Best laid plans…!
I started this experiment on the basis that I would try the Arbonne “30 Days to Healthy Living”, sans Arbonne!
The steps are quite simple really…
- Eliminate common allergens and limit things like processed foods, sugar/artificial sweeteners, dairy, wheat/gluten/yeast, alcohol, coffee, vinegar and soy
- Eat every 4-6 hours and avoid eating after 7pm or 3hrs before bed
- Eat in the proper portions – 50% veggies, 25% proteins, 12.5% carbs, 12.5% good fats
You can view the full guide here. It’s all just good common sense and there’s nothing particularly strenuous about any of this. The guide also suggests tips for smarter cooking, gluten free diets, healthier snacks & drinks and gives some very helpful insights into what ‘healthy food’ really is. It also covers the benefits of increasing your activity levels (fitness, guys and girls).
Having addressed the inner you through a much improved diet & fitness regime, it’s time to consider the outer you and help it shine. This essentially boils down to a simple 3-step daily routine:
- Cleanse twice a day, which allows the products to work better
- Treat the blemishes, puffiness, age-related wrinkles, etc
- Protect with both day cream and night creams
How did it go?
Well to be honest, not so good!
Eliminating caffeine led to some terrible headaches and made me tired and agitated. The same was true of sugar and I found shopping rather more difficult – it really is amazing how much food in the supermarkets is processed! Have a good look around next time and it might surprise you (ham anyone? that lunchtime meal deal?). I still had cravings for chocolate and biscuits and felt hungry all the time. In all honesty, I lasted about a week before going back to my usual routine.
And then I went down with Shingles! Never had this before and it was on my face (which I didn’t even know was possible). Initially started with tingling in my upper lip which eventually led to my nose, lip and cheek going completely numb and bringing with it, some of the worst headaches I’ve ever experienced! 5 doctors and two diagnosis later and I was taking both antivirals and antibiotics (in case it was an infection of the nerve) just days before we set off to Malta for a short family getaway. Not exactly the best time to start a new health regime.
I guess you could say that the first month didn’t quite go to plan!
The good news is that I’m back on track, having now started the ’30 Days to Healthy Living’ properly, e.g. WITH Arbonne in hand. Read my next post to find out how that’s going…