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 Mindbodygreen.com
- 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 smoothy – Grace VanBerkum has great ones on her blog.
- 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.