Happy Thursday! This week is the BEST week ever. I’ve had the entire week off (I’m in between jobs) AND it’s my best friend’s wedding week. She gets married tomorrow and we’re celebrating all day today and waking up early to get ready.
I took her engagement pictures this summer and we’re doing her flowers this morning and the rehearsal dinner tonight. Having all my best friends for the entire weekend makes my heart so happy.
Another reason I’m so excited for it is because I feel SO GOOD. If you read my miracle morning routine post you know I’ve been struggling with my weight and body image for the past year or so. A lot of it was due to stress, but a lot of it is also to do with food intake and food sensitivity.
I went to the doctor and they told me I probably have IBS due to stress and food sensitivity. That was my wake up call and knew my morning routine and a drastic change in my diet was necessary. Not to mention I have my own wedding coming up I want to get ready for!
Around the same time, Zach (my fiance and owner of Heartbeat Strength) came up with a new nutrition plan he wanted to test out so he could start recommending it to clients. He took fundamental eating practices and put them together to create a holistic 4 week plan. We can do anything for 4 weeks right?!
So Zach and I went on the adventure to test out the 4 weeks of Pulse Nutrition.
What Is Pulse Nutrition?
Pulse Nutrition is a 4 week meal plan created by Heartbeat Strength that allows you to pour into your health, habits and relationship with food by eliminating inflammation and gut-damaging foods and replace them with nourishing, whole foods to make you feel and look your best. This includes eating lots of veggies, natural fats and meats/seafood and eliminating foods like sugar, grains and more.
In addition to the types of foods recommended, the timing of the food in Pulse Nutrition also plays a role and there are a few guidelines on when to eat what types of food.
Zach and I started the plan on a Monday and we just celebrated the end of our program on Sunday! Let me tell you, I FEEL GOOD. Better than I’ve felt in a really long time.
The first few days into the program I got a pretty bad headache. I think my body was detoxing and getting rid of all the unnecessary things floating around in my body. I also had some cravings, mostly for carbs at night🍕🍞🍝.
Once I got through the first week I started feeling really good. I was happier, I slept WAY better and I could tell I was already dropping some extra weight. I felt like I could think more clearly and I was way more focused at work and during my workouts. By the end of the 4 weeks I wasn’t even craving any bad food anymore. In fact, I was craving healthy veggies and fat and didn’t even want sugar or grains. I went from wanting all the sugar in my coffee to nothing but grass fed butter.
We did before and after pictures and I was AMAZED at the difference for Zach and myself. I lost inches in my waist and clothes I couldn’t fit my arms into fit like a glove. I got my dress hemmed for Sam’s wedding right before we started and when I went to pick it up this weekend is was a little big in the waist. That feeling is worth all the change I went through!
The majority of the change came in the form of creating boundaries with friends and family and meal prepping to prepare myself for the week. Once we got in the swing of a eating routine it became so easy.
What I Ate In A Day
Meal prepping and planning was a saving grace during the 4 weeks of Pulsed Nutrition! Here’s what a typical day looked like:
Breakfast: I intermittent fasted and only had bulletproof coffee for breakfast. This actually made my life so easy because I didn’t have to make/clean up breakfast.
Snack: RX Bar or apple with almond butter
Lunch: Steak or chicken with a sweet potato, a few tablespoons of grass fed butter and cinnamon
Snack: A cup of butternut squash soup or a handful of nuts (cashews or almonds)
Dinner: Steak with grilled veggies , a few tablespoons of grass fed butter and a La Croix
The hardest times to follow this plan was obviously the weekend. When friends invited us places or asked us to do something we had to eat before or opt out of ordering food which we were so used to doing. Like the food itself, that got much easier as the weeks went on.
The hardest part for me: no cream in my coffee or no cheese (I love cheese)…. and sour cream.
My favorite part: We saved money on not eating out, I felt soooooooo good and I found some awesome brands who offer whole/healthy foods. Some of my favorites are RX Bars, Siete Chips and Simple Mills crackers.
Zach and I loved it so much we’re making this our “every day” eating style. Our goal is to only not follow this way of eating unless there’s a special occasion (like a wedding!) or we’re out of town. And even then I want to continue to eat healthy and make mindful decisions. For me, feeling great and energized is worth way more than the instant satisfaction of a bowl of pasta or ice cream.
I’m not where I want to be in terms of clothes fitting and feeling confident (weight is secondary for me) but I am well on my way! And for the first time in a few years I’ve finally found something that works and makes me feel so good!
If you’re searching for a change and ready to make a 4 week commitment I HIGHLY recommend emailing me or reaching out to Zach through Heartbeat Strength to learn more about it.