During my detox diet I had some serious cravings. I had cravings so strong that I thought I would cry if I didn’t get pizza or macaroni and cheese. Which one I wanted depended on the day.
So when it was over I let myself have the foods I wanted and you know what?
They tasted horrible. All the things I love have been ruined. There was some discussion about “retraining your tastebuds” but I didn’t think they meant it.
You know what else was horrible? The headache I had the night after my first food splurge. It was just like the ones I had on the first few days of the detox. The SO had one too.
And, and, to top it all off we’re still having cravings. You know what we want? Juice. I might be stuck being permanently healthy.
My brother and his family are visiting next week. I just called them to ask what they eat. I know their systems would probably curl up and die if confronted with all the fruit and vegetables we are eating right now.
Note to self- next time I decide to start a juice fast do it on a week day. I started on Sunday which meant that I was home thinking about not eating all day. I also realized that all my entertainment options are food related except for exercise. Movies? We are bad people who smuggle in dollar store candy. Go out to eat? Out of the question. Sit home and think about not eating until you break down and make dinner? Check.
The SO declared that he was having dinner first. I agreed. I made up some sweet potatoes and squash to roast. But the funniest thing happened. As soon as they were ready to eat, I didn’t want them anymore. Just having permission to eat them was enough.
I did eat some solid food last night but it wasn’t like I pigged out on pizza. Mmmmmmm, pizza, does that craving ever go away? I had a banana, two grapes, and a handful of olives.
Today I woke up and had a smoothie that the SO so kindly made me. Then I packed my two juices for the day- lunch and snack- and also threw in some grapes and two clementines in case of emergency. I haven’t had the food yet and am just drinking my second juice at a little after five.
I’ve heard that after a few days you are supposed to have all kinds of energy. I didn’t really believe that since I am not a morning person and have no desire to become one. This morning when I got to work I realized that I was so perky that I was starting to annoy myself. I tried to keep it on the inside since everyone else was grumpy and I didn’t want to get beat up.
I only lost half a pound since Friday which was disappointing since I had gotten used to two lbs a day. I guess those were the easy pounds to get rid of! Figures that getting skinny can’t be that easy.
This is Day 6 of the Reboot standard program. The first 5 days were focused on a very clean eating pattern. All fruits and vegetables either in cooked form or in juices. No grains, no beans, no dairy.
As of day 4 I had lost 8 lbs. I am able to put on a few pairs of pants that I had set aside to be donated because the zipper edges didn’t even come close to each other. They still aren’t acceptable for public viewing but they close.
The SO has been doing the diet for breakfast and lunch and then eating whatever he wanted for dinner since he isn’t convinced that he’ll be able to lift weights without higher protein in his system. He hasn’t weighed himself but I think he looks thinner. He says he feels healthier.
It is fun to go grocery shopping. The checkout clerks panic when they see all the produce. They have all told me that I’m going to have to help them out with identifying what I have. I also get to feel smug and superior to the people around me who are loading all kinds of process food onto the belts even if some of it does look good.
Breaking habits is hard. The hardest part of this has been pyschological. The idea that I can’t just stop at a drive through if I find myself hungry was surprisingly scary to me. I started carrying around a bag of cherries as a security blanket and I felt much better. I never ate them but just having them was enough.
I’ve developed a need for food porn. The first day I was fantasizing about ravioli. Not the taste so much as the texture – how it feels in your mouth and as you swallow it. I’ve been watching Kitchen Nightmare on Netflix so much that a whole new recommended category of Food Documentaries showed up for me. I was way too excited about that. I’m reading books about food. As a dedicated vegetarian most of the carnivorous food on TV and the books is totally disgusting to me so at least it doesn’t make me hungry.
As I said before this is day 6. This starts the 5 days of straight juice fasting. All juice, all the time. I’ve worried about this. I like to chew. I don’t know if I can do it. I’ve decided that if I want a soup for dinner that’s fine. Anything is better than my normal diet of processed food.
We are making way less trash too. The “trash” is mostly going out in the compost pile and there is almost no recycling. We run the dishwasher daily now because we are eating at home for every meal. Big changes. We’ll see how the next 5 days go.
