Eating Detoxes, Cleanses, & All That Noise
So, have you ever done any kind of extreme diet or eating detox?
I ask because I’ve been thinking about crazy stuff like that lately. Not thinking about participating, but rather just about them and eating habits in general.
I have always thought fad diets, crazy detoxes, and anything that just seemed extreme or overly restrictive could not be good for you – especially for a long period of time. But hey, I’m not a professional and what do I really know? So, as I researched about it out of pure curiosity, I came to the conclusion that I do see how a short detox to “clean out” your system could be beneficial. If only I had the self control.
And just to clarify (before I start getting whiny hate mail) this stuff appeals to me more-so on the benefits of “cleaning your system” rather than using it with the goal of rapid weight loss. Obviously weight loss will come with it (in most cases) but that isnt the intention here.
But I sort of wondered, is extreme restriction, juicing, drops, pills, or liquid-only for me?
And I have decided: Most definitely not. Or in laymens terms – Hell. No.
Why is this even on my mind?
Well, a couple of weeks ago, my trainer (who doesn’t usually promote any crazy restrictive stuff, hes all about balance, I like that) talked to some of us (including myself) about a restrictive eating detox for 7-14 days. I listened of course, but as soon as we started discussing it, I knew there was no way I would last more than a day.
It basically consists of eating the same exact meal 3x per day (plus something extra for breakfast) for 7+ days.
No thanks. I love variety. And of course my competitive nature piped up and wondered “could I actually do that?” part of me wanted to take on the challenge just because.
It involves lots of chicken, a [plain] sweet potato, and green veggies. Not so bad, I love all those things……. but not 3x a day.
And then I realized, no fruit?
And then the true horror struck….. no wine? Obviously, out of the question.
I know myself well enough to know that I just love and enjoy food too much. I think I could have the self-control if I was really motivated or wanted to enough. So I was thinking yes, what was my motivation for that?
And I realized– nothing! Other than feeling proud at the end that I could accomplish it (that is, of course, if I was able to…) there wasn’t much. I would be grumpy by the end of the week, have severe wine withdrawals, I would miss cooking (which would also make me grumpy) and my kitchen would feel abandoned, not to mention Torrance would starve to death (kidding!… but not really)
So even though some other people went through with it and were pleased with the results and how they felt – I decided it’s not for me, but it still had me thinking, mostly about how my eating has slowly been turning to shit lately.
Okay, it’s not really that bad. But I do notice a few things that are slipping – like more beef creeping back into my diet (exhibit A and B from this weekend). And a bowl of annoyingly sugary cereal for breakfast the other day?
I blame it on my short attention span. I lose focus over time. Not on the overall picture, but on some small things – I just let them go. Overall, I am still pretty happy with most of the changes I have made over the last year.
I have done a pretty awesome job sticking to “natural” meats such as locally grown, free range, grass-fed, hormone free chicken and beef (which now I prefer the taste anyway). And I’ve done pretty awesome at drinking a lot of water consistently.
And as for over-processed foods, I have for the most part cut them drastically down… almost nonexistent compared to before. That was a huge goal of mine over the past 2 years.
So, what does all this mean?
I realize you can really create your own definition and version of an eating detox because that can mean different things for different people (for me it was cutting back on certain things, etc).
And it also means I realize I still have a lot of work to do on my eating. My eating habits are not really where I want them…yet.
Not a lot to work on, but I have some loose ends to tie up – mostly in the lines of more veggies and less starchy foods. Always something I have struggled with. Time to get back on track with my goals.
On that note, I’m off to breakfast – an egg sandwich with spinach is calling my name.
- Have you ever done any type of extreme cleanse or detox? What was it? Did you like the effects?
- What are some of your eating “rules” or philosophies?
Mine is balance and moderation!
- Any specific eating goals you’re working on right now?
Incorporating more veggies, definitely!