Dairy Debacle: Not such a Moo Point!
I decided to let the discussion on the dairy debacle go on a bit instead of posting yesterday. Thanks for all the wonderful & insightful feedback! If you don’t feel like reading over the comments: it seems like most of you either run in to ethical questions in regards to dairy, or have quit dairy because of some of the symptoms I adressed (and experienced myself). There were also a few of you that have no physical problems drinking dairy but it is note-worthy that most of these commenters drink, indeed, raw, organic, full fat milk! I’d also like to emphasize once more (like I do in most of my posts) that your own body is always right, more so than what I or some research says.
The End of an Era?
Now on to the topic of today: the end of a detox era! Three weeks ago I announced I was starting the Crazy Sexy Diet 21 day Cleanse and suggested that anyone who’d like to to join, join. I got many great responses and I am very curious to see how you feel after these three weeks! Here’s how my three weeks went:
21 Day Detox guidelines
- no coffee, alcohol, black tea
Minus one cup of coffee, check!
- no gluten (wheat, rye)
Check: I ate gluten on three occasions. No low gluten foods (spelt etc) either
- no animal products
- no refined, processed sugars
I’ve eaten some processed chocolate, mostly in the first few days. Otherwise, check
- as little processed, refined products as possible
Check! I ate very little processed products because I ate high raw. Near the end I even replaced my precious soy milk with homemade almond milk!
- less cooked/acidic foods, more raw/alkaline foods (minimum 40:60 ratio)
- low GI fruits
Ehh, not so much. I eat bananas & dates like my life depends on it
- all organic (I’ll buy the dirty dozen organic)
In the first two weeks I bought more organic, the last week 100% organic
- filtered water, lemon water (I bought a water filterer)
- herbal & green tea, juices
Check! Drank mostly water, juice, some herbal tea
- try and combine foods better: fruit seperate, no heavy starch & proteins in one meal
I’ve done this some but not as consciously as I would’ve liked. I have been very wary of eating proteins & starches in meals but other than that, not really
- lemon water, juices & smoothies until lunch if possible (ugh…)
I did this about half the time
- chew your food!
Meh, I could’ve done better here
- no/little water with food (ack!)
This was hard but definitely check!
- juice fast 1 day/week
Not in the last week but I’ve done two days and plan on keep doing one day every so often
- daily dry brushing (skin detoxification) already started doing this!
Check, love this!
- daily netti pot (nose shower) I might start this later
- daily meditation (I think I’ll do every other day)
I’ve started to really up the meditation in this last week, before I did it a few times a week
- light to moderate exercise most days a week (no streneous exercise)
- daily affirmations
Does one day count….?
- organic & natural grooming products only (dumped all of my non organic shampoos, conditioners, bodylotions, toothpaste, deodorants, etc and got me some organic ones )
Check check check! So happy with this! I’ve also begun replacing hand soaps & detergents with organic ones. Feels good.
- include some: belly massages, yoga, Reiki, colonics
Check. I’ve done one colonic, received some belly rubbings from the boy , received a wonderful Reiki treatment from my mom & I practise Yoga quite frequently *just not as much in the beginning!)
- advised supplements: b12 (already take these), D (in my multi), enzymes & probiotics (ordered)
Now, let’s take a look at the goals I set out:
- More energy
- Waking up energized and ready to go in the morning
- Better concentration / less fogg
Check! (the book Thrive is mostly to credit though)
- Better digestive health (no bloating)
Hmmm a little, but not 100% yet
- Increase in bowel movement frequency
Not really, altough on some days
- Getting rid of the tiny mysterious rash on my left arm
- Less cellulite
Bit of a vague goal, I don’t really keep track of it haha. This is more a long-term goal actually!
- No more allergies?
No! I still get a sneezing frenzy whenever me & Isa cuddle too much
Ok, so much for the schematic overview. I have actually learned and accomplished quite a lot more from this detox than I set out to. From the raving on raw recipes & me buying a dehydrator I think it was already pretty obvious, but: I definitely plan on keep eating much more raw foods! Yes, I know what you think, I thought raw food was weird too, until I discovered how much I love it. I love how simple the cuisine is (throwing together a humongous salad or making a huge batch of crackers like it ain’t no thang? Yes please!) and how, for the first time in my life, I crave veggies. For a long time now I have felt the importance of eating lots and lots of vegetables (and not the measely recommendations set by governments) but even though I know this was the best for my health, I never craved vegetables, and I had such a hard time eating them. Now it feels like a second nature and for that I am ever so grateful.
The second best thing that this detox has given me is energy. No, I don’t experience delirious energy like some people feel or claim to feel when eating raw or after detoxing/cleansing, and I won’t claim I am never tired anymore. Instead, I can report with all honesty that there’s a subtle but oh so important improvement in my energy levels. I have good to great energy every day but most importantly- it’s more constant. No more highs and lows, afternoon or evening crashes, some mild, some more severe. The more time passed, the more constant my energy became. I ascribe this to eating more pure and wholesome products, more raw and less stimulants (heavy proteins, processed sugar/chocolate/black tea). All my energy comes from non-stimulating foods now, with the exeption of raw cacao powder. I don’t wake up and jump put of my bed most days (but I do some days) but after some minutes of awakening I literally jump up and down on the bed, get in some Yoga positions or get cracking on recipes or house-work. I love being this productive and energized almost from the minute I wake up. I consider high energy (and thus, high spirit!) to be such an invaluable good.
