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What I Learned During the Clean Detox

19 Mar

No more bread for me! {image source: http://www.seriouseats.com}

After being done with the program for about a two weeks now, I’ve had some time to really think about what was good and what sucked about the Clean Detox Program

The Good:

  • I lost around 10 pounds.
  • My skin’s the clearest it’s been in like, forever.
  • I no longer had a “poof” on my lower abdomen.  I had an almost 6 pack.  It was awesome.
  • I no longer felt the need to needlessly snack or overeat.  Though I’m a pretty healthy eater, doing this program really made me realize exactly how little food our bodies really need to operate.   Also, when I do snack I find myself craving what I had snacked on during the program.  Almonds in particular.
  • Morning smoothies are awesome.  They keep me going energy wise through lunch no problem without the aid of caffeine.  They’re also easy to make and portable being I have to dart out in a rush to work every morning.
  • I got used to drinking lots of water.  It’s a great habit to get into.  I now feel weird leaving the house without my water bottle.

The Sucky:

  • The massive, horrendous headache you get within the first few days when the toxins start to leave your system.
  • The crankiness and irritability you experience for a few days on the program. 
  • Trying to train for a half marathon while sustaining your body on minimal calories.  Next time I do this program I’m not going to train for any sort of race during it.
  • Watching TV in the evening and every commercial being for some kind of fast food and you had your last meal of the evening several hours prior.  Talk about difficult to fight cravings.  We eventually stopped watching TV in the evening because of this.
  • You have to come off this program gradually.  We didn’t and ate a bunch of crap our first week off of it and felt like crap.  I guess in general it’s easy to say you feel how you eat.  If you eat crap you feel like crap.
  • Apparently after introducing bread and pasta back into my diet, I’ve learned i get tremendously bloated after eating them.  I guess I’m intolerant to them.  Both the hubby and I agree we’re going to really work to limit bread and pasta in our diet.

All in all both the hubby and I agree we’re going to make doing this cleanse part of our annual routine.  The end benefits far outweigh any of the headaches, crankiness and fatigue we encountered during it.  We’ve never felt better.  After our first week off the program and falling off the wagon so badly, we’ve actually decided we’re going to do another week on the cleanse to get back on track and then gradually wean ourselves off of it the way you are supposed to.

Have you done Clean or another detox program?  Was your experience similar to mine?  I’d love to hear about it so either comment or email me!

Clean Detox Week Three Recap

11 Mar

Urban Vegan Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup

February 28th- Day 15: All in all, it was a good day. I had an all-day meeting at the office, of which I had lots of energy for and wasn’t really hungry all day. I was starting to get somewhat stressed due to being a bit behind at work and having over 100 emails pile up while in my meeting. In the evening I made a delicious curried cream of cauliflower soup for us to eat the next few days. I took advantage of a free hour before bed to catch up on all those emails and voila! Stress was gone!

 March 1st- Day 16: Got great sleep the night prior and for the first time ever I decided to meditate for 5 minutes in the morning. That five minutes worked wonders throughout my day. There were several instances where I’d normally allow myself to get really upset and pissed off (at an employee who’s pompous and disrespectful) but I immediately just let it go and got on with my day. My workout in the evening was tough, I was pretty tired. I had a personal training session and my arms just were giving out so we instead focused on my legs and abs. I was just burnt out. After getting home afterwards I was starving, and I did cave and eat three Oreos. They’re one of my favorite cookies and they were delicious! My husband had caved the day prior and said he could no longer stomach Oreos that they smelled like sulfur (what?). I thought they were fine. I can see though why these sorts of foods are bad though because you can’t just stop at one. I’m looking forward to after this cleanse keeping to these principles and only allowing a single cheat day a week to load up on crap, not that it derails all the hard work I’ve done both working out as well as on this cleanse the past few months.

March 2nd, Day 17: All in all I was really focused and productive all day. I had more energy than I’d had in a while and after work put in a great 3 mile interval run at the gym. Little did I know when I got home afterwards I’d near pass out from exhaustion. This whole working out and then not eating enough after is really starting to get to me.

March 3rd, Day 18: Pretty much the same as yesterday with the exception that I had the day off from the gym so I didn’t crash after work. For our soup dinner I made this off the hook vegan cream of broccoli soup and it was so delicious I had two bowls. Yum.

March 4th, Day 19: Everything went well again today until sure enough after the gym. I had bootcamp class tonight and my trainer was a bit jump rope happy so we jumped probably a total of 20 minutes throughout the class. I really crashed when I got home. I was a full-out zombie. I called it a night at around 9 pm. Lame-o.

