Shred 10 is a program designed to rid oneself of unhealthy food habits, foster a positive relationship with food and “get back on track.”
For 10 days, the following are eliminated:
- processed foods
- artificial sweeteners
- refined sugar
- eating after 6pm
In turn, one is to add more REAL food to their diet. Taking Juice Plus Capsules and drinking Juice Plus Complete shakes are encouraged. Sleep, exercise and water should be priorities, especially during this time.
My husband and I have two friends that have completed a Shred 10 before, and they proposed that we all do it together so we went for it! We felt like we were letting to much junk food creep back into our diets, and we wanted a reset. We generally take a whole foods approach to eating, we love to cook and are fortunate enough to live around many great grocery stores. But there are always treats lurking around, and I was enjoying being able to have alcohol again (since I’m no longer pregnant)! Overall we were slipping and we weren’t proud of that.
We could tell that our energy was low. Of course, with two babies at home this isn’t abnormal. But I was sick of dreading the morning alarm, and sick of feeling too tired to give my daughters the attention they deserve. We were ready to dive back into consistent healthy eating because we knew we’d feel better quickly. We are used to following strict rules because we have done other detoxes before that are longer and more involved than this one. One of the appeals of Shred 10 was its manageable length, and another was its inclusion of legumes and non-gluten grains.
It’s funny, we actually completed the Shred 10 stricter than it is written. We included no added sugars at all, whereas the program allows for natural sweeteners like honey and pure maple syrup. The only sugar we ate was in whole food form (i.e. fruit) or in the Complete shake powder. I felt guilty sometimes for even having that since it’s sweetened, but I needed the protein and energy boost most days. I did make adjustments for breastfeeding, though. I realized I needed extra carbs if I didn’t want to feel nauseous or shaky, so we included rice, beans and garbanzo bean pasta, which on other detoxes would be on the NO list.
So WHAT exactly did we eat? Here was my intake for the 10 days:
***See my Instagram @eatwhatfeelsgood for pictures and recipes!
My husband and I both had headaches the first two days. We had just returned from a weekend away with family during which time we drank too much and got way too little sleep. We knew we’d have low energy while our bodies recovered from the weekend but we were surprised at how much we wanted coffee those first two mornings. We woke up the third day feeling better! We hadn’t meal planned too well since we had been away, but by the second day we were on the right track. We made some amazing meals and overall we didn’t find it hard to stick to the plan.
The weekend was a little more challenging, but we got through it. It being football season, we really wanted a beer on Saturday and Sunday! But we knew we wanted to commit to the plan, so we had our Shred 10 buddies over and enjoyed homemade hummus, turkey/sweet potato meatballs and chicken burrito bowls.
We could tell that focusing on going to bed at reasonable times, avoiding alcohol and maximizing the nutrient density of our meals was helping us to feel better. By the morning of Day 11 I had reached my goal of waking up to the morning alarm and not saying “NOOOOO!” Seriously, that was my goal. I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to get out of bed, and as a new mom this feeling is GOLDEN.
I know that I cannot maintain that feeling all the time due to circumstances of life and the fact that I won’t be following Shred rules all the time. But now I know that the unicorn I strived for is an attainable one and I know what I need to be doing in order to achieve it.
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