans & legumes & nuts for protein
- oils (olive, flax, coconut & safflower for cooking)
- whole grains from oats, quinoa, gluten free sources, etc.
- fruit juices & hemp protein shakes
I am really excited for this. We are doing something as a team to become more healthy. We are going to be eating the same things, so I will no longer feel guilty when all I want is steamed veggies and he is craving a steak.
Today, Day 1. I had an organic apple with 2 tbsp of old fashioned, oil on top peanut butter. I am thinking about some hummus and baby carrots for a snack. Some lentils and salad for lunch. Maybe some salsa and more veggies for my other snack and then we are going to decide on dinner tonight when we get home. We are also going grocery shopping tonight to stock up on some essential items. I am going to try to not rely too heavily on soy also since I might have a mild allergy to it, I don't want to aggravate that.
He has also been inspired by my crunches routine and he is going to join in with 50 crunches & 50 push-ups daily. He is also really intrigued by my bosu ball and I am really looking forward to being a super healthy couple. I have mentioned running a few times but he hates it and I don't really mind since that is some great me-time. I have signed us up for some free yoga though, so I am really excited for that! I am glad to have an active support system, because as I used to tell my interns...Teamwork makes the dreams work!