Ok, so when I went to the doctor last month and she said I was 188lbs, I was like o.O cause I’m not gonna lie, that’s about 60 pounds over where I should be for my frame. Well, in order to jumpstart my path to becoming a healthy me I am detoxing. It’s really not hard to do… no processed foods (poptarts, frozen dinners, pretty much anything you didn’t make yourself), no sugars, no gluten or high fructose corn-syrup. Oh, and no white starches (my new rice is BLACK… no really, it is).
This morning I had a smoothie (if you have a ninja, this is probably the quickest breakfast you’ve ever made).
BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE (serves 1)
*1 cup frozen fruit (they have this at the grocery store by the gallons)
*1 small banana or half a large banana (I freeze mine to keep the smoothie at a decent consistency)
* 1/2 cup no added sugar almond milk
*1/2 cup filtered water
Mix it all up in a blender or ninja and enjoy the smoothie!
Now, according to this detox, the MAJOR thing is for us to be sure our protein intake is adequate (you will need protein at every meal and snack) so I’m eating 2 whole walnuts and 2 whole pecans (or 4 halves of each since this is how you’ll find them at the grocery store in the baking section)… I opted to eat my breakfast nuts separately and not put them in my smoothie, but if you want them in your smoothie, by all means! I would only suggest that you put them in first and process them before you add the rest so it gets a chance to completely process and you don’t have huge soggy chunks of nut in your smoothie (you will need to stir them off the bottom when it’s done processing). I took the simple route and ate them separate.
About 2 hours after this I will need a snack…. remember it has to have a decent amount of protein. WARNING: This is NOT supposed to be a whole meal! My major choices for snacks (I’ll do some research to find some more) is a hard boiled egg or an apple with peanut butter. On a side note, you should only be eating natural (nothing added) peanut butter. -remember no high fructose corn-syrup.
Lunch time is my least favorite of the day at the moment, so I’ll have to research a little more to find something a little more delicious to eat. However, AT THE MOMENT I am stuck with what I know. For lunch I am eating a salad with chicken I pre-baked and chilled (chicken serving is about the size of my palm- or half a breast). The salad dressing is the tricky part. Since I am detoxing -and remember that’s a 10 day thing- I can’t just pick up my favorite dressing and put it on my salad, it has so much stuff in it that I shouldn’t have. Ok, back to what I CAN have. Balsamic vinegar. Not the dressing that is an oil-based vinaigrette but the actual vinegar with nothing in it. Yesterday I tried this salad with hard boiled egg in it instead of chicken… that I can honestly say was gross. The vinegar soaked into the egg-yokes and was a nasty mess. The chicken however is DELICIOUS. Definitely a “try this one again” lunch, but I am determined to find some other high-protein lunch options that are ok for detoxing.
Two hours after that another snack. Again, this is not supposed to be a meal!
For dinner (tonight) I am preparing a beef stir-fry with low-sodium soy sauce (make sure you grab the one without the additives) extra-virgin olive oil, sugar-snaps, carrots, black rice, bell-pepper, and onion all sauteed to delicious loveliness. I can’t wait. Personally, I don’t like the green bell-peppers so my stir-fry tonight will have one of either red, yellow, or orange bell-pepper in it. You however, if you like the green ones rest assured that they are rich in vitamins and such and will not harm your detox at all.
This detox will hopefully have the effect it’s meant to, which is that I will no longer crave Mountain Dew and coffee (I miss my coffee most of all) and my body will cleanse itself of all the toxic additives that have built up in it for so long. I will let you know how this goes. If you are interested in a full-detox for yourself, I myself am working from a book called “The Daniel Plan” that my mother and friends have tried. The recipe’s are yummy and the book takes the time to educate the reader on the WHY and why not of what to eat and when. The diet highlighted in this book is actually inspired by the diet of a young slave in the Bible, his name was Daniel and he REFUSED to eat the meat at the king’s table which had been sacrificed to a pagan idol. The first documented vegetarian maybe? Anyway, this is a good book even if you don’t detox because there are still healthy recipes past the detox period. Starches will be reintroduced to my diet eventually (after the detox is over) but things like msg and the like will never be reintroduced… it’s worth a read.
If you are interested in doing this for yourself I suggest first checking out the website http://www.danielplan.com/
Yes this is a christian based “new you” diet plan, but the principles of a healthy life are the same. If you choose not to include God in yours, I do not judge, I will only throw in this one caveat that you are missing out on something truly great. Regardless, this diet will help you learn what is healthy and what is not as you get more and more adept at it.