Season for Detox – Day 20

This was a fun. first full day back at home, detox day.  Feels good to be back in my refrigerator and kitchen area.  I love the fact that I can always find something wonderful to grab to fix with this way of eating.  For instance, when I pick up any of my raw foods cookbooks or the materials in the detox, I usually have most of the ingredients already in my refrigerator or on the kitchen counter, such as onions, limes and so on.  I realize that I haven’t been totally raw in that I’ve had several cooked potatoes and warm soups.  But the transition has been easy while gradual.  I don’t miss meat but I do miss variety that some other types of protein previously provided.  However, I think learning new recipes will help take care of that.  In fact, I’m already considering how to proceed in a raw/vegan way after finishing in a few days.

Well, today was a simple day food wise.  I find that after splurging with loads of ingredients and tastes, my body is happy to be simple again.  Left over kale, avocado salad for lunch, a big vegetable salad with everything in it for dinner (olives, celery, leeks, onions, bell peppers, the works).  Had raw almonds and raisins for a snack.  Also went for a great walk in the fresh, cool air that really made a difference letting me feel exuberant.  Had a early evening, felt tired. I’m learning to pay attention to my need for rest which is another benefit of detoxing. I will also share that my digestion is doing very well.  That helps with the energy too.

By the way, another benefit from this experience is a deeper feeling spiritually about life.  I’ve always been a spiritually focused person.  However, this experience seems different in that I feel more connected to my life purpose and the desire to be honest about what I really want to do at this time in my life.  That is HUGE for me.  Somehow instead of feeling I have to be all things to all people, I realize that I need first to give my all to my God.  I think in many ways, like many others, I feel I’m doing this already but now realize that I’ve tried to hold on and take control of much of my life by myself.  This is a refreshing and humbling revelation.  Who knew eating clean, fresh, foods could become a spiritual experience?  Praise God!

 

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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.

Fit and Fabulous at Any Age

Being a Seasoned Woman can be some of the best years of your life, in fact, these are your prime years.  So embrace these years and let others see your excitement.

The years between 40 and over can be when menopause hits most women.  You can experience bone loss and muscle depletion if you don’t stay fit.  It is also the time when you can turn things around for yourself both physically and mentally be adapting better wellness habits.  Think of yourself as being in transition with the best years still to come.

Eat to be Fabulous 

Healthy eating begins with healthy food choices something that is often underestimated it.  Food choices are shown in your skin, and in the levels of energy you have.  If any of these areas are problematic, check your food intake where you will find the answers.

Foods lacking in vitamins and minerals can affect the health of your skin which can make you look older.  Beautiful clear and healthy skin is wanted by everyone.

Healthy eating begins with uncomplicated foods.  That also means  adding antioxidants that help fight the signs of aging.  There are many raw foods that contain antioxidants: blueberries, strawberries, whole grains, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables and yogurt. These foods can be eaten “as is” as they fill your body with vital nutrients that  keeps the body repaired and vibrant looking.

Being busy is not an excuse to go out and eat fast foods that are depleted of needed nutrients.   Create your own convenient fast foods to be in control of your nutrition.  It just takes a bit of scheduling. Make meals ahead of time. Create your own healthy snacks at home and carry them wherever you go.

 Work to be Fit

Getting and staying in shape is important at any age and especially during this transition phase of your life.  If you don’t have a workout going it’s never too late to start.  You can start today and reap the benefits of a healthy body for years to come.

One thing that you will want to do is know how to start and know your limitations.  If you haven’t exercised in a while, going slow is the way to start.  Taht is, don’t go out and sign up for a kickboxing class and hurt yourself.   Instead choose an activity that you like and stick with it.  As you get stronger, you can move up to that kick butt kickboxing class and feel confident that you can hang tough.

Don’t forget strength training either.  Many seasoned women don’t understand how important it is to keep muscles built up.  Muscle burns more fat than just doing aerobics alone. Building muscle also strengthens your bones and your joints which helps to avoid arthritis and other aches and pains.  Start slow here again with light weights and maybe a fitness trainer if you haven’t a clue what to do. The goal is to build toned, tight lean muscle not big bulky muscles.

Exercise has the added benefit of lowering blood pressure, decreasing stress and strengthening your heart and lungs. With a strong body you can avoid many of the diseases that usually come with age.

Look forward to feeling fit and fabulous at any age.  Get moving and shaking today while you modify your diet to get back to basics.  Get your metabolism revved up with exercise. In no time at all you will feel younger and look better than you did when you were younger.

Season for Detox – Day 4

I’m going to start journaling the day each night instead of waiting until the next day.  I thought it might be good to get the full 24 hour experience but it will work to talk about the night before on the next day. 

