By Toni Carey (@toni_carey)
The BGR! U "Clean Eating Challenge" led by Danielle Omar is well underway and so far, it can only be summed up by headaches and stomach pain. Let me explain....
Prep week is all about starting to eliminate the things that are a no-go during the cleanse. Just to name a few, they include:
The hardest of the list for me? Alcohol (wine) and coffee. While Danielle recommended that you ween yourself off of each gradually, I decided to cut both cold turkey, (along with gluten and dairy). I'm an all or nothing kind of girl.
Three days in and I began experiencing headaches, which were to be expected, but what I didn't expect was the stomach pain. Here's the deal. When your body craves something like caffeine (and alcohol) your body responds the same way that someone would that may be quitting something a little heavier, like drugs. Now of course, the symptoms pale in comparison, but there are real side-effects, nonetheless. Unfortunately, the headaches and other side effects are all a part of the process, but I'm definitely reconsidering ever having wine or coffee EVER again.
It wasn't an easy week and I admit, I spent a lot of time resting, sleeping and drinking tons of water. But, by the end of the week, my symptoms totally faded and I was already starting to feel better. I did have pizza on Friday and it was the worst decision of my life! LOL I spent the next several hours combatting stomach pain and gas. Gross. But, the good news is, is that I know for sure that my body hates gluten and/or cheese.
This upcoming week is the first real week of the challenge and I can't wait to continue to see how my body and state of mind will change along with my eating habits!
If you're joining the "21 Day Clean Eating Challenge", how was your first week?
Stay tuned as I continue to chronicle my progress as I incorporate more clean eating methods into my diet!
By: Toni Carey (@toni_carey)
I started my day with a venti coffee from Starbucks this morning. I'll be joining everyone on the BGR! U "21-Day Clean Eating Challenge" for the next three weeks and I wanted to get in one last good time with my friend Java. Granted I eat clean 95% of the time, but coffee (and wine) will be the two things I will miss the most. *sniffle*
But, I think there's nothing like assessing your diet from time to time AND testing your willpower. After all, you shouldn't give yourself EVERYTHING you want. We live in world where instant gratification reigns and we never really give ourselves a chance to test our mental prowess.
Think this might be right up your alley?
If you're still interested in taking the course, we're leaving registration open for another a few days to give anyone one the fence an opportunity to get in! Registration will officially close on Wednesday, July 8.
Not sure if it's right for you? If you're experiencing any of the following, you might want to give it a try:
I truly believe that food can be our medicine. I also truly believe that eating healthy doesn't have to be boring! As part of the "21-Day Clean Eating Challenge," each participant will receive Danielle Omar's Nourish Cookbook. I whipped up a few recipes from the Nourish Cookbook and they were 110% husband approved! That's right! Your family doesn't have to "suffer" while you're on the "21-Day Clean Eating Cleanse." I guarantee, they'll love the recipes too!
Have questions? Email us at info@blackgirlsrun
True or False? Should you carb load the night before your race?
Danielle Omar, RD shares her secrets to properly fueling and eating for anyone with an active lifestyle. She also gives a preview of BGR!'s first BGR! U Course, "The 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge," that begins on July 6. Danielle Omar is a registered dietitian based in Fairfax, Va. She advises clients on nutrition plans, and maintains the blog Food Confidence that helps people make healthy eating a part of their lifestyle.
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Our ambassadors are the heartbeat of the organization and some of the fiercest ladies I know! As we prepare for our first BGR! U course with registered dietitian Danielle Omar and I started thinking about foods I needed a clean break from. The list wasn't hard to come up with and I realized I have a lot of work to do! This week, I asked our ambassadors:
Needless to say their feedback made me feel better! I wasn't the only one that had food issues! LOL After reading through their comments, I want to hear what foods YOU need a clean break from! Need some help? Sign up for our BGR! U "21-Day Clean Eating Challenge" that will cleanse your body of processed foods, sugar, gluten, dairy and other foods that keep you from feeling your best. Learn more by clicking here.
"Sugar is my last demon and the one I'm battling the hardest. I like kids candy, offer me Smarties or some Red Hots and I'll hop right in the van *LOL* - Iris Owens, Black Girls RUN! Los Angeles
"The chip! Potato chips, corn chips, the dorito chips, veggie chips, and chips of beef (oh sorry). You get it. My office gives us free chips and sodas. So, I feel like the chips are a part of my benefits package. It adds $5.00 a day to my income. #dontjudgeme" - Tanya Friends, Black Girls RUN! Milwaukee
"There isn't anything that I want an absolute break from. I believe moderation is the key. But the thing I struggle with having moderation with is once I have something sweet I want more and more
And more. I kicked the too much cheese habit about a year ago and it was so gradual that when it hit me I said to myself, "you actually did it" - Rebecca Andrews, Black Girls RUN! Los Angeles
"Nuts are good, but not when I can eat 1 pound of unsalted pistachios in a day. I pay about $10 for a bag and in 1-1/2 days it's finished. I then go buy another bag. When I travel, I take enough to last me for my trip because I cannot always find unsalted pistachios. I eat them any time of the day. I also still eat my regular meals. I need intervention." - Phyllis Johnson, Black Girls RUN! Tampa
"Wings and rice . I eat about 8 to 10 unbreaded wings when I should eat only 6 and I love rice." - Trinnett King, Black Girls RUN! Jacksonville
Hi. My name is Toni and I have a confession. (Hopefully this is a judgement free zone)
Here it goes.....
