Crazy Sexy Diet: One Year Later

One year ago today, I started the Crazy Sexy Diet (CSD) for the first time., I had recently come back from almost one month in Europe. I had the adventure of my life, thus far and I lived it up each day through Southern Spain, Portugal and one day in Morrocco, eating cheese and drinking delicious wine and beer.

I definitely needed a detox.

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This first cleanse set me on a path to being so much more mindful of my health. I completely gave up coffee and soda, which, up to that point, was SO incredibly unheard of for me! You can read all about that here.

I started the transition from vegetarian to vegan. I begin meditating and doing yoga on a much more consistent basis. I begin to make choices that were much more healthy for body, soul and mind. I have been far from perfect, but this past year I feel I have made progress towards being kinder and more nourishing to myself.

The first round of the CSD was really spurred by last year’s annual physical, in which my Dr. told me I had high blood pressure and begin talking about putting me on medication. This was definitely a wake up call for me. There was no way I was going to start medication, until I had exhausted all avenues of first of controlling my blood pressure by my diet and exercise choices. I had just started reading Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet, and knew it was time to make some changes.

I am proud to say that I went to my annual physical last week, and found that my blood pressure was completely in normal range. Another bonus is that I am 12 pounds lighter from last year and lost 2% body fat. Although I would have liked to have lost more weight, I am still considering this a success, since I really did not actively “diet” at all, but simply made better food choices, on the whole. I attribute a lot of this to giving up dairy and cutting down on how much I eat out.

Having a more consistent meditation and yoga practice, coupled with cutting out caffeine has been amazing for my anxiety, stress levels and working through the grief/trauma of my father’s murder, last year.

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It helps me take care of my soul, emotions, body, mind and heart. Yoga and meditation have changed my life and help me deal with myself, my situations, my job, my health, my family, etc. in a whole new way.

I follow Kris Carr on Instagram, and I love this post:

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It’s such a shame that sometimes we do need a stranger to tell us, but it is so important to take care of our selves. If we do not take care of our own health, mind, soul and body, then who will? I absolutely hope to continue down this path of health and healing, to be the best me I possibly can and hopefully let some of that positive light touch as many beings as the universe allows.

Peace and Love,

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How Angie quit coffee

I have not had coffee or soda since August 13th, 2012.

Guys, this is HUGE.

I cut out caffeine in my first round of The Crazy Sexy Diet (CSD). When I first read CSD and came across the section that discusses eliminating caffeine, I had a mini panic attack, after all, I needed my caffeine.

I have been quite the caffeine addict for about 10 years now. Like most people, I discovered the magical elixir when I was in college. I started with Diet Coke and developed a severe dependence on this addictive nectar. I would chug to stay awake during classes, I would crack one open as soon as I got to work in the morning. I would use it as a quick pick-me-up when I was dragging in the afternoon.  Just the sound of the can opening would make me feel happier and improve my outlook on life.

Soon, I discovered coffee. Where had I been?! I felt like I met my soul mate. I loved the taste of it, the jolt of energy, the ritual,  and there was nothing I did not love about it.

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It even escalated to a point where last summer, I was making coffee ice cubes and adding them to a huge glass of Coke Zero (my elixir of the moment).  I was drinking this first thing in the morning and felt airy in my massive caffeine buzz.

Regular drip coffee was not doing enough for me anymore. I soon had an espresso machine; coffee grinder, and French press crowding my kitchen counter. I was a coffee snob who only bought her beans at Augie’s coffee and developed massive headaches if I did not have some form of caffeine within an hour of waking up.

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I knew I was pretty badly addicted, but like any addict, I legitimized my dependence. I would cling to facts and studies that touted the health benefits of coffee. I would tell myself it helped me be more mentally alert and improved my running performance. My Love (who was just as addicted) & I would say we would quit when we retired, and there was no need to give it up now.

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In early August, I went to my yearly doctor appointment and was told I have high blood pressure. This was perplexing to both of us. My diet is plant based and I exercise regularly. I knew in the back of my head though, it could be the copious amount of caffeine I drink. My doctor started talking about the potential need for medication, and that’s when I knew I had to change something. There was no way I was going to be taking medication for something that I could control with some changes to my life.

It was around this time that I read CSD and knew I wanted to at least try. I figured I would cut all coffee and soda out for 21 days, then reduce the amount I had after the cleanse.

I started my first round of CSD on August 20th, but I wanted to ease into it, so I decided to cut off coffee and soda 1 week before, so I wasn’t making too many changes too fast.

The first day was a Monday, and not as bad as I expected. I felt weird to not have a drink in my hand for most of the day. I did have a glass of iced green tea in the afternoon, when I started to feel my energy dropping low.

Tuesday, I felt like I was dragging. I had a glass of green tea in the morning and the afternoon. I was missing the energy jolt that I got from coffee and soda though.

Wednesday was by far the worst day.  I had a headache the.whole.entire.day. It was there as soon as I woke up in the morning. It felt like there was an ACME anvil pressing down on my head. I tried deep breathing, I tried some yoga stretches, I tried drinking more water, but nothing worked.

I suffered through the headache and my desire for a Diet Coke, the entire day. The headache was still there when I went to sleep at night, but when I woke up on Thursday, it was gone!

After that horrible Wednesday, things drastically improved. I began sleeping better, my head felt clearer. I used to always think that caffeine gave me a certain mental acuity, but I realized, it made my head and thoughts fuzzy. I have also noticed INCREDIBLE improvements in my stress and anxiety levels. I would generally feel “wound up” or like I was running in 50 different directions. My work load or schedule has not changed at all, but the way I approach it has, this has brought about so much more peace and stillness into my life.

Needless to say, after the 21 days was finished, I did not return to drinking coffee or soda. I have much more natural energy now. The quality of my sleep has improved so much that I do not feel like I “need” something to help me wake up. For those days that I may need a bit of a lift, I will drink a cup of green tea, which gives me more of a feeling of natural energy as opposed to a huge burst, that comes with the subsequent crash.  Even green tea has become more infrequent and I am definitely much more sensitive to caffeine now. I drank a cup of black tea the other day, without realizing it had caffeine in it, and I felt like my mind was racing.

I still love warm drinks on cold mornings and nights, but there are so many caffeine –free, herbal teas to choose from.  I really hope to stay away from coffee and soda from now on. It is nice not to have something that I am addicted to and “need” to feel “normal.”