Sunday, August 5, 2007

Days 10, 11, & wrapping up the 12th

It must be something about drawing to the close of the detox that is causing me to obsess about food. Or maybe it's the fact that I haven't done any real cooking in my kitchen in almost 2 weeks that's driving me crazy. Sure, I've been experimenting with my evening soup, but there's only so much you can do with it. It's not the same as my normal process of scribbling down notes and flavor points I want to try together, hashing together a recipe, etc. Even though I won't be doing any real cooking for a few more days, I've already been making my list of what I'm going to make as soon as I can eat.

My father decided to wrap up the detox a bit early. The original idea was to do the detox 21 days and then start the "ramp up" portion, where you slowly add the food groups back into your diet over the course of a week. Since he's on sabbatical, he will be doing quite a bit of traveling towards the end of the month, which will make it hard to maintain his regimen. So we've decided to start our ramp up on the 15th day, which if done correctly, should take us up to the full 21 days. (To be honest, I'm not sure I'm going to make it the full week - I've been craving some serious solid food)

I've been feeling really good. Although the routine is a tad monotonous at times, it really does help to break up my days, especially if I'm working. I also feel really good and haven't had any headaches or irritability that normally comes from detoxing.

For those who were curious about the weight loss, my father is up to 18 pounds lost, which he was very excited about. Good for him! I am up to(or should I say down) 13 pounds, which is actually pretty cool. I'm be satisfied if I dropped another 3 or 5, but I'm good with where I'm at.

All in all, I think the detox has been very successful. Although I can't be technical about the amount of toxins I have left in my body or those that I lost, I can say that I feel pretty darn amazing. I have energy, I'm sleeping very well at night, and overall feel pretty spiff. I could definitely see doing this routine once every 6 months or so (although perhaps not for the full 21 days) just to give my body a break.

BTW, this detox was based on the book "21 Pounds in 21 Days." It's gotten some mixed reviews, but i thought it was a fairly good detox diet. I do agree with some of the criticisms in that most of the book is testimonials and not solid information and buying the kit is more expensive than just buying what you need at your natural food store. But overall, I was very satisfied with it and plan on doing it again in the future.

I'll be back later this week with reports of the Ramp Up.


Caley said...

Just came across your blog, after Chow featured a blog post about it. What an ambitious project! I love meat, and find that I have to eat every couple of hours because of naturally low blood sugar and a high metabolism. I would love to try a detox diet out and see how it goes. Are you going to publish any of your recipes, daily meals, etc? Do you get enough protein just through protein shakes/powder? What kind do you prefer?

(I'm at =)

Heather said...

You've done some great work here. Definately has inspired me. I've tried this myself before, but had a hard time. I got some great ideas from reading your blog about this detox diet. I'm not that interested in losing weight though. Just to clean out the system.

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