Tuesday, February 25, 2014

checking back in after Mark Hyman MD's 10-Day Detox… and answering the "was it worth it?" question

So, it's been a few weeks since I wrapped up Mark Hyman MD's 10-Day Detox and I've gone back to my 'normal' mom/wife/friend roles. From running into a bunch of you at the supermarket, volunteering at school, or just out and about, you all want to know, "so, was it worth it?!!". The short answer? Yes. Absolutely.

If you're just joining me and want to read all the nitty gritty about my 10-day whole foods detox journey start here:

But, I will not lie… when I made a batch of my homemade cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for a recent birthday, I wanted to dive in. And, briefly, after I wrapped up the 10-Day Detox, I did revert to some of my old ways.

At the end of the 10 days, I was feeling on top of the world, and thought, "I'm fixed! I'm down 5 lbs and continuing to lose lbs, and feel so, so good!". For a week I didn't want to rock the awesome feeling, and I continued to stick to the plan, to a t. And then, instead of testing the effects of dairy/gluten on my own body through a methodical process Dr. Hyman recommends at the end of the book, I felt so confident that, on a weekend away with my family, I just dove back in. To everything at once-- Coffee! Cheese! Wine! Beer! Treats! I know. I know. And here I was feeling so good, my skin was glowing, my jeans weren't snug... But it took me exactly 48 hours to start feeling like crap again, and to remember just how awesome I had been feeling. And the beauty was, I was able to pick up my book, take a u-turn, and get right back on track. In a way, I am glad I had this blip because I was still kind of pinching myself wondering if it was really possible to feel that different in 10 short days. I had my answer.

So, while I am still figuring out exactly what I can and cannot have food-wise to keep the happy momentum up-- and the weight down-- I am continuing to start each morning with a protein packed smoothie.

For lunches, during this cold, snowy season, I am still favoring soups. I've been experimenting with different derivations of the ones I enjoyed from the 10-Day Detox book. Most recently, I took a bunch of leftover roasted veggies (cauliflower, bok choy, carrots, etc) and blended them up with coconut milk, turmeric, garam masala powder, fresh ginger, some raw cashews and almond milk.

 It was delicious. I had it alongside a spinach salad with hard-boiled eggs for added protein.

And I still have some of the "Green Goddess Broccoli and Arugula Soup" and "Chicken Soup for the Cause" in my freezer from when I made it during the detox and froze it in individual containers for easy lunches. {That's the Broccoli and Arugula Soup pictured above, with some grilled tofu for protein, plus a dollop of sun-dried tomato pesto, leftover from when I stuffed chicken breasts with the pesto.}

I've kept cooking the other recipes in the book that we didn't get to have during the 10 days, and all have been enjoyed by my whole family.

I still do a lot of cooking ahead, just so I can keep all the balls in the air. When I am roasting veggies, I do several different rimmed baking sheets at the same time, be they "rainbow" carrots or

roasted cauliflower dusted with some curry powder. And then I tuck them in the fridge for busy weeknights ahead.

And, I've started looking at my cookbooks and magazines differently, focusing on the recipes I can enjoy, like this miso-glazed bok choy.

Now that I am technically "off" the 10-day detox, but still want to keep the good habits going, for me, it's about whipping up big batches of nourishing foods, much the same way as I cook ahead for our freezer.

And from this point on, I look forward to taking the best care I can of myself… and if I ever swerve off course, I've always got those blog posts to inspire me back on track.

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  1. I wish I had read your blog before I started the detox. I didn't really take seriously the part about "getting prepared ahead of time" -- so I spent most of the time just cooking in the kitchen, and since I was fatigued and had brain fog after the first day, it meant it took all day just to get things done, clean up and start the next meal. I so agree with your making double batches. I just need to come up with a plan that I can make things for a couple weeks ahead...

    But I also agree that most all of the recipes I tried were really good. It's helping me that my husband and 16 yr-old are on it. Well, kind of... They can't handle the breakfast smoothies, which I LOVE. "It's the texture," they whine.... So they have been doing eggs in coconut oil. Oh well, no matter - it's still better than we used to do. It's been 2 weeks now and my husband has lost 17 pounds, my son has lost 11 pounds, and I've lost almost 10 (but haven't been exercising yet). I am going to try to start putting the exercise portion in this week.

    Thanks for your great blog. I've just sent it to my sister, who is about to start the detox.

    1. Hi Denise!
      So glad you found my blog posts helpful. I wrote them-- completely honestly, which is why some days are prettier than others!-- in hopes that participants would have an idea of what to expect + be inspired to follow through! I hope your sister enjoys them. It's pretty incredible how much it changes the way you feel, isn't it?!!

  2. Loved the review. Prepping to embark on the ten day journey.I am book marking your tips!!!

  3. I just found your blog as I preprare to begin the 10 days. It's a terrific resource! I tried it once before but only lasted a day and a half due to my hating the breakfast smoothies. Did you have trouble with that? Any substitutions? Thanks.

    1. Hmm, I didn't mind the smoothies. My favorite was the protein one w/ cranberries!!


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