Almost Halfway There

I had said I would check in at the halfway mark of The 30 Clean, but figured I would update ya just a little early (Day #12 is coming to a close!)

Here’s a glimpse at what I’ve been eating over the last dozen days. I was on the road for three days and had a handful of meals here and there that were not home cooked either, but the majority of them were made in Cote’s Cocina.

30 Clean

30 Clean 2

30 Clean 3

Here’s a dozen thoughts and / or feelings that I’ve had so far:

  1. Overall, I do feel pretty great. Secretly, I was kind of hoping I wouldn’t so I could just say, “Eh, who cares, bring me my cookies, fried chicken and mac n cheese.”
  2. I’ve noticed a difference in my skin. A while back I started using Beauty Counter‘s Essentials Face Collection thanks to a client at Pure Barre. I absolutely love the products and more importantly the story behind the company is amazing. Look for a blog post on that in the near future.  Beauty Counter’s products paired with the change in what I am putting in my body is definitely making a difference.
  3. Bye bye, stomach issues. It’s a rare day if I don’t get a stomach ache at some point or another. I’ve always had issues with dairy. An overload of sugar and I aren’t besties either. When I cut out sugar for the 10 days I noticed a slight difference. However, when I cut out sugar I found myself eating the most random stuff without sugar just because there was no sugar in it. I don’t even like eating an entire sleeve of Saltines!  I think cutting out grains has made a big impact as well.
  4. Bye bye bye, bloat and inflammation. This has got to be one of the biggest perks and motivators thus far. At least for me.
  5. Energy Level. I cut caffeine out back in November, so I’ve already been relying on sleep, food and positive people to keep me going everyday. I haven’t had any trouble waking up (and I have lots of early mornings) and seem to fall asleep better at night. Not complaining about either of those things.
  6. Sugar. *sigh* you’re such a devil vs. angel on my shoulders. I’ve found when I am hungry my mind my thoughts immediately go to what sounds most delicious. It can be anything from a slice of pizza, Mexican food or a salted caramel brownie. As soon as I eat my food that is compliant with The 30 Clean, the feeling does seem to go away. Now, don’t get me wrong…I can’t stop thinking about the Cadbury Easter Candy Coated Mini Eggs, that my Mom so graciously bought for me post challenge. You know, in case they were sold out by the time I could have them.
  7. At first, I was really trying to stick to the eat 3 meals only a day like The 30 Clean suggests in order to reset your body’s way of eating. I found myself getting really stressed about not eating enough at those three meals and being starving in between. I don’t find it difficult to separate hunger from boredom. I’m the first to admit and know that I often did eat when I was bored…or just because something tasted good. I’ve gotten better at listening to my body and know that if I’m up from 6am – 12am, teaching two classes, taking a class and running around doing a bunch of other stuff – homegirl needs a little extra fuel.
  8. The women that I’m doing the challenge with. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – these chicas are just so dang inspiring. There’s certain days that it literally brings tears to my eyes as I see all the time, energy and commitment they are putting into the challenge. We are on a private board where we share photos, thoughts, ideas, recipes, etc.
  9. I really do like all the food I’m eating. As much as I ate a fairly decent amount of dairy, wheat, corn (won’t even address the sugar), etc. I’m loving all the quality protein, loads of veggies and fruits/nuts.
  10. I’m loving cooking. I’ve spent more time in the kitchen than ever before. So much so, that I tend to lose track of time when I’m prepping, cooking…and eating. I get In. The. Zone. It’s slightly therapeutic. I’m not loving all the extra dishes though.
  11. “You want me to do something? Tell me I can’t do it.” – Maya Angelou
  12. “You better work, b*tch.” Britney pretty much summed it with her chorus for “Work, B*tch”:

“You wanna hot body
You wanna Bugatti
You wanna Maserati
You better work
You wanna Lamborghini
Sip Martinis
Look hot in a bikini
You better work
You wanna live fancy
Live in a big mansion
Party in France

You better work, you better work
You better work, you better work
Now get to work!
Now get to work!”

What’s your biggest weakness – salt, sugar, dairy or something else? Have you done The 30 Clean, Whole 30 or a different / similar program?

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