May of last year (2017) I was happy with where I was. I had lost all the baby weight from my second child and I was proud of myself. What I didn’t realize though was that I wasn’t my best self. I was constantly taking antacids for stomach pain and just feeling sluggish. A registered dietitian friend I went to college with shared a 7 day paleo cleanse on Facebook from another registered dietitian. It was a free cleanse so I figured I’d give it ago. If I can give birth (twice) with no meds, I can give up carbs, sugar and fruit for 7 days.
Day 1 was a breeze. Days 2 and 3 I was wondering what the hell I was thinking as my husband was heating up a pizza and my kids cold chicken nuggets never looked so good. By day 4, the fog lifted and I was so clear headed. I hadn’t had stomach pains since I started and was already down 4 lbs. I was really tuning into my bad habits… yes, as a mom I hate to waste the food my kids never eat or just a few goldfish here and a handful of cereal there won’t hurt. The reality of it though, it does hurt. The mindless snacking really effects us more than we think. Since May, I’m down 15lbs and I do a reset day when cravings get out of control. I do a full 7 day cleanse at least once a month and try to keep my foods as much on a modified cleanse/paleo as possible. Life happens. What I’ve realized though is that foods effect me both positively and negatively. And I’m just trying to be my best self. When I’m wearing skinny jeans and my husband grabs my ass it makes it all worth it 🙌🏻