Friday, March 22, 2013
Detox Day 3
I quit. That sounds awful, but I think it was necessary. First of all I was miserable, and I gagged at the thought of eating that lunch salad again (I have to distract myself whenever I think about it). Plus yesterday I went to bed feeling painfully hungry, and this morning I woke up feeling dizzy, lightheaded and shaky. I felt like my stomach was trying to eat itself. Not a great way to start a day. So I quit.
This detox did not go as expected. I expected it to be rough, but not this rough. I also expected to feel good while eating lots of nutrients and motivated to keep going. This was not the case. I do however think I learned something even if it wasn't what I thought. I would rather put more effort into regular exercise and eat the foods I want than to have to go through life feeling miserable about not being able to eat what I want. That doesn't mean I'm going to live a life eating all junk food-no! As I mentioned on Day 1, we eat fairly healthy and indulge here and there. I think part of why I needed to do this (in hindsight of course) is to stop feeling guilty about the few times I eat junk food. If I'm living a healthy life and exercising regularly, there's nothing wrong with comfort food in moderation.
What I intend to do, is to do my best to eat non-processed foods whether that means making my own pizza sauce and salsa, granola and granola bars, try to buy as much from the farmer's markets in Summertime and leave the processed, hormone-filled foods alone. I'm also thinking of making healthier options of the junk foods I like a lot. Making our own food from scratch means there will be no hormones or chemicals, and if we shop smart, no fillers either. I think this is a good place to start.
For those of you following along, this detox may be for you, it may not. One thought I had yesterday was 'who said this detox was okay?' a good question to ask...I was considering that it's possible that this is meant for people dealing with obesity who have had tests done and a doctor has approved this cleanse for them, I don't know. I just know how it made me feel, and I did not enjoy it. I made it through 2 days, and I don't feel regret from stopping there. I feel like I got out of this what I was supposed to, even if it is different than what I intended. Now-I'm off to make motivational posters reminding me of what I learned.
And eat pizza.
Happy Friday everyone!