I have a specialized food diary post for you that I think we can all relate to and need sometimes! My mom just visited me for 48 hours and we indulged ourselves as you do on a vacation or even just on a weekend – I had to show off our local chocolate shops, and then there was the huge blueberry pancake at Over Easy….and the carrot cake at Garden of the Gods cafe….(hey, there’s vegetables in there!) We had an amazing time together, and even though we also fit in A LOT of activity like hiking and yoga, I wanted to get right back on track with diet and bring down the inflammation in my system.
My personal opinion is that a “detox” can still involve chewing actual food. I don’t think it needs to be a fast or liquids only or anything so extreme. If you want to detox, just cut out all the major known inflammatory food groups – dairy, grains, and sugar, and eat lots of greens. I also cut my caffeine down but not completely out.
Here’s what I ate (and drank) yesterday!
I ate 1.5 scrambled eggs with my mom before taking her to the airport (not pictured). When I came back home, I toasted 2 slices of gluten free bread, slathered them with roasted red pepper hummus, topped with mashed sardines, and sprinkled smoked paprika on top. The sardines are rich in omega 3s which promote gut-brain health and decrease inflammation; if you are also concerned about the environment, consciously choosing small fish means you aren’t participating in the over-fishing of popular, larger fish like swordfish and tuna. That said, if you just can’t stomach sardines on your detox day(s), salmon is a more popular alternative that also offers omega 3s.
See? Not so scary. With a flavored hummus and the paprika, the fish was fairly mild. I also drank green tea (Tazo Zen) which has a lot of antioxidants and less caffeine than black tea or coffee.
I came home from work and heated up some leftover white bean and kale soup from Whole Foods. I also drank half a bottle of GT’s Multi-Green Kombucha, which has probiotics for my tummy. This particular flavor also offers blue-green algae, chlorella, and spirulina – all freshwater algae that offer powerful detoxification! After this, I seriously skipped down the steps to return to work and had a boost of energy!
I had scallops with bok choy, sugar snap peas, and baby carrots in a coconut-lime sauce and drank about 16 ounces of water. Here’s the recipe (with veggie variations)…Curtis Stone never disappoints!
That’s it! If weight maintenance is a priority to you, I can report that I weighed this morning (day after detox day) and had no gain even though I ate virtually every meal out with my mom and was more indulgent than I normally would have been. Keep your activity level up, eat extra clean after, and enjoy the sweetness life has to offer with no regrets!