21 days went by faster than I thought they would, but I am still happy to be done the detox. I hate to say it, but it really didn’t do much for me. I think I might have lost a pound or two- but that could easily be water weight fluctuation. I also didn’t feel “revitalized” or “re-energized”…I felt pretty much the same
Three of the main groups Dr Joshi tells you to cut out are caffeine/coffee, alcohol, and meat. I rarely drink coffee, and only drink maybe once or twice a month, and I am vegetarian. So going without all those for 3 weeks was fine (though I did end up drinking 1 night at a friend’s birthday).
The foods he urges you to eat more of like vegetables, legumes, and tofu are all foods that were already quite prevalent in my diet. I did feel better that I was eating more vegetables than usual. I also was surprised with myself that I was able to go without sugar without any cravings or headaches- I am a self admitted sugarholic.
Finally, what I liked most about the detox was that it made me really have to think about the food I was going to eat, and got me cooking in the kitchen more than usual. I will definitely make some of the recipes again, as well as stick with brown rice pasta, and as little processed food as possible.
I think the detox would really work for someone who eats too much of the non-detox foods on a regular basis and needs a strict, but doable way to cut them out. However, it does take a lot of work and prep. Whenever I had something to do, worked late, or went out for dinner I found I strayed a little.
Now it is time to indulge in all the great seasonal fruits and vegetables that are in the produce aisles!
Breakfast: The usual
Lunch: Brown rice pasta with goat cheese and lemon
Dinner: Leftover quinoa and tofu bowl from yesterday.
This Sunday is my birthday, but I am celebrating with friends tomorrow which will obviously involve a night of not detox friendly debauchery- Hello Sangria! So today will probably be my last detox day…close enough!
I will write a post soon about my entire experience and thoughts about the detox.
Breakfast: The Usual.
Lunch: Didn’t have a whole lot of time so made one of my go to Bowls. This one had quinoa, sweet potato, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and tofu.
Dinner: I had a lot of broccoli that needed using up so thought I would try out this recipe from Vegangela.
I substituted Sweet Potatoes for regular, and added some cumin and curry powder.
Very filling and healthy!
19 days down, 2 to go!
Breakfast: Spinach, Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Omelette
Lunch: Left over from last nights dinner
Dinner: Wasn’t very hungry, but wanted something before the gym, so had a bowl of gluten free cereal and soy milk
18 Days down, 3 to go!
Breakfast: I slept over at my parents after all our unpacking and in the morning had that Starbucks Spinach Feta Wrap that I wrote about on Day 7.
Lunch was a spinach and arugula salad with some feta cheese.
For dinner I used the leftovers of the cashew kale dish, but added some brown rice pasta and some goat cheese- much tastier!
My roommate and I went to the movies (yay cheap Tuesdays!) and I got some sweet potato crisps to munch on during the film.
17 days down, 4 to go!
Breakfast was the usual.
For lunch I wanted to make something extra healthy after my not-so-healthy weekend. Using this recipe I made this:
As you can see it doesn’t look as good as hers. I don’t think I made my sauce creamy enough. It was ok though. I have leftovers that I plan on eating and might try making it again.
My parents moved into their new condo today, so after lunch I went over to help unpack. Around 8pm we realized we hadn’t eaten and didn’t have any food. We decided to order in from the Thai place down the street. I got the Tofu-Asparagus Stir-fry, though it came with a sauce I am sure wasn’t detox friendly. I tried to eat as little as the sauce as possible, and I stayed away from the rice.
16 Days down, 5 to go!
This weekend was kind of a “f*ck you detox” couple of days. It didn’t start out that way though. Saturday morning I had my usual for breakfast, followed by a kale and spinach salad for lunch and some almonds. It was around 7pm that things started to change. I was in London, Ontario for a friend’s 25th birthday. I knew I would be drinking so had brought along some vodka with me (Joshi says it is the “cleanest” if you are going to be drinking). But my friends had other plans- out came a big jug of sangria- probably my favourite alcoholic drink. So i caved and had a few glasses of that.
Then we went out for dinner. I ordered a beet and spinach salad with goat cheese- that sounds fine, right? It would have been had it been the only thing I ordered. I am too ashamed to say what else I got but let’s just say it was deep fried.
Sunday did not start out any better than the previous night had ended. We went to a cute little diner for brunch. My order included poached eggs, hashbrowns, and toast. I didn’t eat again until I got back to Toronto. For dinner I had my leftovers from day 13- brown rice, veggies, tofu.
It probably could have been worse, and though I am not proud of myself I don’t feel like I’ve “failed” the detox or anything. My friend mentioned something she had read recently about a fitness instructor (or someone in the health industry) saying that they don’t understand why if someone eats one bad thing during the day they get into the mentality that they might as well keep eating badly for the rest of the day and equated it to dropping your phone on the ground, and then stomping it to bits.
So, yes I ate some non-detox things over the past day and a half, but I still plan on getting back on the detox wagon for the rest of the week!
2 weeks down , 1 to go
Breakfast: Not the usual! I ran out of cereal so made an omelette. I caramelized some onions, wilted spinach, and crumbled some goat cheese on top.
Still need to work on my folding skills!
Lunch: Was a small salad with kale, carrots, quinoa, feta cheese
Dinner: Similar to last night. Brown rice, carrots, broccoli, tofu
13 days down, 8 to go!
Breakfast: The Usual
Lunch: Leftover Black Bean Soup that I made on day 9 and froze
Dinner: I got home just after 8:30pm and didn’t have any leftover to reheat, so kinda through a bunch of things into a pan and called it dinner.
Tofu, Quinoa, Edamame, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes
12 days down, 9 to go!
I tried to be extra good today to make up for yesterday’s Indian food slip-up.
Breakfast: The Usual
Lunch: I love going to Longo’s grocery store because they have a great salad bar filled with a variety of fresh choices. I combined some spring mix lettuce, spinach, couscous, quinoa, carrots, radishes, and feta cheese.
I had dinner with my parents tonight (mum cooked) she made a salmon from an LCBO recipe: http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/RecipeController?language=EN&recipeType=1&action=recipe&recipeID=3784
Tomatoes aren’t really detox friendly, but Dr. Joshi says roasted tomatoes are better than raw/regular.
11 days down, 10 to go!