For those of you who know me, you know I am a junk food addict. I love food. It’s a love-hate relationship, though. I love to eat ice cream/chips/chocolate/anything I can find, and I hate when it ends up on my thighs. I’m sure most of my audience can relate, but I really give myself hell for it. I am an emotional eater, and I eat when I’m happy, I eat when I’m sad, I eat when I’m worried… you get the picture.
Anywho… I’m going to be real honest with you here. Many women refuse to talk about their weight. I’m not one of those. First of all, I don’t let that number define me, so I don’t mind if you know it. Second of all, I don’t think I look like I weigh what the scale tells me I weigh. But maybe I’m in denial. Either way, I’ve found that talking about it actually makes it easier to tackle it.
So… that being said… When I decided things had gotten out of control for me it was late fall 2009. It was JUST BEFORE I found out I was pregnant. The scale hit 210 and I flipped out. And then, like I said, I found out I was going to be growing a person for the next 7 months (I was already 11 weeks pregnant when I found out). There was nothing I could do about my weight, because–quite frankly–it didn’t matter anymore. I returned to my pre-pregnancy weight within 10 days of giving birth, and I tried on my own to lose the weight, but to no avail. In February 2011 I joined Weight Watchers and I had great success with the Points Plus program. I finished my first 5K in May 2011 and by June I had dropped to 175, having lost 35 pounds. I felt amazing! I got a little cocky about how easy it was for me, though, and stopped trying so hard. And then we started cutting back expenses so I cancelled my subscription, knowing I could do it on my own. Boy was I wrong. A couple months ago I started thinking about the scale again. When I got the courage to step back on it, I was at 190. That hurt so bad. I’d put more than half of what I lost back on. I was devastated. So what did I do? I ate more.
I’ve talked briefly about my convictions against factory farming and some of the other awful things that the FDA allows in our food, but I really haven’t talked about it much. I’ll save all of that for another day. But, the short of it is this: there is something I am eating on a regular basis that doesn’t agree with me. I am dying to figure out what it is, and I’ve had some ideas, but as I was reading about diet plans I could get on board with (because I don’t want to pay for WW anymore, even though it is an amazing program) I came across Dr. Oz’s 48 Hour Cleanse. I’ve never done a cleanse/detox before, but this one looked do-able, so I thought I’d give it a try. As it turns out, it really wasn’t bad, and I will actually do this again. I loved how simply everything was laid out, and I never felt hungry or deprived. It was a really great way to drop the water weight I’ve been holding onto, also. At the end of the two days I had lost 5 pounds. (Keep in mind, this is water weight/bloat that I lost… not actually 5 pounds of fat… but what a motivator!!) So, I’m going to break down what I did and fill you in on some tricks I found.
**NOTE: I am not a professional, I am merely speaking from my experience.**
Step one was preparing my juice. [[I will tell you that the hardest part of this cleanse was the amount of prep work it took. It wasn’t impossible, but I could see it being hard for someone who works outside of the home, and I suppose that’s why Dr. Oz refers to it as a weekend cleanse.]]
On the first day I drank the pineapple/pomegranate juice. This one was very easy to prepare, just measuring already prepared juices into a pitcher with some water and a squeeze of lemon.
The green juice, however, was not so easy. Now, if I had a juicer that would have made this SO MUCH EASIER. However, I don’t have a juicer. But I do have a food processor and some cheesecloth. It’s possible, but it’s not a fun chore. I piled all my chopped veggies into the processor and processed for about 4 minutes, until it was liquid. This was one of the recipes that called for ginger, and I will tell you, I do not like ginger. However, it really wasn’t bad in the juice. From what I read, ginger is very important for detoxifying the body, so I didn’t want to skip it and figured I could gag it down. The juice itself tasted mostly like cucumber with a hint of mint. I subbed Romaine for the kale, but followed the recipe otherwise. I’m not familiar with kale, so I went with another green I was familiar with. Next time (if I have a juicer!!) I will try kale.
Straining spoonfuls at a time onto cheesecloth over a glass took me about 30 minutes. Ugh…
But I ended up with this beautiful green liquid just the same, so I suppose it worked out just fine. I feel pretty neutral about this juice. I by no means loved it, but it really wasn’t terrible. If you hate cucumbers, though, you might hate it. Don’t let that scare you. Find a veggie you do like and sub it in for the cukes.
Breakfast both days was quinoa with ginger, prunes, and almond milk. The recipe calls for rice milk, but I had almond and didn’t want to have to buy rice also. I made a few substitutions based solely on not wanting to buy something I wasn’t going to use again for sake of money. This recipe also called for flax seed oil, and I subbed coconut oil. I have to say, this was my least favorite part of the cleanse. I hated breakfast. BUT… I have a terrible gag reflex and I normally can’t get something I dislike down without gagging, but I managed to eat most of my breakfast both days, so it must not be THAT terrible. Maybe it was just too early to eat quinoa. I also don’t normally eat breakfast. so that may play a part as well.
Mmmm…. NOT!!! :)
I loved lunch. Both days it was a smoothie made from frozen berries (I subbed mixed berries for straight blueberries), banana, almond milk, chia seeds, and ice. This was just plain yummy. Really.
Dinner both days was vegetable soup. Here I subbed yellow onions for the red onions (because I HATE red onions) and portabella mushrooms for shiitake because they were twice the price and I was already spending too much. I really liked this soup. The plan refers to it as vegetable broth, which to me implies that you would only drink the liquid, but I ate the veggies, too. I figured it couldn’t hurt. I skipped the fermented sauerkraut that was supposed to accompany it because it sounded terrible and I didn’t even know where to find it.
In addition to the items shown above, I also had plain, cut veggies like celery and cucumbers. All in all, I feel really good about the detox and, like I said, I’ll do it again. Today I weighed in at 188 (I was 193 the morning I started the detox) and I’m feeling motivated to start making some positive changes in my life. I’ve had a lot going on lately in the “life change” department, and the storm is beginning to calm. That makes me happier than I can explain.
I’m sorry to have gone missing for a while. I’m getting back on track! :)