detox diet

Giving In

I cannot seem to catch a break (story of my life). First, I was sick with a nasty cold/flu type thing, then just when I started getting over that, I discovered I have an abscessed root canal. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but it’s some sort of tooth infection on a tooth that has previously had a root canal. And it hurts more than anything else I’ve experienced. I’m talking wake up crying, pain killers don’t even help, would rather be dead kind of pain. It’s worse than when my wisdom tooth got infected last year. (I do take care of my teeth, really I do.)  I’ve been on antibiotics since I saw the dentist Thursday, but I’ve still had a lump the size of a golf ball in my right cheek all weekend. I have to see an endodontist, but I couldn’t get in to see one until Monday morning, so I’ve been miserable all weekend. Oh, plus, I lost my voice Thursday and I still don’t totally have it back. So I can’t talk or move the right half of my face. It’s been real interesting.

Needless to say, I didn’t stick with my detox diet the whole way through. After a night of no sleep and severe pain Thursday night, and then having to go to work Friday, I just gave in. I couldn’t do it anymore. The house was (and still is) a mess, I was exhausted, and my body was saying “STOP”. So I listened. I spent all of Friday night, Saturday, and a good chunk of the day today in my spot on the couch. I got pizza for dinner Friday night. (After a torn up stomach due to too many ibuprofen, it was all that sounded good) made some taco meat and had nachos Saturday night, and picked up Potbelly’s sandwiches for dinner today. I’ve also had way more Junior Mints than I should have. I’m just babying myself now. Tomorrow, I get my tooth taken care of and probably won’t be able too eat anything but smoothies, mashed potatoes, and yogurt for a day or two so I’m enjoying a couple days of indulgence.

So this detox diet… I basically put it on hold. I didn’t have the energy to take a shower let alone cooking healthy and cleaning up the kitchen after. I will return to it though. I did lose 4 lbs. And I am able to fit into my skinny jeans again. But since I was sick the first half of the week, and then had the abscessed tooth the second half, I never got to tell if I felt any different. I want to know if I feel better eating mostly produce, and if it makes a difference in my running and working out. I haven’t even worked out in over a week!

Tomorrow morning, I go to the endodontist and he’ll fix whatever’s wrong with my infected roots and if he can’t fix it, then the tooth will get pulled. Either way, I’m still looking at a couple days of recovery time at least. I’m still very swollen and have antibiotics to take through Wednesday. So this week, I’m just going to focus on eating simply and healthily, limiting my sugar, and watching my portions. I’m not going to worry too much about working out yet, but if I can even get a few walks in, that’d be great. (Increased heart rate = greater tooth pain, or so I’ve learned.) Next week, I’m hoping to give the detox thing another try. I really did enjoy it the first few days despite being sick. I’m hopeful that if I could do it for at least a week, it’d be a great jump start to my summer marathon training.

If you think of it, say a little prayer tomorrow for me. I had a bad experience with my wisdom tooth last year (infection, dry socket) and I’m nervous about going in for my tooth in the morning. It’s been a long week of physical pain and dreading the possibility of complications. Thanks friends.

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Detox Day 4

It’s a good thing that my blogging voice has nothing to with my actual voice. Because I hardly have one. It has been a long few weeks of sickness. And to top that off, I know have a complication with a 3 year old root canal. There’s an infection in my gum line because either my root canal is fractured or there’s decaying roots in my gums. I’m an utter mess from my top lip to my collar bone. Fortunately, all of these weird issues have made it pretty easy to stick with my detox diet. The first three days were easy, I ate lots of smoothies, salads, Larabars, and potatoes with beans (It was the easiest thing to make that felt good on my throat). I even came up with a healthy and filling baked apple dessert. Today, however, has been more of a struggle. I had another pb&j smoothie for breakfast, a Larabar as a snack, and then a simple veggie chili for an early dinner/late lunch.

Simple Veggie Chili with Avocado

Simple Veggie Chili with Avocado

It was pretty good for being so simple. (Sorry for another terrible pic, it bubbled up in the microwave and I didn’t feel like dirtying an extra bowl just to get a better looking picture.) I mixed salsa, veggie broth, and great northern beans with some cumin, paprika, and chili powder. After a couple minutes in the microwave, I topped it with about 1/3 or an avocado, sliced. Sadly, it just didn’t hit the spot. Now here I am, sitting on the couch snacking on potato chips (just potatoes and oil!). I know it’s time to add in some more nutrients. I need some meat. And I need my carbs back! Surprisingly, I don’t miss dairy too much.  I’m going to add back in a little bit of dairy. I’m going to finish out today strong, and then tomorrow I’m going to add a few servings of meat, dairy, and grain back each day.

