If you read the first blog for YU+ME=Clean you read that I made some very clear goals:
My ultimate goals for the effects of my challenge
1) Increase my energy
2) Look and feel brighter
3) Lose the annoying headache
I have definitely felt like I have been achieving each and every one of these with each and every passing day. Now, yesterday I got a little low glycemic index icing on the proverbial vegan cake; - } I was out to lunch with "the new guy" and he commented on how bright my eyes looked. Well, now - How d'ya like that!? Not only do I feel brighter but I look brighter. Made my flippin' day!
I really think that a lot of my success so far has been reducing my sugar intake. I have no doubt that the non-dairy/meat factor is helping too, but I think the sugar thing is what weights me down the most. Plus, I think the reduction in sugar affects the system the fastest - meaning I was able to feel the effects within a couple days. After the "official" challenge is over I am going to keep up with the whole vegan thing for a while because I think 10 days provides a glimpse of change, but I believe a longer commitment will be necessary for real change (duh.). Oh, oh.... there is another revelation that I would like to share. I am going to quit coffee for a time period. I don't fully understand the effects of effects of consuming acidic foods but the overall notion is that disease breeds in acidic environments. I know coffee is highly acidic and I consume it daily (albeit decaf). I'm going to try the Macafe http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&x=0&ref_=nb_sb_noss&y=0&field-keywords=MaCafe&url=search-alias%3Daps that Yumuniverse's founder Heather Crosby suggested. Yumuniverse.com/
Alright, curious what I ate yesterday? Today?
Food Log DAY 8
Vegan Protein Pumpkin Pancakes/VPPP (i'm in love, what can I say)
Apple Quinoa Cereal
Aloo Gobi http://www.sherpaascent.com/menu.htm
*I ate the VPPPs all day long as a snack*
Raw veggies/ Bell peppers & cucumbers
Activity DAY 8
Nice ride up Lee Hill with a lap on the Dakota ridge trail
Energy DAY 8
8, energy level has been sweet : )
Sleep DAY 8
8-, I woke up once the night before for about 10 minutes, but I went to sleep easily and woke up rested: )
Food LOG DAY 9
Smoothie inspired by http://www.yumuniverse.com/2010/07/11/maya’s-chocolate-covered-cherry-superfood-smoothie/
Vegan salted chocolate bark http://www.yumuniverse.com/2010/08/07/chocolate-salted-almond-bark/
*the day is not over, but I wanted to go ahead and report for the day!
I'm still hoping to get a ride in...
Can you tell how much I like the YU website? Check it out!
Beth McVay, CMT
American Massage Therapy Association member