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A “Jumpstart” Journey: Day 1

A jumpstart for your body!  A great way to cut the bloat, shed a few pounds, reboot your metabolism and retrain your taste buds!

A jumpstart for your body! A great way to cut the bloat, shed a few pounds, reboot your metabolism and retrain your taste buds!

When the battery of your car dies, you need someone else who has a car with a fully charged battery to give you a “jumpstart”.  It doesn’t charge your battery completely and solve your problem for good, but it does give you the boost to get you going!  That’s exactly what our “Jumpstart” plan is intended to do for our health. 

Sometimes, it feels like your battery is dead.  To move towards where you want to go seems impossible so either you get towed or you get a jumpstart.  The jumpstart is often times enough to get some momentum going and can take you quite a distance so that you can get to the place where you recharge your batteries, get a good lube and your engine starts functioning at full capacity again.

This week, my mom is going to be a guest blogger.  She and my dad took on the challenge of doing the Jumpstart.  They began their plan December 31st and you’ll be amazed at some of the things they have experienced.  My mom and dad have tried all kinds of diets like gluten free/dairy free, vegetarian, fruit-only and Atkins.  They’ve “been there and done that” on all ends of the spectrum.  From the words of my mom, “this is the best things they’ve ever done.”  My dad is diabetic and he’s seen incredible results.  She will share her daily experience, results, as well as RECIPES and FOOD LOGS so that you can get some ideas and resources for when you begin your “Jumpstart” plan!  The planning and meal prep is often the hardest part!

With that, I introduce to you my mom, Laura.

The Christmas season brings so much to look forward to and the events leading up to Christmas seem even more important than the holiday itself. The reason I say that is because I spend so much time consumed in preparing homemade gifts, shopping for gifts, decorating the house, and baking cookies. This is the time of year that I just love to have people over for a cookie exchange or an open house. It gives me the chance to see some of the friends and family that I haven’t seen for awhile and catch up with their lives.
With all the entertainment and social gatherings, I get a little carried away with eating things I wouldn’t normally eat like cookies everyday, hot cocoa, hot buttered rum, and shrimp dip with chips. You just can’t go anywhere and not take part of the libations and treats!
Now it is the 31st and it will soon be a new year. Instead of resolutions, I have embarked upon an adventure of another kind. That adventure is not one that will take me far from home or provide any sort of entertainment, but, rather, one that will refresh, refine, and rejuvenate me.  With hopes of revving up my metabolism and starting with a clean slate, I have started a detox program suggested by my daughter, a personal trainer, who is soon to go world-wide web with her program. (We did ;)  Here we are, mom!) The detox is nothing new, but it is laid out in a very user friendly format and easy to follow. My husband and I began this program on the 29th so we are now three days into the detox.
Having promised what the detox will do for you, I am excited to give the gift to my body to begin anew with the beginning of the new year. I thought I would journal a few thoughts and include some of the menus I used because when faced with a new way of eating, that is always a stumbling block for many.
As Jamie puts it:
“While on vacation your body will be ridding itself of toxins and extra junk that gets stored away in cells when it doesn’t know where else to put it. It will cleanse your digestive and excretion systems so that when you phase out of the cleanse, your body is refreshed and retrained. It will be more efficient at absorbing nutrients.”
Day 1:  PREP and PLAN in ADVANCE

First things first: get rid of all the treats, sweets, and other foods calling your name. This includes cupboards as well as the refrigerator. Make sure you get rid of sauces, condiments, and dairy products (like cheese which is my downfall). If you don’t have them around, you will be less likely to cheat. The idea is to give your body a break from all the bad habits you have acquired
throughout the year so keeping the “goodies” around is only going to tempt you.  Go grocery shopping using the list provided. Using the program, read it over carefully especially the foods NOT to eat and then make the list of the foods allowed. Buy a variety so you have plenty for snacks and meals. Besides, your refrigerator will be empty so you might as well showcase it with pretty fruits and vegetables. I have been to all of the grocery stores in town
(that’s only 3) plus the ones in the outlaying town to comb for the best vegetables and the strange vegetables that you might want to include since you can have them. Such things that you might not normally eat are Jicama, Kale, Portabella Mushrooms, and Kiwi. I don’t generally eat these items on a regular basis so it is fun to include them in the menus.

Be prepared to experience some headaches and cloudy, foggy moments. This cleansing affects all of your body and these are just some of the initial side effects you may notice. I had a headache from the beginning probably due to my caffeine consumption.

Day 2 & 3 of the Jumpstart- Click Here

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