The one habit I can't seem to break is my love affair with bread! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE anything warm, buttery and yeasty! I'm that person that would much rather indulge in a basket of bread rather than wait for my actual meal. There! I said it! But guess what! THIS ENDS NOW!
I'll be joining the first class in our BGR! U Series, "The 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge" with registered dietitian Danielle Omar starting on July 6! If you're like me, and need a clean break from all things processed, and in my case, warm and buttery, then this is the class for you!
In the meantime, let me know what food you need a clean break from!
Does your body need a reset? Do you think you might have an allergy or be sensitive to certain foods? Or would you like have a better understanding of what clean eating really is? Our BGR! U Course, "The 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge" is just for you! We're offering four (4) different tracks to choose from, depending on your comfort level. They are:
For more information about BGR! U or "The 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge," click the link below.
I love makeup and I love black female entrepreneurs! When I first came across LAMIK, I was intrigued! Makeup I could run in? So you mean, I don't have to give my face a scrub before I hit the pavement? SCORE! Because, I'm seriously guilty of ruining my great workout gear from sweat and makeup covered hands.
But it gets better......
Meet Kim Roxie, founder and owner of LAMIK Cosmetics. She started small with just creating lip glosses and from there created a full line of eco-chic makeup primarily for women of color. Kim is definitely a woman after my own heart and why LAMIK is a featured brand in our BGR! All Access Summer Series!
Each BGR! All Access member will receive a BONUS item from LAMIK to keep them fierce and flawless all summer long! Your Fierce & Flawless makeup case is the perfect way to stash all your goodies!!
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If you haven’t met one of BGR!’s Regional Ambassadors, Adrienne White, you need to. She is the epitome of spunk, smarts, enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment. Toni and I met Adrienne back in 2011 when we were mere bloggers and hosting our first event here in Atlanta. We hosted a meet and greet at a local sports bar to socialize and fellowship with our readers before the Georgia-Publix Marathon.
As we walked into the room, my cousin Sonya introduced me to her friend, Adrienne. My initial thoughts as the evening continued were, “Is she always this high energy?” But for anyone who has been around Adrienne, you know that her energy is contagious, and you suddenly fall for her positive vibe and enthusiasm. Adrienne is that kind of personality and more. She is one who knows and understands who she is, what she wants, and is on the path to obtaining it.
When RoC Skincare came to me and asked me who I would nominate for the MORE Magazine’s Women With MORE essay contest, sponsored by RoC, I instantly thought of Adrienne. Why? Because Adrienne White is one who is involved, committed, dedicated, and ambitious in her work, the community, education, and in the causes of women.
Let’s fast forward five years later to when our friendship had grown outside of BGR! One of the things that I admire most about her is her ambition. I could certainly write about Adrienne’s ambition as it pertains to her professional career. She started her career with Coca-Cola as a principle auditor and then progressed to finance manager. Presently, Adrienne is a Financial Service Lead for Coca-Cola. She has been with the company for over six years and has continued to climb the corporate ladder and excel. She is on the path to success. It is her desire and future goal to be in a higher leadership role in the future.
Outside of BGR! I think what sets Adrienne apart as a public servant is her desire to create real change in our community as it pertains to her passions in education, health and wellness, and women's equality. Adrienne is a political force in advocating for women in politics. This isn’t an easy feat in the deeply red-rooted state of Georgia. In her own words, Adrienne writes, “I believe in the political process to effect change.” And she serves as board chairperson of the state's only PAC dedicated to recruiting, training and supporting Democrat women. Politically, she is on the board of the New Leaders Council (NLC) which works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow by engaging leaders in business and industry who will shape the future tomorrow. In education, she is a former board member of Intown Academy a charter school in Atlanta. As a working woman who is steadfast in her beliefs, she perseveres in serving and continuing to give her time in helping to make life better for others.
Adrienne has also demonstrated this role ambition through her dedication and commitment to Black Girls RUN! Since our first meeting in 2011, Adrienne has been a pivotal player in the launch and growth of our Atlanta group, growing it to over 16,000 plus members. She began her work in the BGR! organization as an Ambassador. In this position, she organized all weekly runs and initiated new women into the group. She now has a new role which allows a greater opportunity in leadership as a Regional Ambassador. She inspires and advises over 40 BGR! Ambassadors in the states of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama, who in turn activate over 20,000 women.
I remember the first Tuesday night run that I was able to attend which Adrienne led as Ambassador. Before us stood a sea of women. Adrienne bounced on top of the raised sidewalk and addressed the women in a loud confident voice. She directed everyone to raise their hand and repeat after her, “I-AM-A-RUNNER!” She belted out over and over until a thunder of voices were resounding in the still wind of the evening. Her words of encouragement to the crowd were the pep talk they needed to tackle their arduous miles. Adrienne continues to instill that same running spirit into new members she meets. She has been committed to helping the movement grow by encouraging members to embrace their inner runner’s spirit – to become the healthiest they can be.
I truly believe that ten years from now, not only the city of Atlanta, but the state of Georgia will be better because Adrienne White’s voice will be heard; and her efforts will be seen. Her ambition to create real change in education, health and wellness, and women’s equality will be heard on a higher platform in our community and state.
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