As I mentioned in a few posts my weightloss has pretty much stopped since November and I have just maintained whilst toning up. Although I feel immensely healthier and am pretty proud after loosing 25kg I wanted to do a detox. I wanted to really get back to super health, to focus on putting good things in my body and also was interested to see what would happen with my weight… Would I loose a few kg?, stay the same? And I hoped that if I stayed pretty much the same I would know I was at an easy to maintain weight for me, which I suspect is the case.
I think I have banged on about this numerous times before on here but I am not about deprivation or guilt associated with eating at all and so with the detox I wanted to focus on putting the good stuff in more than cutting the bad stuff out. I also didn’t count points whilst doing it. A summary of each day is below.
The first few days I suffered with flu like symptoms and felt pretty rotten. On day 4 this had passed and I felt like I had detoxed so I started enjoying a few other foods. I use the word enjoyed loosely as I realised I really wasn’t into them any more and was eating them out of habit or because I thought I liked them. I learned a few things that I really enjoyed in the detox and definitely want to take forward I also realised there were a few foods and drinks which were low in points but not that good for me and I was eating out of habit… Like diet coke.
Habits I want to take forward
Hot lemon first thing each morning ( definitely before my coffee)
Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and LSA sprinkled on top for breakfast. I feel this is better than protein heavy eggs every morning and easier on my digestion.
A salad daily, which I already did.
A soup daily.. As a low fodmapper juices are out so a smoothie or soup daily provides easy to digest blended vitamins. At work I have a drink of liquid chlorophyll daily in place of a juice and I have really found this to put some pep in my step in the afternoons.
Increased fish and white meat to red meat made me feel quite a lot better.
Obviously fodmap free food works for me and this became very apparent as I indulged after the detox. I also realised that the spots on my face are associated with regular small fodmaps not enough to make me seriously ill but enough that I am not firing on all cylinders.
One coffee a day as my only caffeine, in the morning, meant I slept so much better than ever before.
Limiting fruit to 2 daily portions meant my anxiety was non existent.
When I had sugary desserts after a few days I woke up dizzy and sick from the sugar rush…bleugh.
Dark chocolate of 75% cocoa and over is the perfect treat in 2 square portions. Any of the flavoured ones, except my beloved sea salt, cause a bad stomach.
The first few days I was super hungry. By day 4 I was much less hungry and this has continued with me. Perhaps because I was giving my body what it wanted I needed less extras. I also started to prefer lighter meals and am finding that I crave these more than hearty meals.
I did not exercise whilst I had detox symptoms but will be taking some of these ideas forward which I liked and getting back to regular exercise.
have you ever done a type of detox? What did you learn ?
Enjoyed drinking more green tea and detox tea and will definitely take these habits forwards. Body brush also became something I looked forward to each day and will continue.