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recalibration, day 1

Posted Feb 26 2011 11:10am

I really don’t like the word ‘detox.’

In fact, it’s one of the reasons I invented my 12-Step No-tox . Without drinking any nasty cayenne-lemon-maple syrup drink (I’m looking at you Beyonce!), I truly believe our bodies are equipped with the tools they need to excrete, expunge and cleanse our amazingly efficient systems. Detox to me is just an amazingly catchy word for selling magazines, juice-only diets and impressionable girls into thinking they aren’t doing enough in life if they aren’t detoxing.

However, I get it.

I get that after two weeks of long work hours, takeout food box upon takeout food box, ice cream + migas galore , a near-death flight, poor sleep, not enough sleep, skipped workouts, macaroni + cheese pizza (x2), sporadic showers and two missed episodes of Glee (the horror!), one may feel the need to detox.

And if you didn’t catch on, that ‘one’ is me.

As much as I hate to admit it, I work better on a schedule.

My Type B nature hates it, but my body truly works best when it knows what to expect: 6:30am wake-up time, 10:00pm bedtime, workout after work, 10 servings of good-for-me fruits + veggies a day, Modern Family on Wednesday nights, talking to my Jake Gyllenhaal poster for 5 minutes before bed and most importantly, having time to just relax.

While life isn’t going to be on the perfect schedule to allow me to maintain this routine all the time, which is good because I like spontaneous happy hours + nights out with friends, I do go a bit crazy when my schedule gets too crazy. And yeah, I got that from my mama {everythingtarian} .

With my half-marathon one month from today, it’s time for yours truly to stick to my schedule, say no to things and focus on what I need to do to get race ready.

And I’m starting today.

Because the longest I’ve run is 6 miles and that is exactly 7.1 from what I need to do in 29 days.

I don’t really have any strict rules for this recalibration of sorts, but here is what I’m thinking:

  • 99% REAL food <- severely limiting processed food, with the exception of the almond Hershey kisses in our office because two of them after lunch is sweet tooth satisfying perfection
  • 10 servings of fruits + veggies/day
  • 3-5 servings of fermented foods/week <- miso soup, kombucha, sauerkraut, yogurt all help with digestion and are full of essential amino acids + probiotics galore
  • limiting alcoholic libations to 1 – 2 drinks per week
  • closely monitoring my sugar intake <- consuming natural sugars > artificial ones
  • only eating out 1-2 times a week
  • FOLLOWING MY HALF-MARY TRAINING PLAN {!!!} <- perhaps the most important step of all

Just some simple guidelines to get me back on track. Nothing crazy. Good food will still be had.

Like Chai Chia Coco-nana Oatmeal.

1/2 cup rolled oats + 1 cup brewed chai tea
1 T chia seeds
1 T cocoa powder
1 packet NuNaturals stevia
sprinkle of cinnamon
1/2 mashed banana
1 heaping T macadamia nut butter

Yummy. Filling. Well-balanced.

One serving of fermentation + fruit down, all real food and lightly sweetened with stevia – a good start to this whole recalibration process, if I do say so myself.

Now I must move on to filling my veggie quotient…

Recipe to come…

Maybe the word ‘detox’ is all in the semantics.




Whatever you want to call it, I know I will be fueling my health and shedding a couple of extra lbs that have made their way to my runner’s thighs without having to drink gallons of cayenne, lemon and maple syrup cocktails.

So take that Beyonce.

Detoxes. Tell me – love ‘em or leave ‘em. Sharing is caring!

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