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Answering Detox Questions

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I didn't think anyone was reading my blog, and I really wish that SparkPeople would have some sort of blog counter, so we'd know when there's a lot of traffic.

I've had few comments, but TONS of SparkMail both questioning, and being a little snarky, so I think I'll just respond to those now.

I was prompted to do something drastic because I haven't been able to "just get myself on program." Maybe that's easy for some of you, but I guess I'm rather undisciplined. I need some structure. I need for some mythical Internet person to tell me what I can and cannot eat. SparkPeople is great that way, but I was still struggling to get through even one day without grossly going over my calorie allotment and throwing in the towel --- yeah, quitting before the end of day one. emoticon

So, I suppose I went looking for something to structure me, but I wasn't really looking. My cousin has had a lot of success regulating some of her health issues by giving up wheat. Hagid is diabetic and his blood sugar levels are VERY high, even on medication. I've been depressed, irritable, anxious, and my joints hurt. On Saturday, May 3, my physical and emotional health hit rock bottom. I had read some of the stuff my cousin had posted on Facebook, and quite by accident, stumbled upon Dr. Mark Hyman's "10 day detox."

The idea of a detox period interested me. It's very structured, but it was only 10 days. I could do something for ten days. However, I wasn't convinced that all of Dr. Hyman's advice was sound. I'm not going to bash his advice---I haven't read his book, nor will I (more on this in a minute). But at 52 years old, I've watched a lot of diet trends come and go. Some of the things he said seemed more like fadvice than good medical advice.

I liked the idea of ten days, and I liked the idea of completely wiping out the things that are most likely to irritate the human system. It's quick. It's methodical. It's purposeful. I also liked that the focus was on real food, not prepared garbage.

I did not like the fact that Dr. Hyman's program does not allow fruit, and doesn't even allow for all vegetables. Yes, it's important to cut sugar, but we also need sugar (see my Detox scare post). Sugar from fresh fruit is healthy in moderation. Dr. Hyman also cuts carrots, cukes, and squash out because of starch and sugar. I'm not buying that either. When someone says starchy vegetables, that's corn and potatoes. Got it---high glycemic foods. But carrots, cukes, and squash along with leafy greens are nutritional yumminess.

Dr. Hyman says that his program is designed to take the leading irritants out of our diet. BUT, his program calls for lots of nuts, and people with any kind of digestive irritability shouldn't be eating nuts. So, there's that too...

Good sense tells me that high fat isn't good either. Dr. Hyman's breakfast smoothie has a whopping 509 calories and 39 grams of fat. Yes, it's healthy fat from nuts and avocado. But it's still high fat. Not only that, but the smoothie tastes gross (see Day 3 post).

Dr. Hyman also SELLS (imagine that) a plethora of vitamins that you're supposed to take everyday. Really? How does this not scream QUACK to everyone in the world? Yes, you can get the vitamins at Walmart that aren't HIS brand and it's cheaper, but my point is----IF YOU'RE EATING HEALTHY, YOU SHOULDN'T EVER NEED MORE THAN A MULTIVITAMIN!

And finally, I realize that many of you have far more information about the program because you bought his blessed book. I DON'T BUY DIET BOOKS anymore. Food is pretty simple. Natural is good, processed is bad. Also, my biggest problem with Dr. Hyman is not even with him, exactly, but with the "toxicity test" that he promotes. I know some pretty healthy people who took his "toxicity test" and scored higher than me. Other people I know with a wealth of problems (Hagrid, for example, has Type 2 diabetes and IBS) who took the toxicity test and scored in the mid-range. I THINK the toxicity test will give everyone who takes it a reading that will make them feel they have to fix themselves and buy the book.

Oh, and nobody is taking away my coffee. Just sayin'. emoticon

So, I designed my own 10 day detox, which will probably be a 7 day detox since today is day 7. My detox is BASED on principles found in Dr. Hyman's detox program (cut all refined sugars, carbs, dairy), but I didn't cut fruit. I cheated a couple of times (cake). Look at my food tracker. Yep---there it is. I tracked my cheats, too!

