I had the intention to blog each of the five days of my detox but as it happens, life with a two year old got away from me. So here I am on day 5 and just getting to sit down at my laptop.
To give a little background, I consider myself to be a person who eats pretty healthy in general. I loosely follow a Whole30/Paleo diet with some exceptions. I love english muffins. Confession: I eat one every morning usually with an egg and half an avocado and more often than I like to admit with a slice of bacon (another weakness). I usually drink only 1-2 cups of black coffee per day. Lunch is usually either dinner leftovers or a piece of fruit and a homemade sandwich on whole grain bread. I like Dave’s Killer Bread with the green label. I feed my kid green smoothies and often share it with her. Dinner is almost aways a protein and side of vegetables. I cook with either olive oil, avocado oil or grassfed butter, sometimes ghee. I drink a ton of water around the clock. I do try to be mindful of eating whole foods, organic when possible and steer away from highly processed foods.
With that said, over the last three months I have found myself indulging. I have never been the type of person to drink daily but since discovering I now enjoy craft beer coupled with my daughter turning two years old, I have found myself partaking more regularly. After spending two plus hours a night trying to get a toddler to sleep in her own bed, a cold beer with my husband sounds very rewarding. Then there are all the holiday parties and festivities that come with November and December, including my birthday. Before I knew it, my whole food eating had flown out of the window and was replaced with anything goes! Over the Christmas holiday, I found myself sick for nearly my entire two week vacation. It started with a chest cold, then I had laryngitis, then the flu. It was a rude awakening that I needed to pull myself together and get back on track to fueling my body better.
The Philosophie Superfoods Cleanse stood out to me. I have been following @philosophiemama on Instagram for about a year now. I liked that the detox is not a juice-only cleanse and it’s not even a liquid-only cleanse. The program is truly what a detox cleanse should be. It’s eating whole foods known for their natural detoxifying attributes so the body can fuel itself with what it needs and get rid of what it does not need.
My intention for doing the 5 day detox cleanse is to reset. I needed to “start over” in a sense. Completely stop drinking alcohol and eating junk. Moreover, I wanted to challenge myself.
Since I epically failed at posting entries each of the 5 days, I will just run through some of the highlights. The meal plan is a smoothie for breakfast, an A.M. snack, salad for lunch, P.M. snack, and soup for dinner followed by a detox tea. A probiotic pill is taken with breakfast and dinner.
Day One I expected to be the most challenging. I didn’t find myself hungry at all although by the end of the day, I felt a little foggy brained and tired.
The first soup of the cleanse was from the Philosophie suggested recipes. I won’t share the recipe as I’m not sure I’m supposed to, but it was a ton of raw veggies (all of which I like) blended in the blender. I am not sure that I made it correctly, the recipe didn’t say to cook or heat anything so I didn’t but it really fell flat in my book. I had to choke it down. I had doubled the recipe so I could eat it the next night too but I ended up tossing it.
One of the recipes for snacks is the Berry Bliss Bar. This is another recipe I may have botched. This is like a homemade power bar with all natural, whole ingredients such as almond butter, sunflower and pumpkin seed, and oats. It seemed really simple. The one thing that threw me off was the last ingredient, 2 fresh strawberries. Here’s the thing: I don’t have a food processor, just a regular old blender. I didn’t trust my blender to mix this gooey concoction so I hand blended it with my trusty wooden spoon. So when it came time for the 2 fresh strawberries, was I supposed to mash it in? serve it on the side? I decided to cut the strawberries in small pieces and add it into the bar. It was super tasty…the first day. On day 2, the strawberries and soaked the bars leaving them a soggy mess and the strawberries had lost their texture too. I was super bummed because the ingredients were actually quite expensive and it was another bust.