I feel a little bad that I couldn’t keep this up for a full 7 days, but I was only planning on 3 and I’ve done 4! My cravings for sugar have pretty much gone away, my skinny jeans fit again, and I’ve lost almost 5 pounds! I’d call that a success. Just 3 more days of really healthy, balanced eating, and I think I’ll be totally back on track!

Detox Day 2 + Dessert!

Things are getting interesting. I’m feeling a lot better than I was yesterday, so that’s a plus. I got about 10 hours of sleep last night which helps! I’m still not feeling quite well enough to workout though. I’m hoping tomorrow evening I’ll be up for a run. Unfortunately, I am fiercely craving chocolate today and I’m well enough to get off the couch and get it. I won’t, but feeling better makes it easier to think about. This detox diet I’m sticking to has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. Beside the chocolate cravings, I’ve felt very satisfied and enjoyed what I’ve eaten. Today, I had almost the same foods that I had yesterday:

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Wow, weird lighting thing going on… Sorry about that. You get the gist.

Salad, peppers and hummus, a Larabar, and almonds to bring to work. And I made another smoothie this morning. This one was a green peach smoothie with ground up cashews, Bolthouse Farms’ Green Goodness juice, a frozen banana, and frozen peaches. I ended up putting in too many peaches and had to add more juice so it was a 20 oz smoothie instead of a 16oz. I ended up being so full from my late breakfast that I never ate the pepper and hummus, almonds, or Larabar I packed! Dinner was another baked red potato with refried beans, cumin, and guac. It was so good last night  I had to have it again!

Since I skipped my snacks and had an early dinner, I made myself a good, filling dessert. Yes, I had dessert during my detox! I found this recipe online and modified it to work within my diet. Here’s my modified recipe:

Baked Apple Detox Dessert

Ingredients:
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 small apples, sliced (I used Fuji)
1/2 cup no sugar added applesauce
1 tbsp real vanilla extract
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used a combination of peanuts, walnuts, and cashews)

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1. Melt coconut oil in medium sauce pan over medium low heat. Add apples and stir to coat apples in oil.
2. Add apple sauce, vanilla, and cinnamon and mix together. 
3. Simmer, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes or until apples are soft.
4. Remove from heat and mix in nuts. 

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This made 2 servings (275 calories each in case you’re counting). I had initially thought I’d want to eat the whole pot when I saw how small my serving would be, but I was stuffed after eating just half of this recipe. I’m learning that I eat a whole lot less when I’m not consuming empty calories!

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Like I said before, this detox thing really isn’t so bad. I’ve had to be a little creative, but everything I’m eating tastes so good. There are a lot of things I was planning to make and still haven’t (like veggie chilli and southwest stir fry). I might actually keep this going all week! We’ll see how tomorrow goes.

Detox Day 1

First day of detox and it was really pretty easy. Because I was sick with the flu. Third time I’ve been sick in two months. I’m getting a little tired of it! Anyway, having no energy or ambition made it a lot easier to eat healthy and because I’m an all around mess, I haven’t noticed any kind of sugar-withdrawal. Could be worse. I’m pretty busy laying on the couch watching Ironman, but I promised that I’d share what I ate in case anyone else wanted to try this too:

PB&J Smoothie

PB&J Smoothie

Breakfast was a PB&J smoothie. (ground up peanuts mixed with Bolthouse Farms Berry Boost Juice, a frozen banana, and 1/2 cup frozen strawberries).

Cherry Pie Larabar, Peppers an Hummus

Cherry Pie Larabar, Peppers an Hummus

For a snack I had a Larabar and some peppers with hummus.

Late Lunch Salad

Late Lunch Salad

My late lunch was a big salad with spring mix lettuce, a baby cucumber, half a tomato, matchstick carrots, 1/4 of an avocado, chopped cashews, and 2 TBSP Annie’s Lite Goddess dressing. (Forgive the picture, I started to mix it up and eat it before I remembered to take the pic!) I had an applesauce cup too. No sugar added of course!

