Detox Day 9: Take It Slow.

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It is Detox Day 9! Can you believe we've already nearly completed the program? Food restrictions are now almost completely lifted, and today we could eat anything from the recommended foods list! Are we glad we have almost finished our detox? Yes. But, do we plan to do it again? Absolutely.

Dr. Auburn at the charting station while she enjoys her afternoon ultraclear!

Dr. Auburn at the charting station while she enjoys her afternoon ultraclear!

At this point in the detox, you've already put in the work and hopefully, you are feeling the reward. It should now be our focus to take a look at what we've learned and continue to apply it to our routines to truly grow from this experience. Here are some of the things our staff is saying.

"I have learned that I can, in fact, live without having a 32 oz. of Fountain Coke every day. Although I miss it, I am trying to continue to keep it out of my diet altogether. It has been a trying and challenging ten days...I am not a big fish eater, so that was an extremely hard part for me trying to get protein differently. I did not like that our meat selection was so strict.. and I also did not like that the main fruits selection was so small...I wish there were a bit more variety. I am happy that I did this detox, though. It revealed a lot and taught me that I could control myself if I just put my mind to it." —Brittany I.

"I learned that cooking healthy food can be SIMPLE and easy and delicious. I realized I tended to overcomplicate things in my head when meal planning. I also learned how much distress my stomach/gut would sometimes be in when I eat junky food. Now I know how my body should feel all the time." —Caity M.

"I learned that food prep is going to be the most important thing! Without planning what I was going to eat the next day I was scrambling around trying to find food when it came time to eat." —Jocelyn D.

"I have a better appreciation for what many of our patients go through when they suffer from food allergies or sensitivities which require them to follow a strict diet. I realized it takes a good amount of energy and planning to follow a restricted diet, but I think the next time I do this detox, it will be much easier because I've already experienced that learning curve."—Sara S. 

Speaking of food sensitivities, the title of this blog is in reference to adding your food groups back in today and tomorrow. Take it slow. If you start with reintroducing 1-2 foods per day, it will be easier to assess if you have any adverse reactions to things you have been avoiding. For example, only allow the addition of some dairy on day one and continue to avoid sugars, sweeteners, and most grains. Some food sensitivities cause symptoms on a large delay, which means the reaction might not kick in for 12-24 hours. Give yourself some time and reap the benefits of your hard work by learning which foods your body prefers! 

We can’t say enough how much we've loved this challenge. Each of you who have commented or sent feedback helped to keep our staff motivated, and we can't wait to dream up the next patient-staff event! You guys rock, and we will see you tomorrow! 

Detox Day 8: We're Almost There!

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Woo hoo! Happy Detox Day 8, we've made it to the Reintroduction Phase! We are in the final stretch of our detox and hopefully, you are feeling a little "cleaner" than you did a week ago!

Things only get easier from here on out, and as we enter Step 3 of the Clear Change Program, we get to treat ourselves to the following food categories:

Katie and Brittany smile and shake up their afternoon nutritional support on Day 8!

Katie and Brittany smile and shake up their afternoon nutritional support on Day 8!

  • Fruits and Vegetables (everything in the Recommended Foods List)
  • White rice (If you prefer brown rice, it is okay to substitute, in our opinion.)
  • Protein source: continue with only 1 category—Legumes OR Fish
  • Spices/Condiments
  • Oils/Fats
  • Beverages

Today, we also reduce the nutritional support to 2 scoops of the recommended UltraClear® product and 2 AdvaClear® capsules, 3 times each today (plus any other recommended nutritional supplements).

We are loving your comments! We've noticed both staff and patients are reporting that they have stopped craving sugar and junk food during the last few days. Did you know that some research has compared the addictive properties of sugar to those of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin? It might be strange to think you broke an addiction this week, but it is likely true. After our 10-Day detox is behind us and we begin allowing (occasional) treats in our diets, remind yourself that when you crave junk food,  your body is confused.  Just as you may have experienced this week, when you primarily feed your body the proper nutrition and fuel to function properly, it will stop asking you for the crappy stuff you might usually crave.

Keeping tabs on our sugar intake is one important aspect of going back to life post-detox, but you may also be starting to think about how to prevent toxic build up in your system now that you've worked so hard to give it a good flush. We consulted Metagenics, and here were their tips!

Helpful Hints From Metagenics

Here are some ways you can "keep it clean" after your program to help your body support its natural metabolic detoxification processes:

  • Avoid using pesticides/herbicides in your home and garden.
  • Consider organic whenever possible—especially with meat, dairy, and the following fruits and veggies: peaches, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, cantaloupe, celery, apples, apricots, green beans, grapes, and cucumbers.
  • Drink at least 6-8 glasses of purified water each day.
  • Reduce your exposure to plastics. Buy juices and water in glass containers when possible. Do not microwave in plastic containers, and minimize washing plastic containers in the dishwasher under high heat. Limit use of plastic food wraps.
  • Eat fewer canned foods and more frozen or fresh foods.
  • Use natural or organic toiletry items, such as shampoo, soap, and fragrances. 

more Bonus Recipes!

