I’m hitting the big ole’ RESET button on my life. Well, that’s a bit dramatic. It’s more like I’m hitting a reboot button, like when you turn your wifi off wait a couple of seconds and then turn it back on again because you had lost the connection or the internet was slower than usual. Does that make sense?
I hope so. Long story short there’s been a lot of change in my life in the past six months, most of it is fantastic some of it less so- but that’s the essence of life I suppose. Sorry, digression.
I’m cleansing my body of the three most toxic things I put into it: alcohol, processed sugar, and Diet Coke. The first one I’ve had an interesting relationship with since college where I felt I had to drink to be able to have fun or let go, I would drink to relieve the mounting stress I imposed on myself daily to achieve high academic marks, I would drink to help me forget some of the things that made me sad or angry. This was, and is a horrible relationship with alcohol. Happily that is no longer the relationship I have with alcohol (that isn’t to say I don’t overdue it occasionally and then suffer, OH do I SUFFER, the next day).
My typical consumption is a glass of white wine at dinner, or during the summer I enjoy a strong gin and tonic with a FULL LIME in it for good measure because-scurvy… Anyway I am giving up alcohol this month because I want to a) prove to myself that I can stop drinking full stop, b) I am a creature of habit and I don’t want alcohol to become a habit in my daily life, and c) alcohol promotes unhealthy weight gain plain and simple, and that is the opposite of what I am trying to do.
Sugar is the devil.
Some fats are actually really good for you.
These are two things that I have had to learn after years of being told “fats are bad for you and make you retain weight” and “need some instant energy? Have something with sugar in it!” UGH, it makes me SO ANGRY.
Anyway, I’m working on making changes in my life towards becoming a healthier me (I know, I know- where’s my cover on Women’s Health) and one of the simplest changes I could instantly make was cutting out refined sugar. And let me tell you, that stuff us in EVERYTHING. I’ve already wanted something sweet 11 times today and 9 times yesterday, this is going to be difficult for me but I know it will pay off. I hope. Dear god I hope…
Diet Coke, my love, the reason I survive.
I am unhealthily dependently addicted to the sweet sweet nectar from the silver can. This is exactly why quitting cold turkey is the only way I can kick my addiction. I have been known to polish off a 12 pack in 36hrs, I have also been known to polish off a full liter of Diet Coke in one sitting. This is unhealthy my friends, so bloody unhealthy. So I’m giving it up, at least for the short term to allow my body to recalibrate and to see what I will feel like when I’m not pumping it full of artificial colors and flavors.
So there’s the plan, give up the three unhealthiest things I put into my body daily and see how it goes for a month. It’s gonna suck at some points and I know I’m gonna want to quit at least once per day. Here’s the thing though, if I don’t succeed in what I’m trying to do the only person I’m really hurting is myself. I’m doing this little experiment in order to start the summer off on the right foot by finally caring about what I put into my body. You know the saying “your body is a temple and you should treat it as such?” Well it’s kinda bullshit. Beau Taplin writes:
“Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest—thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.”
This is honestly one of the most beautiful things I have read recently and made me rethink how I treat myself from the ground up.
So, here’s to the first month of regrowth.