So, overall, the detox has been a success, but I’m not doing 30 days.  I think I stopped somewhere around day 21, bored with it and ready to move on.  This doesn’t mean that I didn’t take anything away from it.

  • My current lifestyle is not conducive to keeping any sort of journal, but especially a health journal.  I can see where they would be useful, but I actually relaxed more once I told myself I didn’t have to write everything down.
  • Drinking more water is a definite plus; I can feel the fatigue go down the closer I get to my goal of 70 ounces.  I also like the lemon water (I think I’d like it better warm but don’t have the ability to warm it right now).  I’ve found a weakness in tea lattes, but I think it’s at least a step up from blended coffee drinks.  I have managed to give up soda entirely and don’t miss it.
  • I largely kept to the no processed, only whole foods.  Yeah, I had the occasional slip-up, especially toward the end.  Did I mention 30 days is a long time?  I found some processed foods too salty now and some far too sweet.  I will try to stick with the whole foods thing.
  • I really like honey and molasses better than white sugar (or even brown sugar).  I’m thrilled, as I have young kids who like sweets.  This way, we can at least work towards healthier, limited sweets.
  • Dry skin brushing: ick.  I like my loofah in the shower, but the dry skin thing isn’t happening.
  • I’m using my gym now, although I still like my home-based workouts just as much.
  • There are a ton of detox concepts out there and most of them are the same, plus some very soft science or the attempt to sell you their product.  I like the one I used because there weren’t any real gimmicks and most of the ideas are fairly well-backed by science.
  • Very hard time with the farmers’ market, local CSA (can only do the pickup on Tuesdays in the middle of the day??), and local suppliers, but I’ll keep working on this one.  I did use Trader Joe’s, the local health food store, and the organic area of supermarkets.
  • No aromatherapy, but I’m still making a go of yoga once a week.  I’d like to try the class at the gym, but haven’t made it there due to my schedule.
  • I love my grass-fed beef source and use it regularly.  I haven’t purchased “regular” beef in a while.  I still need a better source for chicken and fish.
  • Quinoa, buckwheat, and wild rice are all awesome.  I can happily use these in place of my normal grains (never a huge bread person).  I’ll have to adapt recipes here and there to figure out some baked items, but overall, these work.
  • Facial, getting outside to play, both better.  Bed earlier and one day of fasting each week, not as much.  I still want to try, though, and plan to do another series on prayer and fasting after a break.
  • I did cut out dairy (switched to almond milk) and cut down on eggs, but I was feeling the lack of protein and pulled free-range eggs back in.  I would like to find a whole milk source, but will settle for limited organic milk and keep with the almond milk.
  • I love spices.  I can’t believe I let myself forget how much I love them.  Cinnamon is a mainstay, along with cilantro, lemongrass, pepper… I’ll buy more as I can afford it, but there will definitely be more spices.
  • I’m making a huge effort to avoid GMOs and additives.  My sinuses seem to be doing better and I didn’t have a breakout when I normally do, so it may have made a difference.  I never did get a massage though.  Someday…
  • I haven’t figured out a way to make my own juices; no room for a juicer and no money for it.  I do try to buy freshly made juice once a week, though, and substitute fruit and vegetable smoothies (like Naked Juice) for the occasional meal.  I also haven’t checked my pH, even though I have a resource for it.  Finances…
  • At some point in the future, I’m going to do the five day cleanse as described, but I was OVER this cleanse before I ever got to the five-day.

I will do this again.  Not I would, but I will.  I just don’t think it will ever be 30 days.  21 days appears to be my limit, but a good 5-7 cleanse like what should’ve been done toward the end would be awesome.  Maybe next January.  Until then, I’ve learned a lot, will take away a lot, and lost 3 pounds.  I’m pretty content with the results.  Did anyone else try this?

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Alright, this detox thing is hard and, I have to admit, expensive.  Maybe it’s because I’m not used to it (I’ve never done one before) and don’t have the resources set up to do this.  Maybe I didn’t have a lot to detoxify (doubtful).  But doing this has been very, very difficult, especially on a tight budget.

I haven’t been doing my health journal.  I started out strong (and I did do my weigh-in last Friday), but I am so tired by the time I get home, make a from-scratch meal, make my meals for the next day, and get ready for bed that I just don’t feel like writing.  Still, I’ve planned out most of my meals and, even though I’m not being perfect about my plans, I’m sticking to it pretty closely.

I’ve only missed drinking my lemon water (always lukewarm) twice so far.  Once I made it up in the evening.  The second time I just skipped it.  I’m not certain it’s helping, but my colitis has been behaving.

I ordered my non-BPA bottles finally; can’t wait for them to get here.  I’ve been drinking around 64 ounces every day (eight 8-oz glasses), but by body weight, I should be drinking more like 75.  Seems like it would be easier if I could refill with healthy, filtered water anywhere.  I slipped up once and had a soda.  It didn’t really even taste good, but I was very tired and in need of caffeine.  I decided one drink wasn’t bad.

I slipped up on fast food/ processed food a few times.  I tried to make healthier choices when I did it, but tiredness and finances were a factor.  I sincerely doubt I will ever do a full month cleanse again.

I’ve been much better about sugar than anything else.  Fruit is starting to taste very sweet again… a nice result.

I joined my gym… I have yet to use it.  There have been various factors (time, mostly, but also the fact that I’ve started biking 9 miles a day in my work commute.

I’m in the process of reading The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox.  It recommends a 21-day detox, another affirmation that a month is just too long.

I was doing better about using the farmers’ market before I started this.  Again, I’m tired and money is tight from the detox.

I haven’t found a good place for fresh fish, which is ridiculous, since I live 15 miles from the ocean.  I’ll try to work on that tonight.  I also didn’t do my recharge day in nature, but it was very cold this last weekend.

I’ve cut out grains (except when I’ve slipped up).  I really like quinoa, but am limiting myself to one serving every day or two.

I have a good source for grass-fed beef and haven’t had non-grass-fed beef so far this month.  Now I’ll try to not have any more red meat until the detox ends.  I also have a loofah for the shower, but not a dry brush.  I decided the dry scrubbing (tried with the loofah) was uncomfortable and made my skin a pretty shade of ouch.

I’m doing it out of order, but tonight I’m going to do a facial.  I like facials; it’s one of the few girlie things I like to do.  Maybe it will relax me and help me sleep better.

Sorry this post is so long.  There are just so many details… I could already fill a book.  More to come soon.

 

I am learning moderation with this detox.  I think a shorter period would enable me to be very strict, but 31 full days (30, whatever) is a huge stretch.

I haven’t quite cut out all refined sugars, but they are very limited in my diet.  I probably cheat about once a day, maybe every other day.  I’ll try to be strict about it for the last two weeks, but for now, I’m allowing tiny slips.  These are huge steps.

I haven’t purchased a dry skin brush yet, but I’m using a loofah in the shower itself.  I feel cleaner and, I admit, I had a little breakout.  But it’s getting better already.

I joined a gym… I haven’t been there yet.  I will go in and do all the actual paperwork on Saturday, then I plan to use it for 2-4 days a week.

I will still need to get one of those books from the library.  I’ve been reading other books about nutrition, but haven’t hit these yet.

The only CSA in my area delivers on Tuesdays at 1pm.  I’m at work.  It’s not an option for now, but I will try to hit the farmers’ market regularly.

I have done yoga twice now (although I left out the aromatherapy part… need candles!).  I do feel a little more centered and definitely notice the flexibility improving.

As far as the food is concerned, this requires some very careful planning or extra money.  I’m planning carefully for the last two weeks, but I’ll try to stay in a holding pattern until then.

I will weigh tomorrow.  At that time, I’ll repost how I’m doing.

Okay, it’s already getting a lot harder to stick to this cleanse and, for the future, I think I may limit myself to a shorter cleanse.  Not sure how long would be right, but the knowledge that there are still 16 days– more than two weeks– to go makes me want to cheat.

I did clean out the cabinets and refrigerators and put back in only good stuff, but I share a kitchen, so there’s all sorts of temptation.  I’m doing better by telling myself it’s not mine, but then the kids want more food and I never seem to have enough of the healthy stuff.  This could be tough…

I’m actually doing well with the lemon water.  Not sure how much it’s helping, but I did have a weird case of night sweats, so maybe it’s doing its thing.

The whole thing with lemon water is that lemon is highly alkaline-forming.  Our bodies are made to be slightly alkaline– around 7.3 or 7.4 pH.  Because of our diet, we tend to run slightly acidic (coffee, soda, diet foods, processed foods, and grains are all acid-forming).  Drinking lemon water each morning is a step in turning my pH more alkaline.

