Season of Detox – Day 18

This was another difficult day for my detox experience.  We are attending a special church service here in San Francisco so we’re dealing with long hours being in church services, short breaks and more long hours in services.  Breakfast was another smoothie and the raw almonds and raisins (yes I  need to change up on that a bit).  The first service didn’t get out until after 1:00.  By then I was really hungry. 

Because the time between services was short and the only thing I could find was a Subway, I ordered a salad with falafel.  The falafel wasn’t very good so I ate only a few pieces.  The server was very sweet, wanting to help me get the food I wanted.  She suggested strongly that I try the celery dressing to go with the falafel but I only took the oil and vinegar.  It was fine.  All of those vegetables are tasty; olives, peppercini’s, celery, tomato, spinach, onion. 

Well, that salad had to last until after the evening service which was from 3 to 7:30 p.m.   Food wasn’t ready until almost 8.  It was fried chicken, potato salad, green salad, macaroni and cheese, green beans and rolls with cakes for dessert.  I asked for a plate without chicken, rolls or dessert.  I totally didn’t think to not take any macaroni and cheese which meant a dairy and gluten dump.  Have to admit I was really very hungry so I ate the whole plate even though I had asked for a take out box. 

I’ve probably messed up the detox except I haven’t had any animal protein for 18 days.  Perhaps I can salvage it starting tomorrow by going back on a stick raw experience.   Of course, Thursday is Thanksgiving so that will mean deciding what to do.  I feel that even if I decide to get off of the detox at this point, it’s been a great one. 

However the results so far are feeling far more clear headed, losing weight (which was obvious enough to be seen today at the church event), my skin looking clearer and looking younger.  Certainly worth the efforts in my book!

Season for Detox – Day 17

Day 17 was a difficult day for the detox although it was a fun day in San Francisco.  I brought my Blendtec Blender along with foods for a green smoothie each day.  Lunch was at an Indian restaurant which offered several vegetarian entre’s.  It would have been so much easier to stick with the detox at a vegan/vegetarian restaurant but that  I couldn’t convince the others I was with to try that. Everyone agreed on the Indian food.  It provided the vegetables, spices, heat, and variety. 

While the food was good it was oily;  too much oil for someone who hadn’t eaten cooking oils for 16 days.  I really “felt” that in my body.  Funny how a detox can so easily take you away from eating what’s wrong to what’s good for you and then make it obvious about the changes when you switch back.

There was also a great rice pudding with coconut, cinnamon, cardamon.  Very delicious.  I really want to figure out how to make a good rice pudding.  Didn’t eat much for the rest of the day.  Just snacked a little on raison and raw almonds, had a big cup of hot water with lemon while babysitting my grandson (That was a best part of the day).

Season for Detox – Day 16

I’m so excited about continuing with this detox.  I feel I could be doing a better job.  I realized that making these posts helps with the accountability that helps with motivation to keep going.  I’ve strayed a bit from the original food choices I had selected to use over the 28 days.  This was mostly due to curiosity about a new way of eating raw and some boredom with the set of recipes I had to support this detox. 

It doesn’t help to enjoy cooking.  It only makes me want to try new recipes.  Every time I find something delicious, low-fat, and healthy, I want to give it a try.  As long as it stays within the parameters of raw and vegan it could be fine with the diet.  What I”m finding however is that the less complicated the  food the better; not only for the detox but for the digestive system in general.  My tastes seem to be changing in this way in that I’m much more satisfied with less complicated flavors and seasonings. 

I’m also finding my palette to becoming more sensitive to what is in the foods.  I can taste seasoning more and enjoying the basic tastes of the various vegetable combinations.   I contribute this to cleansing of the digestive system.

Today, (yesterday now) was a complete Lentil soup day.  One reason for this is that i knew we would be traveling this weekend. I didn’t want to freeze the soup and didn’t want to leave it uneaten in the refrigerator.  I got such enjoyment of it hat I ate a bowl for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  For lunch, I added a very small handful amount of left-over brown rice that I had cooked for my husband’s dinner last night.  That gave a different texture.  Threw in a little salt and garlic powder.  Otherwise it was only the vegetables and that was it.

