Hello, Beautiful! How are you feeling today?
Have you been feeling down, sluggish, slow? Bloated or full beyond comfort?
Are you having trouble sleeping? Got the winter blues?
You may need a DETOX!
“Detoxing” means you eat and drink a certain way to remove toxins from your body. You may have a chemical build-up that needs to be flushed out.
There are SO many benefits! Like what, you ask? A DETOX:
Gets your organs working better.
(Boring benefit, but better for health!).
(This is the one I noticed the most.)
Eliminates excess waste.
(Another ho hum – but that’s what got rid of the bloating;
and healthy digestion just helps our bodies all the way around!).
Boosts metabolism to start weight loss.
(Yay! Not as much as I would have liked, but a good 3 lbs. off in the 10 days.)
Clears the mind.
(I felt more “together” if that makes sense.
I accomplished more, and was more focused.)
Improves your skin.
(Big difference here – even with the -30 temps I was in!!
Better color, and smoother texture.)
Helps you look and feel younger!
(I was just hoppity-skipping around after the third day.)
THE BASIC PLAN: There are dozens that are marketed online, but you don’t need special ingredients, or pay for “packaged” programs – you just need to cut out certain foods, especially anything processed. (Having said that, I did use Beachbody’s Shakeology for my morning “meal” because it fills me up and regulates my blood sugar).
- Morning: Protein (like 2 hard boiled eggs, or a piece of Canadian bacon) + 1 c. berries. Like I mentioned, I had a Shakeology shake with 1 cup of blueberries or strawberries every day.
- Lunch: The basic combo is a vegetable base (like spinach and romaine, or even broccoli or cauliflower) and a protein (turkey, chicken, fish, lean pork, hard-boiled egg), with a healthy fat (2 Tbl. olive oil or ¼ avocado). I “cheated” a little here because I used commercially-prepared salad dressings, such as Newman’s Own Lite Balsamic Vinegarette or Annie’s Raspberry Vinegarette.
- Snacks: Hummus with vegetables or ¼ mixed nuts.
- Dinner: 4-6 ounces of a lean protein (see lunch) and steamed vegetables.
Freebies: Non-starchy vegetables: Broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, cabbage, bell peppers, eggplant, snap peas, spinach, summer squash, zucchini, celery, radishes, jicama, tomatoes and all greens (Romaine, kale, mustard, collard, watercress). AND GO NUTS WITH HERBS!! That’s how I made my delicious dinners delectable! (A little alliteration there for you!).
HOW, SPECIFICALLY, DO YOU DO IT?
First of all: Set a goal. Mine was ten days, but then I actually went twelve officially (unofficially, I’m still on it because I love how I’m feeling!).
Next: Take your weight and measurements. We all like to SEE results, so get a baseline. Measure your bust, waist, hips, thigh and upper arm.
Then, make a MENU: Planning gets results! I didn’t deviate from my menu very much because the predictability helped (both for grocery shopping and preparation). Need help? Get my free menu and planning printables, here.
PREPARE! Purchase, and then pre-make as many things as you can. I did all of my fresh veggie cutting for the week, hard-boiled my eggs, and cooked large batches of meat (on each Sunday only) so I could grab-and-go without temptation. I did my grocery shopping the day before I started, and then did one fill-in (greens and hummus) midway through.
START!! Have your three meals, plus two snacks, spread out across your day. (I did 7 am, 10 am, 12:30 pm, 3 pm, and 6 pm).
You HAVE to drink a lot of water. I was drinking at least 64 oz. a day (two Nalgene bottles) at work, a glass when I got up, and one or two when I got home. You don’t have to drink quite that much (the 64 oz. would be plenty). Get creative with it by infusing the water with fruit or lemon juice if you need to.
Keep track of everything you eat (Get the free printable food tracker with planner and menu). This is what really changes your mindset to have this become a new, healthier way of eating.
Fall off the wagon? Go ahead and write it down, and just START OVER.
Every day is a new day!!
CHALLENGES: The first day (a Monday) was easy because I was excited. Days 2 and 3 were the hardest. I was tired and felt hungry a couple of times during the day. But then Day 4 came along, and I was so glad I’d worked through it! The rest was easy – and I even went to two social events. For one, I brought my food, for the other, I just made wise [and small] choices (and wrote them down).
Exercise: That’s another whole blog post in itself. I DO NOT like to exercise. But I did do a fun cardio video I have three mornings each week for 30 minutes each.
The RESULTS: I gave you a teaser with the benefits, above, but the biggest benefit was my overall well-being. It’s Winter (with a capital W) here in Alaska, folks, and that’s when it’s easy to stay in, eat comfort foods, and get depressed. Today it’s -22, and I’ve gotten so much done (inside, of course)!!
I was a little disappointed that I didn’t lose more pounds on the scale, but when I measured my waist,
I HAD LOST 3 INCHES!!
Also, I am diabetic – and my fasting glucose (sugar) level went from 257 to 115, DROPPING MORE THAN 100 mg/dl!!! (Goal: Below 100).
I’m so excited to share these results with you. This week I am slowly going to introduce a couple of dairy items back into my diet and see how it goes.
ARE YOU READY TO CLEAN OUT YOUR SYSTEM, AND FEEL THE BEST YOU CAN FEEL??!! Let me know how you do, and if your willpower is testing you, see how you can build it up, here.
Disclaimer: Always check with your physician before doing any type of diet or exercise program. I am by no means a doctor, and am just sharing what worked for me. Also, there are a couple of affiliate links in here that I have the potential to make money from, however, that did not influence my recommendation.