Pieces of Me

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Body Detoxing

Now don’t get me wrong and think that I’m going to the extreme of one of those insane cleanses.  I’ve had friends who have gone to real extremes to lose weight.  One of those extremes is called the Master Cleanse, or the Lemonade Diet.  For 10 days, you drink a laxative tea at night, a laxative solution 1st thing in the morning and then homemade lemonade throughout the day.  Sounds like a lot of time in the bathroom to me.  Painful and to be honest, STARVING.  I know you get some nutrients from lemonade made with maple syrup, but there’s no protein in that cleanse, and it just seems like such an unhealthy way to lose weight.  And water weight at that.  Or muscle.  You’re not losing fat, that’s for sure.  And I just have no desire to put my body through something that extreme.
And then of course, there’s the surgery route.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking anyone who has had weight loss surgery.  If you’ve had it, and are happy with it, and have really changed your lifestyle because of it, then, hooray.  I do get frustrated when I read about people who have had the surgery and are disappointed in the results.  They aren’t losing the weight “fast enough” for their taste or timing.  And I think that’s nuts.  I don’t think weight loss surgery is a quick weight loss fix.  I’m fairly certain that it’s one of the last resorts and totally extreme for people who just need help.  Have I thought about it?  Yes.  A lot, but I’m just not to the point where I think I need to go to that extreme.  Have I been jealous of people who have had the surgery and look great now?  Yes.  But more because I haven’t committed to really losing weight and seen the results in myself.
This week was the start of a month long commitment for my family.  We are committing to not eat out for 30 days.  I want to show them how much healthy we can be when we cook our own food and know exactly what we are putting in our bodies.  I also want to show them how much money we can save (or how much money we are wasting) when we don’t (are) eating out. 
This week has been an eye opener for me, and we’re only on day 3.  You see, each week, Hannah has piano twice a week.  And usually on those days, I take the kids to McDonalds and buy a 3 pack of cookies and myself a soda.  On Monday, I stuck to the commitment, and packed snacks for the kids from home.  I packed strawberries, grapes, chocolate muffins, and juice.  Then we stopped at Newflower to pick up the Quinoa Noodles we love and stopped at the bakery to allow each child to have the free cookie the bakery offers. 
To my shock and surprise, neither kid ate their whole cookie.  Hannah ate 1/2 of hers and Cayden took a few bites.  And then they asked for fruit.  At home this week, they have asked for apples, muffins, and yogurt.  Now realize, my chocolate muffin is a box of brownie mix (next time I will try buying one w/0 HFCS) and 3 cups of All Bran (with also has HFCS, so frustrating) soaked in water.  So it’s not a healthy snack, but it’s definitely better for you that chocolate chip cookies from McDonalds.
Anyway, point being that on Mondays, I get $40 from running errands with Martha, and usually by Wednesday I have about $25 left.  Today, Wednesday, I still have $40.  I haven’t been stopping to get those drinks/snacks.  And no one is suffer. 
But I digress.  My body is really showing signs of detoxing from all the junk I’d been putting in it.  Drinking mostly water now, except for an occasional cup of coffee (I didn’t have coffee Monday, but did have it Tuesday), my face is that of a kid in jr. high/high school, and it sucks.  My hair is even acting weird.  So much that I looked in the mirror at school yesterday and said, “What is up with my hair?” only to get the exact same response from a pre-k student, “Mrs. Rose, what is up with your hair?”  My response, “G,  you’re telling me.  It’s CRAZY today.” 
But what I haven’t had to deal with are the headaches I was worried about getting from withdrawal of the sugar/caffeine.  Instead, I’m not getting a good night’s sleep and having terrible dreams.  But I  truly believe it’s from withdrawal.  My body is detoxing.
I recently read an article in Women’s Health Magazine called, “A Cleanse That Isn’t Crazy.”  And it confirms all of my worries and concerns about extreme cleanses.  In fact this stood out most to me:
Today, most commercial detox diets tout an unhealthy formula of minimal calories and nutrients along with some key – usually foul-tasting – ingredient that has supposed fat-melting power, like cayenne pepper or vinegar.  But no science backs up the idea that following a specific diet for a week or eating only one food will get rid of “toxins.”  Your body has the power to do that all on its own: That’s why you have a liver, kidneys, and a digestive system.
And these diets aren’t on the market or regulated by the FDA. 
But the article does go on to say that there is a healthier way to cleanse your body of all the junk we put in it.  And what is that?  Just follow a healthy eating plan.  Most people eat way more than necessary which puts more pressure on the liver and kidneys.  So to a healthy detox would be to cut out added sugar, saturated fats, and alcohol.  And just by doing those things, your body will detox. 
So now it all makes sense.  I’m eating better – and only 3 days into this – and yet my body is craving the good stuff and purging the bad.    What am I eating?  Lean Protein, TONS of fruits and veggies, and yogurt – oh and my chocolate muffins.  They are almost gone since the family is eating them.  Today I will make some apple cinnamon ones :)


Sarah Farr said...

These are good goals for all to work towards! I have a bad sweet tooth and limiting myself to one baked good item per week has made a HUGE difference. One cup of coffee, no sodas, and LOTS of water. You're doing great and setting a good health example for your children!