So it’s still January and if you are like me and my friends you might be struggling to get through the month on a new cleanse or diet with the hope that you break old habits and start anew. Oh, the hope. Every year around this time I like to challenge myself by trying some of these diets like, Paleo, Ketogenic, and Whole30. I actually love them and find that I learn a lot about myself and my body- the biggest takeaway from a diet in my opinion isn’t just losing weight, it’s changing the way you feel and look at food.
Whole30 has been my go to for the past 2 years where you take a 30 day break from: gluten, dairy, grain, added sugar, legumes, and processed foods. What I found is that it feels great, it teaches you about your body, but it simply isn’t sustainable for those who want a lifestyle change. While I’m used to cooking healthy, many of my friends went straight back to their old ways after finishing it because there was no training for healthy eating and encouragement for whipping up a home made pizza using alternative, approved ingredients. Or when you really want pancakes using approved ingredients. On Whole30, pancakes, puddings, pizza, and other indulgences are not allowed even using approved ingredients….. sure I can give all that up for 30 days but what about after?
If I am following the rules st I would not have learned how to experiment with approved ingredients. This is a YUGE bummer for me, I constantly want to cheat the system to teach myself new ways to make indulgent cravings unrefined and still yummy.
There was the spirit of the kitchen missing, no build up of kitchen confidence, and some strictness that I fear for many wouldn’t last into day 31. So, I created MUC23…
Mindful, Unrefined, and Clean for 23 days #mucupyourlife #mucitup
Sounds dirty, but it’s so clean. All MUC no yuck. Let’s get muc’ed up! I could go on 😉
Why do a diet you run away from in the end? With MUC-23, you eat in a way that not only teaches you about your body and its sensitivities, but makes you crave healthy things in the end.
Pancakes in a box vs gluten free banana pancakes? You’ll never go back to the box. Why add two cups of sugar when you can add date paste? You’ll never look at those white crystals the same again. Seriously.
Mindful– Be aware of what you’re eating. Most people don’t realize the sugar content of their meal or juice is added sugar, not naturally present. How many restaurants use way too much salt to cover up the fact that they don’t make great food? How much sugar is added into your smoothie? Think of your body as a really nice car that needs premium gas, and make that choice every time. Keep the added sugars out, don’t go salt crazy, and really think out your food.
Unrefined– It seems like there are dozens of conflicting studies about what is good or bad for you, but there’s one core concept that continues to hold true- eat simple, minimally processed food. The more you make from scratch the better, but check the labels and ingredients for key words that tell you that you could do better. Real ingredients will make you feel better in a way you couldn’t even image, I guarantee it. My boyfriend used to think he needed naps every afternoon- until this diet. He realized he was just eating foods that dragged him down.
Clean – Clean is a concept that you’ll know when you see it, and when you feel it.
-No added sugars except dates and fruit, and minimal maple or honey starting day 8. Let’s beat the sugar monster we’re all hooked on.
-Minimal salt. You’d be amazed what salt is doing to your energy and fitness.
-One cup of coffee a day (make it a good one! I add collagen and MCT oils to mine)
-YES to pancakes, desserts, and potato chips made with the appropriate ingredients
-YES to experimenting in the kitchen
-YES to making it fun!
23 days with the option to continue for an extra week to hit that 30 days.
-Becoming a conscientious eater
-You can make those indulgent things you love and crave while also being mindful about the ingredients used
-Gaining “Kitchen Confidence”.
-You kick some bad habits and gain new cravings that are clean and unrefined.
Seriously guys, follow me on this journey. Consider it 23 days of training for your life.
Introducing this steamy stack of MUC23 approved banana pancakes topped with date syrup and sliced almonds. Recipe here.
Ingredients: 1 cup dates, 3/4 cup water, 1 ground vanilla bean (or 1tsp ground cinnamon)
add to the blender and blend until smooth, if the syrup seems to watery add a few more dates. Store in a container in the fridge or warm in the microwave or stove top and pour over your stack of pancakes.
**Browse my past recipes as most follow MUC23 guidelines. In the coming weeks I will be working on heaps of MUC23 approved dishes and will be updating the blog with a MUC23 dedicated section. Stay tuned!!