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The Detox Diaries: A Belated Final Entry

Although I have been bad about blogging everyday, I am attempting to redeem myself with one final entry (about the detox).  This past Saturday had it’s ups and downs.  I have to admit, Saturday morning I semi-broke my good streak.  I am so sorry fellow readers, I hope you all are not too upset with me.

I broke it with a cup of coffee.

My famous smoothies

However, I felt no guilt  I’ll get into that in a bit.  After my cup of sins, I headed to my boyfriends house for the day.  It was a beautiful day, and I decided I should make us some delicious smoothies.  It contained a mango, strawberries, oranges, and of course, spinach leaves for nutrients.  What’s even better, we enjoyed them in a hammock!

Stir-fry, sweet potato french fries, brown rice

For dinner, I decided to make us a heaping amount of vegetable stir-fry.  I cut up carrots, colorful peppers, water chestnuts, broccoli, and onion.  I also cut up some sweet potatoes, mixed them in a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and made french fries.

I made a “sauce” for the stir-fry, which I found to be the secret into making perfect stir-fry.  When you are making a huge amount of stir-fry, I either like a decent amount of oil, or a sauce.  The sauce really isn’t a sauce.  All I used was a little bit of water, little bit of soy sauce, ginger, and red pepper.  I added this sauce when the stir fry was about two-thirds done, and it simmered along with the vegetables, flavoring them all.

I also made brown rice to go alongside of the stir-fry.  Brown rice is very tricky to make, in my opinion.  It cooks differently than white rice, probably because it is healthier for you.  I seasoned the rice with some basil, and served with the fries, and stir-fry.

Needless to say, there were no leftovers.

As for Sunday, technically I should have kept the detox going all day.  However, my family had a big dinner planned that I really wanted to be a part of.  I did make sure I ate some fruit during Sunday, so I did maintain a healthy day.  We also had a salad with dinner, so that made me feel better.

While some may look at me with disappointment, and say how could I not stick with it, I must say several things.  I am content with everything I accomplished during this 5-6 day period.  If you know me, I am not the kind of person to diet, or be overly concerned with eating habits.  I am also not the kind of person to give up the foods I love, because I treat my food like friends.  I respect the way food tastes, looks, and smells.  I appreciate good food.  I am also not the kind of person to give up coffee.  Especially not for that long of a time span (I know it’s only a week….but still).  I have friends whose parents always invite me over for dinner because they know I can devour a huge amount of food.  As a tween, I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound.

As I get older, I realize not only can I not eat whatever I want, but it is not healthy to eat whatever I want.  Yes, a slice of cake and ice cream is wonderful, but not everyday.  Yes, sometimes vegetables and fruits are not as tasty as a burger and fries, but they are good for your body.

For all the skeptical folks out there, the detox was not a bunch of “hooey.”  I felt more energized, awake, and experienced no ongoing severe headaches (except the one towards the beginning).  I also felt no pains in my back.  I found getting a decent amount of sleep and exercise greatly added to the effects of the detox.

Overall I can say, this experience may not be for everyone.  It is hard not to fall back into your old habits after the detox.  I thought, “Well I haven’t had cake in four days….one slice won’t hurt.”  This is true, maybe one slice of cake won’t hurt.  But if I say that every time I want something “naughty,” I will fall right back into my old habits.

Throughout this detox, I realized that our bodies should be treated like a fine piece of china.  We are all beautiful and unique in our own ways, but we are not as strong as we think.  If we keep putting processed foods, artificial sweeteners, high amounts of sugar and sodium, and fast food into our bodies, we will break.

Cheers to a healthy life!

So, try a body detox if you wish, but just remember a detox will not solve all of your problems.  The body detox can help you realize what you need to do for yourself in the future, and that is all that matters.  Learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle is truly the key to success.

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The Detox Diaries: How to Eat Out (And Not Starve)

Today was day five of my body detox.  Started off with a light breakfast of a banana and some strawberries, and a cup of Salada’s Purple antioxidant tea.  I drank some water, stretched, and had a very successful run.  It was quite the beautiful day, so that made the run even more enjoyable.

I was excited for today because my boyfriend was coming home from college for the weekend.  Since we normally go out to eat on Friday nights, I figured we should value the tradition and find an eatery that contained food he would enjoy, and that was detox friendly.  There is a place called Saladworks that has numerous locations, and luckily one in our area. Colin (my boyfriend) was not particulary interested, but I was quite persuasive.  I figured it would be good for both of us to enjoy a healthier meal, together.  Now of course, Saladworks doesn’t just have salad.  They also have soups, panani’s, and wraps.

