January challenge – detox, reset and rewire!
Happy New Year lovelies!! I hope that 2017 will bring you all the love, joy and fulfillment imaginable ❤︎
2017 has already been off to a quite great start for me – at least health wise and professionally. I got up quite early and went for a run/powerwalk with my little sister, got a lot of work done on a big and super exciting project that I am working on (will share more soon) + I started on my ‘January: detox, reset and rewire’ challenge.
I promised that I would share what my challenge is all about and it is quite simple really, for the past few months I have been really stressed, I have been sick multiple times and I have travelled a lot, which have all contributed to me getting completely out of balance and I have been using it as an excuse to eat unhealthy and not take properly care of myself. I have always been fond of the 80/20 principle, meaning that I usually eat healthy 80% of the time and allow myself to indulge a bit 20% of the time. I have never been strict and I have never banned anything from my diet (nope not candy, soda, junk foods etc. either), but lately I have been eating way too many unhealthy, sugary and processed foods, so for the entire month of January I am committed to eating 100% healthy. Eating 100% healthy means something completely different from one person to another, but to me it means that I will be eating high quality unprocessed food (organic when possible) made from scratch – things like refined white sugar, white flour etc. are completely banned this month. I will stick to mainly eating veggies, fruit, legumes, nuts, whole grains and I will keep animal products to a minimum – the exceptions are that I will probably have some eggs, greek yoghurt and maybe a little feta cheese in my salads if it all gets too boring ;)
I will also get moving and exercise every single day this month. It might sound extreme, but I do not mean that I will go crazy in the gym everyday, some days it will simply mean a quick powerwalk while other days I will turn up the intensity and do some serious cardio or strength training. Unfortunately I have both back and knee problems, so I will start out slowly in order not to hurt myself – the whole point of this is to make my health better, not worse ;) It is all about listening to your body and not overdo it. It is quite tempting to do so (I mean, we would all like quick results), but it will more than likely end up backfiring and you might even end up in a worse place than where you started, so if you want to join me promise to be careful and take it easy in the beginning!
The reason for doing this challenge is simply to help me get back on track with my healthy eating, but also to get back in shape – a much needed kickstarter! It is not about losing weight, but about taking better care of myself both physically and mentally, I have been stressed and sick too often last year and it ends now! It might be a bit of a myth, but it is said that it takes 21 days to break or create a new habit and for me personally it actually really seems to work when I do these kinds of detoxes and challenges (this time it will be 31 days though!), it is the perfect way to reset your whole system and to rewire your brain to get back into healthy living with nourishing food and exercise.
Maybe some of you guys will join me? ❤︎
Make sure to follow me on Snapchat ‘mokai_giraf’ where I will share some of my meals and workouts + tips and tricks during the challenge. I will write a blogpostpost asap with my tips and tricks to get back on track as well + I will make sure to do a post about the whole thing when the challenge is over. Wish me luck!