On day 2, I woke up with a fuzzy mouth! The body releases toxins through the mouth, which is why sometimes your tongue might swell and/or turn white after a night of drinking or eating poorly. I decided to do some oil pulling. If you don’t know what oil pulling is, you should look it up! I used coconut oil to swish around in my mouth for about 15-20 minutes. It is said that the oil will break down the plaque and absorb toxins in the mouth. I’ve read that it takes at least 20 minutes for it to work. If you decide to try this, do not swallow! You’ll just be swallowing all the junk and toxins back into your body. And make sure to spit it in the garbage. Coconut oil turns into a solid in temperatures under 76 degrees and can clog your drain. Just rinse with warm water and brush your teeth as normal. My mouth felt so much better afterward! I continued to do this once every day of the cleanse along with brushing my teeth about 5 times a day.
As I mentioned before, I celebrated my birthday in December and one of my gifts was an annual pass to Disneyland. My client was out of town Friday so I had planned to bring my daughter and spend the day there. In an attempt to be prepared, I packed lots of healthy snacks including trail mix, a banana and almond butter, pistachios, and bottled water. I successfully resisted all the amazing Disneyland treats! The only downfall of the day was that I missed my salad for lunch and instead ended up with an iced green tea and half a banana with almond butter as I had to share the other half with my daughter. While I did not cheat and eat something bad, I probably did myself a disservice not fueling it with more hearty nutrients to aid in the detox.
Day 3 was Saturday. I was quite lethargic in the morning and had a pounding headache. My husband went to worked a half day so my daughter and I stayed in our pajamas and played inside. Around noon, the three of us hopped in our car and drove from Orange County to Del Mar for a motorcycle race my husband really wanted to see. Again, I packed snacks but was concerned to bring a soup or salad and have it in the warm car for hours. After the race, we found a cute little restaurant called Sea & Smoke. I had a delicious Squash Salad that was made up of roasted butternut squash, pumpkin and pomegranate seed, fennel, and arugula with a light balsamic dressing. I also had a small fresh pressed carrot and ginger juice. I was pretty proud of myself for finding a place that I could still enjoy a meal out and stay on track with my cleanse.
Upon returning home, I took a long hot, hot bath and soaked in the detox salts that Philosophie provided. When the body is eliminating toxins, much of it tries to leave the body through the pores of the skin. According to Philosophie, the ingredients in their bath salts act as a magnet to help pull out the toxins trying to escape. It was recommended to soak in water as hot as I could stand and soak until the water cooled. This also creates a self-made fever of sorts so that the body can burn away toxins possibly trapped inside the body. I have to say, I slept very well that night!
Day 4 was Seahawks Sunday. It didn’t occur to me when I chose the dates of my cleanse that I would have to eat a raw salad and drink water while my hometown football team played a historically nail biting game. During the painful first three quarters of the game when Seahawks QB, Wilson, had thrown 4 interceptions and we were down 16-0 and the announcers were driving me crazy with their snotty commentating, I very much wanted to throw in the towel and drown the pain away in emotional eating and drinking. But I did not! I munched on trail mix and baby carrots and a homemade vegan ranch sauce that I had prepared and LOTS of water. I like to think I was rewarded for my perseverance because within the last 4 minutes of the game, my team made the comeback of a lifetime and went on to win their SuperBowl spot in overtime! Go Hawks!
And here I am, end of Day 5! This morning I woke up with much more energy than I’ve had in days. I had my morning smoothie, walked my dog, and treated myself to a yoga class. After class, I felt even more energized. I took my daughter to WholeFoods and had a fresh pressed juice with beets, kale, and apple and a biscotti for the kid.
Lunch was a ginormous kale and romaine salad with pumpkin seeds, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, and avocado with a homemade vegan ranch dressing. It was so good! Dinner was a really yummy soup that I kind of made up with what ingredients I had left.
I’m feeling really great right now and could definitely keep this up longer but I am very much looking forward to eating an english muffin tomorrow morning!
Jenai’s Detox Soup
8-16 oz Vegetable Stock (I didn’t measure, I used what was left in my opened carton)
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tomato, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
Handful of Spinach
1-2 T Avocado Oil (or any cooking oil)
1T Philosophie Green Dream (optional)
Pink Himalayan Salt to taste
In a sauce pan, sautee first three ingredients in oil until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and garlic for 2-3 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and cover until carrots are soft. Transfer to blender (might need to do in batches). Return to pot or serve in a soup bowl. Enjoy!