I mentioned in my last post that I was doing a Detox that, one-day-at-a-time, eliminates everything edible that isn’t a vegetable or fruit. I figured I’d give a brief update on how that’s going so far.
Here’s the breakdown of the elimination phases:
Ease in, Day 1 – Day 4: Cut back on sugar, caffeine, alcohol, meat, dairy, gluten
Day 5: Completely eliminate all of the above
Day 6: Eliminate all of the above + beans
Day 7: Eliminate all of the above + grains
Day 8: Eliminate all of the above + nuts & seeds (basically you’re just eating fruits and veggies)
Day 9: Liquids only. Fruit and veggie juices and smoothies
Day 10: Add back nuts & seeds
Day 11: Add back grains
Day 12: Add back beans
Ease out, Day 13 – 16: Slowly add back dairy and gluten but try to reduce consumption
I like to say that I don’t need for caffeine. I’m not one of those people who must have their a.m. fix . . . and yet on the first day of detoxing I felt sluggish without my morning tea and on day two I had a headache. I guess I’m eating my words.
I cheated a bit in the first 4 day transition-in. I distinctly recall snagging Reese’s Pieces from the quarter machines at the office. I might have done that twice, if we’re being honest.
Actually I cheated in the 8 day Detox too, but we’ll say I’m doing it my own way. Instead of eliminating beans and grains on days 6 and 7, instead I plan on cutting them out along with nuts and seeds on Day 8, ie. tomorrow. I did this for a couple reasons, but mostly because it is the weekend and it’s tough to avoid beans and grains when the weekend rolls around and there are dinner dates and family barbecues to be had.
And also, because I’m hungry.
I’m super active and this detox is not giving me enough calories, as far as I’m concerned. I spend most of the day hungry and basically I’ve just been eating my weight in nuts to compensate for my hunger.. Maybe it’s just poor planning on my part.
This morning I ran a 5K (the Run for the Cure, I’ll blog about it soon) and I had no idea what to eat for breakfast beforehand so I settled on a handful of cashews. And then another handful. Immediately after the run my stomach was growling with hunger and I wasn’t going to be able to eat for a few hours. When I finally did I had a nice big bowl of vegetarian chili (or two) which was satisfying, but a few hours later I was starving again so I ate more nuts.
So given my nut binges I figure that tomorrow (day 8) and Tuesday’s juice/smoothie fast are going to be the end of me.