The 30-Day Brighten Up Regime

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I've never been one of those people who has food allergies or sensitivities. At least not that I know of. And in the past several years, my "norm" diet has been quite healthy. It mainly consists of lots of fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, nuts & seeds, etc. I try to avoid wheat, generally, and refined sugars. But I'm not legalistic about it. I mean, look, if an ice cream cone comes along I stop and say hello. If you offer me a croissant I'm probably not going to fling it back at your face with an,
"Out, damn spot!"
worthy of Lady MacBeth. I mean, I might try to avoid such things but I promise it isn't because they don't have a deep, deep place in my heart. I try hard not to envy those people who shrug slender shoulders saying, "Oh, I don't really care for carbs anyway." That's so not me. You offer me sourdough toast or a grilled blueberry muffin from Demolition Coffee and I will be happier than a city sparrow feasting on tortilla chip crumbs. But I've let myself go a bit to seed at home between all my travels, choosing to treat myself a bit more often than I ought and there is nothing for kicking the carb cravings that jump up to claim my attention than setting myself a challenge.

The 30-Day Brighten Up Regime:

The Basics:

- no refined sugars *
- less dairy
- fewer grains (low carb is the way to go anyway)
- more fish and red meat
-low-key gluten free (by "gluten free" I mean wheat-free, and gluten-free when I can. I realize there are some anomalies of things that shouldn't have gluten in them at all but somehow, by some miracle, do. I don't have celiac. I will survive)
- more water
- all the healthy fats
- get in some form of exercise at least five times a week

*breath mints and one square of 70% cocoa level chocolate don't count as "cheats"

The Reasons:

- Giving my body time to heal away from things that are not the best for it
- Strengthening my body physically and systematically
- Practicing self-denial and delayed gratification
- Improving clarity of skin, mind, and body.

Since my average system of eating is already 70% "paleo" already, these changes aren't as monumental as they might sound and I'm confident I will be able to stick to it. I've been working up to this for the last week or two, getting into a groove, and it's not that dreadful. Still, there's safety in numbers. I'm mainly writing this blog post so that all of you reading this know what I said today and can remind me of it when a bagel & lox calls to me from across the coffee shop counter. I went to Whole Foods last night and spent what amounts to my birthright for some supplies to begin this thing the right way. Thankfully, it's worth it. I would so much rather jealously guard an overly-priced, big paper bag of nuts, nut butters, dried fruits, and gluten free crackers than give up before the 30 days are over. And that's the best thing about tweaking your lifestyle to make it even healthier: it doesn't have to end. Sure, it can loosen up after a challenge, but detoxing is a delightful process that lessens cravings for unhealthy foods and gives you a great place to start fresh and stay the course. I'm looking forward to this month of "brightening" and "pampering" my body in ways that will make it stronger, healthier, and more beautiful than ever! I'm excited to get even more creative with recipes on and off the blog. If you care to join me, let me know in the comments or on Instagram. L'chaim!


  1. Being I can't have Gluten (thanks to Celiac, sickness, and all that), I'm already almost joining you, so I'll go all the way! I'm going to try to keep on top of exercise, drinking enough water, low-grain intake, and little to no refined sugars.

  2. I literally decided to give up processed sugar last night! I'm totally with you (at least as regards to sugar)!
    My family ate only fruits, vegetables, and meat for a month last year and when we introduced "forbidden" foods back into our diet, sugar was the only thing that gave me problems. My body has gotten used to sugar again, but after watching a documentary called "That Sugar Film," I've decided to go with my gut (literally) and stop eating what doesn't make me feel good and what doesn't give my body any benefits.

    1. Haha - I'm sure any movie about the evils of sugar would be enough to frighten anyone into submission! :D

  3. Ooh can't wait to hear all the recipes you come up with! I find restrictions only bring out more creativity, and you're already a revolutionary in the kitchen...^.*

  4. Good for you! I wish you luck with it! I am kinda doing a full paleo. I love my carbs though and if it wasn't for allergies, I would eat everything.