Well, as the Christmas season is in full swing, I am planning the January cleanse and paleo challenge. This year, I happen to be cleansing over the holidays, so don't have to deal with the usual challenge of adding 5-10 pounds of delicious treats and a glass or 3 or 4 of wine;).
I always find that getting back on track after a week of being 'off the wagon' can be a little challenging. My body quickly gets used to eating more calories, a higher sugar consumption, and it starts to crave sweets, and I am a lot more hungry. This is all very normal, however I like to get back on track as soon as I can. When I feed my body whole and natural foods in the right portions, I feel amazing. I have way more energy and have stronger workouts. For me, my diet accounts for 90% of my performance and 10% would be my training. If my diet is not dialed in, I feel tired and my work-outs suffer. I don't have the same intensity and therefore don't see the same results.
Now that you have been in the crossfit community for a while, you have heard the chatter about the Paleo way of eating, the Zone diet. The theory is that this style of eating, just like our training is the way we are naturally made to eat and exercise. I can tell you that I have never felt better than I do, eating this way. I used to suffer daily from pain and digestion issues. After switching my diet, I am pain free.
So, here is the challenge. I will be taking those wanting to participate through a 30 nutritional cleanse. After the 30 days, we will work with the paleo/zone ways of eating. The cleanse helps to cut sugar addictions and clean out your body. I find that it is really helpful, especially when switching to paleo eating. I use the Isagenix 30 day cleansing system. I have used it over the past couple years and love the products. The protein is the best quality that I have ever tried (and I have tried a lot). The cost for the cleanse is just over $300.00 for the 30 days. That takes care of 2 meals a day for the 30 days as well as your cleanse and support tools. We will start on January 09th, so I will need to know who is interested so that I can order all the kits in by January 02nd. We will take measurements and before pictures and track the progress. We will do the first session at 7:00pm after the last WOD. This will give us a chance to go over the products as well as take measurements and the before and after pictures. If you want to bring a friend who isn't a member, just for the cleanse, feel free. They can come to that 7pm session.
Feel free to research the products at www.isagenix.com. If you are interested, please send me a quick e-mail and I will get all the information that I need from you. Please let me know by December 29th if you want to participate as I need to get organized for the group.
Lastly, enjoy the holidays. Laugh, eat, be merry and enjoy the company of friends and family. Be sure to participate in the activities that 'feed' you, whatever that may be:). See you soon!