We started 2021 off with a 21-day mind and body fast.
So here’s what these past 3 weeks looked like;
DISCLAIMER: I am by no means a doctor/nutritionist!! It’s important to find what works for YOUR body. This was my experience with a spiritual fast*
—no processed foods
—no sugar additives
—we ate what comes from the earth
—I cut back to 1 cup of coffee (rather than a whole French press 😅)
—our protein was 90% plant-based
—I woke up and meditated/prayed daily
-----we cut out all alcohol
At first, I thought this was going to be a tough journey. I mean 21 days doesn't seem like a long time until you get to your first day and see that longggg road ahead of you. BUT I was committed and wanted to see what benefits came out of this time.
The first couple of days I was feeling less bloated, a little bit sluggish from drinking less coffee but overall motivated to keep going. I was finding little tweaks to my usual meals that made it a lot easier to continue! This made me truly realize that with small shifts I can create satisfying meals without wanting/craving the sugars that I usually do.
Week 2 was where my cravings set in. I was thinking about pizza and cinnamon buns A LOT. We even tried to create a makeshift cauliflower crust pizza without half the ingredients it actually needed. Let's just say I will not be making that again... it was a disgrace to pizza everywhere.
My bloating completely went away, I felt lighter, my sleep was deeper, and I was waking up refreshing (without hitting snooze). You know that brain fog that people always talk about?? That was GONE. Honestly, that was the biggest shift for me. I felt that mind-gut connection and truly believed in what I was doing for myself.
Week 3 I was in the groove. I found recipes that worked for my current situation AND my cravings. Food flavors were exploding in my mouth. I recognized that the whole foods I've been afraid of in the past like potatoes and heavier fruits (crazy, I know) aren't anything to be afraid of in moderation. And when you give in to your cravings in a nourishing way, you start to crave the healthier option.
I thought the hardest part of this whole journey would be cutting back on coffee BUT with a little willpower, I started seeing past that. My caffeine addiction went down and I was enjoying my one cup a day even more than before. My digestion for the first time in a long time was like clockwork. I couldn't believe it. My gut was telling me something here -- KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING GIRL. I use to depend on black coffee to get things moving if ya know what I mean.
Since incorporating healthier fats, a proper amount of fiber, and focusing on low inflammatory foods I saw my body and gut change for the better.
My spiritual process: At the beginning of these 21 days, I set the intention to meditate daily after my morning movement. This cleared my mind to start my days on a fresh note. I prayed, which gave me confidence in my willpower, and in turn, kept my going each day. My soul felt clean, I felt lighter and happier. Out of everything I learned from this short period of time in my life I will be taking away this: You control each day. You have the power to get through tough thoughts, cravings, and taking time to focus on you and your journey can impact every aspect of your life for the better.
—I can fix my sugar cravings with whole foods
—I don’t have the be afraid of whole grains like pasta, rice, oats - they provide satisfaction
—daily meditation/prayer (whatever you call your practice) sets a tone for the day. if you’re struggling, your mind is stronger than you think.
—new recipes that I’ll be bringing into my daily life.
Here's a look at a recipe that hit my cravings but also nourished my overall goals:
Raspberry Oatmeal Bake
— 1 cup of organic oats
— 1 organic banana
— 2 organic dates
— dash of organic vanilla
— 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
— 2 tbsp of homemade almond butter
— dash of %100 natural coconut milk
— organic cinnamon
— pinch of salt
— frozen organic raspberries
1. Combine all ingredients (minus raspberries) into a blender or food processor and pulse for 30 seconds/until combined.
2. Place the mixture into an oven-safe dish and pop in some frozen raspberries.
3. Throw it in the oven for 12-15 minutes at 350
Some go-too recipes are coming to the blog soon!!
In conclusion; My mind is clear, my body is less inflamed, I know what works for my body and what doesn’t, and I can see a path for myself that I’ve never seen before.
This is a reminder that you are stronger than you think. mind over matter is a real thing and pushing through the hard days is sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself.