On August 9th Edie will be one month old and that means I’ll be one month postpartum. Over the past month I have tired to continue to eat a healthy balanced diet but have found myself indulging in cookies and lots of glutenous foods. I have been feeling tired out (which is partially because we have a newborn) and a little sluggish and I know that part of that is because I have been eating too much gluten and not enough raw veggies. So, starting this Monday Neil and I are challenging ourselves to the Crazy Sexy Diet 21-Day Cleanse
“Carr lays out the fundamentals of her Crazy Sexy Diet: a low-fat, low-glycemic, vegetarian program that emphasizes balancing the pH of the body with lush whole foods, nourishing organic green drinks, and scrumptious smoothies.*”
In addition to following a low-gylcemic vegan diet filled with lots of raw meals, green juices and green smoothies Carr includes checklists, affirmations, tips and recipes to keep you on track. There are two levels of the plan 80/20 (80% alkaline foods to 20% acidic foods) or 60/40 depending on what you are looking to do. I really want to work at getting myself back to my pre-pregnancy shape so I plan to follow the 80/20 plan and Neil will be going for more of a 70/30. I say 70/30 because he will not be giving up coffee for the cleanse as he is training for a half marathon right now and after over a year of trying to figure out what works well with his digestive system for morning runs he finally figured it out what works for him and would rather not try anything new (oh what does he do? He chugs back a glass of water and drinking a small black coffee an hour before running).
The reason I chose this cleanse is because it does not require you to follow a strict meal plan but rather a guide of what foods are alkalizing versus acidic and you are given a sample meal plan as well as a variety of recipes. This cleanse works perfectly for a breastfeeding mama like myself. I also chose this cleanse because it embodies what I teach my clients that being healthy isn’t just about what you eat but about physically activity, spirituality and the whole self.
- Follow the 21 day plan as best I can- I know that at the end of the cleanse we are going camping so I might follow more of a 60/40 plan that weekend.
- Try and create new recipes that are gluten free, soy free and high raw.
- Have more green vegetable juices and smoothies.
- See how my body digests without gluten- I know I have a minor intolerance but I am wondering if all the gluten (and beans- which I also plan to reduce) are what might be bothering Edie’s stomach and causing her to be so gassy.
- Get myself back on track, back to a diet filled with whole grains, veggies and green juices.
- I also hope to lose a little weight, increase my energy and improve my digestion.
I plan to start this cleanse on Monday and go for 21-days. I will be documenting my eats, thoughts and reactions to the cleanse and post every few days (I’d like to say daily but with a baby who knows if that’s possible). I also plan on using this cleanse as an opportunity for Neil and I to do something together that doesn’t involve parenting. I’d like for us to read over the affirmations and goals (that are part of the cleanse) each morning before he heads to work.
Have you participated in the Crazy Sexy Diet 21-Day Cleanse? If yes, what did you think of it? If no, is it something you’re interested in trying?