As you might have read earlier, I did a 3 week detox a few weeks back that was hosted by Laura @ Mommy Run Fast. It technically ended last Saturday the 25th, but to be honest, I really only followed the plan for 2 weeks instead of three (more on that later).
Doing the detox was something that I really needed after a long stint of random, unhealthy, craving-filled overeating over my Christmas vacation. Today I’m going to go over my experience with eating like a total weirdo for 2 weeks.
What I Did
For the first week, I ate gluten, dairy, sugar, and meat free. This was both shocking and wonderful at the same time. Shocking because, well, what they heck do you eat when you cut out THREE food groups essentially that you’re used to eating? This was challenging, maddening, and exciting all at the same time. It forced me to find new recipes and eat totally different.
The second week I was able to add back dairy, meat, and some bread if it was low glycemic/almost gluten-free (Ezekiel bread). The third week, anything was permissible. Unfortunately, I got really busy around the 3rd week and also traveled for my race, so I really did let anything go and did not follow much healthy eating for that week. Essentially, I did the detox for 2 weeks instead of 3.
How I Felt
I thought my body would feel more shocked, but it was actually pretty normal. The first few days, I felt like a fog had been lifted. I felt like my mental alertness was amazing. I didn’t feel so fuzzy-brained anymore or sluggish. Which is weird because I honestly wouldn’t say I felt sluggish before. The detox showed me that I really am tired and sluggish – I’ve just gotten used to feeling that way all the time.
The second week was alright, but I wasn’t feeling like I did the first. I’m not sure if it’s because I added back the dairy. I didn’t do a lot of experimenting to figure anything out. The second week was more just like a week of really healthy eating, but I didn’t feel amazing like the first.
What I Learned
I learned that…
- I can be sugar-free and basically craving free too. If it’s not around or available to me, I didn’t think about it or want it. It being the chocolate chips I usually snack on when I’m bored.
- You can be gluten & dairy free and still have options.
- Being gluten-free was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I really thought this would be so hard. Maybe because I only did it for a week, it wasn’t hard, but I thought I would be dying from not having an English muffin or something, but I wasn’t.
- Healthy eating is very complex. It’s more than just calories or nutrition labels. It’s what you eat. And what you eat is a lot more important than we think.
- Things are still really good, and sometimes even better, with out all the crap I usually add to it. Oatmeal is great without ANY sugar or butter. I got used to eating things without the “added” stuff, and I liked it. Foods natural flavor is amazing all by itself.
What I Liked
I liked that the detox was not crazy. The first week was hardcore, but it slowly worked your way back to what I consider “normal” eating. I liked that the detox allowed for a transition back to normal food instead of being 3 weeks of total restriction.
I liked that Laura provided meal plans for inspiration and ideas. I tried some awesome new meals. It gave me a starting point to figure out what detox eating looked like. I also liked that it was up to me to decide how to eat. There wasn’t a specific list of what was off-limits, really, and there were no extremely inconvenient requirements.
I also liked that I found new recipes to love. Here’s some favorites that I discovered:
I also enjoyed eating fish a lot more often. I want to keep doing that since fish is so good for you!
What I Didn’t Like
I didn’t like that week 3 said anything goes. Personally, when I get the green light to “eat anything,” I do. I unfortunately resumed eating whatever, whenever, and however much I wanted. Week 3 felt like I undid all of what I worked for in the first 2 weeks. Totally my fault, but I personally needed week 3 to have more restriction or guidelines.
I didn’t like breakfast this whole time either. I do not do eggs, veggies, or basically anything that needs to be cooked in the AM. Sorry, not sorry, but I just can’t. It was hard to find stuff to eat besides oatmeal. I had a lot of oatmeal.
I didn’t like that I had to cook for basically every single meal. I felt like I was constantly doing the dishes for 2 weeks because everything was always being used. I just don’t have enough time for this at the given moment, so it was a little frustrating to try to stay on top of it all.
Changes for the Future
The detox definitely wasn’t perfect, but that wasn’t what I was aiming for. I know myself well enough to know that it would have its ups and downs. Overall, it was a great experience to see more deeply into my eating habits, what I like and don’t like, and what can actually be changed.
For the future, I would like to be more gluten conscious. During the first week, I debated if I wanted to go gluten-free for longer than just the detox. I ultimately decided no because I don’t have any issues with gluten. I feel it may make me tired and not be good for my blood sugar, but I can digest it fine. And because I like muffins. 😉 But I do want to start taking up gluten-free baking and considering other options before I dive into gluten first thing.
I also want to focus on being sugar-free more often. Once it’s in my diet, it seems to suddenly be everywhere. Sugar is kind of all or nothing for me. And I feel so much better when it’s nothing instead of in everything. It is absolutely addicting and I know it. I don’t know exactly how I want to go about sugar in the future, but I am at least more aware of it and its effects on me, which makes me happy.
Would I do this again? Yes, actually. I’d highly consider it. Would I do a little more planning next time? Absolutely. I hope to participate in this again either standalone or with a group that Laura coaches.
Questions for You:
- Have you detoxed before like this?
- What are your thoughts on sugar and “added” things in our diets?