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The Detox Diaries: A Day of Doubt

Today was day two of my body detox.  Unfortunately, I woke up with a bad headache.  I always get headaches so not sure if this is the caffeine withdrawal or just a typical day in the life of Madi.  However, with some slight hesitation to get out of bed, I headed to the kitchen to fix me a cup of tea.  This time it was Salada’s Citrus with original antioxidants.  Thoroughly enjoyed this tea, even though it was not a steaming cup of joe.  Besides my tea, my breakfast was a smoothie (frappe as I like to call them) consisting of:

One mango

One orange

One apple (any kind works) peeled

Three plump strawberries

Handful of spinach leaves

Ice

The combinations were quite delicious.  I really enjoy mangoes in any kind of smoothie.  I tried using apples after trying a smoothie in the mall where they used them.  I was skeptical, but the taste is refreshing and sweet.  The spinach leaves were thrown in last minute.  Blended up spinach is a beneficial way to get protein, a variety of vitamins, fiber and iron!  Plus, it has relatively no taste when mixed in with all of the other fruits, so it is a plus to add this leafy green.

It rained the entire day so there was no chance I was going to run (like I normally do).  I could have tried to do some cardio, but do to the pounding that was my headache, I opted out of that for today.  I did go for a brisk walk to the supermarket carrying a gallon of milk on my back, so I wasn’t completely immobile.

My lunch consisted of a salad with iceberg lettuce, carrots, cabbage, and sugar peas.  When I eat salads, I normally choose a light vinaigrette or some sort of oily dressing rather than a ranch dressing.  Since I can’t eat any of those, I made my own dressing consisting of squeezed grapefruit juice, orange juice, and a little lemon zest.  I found it to be surprisingly juicy and fresh.  It made the vegetables in the salad have flavor, and they were juicy because they were not weighed down by a thick dressing.  I also had a handful of almonds for a snack.

My dinner was a stir-fried medley of broccoli and cauliflower, with a side of brown rice that was blended with a mixture of onions and peppers.  Overall, satisfying.

Today was a disappointment in the way I felt emotionally.  At one point I really wanted to stop this detox nonsense, and pour me a cup of coffee and have a big bowl of cereal.  This upset me even more because I was having doubts on the second day!  I had a horrible headache, and this contributed to my crankiness, for sure.  The fact that I can’t eat any of the foods I normally would played a part as well.  Then I had to have a nice chat with my subconcious.  This detox is teaching me some self control.  I do enjoy eating good food, and I am at a comfortable weight for my age and height (of course it would not hurt to run a little more, maybe some crunches here and there).  Despite that fact, I need to learn to not eat just because I can, and to be a little more conscientious about the foods I do eat.  It was helpful that my mother was around me today to coax me back into my positive attitude, and my kitty was there waiting for a good cuddle.

Today was difficult, but overall a good learning experience.  I am gaining more self control that I can use later on in life, and it will help me maintain a good healthy lifestyle after this detox.  I think I will try yoga tomorrow, and start up my meditation again.  That seems to help when I am stressed.  Having people around me that support my decision also is helpful.  The more people cheer me on, the more I want to continue.  I don’t want to let down others, but more importantly, I do not want to let down myself.

The Detox Diaries: Surviving Day One

Day one is essentially complete for my body detox.  My friends that have done a body detox have told me the first day is difficult, but I would say I passed with flying colors!

Once I eliminated most of the foods I normally ate (everything but fruits and vegetables) I began to see how hard it is to eat healthy.  It is much easier to open up a box of cereal than preparing a grapefruit.  During this first day I wanted to eat pretty much anything that crossed my path.  Food is like an addiction to some people, and for me, being raised in a family where both of my parents are excellent cooks, it is very difficult giving up a majority of them.

Here is what I consumed today:

Breakfast: One banana, half of a grapefruit, glass of water, Salada Green Tea (with purple antioxidants)

Snack: Handful of almonds, kiwi

Lunch: Detox fruit smoothie

Snack: Handful of almonds

Dinner: Stir fry vegetables and one sweet potato

I was disappointed at my choice in lunch.  I should have eaten more vegetables in the mid-afternoon.  I have found that it is hard to figure out proportions when eating vegetables and fruits.  It’s hard to figure out what fills me up.  The real challenge of today was having an outing with my friend. We went to the mall, and sure enough the store we wanted to go in was right across from the food court.  I watched my friend eat General Tso’s chicken, as I pretended my fruit smoothie was a plate of fried rice.  I also took note at everything that people were eating.  It was like I was Eddie from the movie Limitless, and I had just taken the drug NZT.  I zeroed in on everything that people were eating.

I completed my first day, and I am quite proud of myself.  I have always loved fruits and vegetables, so luckily this detox isn’t too hard for me.  Thinking about recipes is the difficult part.  I lucked out with my dinner consisting of sugar peas, broccoli, green peppers, carrots, and onions.  I added some basil for flavor, and I have to say it was very simple, filling, and tasted delicious.  I hope that I can create more meals like this throughout the week.