Michael and I both really felt that greatest advantage for both of us is a greater understanding and appreciation of the food we are putting into our bodies. A 2 week shake up of our regular routine has allowed us the time to assess (and break?) our old habits and patterns. Going forward we get to create new healthier habits.
'Things that surprised me', 'Things that I liked', 'Things to consider' and a 'Final food update' below.
- I was a caffeine addict! 100mg daily (the average addiction threshold) is very easy to surpass - I obviously need to watch my consumption.
- I didn't really miss the wine & scotch I had become accustomed to having…but I will add them back in moderation because I really do like them.
- I was happy to find good food to eat almost every time I went out, 4 out of 5 times.
- I am not craving anything today…I thought by now I would be eating chocolate and drinking tea, but so far I am still caffeine, dairy, sugar, wheat, soya and corn free. Go figure!
Things I liked:
- Using dates or raisons instead of sugar - date & raison laden foods are delicious and seemed satisfy most sugar cravings.
- Green smoothies - 1-2 handfuls of greens (kale, spinach, etc), 1/2 an avocado, 1 handful of frozen berries, 30-60ml of seeds (hemp hearts, chia, sunflower, flax, etc.) & almond milk or water as required. Oddly delicious.
- Treats - detox friendly ones. I will make date squares, peanut butter bites, buckwheat pancakes and whipped nut butter sweetened with either raisins or dates again.
- Making breakfasts ahead of time (I am not a morning person) - things like baked oatmeal or baked quinoa with nuts and seeds and fruit were great (I promise to post recipes soon).
Things to consider:
- Starting on a weekend - Starting on a Monday was a little stressful. Not only was it Monday but I also had the additional challenge of trying to figure out what we were going to eat for the week, go grocery shopping, start caffeine withdrawal, and deal with a spaced out partner who was in caffeine withdrawal.
- Planing ahead. Don't wait until the day of to look up recipes and get food ideas. Stock your shelves before you start so that you have easy access to ingredients and quick snacks as you need them.
- Booking extra the time you will need. Changing how you shop and eat will take some extra time each day. As will any new mediation, exercise and beauty routines you undertake. This is especially true if you will be going through caffeine withdrawal and moving slowly.
- Staging your detox: i.e. detoxify your home, eliminate caffeine, then detox your diet. It may be easier for you.
- Not all recipes on the internet work, but lots of flops can be made into soup…stock up on veggie stock!
A final food update:
Last week in the kitchen I was much more restrained…mostly because we had a lot of left overs to eat! There were 2 colossal failures - millet patties that were far less than delicious and gluten free vegan bread that was inedible. Huge hits last week were the roasted cauliflower & chickpea soup with rosemary, quinoa stuffed peppers with roasted tomato sauce, and baked quinoa fruit crumble (I promise to post recipes one day). A staple this week has been the kale salad with tahini dressing I mentioned last week - it is so delicious and it lasts in the fridge. I actually think I prefer it the next day for lunch.