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How I intend to make this 5% challenge WORK for me!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

emoticon I LOVE to eat! Just really enjoy great food! And mostly the food I love is NOT so great on the GOOD calorie fairy's chart! emoticon

I love a big ole' burger...I can do without the french fries and usually do order a veggie side..but something about that burger is just so all AMERICAN satisfying!

But then I ask I want to continue down the food path I'm on and enjoy that first tantalizing bite and then berate myself for the rest of the day...or do I want to seek out a healthy substitute that will satisfy my appetite and put me in the weight category I need to be order to look good in my clothes, and recapture the energy I need for my crazy life?

I need to remember back and realize that I've always been a fairly thin person who made pretty healthy choices but then I slipped into poor food choices and let stress, time constraints, and just plain laziness boot me out of the lifestyle that kept me thin in the first place.

I told you a couple of weeks back that I had purchased one of Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbooks on eating healthy. It's called "It's all Good"

She had mentioned one of her mentors that helped her regain her health and balance and I thought...aha...I HAVE that book.

Actually I have as many diet books and cookbooks as the local library.

So I dug it out and sat down to absorb some of the information. That book is "Clean" by Alejandro Junger, M.D.

Basically he explains that he began this health exploration because he was so drained and so unhealthy as a cardiologist in the medical field and he knew that drugs and pharmaceuticals prescribed to mask his symptoms weren't the answer.

It had to go back to the source and the source of course is FOOD!

He further tells us that all health comes from our guts and that by constantly assaulting the 'good' bacteria and pro-biotics necessary to keep a healthy digestive balance we are basically shutting down our metabolism.

When you can't assimilate the nutrients in food...or the food has NO nutrients you might as well just load a gun to your head and play russian's just a matter of time until you kill your own sweet self with your knife and fork.

emoticon Wow...that HIT home!

So...fitting to this challenge and MORE so because I need my hubs is counting on me...the consignment gallery is counting on friends are counting on crazy little cat Keanu is counting on me...and MOST especially my bear cubs and sparkly friends are counting on's now or never!

Just in time for the challenge I'm going to undertake this clean program and see where it leads me. The initial kick off is a 3 week program and it's intention is to eliminate foods that cause allergies..therefore booting out of your body all those bloating energy vampires, and cravings. This is meant to build up your healthy intestinal flora and reset your metabolism.

I don't know if I can make it through the entire 3 weeks, but once I did do the Master Cleanse for 21 days and if I can get through that crazy rigid program this should be a piece of cake!

I also did a three month program of eating RAW that is eating nothing over 106 degrees because if destroys all of the nutrients in food. That was a little weird for me...I do like my food to have some temperature to it...but BOY I did lose the weight...about 35 pounds and I sure felt great. It was outrageously time consuming if I'm skinny on ANYTHING it's time!
emoticon I fell away from the program and promptly gained back about 20 of the lost pounds...ugh...this sucks!

Actually I think the yo-yo effect is even worse than just staying heavy in the first place. emoticon Not to mention how discouraging it is to us who have come so far...just to fall back and start again. I have to find something that feels natural and sustainable to me...but I do need a jumpstart to get there!

Our food supply is so's a real challenge just to find 'real' food these days, and when we DO find the real it HEALTHY REAL....or GMO fake?

Ay...yi...yi...we humans have SUCH challenges unless we grow our own...lucky are those of you who do! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I will start the program on Monday because I just decided this is the way to go for me on my 5% challenge in order to see any real progress and it will take me a few days to gather the non gluten allowed items, and most importantly the mental intention.

I'll be making a 'clean' log and sharing it with you and reporting on what is happening. My hope is this will create some new habits and those new habits will STICK and I'll be into an overall healthier lifestyle.

The BAD news is no coffee, and NO wine.

Oh boy you are going to hear some whining over that one Lucy! emoticon

But nothing ventured nothing gained and I'm sick of going up..going down, going's unproductive and absolutely unhealthy!

Lets get it started...I begin on Monday....I'm challenging myself...continually and trying out a new approach yet day something is going to register in my wheel house and I'm going to say...aha...this just feels right to me! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AWESOMECHELZ 8/6/2013 7:41AM

    I personally get confused about the RAW diet or PALEO or CLEANSING, etc., etc. so I don't do any of them. I am leaning towards the Mediterranean diet even though some study said it wasn't as powerful as previously thought in preventing heart disease. There will probably be another study saying the first study was wrong. CONFUSION! So I decided to keep it simple and eat less process foods, more veggies and fruits. I don't eat fast food anymore except Subway once in a while. Slowly I am changing.