I’m a bit concerned about what I’ll be eating over the weekend in San Francisco but will take each meal one bite at a time.  I packed  my Blendtec Blender and made two packets of fruits and vegetables for green smoothies each morning.  This consisted of kale, parsley and celery, fresh strawberries and a banana.  Filled two gallon jugs of filtered water (I always take this to have in a hotel room), along with snacks of raw almonds and raisons.  That will at least get the two of us through breakfast and late evening munchies.

Got a late start; didn’t leave home until after 9 p.m. arrived in San Francisco after midnight.  Need some rest; that’s why I didn’t post last night!

 

Season for Detox – Day 15

I’m posting late for day’s 15 and 16 although I wrote my information in a food journal.  One thing I probably haven’t emphasized enough is the need to keep a good food journal while you’re on your detox and for weight loss purposes.  A food journal is a private and intense way to help you take control of your eating and eating habits.  By tracking what you eat and when you eat it, an analysis can be done to determine how your health is developing.  These daily posts are a basic example of a food journal type  posting. 

A more formal posting and one that provides better information will include much more detailed information.  For instance, here is what you can post in a food journal to make it a real accounting of how food consumption works in your life. 

1. the exact foods your eat and the amount.  Even a “Handful” should be counted.

2. The  weight or volume consumed.  For instance, 8 ounces or 1 pound.

3. The servings.  For example, did you have one serving of an 8 ounce portion or 3?

4. Time of day you ate the food.  For instanc,e how long after rising in the morning did you eat breakfast?

5. Atmosphere you ate in.  That is, was it at home, in a restaurant, walking down the street eating an ice-cream, etc.?

6. How you felt after eating.  Were you stuffed?  Did you feel sick?  Did your stomach hurt? Were you satisfied?

I haven’t shared all of these information with you in my daily journals.  The purpose has been to get you thinking about doing a detox of any length, either lengthy or short.  If you decide to work with me on a detox you will learn to develop this information for your own benefit.

As for my food consumption for day 15, I have to say I really did enjoy my own Lentil soup.  After having a green smoothie for breakfast I ate my homemade lentil soup for lunch.  It was very filling and hearty consisting solely of lentils and a variety of vegetables including red bell pepper, onions, garlic, celery, and some kale.  I think that it was warm helped me enjoy it.  The raw foods are great but I enjoy hot foods.

For dinner, it was a great salad with half an avocado.  The salad was just spinach, cilantro, parsley, celery, and so on.  A little oil and vinegar, salt and pepper made it complete.     Of course I added a few handfuls of raw nuts and raisins as snacks.  Overall, a good day.

Season for Detox – Day 14

This is a milestone day – the end of two weeks of detoxing.  This is the longest detox I’ve attempted.  I realized early this morning that those cold symptoms I was having weren’t really a cold, but detox symptoms.  It’s very common to have what seems like a cold or flu when on an extended detox.  That’s because the body is shaking off toxins that have been locked into cells for a long period of time. 

As these toxins are released, the body goes through a type of detox crisis.  The crisis can make you feel sick or show symptoms of illnesses such as cold, flu, aches and pains and so on.  When I detoxed off of caffeine (probably two years ago for about 7 days)  my whole body hurt.  I remember being under the blankets one night literally with my whole body having the shakes.  I’m sure it was no different from a junkie detoxing off of drugs. 

The thing is I didn’t think about during that week was that I also went cold-turkey off of sugar; a real drug.  So my body was going through a detox of multiple drugs at once. Since that time I’ve gotten back on sugar for an extent but can’t handle too much of it at a time as I really feel the deep effects of eating too much sugar.

 I’ve not gone back on caffeine though as I just don’t want to go through that experience of detoxing from those drugs again.   There is something great about cleaning out this one body we were given at birth.  There are too many diseases that invade the body because of personal irresponsibility and bad eating habits. I’ll be talking more about that in the next weeks. 

For today, a quick run down of what Day 14 held for the detox.  I started the day with a green smoothie as I have each day over the past two weeks.  Then I decided to just make a lovely root vegetable soup to warm up my insides a bit.  So I grabbed what I had; onions, garlic and a gorgeous leek I picked up at the market yesterday.  I actually sauteed these vegetables in coconut oil which gave the soup that rich, tropical, nutty flavor.   Then I decided to put in a bit of butternut squash, turnip and a few handfuls of lentils.  The lentils meant simmering the soup for at least 40 minutes to get them softened up. 

