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