To get where I am today I have had to really focus on my eating. I eat very clean every day, I pay attention to all the foods going into my body and I am very consistent! Health and fitness are my life and really my love and passion. 

So are doughnuts.

Well, maybe not my passion, but I kinda do love them! They're so tasty; but, they're also so pretty with all the different shapes, glazes, and decorations. I love how they differ from city to city. I travel quite a bit and it's been fun for me to try new doughnut shops everywhere I go. However, doughnuts are about as far from clean food as you can get. Full of fat and sugar, they don't offer anything from a clean fuel standpoint. And, as you know, I am a firm believer in giving your body good, clean fuel to get the best out of it.

So, doughnuts are now off limits for me. 

Every September, I take an especially hard look at my diet, identify something that is sabotaging me and I commit to getting rid of it during the month of October. I have my own OktoberFest, but mine is an OktoberFast. I have found that when I give up something harmful to me for those 31 days, I can break myself from craving it. Experts say that it usually takes around four weeks to establish a habit. And, look at that! October has four weeks in it! Those weeks get me into a really good place for breaking bad habits. (It's super important to remember, though, not to go right back to eating that bad thing on November 1st. You don't want to undo all your hard work!)

I used to be a pizza fiend, too. I loved it; but, it wasn't the cleanest fuel choice I could make for myself. I used the 31 days of October to break myself of my pizza habit and I haven't gone back to it. Every now and then I have pizza, but it's totally different from what it used to be. My pizzas start on a cauliflower crust. I brush them with olive oil and minced garlic before adding smashed avocado, roasted tomatoes and fried eggs (hey, don't knock it - it's great!). 

We're nine days into October and I still miss doughnuts, I'm not going to lie; but, it's getting easier and it will get easier every day from now on. So, come on! Join me! What's holding you back? Too much peanut butter? Buttered popcorn? Ice Cream? Give it up! You've still got three weeks to break a bad habit and start a good one.