Posted by Amy | Posted in Food | Posted on 09-01-2012
Tags: detox, Fat Girl, Tasty Treats, tummy trouble, Wheat Free
And FatGirl says: NOOOOOOO! For the love of all that is good and holy, why, why dear god are you taking away my coffee?? I’ll be good. I promise. Just don’t take the coffee. Woe, woe is me!
It’s a new year and I have several pounds of Christmas cookies strapped to my butt right now and what better way of dealing with that than torturing myself by giving up coffee, sugar, white flour and dairy for a week. Yay!
Everyone and their cousin Bob has a detox program right now. Basically, the idea is to remove food science chemical additives from your diet as well as common allergens and “toxic” crap like sugar and coffee. Then you add them back into your diet in a controlled fashion to see if your body reacts to it. Keep what foods work for you, get rid of what foods don’t. I’ve done several detoxes over the course of my weight loss journey, most on my own which basically consisted of eating brown rice and veggies for a week or so. I did almost a whole year of “No Processed Foods” which was great and I’d love to do that again. I was cooking professionally at the time in a cafe that did all scratch cooking so it really wasn’t a big deal for me to whip up homemade pasta or crackers. I did an official detox with a wellness coach and bought some fancy herbal supplements that were supposed to support the detoxification process. It was alright, no complaints really
I can’t say that I lost a substantial amount of weight or felt remarkably better after a detox program, but doing a detox breaks me of some bad food habits. I really don’t need 8 cups of coffee to be productive in my day. I don’t really need Ritz crackers and butter for a snack. I don’t need a half dozen Dove chocolate squares after dinner. I’ve been pushing my schedule really hard and I’ve been pretending that it’s easier and faster to eat crap. Sure, in the moment, a slice of pepperoni pizza IS faster than eating a salad, but I totally pay for it later by feeling bloated and yuckie. And really, it’s just habit and mindset and a pattern of settling for less. And that’s what I find beneficial about a detox program – pressing the reset button on my food habits and getting back to healthy eating.
I’m going to start a detox program next week, and I have a ton of content lined up. I can hear the chant resonating through cyber space – “Next week?? Do it now!”. I may be fat but I’m not stupid. I know full well if I go cold turkey on sugar, bread, coffee and butter someone will get hurt and it won’t be me. So I’m easing out of those foods over the next few days to get myself really well set up.
Let me know your detox experiences? Do you think it’s all just marketing and nonsense? Have you detoxed and what were your results.
It’s going to be an interesting ride. Oy.