Saturday, April 30, 2016

5 Day Real Food Detox Day 5 & Results



The last day of the 5 Day Real Food Detox and I was stuffed.  I couldn’t even finish the dinner!  I definitely felt like I was losing some weight but I never felt famished. Okay, there was one day where I was hungry but most of the time, just when I started to feel like I could stand to eat a little something, it was time for a snack or another meal. 

Truth is, I wasn’t expecting remarkable results either time.  The first time I did the detox, I lost 5.8 lbs and was shocked.  The following week, I did not eat well at all because we had company and Rob really wanted to make a dessert for us.   I regained a few of the lbs but not all of it.  Which is why I had lower expectations for the second time doing the detox. I mean, how could I expect similar results at my age? 

I love 5 lbs doing the detox this time.   If I had not regained any of the weight, I would have lost over 10.8 lbs.  Instead I lost “only” 7 lbs. 

Yay!

I have some concluding thoughts about this detox, which I will explore next week when (if?) I have a little time to write things out.  I feel I’ve learned a few things about myself along the way, things that I want to embrace and make a part of my daily life.  Not overnight but gradually, over time, because I cannot deny that I enjoyed giving this detox a try and was surprised that even my husband enjoyed most of the dinners we shared. Yes I will need to tweak some of the recipes because they are too spicy for me and I am still searching for that perfect black bean burger recipe.  But don’t be too surprised if you read about my doing this detox again next later in May.  Nikki Sharp recommends doing the detox once a month and I have some thoughts about that as well.  As I said, I want to write a post.  I just don’t have sufficient time today.


Friday, April 29, 2016

5 Day Real Food Detox Day 4

As I said in my previous blog post, the 5 Day Real Food Detox is not my first time doing a detox.  The worst one I ever did was The Master Cleanse.  Knowing what I know about nutrition, even reading about it I knew it made no sense but I 1) had also read from a lot of people who swear by it, that it leaves you feeling energized and healthy and 2) I received a copy of a book for review.  The book itself was well written and organized, the author explaining the benefits of doing the cleanse. 

I didn’t finish it.  I couldn’t.  Every day you do a “flush” which forces you to stay near a bathroom.   But then I found the Master Cleanse drink didn’t stop the umm  . . . aftereffects of the flush.  The author was clear that this was not normal and I stopped the cleanse. 

Again, gotta love a detox that has you eating real food.  According to the calendar, you’re actually supposed to have the Eggs-cellent Breakfast on Day 3 but I had it on Day 4.  I love this breakfast so much I actually made it when I wasn’t doing the detox.  Don’t get me wrong, I like oatmeal for breakfast too but I’ve never thought of putting turmeric in my eggs and it made even plain egg whites taste good! 

The recipe for the black bean burgers, however, is a disaster.  The first time I made the recipe, I followed the instructions and ended up with a pile of black bean mush instead of anything remotely burger like.  Do you know what a pile of black bean mush looks like?  Suffice it to say, I was reminded of the Master Cleanse flush experience.  It may have looked bad but it tasted good.  Very good, in fact, which is why I was determined to get it right the second time.  On Facebook someone suggested mashing the beans rather than blending them so I did that.  I even added more beans to create more density in the bean mash.

On the plus side, I did have something that looked a little less disgusting.  So word of warning for those who buy the book—don’t follow the recipe as written.  If you have a recipe for black bean burgers that you like, see if you can modify it using ingredients used in other parts of the detox recipe.  If, like me, you don’t have a black bean burger recipe you can tweak, then you’ll have to try to find one online.  The next time I do the detox, I will use a different recipe altogether, with better visual results. 

Trust me, there’s a reason I never took a picture of the black bean burgers after I made them following the recipe so learn from my experience and enjoy!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

5 Day Real Food Detox Day 3



For those who have read my blog for a while and/or read my book review blog, you probably know this is not the first time I’ve done a detox.   The first time my mother went to the New Age Health Spa, we did a juice fast.  She found it impossible while I could have gone longer than the three days we signed up for. 

Later, I studied more about juice fasting and, while I enjoyed the experience, I came to understand that removing the fiber from fruits and vegetables is not as beneficial to the body as eating whole foods. Plus, some vegetables, such as tomatoes and carrots, are actually more easily digested when they have been cooked at least a little. 

This is one of the reasons I enjoyed Nikki Sharp’s 5 Day Real Food Detox.  On Day 3, I had the Detox Smoothie for the first time.  With a hint of cinnamon and a handful of almonds, it is naturally sweet.  Another glorious salad for lunch, and a “taco” bowl for dinner.  The bowl is a Portobello mushroom cap and I added some ground beef to Rob’s.  We both like the flavors.  And because neither of us like guacamole, I had a handful of nuts on the side. 

And yes, that is the most ginormous organic strawberry I have ever seen in my life.  I was almost afraid to eat it alone because I didn't know if I had enough of an appetite to finish what I started. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

5 Day Real Food Detox Day 2

Of all the meals included in The 5 Day Real Food Detox, the stuffed bell peppers are not my favorite.  But that isn’t why I didn’t finish last night’s dinner.  I was too stuffed!  I just couldn’t eat another bite.  I didn’t immediately put the food away.  I thought this momentary fullness might subside but it didn’t so I packed up the leftovers and will eat them later this week.

