We have 2 more days to go with this special program and I can't wait to have a Starbucks Latte Grande once we get to the airport on Monday. I can't wait to have a nice grilled steak with some lovely salad and fresh veggies. I can only imagine how good it will taste.
It has been a bit of challenge. Of course. It is all about breaking habits. I imagined it being hard to resist carbs and sugary treats, but surprisingly what I've been craving for is meat. We have been joking about having a steak, how we could kill for a burger with extra everything. Spaghetti Bolognese. Having a muffin or piece of cake has not even entered my mind. Isn't that weird as I'm a total sucker for bakery treats?
I can now recognize hunger as a feeling for the first time in ages. I realize I eat of habit more than of hunger. I eat more of loving food than to just nurture myself. I eat a lot instead of just enough and I eat of comfort when I'm bored, restless, frustrated, sad, angry and stressed instead of dealing with those feelings.
Having a husband who is a professional top chef helps. Food never gets boring in this house even if it is restricted to certain foods and 1200 calories a day, accompanied only by loads of water throughout the day. The drinking water part is a big key to flushing out all those toxins we carry in our bodies. A normal day has looked something like this:
Hot lemon and ginger water
Baked Apple Blueberries Raisins and cinnamon
Green juice, my favorite has been Apple Carrot Lemon juice and Pear Kale Celery Lemon juice. Or low calorie smoothies like Raspberry Blueberry Banana Almond milk Chia seed and Cinnamon smoothie.
Green salad with choice of 3 raw vegetables or clear vegetable soup.
Green juice or smoothie.
Roasted vegetables or soup with salad. My favorite dinner was when the kids had tacos and we made tacos from lentils instead of meat. Served in a large Roman lettuce leaf with cucumber, corn, spring onions and peppers on top drizzled with tomato, lemon, cilantro salsa. Yum!
Herbal tea of choice.
Sometimes it is good to challenge yourself and regain control of your habits and body. I've learned something from this experience and even though we will indulge on our vacation in Sweden, as we always do, I will be more conscious about my daily choices and listen more to what my body actually needs, instead of what I want.
For the last couple of years I've added some stubborn weight and I keep on failing in my efforts on loosing them because I am not a diet girl. I love food way to much and I think food is one of the big pleasures in life. But after entering me 40's my metabolism has changed and it is harder to stay in shape. I've tried diets like LCHF, 5:2 and Paleo half heartedly but as I said, I just do it with half efforts and of course it doesn't work.
I"m all for enjoying food, and could never be the girl who pokes her food around on her plate just because she wants a flat belly. No, no... Life is to short for that, but I can love food in a healthy way and enjoy a little at the time instead of Super Sizing everything I put in my mouth. Having 1 portion is enough. 1 muffin is enough. And maybe I shouldn't have muffin, ice cream, cake and chips and wine with a 2 portion dinner on the same day. You know what I'm mean? Easy to say and preach - hard to live after. But I will do my best now when I've discovered some truths about myself that I didn't want to see before. She says, sipping her Hot Lemon Ginger Water dreaming about pancakes for breakfast. ;)
PS I'm not a nutritionist and if you try this based on only this blog post, I take no responsibility for what it will do for you. I am just a girl writing a journal on the web. Do your own research and find yourself a great program that will suit you if you want to do a detox. However, I can highly recommend this book: Detox Yourself by Jane Scrivner. I have done her detox 30 day program before and it works wonderful. This time we did a different kind of detox though, inspired by Reboot with Joe's 10-day Juicing plan.