I’m on day 1 of a new 30 day good eating challenge. It starts with a “cleanse” and “detox” – two words used so freely now that they are practically meaningless.
Lets back this up – what is detoxing? It is, “that ubiquitous, yet amorphous term that refers to various dietary regiments that supposedly clean you out, give your body radical reboot, and help you drop weight fast (UC Berkeley Study).”
Detox has become a catch all term for any number of non-traditional diets. It claims to remove any unwanted pounds and toxins from your body. Toxins are defined as substances created by plants, animals and microorganisms.
Guess what? Our bodies are DESIGNED to get rid of toxins naturally. Do you have a colon, kidneys, liver? Well then you’re in luck! Those things are cleaning you up 24/7. The body is amazingly efficient at detoxifying itself. We don’t need to do anything special. Eating nutritious fruits, vegetables, healthy protein/meats, dairy and carbohydrates is what makes the body run efficiently. If you have a bad weekend of over eating, don’t go out of your way to eliminate key nutrients/meals/good groups to try and “detox” – this is not necessary. Your body already did this. Plus, studies have shown that these “cleanses” and “detoxes” that eliminate food groups, or have you drinking just juice and flavored water do more harm than good. This is just another fad.
Everything in moderation, right?
I’m going to be honest – the way I feel right now is not cool. I’ve been following the detox rules for about 7 hours, and I feel tired and sluggish, like I am lacking calories. I stopped my run on the treadmill 15 minutes early because I’M SO HUNGRY.
If you have nut allergies in your house, the recipes I’m making will not work for you. Most of the smoothies and salads have some type of nut in them, making it difficult to try and stay full by eliminating just the nuts. I’ve substituted nuts for chick peas and I’m ravenous. If we could have almonds in our home, this would probably be a little easier. I also had a hard time finding oats for my smoothie that were not made in a facility with tree nuts or peanuts. The figs that I needed to make the chocolate truffle energy bars were also challenging to find.
I’ll continue to eat SUPER HEALTHY for the next 29.5 days with all these SUPER HEALTHY ingredients that I’ve purchased. But it turns out, I wasn’t doing that bad to begin with. My body LOVES meat. My body LOVES carbs. My body LOVES to eat salad every day for lunch. I just need to eat them in moderation, along with exercising on a regular basis.
There is no get healthy fast solution. Slow and steady does the trick. I will be posting some recipes tonight though because there are some really tasty ones that I’m excited to try.
Hey, milk, is that you over there? I’m so sorry for all those mean things I said to you before. Get over here so I can gobble you up! GET IN MY BELLY.