I just finished the 7 Day Whole Foods Detox. I was a bit apprehensive going into this for a few reasons. When I think of a detox, I think deprivation, drinking a ton of water, running to the bathroom, and no energy to work out. I was also nervous because I knew I'd be posting results. Of course I wanted to do well but what if I got so hungry I couldn't do it?
Fortunately this detox was very manageable. The food was great, the 7 days were very well supported by a health coach, and I had all the food I needed in the house thanks to a shopping list.
We started the detox with a webinar setting us up for success and the ability to ask any questions. There was also the option of a 15 minute private consultation with the coach. The detox ended with a final "exit-plan" webinar.
Breakfast every day was a green smoothie. All of the smoothies had kale or spinach and I liked some better than others. My favorite ended up being one with Romaine Lettuce and cilantro. I would have not guessed that to be my favorite. I usually drank the smoothie in 2 shifts; one half after boot camp and the other half around 10:00 after a workout.
Lunch was a salad. Again lots of greens; mixed greens, kale, spinach. My favorite was a Kale and Brussels Sprouts cole slaw with a very fresh dressing and flavor. 2 of the salads had beets and my thought is you can never have enough beets.
Dinners were soups and stews. Because both lunch and dinner made a lot of food, I ended up only making 2 of the dinners during the 7 days and eating left overs. I still have 2 dinners to make and am looking forward to it. All the recipes were something I will make again.
There were 2 times during the week where I made not so healthy choices but its something we're all faced with. The first was dinner at an Italian Restaurant. I had a glass of very good red wine. The second was a beer and some roasted potatoes at a graduation party. But I did manage to go to a bar to watch a hawks game and only drink club soda!
My results for the detox were 4 pounds and 1 inch lost off my waist. Better than the numbers, I can now wear a pair of jeans that I was really uncomfortable in just last week.
Beyond that, it was the kick start I needed to get back to healthy eating. After working in an office for a year and driving 2.5+ hours / day, restaurants and carry out became the norm. It was great to be in the kitchen again and having food in my refrigerator.
Next week will present a new challenge as I go to Boston and then drive to Grand Rapids with Megann. Lobsta' Rolls, Fenway, and Local Breweries await. My goal is to keep the habit of a vegetable with every meal and not stress about food. And playing the Whole Life Challenge with Team OASIS will keep me accountable.