My clean eating shred made me look at other lifestyle adjustments, such as …

7) Exercise — Much like my relationship with sugar, I tend to have a very all or nothing approach to exercise. This time I set a much more manageable goal of just 20 minutes of yoga and core work in the morning. And if one morning got extra hectic, I gave myself permission to do my routine in the evening instead. To my surprise with this more reasonable goal, I found myself often exceeding the 20-minute limit and even went to the gym a few times.

8) Water – Up to 60% of the adult human body is water. The minimum water recommendation is 8 glasses of water a day but experts will agree that more would be ideal. A couple tricks to help me drink more were drinking two big glasses as soon as I woke up, keeping a water bottle by my desk at work, and experimenting with a free water tracking app on my phone.

9) Supplements – It’s hard to get in those 9-15 servings of fruits and vegetables even on a clean eating “shred” so I like to supplement with daily whole food fruit and vegetable capsules. I also had smoothies most mornings which gave me longer-lasting energy than my usual cup of java.

10) Processed foods – I’m just as guilty as the next person in succumbing to the temptation of processed food. During the shred what I really began to enjoy was the mindful meditation of cooking and savoring fresh whole foods in their natural states.

So what now? Am I going to religiously try to keep up the shred rules? No, probably not. But I did learn more about my body and how to make moderation work for me. I’ll be working to better listen to my body and what it really wants and maybe stop after a bite or two instead of the whole cake or pint of ice cream. I was shocked in my 10-day shred how I really wasn’t hungry at all between meals when usually I’m a champion snacker. It’s amazing when you give your body the nutrients it’s really craving, how superficial cravings melt away.

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Kalindi Dinoffer

Kalindi Dinoffer is a health and life coach, a certified yoga instructor and has her own holistic health and mindful living blog, Her areas of expertise include plant-based nutrition, therapeutic yoga, Reiki and Myofascial Release therapy, and she hosts monthly workshops in Dallas on mindful and holistic living.

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