Healthy Summer Detox

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's possible that I have a worse diet than any other person I know. Seriously, I eat so much junk food on the daily. I'd rather wake up and eat a bag of chips than have a cup of fruit or a couple eggs. At night time, you'll find me eating dinner and then snacking until bedtime. Surprisingly, I haven't gained any weight although the effects of my bad eating habits have definitely appeared in other aspects of my life. I feel tired without too much activity and more recently, my skin has been breaking out. I am used to my skin breaking out on my face, but more recently I've had break outs on my back and neck, which is no fun this close to Summer time. 

I work in a chiropractor's office. All of the doctors are very health conscious and have introduced me to a detox plan that they have used in the past. Since I started working there, I have listened to patient after patient talk about how great they were feeling after starting the detox, but I've been kind of iffy about it. It's only ten days, but my biggest fear is losing weight. At 5'1 I only weigh about 90 pounds and I absolutely don't want to lose more. If anything, I would like to just feel overall more healthy and better as we enter into the Summer months. 

When I expressed my concerns to my boss, he assured me that there is plenty of food in this detox, it is less focused on weight loss, and more about eliminating harmful things from your body and improving your lifestyle overall. I was still a little skeptical so he sent me over some documents that explained the process of each day and also sent me recipes that they suggest to people doing the detox.

After looking over everything, he was right. This detox suggests lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, and proteins. They break it down into things you should eat (unlimited amounts of veggies such as broccoli, artichoke, cauliflower, spinach, etc), rather than focusing on the things you shouldn't eat. Although there is some of that too. Coffee unfortunately is one of those things that they do not want you to have, and ultimately that's probably going to be the most difficult for me. 

Not only do they provide recipes, but also a list of supplements to support the process. For example, things that add protein to your diet, or help to balance out your sugar levels as they go on a roller coaster of changes. 

Daniel and I have decided to try this together, in order to hold each other accountable. The documents provided to us give a general daily schedule with things like, wake up and have a large glass of lemon water. Followed by 30 minutes of moderate exercise, and breakfast. Then there are plenty of scheduled snack times throughout the day, as well as a big lunch and dinner and time for reflection at the end of the day. 

I've planned out a grocery list and meal plan for the first 5 days of the detox. Overall, this will be a rather expensive 10 days compared to what we are used to spending, but I definitely feel the need to get a little control over my health. 

As I mentioned, I am not doing this to lose weight. Although some people do use this detox as a means of dieting. The great thing about this plan is that it's somewhat customizable to your needs. Some of our meal plan for the first five days includes menu items such as chicken vegetable soup, grilled salmon with mint chutney, coconut lime shrimp, turkey meatballs, and asparagus soup. Plus plenty of fruits, almonds, and other nuts as well as nut butters. And of course LOTS of water. 

I do think this will be difficult for me at times. My diet consists of some of the worst things for you. But I'm excited to make a change. We'll be starting on Monday, and I'm hoping you'll help keep me accountable! 10 days doesn't sound long in the grand scheme of everything, but I'm not expecting this to be easy. 

The nice thing about this is that I'll have my husband, my boss, and now all of you to help support this lifestyle change. Hopefully I'll come out of this feeling great, although I was warned of normal side effects such as irritability in the first few days as I begin to get rid of the bad stuff in my body. 

If you're interested in learning more about the detox itself, I'd be happy to share the information with you that I received from attending a seminar led at our office. 

Please keep in mind I am not a doctor or registered dietician (duh). Please consult your physician before making any changes to your current diet and exercise plan. 

1 comment

  1. Much needed after all the eating I did on our island hopping. Detox!!!
    Thanks for sharing.


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