Remember D. TOX? It officially ended Monday… if I would have made it the full 14 days. Thing is, starting Friday night we met up with friends, then had another get together, then Mr. Hungry really wanted to go out to breakfast… so for me it ended a couple days early. It would have been one thing if we regularly go out to meet friends, but we usually don’t (work schedules hectic etc.) so I never miss an opportunity to celebrate with friends.
What does the program include?
What are the general guidelines of the program?
Elimination of common inflammatory and allergenic foods such as eggs, dairy (goat products are allowed if tolerated), corn, soy, gluten, peanuts, alcohol, coffee, black tea, canola oil, soybean oil, vegetable oil, added sugar and high sugar fruits.
Focus is on whole foods including organic vegetables and low sugar organic fruits (especially dirty dozen), high quality carbohydrates (quinoa, brown rice, sweet potato, beans), and high quality meats/seafood.
Was it hard to follow the program?
Yes and no. My focus was caffeine and whole foods since while studying for NASM I didn’t eat the best and definitely over did it on the caffeine (read cramming all studying into two weeks.) Coming straight out of that may have not been the best choice, so I’m not sure that my mind was truly committed to the process. That being said the program is easy to follow. It requires a certain amount of planning, but you don’t really have to think about breakfast or snacks which is nice. I liked the shakes in the afternoon they kept me significantly full till I got home which is pretty late. Some days I was too full for the second shake so I skipped it. Similar to when I did the sugar detox in September of last year, I craved nut butters the whole two weeks.
Did you see any weight loss?
I gave up weighing myself for lent so I have no idea.
What other benefits did you see?
- Increased energy and reduced reliance on caffeine. (I’m back on coffee, I love it but I did start with half caf from TJ’s.)
- SLEEP! I slept like a baby the whole program, really well, it was awesome.
- Learned to incorporate more whole foods and less reliance on bars and pre packaged foods. For instance I’d eat plain nuts instead of a KIND bar.
- Overall, I felt more even keel while on the program, so hormone balance maybe?
- Reduced buying at the store. I’m one of those people that always buy so much stuff at the store like I’m saving up for the apocalypse. Five jars of nut butters, 7 types of cheese, so much stuff all the time. Then I feel like we have to eat it all right away so it doesn’t go bad. Less is more…I’m planning to buy small amounts of things, really limiting what we buy at Costco unless there is specific need.
Was there any part of D.Tox that you will continue?
- Reduce intake of added sugars (something I’m constantly working on.)
- Reduced intake of dairy. We still haven’t bought any cheese. When we do we will buy one at a time instead of five different kinds. I don’t need yogurt and cottage cheese and cheese all in my fridge at the same time.
- High quality protein. Organic, free range eggs/poultry, grassfed meats, wild caught seafood, high quality pork.
- Buying the Dirty dozen (was doing this prior) organic.
- Variety (see number 5) from week to week, instead of having a build up of a million choices.
Favorites from D. TOX
Would you do it again?
Absolutely! I’ve heard the program is hardest the first time around. I plan to complete D.TOX 1-2 times per year.
Let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Wednesday!