So here we are on day 4 of the Whole Living 28-Day Challenge detox program and I think my body has finally gotten over the shock of my change in diet. I really thought I was a pretty healthy eater until I’ve had to watch what I ate the past few days. I had no idea how much I snacked during the day. It became a habit to just grab a cookie here or a piece of chocolate there. I would never grab a piece of fruit. It’s funny how I get on my kids about eating healthy and I pack my son fruit and a water bottle almost every day for school, yet I wasn’t practicing what I preached. I hope by sticking to this program for the full 28 days, I will make a more permanent change to what I’m putting in my body.
Now the details of what I’ve been feeling….day 1 was ROUGH. Starting the day without my coffee was a lot harder than I thought. And I felt sluggish all day long. The caffeine withdrawal headache appeared on day 1 as well. I started coming down with a cold, so part of the tiredness and headache could be from that, but I honestly think it was more from my body adjusting to no caffeine and no sugar. I did a Body Pump class at the gym for my daily exercise but I haven’t been able to exercise at all since because of my cold. I’m hoping to start back up tomorrow.
By day 2 and definitely by day 3 I started getting my energy back. The headache was gone and I didn’t feel as tired throughout the day. I ate an apple for a snack yesterday and today. Yay me! I’ve been eating oatmeal for breakfast with just a touch of brown sugar and some cinnamon. Lunch has been a salad, though I ate tuna salad the first day which contains mayonnaise. Oops. Speaking of…cutting out dairy has almost been as hard as cutting out the morning coffee! I had NO idea how much dairy I ate throughout the day. I made turkey meatballs for dinner last tonight and it called for an egg, so I cheated again, but I have to admit, I’m pretty impressed with myself for sticking so closely to the plan. Our other dinners have been salmon and chicken breast, both served with quinoa and a salad.
Detoxing the mind hasn’t been as successful for me. I’m not someone who meditates. I do wind down with a book every night so I feel I definitely get a chance to de-stress, but I know there’s more I could be doing. I had a stressful moment yesterday with my 3 year old and I definitely had to breathe and count to 10…and 20, and 30. But I didn’t do any journaling.
And as a little side note, I have actually dropped a pound a day because of this detox. However, losing weight is not a goal of mine but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Anyone else out there trying this 28-day challenge? How is it going? We’d love to hear from you!