I have to say, this was one of the best dishes I’ve had during this time; rich, hearty, and comforting.  I ate it for lunch and dinner.  Dessert was a handful of red grapes with loads of water.  A good eating day, a good day of realizing that this wonderfully made body is healing itself.

Season for Detox – Day 13

Wow, almost two weeks.  I’m feeling good.  Starting to see where I’m losing some fat too which is fabulous and great motivation to keep going.  I don’t know if I’ll stop for Thanksgiving next week or just keep going.  I absolutely love the first holiday turkey dinner for the year so it will be difficult to miss out on that.  Three weeks will be good but I’ll have to start weaning off of the detox before then or I might feel a bit ill from the rich food and turkey.  That means I’ll have to make up my mind about this no later than this weekend. 

Speaking of the weekend, I’ll be going out of town so I think my adventure will come to an end then.  That’s fine.  I knew this was bad timing for a 28 day detox starting on November 1.  I will be very motivated to pick this up again in the new year. Hopefully you will join me on a 7 Day Detox at that time. 

Well for today, I went simple.  Made a vegetable soup from tomato, broccoli, cabbage, green pepper, onions, garlic and water. Blended all of this in the blender, then heated it up a bit.  I have a bit of a cold from my late night last night and didn’t want to just go with cold food.  Later in the afternoon, I ate lentil soup and for the evening, had the rest of the mushroom and tomato salad from last night.  I added some greens, raw cashews and about four olives.  So it was a good day.  Going to bed early to shake off this cold.

Season for Detox – Day 12

I actually missed posting my detox experience yesterday.  Funny how you can almost forget what you ate in a very short period of time.  What I do remember is that I decided to go back to the basics of the detox.  I think I started using too many spices at once after being off of them for a week.  Not that I blew the detox.  Everything I ate was good for that; it was just a bit too much at once.  For instance, I usually include in each meal onions, garlic and some ginger.  All of these are great for the digestive system and for the detox.  So yesterday (Day 12) I went simple.  Back to basic vegetable salad with olive oil and squeezed lime dressing.

For dinner I did try something new.  A mushroom, tomato and basil salad.  Don’t know if you want to include mushrooms if you are concerned about candida.  I’ll do some research on that and let you know.  I also tried homemade potato chips.  I really wanted to eat something with a crunch and bit of salt.  I used the spiraling tool on a sweet potato and a white potato.  This gave me “curly” fries.  I coated them with olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper then baked them until crispy, about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. So these were not officially raw.

Both came out fairly well.  Sweet potatoes have a bit more moisture than the white when baked.  But both were good.  The drier they baked the more crispy.  So that helped with the craving for salt and crunch! Drank loads of water.  Unfortunately, went out late to try to get to the gym but it was closed and it was cold outside.  Caught a bit of a sniffle as a result – pooh! 

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Season for Detox – Day 11

This was a “wake-up call” type of day.  I got too excited about trying new raw dishes that were too rich and delicious.  Not that delicious isn’t allowed on a detox; but the contents of meals needs to stay simpler. 

The Phad Thai was delicious and exciting to develop but it was too rich for the detox.  I went to bed feeling like my digestive system was working too hard instead of being relaxed and calm. I will definitely need to work my way back to that level of eating. 

So yesterday I was back to eating less complicated.  It really is neat that eating raw can be simple, yet have the complexity desired with other types of meals too.  I’m anxious to try dehydrating foods in a few weeks.  But honestly, I’m pretty sure I’ll be heading towards vegan/vegetarian as the foundation instead of raw. 

It really hit me this morning when it was so cold outside.  I like warm weather and warm foods so drinking a cold green smoothie wasn’t something I looked forward too but the hot water with lime was great.  I’m planning on soups for Day 12.

So for Day 11, I made another kale and tomato salad which I’m coming to love.  I included raw almonds and bit of goat cheese for protein.  Earlier I had a green salad.  I still didn’t feel too hungry at the end of the day but quite satisfied.  I can tell that weight is coming off but I haven’t been on a scale for a few weeks.  Guess it might be time for that pretty soon.