March 5th, Day 20: Today was a tough day. Jim and I were both cranky and I accidentally bought us veggie sushi with WHITE rice when we should have had brown rice. I totally spaced out when ordering it. We ate it anyway and immediately felt the effects, we crashed hard and were tired. We muscled through and headed out to the Armory Show for a few hours. With all the walking around we worked up quite the appetite. We initially were ready to just cave and end the cleanse right there and then and just order sandwiches from ‘Wichcraft, but we were good and got primarily clean meals. The only exceptions were it was a solid meal (which normally in the evening is a no-no and the only salad option I could get already had cheese on it I had to try to pick around. Though I’m glad we’re sticking through to our last day tomorrow, at the same time I can’t wait for it to be over. It’s been hard to sustain my workouts on this plan. Tomorrow I have to run 7 miles and I’m hoping I make it through it ok.

March 6th, Day 21 (Last Day, Yay!!!) The entire cleanse both the hubby and I have been naturally waking up really early, so we were up at 8 am this morning.  On a usual weekend morning we’d be up around 10 am.  So I make our smoothies and we relax a little, and then I jump into a project (cleaning out my wardrobe) and keep going until around 3.  I made sure I made us some lunch (gluten-free rice pasta with broccoli rabe and beans, yum!) so I had some good carbs in my system prior to my run.  It was pouring and I had to run 7 miles.  Not only did I run, but I made great time and did well.  As a surprise, while I was out running my hubby ran out to our local vegan bakery and picked us up some cupcakes and other goodies to celebrate the end of the cleanse.  Let’s just say we didn’t make it through the night, and we ended up having our celebratory meal tonight instead of tomorrow.  I’m really glad we had it tonight, because let me tell you we both felt like CRAP after.  Like straight up sick.  All we had was some pizza.  It was pretty horrible.  We both agreed we’re going to continue with the cleanse the next few days and then just transition to eating healthier fare instead of eating crap right away.

Stay tuned for my recap on what I took away from this overall cleanse and our end results!

Clean Detox Week One Recap

21 Feb

My vegan sushi lunch on day six.

Day One-Monday February 14th:The first day was tougher than I thought. I wasn’t necessarily hungry, but just the thought that I would only get to eat one solid meal just really made me want to snack. Plus it was Valentine’s Day and everywhere I looked there was chocolate and treats. Another tough thing was the raw food deal. My “soup” for dinner tonight was supposed to be served cold, which was just weird to me. At the end of the day both my husband and I had headaches. His was waaaay worse than mine. He seemed really sick but stuck through it. From what I hear this is normal the first week or so. Hopefully it passes soon.

Day Two-Tuesday February 15th: Holy headache! At around 11am at work I got a headache so bad that by the time lunch rolled around, I couldn’t think of anything but the headache. Then the nausea set in. I attempted to take a nap on my lunch break but that wasn’t working, so I ended up heading home from work early, popping a few valerian root (only herbal remedies are recommended on this cleanse, so no advil for me) and taking a nap. Later on, I felt full on sick the way my husband did the night prior. I even had to cancel my personal training session at the gym. It was seriously almost as bad as when I had food poisoning. Come to find out, this sort of headache was normal on any kind of cleanse or detox. It’s the toxins being released into your blood stream which makes it thicker, and therefore causes headaches. Yuck. I’m so thankful my husband took such great care of me so I could head to bed early (8pm) and try to sleep it off.

Day Three- Tuesday February 16th: I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and great… at around 3 am! I couldn’t fall back asleep so rolled with it. I just kept my eyes closed and relaxed in bed and got up around 5 am. Had my breakfast shake, went to work and had a great, productive day. My gluten-free pesto pasta I packed for lunch was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated, whereas yesterday I couldn’t really enjoy it due to my headache. I had a late evening at work today and got home around 7 pm and immediately had my soup dinner (I was lazy and had an Imagine Brand Butternut Squash soup instead of making my own). I had originally planned to run 5 miles today, but that was out of the question since it was so late and I was still feeling the effects of feeling like crap the day prior. I for a second hesitated and thought to not run at all, but instead got in my workout gear and got to the gym for a quick 2 miler on the treadmill. I’m so glad I did, I felt great after! Granted I was tired and couldn’t do more than 2 miles it felt great to sweat. I also had my best nights sleep in a long time.

Day 4- February 17th: I woke up this morning, looked in the mirror, and my skin is already brighter and clearer. My husband even commented on it. I woke up in a good mood and ended the day in a good mood. I was really productive at work. I got a little hazy and tired while at my hair appointment (I felt bad my stylist was all chatty and I was like a zombie) but all in all it was a good cleanse day.

Day 5- February 18th: I felt pretty much the same as the day prior. Good and focused with a decent amount of energy. I didn’t even eat all my lunch and I still had lots if energy for the gym as well as cleaning up around the apartment after work. My hubby however was pretty cranky today. Boo.

