Hungry for Change

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Why no, that’s not blood I’m drinking. It’s beet juice. And I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t an acquired taste… which I’m still working on acquiring.

Have you seen the documentary Hungry for Change? If you haven’t, it’s streaming on Netflix and worth the 90 minutes. Here’s the gist:

HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don’t want you to know about; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.”

It debunks diet myths, explains the long-term dangers of refined sugar and processed food, and preaches good nutrition and exercise as a means to lifelong wellness. The premise is so simple and obvious, but as a society we’ve lost the mark. 

It really opened my eyes to the ways I abuse my body in the name of convenience. Even with the best of intentions — no soda, limited processed food, chemical-free cosmetics, organics when possible —  in the shuffle of the day my health often ends up rumpled at the bottom of the totem pole.

Drive-thru breakfasts, skipped lunches, poor hydration, lack of exercise, stress… These have become the capstones of my existence as a business owner, and the foundation is slowly crumbling underneath. Why can’t my body function on fast food and Diet Cokes like it used to? Father Time is real mother. 

So for the last week, I’ve made an effort to slow down and take care of myself. Starting with a healthy detox. Not a crazy lemon-juice-and-hot-sauce cleanse or other radical diet (that’s a four-letter word in my book) but consistent nutritious meals and snacks built around lots of whole foods, good proteins, organic produce, leafy greens, and fresh pressed juices.

Oh, and no refined sugar. No cupcakes, cookies, half-and-half iced teas, or honeyed chicken biscuits. That was a tough breakup.

I’m getting over the hump of the headaches, fatigue, and weakness that I’m told are typical side effects of the body’s detox process. They were almost enough to send me running back into the arms of Chik-fil-a; but I’m sleeping like a baby and my jeans aren’t as tight as they were two weeks ago, so there’s that.

And you know what’s crazy? If someone handed me a cupcake right now, I probably wouldn’t eat it. 

What Do You Think?

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35 Comments

  1. A coffee shop I go to makes an apple / beet / carrot / ginger juice that’s great!

    Posted 1.2.15 Reply
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  3. I will definitely have to look into this–hopefully it’s on Hulu though. I just found your blog recently and I love it, great content and so pretty! When I’m on top of my healthy eating I definitely don’t crave sugar. When I’m not then it’s a raging monster in my belly and that’s all I want. It’s crazy to me how that all works but it does make sense. As for beet juice, kuddos chick, I can’t do it. ;)

    Posted 1.30.14 Reply
  4. Juicing and cutting out gluten has helped me out a lot. Thanks for this post.

    Posted 1.30.14 Reply
  5. t_writer17 wrote:

    I don’t really like junk food, to be honest. I love my sodas but I prefer ice tea over them and get that when I eat out. Sure, the soda’s probably the same but it has less carbonation in it than sodas. I guess I just gain weight from my lack of exercise, stress from being in college, and eating larger portions than I should. I’m definitely working on it but I know I can’t quit it all cold turkey. Taking things slow will help me mentally as well as physically.

    Posted 1.29.14 Reply
  6. Well done! I always find once you get into the healthy eating regime everything tastes better – almost as though you can taste the goodness!

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    Posted 1.29.14 Reply
  7. elkee wrote:

    There’s also a doc called Forks over Knives that shows how most degenerative diseases can be treated and even reversed by rejecting a diet of meat and processed foods. And I totally feel you on the beet juice, beets period. But I kinda like ’em now lol.

    Posted 1.29.14 Reply
    • I’ve heard of this one! If I’m being honest, I’m a little scared to watch it… ;) I really should, though.

      Posted 1.29.14 Reply
  8. zubi wrote:

    Reblogged this on Velvet Imagination.

    Posted 1.29.14 Reply
  9. Have you been following your own detox plan or did you follow one that you found somewhere else? I’m about to move back to my hometown after living (and eating) in a city and am looking for an effective, but manageable one.

    Props to you on the cupcake. The refined sugar part would probably be the hardest part for me.

    Erica

    Posted 1.29.14 Reply
    • The sugar part is definitely the toughest! But you really stop missing it after a while, thank goodness.

