January 9, 2010

It Only Hurts When I Detox

After all that Christmas cheer, coming back down to reality with a thud is a total bummer. While I do consider myself a realist, it still stings a bit, especially when I am forced to come to terms with all the poor nutritional choices I'd been making since Thanksgiving in the name of celebration. 2009's answer to all that over indulgence was a 7 detox- no sugar, caffeine, dairy, wheat or alcohol. I found the original version a little lacking in well, food so I upped the protein and added in more healthy snacks so I wouldn't collapse during all the exercise I planned to do. One week and 4 pounds lighter I felt pretty great- it even helped me kick a lingering bronchitis cough.

2010 began with mild sinus infection so with notes from last years detox plan, a recent viewing of Food Inc., and the added incentive of participating in Ten in '10 Healthy Challenge, I was ready to begin Week One. The first three days I had a 24/7 headache, a side effect I did not experience last year. Guess I'v been a very bad girl this Christmas. I finally relented and allowed myself a half a cup of coffee and kicked the headache about an hour later.

Since then I've been feeling pretty good and although I have no intention of saying goodbye to my vices altogether, this detox is a great way to reset my system and refocus my attention to more conscientious eating habits. For the remainder of Ten in '10 I plan to continue eating healthy and only treat myself on the weekends which means I can have a Saturday night date with sugar, but no going steady. I'll continue to meet my goal of exercising 6 days a week and Monday was the first of many "vegan once a week days. Eating vegan can be tricky but have been getting a lot of help by reading up on vegan recipes on blogs like Never Home Maker, We Haight Cookbooks, , Pink Stripes. I'm a big fan of homemade soup in general so Friday might I made Lentil, Kale and Potato Soup from Manifest Vegan. It fit right in to my eating plan and was a great way to use up leftover vegetables.

Thanks Lori for a great, healthy jumpstart in the new year! If you are interested in joining the challenge or just want to follow along, go here.

Lentil, Kale and Potato Soup
adapted from Manifest Vegan
2 yukon gold potatoes, chopped into small pieces
1 small brown onion, chopped
1 bunch of kale, chopped
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
3 1/2 cups water
handful of parsley, chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
1 1/2 tsp cumin
drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp coriander

Combine, potatoes, kale, garlic, bay leaf, lemon juice, water and broth in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Place onions, parsley, lemon zest, cumin and coriander in a saute pan and drizzle with olive oils. Saute until onions become slightly translucent then to the pot. Once the soup begins to boil reduce heat and simmer until lentils and potatoes are cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Amanda said...

Wow! Four lbs in one week! Way to go!

I did a detox of sorts, but I only quit drinking Diet Coke and all caffeine. I did lose 1.2 lbs though.

Jen said...

Good Luck! :)