Day 6- February 19th: I woke up this morning a little fatigued I think from my workout yesterday. After my morning juice (first one ever made with my juicer I’ve never used) I was then full of energy. My best friend came out to Brooklyn this morning from Manhattan to check out my gym with me and attend a yoga class and then a kettle bell class right after it. I had plenty of energy to put in a really great workout today. After we had lunch at a local sushi joint, where I ordered as “clean” as I could according to the program and also ordered some food to go for my husband. Little did I know the mushrooms in our mushroom rolls were marinated in soy sauce, which is a big no-no on the program. I felt fine after lunch, but my husband did notice some discomfort shortly after lunch, so it may be possible he’s allergic to soy. We’ll know for sure when the program is over after we slowly reintroduce the “no-no” foods. Later on in the afternoon I got really cranky and started to feel sick. Not sure why. I think it had to do with it taking me several hours to plan our grocery shopping list for next week on this program. It’s pretty difficult to find meals and soups that are easy to make in the timeframe I have available to actually cook. I plan on getting to bed at a decent time this evening and resting up being I have a busy yet relaxing day tomorrow.

Day 7- February 20th:

I woke up well rested and in a great mood.  The hubby and I had our morning smoothies (which we have grown to really love) and I dragged my butt out in the freezing cold to run 5 miles, and did so in less time than my previous weeks run!  All in all throughout the day we were both super productive.  Hubby ran to Costco and ran some errands for us while I did our grocery shopping and dropped off laundry.  I even made time for myself today to visit a local spa to get a massage (which is recommended on this program, hells yeah!) as well as to do some hot/cold water therapy in their hydrospa.  All I can say to summarize this experience is “Aaaahhhhh”.  I was so relaxed after and felt fantastic.  I was a bit tired when I got home in the evening, so after making our lunch for the following day both the hubby and I relaxed and watched a movie.

Overall

I can’t believe we’ve already finished seven days!  The first few days were really tough, but now that we’ve gotten into the schedule and are used to eating (and drinking, you have to drink sooooo much water!) this way it’s actually really, really easy.  Both of us have tons of energy we didn’t have before, and are already talking about adopting many of these practices (mostly the smoothie in the morning, no caffeine, and perhaps limiting gluten) into our daily lives after the cleanse is over.  We’re looking forward to seeing what additional improvements are to be had in week two.

Getting Ready To Clean

12 Feb
Our blender and juicer is standing by, ready for some serious smoothie and juicing action.

While most couples will be celebrating Valentine’s Day, my hubby and I instead will be embarking on a 3 week detox journey.  I had a few weeks back suggested to my hubs that we try Dr. Junger’s Clean Detox Program.  What better day to start a three-week cleanse than the mother of all pig out chocolate days? 

It takes a lot of produce to be this clean.

The detox we’re trying consists of us having two liquid meals a day (one in the morning and one in the evening) and a solid meal for lunch.  The liquid meals can consist of smoothies, fresh juices or soups, and our solid meals can only include ingredients approved on Dr. Jungers Elimination Diet.  Basically all the “allowed” foods are ones that are known to not cause any kind of allergies in those who ingest them.  Some of the no-no foods include gluten, soy and dairy.  The whole purpose of the cleanse is not only to rid our body of toxins, but it will also give us a fresh start in discovering which foods we may have allergies to that we’re not even aware of.  With all that in mind this weekend we pigged out on everything we knew we would not be able to eat.

My hubby’s last BLT before the detox.

Other things that are suggested throughout the program is a daily meditation practice, exercise, drinking a LOT of water (as in so much you are supposed to pee once an hour), limiting snacking, getting a massage (yes please!), as well as hot/cold water therapy. 

Everyone has different reasons for doing a detox program.  My primary goal is to hopefully clear my skin up, while my husband would like to detox from processed foods and lose a few pounds.  I’m really glad he decided to try this program with me being it’s supposed to be pretty challenging to follow through with it, though really worthwhile from those I’ve spoken to who have completed the entire program.  I have a feeling it may be a bit easier for me being vegan and eating pretty well to begin with.  My husband might have a harder time being he eats a lot more processed stuff than I do.  We’ll see how it goes.  Regardless we have each other for support.

I already have our meals ready for tomorrow, including one of my favorite meals, Beet and Quinoa Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing. Luckily one thing that makes the program easy is for your solid meals, as long as all the ingredients meet the elimination diet requirements, you can eat it.  Yum.

Our first prepared lunch for the program, Beet and Quinoa Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing.

Stay tuned for photos and updates and I move throughout the program.  Enjoy some Valentine’s Day chocolate for me.