Monthly Detox

Do you ever start the month with the thought of a fresh start.

Well last month I was doing some research on gaining mental clarity. One article popped up that was really intriguing, it was called the 30-Day Minimalism Challenge. She created a calendar of things to do to keep you in a clear mind set.

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I had to share it with you because I read the challenges and felt so inspired to follow her movement. So far I have managed to stay on top of each activity and it really has changed my mindset.

30-dayclosetconfidencechallenge

Another challenge that got my attention is the 30-Day Closet Confidence Challenge. The one thing that I always have a hard time doing is keeping my closet organize throughout the week. Since my closet is never organized, I always find it hard in the morning to get ready. I usually throw on a tee, sweater, and jeans. But as I kept reading the article it turned into a different challenge than I thought. Which was about developing confidence through your clothes. She gives you small assignments throughout the month that forces you to get creative with what is in your closet. So I felt why not join this challenge too.

I hope this inspires you as much as it did for me. Nothing sounds better then to detox your mind and start this month off on a fresh start.

Love,

Erika

 

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Sugar, Sugar how you get so fly

Hi my name is Erika and I’m addicted to sugar.

This week I was really taking a look at what I was eating and I notice something shocking. I have a sugar problem. The amount of sugar I intake and crave is out of control. I remember my boyfriend always mention that I have a sugar problem when we were beginning to date. When he would mention that I just thought that was him worrying. But now that I’m looking at what I’m eating I’m starting to realize he was right.

I feel like since he got diagnose with diabetes that was when I lost control. I started hiding sugary foods and drinks from him. At first I thought it was because I didn’t want him to get tempted but in the end I think I wanted to hide my addiction. Since this new lifestyle both of us have to be on board. No one can really cheat because it leads the other to go crazy too. I started to use the excuse of cheating at work to keep it out of our home but I see myself eating crap.

One thing about me that I inherited is my love for soda and coffee. I loves those things so much but the amount of sugar in them is insane. I especially can’t stay away from chocolate. So since of my June goal post I have been making sure that I am staying on top of things. That means getting my sugar intake to go down.

When I started the diabetic lifestyle I realized that sugar is everywhere and has many names. But I never compared the amount of sugar in each thing.  So when I saw this image below I was shocked at the amount each one has.

Pasta sauce with as much sugar as a Mars bar and soup as sweet as cider: We reveal how much of the white stuff is lurking in your favorite foods http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2993513/Pasta-sauce-sugar-Mars-bar-soup-sweet-cider-reveal-white-stuff-lurking-favourite-foods.html:

Photo Source: Sugar Chart

  • I know that with the amount of sugar I take in daily my body will definitely get sugar withdrawals. So I am planning on doing a sugar detox to start off my battle with sugar.
  • For the sugar detox I am going to just infuse water with lemon, mint and cucumber. I will pick fruits and veggies that have properties that will detox my body. After that I am just going to change my habits to keep me away from reaching for a donut.
  • It will start with just drinking water and unsweetened protein shakes.  In the morning instead of going for the sweet coffee I’m going to go for a protein shake.
  • The next thing is plan healthy carbs and healthy fat for lunch.  I will also need to bring in some healthy snacks to keep me going through the day. This will keep me from eating junk food and going out for lunch.
  • I will start introducing strength training to keep my blood sugar low. The more lean your body is the more easier it is to pass sugar through your system.

If you want to join me and put an end to our sugar addiction  then be sure to check this link out. On Thin, Healthy, Me blog, she goes over what a sugar detox is  and how you could benefit from it. She even created a Yes/ No food list that lets you know what you should eat.

Like or comment below.

Erika

 

 

A HUGE Lifestyle Change

Last week I got some sad news, someone I love was diagnosed with diabetes. After a tearful conversation I realized how important it is to treat your body right. Sure we think a soda or a bag of chips won’t do any damage but in the long run it just might.

I have always had horrible eating habits and after that night I am more than willing to change them. I have made a pact with myself to be not only a support system to them but to join them.

Changing what you eat can be extremely difficult. So I have been doing non-stop research on what kind of food they need to start eating and exercise tips.

Tonight I’m going to try and make this.

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And since fruit juice is a no-no, I decided to make this for the rest of the week. Hopefully it last that long.

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If there is anything to take away from my article its to see your doctor and get checked out. Because there are 29.1 million people in the United States that have diabetes. But the scary part is that 8.1 million of them may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.

  • In adults 20 and older, more than one in every 10 people suffers from diabetes, and in seniors (65 and older), that figure rises to more than one in four.

So do your loved ones a favor and get a physical. To see more of my recipes and pins you can follow me on pinterest (@modernmeow).

Love,

Erika

Spring into Cleaning

Something that I look forward to ever year is Spring Cleaning!

Yes, I know that I am weird but something about cleaning out the negative energy relaxes me. It also gives me an excuse to go through everything that I have been holding on to and get rid of some old things.

This year its going to take more than a day since I’m making my bf do it too. It will be a challenge since he is a hoarder. So to make things easier for us I made a spring cleaning checklist.

Spring Cleaning