Oh happy days!! The Bachelor starts on Monday,
The Biggest Loser starts again on Tuesday and Grey’s Anatomy returns on Thursday! 2012 is looking awesome already!
Aside from three of my favorite shows starting up next week, I will also be starting Whole Living’s 21 Day Action Plan on Monday! With the help of Whole Living, I am going to use the first three weeks of the new year to detox my body, mind, and environment.
Whole Living’s 2012 Action Plan
Week 1: January 2-8
Go back to basics with simple meals made only with purifying fruits and vegetables that power both body and mind. Taking a break from processed foods and common allergens, like dairy, puts you more in touch with your body and gives your liver, the detoxifying organ, a break.
What You’re Eating During Week 1: fruits, vegetables, and plant-based fats, including nuts, seeds, and oils
What to Expect: You may experience detox symptoms such as headache and fatigue during the first few days. It’s your body getting rid of toxins. It’s OK to feel hungry; in fact, Cynthia Sass, R.D., says you want experience about four stomach growls a day.
By the End of the Week: You’ll feel light, energized, clearheaded, and motivated to conquer Week 2. Keep a food journal this week to help you become more mindful of how food affects your life.
Week 2: January 9-15
With boosted energy and a renewed sense of self, you’ll start this week off eager to feel even better and experiment with more nutrient-rich, whole foods. Adding high-quality protein back into your diet makes it easier to conquer cravings.
What You’re Adding Back in Week 2: seafood, beans and lentils, and organic soy
What to Expect: You’ll have an increased awareness of how your body reacts to each meal. Eat just enough to feel satisfied, not stuffed.
By the Week’s End: Your appetite and usual cravings are likely decreasing. You’re sleeping better and feeling happy you made the choice to change
Week 3: January 16-22
You’ve learned how to eat clean and it’s feeling fantastic — more like a lifestyle and less like a challenge as you reintroduce gluten-free grains and eggs. This is the time to fine-tune your newly developed mindful habits and keep them up!
What You’re Adding Back in Week 3: gluten-free grains and eggs
What to Expect: You may get an energy boost as you reintroduce carbs, but beware: Hearty grains may initially shock your system. This week will help you determine how great (or not) certain foods can make you feel.
By the Week’s End: Research shows that new habits do still take practice, so stick to your happy and healthy new ways.
What to Skip During the Challenge
- Processed foods
- Added sugar
- Caffeine (not too sure how I’m feeling about this one)
Secrets to a Successful Cleanse
- Set goals
- Prepare the people in your life
- Invite a friend (or readers, wink wink) to join
- Drink plenty of water
- Space out your meals
- Keep a food journal (or blog)
- Stick to each week’s menu
What to Expect on Coffee Cake and Cardio
- A weekly grocery shopping recap
- A daily recap of the previous day’s meals
- A truthful account of how I’m feeling and doing each day