Daniel Detox: Days #21-30

The 3rd stretch of 10-days was the hardest of the detox! I am not sure what it was but I think it was a mix of a few things. My baby got the stomach bug and we were all feeling a little under the weather and then Easter came around and although we didn’t have bad food, we didn’t have enough good food (didn’t have my protein-rich snacks between meals). And, I was also hit with crazy cravings for BREAD! Oh, how I miss you!

Part way through this quarter, I also started feeling very lethargic and light-headed. I was not sure if I was getting sick or if my blood pressure was too low or if the diet was just not working for me anymore. I also started to lose my appetite and didn’t feel like eating and after a few days, I started to get a little worried and talked to my Mom and some friends and they recommended that I eat MORE! I was following the meal plan fairly closely and the carb portions were pretty low e.g. 1/2c. quinoa/rice. I was eating till I was full but I guess still not enough and so, I started eating MORE CARBS and also talked to my doctor and we reduced my blood pressure medication in half (YAY!!!) and after 3-4 days, I started regaining my energy again!

I saw the Dr yesterday and she says that I can start weaning off my medication!!! I honestly did not expect it to happen. I had hoped for it but I did not believe I could be completely off medicine, but now it seems like it IS in the near future! Thank you Jesus!!!

So, what I have learned in these 10 days is that, you need to listen to your body and not follow any diet/plan too rigidly because everyone’s body responds differently and has different needs. I needed more calories since I am nursing my baby still and I have a pretty hectic lifestyle (awake for many hours anyway) and probably burn a lot of calories and the portions in the book were just not sufficient for me. Since I am taking blood pressure medication, it may also be stripping my body of potassium, and my Mom looked up some of my symptoms and said I could possibly be lacking in B12 vitamins. I read up on what foods were rich in those nutrients and am consciously making sure I consume enough of it each day. It has been a learning process, but I am thankful for it because I think it’s important to know what you are eating and why. 

A few links:

Highlights of some of our meals…

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Protein Bites ~ This is actually from my last post where I accidentally used sweetened coconut cream in my recipe and so I cut the Protein Bars up into little cubes to use as a treat AFTER our 40-day detox. :)

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Nutty Berry Breakfast ~ I made this one up! Mixed nuts, mixed berries and kiwis with coconut milk and some coconut flakes. :)

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Chicken Primavera Bowl ~ This was a recipe from the book and it was sautéed mixed vegetables with chicken and a dressing made with lemon juice, parsley, and black pepper. I served it with white beans and quinoa and just mixed it all together.

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Ingredients for my gluten-free bread ~ the most expensive loaf of bread I have EVER made!!! (See recipe below…)

Recipe: Yeast-based Paleo Bread

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Tadaaaaa!!! I was very skeptical at first because it didn’t look like it was rising AT ALL! But, it tasted great! It was moist and spongy and not sandy or crumbly like some gluten-free bread I’ve had. I’ve made this twice already! However, it only stays fresh for about 2-3 days and after that, it tastes like dirt! lol

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I was SO excited to be able to have eggs on toast!!!

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Mango Meatballs with Spicy Butternut Squash Soup and Gluten-free Bread ~ The meatballs were delicious (See recipe below…)! I did not have any mangoes and so I just used some baby food mango puree! LOL And it tasted great but it was a little wet, as expected. I had the soup at a friend’s house and it was soooo good but when I tried to make it, I accidentally dumped a huge amount of white pepper in it and ruined it! :(

Recipe: Mango Meatballs

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup (Serves 8)

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup diced shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 & 1/2 lbs squash cut into chunks (peeled)
  • 1 & 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp.curry powder
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 15 oz. canned coconut milk

Cook first 4 ingredients together for a few minutes. Then, add rest of ingredients except for the coconut milk. Cook until squash is soft. Remove bay leaves. Put in blender until smooth; reheat on stove & add coconut milk.

Easter Celebrations!

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We got a 10lb leg of lamb for Easter!!! My husband was VERY excited! We used the same recipe below that we had used for our lamb chops and man, I wish you could smell it!

Recipe: Grilled Herb-Crusted Leg of Lamb with Fresh Mint Sauce

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We take a break from food and give you a little pic of my girls! They were hunting for eggs while the lamb was cooking. :)

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My husband has rotisserie envy!!! (This was at a friend’s house.) He loves to grill and he is now trying to find a way to jerry rig our grill to put a rotisserie on it!

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DELICIOUS EASTER MEAL!!!

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Easter Round #2 with my husband’s family! This time we made the lamb in a little rotisserie oven and it turned out great too! We liked it medium rare, where there are still juices oozing out!

Reflection for Days #21-30…

I’m just ready for the home stretch and am very hopeful that I will be able to be off medication in a few weeks’ time! I’m also excited to hear about other friends who are starting the Detox, thinking about starting it, or just having a lifestyle change in general. Having other people excited about health enables me to be excited about it too! FRIENDS are a vital part of the equation!

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