I've been doing research for months, and I've decided that Dr. Gillian McKeith's approach is right for me at this time in my life. She takes a holistic approach to health, promoting exercise and a pescetarian diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, tofu and void of additives, processed foods, sugar, red meat, caffeine, white flour, and alcohol.
Some people reading this blog are probably already shaking their heads at me, thinking I'm crazy or doing something stupid/terrible/unproven/all of the above. And everyone is entitled to their own opinion! But all I ask is that you please don't judge until you've been in my shoes. Until you've dealt with the health issues I've dealt with. And even then, remember that no one is forcing you to read this blog ;)
Today is Detox Day (detox, what a word!) and here is what my 'schedule' looks like:
7:30 AM – WARM LEMON WATER & FLAX OIL
8:00 AM – BREAKFAST
*Bowl of fruit: cherries/strawberries/blueberries/nectarines
*Juice (1 cuke, ¼ ginger root, 4 celery stalks, 4 oz sprouts, 3 sprigs parsley, 1 carrot)
9:30 AM – HERBAL TEA
10:00 AM – JUICE
*8 carrots, 1 apple, juice of 1 lemon, ginger root
12:30 PM – LUNCH
*Quinoa & broccoli (steamed)
2:00 PM – HERBAL TEA
2:30 PM – JUICE
*6 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1 apple
3:00 PM – HERBAL TEA
3:30 PM – SNACK
4:00 PM – VEGGIE SMOOTHIE
*6 carrots, 1 avocado, 10 basil leaves, 1 apple, 1 lemon slice
8:00 PM – DINNER (modified timing to accommodate my workout)
*Salad with unlimited fruit/veggies
9:30 PM – WARM LEMON WATER & MINERAL BATH
*2 teaspoons flax oil, 2 teaspoons aloe vera
Overall, not bad at all. A substantial amount of food and liquids that really is comparable quantity (and somewhat quality) wise to what I already eat. After today, I'll dive into a 7-day less strict and fairly basic diet that I'm really looking forward to.
My goal for today and this week is to really listen to my body, to see how it reacts with these foods and perhaps most importantly, the lack of other foods. One step at a time as I do understand I will not be 'cured' overnight. Patience is a virtue :)
Wish me luck - and I am not too proud to ask for your support during my journey!
Disclaimer: It should go without saying that I'm not a medical professional, so please consult one before implementing any ideas from this blog. While this may be right for me, it probably isn't right for a number of people. While I do encourage everyone to really think about what they're consuming and make an effort to be healthy, the most important priority is everyone's safety and well being.