Season for Detox – Day 10

Ten days –  I can’t believe it.  Ten whole days of doing this detox.  I’ve done several detoxs of seven days, even fasted for 10 days (which isn’t a great thing for general health purposes depending on how it’s done).  But this is the longest detox experience I’ve had with raw/vegan foods.

I don’t even feel like I’m on a detox except I’m being so conscious about what I eat each day.  I really thought I was good at knowing how to eat both well and consciously each day.  But waking up trying to figure out what new dish to prepare has been a real change, particular when it comes to eating raw. 

Today I had a treat.  My husband was a taster for a new dish.  I was determined to make a raw veggie Phad Thai.   I couldn’t get the flavor quite right from the recipe so I had to keep adding flavors.  One problem with the raw recipes is that they are a bit bland for my pallet. 

The basic recipe came from Living on Live Foods by Alissa Cohen.  I spiraled two summer squashes to make the “noodles.”  Then added in 4 cups of mung beans.  The sauce was based on almond butter.  I didn’t have raw almond butter but did find some roasted almond butter in the pantry so I used that.  I mixed it with fresh squeezed orange juice and some ginger.  I found the sauce a bit bland and realized it needed some “heat” so I put in two chili’s. That helped a lot.  Plus, I added additional chopped ginger, onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cilantro.  Well, my husband agreed to taste it and he really enjoyed it.  That was fabulous.  I have a feeling it will be even better tomorrow after the flavors have had a chance to marinate.  Yum!

Season for Detox – Day 9

I keep going on with the detox.  What about you?  Have you thought about giving your body a rest?  Consider these questions:  Are you tired of being tired all of the time?  Would you like to get rid of that foggy feeling in your head that keeps you from thinking clearly or having good memory?  Would you like to get rid of those body aches and pains? Then I strongly recommend that you consider doing your own detox program.

Here are a few reasons to consider this:

1. You never really know what poisons you are putting into your body through foods. 

As difficult as that sounds it’s very true that our foods are filled with toxins, preservatives, chemicals and genetically modified organisms.  Depending on how many processed foods you eat each day, you might never actually eat true food.  Instead you could be eating nothing but artificial junk made to look like food.  If you think about it,  what real food comes dried up in a box?  But that’s have we’ve been indoctrinated to think.   Getting the poisons out of the body is necessary to avoid really getting serious diseases.

2. Your need to clear your brain fog

Your brain is fed by foods just like the rest of your body.  We don’t think of this because you can’t see the brain putting on weight or getting “out of shape.”  But the reality is that you may not see it but you can feel the brain getting out of shape.  Don’t think so?  Well, do you ever start to forget things you know you shouldn’t forget?  Does your memory ever seem a bit poor?  Are you getting headaches or feeling tension in your head?   A lot of that is coming from the brain trying to process chemicals and preservatives instead of real foods that provides it with nourishment.  Clearing the brain from trash should be one of your primary goals when eating.

3.   Your cells need to breathe

All body health begins at the cellular level.  Your cells are nourished by the nutrients you put in your mouth.  These nutrients come from the foods you eat that go through the digestive process.  That means if you put junk in, your cells will be filled with a lot of junk.  By putting in nutrients rich foods you support the health of your cells.  That means keeping a healthier body that can withstand disease and knock off attacks from many bugs and viruses.  Healthy cells are the key to the fountain of youth.  Clogging them with nasty foods clogs them up and worse, can bring on early death from illness and disease.

Detoxing the body is a powerful way to help slough off the bad stuff you ingest in your foods.  During this time, you eat in a conscious way by preparing only the freshest foods with the most nutrients.    You become aware of what you’re eating.  It’s also a time to learn about whole foods and how to prepare them for life long health.   

You also get to eat fun things, like the cabbage leaf sandwich I created today.  I used a large cabbage leaf, spread with avocado, the mock salmon pate, thinly sliced cucumber and tomato, a few great seasonings.  Wrap all of this up and eat.  Wow, talk about good.  Had two of these and felt satisfied all afternoon. 

Without this detox I probably wouldn’t be finding these great recipes to try and being so conscious of how these fresh, new foods are affecting my body.  Think about joining me in your own detox.  Believe me, it’s worth it.