Thursday, April 4, 2013

Austin Monthly Editor-in-Chief Rocks Through SX

Photo by Andrew Chan
Editor-in-Chief, Austin Monthly

Food Rewards
  • Weight: Down 8 pounds
  • Sleep Quality: "5" to "9"
  • Waking Energy: "3" to "8"
  • Digestive Discomfort: "7-10" to "0-2"
  • Hip Pain During Exercise: "7" to "1-1"
  • Dry Skin: "9" to "2"

Food Discoveries
  • Chicken & Fish: Optimal protein sources
  • Potatoes & Red Meat: Impact weight holding
  • Citrus: Acidic stomach

From Erin:
Whew! I made it. My official cleanse is done (I was down 8 pounds when I finished on March 1), but I'm still working on figuring out my food sensitivities. And, the biggest bonus of all: I made it through SXSW Interactive and Film (a feat in itself) and a vacation in Mexico with plenty of energy and no big digestive problems!

What I loved most about The Love Cleanse (read about my full journey here, here and here) is that I've been able to tailor it to my real life. While I definitely indulged on vacation—though I did avoid gluten as much as possible and focused on lots of fish, fruits and veggies—I got right back on the horse today, eating a healthy breakfast and lunch and my favorite cleanse snack in the afternoon: baby carrots dipped in sunflower seed butter. Delish!  

As I mentioned before, I learned that veggies, fish and chicken work well for me, while potatoes and red meat don't. I incorporated eggs just fine, and dairy seems to work, too. (Hallelujah!) I'm going to officially test gluten soon, but until then I am avoiding beer, bread and pasta like the plague. The biggest lesson I learned from this cleanse? The reward for eating what works well for your body is feeling amazing. And feeling amazing is priceless!”
- Erin

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