As far as digestive problems go, I am actually not sure if this became less, I kind of stopped tracking my (less noticeble) progress (I know, lame). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have severe digestive issues, it’s just that I’d like to strive for none whatsoever. Right now, I have a feeling gluten are not a problem for me. I ate gluten twice in a considerable amount and the first time I did experience pain, but I now think that was because I ate fruit directly after my dinner. The other two times I tried to monitor my stomach and I felt nothing. So that brings me to the question: why do I then sometimes have gas/bloating/an upset stomach after eating? I actually suspect it might be due to overeating (90% of the time I am a member of the clean-plate-club…) and/or poor food combining. Or who knows, maybe some foods just ‘sit’ wrong with me. I plan on figuring this out though, by experimenting!
I had hoped to increase my bowel movements but alas, didn’t really happen. Oh what the heck: I consider it ideal to ‘go’ more than once a day. Yes people, poop is perfectly OK to talk about! I am really regular which is a very good sign, and my stools also look like they’re supposed to (based on the literature haha). For now I’ll leave it as is, this might come over time..
I experienced little to no detox symptoms. I did feel very tired & lethargic for two days (somewhere between day 14-18) and this might have been due to detoxing. I also got a rather annoying headache a few days ago, and the day after my colonic I got some zits. That’s pretty much it. I see no dramatic improvement in my skin (especially because zits tend to leave some traces on my face even after they’ve gone), rather it still looks good & healthy. Now special glow or anything, boo! Not that it was a point of interest (but, let’s be honest, of course it is…) but my hair also looks the same
All in all I am more than happy I did this detox. It was very different from what I expected: it was much less hard and I didn’t experience all the dreadful detox symptoms. The outcome and what I’ve gained & learned is a little different from what I had expected as well, but in a good way for sure. I have added another curiosity to my diet: raw food, and I love my newfound energy. Above all, I had a ton of fun eating very clean and experimenting with new cuisines, new ingredients, new equipment, new foods, new recipes, and showing the world how delicious detoxing can be
Here’s an example of what/how I ate:
Lemon water, juice, green smoothie
Lemon water, green juice, solid raw breakfast (recovery pudding, almond milk&rawnola)
Some mornings where I was busy and/or less hungry: only lemon water & juice (& tea)
Gigantic salad topped with nuts, seeds & homemade dressing
Same as lunch
I did a handful of mixed raw/cooked dinners, made some vegan sushi, sprouted some Quinoa, etc
Anything with raw cacao powder
Tons of nuts, every day, for munching
Fruit & dried fruit
Raw desserts (balls, brownies, etc)
Brown ricecakes with homemade nut butters or apple butter (appelstroop)
Carrot sticks with Better Than Paprika Chips Almond Butter!
My fav salad: the Hearty Detox Salad !
Raw homemade almond milk & rawnola
Random chocolate ice-cream/pudding concoction =) (with spinach!)
Chocolate Chia crackers! (recipe soon)
Chickpea crêpes (recipe soon)
Calcium Balls (recipe soon)
Homemade Almond Milk (recipe below!)
Now I am excited to keep going with the things I embraced during the detox, nix the things I didn’t, and improve those things that lacked!
- I plan on keep eating much more raw
- I’ll continue dry brushing
- I plan on doing a one day juice fast every once in a while
- Lemon water & herbal tea (and juice obviously)
- More green smoothies
- Raw almond milk instead of soy milk
- No liquids with meals
- Enzymes & pro-biotics, at least for now
- Alcohol (I keep going back and forth between zero alcohol and a little, but I prefer none)
- Processed sugar and processed chocolate (as much as I ‘can’)
- Gluten free, since I don’t think I am sensitive to gluten
- Three cooked meals a day!
- Liquid until lunch. I might do this some days but quite drankly, breakfast is too much fun to drink
Extra focus on:
- Meditation. I want this to really become a consistent factor in my life (do I hear a challenge?)
- Positive affirmations, I did practically none…
- Food combining!
- Thoroughly chewing my food
- Stop eating when I am almost full…..
Thank you all so much for the encouragement and for sticking with me & my crazy plans . Tomorrow you may expect a review on the Crazy Sexy Diet book, with a little surprise thrown in . For now, I’ll end with a recipe.
Homemade Almond Milk
Yields approximately 3 cups (750 ml)
* 1 cup raw almonds (120 grams)
* 4 cups water (1 liter)
* 4-6 fresh dates, pitted
* 1/2 t vanilla extract (optional)
* dash of salt
Required: blender, nutmilk bag (or other fine mesh bag/cloth)
Soak your almonds overnight by covering them with just enough water. In the morning, drain and blend with the other ingredients until smooth. Place your nutmilk bag over a container (like a glass jar), fasten with an elastic and pour the milk in slowly, catching the pulp with the bag. Close jar and let the milk strain for at least 45 minutes, in the fridge. After, your milk is done and you can make cookies with the pulp! (Plenty recipes online and I’ll place one soon as well). This milk will cost about €1,5 – €2 depending on the price of your nuts, which is much cheaper than store bought almond milk! When considering the amount of cookies you also can make with this recipe, it’s even cheaper than soymilk!
Again, I’d also love to hear your detox recap!!