I didn't do a day 2 update.
I was busy. I was busy doing ALL. THE. CRYING. A couple times yesterday I didn't even know what I was crying about. But then I remembered this factoid I learned while getting my Holistic Nutrition Certification: Crying is one of the body's best way to get rid of stress hormones.
And the dirty truth of stress is that if your body doesn't need to fight a bear or flee from danger, stress and it's related hormones are pretty much just toxins that elevate blood sugar, reduce the efficiency of digestion and basically wreak havoc on your body.
So yesterday I cried. A million times. And it was the healthiest thing I could do for myself.
I also discovered my new favorite meal: broccoli with almonds, olive oil and lemon juice.
Other interesting factoid from my wellness days: Studies show that just one serving of broccoli per week can reverse genetic damage. Broccoli up and watch some This is Us, friends.
Day one of detoxes are usually the best one.
I'm excited enough to be motivated and not tired of restriction.
Today was no different.
However, usually when I clean up my diet, other parts of my life follow.
This time I think it was my belief system. Last night, after chatting with a friend about finances, I tied my husband up and cried on his shoulder about the mess I've made of finances. Let me be clear, that was not the intended outcome of that activity. Then today I simply could not figure out why I've felt such a lack of inspiration around writing. Usually writing comes so naturally to me. Not recently. All the words have been tied up somewhere.
They have been tied up in people pleasing. I honestly thought I was over that. Then I realized every time I sit down to write for public consumption, I start then start the people pleasing edits. Is this possibly harmful to any race, religion or other class of people? Maybe. Delete. Would my other coach friends agree with this. Maybe not. Delete.
So anyway, by the time I'm done with the edits, I have no words left.
Maybe that has nothing to do with a detox. But it seemed like a lot of my beliefs were coming up for review today.
I guess since the bulk of the detox is about food, I should give that a run down.
If you can't sweeten things or consume alcohol, vanilla powder will be your savior. It's expensive, but smells like heaven and tastes almost as good.
I attached the menu plan we used here. It was a complete rebrand from my old menu plan. I'm actually sort of in love with how it looks. I absolutely love decorating documents. In fact, if menu planning as a profession only involved creating a pretty structure in which to place recipes, I would totally do that as a profession.
So even if you have no interest in menu plans of any sort, click the file just to see how pretty it is.
You wanna know where I think a lot of plans fail?
No, it's not in the failing to plan.
Do you know how I know that? I am exceptional at making plans.
As promised I have a menu plan for this detox. I have all the supplements. I have all the plans.
Where things go astray is in the intention setting.
Why do I want this thing?
Why am I doing 10 days of restrictive eating.
I will be very honest with you.
A big part of it is to make my body more aesthetically pleasing to me and to people at large.
I added some fluffy things after that. I do want better sleep and clearer energy.
But mostly, I want my body to fit into sexy pants. I want to return to a period not so long ago where I felt very happy about my body.
So here are corollary intentions. None quite as strong as the pants thing....
1. I want to make relaxation a non-negotiable. Like deep brain relaxation. My body relaxes a lot. Brain....not so much.
2. I want to sleep for 7 really restful nourishing hours every night.
3. I want to use food more sensually. I eat fast and don't taste. I want to take this really healthy food and make it beautiful and be present for eating it.
4. I want to make decisions that are congruent with my goals and goals that are congruent with the reality of who I am.
So off we go tomorrow. This detox involves no coffee....so maybe if you see me...just wave from afar.
I’m doing a detox. I am a 50/50 mixture of excited and ashamed.
I have aligned myself with a lot with the body positive movement and there is a strong frowning on diets there.
I have been talking a lot to Ryan about how people say they would do anything to heal or recover or move past. Then God sends them a little trail of bread crumbs…desires, books, friends, resources…and they’re like “no way…that can’t be the answer. That’s not related to my current situation at all.”
Last night before bed I told God “I would truly give anything for my sleep to be deep and nourishing so I wake up refreshed.”
And also, in the spirit of honesty, I have purchased approximately 400 articles of clothing in the last 3 weeks. I hate 80% of them outside of the store. I realized I am searching for a new lower abdomen and not new shirts and pants.
This morning, I was looking for things to add to a meal plan from old recipes that I have when I stumbled across Mark Hyman’s 10 Day Detox program.
It’s a plan I’ve had printed out for years and never done.
It addressed specific abdomen regions and what might be going on if they are ummm….inflamed…engorged….I’m looking for a word that’s not fat. Everything that he said about lower abdomen fat rang true for me.
But I’m trusting that it’s a bread crumb.
And I’m going to blog for the 10 days on my blog. I promise the journaling of the journey will be full of honesty, graphic descriptions, and probably some humor.
If you want to follow along, click here to sign up for my mailing list. In addition to getting the full story, I’ll share what I’m eating and recipes if applicable. I truly suck at recipes. I usually skim them and then am like “oooh….I could make this better. Then I do...with no record of the changes.
p.s. here is the link to the actual detox plan