The atmosphere was very relaxing.  There is huge open space, with the option of a booth or table for seating.  When you go to order, there is a long section of salad toppings.  Anything from olives to artichoke hearts. They also have many different types of meat and cheeses, and a plethora of dressing  options.  It essentially looks like a Subway, only with salad fixings instead of hoagie fixings.

I was up first, and picked my lettuce base.  I chose spring mix, and salad toppings of onions, black olives, carrots, garbonzo beans and a black bean medley.  For my drink, a water bottle.  Colin chose a salad called “Tivoli,” which had iceberg and romaine, radiatorre pasta, pepperoni, tomatoes, baked ham, pepper jack cheese and oven browned turkey.  His was a lot more heartier and broke several rules in the body detox.  Our salads were huge, and I hungrily gobbled mine down.  There is nothing like a big salad on a beautiful day.  It was very satisfying, and I will surely go again (detox or no detox).

This day proved that I can still have a good time with friends and loved ones while on a detox.  I was able to successfully find a place that catered to my needs, and Colin’s.  Thankfully, he enjoyed the salad as much as I enjoyed mine.  It was a great evening, and I am wondering what tomorrow will have in store for me.

The Detox Diaries: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

This is when I know a banana is perfect. You can see how speckled they are, that to me means dig in!

Today was day four in my body detox.  I woke up and felt a bit sore from running the other day.  Nothing a little stretching can’t do to solve those aches and pains!  I fixed myself a cup of Salada’s Citrus green tea with antioxidants, and this tea really is my favorite.  It’s not bitter, in fact it is quite sweet!  I had a gigantic, perfectly overripe banana for breakfast.  So satisfying.  Banana’s taste like grass, in my opinion, unless you let them get nice and soft and beyond the point of being ripe.  Just don’t let them go squishy!  I have found that a bruised, or squishy banana works very nicely in a smoothie.  You don’t have to look at the ugly bruises, and you have salvaged a piece of fruit, instead of wasting it.

I wasn’t feeling too hungry today, probably because I had butterflies in my stomach (I will talk about why that was later).  So I fixed myself up a light lunch of stir-fry veggies with basil.  Basil is so wonderful, and it works with a lot of dishes.  I have grown to like it in my stir-fry because it gives the vegetables a nice flavor without overwhelming the dish.  I chopped up some carrots, green and yellow peppers, and threw in some cabbage.  I have really begun to love simple stir-fry like this.  My father tends to make stir-fry a lot more elaborate than I do.  He typically uses sesame seed oil to flavor the stir-fry, which is heavenly.  I’d say it’s about five minutes cutting all the vegetables, and about another five or so to cook.  How simple is that?

After my lunch, I fixed up another mug of decaffeinated tea to calm my nerves.  I had a meeting for a potential internship for the summer today, so hence the butterflies. I knew I needed to eat and drink water though, because I didn’t want to be passing out in front of my interviewer.  The walk to the newspaper offices was about a mile, and it is in a lovely town called Doylestown.  The sun was shining, and it was a beautiful day for a walk (even in the most painful flats ever to exist).  I had to walk to and from the office building, and then take the train home, so all in all I had about two miles of walking.

The rest of the day went well.  I was getting a bit hungry at work, and it did not help when my boss brought me and a co-worker Kit Kat bars.  Sigh.  The gesture was sweet but sadly candy is not on the list for a detox.  I was very tempted to have just one (they were mini) but my co-worker was a good friend and urged me not to eat them!  Such a good friend!  He is another form of inspiration to me.  He went several long months without any type of sugar that is not natural.  That eliminates a lot of food.  I would feel bad every time a co-worker would bring in cakes or brownies, cupcakes or cookies, but he stuck with it.  Way to go!  I moved on from the Kit Kat incident and went on my break.  I had a granny smith apple which was not so satisfying.  It was very bruised.

Overall this day was a very good day.  I was glad I could resist urges that I felt through foods I could not have.  I was able to make yet again another satisfying meal.  And as an added bonus, I got the internship!

The Detox Diaries: It’s All About Attitude

It was day three today, and today was all about my attitude.  I woke up this morning, and did some wake-up yoga poses (very simple stretches, really).  I thought I was going to have a headache, but I believe the stretches helped scare it away.  I made my Salada Citrus tea with antioxidants, and fixed up my day one breakfast consisting of a grapefruit and banana.  I love banana’s when they are slightly overripe.  All of the natural sugars come to the surface, and it just tastes a whole lot better than a not-so-ripe-banana.  I drank some water with lemon wedges, and put on my running gear.

