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Helpful Tips I’ve learned on the Diet Beta Test

Today I thought I would share with you a few helpful tips I’ve learned over the last few months with trying the Diet Beta Test, and while these are specific to my experiences at the moment, they will cross over into other diets or eating plans you try. Some of these are common sense, while others have been more profound to me. Let’s start with easy:

Chalene's Diet Beta Test-2

– Make sure to eat! I know this sounds silly, but when we first try things, I think we tend to get caught up in the process and forget about the fact that you have to do something. For me, when these things happen, I tend to get down and want to eat salty carb snacks and then feel bad about life and start the cycle over again. A close second is…

– Meal Prep is key! Once you get into a rhythm things, get easier but for the first few weeks make sure you’re prepping out your food in advance. Make sure they’re easy to transport and eat at a later time, and for a little bit make sure you have an alternative snack on hand just in case you decide at the last moment that you actually can’t eat chia pudding no matter how hard you try.

– Remember it’s a process – You know when you first start out on a new endeavor things are always going to be hard when things tend to get hard in other areas of my life, I double down and get to work to find solutions. When it comes to eating and diets, I tend to bail at the first sign of trouble. Why? I’m still trying to figure that out. This time around since we’re supposed to be learning about our bodies and how they react to certain foods, I’m taking on scientific approach and allowing for a little bit of leeway in the process. So far it seems to be working for me.

– Make sure to check the science – It’s something Chalene repeated over and over again, and frankly we should be doing that all the time when it comes to dieting and our bodies. How many times are we told to eat only this, or totally remove that? But in doings so we make ourselves sick from eating things that don’t work for us, or taking out things that are healthy for you but don’t fit into a standard plan.

– Listen to your body – and trust yourself! This idea goes hand in hand with the point above, this journey is supposed to be about you, and you alone. So why would we spend all of our time listening to other people’s success or failure and considering it the final authority on the subject? I do it all the time, so this round I decided OK, I will listen to the podcasts, and watch the videos, read some studies and see how I feel, how my body reacts and if I’m willing to live with the consequences good or bad! Just like I talked about having my coffee in the morning – I know it breaks my fast, I know I really shouldn’t be adding the sugar in – if I want to follow the process strictly. But! My happiness means more to me than the potential for slowing my weight loss down in this particular situation. My sanity and personal well-being are more important to me that I will make this sacrifice. It may be something else for another person, maybe they need to keep rice, or beans or something else in, maybe they can’t tolerate that much fat in their diets or low carb makes them deathly ill. The beauty is you get to figure those things out for yourself.

– Lastly, give something more than a day – Our brain is excellent at making it seem like we are quite literally dying if something changes. On top of that, we’re magnificent at talking ourselves right out of things, if we’re the least bit uncomfortable. So make sure the discomfort you feel is something actually wrong and not your brain trying to talk you out of the change. You will truly be amazed and what you won’t miss if you just give it a try. My key – I thought I would miss sparkling water – and for a few days I did, but when I had one as a treat, it gave me the worst bloating, and I felt awful. After a bit of trial and error, I’ve found that I can drink the “mineral waters” like Pellegrino without too much discomfort, but the waters that are infused with C02 are too much for me.

I want to take a moment and say these are tips I’ve picked up over the last few months from my personal experiences. If you are truly in emergent discomfort – you will know, and you should not push through that! Ever! Again the key is getting to know yourself and get to know how you feel – about food, about life about your wellbeing and truly about your personal happiness.

XOXO Sarah


A Fitgirls challenge

Happy Monday to you!

 with all of the changes in my life recently and the knowledge that potentially some of my weight gain, and really my weight loss problems might be because of my sleep apnea I have decided to jump back on the fitgirl wagon and see if I can find my way back to a healthy lifestyle. For the next few months I will go through the current fitgirl e-books and document my journey. Starting with the Fitgirl Dextox, then the 28 day Jumpstart challenge, The fitkini challenge, then rounding off with the boot camp. Feel free to join me on the challenge and comment below if you do! Day 1 will be tomorrow 7/12!

I am going to start with the Fit Girl Detox! This is a quick one week detox plan to get you hyped up for the challenge ahead.  The week starts with a few smoothie recipes, for me even when I’ve been off plan I’ve enjoyed a quick smoothie in the morning to up my fruit and veggie intake and start the day off right.  Here is my favorite smoothie recipe so far, it’s packed full of greens but still masked by a nice smooth flavor.

If you’re interested in reading about my previous challenge check out the links below and I look forward to the next few months.

Jumpstart challenge 2016

Fit Girl Detox

XoXo – Sarah


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