Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Pre-Diet Binge

Am I on a diet? No.

Am I planning to start a diet? No.

Did I 'binge' last night? No.

But kind of.

This morning kicks off what I like to call my 'reboot.'

Every few months or so, I start to feel a little sluggish and have to fight off strong cravings for sweets and starches. I have found that maximizing my intake of micro-nutrient foods works as a 'system reset' for my body. It kicks up my energy, makes me crave nutrient rich foods and acts as a springboard for my progress.

It's time to start it up once again!

My reboot consists of juicing fruits and vegetables only for the next three days.

It's really not as hard as it sounds. I will keep you updated as I go, but right now let's talk about yesterday.

The #elf4health challenge was to pack a healthy snack. I am the queen of packing snacks. I like to pack enough to get me through the day with options.

Mango Greek yogurt, an egg and half of an english muffin (in the ziplock bag), string cheese, a salad (in the yoplait container) and an apple. Enough to keep me fueled until dinner!

Breakfast was a warm bowl of oatmeal. Which was great since we left the window open list night and I woke up shivering cold!

Lunch was the salad and egg sandwich.

After work it was time to head to the store to load up on fruits and veggies. I also made sure Nathan had enough food to survive.

The grocery store looked pre-apocolyptic. People were acting crazy and I am pretty sure it has something to do with the threat of the end of the world hanging over head.

I made it out alive but the last thing I wanted to do is make dinner. So we had left overs from last night's beautiful dinner.

I <3 Quesadillas.

Knowing that I would be starting my reboot in the morning, I felt a freedom to eat what I wanted with less restrictions than I would normally practice.

So even though I had a high carb and calorie meal, I went ahead and served myself up a bowl of ice cream.

And I don't know who invented these, but I am pretty sure, if I am not careful, they will be responsible for a holiday pound or two.

I know it is human nature to binge right before a diet, but even with all of my little extras, I don't feel like I am going on a diet or that I had to eat all the 'good stuff' before I couldn't anymore.

I really love juicing! It makes me feel great and I don't feel like I am missing out on anything. I think I just loosened the reigns a little knowing how great I am going to be treating my body in these next few days!!

Haha! I promise that was not what I was doing! :)

Have you ever gone on a juice fast before? Do you tend to binge before making positive eating changes?


  1. I just started to read Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. It teaches you how to not binge through intuitive eating. Thought you might want to check it out.

    1. I have heard a lot of great things about that book! Like I said, I don't really feel like I did binge or that I am 'dieting' on my juice fast. But I know I have been there before and that it is very common among those trying to get on track with a healthy lifestyle. So I thought it might be something worth talking about.
      Thanks for the suggestion and thanks for commenting! :)

  2. So funny you posted about this!i made it to dinner time of day 1 and caved(pathetic!) I also love juicing, but I think the idea of not eating is what scared me the most! Good luck with your fast! Maybe I will attempt again soon :)

    1. Don't be too hard on yourself, it's all about baby steps! Try having some fresh veggie juice with your dinner for a few days! Then go from there.
      And if you haven't watched Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead, look it up! It was so inspiring!!