I finished the 10 day portion of Dr. Mark Hyman's 10 Day Detox Challenge last Wednesday and am now in the "transition" phase. I finished up strong, but experienced a minor setback this past weekend coming down with what I think was the flu. That was no fun, and I honestly hardly ate or drank anything so I've been a little weak recently. I didn't start to feel completely normal again until just a few days ago, and my stomach is still a little sensitive.
I am back to my gallon or more of water intake a day, and eating lots of veggies and protein. Since entering the transition phase, I have slightly increased my fruit intake, added some complex carbs like brown rice and quinoa (although these are still rare), and more starchy vegetables, like sweet potato (still no white potatoes). I am still avoiding sugar and caffeine (except my occasional tea/ dark chocolate here and there), and I am not having any gluten or diary for at least the next 6 weeks (this does not mean that I am gluten or dairy free... I am just eliminating those inflammatory foods from my diet for the time being).
The program is not a weight loss thing for me any more. I was never trying to lose much weight, but from Day 1 to Day 10 I lost a total of 5lbs. It is shocking what simply excluding sugar and carbs from your diet can do in such a short amount of time. Now I am using the program as a way to control my eating addictions. The 10 days were the reset my body needed, after letting myself get into some pretty bad habits. I have broken those habits now, and I am so much better for it. I literally crave veggies, and I have no desire the foods I have given up. I have more energy to get up in the morning and last me throughout the whole day; more energy then I have had since... more energy than I have ever had. I never used to be a morning person, but now I am up at 6am without an alarm, and I'm actually awake (not like the zombie I previously was at this hour). Along with my energy level and my hair, my mood has improved. I'm happier. Not that I was sad before, but now I really feel on fire. I'm confident and bold and ready to tackle all of the goals i have set for myself this year.
A goal of mine now is to lower my body fat percentage and build strong, lean muscles. Guess how you do that? By eating fat. Avocados, walnuts, coconut, olive oil, salmon, eggs - give it all to me. I'm also working out with weights, once or twice a week, but this really starts and ends in the kitchen.
My friends have commented on how much will power I have... But here's the thing -- after the 10 days, it isn't a will-power kind of thing. It is a I-don't-want-to-put-crap-into-my-body kind of thing. Don't get me wrong, I totally used to operate based on will power... Mind over stomach (the stomach usually won). Not anymore. Just 2 weeks without any processed sugar or dairy of any kind, and I find myself not having to resist my old temptations. I'd like to think my will power is still pretty strong, but if I'm being honest - the truth is that I simply don't want to eat food that makes me feel sick and tired. I no longer crave these foods, because they don't make me feel good. Under my new nutritional regimen, I've never felt better nor looked better. My teeth are whiter, my hair is thicker (although, this might have something to do with momma hormones), my skin is clearer. I'm wearing the smallest jeans size I've ever worn in my adult life; smaller even than when I was in high school.
For anyone who is looking for a serious weight loss program, this is it. For anyone looking to reset their diet and get control of their eating habits, this is it. If you are looking to change the way you feel and the way you look, consider this challenge. If you don't think you have what it takes to fully commit to this detox, start out small. Try to just stop eating bread, or eating cheese, or using sugar. It doesn't matter how small you start, as long as you start. I cannot recommend this program enough. Health is so important in our lives and how we perform our day-to-day tasks. Please reach out to me with any questions. I am only here to help and encourage all who are interested! Happy Friday friends :)