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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Detox Reflections

My 30 Day Detox ended this past weekend and I thought I would share how I believe it went.

Ok so here was the deal with the 30 day Detox.

#1. I wanted to give up my addiction to coffee(only have it once in a while).
#2. I hoped this helps my tummy get back on track, and not hurt all the time.
#3. To get more energy!
#4. To clean out the junk in my diet. I know I eat pretty clean, but these past couple months I have been giving into CRAP!

The Detox was not much different then my normal diet, here are the main things I could not have for 30 days.

Caffeine (except green tea)
Meat (except fish)
Salt (we can have sea salt)
No Added Sugar
NO preservatives
No Oils (only Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
No Dairy Products

So how did it go???

I think that the 30 Detox was challenging, but not as hard as I thought it would be. Obviously it was super hard to eat out and to go over other peoples houses and eat dinner. With the right amount of planning it was quite attainable.

I learned that their is sooooo many foods with PERSERVATIVES and LOADS of SODIUM. I never add salt to my food, but I realized that some of the things that I eat are loaded with it. My body did crave salt at first, but then it got used to not having too much. I still used Sea Salt, and ate things that had Sea Salt in it, but very little. I am now switching over to Sea Salt.

Being Gluten Free was an experience in itself. I didn’t mind eating rice, and corn but I missed the variety for sure. I love how there are so many Gluten Free products out now to help people who are allergic to it. I think being Gluten Free helped me eat ALOT more CLEAN.

I also became a lot more creative in the kitchen, and made a lot of meals from scratch.

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Getting off COFFEE feels amazing!!! For the first time in a long time, I can get up in the morning and not need something to wake me up. I can rely on natural energy instead of synthetic!! Don't get me wrong I love the taste of Coffee and will probably have a cup every now and then but I will not have it every morning.

I had a lot less stomach problems this month, but they weren’t completely gone. I am still working with my Doctor to see what might be causing my random stomach pains. Overall my stomach felt a lot better.

In summary I think that the Detox taught me a lot about my body and how it reacts to certain foods. I don’t think that anyone really needs to go on a complete detox to help you get on the right track, your body naturally detoxes itself!! I think more then ever, it is all about BALANCE. Choosing the right amount of foods and the right kind of foods that give you the optimal amount of nutrients and sustainability. It’s all about moderation!

Getting off the Detox…..

When I had sugar for the first time this weekend, I woke up with a really bad headache and felt like I had a hangover!!! I still haven’t had meat and don’t really plan on having a lot of it. But one thing I couldn’t wait to have was WHOLE WHEAT BREAD!!! I missed YOU Arnold’s Thins. I also must go get some FRO-YO TONIGHT!!!

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I plan on continuing to eat as CLEAN and BALANCED as I can, because that’s what all it’s about!!!


Leah @ Simply Fabulous said...

I really enjoyed reading this Bobbi! Thanks for writing such a detailed recap and your thoughts on it! I've been coffee free for a couple of days and oddly enough I feel great. I've been having green tea instead. Love it!

Food Makes Fun Fuel said...

Congrats on going through that! I think things like this are so beneficial, if only to learn something about ourselves. I've never done anything this extensive, but I did eat vegan just for one day, and in that short time it caused me to really look at what I eat and think about friendly alternatives. I also learned about myself that I love soy yogurt; who would have guessed?

Ali said...

Interesting post. It takes a commitment for sure! I think I would have a hard time with the coffee and trying to avoid gluten. Good job, in the end the fact that you learned so much about your body is all worth it I bet. Good post, Bobbi!

Steel Springs said...

Thanks for the recap. It sounds tough! What a great way to learn about how your body reacts to different foods.

Katie said...

Sounds like a great thing to do. I wish I could do it. I'm steadely trying to clean up my diet and I do feel better.

Taylor said...

I enjoyed reading about what you learned. I think safe and clean detox foods are great, but it's not realistic to live like that 100% of the time. And what's the point to life if you can't eat delicious foods when you crave them once and a while, right?! :-)

RunToTheFinish said...

gosh I can't believe cutting all those things didn't totally help your stomach. I sure that you can figure it out soon!

I so admire your determination with this challenge. I enjoyed my 9 servings daily of fruits and veggies...but I didn't have to stop eating anything thing else...that would be hard

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I'm glad your detox was a complete success. I may have to try something similar t cleanse my body.

Angelina said...

I really admire you being able to get off coffee.
That would be the hardest for me, for sure.

maria said...

Thanks for the wrap-up. I've enjoyed reading it. I'm planning on doing a detox of my own for a few days and focusing only on whole fresh foods and drinking lots of water. I've had way too many sweets lately and my body feels so lagging.

just me said...

great review about the detox bobbi! i hope that you and the doc can really figure out what's wrong w/ your belly...i've been having some of the same problems too...maybe i'll try the whole not raw veggies vs. raw...who knows!

but yay for fro yo asap! i can't wait to get back to cali and get my hands on some! TX is a disappoint in that dept!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing what you got out of the experience!

Amisha said...

I wish I could get off coffee! I wake up with a crazy headache if I miss it two days in a row.

I didn't even do any 30 day cleanse, but all I know is that I felt like I had a hangover for two days after I ate way too much candy on Halloween. I never realized how much sugar affects my body until then.

Katie A. said...

Very impressed with your outcome. I lvoe coffee, actually I love everything about coffee and know I couldn't ever give that up. But it is interesting to see just how many things that we eat don't necessarilly feed us that well. I took a lot of things from watching you eat clean and tried to incorporate a few of them (i.e. sea salt). Thank you!

Lindsey @ EatReadRun said...

Thanks for sharing your detox recap. You touched on a bunch of things I've been re-evaluating in my diet right now. I've cut my coffee consumption down to two days a week, but MAN do I enjoy those two days. Not sure I could scrap it altogether. Thanks again!

General Tom said...

Lovely to eat. thank you