I completed another round of Kris Carr’s 21 Day Adventure Cleanse (or Crazy Sexy Diet). I did….OK. I started off strong with a 5 day juice cleanse. I stuck to my intentions, most days, but definitely had some bumps in the road (and by that, I mean pizza and french fry moments).

I am realizing now, more than ever, that food is such an emotional crutch for me and the first thing I run to when I am stressed. This is definitely not a new revelation, but something I want to be more mindful of addressing. I know I have more positive coping mechanisms (yoga, deep breaths, practicing gratitude, talking with a friend, going to the gym, etc.), but how do I tap into them during the moments I really need to, without running to food or wine, first? Any help in this area is truly appreciated.

I have still been trying to stick with eating in accordance with balancing my pitta dosha. I have to say, this has been harder than I anticipated. I feel like I am eating the same things over and over (black beans + sweet potatoes, chickpea salads galore) and I really miss Sriracha and Tapatio. I have introduced a few foods that are on the “avoid” list (quinoa and beets), but have still been avoiding the hot sauce, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar and bananas (I have replaced them with avocados in my smoothie).

My digestion has improved remarkably and my rash was almost completely gone. However, I celebrated my 21 days of no alcohol with some wine one night and beer the next, along with some junk food and are you surprised to know my arms started itching the very next day? The rash has made a resurgence and if that is not evidence enough that it is related to how I eat, I don’t know what is. When will I learn?!

I am recovering from my weekend indulgences and jumping right back to eating clean, to calm my digestive fire. I know I really need to stay away from alcohol for….a while.

I am still working out with my personal trainer and have noticed some loss in inches, increased stamina and strength but no movement on the scale. I am really trying not to get too caught up in that, but I would be lying if I said I was all good with it.

My intention for this month is to increase the amount of cardio I am doing and continue with strength training and clean eating.  I will try to let go of that number on the scale.

More cardio means a new playlist is in order! Here is what I am jamming to as I run, climb and move!

14 songs, 56 minutes

“Bang Bang”-Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

“Blurred Lines”-Robin Thicke

“Dance Floor”-Zapp

“Fireball” Pitbull

“My Prerogative” Bobby Brown

“Ojos Asi” Shakira

“Only Girl” Rihanna

“Scream” Usher

“Shake it Off” Taylor Swift

“Simply Irresistible” Robert Palmer

“Somethings Got a Hold on Me” Christina Aguilera

“Uptown Funk” Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

“Walkin on the Moon” The-Dream

“Where the Wind Blows”-Coco O.

Hopefully, this playlist will have me moving like Shakira…or Beyonce. Or, Shakira and Beyonce! I need both of them to get me through cardio!

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