Season of Detox – Day 28!

Yeah – Success!  My 28 days of detoxing in raw/vegan format has been successfully completed.  I feel successful, healthy, lighter, and fulfilled in this attempt.  I haven’t stepped on a scale but I know I’ve lost weight because of a much flatter mid-section, ad clothes fitting much better.  In fact, I’ve moved from a large in several outfits to a medium; that’s huge.  All in 28 days without being hungry or feeling deprived.

This is the longest detox I’ve completed.  I would suggest to anyone to give this a go.  All you do is bring healthier, wholesome foods into your system for a month.  You eat what is fresh and easy to prepare and known to bring antioxidants and nutrients to your cells.  After spending this time caring for my health I can only look forward to encouraging more people to do the same.  I could continue on my path to coach on business development which I will always do for those that want it.  However, I know there is nothing as important as your health.  Once that’s gone all of the money in the world won’t do anything to make your life better.

Take care of yourself now.  During this month alone, I’ve heard of two people with issues with inflammation, one with diabetes, one with a bacterial infection.  Except for the infection, the others could have been helped or maybe even avoided with the proper nutrition.  My bet is that none of the people involved knew this or specifically what to eat or drink to help themselves.  I’ve also learned this month that diabetes in the US has become epidemic.  this is another disease that can be monitored through diet and exercises.  Yet that information is not fully out there.  There’s a lot of work to do in the field of healthy eating and nutrition.  I want to be a major player in helping this happen.

For those of you that followed this detox I want to thank-you for your support.  Now that I’ve chronicled the process, you can follow this as you go through your detox or just to get a sense of some of the issue you might face during your detox.    Also, I hope you will experiment with raw foods and detox foods.  Another process I will keep is eating primarily vegan with a high percentage of raw foods.  I feel my digestion is much better, and I’m anxious to have my cholesterol levels checked to see how they have changed.  I’ve been exercising more and with better results and believe I actually look younger.

For the last time, I will share my daily meals.  After my morning green smoothie, I ate some black-eyed peas and cabbage for lunch.  Later in the afternoon, I had a green salad with tomatoes and carrot dressing.  Dinner was an absolutely scrumptious broccoli stir-fry with tofu, mushrooms, and a bit of miso.  Yum- I wrote that recipe done for the cookbook Ill be writing later this year.

I intend to finish my book the Seasoned Women’s Wellness Guide in a few weeks, get the new website introduced and start gearing up with new products and services.  I hope you’ll become a part of my healthier community this year and at least start around to read the blogs reports and so much more!

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.