The Detox Begins

First things first. I’ve dropped two pounds this morning. No, not two pounds since Friday morning, but two pounds between when I first woke up and when I weighed myself a second time about an hour later.

I think I’ve figured out the 6-pound/5-pound jump. Looking at my food and exercise logs, I had another uptick in carbohydrate intake (and calorie intake in general) coupled with a step up in intensity of working out, followed by two days in the car, which means greatly reduced water intake (so we don’t have to stop every hour) and eating over-salted food on the road. I suspect I’m coming out of ketosis, something which was bound to happen eventually, but which I didn’t quite plan would coincide with the car trip.

So, it’s a bump in the road, but I keep going back to look at the big picture weight loss curve, and clearly, even with this small blip, it is going down.

I did a great job of eating on the road, by the way, but I was a little high on fats compared to protein and carbs, thanks to cheese. We managed to avoid eating at any fast food places, I think in part because my colleague just saw that video that shows chicken meat (and other parts) being extruded to make nuggets. That’ll turn anyone off processed meat, or any processed food, for sure.

Really, I’m going to keep plugging along, doing what I’ve been doing, and I know that weight will come back off. But first, a 10-day interlude for a detox procedure recommended by my nutritionist.

I’m deeply skeptical of the science behind detox diets, but my willingness to do this anyway is a testament to my trust in my nutritionist and the way this whole program has worked so far.

I’m also a little bummed that it coincides with the final week of C25K and the second week of meeting with my trainer, because I think I’m going to need to cut back on exercise intensity a bit while this is going on.

This is NOT a detox that has us eating only lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. I’ll be eating about the same number of calories daily that I’ve been eating, so it isn’t some radically plunge down on that front. No enemas are involved, and thought so unpleasant that it makes me squirm to type it.

Here’s the rough outline:

Throughout the 10 days, it is OK to eat cruciferous veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts), raw greens (spinach, kale, cilantro, basil), unsweetened apple or pear juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, herbs, and spices. Most days, it is OK to eat most non-starchy veggies as well as many fruits, nuts, seeds, and legumes (beans, lentils, hummus). Once you’ve eliminated something on a day, it doesn’t come back until you see it listed as something OK to add.

Day 1 – eliminate alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and flesh foods (meat but but not eggs). That’s pretty easy for me, since I’ve already eliminated all but the meat.

Day 2 – eliminate dairy products and eggs. This’ll be tougher, since yogurt, eggs, and cheese are daily foods for me.

Day 3 – eliminate gluten-containing grains. I’m already barely touching these, so not so tough.

Day 4– eliminate all grains, gluten-free or not.

Days 5 to 7 – eliminate legumes, fruit, and everything else except: cruciferous veggies and raw greens, apple and pear juice (not sweetened), oil and vinegar, herbs and spices. This, I predict, will suck.

Day 8 – Add back white rice (gentler on the stomach than brown), fruit, and the rest of the veggies.

Day 9 – Bring back the nuts, seeds, and grains, gluten-free and gluten-full. Also, welcome the return of legumes.

Day 10 – Hello, eggs and dairy products.

People who are concerned about food tolerance issues may opt to add in eggs and dairy products day by day, but I’m predicting I’ll be ready to welcome them back.

Meat, presumably, comes back on day 11, but we’ll see how I’m feeling by day 10. It may come back then.

The whole time we’re doing this, we’re also taking some supplements and protein powder, too, to keep us balanced.

I’ll write more in the upcoming days about the theory and science behind this, but for now, I’m going to kick off the day with a slow walk with the dogs.

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’m doing this, because it seems kooky to me, and I say that realizing that I’m someone who did an 800-calorie, protein shake-only diet for 14 weeks.

I’ve got my game face on, and I’m going to give it a go. I just had two eggs scrambled with bell pepper and onion. We shall see what happens, but if nothing else, I bet I drop the rest of that phantom weight for sure.

PS – I forgot to add that my husband is doing this with me. I predict he will lose three times as much weight as I do and have a radically-changed body, whereas I will drop 3 pounds instead of my usual 1.5 to 2 per ten days and struggle the whole time. But hey, I won’t hold it against him.

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6 Responses to The Detox Begins

  1. Oh my BF has just decided to join me on a fitness buzz and when he does something he does it wholeheartedly. I’m very fearful of how he will impact me i.e. he will lose 6lb in a week that I lose 0.5lbs so I know how you feel. But hey ho such is life I guess.
    Good luck with the detox and let us know how you get on. Sounds interesting.
    … oh and can’t believe you lived for 14 weeks on an 800 calorie shake. You must have some buckets and buckets of willpower.

  2. S.N.S.N.S. says:

    Snap on the detox skepticism! They have always stuck me as a faddy diet but in healthy packaging. That said, what you’ve got planned really intrigues me (not only because I learnt about cruciferous veggies). It seems, dare I say it, a sensible and well thought out detox. Plus the time-frame is realistic and there are only 2 extreme days.

    It will be so interesting to see how you get on. There’s a great book on all sorts of medical quackery called Bad Science which has some fantastic chapters on detoxing and nonsense nutrition. You should definitely check it out

  3. Yay to the healthy choice detoxing you are about to do. Detoxing doesn’t have to be about lemon juice and cayenne pepper, it’s about giving your body the good things it needs and not over filling it with processed franken foods. Good luck!

  4. I’m curious to see how this goes! Definitely very well, I hope, and I’m glad it’s not just pepper and lemon juice. πŸ˜‰ As far as the fluctuation, it’s good of you to look at the whole, big picture. When I see variations on the scale like that, I always have to remind myself of the same thing!

  5. That looks like a really reasonable and even interesting detox. Can’t wait to see how you do on it (I’m sure superbly). Sorta tempted to try it myself!

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