Yes, I realize it's all of those carby/sugary foods that have been making me feel awful and wreaking havoc on my body and mind for so long. But...they've also made me feel good, they've been a part of happy memories, and they've been a crutch to help me get through hard times. It's hard to say goodbye to these good friends, even if they are "toxic" friends. Still, I know that I can enjoy treats on occasion, but I also know I can easily turn an everyday thing into an "occasion", and I will need to be very mindful of this. This detox is just one of many steps I need to improve my relationship with the foods I eat.
Here's the day 10 rundown--
Time Went to Bed Last night: 11:00 pm
Time I Got Up This Morning: 6:30 am
How I felt when I woke up (excellent, good, fair, poor): Good
General Mood/Energy throughout the day (excellent, good, fair, poor): Good/good-fair. Mood has been much more on the "up" side than the "down" side. My energy has been a little bit down though. All I wanted to do today was eat Cookies & Cream Ice cream (my favorite flavor) -- I have not caved into that craving
Exercise (type/duration): None.
Breakfast: Coffee with cream, and 3 egg white muffins with spinach, sausage, and feta
Lunch: I went to Chipotle today and got a salad - lettuce, steak, onions, peppers, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese. Seriously, being able to have as much full fat dairy as I want on my detox, acceptable for level one, has been a life saver. I'm thankful that I don't have a dairy intolerance. I wonder if I could feel *even better* if I limited dairy....but that's for a different day. Cutting out sugar/gluten/soy is a big step, and author Diane Sanfilippo advocates starting where you are - no need to be a daredevil or a hero!
Dinner: Leftover Chicken with artichokes and olives, a recipe I found in the detox book. Photo below. I'm pleased with this dish. B is more of the cook in our household, though I dabble a bit. While sometimes I enjoy cooking and baking, it's not my favorite thing to do. This detox is forcing me to spend a lot more time in the kitchen prepping food and actually cooking. If my food choices seem a little bland, it's because I want to make sure I always have something to eat and don't starve as a result of getting over my head and failing to make something more complicated or time consuming than I realized. Over time, I'm sure I will get better at this. Again, it's important to "start where you are" - and I'm at a more basic level. I'm motivated to keep experimenting as much as I can, so that I don't get bored and take a misstep as a result. It's been tough, but I'll get there!
Snacks: Apple, pumpkin seeds
Water Intake: 6 glasses
Chicken with artichokes and olives