Extreme Spring Cleaning: ME (!) Edition

| February 29, 2012 | Comments (2)

This winter has left me sluggish, un-toned and out-of-tune. I’ve packed on a few pounds, and worse, my energy levels have dipped to an all-time low.

In honor of impending springtime, I’m embarking on a bit of self spring cleaning. It’s time to clean house. I need to make a promise to set some time aside and fill myself up with high quality nutrition, revamp my exercise routine, and get myself into a healthier groove. I won’t be counting calories and I’m not seeking to deprive myself or lose drastic amounts of weight.

So… for 31 days, starting on Thursday, March 1, I’m dedicating myself to a total body tune-up. Blogging and sharing with you will help keep me accountable.

Care to join me? 

Here’s my plan:

For 31 days, I’ll be just saying NO to:  coffee, alcohol, saturated and processed (trans) fats, animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, etc.), white flour, sugary treats, refined carbs, processed foods

I’ll be saying YES to: whole grains, fruits, veggies, morning meditation and yoga, and 30 minutes of daily exercise.

For the first ten days of my 31 day plan, I’ll be detoxing with the help of an all-raw diet. I’m enlisting the help of Karyn’s at Home. Just recently featured on Chicagonista Live, Karyn Calabrese is a a leader in holistic health, and her wellness company seeks to help others set out on their very own path to total wellness. She owns two restaurants in Chicago – Karyn’s Cooked and Karyn’s Raw Cafe – as well as an Inner Beauty Center that offers everything from organic manicures to seaweed wraps. Karyn herself is a walking advertisement for her health and beauty beliefs – look at how gorgeous and vibrant she is (and would you ever guess she’s 64?!). Karyn’s at Home will provide me with 10 days of all-raw breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, to jump start my journey. This means that I’ll be filling my body to the brim with fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Take a look here at what my daily menu is going to look like as I indulge in a raw vegan diet.

Then for the following 20 days, I’ll be following Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet 21-day cleanse. I’ll still be abstaining from coffee, alcohol, animal products, white flour, sugary treats, and processed foods and focusing on whole grains, fruits and veggies, but I’ll also be incorporating cooked vegan meals.

Throughout, I’ll be moving my body at least 30 minutes a day and waking up a bit early for some morning yoga and meditation.

But what about the rest of my family?! I will be using these 31 days to also focus on upping my kids’ intake of fruits and veggies by sharing my fresh juices and smoothies and raw snacks, and by preparing cooked vegetarian meals for them otherwise. So like it or not, my family will be tagging along for the ride, too. (Here’s a great article on raising vegetarian kids, and here’s a collection of some kid-friendly vegetarian recipes). I’ll also be making a point to setting out with my family at least once a weekend for some outdoor fun: hiking, biking, or even just a walk to the park.

I’ll be sharing my daily thoughts on this new plan at my personal blog, www.tiramisumom.com, and I’ll be checking in here on The Chicago Moms once a week, so check in and see if I meet my challenge!


If you’re a blogger and would like to join me, let me know and I’ll be happy to share your links!  



Disclosure: Karyn’s at Home is providing me with a five-day meal plan – but other than that, I’m on my own! 

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About Amy: Amy Bizzarri wears many hats: teacher, writer, and most importantly, a mother to two beautiful children, ages 1 and 8 years. She and her family live on the Near North Side of Chicago, and enjoy exploring our city together. Follow her on twitter at: amybizzarri Amy blogs at tiramisumom.com View author profile.

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  1. This is such a great plan! Maybe following along with you will inspire me to jump on board in April…

    p.s. The THOUGHT of cutting out coffee is painful.

  2. Amy says:

    It hasn’t been that difficult, actually, Lisa! The meals are super filling. Although I’m not a coffee drinker…

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