Day 12

What to Expect:

I’m not feeling as strong in my workouts.”

You may experience: Shakiness or weakness from going too low-carb; if you’re an athlete or work out regularly, you may not be performing as well. Remember to do the Energy modifications and add those dense carb sources to your meals.

Your best bet: Revisit the meal plan recommendations and make sure that you’re adding the appropriate carb sources to your post-workout meals per the Energy modifications.

Today's Lesson:

Where’s my energy?

You’re almost two weeks in right now, and you may be feeling awesome, or you may be wondering, “Where is all the energy other people keep talking about?! I just don’t have it!” First, everyone’s experience will vary from day to day and week to week on the 21DSD. That said, if your energy is plummeting, it’s time to get real about how you’re building your 21DSD plate.

I know that many people enter this program with the mindset that carbs are bad and you need to avoid them. I get it! This program is about helping you bust cravings not only for sugar but for carby, junky foods in general. So if you’ve been a bit hesitant to include more good carbs on your plate, it’s not surprising.

But here’s your wake-up call: your energy is likely tanking because your body wants more carbs! And that’s okay! There are plenty of healthy good carbs for you to enjoy on the 21DSD. And I promise you this: eating more good carbs will not increase your cravings. In fact, when you eat good carbs, you’ll actually satisfy those cravings in a healthy way! A sweet potato with some ghee and cinnamon is such a wonderful way to provide your body with good carbs, and I challenge you to sit quietly and really feel what your body is telling you after eating it. Perhaps your mind is trying to tell you that you want something more sugary, but I bet that your body feels better, calmer, and more at ease after that sweet potato.

Real food is so powerful when you ditch the junk and allow it to fuel you!

The Dish from Diane:

If your energy isn’t quite what you had hoped it would be, jump back over to day 3 and review what’s happening with the balance on your plate. Don’t try to be a hero here and restrict foods beyond what this program outlines.

I’ve seen it happen time and time again: someone bails out on the 21DSD because they are tired or hungry, but when asked about what they were eating and how active they were while on the program, it’s so clear to me that adding good carbs would have made it so much easier for them! I want you to be successful, but I can’t do it for you. You’ve got to take the reins here and eat plenty of those good foods—including carbs!

Today's Checklist:

  • Post to social media using the hashtag #21DSD about your day 12 experience and favorite meals so far!

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