This post is going to be kind of a buzz kill right before Labor Day Weekend but whatever it’s been on my mind and I wanted to share.
A few weeks ago I was listening to Juli Bauer of PaleOMG’s podcast and she did an episode called Abstainers v. Moderators. The episode was based off an article posted by Popsugar all about these 2 very different approaches to eating and how understanding which one you are can help you have a better relationship with food and help you reach your health/fitness goals.
Before we go any further let’s discuss the difference between an abstainer and moderator. According to the Popsugar article here’s the difference:
You’re a moderator if you:
- Find that occasional indulgence heightens your pleasure and strengthens your resolve
- Get panicky at the thought of “never” getting or doing something
I keep hearing more and more people talking about being on a Ketogenic Diet or “Keto Diet” and wanted to discuss it here.
Honestly, the only reason I have any idea what the Keto Diet is all about is because I use to work at a weight loss company called Medifast where we put clients on a very low carb diet to get their bodies into ketosis (fat burning state). Once my clients were in ketosis their bodies could burn fat more efficiently helping them to lose weight quickly.
I was 100% supportive of this because #1 they were doing it with scientifically designed foods that offered all necessary nutrients, #2 had someone monitoring their diets/body composition and #3 these were people with pretty significant amounts of weight to lose.
So I was kind of shocked to hear that fellow runners, CrossFit athletes and just regular people were doing a Keto Diet and immediately started doing some research to share with you all.
Sugar is a sneaky little bitch.
It’s in everything! Bread, pasta, coffee creamer, peanut butter, salad dressings, bacon, frozen meats…seriously EVERYTHING! So unless you’re eating only whole foods you are probably consuming a lot more sugar than you think. Don’t believe me…next time you’re at the store just read a few nutrition labels and you’ll be shocked.
Anyway, let’s get to why I’m doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox aka 21DSD. I eat a pretty balanced diet but over the past few months I’ve been consuming more bread, flavored creamers, crackers, chips, chocolates, frozen foods and processed crap than usual. I’ve noticed changes in my sleep, my skin, my energy levels and have had the craziest drops in blood sugar that make me shaky and panicky if I don’t eat immediately.
I normally live a very 80/20 lifestyle.
80% of the time I’m working out and eating healthy but that other 20% well… that’s drinking IPAs, eating cookies, partying in Pacific Beach until 2:00 am and ending the night making my Uber driver go through the Taco Bell drive through so I can get a crunch wrap with extra nacho cheese.
After 3 weeks of birthdays, friends in town, family visiting and just summer shenanigans let’s just say I feel a little off balance.
More of a 50/50 lifestyle if you would!
I feel bloated, sluggish and just uncomfortable. It’s time to get my diet and life back on track!
So today..which is Monday I’m going to bring you all along to see EXACTLY what I eat in a day when I’m trying to detox and reset my body.