Finding Joy in Moderation

A little over a month ago, my husband and I went to a Tony Robbins event called Unleash the Power Within. It was incredible. I won’t get into it too much now, but I’ll just say that we started off by walking on fire the first night. (We both made it through with our feet in tact…). Needless to say it was a life changing 4 days.

One of the challenges they gave us was to go 10 days (or 30 if we were really up for it) increasing the amount of water we drink and removing or reducing the amounts of certain foods that we eat. The water part, that I was okay with, but no dairy, no sugar, no caffeine?? I wasn’t so sure, but I figured it was only 10 days so why not give it a try.

Now some of you know that we love dairy in this house. Cheese, ice cream, yogurt, all that yummy stuff. And sugar?? We don’t drink soda really, but we do love our sweets, and I like to bake. So how would we fair? Surprisingly, we did really well, and while I do have the occasional piece of cheese here and there, we’ve remained relatively dairy and almost completely sugar free since the seminar.

And this is the crazy part… I don’t miss it. I really thought I would and that I wouldn’t be able to resist, but I haven’t craved ice cream or cheese really. Perhaps it’s because we don’t buy it anymore, or perhaps I’ve gotten creative in my cooking and baking by making things like coconut milk ice cream, using honey and agave instead of sugar (they’re really sweet so you can use a lot less…), or flax instead of eggs (since our little one has an allergy). Perhaps it’s because we’ve been eating lots more fruit instead of processed sweets, and I’ve been making lots more (simple) from scratch dishes, I don’t really know. What I do know is that I have way more energy than I did before, and the hubby has lost 25lbs. 

So I think this is the best time to set up a challenge for me (and you, if you’re up for it). I know what the holidays are going to bring me – lots of temptingly “delicious” food. And while it feels good the moment I’m eating it, I remember how I feel after – tired, drained and kind of all-around icky. So I’m going to challenge myself to stick with my new healthy eating habits through the holidays.

Yes, I am going to be that person who brings a platter of grilled veggies to Christmas Eve, or the casserole dish with spaghetti squash lasagna (which is AMAZING by the way – find the recipe here: Minimalist Baker Spaghetti Squash Bake – we left out the nuts to make it safe for school and it was still delicious) so I am sure to have something healthy to eat. No, I won’t deny myself a bit of cheese, cappuccino, or my mother-in-law’s pernil (OMG) but I am also not going to let myself eat things or so much that I will feel icky. 

So here is my challenge to you: be that person who brings a healthy dish to Christmas Eve – I dare you!

Happy Holidays!!!

2 thoughts on “Finding Joy in Moderation

  1. I drink coffee with no sugar but i can’t give up coffee. I love cheese but it hates my guts literaly.Sugar i can give up no problem, lots of water is hard i hate to drink anything.I love fruit and veggies and again not all of them like me back.
    So bottom line potato chips, popcorn, and pretzels are my friends
    I’m doomed!

    1. HAHA! I’m surprised popcorn isn’t on that list of things that doesn’t like you back 😉 I thought I would not dig the water part either, but put a little lemon in it, or make it seltzer and I’ll drink it up!

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