Have you seen the joke describing a typical diet day?
BREAKFAST: 1/2 grapefruit 1 slice whole wheat toast 8 oz skim milk
LUNCH: 4 oz lean Broiled chicken breast 1 cup steamed zucchini 1 Oreo Cookie Herb tea
MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: Rest of package of Oreos, 1 qt. rocky road ice cream, 1 jar hot fudge
And then of course it gets worse…
Nope, I haven’t eaten a 40oz. bag of chips yet. No whole chocolate bars either. I just do not have the craving.
Honestly I’ve had those days or weeks where I ‘tried’ to give up everything that was not good for me, and sometimes I was even successful for hours or days. When successful, I felt I’d earned a binge – a whole bag of chips – the bigger the better, or ice cream or prime rib till I felt sick. Not so smart, huh…
The difference with the detox (I did the Standard Process SP detox), was for 28 days, though I the recipes did not include sugar, dairy, white potatoes, or gluten containing grains, I did not deprive myself of tasty meats, veggies, fruits, GF grains, and even had some yummy treats.
Instead of focusing on what I could not have, the 28 days were focused on what would taste delicious and make my insides feel better. From the time I awoke each day the focus was to PUT ON what was good, what would fill me in a satisfying way. That made for a happy body and soul, and that put OFF the cravings for being lazy or eating junk. I think I am addicted to detoxing now. I still have a couple of rooms to go, but the house is feeling better too!
The worst part of the detox were hot flashes and itchy skin. The no-sugar headaches only lasted a few days. The best part, besides feeling better inside and out and a loss of 8#, was the change in attitude about food, my body and my possessions, and 20-30 minutes a day in the sunshine reading.
The new habit of releasing what I no longer need in my body and in the house, has me now clearing out the freezer. I have made some healthy desserts using up the naturally high in sugar foods I avoided during detox (dried fruit), replaced the dairy with coconut or almond milk, and chose healthier sweeteners. Ken was longing for ice cream so I made some from bananas, strawberries and coconut water. We both loved it.
Switching furniture around created space, I found boxes of books wanted by a specific ministry, started a new filing system so that paperwork is dealt with in minutes and I can find my paperwork for upcoming events. I began setting things aside for granddaughters who were setting up house. Two boxes and some small appliances gone already to happy homes and I have less clutter!
Friends from the Good Battles Tour in Israel will recognize the inspiration for one dessert: I love Meyer lemons, and grate the peel, then freeze the lemons. I can thaw and squeeze them later, or grate the whole frozen lemon into recipes.For dessert, I put one of the frozen (peeled) lemons in the blender, added 2 cups of ice cubes, 1/2 cup of Lakanto sweetener, ½ cup of water and ½ tsp. of crushed mint leaves.
Whirl and voila! Lemon mint ice! – Delicious and refreshing.
The other dessert using the dried fruit was the dried cherries and pecans sprinkled over a parchment lined pan. Melted chocolate 1-1/2 bars of unsweetened organic 100% chocolate and ¾ cup organic dark chocolate chips, with ½ tsp. olive oil stirred in was poured over the cherries and pecans. On top I sprinkled crushed Chaga mushroom tea. (It’s very mild and does not change the taste of the treat – but it does give calorie free energy!). I’ve sampled delicious marketplace Chaga chocolate bars but the price of $6.00 for a couple ounces, led me to try to make my own.
Ever tried a detox? I recommend it. As many TV commercials say, It can change your life!
1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Read with deep interest, D. Was going to get around to asking you more about what detox program you used. We trust Standard Process, too. Did you get it through a chiropractor? Gradually, I’m discovering there is more to purge in my life. I’m fairly disciplined about my home. Except the storage area in the basement seems to be the catch-all. Ugh. Before Bill’s diagnosis, we were diligent regarding food choices. Since then, I’ve followed him into an attitude of “eat, drink and be merry”. But, I’m not so merry. Thanks for this timely reminder! J
Hi Judy, Yes, I did request the detox program through a natural health clinic. Where do you live? You can email me at email@example.com if I can recommend you further. You are so right that be merry quote is often mis-used and the rest of the quote is often left off. Isaiah 22:13, ‘Let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.’ was said by people expecting an invasion and certain death the following day. Giving up our temples of the living God to things which rot will surely get us the same results. Thanks for stopping by – Delores
We’re having the same changes, but with different programs. For me, it’s Weight Watchers. It takes attitude, lifestyle, perspective and priority changes. I’m grateful for the way the weight has come off, grateful for how much better I feel, grateful I no longer envy anyone who eats foods that only make me want to eat more, and especially grateful for the way it has deepened my relationship with the Lord. Food is no longer my idol. Kudos to you on your journey. Keep going. The Lord bless you.
Hi Mary, That is it, isn’t it – to move our focus! I’m so glad you’ve found a program that is bringing good results as you keep on keeping on. -Delores