I was worried that the lemon water would upset my ulcerative colitis, but so far I’ve stayed fairly healthy and my bowel movements have been more regular.  Still more flatulence than I’d like (should’ve warned that this blog is not for the weak of stomach), but even that seems to be improving.  Again, since I did cheat, I’m not sure if it’s from the cleanse or from the cheating…

I do well having my 16 ounces of green tea each morning.  Yesterday I managed a full 72 ounces of water (including the lemon water and green tea).  Today I’m closer to 64, but only a little off.  I have started to feel actual thirst again, which is a nice change from never really being thirsty, just having cravings.

I’m supposed to have committed to eating only whole foods as of today and I goofed.  I had a nut bar AND a Coffee Bean tea latte.  The nut bar was, at least, full of nuts and only had real sugar (no high fructose corn syrup) and the tea latte wasn’t the ice blended or mocha I really wanted, but it was still a slip-up.  Time to start afresh tomorrow.

I haven’t been able to sleep as much as I should, so it’s hard to tell how I’m doing in the energy department.  I definitely craved caffeine today.  Hopefully getting a good night’s sleep tonight will help.

More update tomorrow.  These should be more detailed in a couple of days.

There were so many distractions to doing this today:

  • I hadn’t yet gone grocery shopping, so I wasn’t prepared.  Solution: I did a partial fast.
  • I got a late start on my water.  Solution: I’ve been trying to drink more to make up for it, but I’m still behind.
  • My mother and sister are still eating junk food from last night.  Solution: Try to eat away from them and avoid that junk food!

I did do my “to do” for the day.  I have a fitness journal.  I’ve already put in what I’ve eaten and drunk today.  Still need to document my sleep, exercise, how I feel… no real pampering done.  Oh, it also had a spot for putting in my weight and measurements.  I’m already down to 154.2 (8 pound loss in the last six months).  At 5’9″, this is within my acceptable weight range.  Now I just have to work on my measurements, which means more weights.

If you want to make your own health journal, start on the first page with your measurements and weight and any goals for the month.  On every page following, document every bite that goes in your mouth and every drink that goes in your body.  Keep track not only of dedicated periods of exercise (today I ran), but also of how active you are the rest of the time (sat in front of the TV all day vs. did housework and ran errands).  Don’t forget to note how much sleep you got the night before, then rate your energy level from 1 (nearly comatose) to 3 (average) to 5 (extra energy to spare).

For the record here, I got 9 hours of sleep and, although I’m now a little tired from all the things I got done today, I haven’t felt sleepy-tired all day, so I’m going to rate the day at a 4.

See you tomorrow!

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I plan to do a January detox.  Detoxifying your body is actually an ancient practice, with roots in many religions, that is taking hold again (although you’re usually labeled “New Age” if you take part in it).  However, since it’s also very Biblical to cleanse your body, I’m going to try one this year.  It’s a jump-start to my New Year’s Resolutions for health.

Tuesday, January 1– Start a health journal.  Record all food, drink, exercise, sleep, “pampering activities” (see more on that below), energy level (1-10), and how I feel.

Wednesday, January 2– Clean out the cabinets and refrigerators.  If I have food in there that will tempt me, I’m more likely to fail.  Be ruthless!  Why hang onto a box of processed food I really don’t want to eat?

Thursday, January 3– Drink 8 oz of warm (cold acceptable) lemon water each morning to start the day.  Also drink 70 oz of water each day; only 16 ox can come from green or herbal teas (unsweetened).  Cut out all soda and coffee drinks (since I don’t drink coffee black) and don’t have a rare alcoholic drink.  Get a good, non-BPA bottle for home and another to keep at work.  Cost: ~$30.

Friday, January 4– Resolve to only eat whole foods this month.  No fast food.  No processed foods.  If I can’t decipher the ingredient label (or my grandmother wouldn’t recognize it), don’t put it in my body.  If God didn’t make it, don’t ingest it.

Saturday, January 5– Cut out all refined sugars for the rest of this month, even the better ones like honey and blackstrap molasses.

Sunday, January 6– Use a dry skin brush before I shower.  Toxins are being released, mostly through my sweat and urine.  I don’t want that dwelling on my skin.  Cost: ~$15.

Monday, January 7– Join a gym.  Then use it.

Tuesday, January 8– Read The New Detox Diet (Chaci), Beauty Detox Solution (Snyder), or Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox(Deluz).  Check these out from the library.