      I haven’t followed a specific detox; I’m just adding in lots of fresh produce, leafy greens, and whole foods. That’s the great thing about the documentary, it doesn’t preach an all-or-nothing diet. It suggests adding in the good stuff until it crowds out all the bad. I’ve heard good things about the Whole30 if you’re looking for a specific plan. I totally understand how helpful it can be to have a detailed schedule broken down for you.

      Posted 1.29.14 Reply
  10. It’s in my Netflix instant Q. I’ll make sure to watch it soon.

    Posted 1.28.14 Reply
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  12. Minnie wrote:

    I’m going to watch this tonight! I’ve been trying to do better this year, but sugar is my crutch. I’ve cut down on the cookies and cupcakes, but it’s so hard. I’ve been eating a lot of fresh fruit smoothies I make at home, and things like roasted chickpeas for snacks, but cookies will always be my weakness!

    Posted 1.28.14 Reply
    • Minnie, I have a hardcore sugar addiction. It’s one of the main reasons I needed to rethink my diet. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, though. After a week or so of skipping refined sugar you’ll start to forget about it. I keep lots of organic dark chocolate around for when my sweet tooth strikes :)

      Posted 1.29.14 Reply
  13. To keep the same weight I drink a mix of fruits and vegies juice every single morning.. My skin never has been healthier.

    Posted 1.28.14 Reply
    • My skin is already improving, too! What’s your favorite juice recipe?

      Posted 1.28.14 Reply
      • Ginger, carriots, oranges and banana. Taste great and I feel the difference of my skin after 4 days doing the juice. Normally I add other fruits or veggies to change the flavor and allow some rotation of vitamins and minerals. 😄

        Posted 2.3.14 Reply
  14. londyntown wrote:

    Sounds like something I need to watch. I always say I need to eat better maybe this will inspire me.

    Posted 1.28.14 Reply
    • It’s definitely a good motivator. I like that the people featured in it are real success stories, and it doesn’t feel patronizing or intimidating.

      Posted 1.28.14 Reply
  15. That’s so good! That documentary helped me change my diet too!

    Posted 1.28.14 Reply
  16. Melissa wrote:

    Will look up that movie, I wonder if that’s why I was so tired/weak on Sunday, haven’t had my usual coffee since Friday. Definitely need to eat healthier.

    Posted 1.28.14 Reply
  17. Laura wrote:

    Good on you Keira! I’m trying to do something similar and came across a great recipe for raw brownies that are super easy to make and have no processed ingredients! I saw it over on Deliciously Ella’s blog – here is the link: http://deliciouslyella.com/raw-brownies/

    Worth giving a go if your sweet tooth is anything like mine!
    Best of luck with the rest of your detox, Laura xx

    Posted 1.28.14 Reply
    • Thank you, Laura! My sweet tooth is definitely the biggest challenge in this whole process. I’m definitely going to give these raw brownies a go!

      You may also want to check out http://rawified.blogspot.com/

      Posted 1.28.14 Reply
      • Laura wrote:

        Oh wow! Definitely going to give some of these recipes a try! I never imagined raw food could ever taste so delicious! xx

        Posted 1.28.14 Reply
  18. Thanks for sharing! I think I’m going to watch that documentary tonight!

    Posted 1.28.14 Reply
  19. I just watched this last night! Last year we had to cut everything “man made” out of our regular eating routine – hubby’s heart attack and health issues. It is amazing how when you rid your eating habits of high doses of sugar, you really do not want them anymore.

    Posted 1.28.14 Reply
    • I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s heart attack, but happy that you’re both well.

      I was completely oblivious to how much sugar I consumed. I justified it because I avoided other processed food, but whoa! That’s been the biggest challenge for me, so it’s encouraging to hear that eventually I may not miss it.

      Did you experience a similar detox funk? I thought I was coming down with the flu around day 5-6.

      Posted 1.28.14 Reply
      • I was a little grumpy ;-) I thought we ate well too. If it wasn’t for my husband’s health issues we would probably still be making what I thought were good food choices but ended up they were poor food choices. I do still have a sweet from time to time, but find a little goes a long way. I used to be able to eat a chocolate bar in the matter of seconds, now a snack size is enough. Too much sugar now makes me feel sick.

        Posted 1.28.14 Reply