So we all know that being in the best possible shape requires work regarding both exercise and diet. Right? Right! For a long time, I had the exercise part down pat a few years ago but didn’t realize the importance of the diet piece of the puzzle.
Between running and hitting the gym, I would work out up to 8 times per week. Sounds like a lot, right? After all that, I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t thinner. I mean, I burned a TON of calories each week! I knew I could eat better, but I wasn’t that bad. . .or so I thought. It wasn’t until about this time last year that I realized just how awful my eating habits really were.
Lots and LOTS of great things have come out of my move to NC, one of which includes a complete transformation of my nutrition knowledge and eating habits. I had always wanted to do a diet cleanse, and I was planning on one shortly before I learned I would be moving to NC. I finally did it about a year later and am SO happy I did!
Several of my friends from my gym in NC introduced me to the Standard Process diet cleanse. They had all done it and said they got great results. So I thought, “Eh, what the heck?”
Twenty-one days; up to 30 supplement capsules per day – Holy pill popper, Batman! – for some of those days; and TONS of fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, chicken, and fish later, I had lost six pounds, increased my body water composition by several percentage points, and felt awesome.
That was all good, but it wasn’t even the best part. What was, you ask? I’ll tell you! I was running faster than I ever had in my life and loving it!
I’m about to start the same diet cleanse again, which means that I will have to give up many of the things I enjoy on a daily basis. Soooooo, I’ve given myself the ‘OK’ to have things I like but don’t often consume anyway in preparation for the strict dietary constrictions to come.
I think, though, I may have overdone it just a bit. Here are just a few of my indulgences in the past two weeks or so. Before you scroll down, I have one thing to say: Don’t judge me! Hmmm, well, maybe just not too harshly. . .
Fatty McPhatterson much? I didn’t stop there. . .
Add to this about four more diet sodas, ice cream times two, and two churros. Hmmmmm. . . yeaaaahhhhh. . . shoulda left this last list out. . .
After all of this, I am most definitely ready for my diet cleanse. Not only ready, I can’t wait! I can’t wait to eat uber healthy, to trim down after my horrible – yet yummy – eating as of late, to feel sooooo much better, and last but not anywhere near least – to run FAST!
Melissa Mincic, Ph.D., studies child development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a long-time road and trail runner. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @nerdinrunshoes.