Detox and a revelation

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

After a day in SD with my friend the nutritionist, I was talked into an all raw detox. She made me promise to eat enough calories every day while I was detoxing, and I agreed to try it for a week. Initially I was really excited about the idea of eating pretty much as MUCH as wanted of ANY fruit or veggie. It occured to me that in my calorie counting I have been depriving myself of the whole foods, fruits, and veggies that I crave. Instead of eating "high calorie" nutrient dense foods I have been filling up on chemical replacements for food.
I made it through yesterday on only raw plants, and even went out with friends last night to a concert in the park and managed to pass on beer and wine. It felt great. But when I got home I wanted to binge, I wanted to binge SO BADLY. Luckily I hadnt had anything to drink so I managed to keep myself from it, but it made me realize that its not the drinking that makes me want to binge. Nope, its how I deal with my feelings of inadequacy, how I treat my anxiety. That makes the binging problem much more difficult than before to fix. A drunk lock on the fridge won't make me stop hating myself and wanting to eat until I don't feel it anymore. Who knew a day of detox could teach me something.
But, I decided this morning not to carry on with the detox. I missed food. But, it did make me more aware of my bad diet decisions. So, I am going to try to work more whole fruits and veggies into my diet. There is no reason to deprive myself of sweet potatoes. If I were trying to live on just fruits and veggies I would NEED the calories from a sweet potato. So if I want to eat one, I can eat one. I probably should have stuck it out a little longer, but I wanted a real breakfast this morning, not just a pile of fruit. So I had an egg sandwich AND a pile of fruit, and now I feel great.
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    While a detox is something that many talk about, it is good for making us more aware of what we do eat in any normal day. I can relate to not being able to stick to just fruits/veggies because we have to make this a lifestyle... and drastic measures make us feel deprived.

    Key as all others say is balance and moderation in everything.
    3445 days ago
    I would imagine that trying to normalize your eating might be more important than trying some funky detox. I'm glad it gave you some great realizations though.
    3448 days ago
    balance in key! sounds good!!
    3448 days ago
  • J2740LOU
    There's nothing wrong with a sweet potato. Just balance all the food categories with the right amount of nutrients, calories, carbs, fats, and proteins in the right portions. Now that you've analyzed your difficulty with binging, once you realize the why, then you can make wiser choices and have self discipline to channel your anxieties in a more positive direction. emoticon emoticon Hence, the epiphany!!
    3448 days ago
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