I don’t believe in diets and I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. I do believe in change, because if I didn’t, I’d still be lying depressed on my couch instead of out there, trying to make healthy decisions every day. And however you have to get there to make those changes that will impact your life in a positive way .. well, I’m all for that.
After an exhausting couple of years that included six 50k trail races and two road marathons, I was feeling pretty beat up and run down. And despite so many miles on my legs, I felt like I was a letting the “75/25 rule” get the better of me. It’s said that when it comes to being healthy, 25% comes from exercise and 75% is due to nutrition. In simpler terms, as my doctor told me, if you want to lose weight, you need to change your diet and if you want to maintain your weight, you work out.” And despite all the running I was doing, I had managed to gain 11 lbs in a year, so I was proving her right.
I decided to try a 30 day healthy eating cleanse for January. If you want to change your life, you’re not going to do it with “a” diet. Take that “a” out of that sentence, and we’re talking simply about “diet” which is a whole different animal. The two aren’t the same, they shouldn’t be confused, and they shouldn’t be used interchangeably. One defines a sliver of time in your life that won’t be sustainable and the other defines a lifetime. You get to choose which of those things helps you live your best life.
A “cleanse” sounds like “a diet” in theory. Because a cleanse isn’t something you’ll maintain for life, it’s easy to confuse the two. Making changes to your diet rather than “just” dieting is all about building new habits, not about changing them for a time before going back. The purpose of the cleanse was to identify my triggers and make some lifelong changes in my habits to carry into a healthier lifestyle. I figured I owed it to my body to give it good things after all of the things I’d demanded of it in recent years.
So what were the parameters of this 30 day cleanse?
Here's what I gained from this experience:
This 30 Day plan was through Arbonne. If you’ve heard of Arbonne, you know it’s a network marketing company. Let’s address the elephant in the room .. There is a lot of misinformation about network marketing out there, and a big reason for that is there are a lot of people trying to “sell” people on it. I don’t want to be “that friend.” The friend who everyone avoids when they start their “side hussle.” The one who suddenly starts bombarding you with information, whether it’s good or not. I don’t want to be that person. I just want to pass on the info I’ve found to be helpful in my life with the hope that it’ll do the same for someone else. It’s why I’m in the business of health. As someone who was once overweight and came out on the other side, I really want people to know it’s possible to change your life. Arbonne is an extension of a healthy lifestyle for me. Just because it’s a network marketing company doesn’t mean the products are bad. They aren’t. It just means that there are a lot of people trying to ram products down our throats every day, and that really has nothing to do with the products themselves. As our world and careers change, there are more and more service-driven companies in the world. This means you get what you put in. I’m not doing this to get rich. I’m doing this to give everyone a better chance to find success in a healthy lifestyle.
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