I do wish you THE BEST with your challenge. You work so hard and I know you are also looking for what's best for you to feel good and be healthy. emoticon emoticon

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Love, Chelsea

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FLASUN 8/3/2013 10:21AM

    Bobbi, OK, wishing you the emoticon on this challenge!!!

How do you like Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbooks on eating healthy. I've seen her on that show "The Chew" and she always looks so healthy & Natural!!!

I just know................. emoticon

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JAZZEJR 8/2/2013 1:14AM

    I'll be anxious to hear reports of your progress as I'm on a plant-based eating plan (and having a heck of a time sticking to it while on vacation). I figure a coffee or glass of wine will not derail me forever if I'm eating all those veggies and fruits :)

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ADRIENALINE 7/29/2013 2:54PM

    Good luck on your new food plan. Do you have to give up coffee forever? Don't sign up for anything you can't sustain or you will be a yo-yo all over again.I'll look forward to hearing about all of your progress. And also congrats on the progress against your foreclosure. Man, you have some crazy stress to deal with!

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NEWFLABULESS 7/29/2013 12:49PM

    I wish you the best of everything and know you can do anything you put your mind to. YIKES about the no foods over 106 degrees. I have wanted to try eating clean but just as you mentioned, it IS very time-consuming and I have very little extra time with my hubby, dogs, children, two jobs and a house that is never clean enough. OK - done with the rant and I'm really NOT looking for sympathy...just admire your desire to go at it with full-force. Send some my way, would ya? emoticon

Have a great day!

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SNOWYOGA 7/28/2013 11:50PM

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/28/2013 10:29PM

    Good luck with your new food plan.
I have no idea what is healthy anymore.
I love to eat, too.
And, I also could never give up on my morning coffee.
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DS9KIE 7/28/2013 10:26PM


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GRACEOMALLEY 7/28/2013 5:45PM

    You're a braver womanthan I, Gunga Dhin! I'll await you reports and wish you well, but no way am I ready to give up my soy latte on the patio every morning while I watch birds at the birdfeeder I just filled.The rest, I'll try. I don't eat much meat anyhow and have my fresh herbs and veggies from my garden right now, so we're off!

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  I am so glad to have read what you had to share as it gives me much to meditate on and how to employ it into my life.

I already eat clean but also know that I can also tweek much more in my clean eating and since I have been eating clean I am finally losing weight.

As this is a personal journey for each of us we have to experiment and find out what works for us personally because what works for me may not work for you.

I always like to view food as my medicine for my body and as fuel to give me health and energy and strength and something that I can live with consistently for the rest of my life.

I guess I can call this my personal balancing act.

Thanks so much for sharing yourself and being so transparent.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/28/2013 10:51AM

    Clean eating is such a good thing!

I cut out all sugar, and salt, anything with any kind of processing, cut way back on animal of Tuesday. I am drinking a lot of green tea with caffeine, but I want the good effects of the green tea. It will be interesting to see how it helps. (hope it does.... emoticon ).

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BBONET 7/28/2013 10:35AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are a very dedicated person and you will accomplish your goal!!!! Great way to start the challenge!!! emoticon emoticon

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ANGELCOWBOY1 7/28/2013 9:04AM

    emoticon you are one determined lady when you make up your mind!

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MSLZZY 7/28/2013 7:26AM

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MAGGIE101857 7/27/2013 8:09PM

    We could open a new section in your gallery with our cookbook collections! I am just as guilty as you...along with the diet books and exercise dads...and more! But you and I are going to stick to our guns this time and meet this challenge!! We can do it, and we will this time!!! Let's get off the roller coaster and start living life to the fullest!!!

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LAWANDMUSIC 7/27/2013 7:48PM

    Thanks for sharing!! Well done!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/27/2013 4:20PM

    I look forward to hearing how the new food plan is working for you.

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HEALTHYBARB1 7/27/2013 12:23PM

    Bobbi...thanks for the words of writing out your plan in your blog you have inspired me to look at my eating more carefully this challenge too!! More Organic Veggies and Fruits and more healthy protein and fiber!!
Thanks and Smiles!!

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JUSTME29 7/27/2013 11:48AM

    Good luck to you!

No way I could give up my coffee. I'll tell you what - I'll drink an extra cup every day, just for you. emoticon

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TURTLETALK 7/27/2013 11:41AM

    Good luck in the new food plan. I try to eat clean but I only manage to stay clean about 75% of the time. I wish I could make myself commit to it more like 95% of the time.

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GOING-STRONG 7/27/2013 11:28AM


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ALIHIKES 7/27/2013 11:20AM

    Good luck with your eating clean program!

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