One of the last time I saw my chiropractor, she recommended that I do a detox. There are a million ways to do a detox, from ready-made powders to liquid only. I went for the basic rules of avoiding: processed foods, processed sugars, gluten (wheat mainly), alcohol, dairy (meat too but that’s not hard since we eat vegetarian).
My biggest concern was fitting the detox in the middle of the half marathon training. Because let’s be honest, I need carbs and proteins to run and my metabolism runs pretty. Thankfully that week-end I was not running so I could give it a shot.
Breakfast: 3/4 apple cut into slices with some almond butter spread on each slice.
Several cubes of watermelon.
Basil-cucumber infused water with a teaspoon of lemon.
Lunch: Arugula salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, blueberries, pecan and a walnut oil/balsamic vinaigrette.
1/2 cup of quinoa with a little lemon, walnut oil and paprika.
Snacks: Nuts and dried fruits, remaining apple and half of a banana with almond butter, watermelon slushie (frozen watermelon and a few leaves of basil).
Dinner: lightly sautéed vegetables. I sautéed some chopped torpedo onion, added a finely chopped clove of garlic and some fresh ginger. I added some purple green beans (they turn green when cooked), some green pepper and some cherry tomatoes, a few drops of toasted sesame oil and I had a yummy bowl of goodies. I also had a few hazelnuts as a snack.
Thoughts on Day 1: It was a little harder than I thought. I was fine with breakfast and lunch at work, the staff cafeteria options weren’t exactly temptation. However I wanted something crunchy and “wheaty” when I got home. I had a good fruit snack that filled me up and helped. But the hard part was when my husband decided to have a grilled cheese tomato sandwich for dinner.
Breakfast: Blueberries, a banana and almond butter, cucumber-basil infused water.
Lunch: Veggie sauté left over from the previous night, watermelon for dessert.
Snacks: carrots with a little lemon juice, 1/2 apple with almond butter.
Dinner: I couldn’t keep it up. My husband had a staff get together and while i ate a lot of veggies I did dip some in the ranch sauce and had some chips. Looking back I wish I had simply not eaten anything there. We ended up having dinner at home anyway because they didn’t have veggie sausage.
I made a tofu, cole slaw soft taco at home even if I wasn’t all that hungry but I felt I needed to eat. So I didn’t do perfectly but I tried.
What do I take from those two days?
Well it’s harder than I thought because of the psychological aspect of knowing you can’t have something even though it’s available on your shelves.
Do I feel any different. Well not really. I felt like I needed to eat more fruits and veggies to cover hunger but it was doable.
I do feel though that I can add more vegetable or fruits in my diet and would do just as well that way.
As a side note my chiropractor also told me that root vegetables are great for athletes. So I can add potatoes and more to my next attempt. I think it will make it a lot easier. I’m thinking of attempting more light detox like that.
Have you ever done a detox? What were your thoughts on it?