Wednesday, January 9– Sign up for a CSA and/or start using the local farmers’ market every week.  Think local and unprocessed.

Thursday, January 10– Have an aromatherapy/ yoga session at home.  Relax, shut out outside distractions, and pray or meditate.  Soft singing is okay.

Friday, January 11– Look for a local seafood wholesaler or somewhere to buy “fresh from the sea” seafood.  Make “Fish Friday” my own tradition.

Saturday, January 12– Spend the day recharging in nature and in a partial fast.  Pack a small New Testament, at least 64 oz of water, and an “emergency” snack of nuts, fruit, and vegetables.  Then get away from it all and spend the day outdoors.

Sunday, January 13– Cut out all processed grains.  Limit quinoa, buckwheat (kasha), and amaranth to one serving per day through end of cleanse.

Monday, January 14– Go to bed earlier.  Cut down on indoor lighting and use F.lux on the computer to cut out blue light.  Consider buying blue light-blocking glasses.

Tuesday, January 15– Give myself at at-home facial, using natural ingredients.

Wednesday, January 16– Find a source for grass-fed beef and commit to eating only grass-fed and free-range in the future.  For the duration of the cleanse, however, cut out all red meat and chicken. Fish is still okay.

Thursday, January 17– Get a loofah for the shower.  Gently exfoliate every shower.

Friday, January 18– Commit to one day of rest and fasting (water and juice allowed only) every week.  Because of my schedule, sundown on Thursday to sundown on Friday works best.  Remember to break the fast gently.

Saturday, January 19– Get outside and play!  Use short bursts of high exertion (sprint level) to stress and strengthen heart and muscles.

Sunday, January 20–  Cut out all dairy products and eggs.  When the cleanse is over, commit to whole, fresh organic milk and free-range eggs.

Monday, January 21– Get a massage.  Drink at least 16 ounces of water before the massage and 16 ounces again after.

Tuesday, January 22– Add more spices, fresh or dried, to meals.  Fresh is best, but dried can still have potency.

Wednesday, January 23– Cut out fish.  Foods should be limited whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

Thursday, January 24– Make a commitment to avoid additives and GMOs.  Read Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide to What’s Safe & What’s Not by Christine Hoza.

Friday, January 25– Test and monitor my pH.  Properly balanced urine pH is 6.4 to 6.75.  Properly balanced saliva pH is 7.0 to 7.4.  I’m made to be alkaline.

Saturday, January 26– Start making own fresh juices.  Consider getting a juicer.

Sunday, January 27– Finish up strong.  For the next five days, eat as follows:

  • 1 cup of raw, juiced, or cooked dark leafy greens- 2+ servings per day
  • 1 cup of raw, juiced, or cooked rainbow veggies- 2+ servings per day
  • 1/2 cup cooked legume or starchy vegetable per day
  • 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw whole grains per day
  • 3-4 ounces of fruits- 2 servings per day, not counting lemon juice in the morning
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil or shaved coconut or 1/3 c coconut milk per day
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil or 1 tsp fish oil- 2 servings per day for Omega-3s
  • 1/2 to 1 avocado per day, plus 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of seeds or a very small handful of nuts per day
  • Optional 1 cup of almond/rice milk per day
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed each day
  • 1 tbsp ground cocoa powder or cacao nibs
  • 1 8 oz glass of warm lemon water each morning
  • 75 oz pure water (green or herbal tea allowed but doesn’t count toward 75 ounces)
  • Free use of parsley, garlic, onions, cayenne, bay leaves, cilantro, cinnamon, curry, dill, ginger, and dried mustard
  • One serving of real miso soup allowed per day

Monday, January 28– Use a sauna.  Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after.  Exceed the day’s 75 ounce goal.

Tuesday, January 29– Stay educated.  Read up on sites like http://www.processedfreeamerica.org and http://www.ewg.org .

Wednesday, January 30– Start planning my menus for February, especially during the crucial period coming out of the cleanse.  Take it slow re-introducing foods and watch for allergies and sensitivities.  Consider cutting those foods out entirely.

Thursday, January 31– I did it!  Consider a water-only fast until sundown, then bring juices back.  Remember to keep up the food journal and be willing to cut some foods out forever.  If I feel better, it’s worth it.

As each day comes up, I will be blogging on it, so if you want to follow my journey, please keep an eye on this blog.