Detox Days 5-7: The Benefits

Good food tastes (and looks) good! This accompanied cod with an olive mixture.
Good food tastes (and looks) good! This accompanied cod with an olive mixture.

On Day 1 I was warned to “Follow the program, to the letter.” I know I have failed here, yet the benefits are still amazing to me!

My skin has cleared up. I long for walnuts instead of chips. I don’t need to take naps; so I haven’t. My pants don’t fit anymore, in a good way. I actually crave exercise. My sinuses are clear. I didn’t know it needed clearing until it was and then it was like, “Oh, that feels good!” I was chronically stuffed in the head and didn’t even know it. And these are the small changes.

To me, the big changes have been:

I like water again. This is huge because not liking water was a psychological problem (my own diagnosis). I used to drink a whole lot of tea (and coffee and a variety of other drinks), spiked with liquid sugar because water was soooo boring, so blah, a waste of my time. I thought, “there’s water in anything liquid, right? Of course! See I’m getting my water for the day.” I included tea in the “bad” list because of the sugar, but don’t get me wrong, many teas are great on their own. And I will be drinking those, after I do a little more research on which are best for me.

Scarfing it like mac & cheese, but not.
Downing dinner like it’s ice cream, but not.

Another biggie, I’m less irritable and more happy, calm-spirited, energetic and clear headed. Everyone’s glad about this one. And speaking of others, my kids not only like the new mom, they like the new food mom is cooking. Yes, that’s right, good-for-you food actually tastes good (not some of my morning shakes, but I can change that easily by adding certain fruits). Furthermore, I’m not hungry all the time. Good food fills you up and keeps you satisfied.

So all this to say, I’m kind of liking this detox. It’s not as painful as I initially imagined. And the benefits… well, the above speaks for itself. It’s a gift to be able to get my life back again and feel youthful.

Now the biggest proof of change (for me) will be when I take my blood test. Will this diet help my autoimmune issue? We will see…

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Detox Day 1: Already Lost 1 Lb. From Prep Days

The never-ending breakfast shake.
The never-ending breakfast shake (and still more in the blender.)

Let me reiterate from my introductory detox post: I am not doing this to loose weight, but that is certainly a welcomed side effect! I’m doing this because:

1. I have autoimmune liver disease/PBC and I don’t want to have it anymore.

2. I’m getting older and the bad food I put in my body doesn’t hide as easily. It comes out as sickness and a growing waistline and…

3. I want to be an example to my family, that we can all do this and still enjoy good food. I truly want to make this the beginning of a life change, not a 10-day test of my will.

But this is tough!

My head is still aching, albeit less than 2 prep days ago when I cut off tea, liquid sugar, excessive carbs and dairy.

I have to prep and cook 2-3 times a day, no more easy stops at a drive-thru.

This morning I made a shake, a delicious and satisfying breakfast. And it kept me full until dinner because I sipped it for hours thereafter. I still couldn’t finish it by dinnertime.

But the instant gratification is the weight loss. When I weighed and measured myself this morning, I was lighter and thiner… already, from just 2 days of prep work. During those days, not only did I take myself off the aforementioned, but I got the okay from my liver doc to take all the supplements (make sure you do this if you are on any prescribed medication.) But I’m easing into the supplements and not taking the full dose of everything that was recommended. Use your own good judgement about any diet or detox (usually they are general guidelines for the entire population.)

So how do I feel on day 1? The truth is, not that great. Like I mentioned, I still have that nasty headache, I’m grumpy and tired, and my head is in a bit of a fog, as I was warned. But I will continue because I said I would and because I know this is good for me in the long run. So I press on!

10-Day Detox: More Than You Think… Join Me?

I am fat. I don’t look fat; but from a number of indicators, I know I’m fat, at least on the inside. (This can really happen. Look it up!) I love donuts, liquid sugar in my continuous flow of teas, chips, cheese, anything sold at a bakery and all things dessert-like. I even convinced my kids I have a “dessert pocket” in my tummy. No matter how full I am, if my dessert pocket is not filled, I am not done eating.

What's wrong with this picture? My car before my diet. I need some serious help!
What’s wrong with this picture? My car before my diet. I need some serious help!

Since this is a “community for the young at heart,” I thought I’d share my journey into making my heart and body younger… through the gift of better health for the next 10 days and hopefully beyond.

And this is certainly a GIFT I’m giving myself because it COSTS!

First, I purchased a book to get started: The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet. After some research about ways to beat my autoimmune disease,  I found this book by Mark Hyman, MD. The doctor explained the problem and the solution in ways that made sense to me. I’m paraphrasing here but the general idea is that my autoimmune issue is like an infection caused by stepping on a rusty nail. Instead of treating the infection only, I need to get that nail out.

So when the proverbial nail comes out, I might even be able to gradually come off my medication (and bonus – lose 10 lbs. in 10 days while kick-starting myself into a healthier lifestyle.) An important note here: I am not getting any benefits from endorsing this book; I just like sharing a good thing!

Second, this gift is costing me my comfort. To begin with, today is a prep day before the  detoxing tomorrow and I have the nastiest headache and nausea from cutting off all my caffeine. I am an addict! Thankfully, this painful fog is supposed to go away within 2-3 days… I’m counting on it.

Another cost is on my time. I will have to prep food and cook more. But this is also a good thing, right? Right. (There’s even a recipe for Korean bibimbap and kimchee – just WOW!)

If you can see my notes, you'll see this is very difficult for me!
If you can see my notes, you’ll see this is very difficult for me!

This “gift” also costs in terms of supplements (at least $130 worth!) But then again, my autoimmune drugs, bad health, trips to coffee/tea houses and eating out costs me more in the long run.

I know changing my diet helps. Once I did a pure juicing detox for a couple weeks and my blood test improved dramatically. But I couldn’t live that way… just drinking green juice 24/7; so I fell back into my unhealthy habits.

Unlike my juice diet, the 10-day detox is full of eating (only with certain foods and excluding mostly carbs and sugars) and so more doable.

So for the last 2 days, prep days before the plunge, I have cleared out and organized my cupboards, bought a ton of new and weird foods and supplements, connected with an online community of detoxers, weighed and measured myself, and have decidedly committed to the regiment of the next week and a half (including daily detox baths, my favorite part!)

So begins my journey to good eats and health. Join me or at least tell me if you’ve ever done anything like this and how it has helped! Then throw up a prayer for me. This happy eater needs the support.