In seven days, I have lost 7 pounds. I no longer have the overall achiness that I had last Saturday. I have more energy (up this morning at 6:20---on a Saturday---just couldn't sleep anymore!). My skin is not as dry. All of last week (pre-detox), I had heart racing nastiness that made me feel gross. It's gone. I have a foot injury that keeps me from exercising, but I will say that my foot is feeling much better (can't lose the brace anytime soon, but it doesn't hurt nearly as much).

Why am I stopping at seven days? I'm not. This week, I'll add low glycemic carbs (brown rice, beans?) back in, and maybe a little dairy because I've been having leg cramps. Wheat is going to stay gone for awhile, as is refined sugar. It seems easier to me to make said changes on the weekend and think in terms of Sunday to Sunday.

And finally, I don't think I've ever said I'm doing "Dr. Hyman's 10 Day Detox," so for the person who got all bent out of shape about the fact that I was blasting the program when I didn't actually do it, just stop. I used his detox program as a guide for creating my own program. I am thankful to Dr. Hyman for the structure which propelled me to create my own program for myself and my family. And, for the same person who said I don't have a medical degree, you're right. I don't. I am educated. I continue to read, research, and learn daily. I do have common sense, and I do know what is best for myself and my family. Dr. Hyman has never met me, or my family, and couldn't not---and should not---try to diagnose anyone's health issues via a mass marketed book.

Any further comments or questions should be addressed in the comments section! I will not address private emails.

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MISSG180 5/10/2014 12:00PM

    You are making me tempted to try my own modified version, but asking DH to give up sugar is like asking him to give up breathing!

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ALICIA214 5/10/2014 11:31AM


Way to go. Keep doing what is best for you.

Happy Mothers Day. emoticon

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DETOX: End of Day 6?

Friday, May 09, 2014

I never thought that giving up wheat, sugar, grains, and dairy would be as easy as it was.

In hind-site the first few days were challenging, but not really because I wanted the food, but because i had to train my brain not to expect the food. I'm a meat and potatoes girl. So becoming a meat and veggie and more veggie girl is a challenge.

I'm not going to lie---I still am not a veggie girl!

That said, I've had a shoulder injury for the past five months. I've taken stuff, exercised it, iced it, heated it, and stretched it. Nothing seemed to help. Funny thing is, I'm not even sure I completely know what I did to it! On Wednesday, I noticed that it didn't hurt, not even when I slept on it at night. Now, my sleep has been interrupted for five months because I would roll over onto said shoulder and then wake up in pain a few minutes later. But, since Wednesday, no pain. I feel a little twinge of pain just after I get out of the shower, but it's nothing major. Is that because of eating better?

It's May, and I'm a teacher, so rolling out of bed is always a challenge this time of the year. But, this week---not so much. In fact, yesterday the woman who is usually my substitute said, "I thought you were going to be gone this week?" I told her that I was feeling pretty amazing this week--- Is that because of eating better?

It's the season for sinus headaches in Texas! Everything is growing and pollinating. Add to that the wildfires we have in our area (32 miles away). Everyone I know is taking allergy meds, something I never liked. I just suffer though with a headache. But, for the past four days, NO HEADACHE. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

And finally, what brought me down this DETOX path was the fact that last Saturday night I couldn't stand myself anymore. My heart was racing, I couldn't catch my breath, I was winded after just walking across the room. I'd eat lunch at school, and then sit and have to consciously concentrate on stuff because my brain was so fuzzy. Not any more! Today, my sixth period class and I had a rousing discussion about the wrongs of the world, and then I finished the first leg of inventory for the library. Yeah me!

The weekend will be hard. I have my husband's Cub Scout troop's Mother's Day dinner on Sunday and they're having pasta. My hubby has guaranteed me that he will have spaghetti squash for me! Next Tuesday is Day 10 and I'll start thinking about what to add back in. Milk? Grains? Gluten? Sugar???



Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Read previous post about my "detox" experience for Mark Hyman's 10 Day Detox.

Tonight I had stuff to do (Tuesdays are our worst night!). I had had a big lunch (see food tracker), and I had a turkey/hummus wrapped in lettuce for a snack at 4:30.

I didn't get home for dinner until about 8:15. I was beyond hungry. I was so weak that I was almost disoriented (hazy?), shaky, and irritable. I sat down and told Hermione, "Have you ever been so hungry, but couldn't even fix food?"

She helped me fix a couple of eggs, lowfat sausage, toast (illegal on detox), and milk (also illegal on detox).

