I felt reluctant to continue writing about my detox after the first post as I thought that it could be, frankly, a bit boring. Each of us has visited a site where the writer has a fondness to overshare about their eating habits and diet: each morsel eaten, photos of unmentionable detox attributes, things that we really don’t want to know – way too much information. I don’t want to be that person.
However, I was surprised over the last week to receive emails, phone calls and questions from friends, and friends of friends asking about my progress. What I found was that there are people who genuinely want to know how it is going, how I feel, and if I have made progress.
If you are one of those people who really does NOT want to know, please look the other way, skip this post and forgive me. I won’t be offended.
I think that the crux of the matter is this: we all have things about ourselves that we want to change. And however difficult those changes might prove, they are harder in the “thinking about them” than they are in the doing. So we get inspiration for making our own changes where we can and sometimes look to others for inspiration on our own path. Hopefully, this update inspires courage to change and not just a bit of eye-rolling!
My uncle George used to say that the hardest part of running each morning was “tying his shoes.” On detox day seventeen, I have to agree. I put off a detox for years (literally). There are myriad excuses: can’t live without my morning coffee, my evening beer, wine, cocktail, my bread and olive oil, my _____ (fill in the blank). Today, I am strangely elated to report that I don’t really miss any of those things. The hardest part was actually starting and the withdrawal from those luscious, delicious, beautiful things.
I did continue to document my progress in short snippets – which you find below. I want to say upfront that I would urge anyone attempting a similar cleanse to taper off and go slowly into the process rather that taking my lead to go cold turkey.
All the books present it, doctors sternly recommend it, and everyone you talk to is in agreement: phase out toxins, phase in the detox. Why I chose to approach it this way, I cannot say – perhaps I threw caution to the wind? I am stubborn? I didn’t have time? (I chose a time when my daughter would be out-of-town.) Perhaps it was the only way I could have done it? Whatever the excuse, I don’t recommend it! Don’t do it… employ moderation. (A theme I have spent my life trying to learn.)
All this being said, I am happy to report that I did survive (regardless of the pain of Day 6). I am still here and I am still at it.
We left off at Day 5:
Day 6 – If I hit the wall on day three, the wall fell today. More like the dam broke. Sick. Sick. Sick. I see myself as a healthy person, I grow our food, I cook at home, I eat organic. How could my body be so sick? Complete breakdown after the dam broke, I go to bed and start to feel better. I am alive. I sit very still. I meditate.
Day 7 – Feeling better this morning. And I mean better than before I started the detox. I write lunch on my calendar and pledge to take the time to prepare, sit and eat each day (well, at least three days a week). I breathe. Pilates feels good.
Day 8 – I tell my friend Angie that I am actually beginning to enjoy cooking in this new way. Trying new combinations of smoothies. Meals without wheat. A week ago I thought I could never live without coffee, wine, bread and cheese – today a quinoa salad with baked chicken for lunch is delicious. (These recipes helped so much.)
Day 9 – High energy. First day since I started detox that I am not hungry. I feel energized and want to smile at the whole world. No one really notices the new me – except me. Sigh.
Day 10 – Ditto.
Day 11 – Ditto – High energy seems to be becoming a way of life…
Day 12 – I break down, break out and have a “wild” day: A few pita chips with my salad, and a frozen yoghurt at night. I feel great and I am not ashamed. My girlfriend laughs that my “wild day” has certainly evolved (can’t imagine what she might be referring to).
Day 13 – I wake up and feel like I want to make a plan for life. I have lost 8 more pounds.
Day 14 – Finally, friends start to notice that I am standing up straighter, feeling better, and have more energy. They ask what I have been doing and I explain my detox/acupuncture/Pilates combo. I haven’t had a headache since the third day and three girlfriends commit to joining me in detox. I urge them to taper off and ease in. We make a plan to go “hard core” in two weeks.
Day 15 – I ease off the detox “program” and feel like a whole new world and way to look at food is beginning. I have a plan. I will continue to ease off the detox for the next two weeks but, I want do the full three-week detox with friends – partners. So, I am easing off but starting again – from the beginning. However, this time without the withdrawal symptoms – at least they will not be as severe.
I have a good day that includes a visit to my favorite Mexican restaurant in celebration of my daughter’s first day at kindergarten – it includes a salad and a margarita. Two weeks ahead to learn what feels good to my body and what doesn’t. I make the “Natalie Plan” which is a mixture of eating from my garden, the farmers market, Clean, Fat Flush and “The Maggie” (my daughter’s plan).
Day 16 – I wake up each morning energized – without my morning latte (or 3). I head to the farmers market and buy a load of fruit to freeze for my morning smoothies – seems to make it easier for me and the smoothies become like ice cream. I will work in the studio for a while and then head home for my planned, healthy and relaxing lunch. There will always be a few “treats” included in my day, but they feel like just that – “treats.” I will savor each and every one.
I purchase Canyon Ranch: Nourish which my friend Kay recommends.
I vow to cook more. I will celebrate.
Thank you for all the well-wishes, emails, phone calls, recipes, ideas, and support along the way,