Well, I found myself feeling guilty this week for my eating and so I'm going to catalogue here and see how badly I fell off the wagon.
On Monday I had juice in the morning and followed the diet. Then at lunch I saw these fabulous blueberries. I ended up buying them because they looked too good to pass up. And they were good! Anyhow, I decided that any diet that doesn't allow blueberries can't possibly be okay! Excuses, excuses, I know. But I made it to day 17 - MLK day - and had a treat. Blueberries. That same day I ate some whole grain rice with a stir fry and I had some cashoes as well. So those were my infractions. I still ate a crazy amount of vegetables in that one day, however. Dinner was a stir fry of Zuchini, tomatoes, mushrooms and wild rice and then I put a bit of goat cheese on top. I also had half of sweet potato and fish. I've been combining flesh with starch for about four days now. You might recall that the book I'm following - Natalie Rose's Detox 4 Women - does not allow starch and flesh mixed. Her reason is that it slows down transit time through your intestines. All I can say is that since I started combining the two I have been much more regular and now things are moving along just like she wants. So perhaps she's wrong about that for some people - I really don't know - but I certainly prefer my meals that way and so I've gone back to doing that and I feel much more full and bathroom time is what she suggested it ought to be. :)
On Tuesday I ate my juice in the morning then had a salad with salmon at lunch and finished the day with a bunch of veggies (cucumber, tomato, goat cheese, sweet potato, avacado, egg) and then I followed that with some of that buckwheat pasta with sauce on it. I have to admit that the buckwheat pasta is just gross. I'm sorry but I really think it is. I ate it, don't get me wrong, but it's a bit slimy and I don't care for the flavor at all. I tried putting oil, salt and pepper, sauce, and then some cheese but it ended up seeming like I was eating slop and there is just no way to avoid that. I will try one of her buckwheat recipes in the next week - maybe a soup is what you have to cook it in for it to taste good.
I'm still hovering at 130 lbs. As you recall my goal was 128. I'm over a week away from the end of the detox. I am now going to the bathroom the way the books describe I should be and my skin is looking acne free (or virtually acne free). I do feel energetic and my sinuses do feel clear. The detox seems to make me thirsty. :)
things I've learned:
Alkaline foods according to the detox guidelines do seem to help balance my digestion (lemon, cucumber, other veggies). I do not have any cystitus (painful bladder syndrome) pain at all. The one night I had coq au vin, I did have some discomfort in digestion. I've avoided that since then.
I like dairy products (yep, I really do). I did not give up on the dairy to the extent the diet recommended. I found myself really wanting goat's yogurt or cheese and eating it. I ate plain goat yogurt as dessert and I would put stevia and flax seed in it. It tasted very nice. I started adding blueberries this week (A real thrill). I do not know if the detox I've been on has enough calcium for a healthy diet. I have been happy to add it on my own by instinct and don't seem to have experienced ill effects. I recommend picking low-fat or fat free dairy products and going organic and to the goat direction if possible. I'm not positive that there is a big difference betwee organic cow's products or goat products in my digestion - doesn't seem to bother my belly at all to have cow products (some people are more sensitive and might have trouble with them). I don't appear to.
My joint pain is gone. Just thought I'd add that in. Forgot to mention it before.
I still have effects from my female hormones this month. Dr's say that avoiding fatty foods, caffiene, and salt is supposed to improve that. I do think that I had less obvious bloating this month but otherwise I still had fluid retention, tissue inflamation (sinuses and skin) and mood related issues. I am curious if continuing on a diet like this would relieve that stuff over time and one month isn't enough. I just dont' know. I will say that I suspect it would not and that as my well meaning dentist mentioned at the start of my detox - stress and hormones have at least as much impact on health as diet. :)
Okay, I'm off to the next entry. That one will be about redefining how you see yourself!