I'm still not feeling great, but I'm a little better.

I did some reading online, and I texted my doctor who is my friend. He told me to use my hubby's glucose meter to get a blood sugar reading, but Hagrid left it at work today, so I was spared the prick. Dr. said he wouldn't be surprised if I had suffered a little bit of hypoglycemia, having had very little sugar/carb and waiting too long to eat.

One time when I went to the dr. to get some lab stuff done, my fasting blood sugar was 42. It's supposed to be around 100---since I hadn't eaten, you might expect it to be 70, but 42 is pretty low. So, I know that i'm prone to this, and I should know better than to go totally low carb.

I'm still suffering from a horrible headache and I'm very sleepy.

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KANSASROSE67 5/7/2014 12:18AM

    I hope you feel better soon. You were wise to jump on this right away and do your research.

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Detox Day 3

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

OK, just to fill everyone in (Ha, as if I have 500000000 readers!)...

I read about Dr. Mark Hyman's 10 day Detox Diet. Essentially (I haven't read the book, and won't read the book because there's better things to do with my time than obsess over food), Dr. Hyman claims that by cutting out all grains and all refined sugars and dairy you will feel so much better than you have cleansed your system of all of these nasties and you won't crave sugar anymore.

There are literally hundreds of glowing reviews of this detox program by food bloggers all over the Internet. In fact, I have not really found any negative reviews by the people who tried it, but I suppose that's part of the media campaign directed by Dr. Hyman.

So---everyday he recommends this smoothie for breakfast:

Everyone raves about how wonderful it is.

Today, on day 3, I tried it.

It was not nearly as revolting as I thought it would be when I was making it.

I did manage to get the whole thing down.

I entered the ingredients into SparkRecipes and got a calorie count of 507, with a whopping 39 grams of fat. Honestly, that made it just disgusting. I realize that not all fats are bad, and all that, but ...

Let's just say I'm not going to do that again.

Oh, and I should mention that this high fat/high fiber/low taste smoothie is definitely part of detox. I'll be gentle and just say that it did clean things out, quite quickly.

I truly cannot imagine eating one of those everyday.

I moved on to a very filling and wonderful lunch of spaghetti squash w/marinara, cuke w/hummus, 1/2 an avocado, small carrot, and an apple.

And then, about 2:30, the headache hit. Maybe it's something blowing in (the weather is getting funky, and there is a wildfire in the area). i came home and power-napped for 15 minutes. I'll take some ibuprofin in a little while.

Tonight's dinner is still up in the air. I had planned salad, but I'm leafy greened out. The point of this detox is that It will break my craving for sugars, but it's not working. If someone had a hamburger right now, I'd probably eat it.

I will say, however, that this has forced me to re-think breads. I used to come home from school and grab a tortilla. I'd have toast in the morning. So, during this detox, I've learned that sandwiches made between lettuce leaves are actually pretty darn good. Last Sunday, Hagrid grilled every meat known to man so that we'd have whole meat to eat. Grilled turkey breast is AMAZING when rolled up like a taco with hummus in a lettuce leaf.

A week ago if anyone had told me to make a sandwich out of lettuce leaves, I would have laughed in their face!

Still alive, still kicking.


Day 2 of Detox

Monday, May 05, 2014

OK, first I want to say I hate the term DETOX. It's all so dramatic.

So, today was the second day of this carb/sugar detox program. Allegedly, I should start feeling better very soon.

And, I do have to say that my brain was less foggy today. I popped out of bed pretty quick and I was relatively productive at work (if it hadn't been for technology issues).

I did better today. I did eat some fruit, which allegedly isn't allowed. The problem is, I'm already getting bored from leafy greens. One can only eat so much salad.

But dinner was spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti, and I thought it was delicious. Yes, I missed the garlic bread.

Mostly, however, I miss milk.

I could drink Almond Milk, but ... blech.

I'm wondering how much it would hurt to drink milk.

There's still carrot cake, and yes, I'm going to have a small piece. As crazy as that sounds, I've eaten only 750 calories today. I know I'm trying to cut down on sugar and carbs...but even by Sparkpeople standards, this is totally allowed.

Yep, I'm rationalizing.

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MISSG180 5/6/2014 12:11PM

    Milk would definitely be the thing I couldn't give up.

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