Food

To Detox or not to Detox?

There is a debate around whether a detox works or not. In my opinion, it works, but people react differently and maybe, just maybe it does not work for someone. I think the only reason it does not work is because of the bad stuff that you are removing that tastes so damn good.

I have done a few detox days/weeks in my life and every time it did make a difference to my body and what I put into it.

The only difference with this detox was that I could basically eat whatever veggies, fruit and protein I wanted to. I was not limited to only fish and chicken instead of pork and beef, however chicken and fish is preferable. Also, breakfast and lunch could be substituted with a healthy shake or smoothie or you had your chewable food option if you do not like the shake. Fantastic, works for everyone.

What was the type of stuff that I had to avoid? Carbs or in other words bad carbs and processed food/meat.

The “Please avoid List”:

Protein:

  • Processed and canned meats e.g Salami

  • Sausages

  • Cured or smoked meats

  • Soy Products

Dairy:

  • Butter

  • Casein

  • Cow’s Milk

  • Cream

  • Goat’s Milk

  • Ice Cream

  • Soy Milk or Yoghurt

  • Whey Protein

  • Yoghurt

Grains:

  • Barley

  • Rye

  • Wheat

  • Spelt

Beverages:

  • Coffee max 1 cup per day

  • Ceylon Tea

  • Fruit Juice

  • Fizzy Cooldrinks

Herbs/Spices/Dressings and Condiments:

  • BBQ Sauce

  • Chutney

  • Tomato Sauce

  • Mustard Sauce

  • Soy Sauce

  • Tamari

  • Teriyaki Sauce

Bad Fats:

  • Hydrogenated fats

  • Trans fats

  • Processed and refined oils e.g mayo, salad dressings, salad spread

  • Peanut Oil

I also did not have any potato, bread, crackers, pasta, rice or any form of these type of carbs. My body honestly loved me.

What did I have to eat? Basically what did my menu look like? A typical day would be:

Breaksfast: Shake

Lunch: Shake or a smoothie

Dinner: Protein and Veggies/Green Salad or soup as my veggies.

I drank 1.5L – 2L of fluids a day. This includes water and flavoured, decaf tea without milk only low calorie sweetener and a little bit of honey.

What did my body do?

I kept a notepad and wrote down only the first week of “feelings”. I started with the 2nd week, but did not really have any “feelings” as my body quickly got used to it.

Detox Week 1

Monday: None

Tuesday: It was a very cold day and I wanted to eat everything! I was hungry just before dinner and I had a headache in the evening.

Wednesday: I still had a headache in the morning. I missed and craved my coffee the most. I started peeing like a race horse and I sorted my tea cupboard. I still had a headache I the evening and I think I started sweating tea.

Thursday: I was at one point so thirsty, but that was because I did not have enough fluids during the day and the headache in the evening subsided after I had my fluids.

Friday: Everything was turning to be normal but I almost did myself in on the smoothie. I thought 2 servings means 2 servings so meaning you can make two and have one now for lunch and maybe the other one for dinner or breakfast, BUT I was so wrong. Half a portion or 1 serving is actually for a snack and 2 servings is a lunch. Shoe, almost lost out there hahaha

Detox Week 2

Monday: It was really bad. I craved everything I could not have. I was looking for that warmth.

Tuesday: I really struggled. Again it was a very cold day and all you want is comfort food. Hot soups, bread, pasta, you name it. My fluids was almost nothing and I really struggled taking in enough. Of course you develop a headache again.

From Wednesday I were settled in and I was very proud of myself as I did not have popcorn at the movies and when we went out for lunch (which happened twice in the 2 weeks) I chose healthy options.

What were the results?

– I got used to drinking a lot of fluids.

– My body craved fluids if I did not have enough.

– My headaches subsided.

– I did not have any cravings for the usual stuff I always craved.

– I felt more energetic, my sugar levels looked fantastic.

– I used very low dosages of insulin.

– I never got so hungry that I just jumped into the cupboard or fridge and started eating everything in front of me.

– I started sleeping better.

After the two weeks:

  • I lost 3cm around my middle

  • I dropped more than 1% in fat percentage

  • I picked up muscle weight

We started experimenting with low carb/keto recipies and looking for meals that had very low to no carbs almost. We had a cauliflower pizza which was so yummy and it still felt like a pizza although it tastes more like cauliflower. It is filling and a good substitute in my book.

I am at the point where I do not want to add carbs back to my menu again. I felt so great without it and my body responded to it so good that I feel why mess with something that works.

There are many different detox options. One of them I would like to try is a juice detox. I have to be very careful though as I am not sure what the natural sugars will do to my sugar levels.

I am still kind of detoxing. Kind of, because I will still be drinking my shake in the morning for breakfast but I will have two corn cakes at lunch which is added today after I saw my dietician. Still there will be no carbs at dinner except in the form of veggies (Butternut,beetroot or Sweet Potato).

What do you think? Does a detox work? Have you ever tried it? Please let me know as I would love to exchange some ideas. Maybe you have a cool recipe to try. Stick it down in the comments below. I WANT new ideas and food!

My verdict: DETOX for the win!

Keep an eye here for updates on THE DETOX.

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