If you follow me on social media you may have seen some of my posts about what I’ve been eating the for my 10-day whole foods detox. Smoothies, yummy salads and some other yummy meals.
I was participating in a 10-Day Whole Foods Detox with Our Natural Connection, owned and operated by Vanessa Case, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Digestive Health Expert. Be sure to read Vanessa’s story of restorative health through the power of holistic nutrition here. It’s an inspiring story to be sure. She talks about how making specific changes to her diet and lifestyle effectively cured her Crohn’s disease. It’s an amazing story.
I have been making changes to my diet and lifestyle for the past 10 years. We have gradually switched the way we eat to include as many whole/natural foods as possible. We can much of our food, make everything from scratch, and buy as little packaged food as we can get away with. And you know what we’ve realized? It’s not as hard as you think, even with a busy lifestyle. Yes, it takes some planning but these simple changes can change your life and your health.
It’s really a matter of changing one thing at a time. For example, instead of buying applesauce, make it yourself every September. Go to a local apple orchard and pick a bushel (or two) and go to town! There are many recipes on Pinterest for applesauce, but I just make an unsweetened applesauce by cooking the apples on the stove until they’re soft and running them through a food mill or blender. Applesauce is a very simple snack to make for your kids and you don’t even have to know how to can to preserve it. It can be frozen and defrosted when you need it. Plus it makes a great substitution for sugar in your baking.
I’m getting sidetracked because I am so passionate about this subject!
So I started my detox on Monday, September 21st with my first green smoothie in a very long time. It was quite delicious and a great and filling way to start my day. Previous to this, I was enjoying a bowl of scotch oats with blueberries and when I had it on hand about a tablespoon of Vanessa’s whole food protein powder called Green ‘N Glo (which I love!) and maybe a banana if I was still hungry after.
The first day was a lot of food. Actually, the first five days was a lot of food, but I have to admit I felt satiated and it was very easy not to snack after dinner, even while my husband sat beside me munching on his nightly snack 😉
There was a small amount of prep work to be done before the detox started. I had to start adding fresh squeezed lemon to my water. I was already drinking 80+ ounces of water a day so I didn’t have to make any adjustments there, and I had to give up coffee! I thought giving up coffee was going to be the hardest thing, but interestingly enough it wasn’t. As it turns out I don’t drink coffee for the caffeine boost–I drink it because it tastes good. I’m a pretty picky coffee drinker, and we always try to have fair trade organic coffee in the house. Quality coffee matters to me. And I didn’t end up having withdrawal at all, so I guess I’m not addicted. YAY! I did miss the flavour and the comfort of enjoying a cup each morning, though.
Getting in the detox baths was the hardest part of the whole process. I find taking baths to be hard, and not nearly as relaxing as you’d think when you’re cramming yourself in an ordinary bathtub were you have to scrunch up like a slinky just to fit. I managed to get in one detox bath throughout the whole 10 days
Another thing I discovered is that as much as I want to be a person who drinks smoothies, I just can’t do it daily. By day eight I was done with the smoothies. It turns out I’m not all that good at making them up and mixing flavours that complement each other. Most of my smoothies that I concocted myself didn’t taste very good after I got a third of the way in. I also had a hard time with some of the more savoury smoothie recipes that were provided, but I persevered and made it through. However, I may not have another smoothie for a while.
I didn’t experience any days of great discomfort physically, but I could feel something happening in my body… it’s hard to explain. I do feel better and I was able to stop taking my digestive aid that I’ve been taking for over a year now. Foods weren’t getting ‘stuck’ in my throat any more which I am super happy about! (Side note, I haven’t had to start taking them again yet either!)
It was a bit difficult managing two menu plans, since a lot of the meals weren’t things my kids would’ve eaten, but there were a few recipes and salads that I will be adding into our meal rotation, so that’s good. Some of the recipes were also a big stretch for me as far as taste and texture goes. And one or two of the recipes didn’t taste all that great, although I got tips for making them better thanks to the help and guidance of Vanessa.
The whole detox is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and also dairy-free. One of the reasons I wanted to do this detox was that I had become dependent on sugar to get me through the day. Quite often after lunch, I would grab a small handful of chocolate chips. I was hoping the detox would help me to kick the habit, and I am proud to say that I think I have in fact made good strides towards being refined sugar-free. And that makes me very happy.
Vanessa provides everything you need to get you through your detox including recipes, a daily meal plan, grocery lists, email support (including videos) and guided steps to a successful detox, as well as many valuable documents for handling stress, getting good digestion, and other important information. And when it’s possible she often creates a Facebook group where all the participants can chat and ask questions and encourage each other.
I am so glad I did this detox with Vanessa, it has changed my view of food even more and taught me a few things about myself. I plan to continue eating well and now I can add a few more veggies to our repertoire that I had never tried or had forgotten that I enjoyed, like beets!
Vanessa runs these detoxes every couple of months through Our Natural Connection so if you missed this one don’t worry, you can always join in on the next one!
Have you ever participated in a detox of any kind? What was your experience?