The Detox Challenge is well underway. While I am happy to report that these ladies are doing amazing… the start was a little bumpy.
It wasn’t my intention but I could sense the “This is NOT what I signed up for!” tension in the air. Ruh Roh. I should have seen that coming. Although I told them this would be a detox experience unlike any other, I didn’t explain what that meant. I mean, I was confident in my approach but if I had actually told them : My goals are to change the way to you look at food, Make you eat foods you swear you wouldn’t and Have you in the kitchen getting excited about produce. Yeah I don’t think there would have a whole lot of excitement surrounding that!
For most, detox diets are based on miserably committing to eat something or abstain from something for a set period of time. We are all familiar with the Lemonade Diet :three- ten days of lemon juice, grade B maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Or the Liver flush complete with drinking things like olive oil, garlic and epsom salt. Bleh… who thinks of these things? And why on Earth do we do this to our body? While I’m no Beyonce, I’ve done it all too. My 20’s and early 30’s were riddled with ‘get cleaned out quick’ schemes. I’d be really irritable and cranky for a few days but I would emerge feeling lighter and leaner…until I started eating crap again.
One of the current crazes is to use supplements and drinks to Detox. While I think supplements have their place, It is not necessary to use them to give the body a break from the way we currently eat which is SAD (standard american diet). Nor is it necessary to starve yourself while you work to restore the gut.
What it takes is food.
Well thought out, planned foods that are known to pack a powerful macronutrient balance and supply high does antioxidants and probiotics. And fiber. Fiber is real important. 🙂
So that’s what I set out to do. Organize a detox unlike any other I’ve experienced. One full of food; vibrant, beautiful food and plenty of it.
We started out detaching ourselves from well established and harmful eating habits. They handled that plenty well.
Then came the food they could eat. This where things got a little… testy. I assure you it was detailed and varied; I worked very hard to create a comprehensive list of great food. The problem is, much of it they had never handled no less eaten. “You are expecting me to eat just this?” Yes I was. And they would come to thank me for it.
What I knew that they didn’t is that I absolutely love food. I love to cook and I love to eat. The way to my heart is definitely begins in my belly. As a result. I refuse to eat food that does not taste good. Period. I gave them tons of recipe options designed to heal the gut while tasting yummy. They couldn’t see at first but once they started tasting they were hooked ;).
God has provided us with so many delicious options… naturally. Vegetables and fruit actually taste good. Really really good. The problem is that we are disconnected from what REAL food taste like. Think about it: How much of what most folks eat is fresh? Frozen, boxed, canned… all ways of life in our culture. As a result things are overly salted, drenched in sugar and loaded with bad fat. All in an effort to mask the fact that we are eating food ‘products’ not food. The result: we think we do not like REAL food.
Through this Challenge I’ve set out to change that those entrusted to me with this go ’round. We’ve examined real food and why your body needs it. We discussed our bad habits and how good it feels to let them go… even if for only 21 days. And we’ve whined and complained and lamented like school girls. It’s been loads of fun.
I’ve seen major breakthroughs.
Here are some outtakes from our group:
“I do like Green Tea and Kale. I do, I do….thank you Sag-I-Am”
“I’ve already lost 4.8 lbs since I’ve started on Saturday”
“Food I once “hated”, I am loving. I am still not a fan of beets, but I do LOVE onions and peppers now (well sweet peppers).”
“I love this style of eating. I will be looking for a vegetarian cookbook soon. I may add turkey and grilled chicken but not like before.”
“They say it takes 21 days to break a habit. I am trying to replace those bad habits with good ones. I don’t want to use the word deprived….cause we r not. But I don’t want bad food choices to be the bad boyfriend that I kept around when he should have been kicked to the curb a long time ago”
“I am ONLY buying ORGANIC. Organic is pricey, but then life is priceless, this is my new motto.”
“I find my appetite has decreased.”
“Ran a 10k and had energy throughout the race”
“I don’t know if I lost weight but I feel like a million bucks. I don’t feel bloated and I can work out hard without having eaten meat. I’ve learned a lot so far but what I’ve learned most is that the commercial teaching in health and wellness is wrong..way wrong. Everything is time-weight based, “lose 10 lbs in 5 sec”…”get bikini ready in 8 weeks…flatten your tummy in 3 days with these easy tricks… It’s a bit fat juicy lie. I went to Publix to get my husband some Cheetos. Yup he sent me to get Cheetos – but I looked at the store differently. All these beautiful brightly colored packages full of non food. Now friends I’m not saying I’ll never eat a chip again..maybe a tortilla chip but I am saying this entire experience is of the mind which results in change of the body.”
Love. It. All.
April has done an amazing job of helping these ladies tap into the mental/emotional/spiritual side of things. Those of us who do this work know that it is largely mental. Her prescribed yoga moves and guided meditation round out the experience. Her inspiration and loving support provides balance to my ‘dictatorship’ (yeah I was referred to as such early on- told you it got ugly lol) Another pleasant surprise gone terribly right. 🙂
I am so impressed with these ladies. Most have stayed the course. They took the early licks like champs and offer encouragement and enthusiasm to each other every day. I always say I learn just as much (if not more) from my clients as they do from me. This group is no exception. A real class act.
In personal news:
I am cleansing right alongside these ladies and I feel amazing. Although I don’t regret the pound cake, I am happy to be back on track with an eating style that works best for my body. CrossFit is on hold and I have taken up Reformer Pilates. I chose pilates for a number of reasons but three come to mind immediately: 1) my concern about disease progression in my joints/muscoskeletal system 2) who doesn’t want to look like a dancer? and 3) The instructor has a sign in her studio that says “All the hotties take Pilates”. A direct quote from her husband. Sold. 🙂
As always Jan is up for a challenge so we are taking classes together. She’s been doing mat pilates for years. I’ve dabbled here and there but the contraptions (reformer, cadillac, etc…) is new to us both. We love it. Check out our moves: