Thursday, December 1, 2011

Detox Update

I started my Easy Detox Week at dinner on Sunday, so here's a quick recap of my meals (and a few moments of weakness) so far.

Maybe titling it an "Easy" Detox Week was a poor choice of words. I meant simple, as in, there wouldn't be any crazy ingredients to go out and buy or a lot of money to spend on silly juices. I set 8 basic rules for myself based on my lifestyle and what I wanted to change and the foods I needed to take a break from.

What prompted this? Over Thanksgiving weekend, I ate pizza, Butternut Squash Lasagna, Vegetable Wellington, string bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffed clams, raviolis, apple pie, ice cream, sorbet, corn bread, cookies, etc etc etc! I also drank a few cups of coffee and even let a hot chocolate and a piece of coffee cake get the best of me on the ferry ride home. When I woke up Sunday morning, I made myself  eggs with quinoa, black beans, and cheddar. Then I started to think, I better make a conscious effort to turn things around this week or my pants aren't going to fit much longer! So I hit up a a 90 minute vinyasa class and spent the afternoon studying at our local coffee shop, where I had a latte and an amazing salad for lunch.

Then I decided to try this detox thing and I'm glad I did. I do well with rules, so I'm following them, for the most part. Here's a run-down of my meals and snacks since Sunday evening.

Lentil Soup with carrots, onions, celery, parsnip, pepper, rutabagas, and fresh herbs (no oil or salt)

Oatmeal and Apple Smoothie (not the best choice)
Red Lentil, Turnip, and Parsley Soup
Pistachio butter (roughly 2 tb)
Venti unsweetened green iced tea
Cucumbers with hummus
(skipped routine vodka after class)

20 oz Green Smoothie with apple, carrot, celery, cucumber, kale, flax, chia, date, ginger
Lentil Soup
raw unsalted cashews (probably around 1/3 c over course of afternoon)
apple with sunflower seed butter
Venti unsweetened green iced tea
hummus with carrots, celery, and pretzels (I cracked!)
a bite of leftover wellington (it would be a shame if it went bad, right?)

20 oz Green Smoothie  with apple, carrot, celery, cucumber, kale, flax, chia, date, ginger
Lentil Soup
raw unsalted cashews (probably around 1/3 c)
apple with sunflower seed butter
coconut water
shot of aloe juice
(ran 1 mile and did a body pump class)

20 oz fruit smoothie with apple, blueberries, raspberries, coconut water, aloe juice, flax, chia
raw cashews
butternut squash soup
raw almonds

So what have I learned so far?

  • That anyone can take a step back from their normal routine and make some simple changes to get back on track 
  • That variety is important (we ran out of salad greens and haven't had time to make it to the store this week, so I've been eating more soup than I had planned on for lunch. A salad would be nice, but I don't want to put oil on it, so I need to make some dressing with some nut butter or something)
  • That when I don't eat bread and cheese, I turn to nuts and fruit. 
  • That real, straight up aloe juice doesn't taste good.
  • That foods that aren't whole are really hard to avoid if you're on the run and don't prepare! 
  • That my body responds well when I treat it right. The 2 lbs I put on over the weekend are already gone. My pants fit. And I feel good. :-)
Are you getting back on track with your health and wellness goals after indulging this past holiday weekend? What works for you?