planning a sort-of detox

Last Friday I sent the following email to some of my local friends and got a surprizing number of takers. We’ve since changed the dates to Sunday, July 28th to Thursday, August 8th, but essentially, here’s a preview of what’s to come. Drop a comment if you are interested in participating!

Also, click the picture to get the recipe for this beautiful fresh side. It will definitely be making it to the sorta-detox menu. Had it last night and will vouch for it’s bright, delicious flavor.

ribboned-summer-squash-salad

Would you be interested in doing a sorta-detox with me? I’ve been eatting terribly lately and I need a kick start to get back into a healthy swing.
 
I’m going to put together a 12 day meal plan before I start and if you want, I’ll email it to you. It’ll be July 15- 27th. That’s about 9 days from now. I figure that’ll give us enough time to clean out our fridges so nothing goes to waste. Jeff, Shay, Kevin, and I did one awhile back and it was super collaborative. It was fun, but it simply took too much time each evening (and planning in the begining) to do a group cooking session for each meal for 10 days. However, the comradery was all that kept me onboard at times, so if there are any takers out there, we’ll plan a few group dinners throughout the 12 days.
 
You can pick your own rules, but here are mine: all whole foods.
This means nothing artificial: no MSG, no sulfites, no fake sugar, no artificial preservatives. The only sugar allowed are those that occur in nature and are unrefined (this includes alcohol).
Meats and Dairy have to be hormone and antibiotic free (or antibiotic responsibly raised, in other words, antibiotics used on sick animals, but not as a pre-caution due to poor enviroment). This time around I’m adding in the challenge of a few raw meals or at least side dishes, and continuing the goal to eat less animal products overall. Ignore nutrition label (calories, saturated fat, etc.) and focus on the ingredients lists.
 
other rules:
Feel free to weigh yourself before and after the cleanse, but not during.
No cheating. If you skip a meal and go to pizza al’s for lunch one day, you’re off the cleanse. If you sincerly accidently eat a salad dressing with a preservative in it, no biggie but if you just choose to follow the rules when you feel like it, you’re not really doing it. If you are addicted to sugars like me, the first 5 days are going to be no fun. If you don’t go cold turkey, you will just prolong that awful feeling. So no days off. Just remind yourself that you have a beautiful cupcake, jack and coke, or whatever waiting on you at the end of your cleanse and that you don’t have to say “no” forever, just “not right now” for 12 days. I’ll be doing it over my birthday, so it’ll be “no” to cake. Glorious, glorious cake. So I’ll likely be grumpy if I find out you broke down and had sweet frog while I had to pass on cake!
 
If you want, you can go even more hardcore to do a diet reset. This is especially helpful if you think you might be having an undiagnosed dietary issue. One of my friends highly recomends the whole 30 program.  http://whole9life.com/2012/08/the-whole30-program/ . If I understood her correctly, Whole30 sends you emails each day giving you advice and whatnot. The rules are stricter, but I think it would be a worthy goal. For example, here’s a snippet from Whole 30:

It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You won’t get any coddling, and you won’t get any sympathy for your “struggles”. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.
Anyone interested?

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