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Day 6: Coasting Into Day 7

by Erika Nicole Kendall

So… it’s Friday. For those who’ve been following their hardest since Sunday, you’re probably feeling the pinch. You’re probably recognizing the way your life has changed – how much more time you devote to food; how different your food tastes; how differently your body feels after you eat; how, ahem… regular you are now from eating cleaner foods.

How does it feel? (I’d cue D’Angelo here, but I’m gonna respect the fellas who visit the site. For now.)

I’ve got to tell you… the closer to “the source” I eat, the better off I am. The better I feel. The more energetic I feel. I feel like I’m living… as opposed to grabbing a 900 calorie slice of cheesecake and shrugging it off with, “You only live once.” I live through living… not eating.

My first venture off into living cleaner actually started around this time in 2009. Recognizing that limiting the things in my life that seemed to control me, as opposed to me controlling it… it helped me feel free. Like I could live without spending my day floating from vice to vice. I wasn’t making lunch and thinking about dinner. I wasn’t making dinner and scoping out the freezer for dessert.

I spent months – months – trying to scope out a plan that worked best for me. I spent time as a raw vegan which, while I felt wonderful and very well may go back to that lifestyle, I wanted to know if my body was responding poorly to meat altogether or if it was something in the way I was cooking that was causing my body to pack on the pounds. So, I slowly started adding back dairy and meat to my diet. That’s when I realized… I was always stalled when I indulged in foods of the “manufactured” nature.

Running the challenge during this week is not only valuable because the challenge prep ran during Earth Week, but because it signifies the 1 year anniversary of when I learned how to eat like I had some sense. That was also well over 100 pounds ago. I learned that if I couldn’t afford the time needed to cook scalloped potatoes from scratch, I probably shouldn’t have them. If I couldn’t afford the well-kept and healthy beef, I probably shouldn’t have any… which is fine, because the last time I had red meat was a few years ago in high school. Life is simplified. I value and appreciate that, now.

As we make it through day 6, I hope that day 7 is that much easier for you: that your sugar cravings are lessened, your creativity in creating delish dishes has expanded, and your portion sizes reflect what you’re actually wanting to eat… not just what’s in the box or what was in the pan.

So, baby, let’s cruise…  – sorry, can’t help the D’Angelo references – into day 7 and enjoy another day living, loving, and eating clean! Tell me – how does it feel? Struggling? Coasting? Slippin’ up? Let’s hear it!

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Rashida March 14, 2011 - 10:32 AM

Erika, I must say you are amazing and incredibly inspirational! There are so many gimmicks out here on how to drop weight quick but not many plans that show you how to have a healthy lifestyle in order to keep the weight off! Your journey of psychological and emotional struggles that you’ve gone through to overcome eating poorly is something I truly relate to and am working on fixing! I have 50 lbs to lose in order to get to my ideal weight and with your tools, I’m confident I can get there. Stay blessed and thank you for this awesome sight!

T November 28, 2011 - 8:22 PM

Please help! Where can I find the entire 7 day challenge? I think I’ve seen day 1 and 6. Thanks in advance!

Carrie December 21, 2013 - 9:13 AM

I’m with T, I’m new to the site, spending alot of time here each day soaking up the knowledge and positive way around here, but I have no idea how to find information in an organized way. How do I find day 1 – 7 together so I can follow and learn?

Erika Nicole Kendall December 21, 2013 - 6:26 PM
AshBash December 3, 2012 - 12:21 AM

this past week was my 1st real week eating clean! I can definitely feel the difference! (I even got my mom to do it too….for the most part lol) Today was like my most challenging day though. I kept craving sweets and just seemed excessively hungry. so i just ate a kiwi and drank more water and i was fine lol. @Eryka your blog is really encouraging 4 me. I’m not overweight BUT i do want to just live healthier and loose this baby belly. I even tried yoga this and yesterday morning and it was pretty kwel! SO THANKS ERYKA! WOOP WOOP!

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