I made it! Pretty much without cheating, I made it!
Actually, yesterday my Mom said to me, “You know, you’re doing really well. I cheated all the time! I’d eat turkey, blue corn chips … to get me through the day!”
This was as I was almost fainted, sprawled out in exhaustion on the kitchen island. I dragged my gaze to her and with a heaving sigh said, “So, I’m sposed to be happy that I’m not cheating? As I feel like this?!”
But, she’s right–I did it pretty much to the letter. And I do feel really good! I just got back from date night, where I had my first “real” meal in 7 days.
Day Seven Observations:
1) I discovered almond milk this morning. My sister Molly kept saying to me, USE ALMOND MILK in your shakes! But for whatever reason, I didn’t. I think I thought it was cheating. Then I read the booklet. Apparently, it’s not cheating. I was missing out on yummy calories all week because I didn’t read the stupid booklet. So, the shakes today, my last three, were must tastier than the others!
2) It’s important to read the booklet. Always always read the booklet.
3) Baking lasagnas was hard … grilling hot dogs was hard … but going to Harry Potter and sitting next to my hubby while he munched on popcorn …. UNBEARABLE! I had 15 kernels. And sadly, it wasn’t even that amazing. Which continues to prove that …
4) Cravings and food desires are SOOOOO in my head! Honestly, the veggies I had this week tasted better than those elicit handfuls of popcorn.
|The appetizer that ended my detox week.|
5) My “real” meal tonight was good, though I had to eat really slow and I definitely could tell, well, um, how do I say this sensitively … I could tell that my colon and intestines were working differently than ever before and were quite shocked at the sudden arrival of hand made mozzarella, lavender sourdough bread, goat cheese biscuits, arugula gnocchi, porcini mushrooms and sweet corn nage.
6) I quite concerned about how to now ease back into normal life, without returning to my normal self. What principles of eating can I take away from this week? Veggies are yummy? Replace graham crackers with almonds? Fruit is incredible for dessert? One doesn’t need popcorn to survive?
7) I’m glad I did it. That’s an important observation.
8) I will do it again someday. And make my husband do it with me. 🙂
9) I hope I’ve encouraged someone else along the way to give it a go–even if you “cheat” and eat organic turkey as a snack instead of a carrot, it’s better than our normal diets of fast food, quick-grab-carb snacks and very little whole, real foods!
10) You won’t feel skinny during or after a detox. Just healthy. And a little bit less “cravy” than before. I still desire certain foods, but I’m–at least for now–much more able to say no thanks, or only take a few nibbles. I hope I can keep that up …