So, you completed the 21 Day Challenge, now what? Celebrate!!!
First of all, congratulations! You are off and running with a sustainable healthy lifestyle plan. After 21 days your body has adjusted and reprogrammed, or you might say reset to its original factory settings. You should have lost some weight, feel more balanced energy, and eliminated the food cravings caused by the insulin spikes that no longer exist. Also, eating by the new food pyramid, has given your body more of the nutrients it needs to function. Overall, you should feel much better and more in control.
No doubt you have seen the benefits of eliminating the high-glycemic carbohydrates, especially processed grains. After the 21 days you can reintroduce a few grains if you feel the need; however, you have probably seen the extreme benefits of eliminating processed carbs so be careful. Not only will you feel bad, you’ll pack on the pounds.
Just this morning I decided to have a bowl of steel cut oatmeal just to see what happened. You know, steel cut oats, healthy whole grains. First of all it contained 62 grams of carbs. Since I try to limit my carbs to no more than 100 grams per day, one bowl of “healthy” oat meal accounted for more than half of my daily amount. It tasted good, but caused brain fog and hunger after about 90 minutes. It wasn’t worth it. Since oatmeal is processed and so easily digested, it spikes blood sugar, which spikes insulin, which stores fat, causes a blood sugar crash, and then causes your brain to promote hunger since your body did not get the nutrients it needed.
The bottom line is you have controlled the processed carbs. This is the number one cause of our diabesity problem. Also, eliminating the added sugar is a no brainer. Same with the industrialized and polyunsaturated oils. Legumes can be added back in “moderation” if you want; they are the least offensive. Once you add something back, if your body reacts negatively, there is a message there.
The beautify of this eating plan is that if you slip up, you know what to do. If you stick with it 80% of the time, you’ll see major rewards. This is meant to be a lifelong endeavor. It really isn’t that difficult and the benefits are tremendous for your health and wellbeing. This is how your body was created to eat and to exercise.
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