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…
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.
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!