Dangerously Daydreaming

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence

Cleaning It Up

CleanIt’s inevitable for me. Best laid plans seem to need a reboot every few months/years. This healthy eating thing I try to do? It’s gone downhill a bit. Sure, I’m still on the gluten-free bandwagon. But that’s not to say that I still don’t find other sources of junk food to indulge in.

I was telling J about a 10-day cleanse that I did to kick off going gluten-free two years ago and he was all for doing the cleanse with me, this time to kick start our summer of healthy eating. The cleanse regimen called for a very limited diet of meat proteins, nuts, and nutrient-rich vegetables. That’s it. No sugars, no fruits (because of the sugars), no starchy veggies, no dairy, no grains, no simple carbs.

It wasn’t so bad until the second or third day when our energy plummeted. Our bodies were used to getting fast energy from simple carbs and now were having to work hard to turn those complex veggie carbs into energy. We crashed hard. It’s humbling to realize you have a sugar addiction even when you don’t really have a sweet tooth. We were plagued with headaches, tiredness, and a bit of grumpiness for a few days before our bodies adjusted to the new diet. And just like that we adapted, a testament to the amazing human body. Our energy level spiked, we felt healthy and strong. We weren’t even working out much during the cleanse. Between planning a wedding, buying a home, volunteering, and teaching yoga classes, I felt like there was enough going on to keep us active while our bodies adjusted.

Our cleanse ended yesterday – but I’m not so sure I’m done yet. I’ll slowly reintroduce some foods back into my diet now. Goodness knows I’m ready to indulge in some of the great summer fruits that will be harvested here in Washington soon (think raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries). And I’ve missed my quinoa, brown rice, black beans and the like. I’m looking forward to indulging in a glass of red wine tonight when I get home. But really, it’s about the processed foods. Cutting so much junk food out has made me so much more aware of how much junk I really was eating before. Now I feel empowered and have a bit more clarity on the value of nutrient-rich foods.

I’ve also come to grips with my lactose intolerance. Cheese is my kryptonite. I love it and it makes me sick to my stomach so it has to go. I’m realizing its so much better to feel good all the time than to enjoy a food item for just a moment and live with the consequences hours later. So if it’s not the occasional indulgence in a bite of goat’s milk cheese (lactose free!), then it’s just not for me.

Oh, and the physical results of this whole cleanse? J dropped 17 pounds in 10 days! These darn guys with their testosterone, I tell ya! Me? I haven’t lost an ounce of my winter weight. BUT my flabby tummy is slowly giving way to svelte abs and my muscle mass has increased like crazy. I don’t really care that the BMI says I’m over-weight if that weight is muscle. It’s about being fit, not skinny.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been trying to get back to healthy and fit after the doldrums of winter. So may this be an encouragement to stay the course. Feeling good, having energy, and loving the skin you’re in regardless of the number on the scale is so much better than the crash diets, the processed foods, and the self-inflicted judgement we place on ourselves. Stuff happens, best laid plans tend to slip, but there’s always a chance for a new beginning.

Summer, bring it on!


18 comments on “Cleaning It Up

  1. Vanessa
    May 24, 2013

    Yay for this entire post! You are such a positive role model for healthy living – I aspire to be like you, truly. 🙂 It’s certainly isn’t easy when you are running around with your hair on fire, and yet somehow you manage. It’s energizing! I am so happy for you and all of your amazing feats – I can’t wait to hear more about your summer plans and they unfold. xx

    • Audrey
      May 30, 2013

      Thank you! It’s been a crazy few weeks – which it sounds like you can totally relate to. It’s definitely not easy to take care of ourselves when things get busy. I’m sitll in awe of your awesome running. That’s a discipline I aspire to, so just know that you’re keeping me on the straight and narrow too. 🙂

  2. betunada
    May 24, 2013

    good for you! you perpetual experimentationist!
    betty sometimes gets on a no-carb ‘kick’ (Adkins?)… and one thing i wish WE would get out of the habit is (i’m fairly sure she doesn’t ‘follow’ me and read my comments, etc.) … get out of the habit of what i call: she doesn’t think it’s a “meal” unless there’s a dead animal in the middle of the table. i know i could, really could, “go vegetarian” for extended periods.

    • Audrey
      May 30, 2013

      It’s hard to make a major diet change like that when your other half is doing their own thing. It would be awesome if you give a vegetarian food regimen a shot though! If you get the chance to try it out, let me know how goes! I’m impressed!! I’m good with the paleo diet for myself but my body seems to crave animal proteins (it’s even linked to my blood type) so I won’t be going vegetarian anytime soon. Keep me posted on things go as you try it out though, I’m excited to hear!

