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look closerI did do this :/

It was wonderful! No alcohol, caffeine, sugar; just good wholesome foods. I lost weight and my blood disorder got better. I fell off the wagon with influential friends, but I need to be stronger than that. 2 years ago

Dawn MatthewsDecided to make this goal my New Years Resolution.

I treated myself by allowing myself to pretty much have whatever I wanted to eat or drink for Christmas, but now I’m ready to get serious for the new year about taking care of my body.

I think my main problem with this goal has been that I’ve always viewed it as ‘all or nothing’ and so I’ll wake up one morning and go all day without sugar, caffeine, sodium.. etc. and when the withdrawal symptoms hit me HARD, I instantly give up on all of it.

I also always tend to focus on all the things I CANT have and it drives me crazy until I have ‘the forbidden fruit’, so to speak.

So for 2012, I’m going to have a very structured 14-day detox and I’m going to focus on all the things I CAN have and what they are doing for me instead of all the things I can’t.

I CAN have:
Lots of fresh filtered water :)

Greens – I’m a big fan of green smoothies in the morning with just spinach, bananas, and water.

All the raw vegetables and fruit I want but specifically a lot of cucumbers, lemons, radishes, and berries.

Hot tea – Especially teas which are known for their detoxifying properties and green tea. :)

Whole grains.



Organic lean meats.

When I look at that list, I feel a lot better than when I think about all that I’m giving up. Sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and many of my toxic household beauty products (including makeup!). I feel like if I can just make it through fourteen days without all the CRAP I normally eat I can break free from this iron grip it has on me. :)

Cheers to anyone else trying this for 2012. 2 years ago

Dawn MatthewsYesterday was horrible. We'll see how today goes.

Successfully went MOST of the day with no caffeine. When I got home, I had a cup of sweet tea to reward myself. All day at work I felt really exhausted and had a nasty headache.

Today I’m working a double shift, 7:30-2:30 at one store, and then 3:30 to 9:30 at another. PLUS, it’s “Cow-o-ween” which means we will be SUPER busy tonight. It’s going to be really hard to keep up with this goal today by still drinking lots of water but I’m going to attempt it still. I’m hoping to talk to my general managers about seeing if I can work maybe 2 days full time at one store and 4 days full time at the other, as opposed to two days full time at one store and five days full time at the other and the days are stacked so I’m working doubles. I don’t mind working six days a week. I just don’t want to work six days a week and two of them are 14-15 hour days. It worked this summer when I didn’t have school but now I’m already falling behind on my speech class. Hopefully they’ll understand. 3 years ago

Dawn MatthewsForcing myself into this goal. At least for today.

Normally I take an employee cup to work and it means I have unlimited access all day to coke, dr. pepper, coffee, and extremely sugary lemonade. When I am tired and working, it is just too much of a temptation to allow myself that option.

I had a water bottle at my house that I used to take and exercise which has a filter in it to make your water taste better. When I take that to work, I obviously can’t run anything but water through that filter or it would ruin it. The other upside is, one of the major reasons I don’t drink water is because I think tap water is gross. This removes that excuse.

Going to take it to work today and force myself to only drink water to get started on this goal.

If anyone is interested, it’s actually a pretty neat little bottle:

They’re $10.99 and the replacement filters are pretty cheap as well. You pretty much never have an excuse to buy bottled water again so not only is it good for you, but also for the environment. 3 years ago

Dawn MatthewsI've taken a big step..

Toward eating a more nutritious diet by cooking my own meals at home. However, because of convenience, I find that I’m still cooking with a lot of really unhealthy ingredients. Hamburger Helper. White Pasta. Pizza piled high with cheese and pepperonis.

I can really feel this diet taking a toll on my overall health and well being and I’ve been meaning to eat better for a long time, it just hasn’t worked out. I’ve started incorporating more fruit into my diet, which helps but it still doesn’t make up for all the junk I put in.

So, several of my 43 Things have to do with food. “Take better care of my body”, “Eat breakfast everyday” and “Have a healthy relationship with food”. I’ve decided I’m going to start working on all of these soon, and I’m kicking it off by doing a detox period of sorts.

The only problem is.. there is SO much information available on detox diets. There’s 1 day, 3 day, 7 day, and 28 day plans available. Some people only let you drink a strange mixture of lemonade and cayenne pepper (yuck!) and some people encourage you to eat an ungodly amount of broccoli. So before I jump into this, I’m going to do some research and find out what is truth and what is bunk.

All I know is no matter what I end up eating, it has to be better than pepperoni pizza and red bull. (What can I say? I’m a college student, after all.) 3 years ago

Dawn Matthews 3 years ago

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