It has been awhile since I have gone on a run, so I made sure to stretch.  I have many friends who dismiss stretching, and say “Oh, I don’t need to stretch.”  Stop the madness!  There are many people who say stretching doesn’t matter, but after many years of running, I have concluded that I personally, must stretch before and after a run.  The benefits of stretching are the warming up of the muscles, decrease in injury, and it helps increase flexibilty.  Plus I think it just feels good.  Today I felt a lot of pain in my hamstrings, for no particular reason, and I found stretching made me feel much better.  I even found less pain after I had run.

have to have music on when I run.  It helps me clear my mind, and an upbeat song always keeps me moving.  While I have a taste for alternative music, I normally choose upbeat, sing-song-y pop songs to run to.  Here is my playlist for today:

“Handclaps & Guitars”–Chiddy Bang

“Club Can’t Handle Me”–Flo Rida

“Good Feeling”–Flo Rida

“Moving in the Dark”–Neon Trees

“Everybody Talks”–Neon Trees

“Crank it Up”–David Guetta ft. Akon

“Tell Me a Lie”–One Direction (yes, I listen to One Direction)

I typically go for a mile, or two miles if I am feeling adventurous.  In high school I was more of a sprinter than I was long distance, but I can maintain a steady pace and go for a mile without losing a lung.  After my run, I stretched and cooled down.

When I washed up, I used Neutrogena’s Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub.  I highly recommend this, especially when on a detox.  This pore scrub has no harsh chemicals, and instead contains willowbark and jojoba beads.  These strange items are good for the skin, and do not burn it like some other facial products will do.  It is a really great scrub, and I always feel very clean after using it.  On a detox, some studies recommend using natural facial and body cleansers.  If you are using cleansers with high amounts of chemicals, you aren’t maximizing the decrease in toxins.

As for food, I had leftover brown rice with vegetables, and two kiwis for lunch.  My mother informed me that the kiwi is another super food, it contains many vitamins, minerals, and it is so delicious!  Kiwi’s are very easy to eat, just cut in half and scoop out with a spoon!

I also had a before work snack of a mango, strawberry, banana, orange and spinach leave smoothie!  Complete with a bendy straw.

The straw definitely made it taste better!

At work, I snacked on carrot sticks, and had a baked sweet potato for part one of my dinner.  When I came home, I whipped up some stir-fry, this time I added small chunks of celery.  All of the other vegetables go nicely with this refreshing vegetable.  I also added yellow peppers, because it’s important to have your bright colors each day.

At last the day winds down, and I sip on my Salada tea to relax.  Today was all about attitude.  I woke up with a positive attitude to get things done.  I did yoga, and went for a run.  I could have slept in until the cows came home, but instead I put a smile on my face and made the best of a beautiful day!  Side note, I also did some belated spring cleaning!  It all depends on your attitude.  If you can think positively, you can do anything!

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.

The Detox Diaries: A Preamble

Well, finals are finally done, and I have officially survived my freshman year of college (hallelujah!).  However, I can say my body has not survived the long nights of studying, excess amounts of caffeine, and poor choices in what to eat.  Towards the end of the semester I was experiencing headaches, aches and pains, and I was exhausted for no reason.  My theory is that it was the drinks and foods I was consuming.  The foods we eat play a big role in how we feel both mentally and physically.  Most of the food we consume now are processed and contain little nutrients that are beneficial to our body.  That’s when I came to the conclusion; it is time for a body detox.

This is my first body detox, and I am both excited and nervous.  My biggest worry is that I will break down and not be able to complete the detox.  Especially because I am am a huge coffee drinker, and I rarely go a day without it (hint: coffee is on the do not consume list when doing a body detox).  I must have faith in myself!  However, I have done my research so I am fully aware as to what I am getting myself into.  I have spoken to some friends who have done the body detox in the past.  They both had great things to say!

The whole point of a body detox is to cleanse yourself, and get rid of all of the toxins that have built up in your system.  By eliminating saturated fats, processed foods, and drinks like alcohol and coffee, you are essentially “recharging your batteries.”

During the detox, studies suggest that you exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, meditate and practice yoga.  All of this is a way to relieve yourself of stress, and to feel your very best.  There are several ways to detox your body.  There is the all juice detox which helps give your digestive system a break, or stick with the seven day schedule like me.  It all depends on who you are, and what your body is like.  Some should ask a doctor or nutritionist first before proceeding with a body detox.

I think that this will be a great experience, challenge, and life-changing event for me.  I hope that after this detox and I can choose a healthier way to live, and to regularly keep up with exercise and yoga.  Stay tuned as to how my week goes.  I plan to concoct some interesting detox meals!

Also, if you are interested in more information I found Whole Living  to be extremely helpful!  Thanks for reading.