Detoxing not dieting
That’s right blogreaders, I have decided to detox. I have felt uncomfortable the last several days and noticed I was eating very off-balanced and mostly carbs. Carbs are good, we need them for energy and whole grains are a great source of fiber and other minerals. But it can still be too much of a good thing.
So, taking a page out of the South Beach Diet book (even though I’ve sworn off diets), I decided to take a couple of weeks to curb my cravings and slowly reintroduce some good carbs into my diet. I also have been thinking about sugar a lot lately as I have been struggling to lose these last few pounds.
Basically, here is what I will be eating for the next two weeks – lean meat, chicken, turkey, fish, soy products, tofu, most veggies, eggs, lowfat or fat free dairy, plain nonfat yogurt, nuts, legumes & beans, sugar free desserts, EVOO or canola oil, decaf coffee and tea.
And here is what I will NOT be eating (2 weeks only) – fruit, fruit juice, bread, rice, cereal, oatmeal, pasta, full fat dairy, sweetened yogurt, cake, cookies, ice cream, alcohol, honey baked ham, carrots, corn, potatoes, yams, fatty meats.
Many nutritionists and trainers (Jackie Warner always comes to mind) out there are warning of high sugar in food products and that sugar, not carbs or fat, is what is making us Americans gain so much weight. Just knowing what I eat regularly: lots of fruit, sweetened yogurt, bread, pasta, specialty coffees, etc., I know I am getting way too much sugar in my daily diet.
I also read the blog of Zen Gray, another well-known fitness trainer, who wrote a blog recently about belly fat (which I still have quite a bit of, despite losing 70 lbs). She pointed out that a lot of the puffiness and bloat we experience could be related to food allergies or sensitivities. I found out after experimenting that I have ‘reactions’ to dairy products, which I now control either by using Lactaid pills or sticking to soy-based products. But she also mentions wheat. So in addition to detoxing from carbs, I’ll also be experimenting to see if I do have a wheat allergy or sensitivity that I wasn’t previously aware of.
So here is how Monday went (I feel GREAT btw)…
Breakfast – vanilla yogurt with pecans, sunflower kernels, spoonful of Sun Butter and hot tea with splash soymilk. This was actually quite satisfying and held me for nearly 4 hours until lunch!
Lunch (out) – McDonald’s bacon ranch salad with grilled chicken. I only used about 1/2 the packet of dressing. This was so good and filling. But I can’t make it regular, it is high in sodium.
We shopped our butts off (if only, haha) both at Sam’s and the regular grocery store. We hadn’t been to Sam’s in a year, so it was such a nice treat. We stocked up on meat, veggie burgers, tuna, and a few other items. It will last us a long time. I was glad to see that they sell the Silk soymilk there in a value 2-pack, I just wasn’t out yet so I didn’t buy any. Next time!
When I got home, my stomach was very ready for a snack! I had these hot and spicy peanuts (1/3 cup) that I picked up at the flea market over the weekend. They were very tasty!
I went out to run some errands before my hair appointment and picked up an iced coffee (with Splenda and nonfat milk) and drooled over the Philosophy products at Sephora (hoping to get some for Christmas).
We had company over for Monday Night Football and even though we had a plethora of food and sweet things, I wasn’t even interested! That is the neat thing about this phase of the program, it really helps you get over your cravings.
I had a ‘diet’ hot chocolate made with soymilk and some cherry tomatoes over the course of the night. I only ate/drank these two things because I was hungry and I felt really satisfied when I was done. The old me would’ve started digging for cereal the minute everyone left!
As you can see, Day 1 went really well. Today will be a bigger test though because I am at work and had to (hopefully) pack enough of the right foods to last me throughout the day (and a workout at the gym). Wish me luck!