Nutritional Ah-Ha Moments X 2
First the disclaimer, as a Girls Gone Sporty ambassador I was given the opportunity to participate in Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation.
It has been one week of workouts, a nutrition plan and ah-ha moments. The ah-ha #1 was simply…
…back to the basics of clean eating.
The 12WBT nutrition plan is easily tweaked to meet my body’s needs and my nutritional preferences. It’s satisfying, nothing extreme and it’s real-world doable. And it has included eating dairy and fish. As a vegan for almost 2 years including dairy and fish in my diet was not an easy decision.
Let me back up to ah-ha moment #1. I’m a long time fan of Tony Horton. His workout programs, nutrition philosophy and yes even his corny sense of humor just seem to work for me. I recently read an interview of Tony and his nutrition philosophy on Dr. Oz. I won’t go into all of the details but my takeaway was…
“Don’t treat your food like a religion.”
You’re probably think, “duh”. For me? Talk about a lightbulb coming on! I don’t even know how to explain it except to say that reading that one little statement stopped me in my tracks. Without even realizing it that is exactly what I was doing despite the fact that a 100% vegan diet was no longer working for me. Something wasn’t right and I needed to adapt. That should not cause me to have an identity crisis! I will continue to eat primarily a plant based diet with the occasional fish, dairy and eggs for as long as that works for me. I’m going to trust my nutrition intuition.
There are a few things that I think will hold true like no soda (I can’t stand what now tastes like chemicals in a glass), no red meat and little to no processed foods. I will continue to educate myself, but in the end I will trust that I know what is best for me.
I cannot even begin to tell you guys what a relief it is to say all of this.
This is a glimpse of what my week looked like.
In case you’re curious, the 12WBT workouts? They’re kicking my butt. I’m loving the challenge, I’m cross training consistently and the progress is motivating! I can already feel that I’m getting stronger. Show me the proof. The proof is in the push ups! See the middle photo in the second row. That’s my second round of the push up challenge. I’ve progressed to 8 push ups at Level 4. Sweet!
My highest mileage week since August 4!
Life is good.