Who: Gina Goff, Sunset.com managing editor I'm giving up: Caffeine, Alcohol, Red Meat I chose these because: I'm a bona fide caffein...
Who: Gina Goff, Sunset.com managing editorI’m giving up: Caffeine, Alcohol, Red MeatI chose these because: I’m a bona fide caffeine addict and it’s time to get myself back to a one-cup-a-day regimen. And while I have no intention of long-term sobriety or vegetarianism, cutting out wine and red meat for five days will help press the reset button after a holiday season of overindulgence in both.My biggest challenge: The anticipated caffeine-withdrawal headaches.My biggest temptation to cheat: The box of Swiss chocolates from my Christmas stocking that’s sitting in my pantry with an alluring red bow on top. I’m not giving up sugar this week, but a coworker who is generously reminded me today that there’s caffeine in chocolate.Coping mechanisms: Umm… any suggestions??Today I feel: A little tired, but otherwise great.
To be totally honest, I sort of hate the tradition of new year’s resolutions. As if it’s not bad enough that peppermint mochas have vanished from the Starbucks menu and the holiday-party season is over, now I am supposed to VOLUNTARILY give up caffeine and alcohol? And start wearing yoga pants for actual workouts instead of holiday movie marathons? That cold-turkey, all-in approach has never worked that well for me and, frankly, just seems a bit masochistic. It usually leaves me feeling like a failure when I inevitably give in to a craving and eat a whole box of Valentine’s chocolates 6 weeks later. But that’s why this Eat Fresh Challenge is different. Five days isn’t a whole year—not even close. It’s the kind of short-term goal that feels attainable, even in the midst of my January hum drums, and might even leave me feeling uplifted for accomplishing something, rather than depressed for failing at another year-long resolution. So my resolution this year is simply to get through this week of clean eating and maybe, just maybe, break a bad habit or pick up a good one. Walk before you run, right?
A few things I did the past few days to try and set myself up for success this week: