I don't know about you, but my body is ready for a fresh start to welcome spring.
I am admittedly not a huge fan of restrictive diets. Been there done that and its not all that fun.
I love feeling great but also being open to enjoy the taste, the community, and the fun that comes with all sorts of food. I love feeling free around food as well, knowing that I will allow myself anything I want (some foods like sugar, pastries, etc in moderation), while always coming back to wholesome, fresh, real food as my base.
Except, at times, my body craves a reset to simplicity. And, while I am opposed to restrictiveness, guilt around food, and extremes, I am a big proponent of going outside comfort zones for a period of time and being curious about what works and what doesn't work for our bodies. I love the idea of resetting back to simple foods and feeling lighter, more connected, and more caring for our bodies.
So, I wanted to share with you a spring reset that I have already started in hopes that you may want to do it with me as well. Its more fun and inspiring that route anyway.
Today I will be sharing the basic premise of the plan I am doing. (But by all means, make adjustments for you based on what you already know about your body and what will work in your lifestyle.) Make it a little outside of comfortable, but attainable. Make it something you are excited about!
And one more note.
This should be a positive experience. With positive intentions. It will not be if you go into only wanting to punish your body with the sole goal of losing 10 pounds. The intention here is to nurture yourself, to revert back to simple, and to give your body a healing boost and break from foods that may be taking a tole on your system.
To free up energy and be curious about what works for your unique person.
Most of us could be a little more open about learning what supports our personal wellbeing and what we can tweek. So be open, have encouraging self-talk, and do your best.
Please use this platform ( you can post ideas, recipes, encouragement in the comment section ) to help yourself and our community thrive during this spring reset. You can also join the Nourish 360 Community over on Facebook to accomplish the same.
The Nourish 360 Spring Reset
I want to start with all the foods we can focus on enjoying. Its so easy when you are doing a cleanse or reset to say, " Well geese I can't have xyz, what can I have?? " So, we will start there. With a list of all the foods to enjoy during this reset. I put the list in a shopping list format so you can be encouraged by the colorful design and print it out and take it with you to the grocery store. My suggestion? The list is quite large (there are so many delicious foods!), so circle the items that seem tasty and appealing to you. And try one that is new too! :)
Click here to download and print!
Ok, now for what you will taking a break from. Remember, you get to choose your own goals. Maybe you want to do this reset verbatim for a weekend. Or maybe you are ready for a longer time commitment. Maybe giving up coffee, alcohol, bread, and dairy all at the same time is just not in the cards right now. You choose what goes. Any step towards eating more wholesome and being curious around what works for you is a wonderful step! So, here is what we are leaving behind ...
- dairy + eggs
- select grains : white rice, wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, oats
- select fruits and veggies: oranges, grapefruit, bananas, strawberries, corn, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, white potatoes)
- select animal protein: pork, beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters, shellfish, any raw meats or raw fish
- soy products (tamari and nama shoyu in moderation are ok)
- peanuts and peanut butter
- select oils: shortening, processed oils, most bottled salad dressings, and spreads
- sweeteners: white and brown refined sugars, honey, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and evaporated cane juice
- select condiments: ketchup, relish, chutney, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, gum, breath mints
I know, I know. It may seem like a lot to go without. But! It is only temporary in order to reset and reboot your mind, body, and energy!
Hmmm... what else? I feel like I could write an entire book on this, but I have to stop soon and get cooking for my own family...
So, who is with me? with us?
Oh, yes. So. Before getting started I strongly suggest you do a little planning. Eating in a new way takes a bit more effort and forethought than what you are used to. Its a change after all. If you click here, you can download a cute meal planning sheet for the week. Use it to support your goals and to make a big shopping list so you aren't going to the grocery store 10 plus times.
I also suggest you write down your goals at the beginning of this reset, noting how long you intend to go for and what is included in the plan. You can make a whole journal out of it and record how you are feeling throughout your journey.
In the next few weeks I will be posting some additional resources for you to stay inspired and inquisitive during this reset. Much love and strength to all of you. Xo