In my last post, I conquered a mountain, but this post, I’ve plunged downwards into a heap of Miss Vickie’s Balsamic Vinegar and Sweet Onion Chips. After a week of eating delicious restaurant food while on vacation, my self-care back home took a major hit. Indulgences became a daily occurrence, even my rock solid commitment to my chocolate purge was broken. I’ve certainly eaten worse in the past, but even the moderate influx of dairy, processed sugar, white breads, and salty snacks have left me feeling sluggish, bloated, and unhappy. As a result, I haven’t been able to get back into my regular routine of yoga and running (or most of my pants). I’m gassy, the skin on my face is breaking out, I’m getting headaches, and feeling less alert and present. Currently, “I am what I eat,” which would probably look like a very cranky and flatulent ice cream sandwich.
This past Wednesday, the heart-pumping afterglow of my first dance class made me realize it was time to crush my zombie-like eating habits. As strange as it sounds, despite how crappy I felt, up until that point, I wasn’t ready to feel good. I was content to nestle into my cycle of bad choices. It’s perfectly okay to fall off the wagon every once in a while. It’s normal, it’s human, and it’s healthy in moderate doses. I’m not beating myself up for it, but I’m definitely feeling the need to bring out the big guns to clean up this mess. It’s time for me to try my very first detox.
Tomorrow, I’ll be heading to the library to do some preliminary research on a detox regiment used by one of my favourite keepers. Two times a year, she detoxes for three weeks using a diet plan that restricts certain foods. She swears by the results, even inspiring one of our co-workers to take the detox challenge. According to my keeper, my co-worker, normally an indiscriminate eater, was amazed by how energized and amazing he felt. Some literature promote periodical liquid fasts for their detoxifying benefits, but I feel those are too risky for me. My keeper’s detox sounds safe and doable, especially considering most of the restricted foods are a minimal part of my regular diet anyway. If the reading material agrees with me, I will be starting Dr. Joshi’s Holistic Detox on Monday and posting about my detoxifying journey here on my blog. The ice cream sandwich has one foot out the door, my friends – I welcome any cantankerous chicken nuggets or slothy Snickers bars to join me!