My year in detox. Just kidding, it was only a week.
Yeah, not that kind of detox. Well actually, it was kind of like that kind of detox. Because it was a week of clean eating. And, just in case you might not know, clean eating does not include sugar. Sugar is my addiction. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this, my favorite board on Pinterest.
I signed up for this detox because I have been doing a lot of reading about nutrition lately and most of the articles do not recommend a dark chocolate brownie food group. I’ve also read that cancer cells feed on sugar and, apparently we all have some of these stray cells roaming around our bodies. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want mine sitting back with a good book and a bag of Dove chocolates. I want them eating stuff that will destroy them — the nutritional equivalent of Kryptonite.
I had been toying with the idea of detoxing for awhile and then, one day, my friend Kim Murray showed up in the shop. She has a new business called Murray Wellness and part of what she is doing is offering seasonal clean eating detoxes. I signed up for the Winter detox, starting in January.
The detox is 15 days long: 4 days to pre-detox; 7 days of actual detox; 4 days of post-detox. You are eliminating alcohol, caffeine, gluten, dairy, grain, and yes, sugar. You are eating lots of fruit and vegetables, clean protein (including beef and chicken — yes!) and some other things that I used to wonder about at the health food store. Like chia seeds and hemp protein powder. And sunbutter. And brussels sprouts.
I was going to do a day by day journal of the detox, but you probably can guess what it would have said.
Day 1: Yippee! I’m on top of the world. I’m doing a detox!
Days 2, 3, 4: OMG. What have I done? I have a terrible headache, I have terrible cravings. All I want is one big spoonful of granulated sugar and I know I will feel better. Plus, I haven’t lost any weight. Remind me why I am doing this again?
Days 5,6,7: Uh wow. I feel pretty good. Maybe there is something to this thing.
I’m not proud to say that on Day 4, after trying on my muffin top jeans and finding them, if this is even possible, a little bit tighter than they were before, I wrote Kim an email. She very sweetly talked me down and gave me some tips, which helped. This girl really knows her stuff. Also, I have to say that the food is delicious. There are some things I just couldn’t make myself eat — uh, what is a sea vegetable anyway? But, I now love smoothies, more than I can say. And, from now on, I will make my own salad dressing, whenever possible.
I’m now on the last day of the 15 and I don’t have any more sugar cravings. I’m not so foolish as to think I’m out of the woods yet — I’m half a chocolate chip cookie away from where I was 15 days ago, but I’m pretty determined to stay on this plan. The most obvious reason is that I feel really, really great. Also, I have been sleeping again. And, I did lose a little weight, after all.
I can’t say enough good things about Kim and her program. The recipes that she provided were really good and she has lots of other information available at her fingertips to help with and answer just about any type of food question you might have. Also, she knows that good nutrition and a happy life are intricately woven together and she included exercises for us that addressed the emotions of eating. She is planning to do these detoxes quarterly, varying the recipes to use what is fresh and available for the season. If you think you might be interested, you can find information about her and her business here. I always love to hear about how and why people start their own businesses and her story is very interesting.
In the meantime, I’m going to share my favorite smoothie and salad dressing recipe from the Winter Detox:
Green Smoothie Madness
1 cup coconut water
1 frozen banana
1 cup baby spinach
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
Put everything into a blender and make it into a smoothie. The cinnamon and vanilla make it taste like a treat!
Mediterranean Salad Dressing
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 large lemon, juiced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp Dijon mutard
1 tsp dried oregano
Mix everything together and let it sit for 15 minutes to let the flavors meld.