Week two of my 10 week journey has come and gone! I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks honestly!! So I thought I would share some of my “new and goods” and some of my struggles so far.
I always ask my clients, “what’s new and good”, so I only think it’s fitting that I start with my mine! 😊 First, I’ve officially done more yoga classes than I have in seven years 🧘🏼♀️…which wasn’t hard to do since I haven’t done any since my seven year old was born! 🙃😂 I’ve really enjoyed the classes and it’s been even more fun than expected because I have several friends who have been doing the classes with me. I forgot how challenging yoga can be and I always love a good challenge! 💪🏼
My second new and good is that I’ve made it two weeks with being about 90% compliant with AIP. 🙌🏼 There are a few things that I have had here and there but there’s one that I have had on a daily basis and that’s coffee. Not only should I be skipping the coffee, but I’m also using coconut milk creamer and almond milk and both aren’t allowed. I’ve tried just using canned coconut milk but it’s too high in fat. All of my recipes that I’ve been following are really high in fat and I can’t do it all! So I switched back to my almond milk from a carton. I also haven’t been compliant with sweeteners. I add 1/2 tsp of honey to my homemade coconut yogurt and I add a few drops of stevia to my mineral water with freshly squeezed lemon and lime. I used to have a Zevia every day before I started AIP, so this replaces my Zevia. One other thing that I’ve not been compliant with is chocolate. I’ve been eating 70% cacao, or above, but it’s still something I’m supposed to omit. 😞 I definitely don’t have it every day but I have had it a couple of times. I know carob is a good substitute so I’m going to look into that. Normally, chocolate is not a big deal but there is definitely one time of the month that chocolate is a must! 😬 So, my coffee, stevia, honey and chocolate are my non-compliances. (I see a trend here…. do you?? Can someone say I clearly have a sugar issue?!?! 🍯 🍫) However, I don’t like having to tell you that I’m being non-compliant so I will probably make some adjustments!! 🙂 Look at this blog keeping me accountable!!
Another new and good is that I got to spend the whole weekend at home WITHOUT ANY OTHER PLANS, other than to watch my daughter play soccer. It’s been awhile since I’ve had some weekend time at home so it was much needed!
My last new and good, and this is new as of this morning, I took my final exam for The Institute for Integrative Nutrition Gut Health Course and I got a 100%!!! 💃🏼 I’m so excited that I passed, that I got a 100%, but most importantly, I’m looking forward to some MUCH NEEDED relaxation time on the couch with my husband in the evenings!! ❤️ I’ve truly loved the courses I’ve taken at IIN but I’m ready for a break!!
Moving on from my new and good, I want to share some struggles from the last week because this is where I learn the most, not only for myself, but for future clients who try AIP. First and foremost, I’m finding that I have cravings. I have found that when I restrict myself, for whatever the reason, I want to eat the world and I want to eat whatever I know I shouldn’t have. Luckily, with this, the cravings for things that I shouldn’t eat hasn’t been that bad. However, I do find that I bounce back and forth from craving salty foods to wanting chocolate…now this may be TMI, but Auntie Flow is coming in hot, so that may be where the chocolate craving is coming from! 😉 But mainly, I really am wanting the crunchy, salty stuff. I’ve ended up with several bags of Bare Chips (Beet, Sweet Potato, Apple) and salted plantain chips. I don’t usually go for a bag of chips so I’m thinking this is because I used to have peanut butter powder, almond butter, mixed nuts, or a combination of the three, every afternoon. I’m wondering if I’m not subconsciously trying to replace the nuts. Anyway, the cravings have been pretty high and I’m hoping these will subside as I go.
Another struggle that is kind of along the same line as the cravings is that I’m trying to follow my macros while doing AIP. I find myself not caring about going over or under on my macros as long as I’m making AIP choices. Which would be fine but I’m going fairly over on my calorie intake and eating more than is necessary. Being a macro coach, I find that this brings a fair amount of guilt with it. So, I’m struggling with that.
The other struggle is that I’ve felt pretty tired and rather easily frustrated and angered. I don’ t know if week one was due to being overwhelmed with the process and everything that was going on? And maybe this past week was due to PMS? I did have a client mention something about possibly detoxing while going through this, so maybe that’s what’s going on? I also think I’m not getting enough sleep and I know that sleep greatly impacts my overall mood and energy. 😴 My kids have also started school during all of this and I’ve been getting up a little earlier, so that could be contributing as well. And the other thing that could be contributing is that my fat intake has increased and my carbohydrate intake has decreased. Being that I typically am more energetic when I have higher carbs, this could be another factor. Regardless what the cause, this fatigue is another thing that I’m hoping I see some changes with! 🙏🏼
So enough of the struggles…they are such a downer!! And no one needs a Debbie hanging out!! 😉 😂 I look forward to the challenge of “fixing” my struggles… as I’m a “fixer”. So here’s to a new week with NEW CHALLENGES, less struggles, and more to learn. 👊🏼