Yesterday’s midmorning veggie juice that I said was nasty got even worse. It smelled like rotten flesh. The SO got his down. He’s a star. I couldn’t do it. He says that he’s feeling better. I feel about the same except I think I’m dehydrating. I keep drinking lots of water and the food was more water than normal so I don’t understand it.
Today’ food was good. Breakfast was baked apples stuffed with raisins. The morning juice was a fruit blend so it was yummy. I had cucumber salad for lunch. I have roasted mushrooms and sweet potatoes at home for dinner. I got a little panicky about coming to work with no snack. I don’t know why. I guess I figured if I got hungry then I couldn’t just grab something from a store or drive through. I put some cherries in a bag and immediately felt better. It is like a security blanket. I haven’t eaten it. This doesn’t bode well for trying to do five days of juice fasting.
According to the scale at work, I’m down 6 lbs. I don’t even see how that it possible but I’ll take it.
I woke up this morning with a headache. I never do that. My body must be rebelling from all the nutrients I inflicted on it yesterday.
I was having a dream that I was in college and George Clooney was one of my professors. He kept cancelling class though because he was trying to seduce a new girlfriend. We knew if we saw him with flowers and bath salts on a silver tray that class would be cancelled. When that happened I’d run over to the new girl’s apartment and steal a salad. It wasn’t even a good salad. It was iceberg lettuce covered with shredded cheddar until you couldn’t see the lettuce. I took a plate too. I did it twice and then I started freaking out because I was going to get caught and how do you explain salad stealing? I was going through all these scenarios in my brain to explain why I’d been in her apartment. Should I go back and wipe away my fingerprints or would that make it worse?
Apparently my brain freaks out when eating healthy food.
Breakfast this morning was a smoothie with all kinds of fruit. The snack is a vegetable juice that is sort of nasty. I won’t make that one again. Lunch is a salad with fruit for a snack. Then dinner is roasted acorn squash stuffed with mushrooms and sage.
It is Day 1 of the 15 day Reboot diet program we are trying. It took me about 45 minutes last night to make up the food for breakfast, morning snack, and lunch today. That included having to clean the juicer and blender a few times each.
Cherry Cinnamon Apple Bake
1 cup Cherries (cut and discard pit)
2 Apples cored and chopped
3 Tbsp. Raisins (choose golden variety for a twist)
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
Spray baking dish with expeller pressed canola oil
Place into oven safe baking dish and cover
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until apples are soft
Cool and enjoy!
That is a huge amount of food. I’m trying to get it down but I’m stuffed after eating about half of it. I think I’ll be grazing most of the morning.
Next is a midmorning green juice. I made this up for the SO last night and I tried it. It wasn’t horrible but wasn’t my favorite. I’ll make mine up fresh and maybe add a bit more fruit to sweeten it up.
Lunch is a large salad and:
Raw Carrot Ginger Soup
Makes 2, 1 1/2 cup servings – save 1 for dinner
3 cups Carrot Juice
1 ripe Avocado
2 Tbsp. Agave Nectar
1 Tbsp. Ginger, minced
1/4 tsp. ground Cayenne Pepper
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 cup Coconut Meat, optional
2 Tbsp. Avocado or Olive Oil, for garnish
2 Tbsp. Fresh Cilantro, chopped, for garnish
Puree the first seven ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary. Garnish the soup with a drizzle of oil and the chopped cilantro.
I liked the soup. It was quite good and I’m not a fan of cold soups usually. Just that filled me up. It is 3:30 and I haven’t eaten all my salad yet.
The SO just called begging to be allowed to eat something else for dinner. He says he’ll die if he doesn’t have something more substantial. He liked the food so far though. I had to remind him that no one is holding a gun to his head and making him eat this. He wanted to play along.
He wants to keep going with the breakfasts and dinners though. Tomorrow is one of my long days too so I’ll prep all the food for both of us tonight.
I’m having a hard time getting all the food down but I don’t feel super full. I feel like I’m just on the edge of maybe being hungry. We’ll see how hard it is for me not to snack tonight.