  3. Denise Hisey
    May 24, 2013

    Good for you!!! I’m just learning about having a sugar addiction, too, when I don’t eat a lot of sweets. Sigh. My husband is feeling the energy surge you mentioned…I’m still waiting for my body to adjust 🙂

    • Audrey
      May 30, 2013

      Sugars are such sneaky little things, aren’t they? I had no idea how much sugar we consumed. Like you, we’re not much for the sweets. I’m so happy for you guys with your own cleanse. How’s it going at this point? Are you feeling better? That adjustment period really is a bugger, but so worth it once you’re on the other side. 🙂

      • Denise Hisey
        May 30, 2013

        We’re still learning! 🙂
        Chips are my biggest downfall. I can pass up candy, but those darn chips are like magnets !!! Learning to add new foods to replace some we’re eliminating. what a process!

  4. Laura Beth
    May 28, 2013

    Hello, Audrey! I’m Laura Beth from the blog Perched on a Whim. I came to your blog via Rant and Roll comments, and I so appreciate your sharing about your reboot. It is all too true that our initial goal-setting gusto must be fed and maintained. I’m curious to see how your journey continues!

    • Audrey
      May 30, 2013

      Laura Beth, thank you so much for stopping by! I’ll have to come take a look over at your place. 🙂 Oh yes, the healthy living thing certainly takes effort, but it is so worth it. Thanks for dropping over and I’ll stop in for a visit soon!

  5. storiesbywilliams
    May 29, 2013

    Yeah, I seen what you look like. Where is the weight coming from? Aren’t you like a size five or something? Though I do know what you’re talking about with most of this here. Though I have to admire you and your hubbies dedication to cleanse – never had the willpower to do it personally! – I know the benefits of gluten free eating and goats cheese. It’s just no much better isn’t it? I imagine it’s going to be the norm really soon, given the prevalence of celiac, gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance in people these days. My wife and I have a friend who is hit by these problems, and we like to tell her she’s the “canary in the coal mine” – i.e. a sign of what’s coming for us all if we don’t clean up our diets!

    • Audrey
      May 30, 2013

      Haha, I’m 5’1″ and smaller than a size 5 but when you’re a short person there just aren’t a lot of places to distribute a few extra pounds. 🙂 I hide it well, too! Most people think I’m about 20 lbs lighter than I actually am. I think that’s part of why I’m coming to the conclusion that the number on the scale isn’t so critical as being fit and healthy. 🙂
      Changing your diet is not easy, but at least we do live in a time and in places where these eating issues are more common and being catered to a bit more. Funny how these food issues are becoming so much more prevalent now… It makes me wonder if it’s connected to how our food is processed and treated? Are you and the wife looking to make some changes in the future then?

      • storiesbywilliams
        May 30, 2013

        We’re doing gluten free now, and we’ve adopted goat’s cheese for just about everything. And we took up running, though more her than me. I already get plenty of cardio from TKD class!

        Uh oh, I think you’ve triggered my lecture mode… you’re right, processing has much to do with it. Though there’s also the problems of the meat industry and agrobusiness. Humanity simply wasn’t meant to subsist on monoculture and farmed meat, and the problem really goes back to the Paleolithic Revolution….

        Lecture mode deactivated! Anytime the name of a historical period escapes my mouth I have to hit the stop button. Also, got good news vis a vis Whiskey Delta when you’ve got time! :).

  6. whatimeant2say
    May 29, 2013

    That sounds great, but I definitely need to have my fruits. And Diet Coke. As long as I can have those, I’m good.

    • Audrey
      May 30, 2013

      Yes! I missed my fruit so much!! And I understand the Diet Coke thing, I wasn’t quite able to give up my coffee for the 10 days… 🙂

  7. Silvia Reed
    June 2, 2013

    Everything in your life, YOU’VE MADE IT HAPPEN. I’m convinced of that. Your positive view of life and your giving heart are creating the life you want. I know once you’re in your new home, the good eating habits you have will get back on track.

  8. Susanne
    June 2, 2013

    Definately motivational – – I’ve been so busy with my new schedule this past year, with a few more super hectic months ahead, I’ve really let things go and I am SO paying for it now……time to muster up some effort to put into me!

  9. whatimeant2say
    June 14, 2013

    What’s up, girl? Just because you’re engaged doesn’t mean you can stop blogging!

    • Audrey
      June 14, 2013

      Haha, oh I will be back soon! This was supposed to be moving week and its been crazy. Plus my mama is visiting from Alaska. I’ll be back next week, promise!! 🙂

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