Tuesday, January 17, 2012

detox diaries

so last week went something like this:

me: hey b, we need to try this detox? let's start the new year fresh.
b:  sounds great.
me: are you sure you want to do this?
b: absolutely.  we are going to feel so good.

me: last chance to back out.  i'm going to the store today so we have everything ready for tomorrow.
b: i am 100% in.
i buy 3 days worth of food.  some of the recipes make enough for 2 days so i figure we're set for a while.  i have to go to 3 stores to get what i need.  i don't think i've ever had this many vegetables in the fridge.  i also had to use the garage fridge to keep it all.  but we are ready.

the carrot and grapefruit juice was delicious for breakfast.
kale salad for lunch was good too.
i'm not upset about not getting coffee in the morning.
lots of water throughout the day.
we have roasted cauliflower for snack. it was delicious. 
we can totally do this.

monday afternoon i have a doctor's appointment to check my thyroid. i ask her about the detox.  she says she doesn't think you need to do one if you normally lead a healthy lifestyle.  your body naturally getrs rid of toxins. but it sounds like the food is nutritious.  as long as we are getting enough calories and not feeling lightheaded or faint.  balance is what you need in a diet.

i call bobby and tell him we're off the hook.  let's eat.
but we decide that the food is actually pretty good.  plus i spent money on food for 3 days, we should at least see this through.  we decide that we need to add some protein.  we're both pretty hungry.

we have chicken with our broccoli and squash dinner. ahhh.

the kale and romaine lettuce smoothie was...interesting.  the pineapple and mango make it palatable, but just barely.
still no coffee, but i am enjoying hot water with lemon.
for lunch i have the avocado and tomato salad and that was fabulous.
for dinner i'm not sure i can make and enjoy the garlic-beet soup.  but i do it.  we are only supposed to have 1 cup of soup. the soup is surprisingly good.
the kids have tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. 
i make bobby and me sandwiches with whole wheat bread.

bobby is hooked on the juice/smoothie for breakfast.
i need more substance.  plus i'm going to a meeting, then to the gym.  i need carbs. 
i have a weight watcher bar.
still no coffee. the headache is really strong today.
bobby has the avocado salad for lunch.  i have 1/2 a tuna sandwich.
for dinner we have roasted cauliflower and peppers.  i make spaghetti and meatballs for the kids.
bobby and i eat a little pasta too.
no wine for us.

juice for breakfast.
kind of a crazy day for me.  more munching during the day.
we really like the dried fruit and nut balls.
for dinner i make halibut with orzo pasta.
now we are eating more like we used to.
at this point we are still not doing coffee or alcohol.  but we've brought back everything else.

the kids and i go to disneyland.   i know that the detox is over.
at the end of the day i have to have caffeine to make it back home.  i grab a diet coke with dinner.

i weigh in and lost 1/2 a pound.  ok.
we finally have some coffee.
the rest of the day is almost like we never did the detox.

i go to brunch with my parents.  menudo, tacos, flan.  yum.
we watch the golden globes with some friends.
appetizers, wine, chocolate fondue.
this feels right.

so what did we learn?
that we have a pretty healthy diet to begin with.  we eat low-fat, whole grain, no red meat.
we could eat more fruits and vegetables.  we actually ate almost everything i bought.
we tried new things; kale, roasted cauliflower, delicata squash (i actually didn't enjoy that), beets.
drinking juice or smoothies for breakfast is easier on your system.
change it up every once in a while.  sometimes that's what your body needs.
don't deprive yourself.  you end up making up for it and then some.

we're glad we tried it.
we don't need to do it again.
detox done.

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