That is not the most surprising thing for me about this detox, however.  The thing that amazed me most is that after the first time I did this, I finished and the next morning I made myself a cup of coffee but didn’t finish it.  I love my morning cup of coffee!  I realized a long time ago that it isn’t so much the coffee so much as the ritual of it, the slowing down to drink it.  But I have never found anything as gratifying as that first cup of coffee.  Still, for some reason, I wasn’t as enthusiastic about my morning cup after the detox.  Now that I’m doing it a second time, I realize that I like the hot cup of water with turmeric and cayenne and lemon that Nikki Sharp recommends.  She also recommends adding a dash of apple cider vinegar; from past experience, I find this too harsh for my throat so I leave it out.  To be honest, I also reduce the cayenne pepper to just a dash. 

I think after this round of the detox, I will continue drinking the lemon water with turmeric and a dash of cayenne. I may even start making it with my ginger tea instead of just plain water.  And I may still end up making myself a cup of coffee afterwards. I just don’t know that it will be the first thing I reach for each and every day any longer.

Wow!  Who’d a thunk it?

I don’t care how healthy I strive to be, however.  I will never give up my pizza!  EVER!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

5 Day Real Food Detox Day 1



The first time I did the 5 Day Real Food Detox, I quickly learned that the author really likes cayenne pepper. I am not a fan of spicy foods and some of the recipes were a bit hard for me to enjoy because of this.  Which is why I am trying to find a balance in how much cayenne I add to everything while still keeping close to the recipes.

For instance, in the morning, instead of my cup of coffee, I am having the hot drink she recommends which includes ¼ teaspoon cayenne.  The first time I drank it I knew I could not and would not be able to do that again.  Now I just add a dash of cayenne and am content.  There are other tweaks to the recipes I’ve had to make.  Like adding a bit of water to the Superfood Salad Dressing, otherwise the end result is too thick.  Needless to say, I ignore her tip to go ahead and add more cayenne to anything.  LOL!
 
Rob is joining me for the dinners but since he doesn’t want to go vegetarian, I add animal protein to his meals.  For instance, last night’s stir-fry for me had a bit of tofu in it and for him chicken.  It worked. We both ate well. 

But boy oh boy, was I hungry!  I didn’t feel so ravenous the first time I did this detox.  I guess yesterday was just going to be one of those Famished Days and no matter what my menu was for the day, I was going to want more food.  That’s what makes revisiting an experience interesting.  It’s easy to compare one experience with another with an eye to finding what’s better or worse.  Instead of setting myself up for unhappiness, I’m exploring how each experience is different.  So yesterday I was very hungry and today . . . well, I woke up hungry.  I’m hoping that this will subside before long.

I’m also able to see how well I’m doing with 21 DayFix.  After all, I first used the program around this time last year.  So what, if any, difference do I see?  Well, for one thing back then I was using 3 lb weights, sometimes skipping reps, etc.  Now I’m using 5 and 7.5 lb weights.  Yes, I still follow along with Kat most of the time but I surprise myself sometimes by not needing to drop to my knees quite as often.

One thing that hasn’t changed is how very sore I am.  Ow!  I hurt from head to toe!  It’s not so bad that I can’t walk or go up and down a flight of stairs.  It’s just sore enough to know that I pushed myself and that the exercise is working. 

Ow!

I am on Day 2 of using my Mira Wellness and Activity Bracelet.  In case you’re wondering, the one I’m using is from Omron, a company that makes very good pedometers, heart rate monitors, etc.  Thus far, I’m on the fence about it. I’m assuming some of my reticence is rooted in the newness of the technology.  If I don’t immediately see or feel a need for it, is that because I’m not accustomed to having it or something else?  After all, 20 years ago I was pretty sure I didn’t need a cell phone and look at me now! 

We’ll see.  I figure if I am going to fall in love with it, a week or so should suffice.  So tell me, do you use a fitness tracker?  If so, what about using a fitness tracker that you feel is most helpful in your wellness journey?  If not, what would you want/need from a fitness tracker to make it essential? 


Monday, April 25, 2016

Roller Coaster Quarter


A couple of weeks ago, I did the 5 Day Real Food Detox and I started yet another round of 21 Day Fix. I didn’t blog about either one because I have sort of fallen out of the habit of blogging.  Add to that the fact that we lost internet for at least one day and I had a new phone which meant adding apps and such . . . well, a couple of weeks ago things were a bit chaotic.

But a good chaotic because I also signed up for an online course.  In a few months I’m hoping to be a fully certified Nutrition Coach.  What with Rob’s diabetes and all, I know a lot about nutrition already.  Add to that the fact that both my husband and I love to cook and it just makes sense.

So far, 2016 has been a bit of a roller coaster for us, starting with our daughter-in-law’s illness in January and culminating in my turning 54 a few weeks ago.  Laptop problems and being told I don’t have Early Onset Dementia (yes, the doctor was worried and wanted me to see a specialist just to make sure and yes I was scared and distracted and relieved when the diagnosis finally came back that I was/am okay) and learning that Rob’s anomalous blood work last year was not an anomaly after all to my son starting a new job last week. 

Basically, 2016 has been Life.  Sometimes good.  Sometimes not so good.  In the end, though, I’m surrounded by so many wonderful people who genuinely love me and who make even the harder moments softer.

Rather than try to catch you up with All Of The Things, I’ll just pick up where I am now and fill in background information as needed.  Now is as good a time as any to try to get back in the habit again because we have a lot happening in the next couple of weeks.  In other words, sit back and enjoy the ride because it’s about to get interesting. 

Well, I hope it will be interesting anyway.  I’ll do my best to make my mundane life something worth reading.  Promise!