i have completed my detox!!!! all 12 days! i feel really good. my skin is clean, i have more energy, and generally feel lighter. i remember being a bit scared by taking the plunge to do the detox and now that it is over, i feel like i could have done it for 12 more days. a lot of your cravings go away and their substitutes are actually really good. everything from coconut milk in smoothies to spaghetti squash instead of pasta for a lot of yummy dishes. don’t get me wrong, i cheated with booze (mostly wine) and a bite of cheese or 6 & of course i am happy to be able to consume pineapple & whiskey.
there are a few things that i will continue to do now that the detox is done…
i will cut back on dairy & only have it out of craving it, even if it is often for a few days. this is simply because i just realized that i don’t want it as much as i used to consume it. i see it & talk people’s ears off about it every day at work, i am surrounded by cheese lovers (including myself), but i can live without it sometimes. i don’t drink much milk, so i will simply replace it with a non-dairy version. i could have butter during the detox, and i will continue to indulge in my love for it.
i have become fond of using coconut oil in cooking some dishes, it is a great alternative for a lot of asian dishes. don’t worry adding salt to any dish help diminish the coconut flavor, which makes it even more versatile. i do will continue to look for more natural cooking spray alternatives for my eggs & other times i need just a bit of oil.
as i have stated throughout my blog, i am about 80% gluten free & doing this detox reminded me of just how crappy gluten can made me feel. i drink gluten free vodka, whiskey doesn’t seem to bother me but i know i can’t enjoy too much beer without my stomach feeling like there is a basketball in it. i do take a digestive aid for food allergies when i do splurge & it works miracles, but it is not something to take everyday.
i will continue to take the probiotics that i’ve already mentioned in my check in post. i think these are really important. basically they kick the bad stuff out of your body on a regular basis. make sure you get the right amount of b complex, calcium & fiber. certain foods with naturally help with this. juicing & making smoothies always make this easy without taking extra supplements.
drink more water, i covered this during my check in so i won’t annoy you what that again like a preaching mother.
i have read negative things about this detox. i do not agree with them. doing a healthy detox isn’t going to make you lose 10 pounds or feel like a completely new person. if you go from eating a ton of carbs, crappy fast foods, no fruits or veggies… it is going to take A LOT more than 12 days to feel better. i lost 4 pounds, to me that’s just a bonus. do this detox because you want to feel healthy and clean your body of toxins, not as a diet.
i will continue to post detox friendly recipes, if they apply… which im sure they will!