Yum, veggie chili. We opted to add celery and substitute rutabaga for carrots in this batch. It was sooooo good!

Yum, veggie chili. We opted to add celery and substitute rutabaga for carrots in this batch. It was sooooo good!

If you did not try the Vegetarian Chili earlier in the week, we HIGHLY recommend it. Many of us agree that this recipe is going to become a staple at home this winter.  Find the recipe on page 16 of your Guide Book.

Tomato Basil Fish (2 servings)

  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1½ tsp. fresh rosemary, minced
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 10-12 oz. fish fillets
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh basil
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Combine lemon juice, rosemary, oil, salt, and pepper in a medium dish and add fish. Coat on all sides; cover and refrigerate for ½ to 1 hour. Drain marinade and discard. Preheat grill and brush some olive oil on the grill rack. Grill fish 4" from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. (Or bake or saute' fish.) Combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until heated through. Serve with fish.

Black Bean Salad (4 servings)

  • 2 cups low sodium, organic black beans
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup red or yellow pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice or balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp. cumin.

Combine ingredients in a bowl and chill before serving.

 

Don't forget to leave your comments below! Cheers and see you tomorrow!

Detox Day 3: Elimination Time.

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Happy Friday, and Happy Detox Day 3!  Today, we cut down our foods list by eliminating nuts/seeds, grains/starches, sweeteners, meat/poultry, and dairy alternatives. We also upped our AdvaClear supplementation to two capsules, twice between meals, but our UltraClear Renew dose stayed the same. Our bodies are officially moving into detox mode! 

Holy mackerel! Who even eats mackerel? Just when we thought fish as our ONLY animal protein until next week might kill us, Heather, our Medical Director, offered the perfect words of wisdom. "I think we shouldn't think about this part as an elimination. We should think about it as an introduction of foods we might not eat too often." This is a great point! Even if you are craving those staple foods that you usually lean on, it can be a fun experience to make a new recipe, and maybe your family will really enjoy a new ingredient on the table. So, thank you, Heather! Moving forward, we pledge to keep an open mind and stick to our recommended food list, even if we don't like fish.

In general, a lot of us were feeling good today. Feedback included having less bloating, and more energy. A few of us even realized that not being bloated was uncommon for us. Hmm, are we discovering a food sensitivity, perhaps? We know eliminating foods can be an efficient way for our patients to pinpoint triggers for common complaints like bloating and abdominal discomfort, but as we practice what we preach, it is exciting to realize how we, too, can benefit from giving extra care toward our diet.

Metagenics does a great job of providing recipes for us on each day of the detox. A few of our girls made the Vegetarian Chili and loved it! If you are still considering recipes to try this weekend, see below for a few more easy ones from Metagenics that you won't find in your guidebook. 

Thanks again for checking in, and pat yourself on the back for us! Healthy decisions benefit the mind and the body, and we are so glad you've chosen this one with us. 

Bonus Recipes
These recipes are good for today and tomorrow (as well as Days 8 and 9).

Oven-Roasted Veggies (multiple servings)

  • Garlic cloves, crushed
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings to taste (e.g., rosemary, oregano, tarragon, basil, salt, pepper)
  • Any combination of the following unpeeled, washed veggies, cut into bite-sized pieces:
    • Eggplant
    • Small red potatoes
    • Yellow or green summer squash
    • Mushrooms
    • Asparagus
    • Red onion, peeled

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss veggies with crushed garlic cloves and olive oil then sprinkle with your favorite herbs to taste. Spread in roasting pan in single layers and roast approximately 45 minutes in preheated oven until veggies are tender and slightly brown, stirring occasionally. Season to taste. Serve immediately while warm.

Spaghetti Squash (serves 6-8 at 1 cup each)

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, halved with seeds removed

Place squash cut side up on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, depending on its size, or until easily pierced with a fork. Do not overbake. When squash is cool enough to handle, scrape inside with a fork to release spaghetti-like strands.

TIPS: Top with Fish Creole (recipe in guidebook) or combine with Ratatouille (recipe in guidebook) or other vegetables for a vegetarian entrée. You can also top with some unsweetened spaghetti sauce.

ONE MORE TIP!  Do you Pinterest? One of our staff members stumbled upon this 10-Day Detox board and it has a nice handful of additional recipes. Check it out!  PINTERIST: https://www.pinterest.com/glitterguy1/10-day-metagenics-detox/