New Year, New Body… the detox that must come

Photo 39I Am A Sugar Addict.

There. I said it. I yelled it from the mountainous peak of self-awareness in my brain. It’s not news to me, but it’s not something I willingly say out loud. However, I’m all about being honest and open on this blog and with my daughter it’s time I shouted this statement as well.

With the end of this festive season I must say I did indulge to the point that I feel so disgusting and bloated and lethargic and, ummm, disgusting, that I am more than happy to say goodbye shortbread hello leafy greens.

A detox and exercise is needed. However, being a sugar addict I’ve been down this path before and I know what a slippery slope it can be going from refined sugar all the time to only veggies. Headaches, sugar spikes, nausea, feeling ravenous even though I just ate… yup, been there, done that, not fun.

So when I was talking to a friend of mine via Facebook and she asked me what recipes / foods I would use on this detox I thought, “Hey, that’s the Universe telling me to do some planning and blog about it.” (the hippie inside me seems to be taking notes from the overly anal list maker in me.)

Thus, based on my readings and information I’ve gathered, this is what I’m doing…

note: I am not a trained medical or nutritional professional so don’t hold me to this. Although if you want to talk to a trained nutritional professional (my health guru of sorts) Grace VanBerkum is awesome.

January is dedicated get my blood sugar back to normal month.

How I will do this:

  • Whole foods – lots of them and pretty much only whole foods with the exception of some Thai pastes I have (need to use them up.)
  • Nuts – whenever I can I’ll snack on handfuls of almonds, walnuts & cashews, with raw veggies or fruit. Protein will help regulate the blood sugar spikes… cinnamon is good for this too.
  • Lots and lots of water. Liters of it. Literally. Probably buckets full.
  • Raw veggies twice a day – probably in the form of salads with lots of leafy greens. I find these really help get my body back to full production.
  • Increase foods that naturally detox – Cilantro for my liver, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, lentils… there’s a good list of some on
  • No dairy, refined sugars – at all. No exception.
  • Limited gluten – meaning probably none except on the weekend when I can buy a whole grain, sprouted, stone ground loaf of bread from the farmer’s market.
  • No meat – probably fish once or twice a week. A bit of local chicken.
  • Drink water or herbal tea – when I feel hungry, if that doesn’t work eat a snack.
  • Start the morning with a proper healthy smoothyGrace VanBerkum has great ones on her blog.
  • Yoga.
  • Cardio exercise – actually bought a couple of aerobic DVDs for cheap and am going to try doing them and online vids at home. If this doesn’t work and I give up, I will buy a gym membership and go on my lunch hours.

This will be my January routine. Then in February I will do a more intense cleanse… a month of raw vegetarian with my 3-year-old… who by then will be four… oh wait, I guess I’ll have to wait until after her birthday on February 6th… I remember the year I did her birthday gluten-free and made that gluten-free chocolate cake… I remember as the smiles on all the kids faces melted into disappointed frowns with their first bites… that memory is burned into the hallows of my mind.

Wanna eat clean with me for January? Wanna do a month of raw veg with me in February? Let me know.

And feel free to share your get healthy tips.


11 thoughts on “New Year, New Body… the detox that must come

  1. Some facts about healthy food you may not know…

    apple is made of 25% air, that is why they float.
    apples, onions, and potatoes all have the same taste? Try the test: Pinch your nose and take a bite out of each.
    avocado has the highest protein and oil content of all fruits, but most of this is the healthier unsaturated type.
    cabbage is 91% water.
    carrots were originally purple in colour, changing in the 17th Century to orange with newer varieties.
    celery requires more calories to eat and digest than it contains.
    cherries are a member of the rose family.
    corn always has an even number of ears.
    corn makes up about 8% of the weight in a box of corn flakes.
    eggplants are actually fruits, and classified botanically as berries.
    honey is the only edible food for humans that will never go bad.
    lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.

    And now you know…

    • the seven day hungry for change detox is great. day three feeling good. first day lots of blood sugar swings and hunger pangs… so i drank a lot of coconut water (no sugar added) which is alkalizing and hydrating to help. glad i did that first day on a sunday. i paid for the over indulgences of xmas. lol.

      now i’m feeling more alert and not as hungry. i actually love the food…. although i did add the nuts to the salad and oil to the dressing because it’s winter and i know my body needs healthy oils.

  2. how’s your health program going? i’m on a plan this year too. exercise everyday and i’m on the so called caveman diet. going to lose 30 pounds this year. (that may seem like a lot, but i’m kind of a big guy.)

    • health program is better these days.. feeling back on track but there’s nothing like a bout with a proper stomach flu to make you not want to put anything yukky and processed in your body.

      how’s it going with you?

  3. how’s the health plan coming? I’m on one too. Exercising every day and on the so called caveman diet. going to lose 30 pounds this year. (that may sound like a lot, but i’m a big guy)

  4. I’m having to go a whole new diet way too and it’s going to be really hard. No breads, no sugar, no pop. I’m a total sugar addict and carb-aholic. Pop I can do without. I bought a Wii Fit Plus to use and its great. Lots of yoga and fun games and you don’t realize you’re burning calories. Lot’s of great recipes are online, which I have yet to try. Since I love pizza and now can no longer have it I found some ones to try, portabello mushrooms and one made with cauliflower.

    • sounds good… the pizza ideas. love portebello mushrooms and you can also make a pizza rust from nuts & seeds… dehydrate them or cook on a low heat (this is taken from a page in the raw chef’s cookbook)

      are you still using good sugars? like raw honey (local always best if you can get it) or maple syrup. so many good benefits to these and they totally help with the getting over the sugar / carb addiction…

      if you can feel like your not missing something it totally makes it easier.

      and raw truffles… good chocolates. ever tried those?

      • Still working out the diet details on what I can have and what I can’t have. If I have craving for sugars I grab some fruit (oranges, strawberries) and/or a low fat sweet flavored yogurt (sillouette cappichino, toffee-caramel, vanilla). Breads I’ve been cutting out slowly, now down to 2-3 days a week (use to have bread every day more the once a day). I did find a recipe today for a low carb bread called oopsie bread, all thanks to Pintrest. As for my absolutely love of chocolate, I thankfully LOVE dark chocolate which is very low sugar and is heart healthy when eaten in moderation. I haven’t tried raw truffles. Will give those a try sometime. Bulk Barn carries a veggie pasta which is lower in carbs and healthier. So many options to try.

      • there’s lots of options friend:) be careful of the low fat foods… often they have more sugar in other forms than you would think. there are some easy bread recipes too that use whole grains and a few ingredients… sometimes having that a couple of meals a week is good for the bread craving… and when you know what’s in it you know it’s good for your body.

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