Baked Potato with Beans and Guac

Baked Potato with Beans and Guac

After spending my evening miserable on the couch, my husband made me one of thee most delicious dinners I’ve had in a while. The picture looks gross, but it was amazing. It was a baked red potato with about a half cup of fat free refried beans, a sprinkle of cumin, and a dollop of guacamole. Yum!

I had dinner pretty late, so I might not have dessert, if I do it’ll be the strawberries and mangoes I chopped up last night.

For once, my eating is on track and my working out isn’t. I didn’t get my 3 mile run in today. I just couldn’t make myself do it. My body, skin, and even scalp hurt this afternoon. Tomorrow I’m supposed to run with my sister again. I hope I feel good enough to!

Detox.

I’m detoxing this week. I’ve been eating so much junk that I’m actually looking forward to eating veggies! I’m not a huge fan of the typical detox diet. You know, the kind where you only drink juice for a month, eat only fruit for a week, or take some sort of supplement to flush out your liver or colon or whatever organ seems to be clogged up with toxins? I just think that all sounds ridiculous. The human body is designed to detox itself as long as you feed it properly. (Obviously, there can be some medical conditions and circumstances in which this isn’t true, but it’s generally the case for most healthy bodies.) I just want to get back to the basics and set myself up for a season of healthy eating. So I’m not really detoxing as much as I’m cleansing. Cleansing my palette, my mind, and also my body.

The fridge and freezer are all stocked with fresh produce!

The fridge and freezer are all stocked with fresh produce!

Pantry cabinet with tons of canned beans and tomatoes, whole wheat pastas, nuts, and Larabars (in the green basket).

Pantry cabinet with tons of canned beans and tomatoes, whole wheat pastas, nuts, and Larabars (in the green basket).

If you follow this bog at all, you’re probably wondering why I’m starting a new challenge when I haven’t been able to finish any of the other plans I’ve made. Well, after a few failures (a la 35 workouts, and 10 in 10), I’ve done some thinking (and some blogging) about my issue with binge eating. I know there’s no way I’m ever going to be able to accomplish my fitness goals when I eat the way I do. There are other reasons too, that have all pointed me in the direction of this 7 day detox (I’m still going to call it that, because “cleanse” sounds kinda gross):

  • The binge eating thing.
  • My ADD has gotten really bad lately.
  • I haven’t been sleeping well and my energy levels have been low.
  • My acne-prone skin was looking really nice, but in the past 3 weeks has broken out a ton.
  • I’d rather spend my money on cute summer clothes than on snacks and candy.

One week seems manageable to me – even my husband said he’s going to try to do a modified detox with me! To keep things as reasonable as possible, I’ve broken it up into 2 phases:

Phase 1

  • 3 days
  • Unlimited fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, oils and seasonings
  • No meat, dairy, grains, or added sugar

Phase 2

  • 4 days
  • Unlimited fruits, veggies, beans, and seasonings
  • Meat, dairy, grains, nuts and oils in moderation (about 2 servings per day of each)
  • No added sugar

After the full 7 days is up, I hope to keep up with phase-2-type-eating but add in a little bit of sugar. I’ll probably allow myself 100 calories or so a day of chocolate, alcohol, or other sweets each day. I figure I can save up those calories if I choose too. Sometimes we go out for dessert, bake cookies, sneak candy into the movie theater, or get drinks on the weekends. I’m not going to cut all of that out of my life! I know I don’t need to enjoy those luxuries every evening.

I’m planning on posting every evening with what I eat each day if you’re at all interested in what meals look like without meat, dairy, grains, or sugar. Oh! And I’m also not going to be eating any heavily processed foods. I found some organic, no sugar added, no weird ingredient salad dressings and I plan to continue having Larabars as a snack. A lot of their flavors have no sugar added and are actually 5 ingredients or less. Another note I should make, I don’t normally drink anything but water, but if I was a coffee or tea drinker I’d cut out caffeine in phase 1, and then limit my caffeine in phase 2 to one cup a day of coffee or caffeinated tea. In case you’re wanting to try a similar plan and you are a caffeine drinker. (Please keep in mind that I’m no nutrition expert though. If you’re going to try this, check with your doctor or a nutritionist first!) 

Really, I think this will be a successful challenge. I hope you’ll stick around to see how it goes. I’m sure I’ll need support to stick it out.

Have you ever tried a detox diet? What was it and how did it turn out?

 

(Sorry for the crummy pictures. Phone was more convenient than the DSLR…)