Well, today we had to “spring forward” with the clock.  I really don’t enjoy daylight savings time when it seems to get dark before the day really gets going.  But it won’t last too long. I will need to adjust my exercise schedule to get out in the morning for a walk or exercise instead of waiting until the evening to exercise. 

Tiredness finally hit this morning.  I slept to almost 10 a.m.  That felt good.   Feeling tired can be a part of a detox. The body is working hard to shake off the toxins that embedded in the cells.  I can appreciate the process.  

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that each morning is started off with a large drink of warm water with lime.  I really enjoy limes and have been using them instead of lemons.  I also have a huge green smoothies which I love.  It’s like getting a shot of vitamins rushing through my veins. 

Glad I had some of the kale and avocado salad left over from yesterday for lunch.  We went shopping for vegetables in the afternoon so I have all I need for a while.  It’s surprising how many vegetables you can go through in a few days.  However, since I’m eating mostly raw and vegan, the food is digested very quickly.  Therefore, I get hungry quicker. 

The first days took me by surprise with that and I was really hungry.  I’m starting to  get into the swing of things already even after only four days.  I have carrots to crunch on as well as the nuts. 

Today I lucked out. A friend invited me to a raw-vegan pot-luck at her church this evening.  It was fabulous to taste some new dishes.  There was a mock salmon pate that even had me fooled for a minute.  Also a demonstration of a “sandwich” made by layering a spread with vegetables and sprouts on a large collard green leaf.  I’m anxious to try that one too. 

Recipes were available so I got a copy of everything.  The timing on this is perfect.  Ate a lot but so did everyone else.  Had half a banana after getting home and lots of water.   Looking forward to Day 5.

Season for Detox – Day 3

Morning was met with a dull headache.  Don’t like this feeling.  There’s also a feeling of lightness which is actually a good thing.  I don’t feel as heavy as I do after sleeping with a big meal on my stomach.   I was up a few times last night feeling thirsty.  That probably means I need to drink more water during the day. 

A detox gets toxins flowing out of the body which means more visits to the bathroom.   That’s is a good thing as a detox is just that – getting those toxins flowing out regularly and well. 

Tried two new recipes today.  I made zuchhini spaghetti with a vegtable marina sauce.  I pureed about half of the vegetables to make the sauce which is the technique I do with mhy other marinara sauces.  Served this for lunch; very good. 

For dinner, I made a fabulous kale and avocado salad with cherry tomotoes and red pepper flakes.  It was chewy and satisfying.  Even served it to my husband who really loved it.  I served the salad with a baked sweet potato with coconut oil and added a pice of chicken for my husband. 

It’s nice to find recipes that someone who is not doing the detox enjoys.  Even though I don’t have to stay raw on the detox, that’s what I’m doing so far.  I’m really enjoying the new tastes and will continue to be as raw as possible on this detox.  However, I do enjoy warm foods, particularly soups.  

Got some raw almonds and cashews today too.  I need to be careful though because these can put on calories.  But raw almonds are an alkaline food which helps balance out the acidity most of us suffer with each day.  I’m already running out of vegetables; will need to go shopping tomorrow.

Season for Detox – Day 2

Why is it that as soon as you decide to make a change in your eating habits all of the temptations in the world seem to flow towards you?  

On day 2, Friday, it is time to go out to eat.  I live on the California central coast area so that means driving the 25 minutes to the beautiful ocean to eat fresh fish or even splurge with fish and chips.  And at only day 2, I am feeling hungry.  I want to snack on something crunchy and salty.  Fortunately, I realize these feelings come from the habits eatin. But I’m determined to get through.

My body is starting the detox crisis period when the cells start to let go of toxins.  This is the whole purpose of the detox.  Getting rid of toxins in the cells is the process that saves the body from disease. The more toxins you have the worse the releasing might feel.  The feelings from this process doen’t last forever but they can be unpleasant.  I’m feeling tired, a bit irritable and have a slight headache.  I also feel hungry.  But I’ve been through this before and know it doesn’t last forever; I’m ready to get a healthier body.  

Long story short, I got through the day.  Ended up my husband and I did some driving around to look at the ocean, de-stress and talk.  Afterwards, we drove back into town where he ordered a meal at one of his favorite restaurants to eat at home.  That let me eat my preplanned foods without disruption. 

The lesson?  Sometimes you just need to get away – get outside, smell the air, get a change of pace and distract your mind from your regular eating habits. 

Much of how we eat is unconscious.  Because of the foods you have in the home, its easy to just “grab something” and those things are what you normally eat even if they are not that good for you.  We are a convenience society.  But convenience can be deadly to the health.  Eating consciously can be a big transition, even for someone who is updated on these thing.  Learn from my season of detox.  I expect great results in the end.