My husband and I decided that before the holiday season got started, and all the glorious food surrounded us, that we needed to do a detox to cleanse our system of the evil carbs and sugars we were both addicted to. It’s easier to make a lifestyle change, even if temporary, if someone else does it with you, especially someone in your household.
Our plan was to follow the 10-Day Detox Diet found in this book: The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast. In simplest form, it is 10 days of lean meats and veggies. No bread, tortillas, brownies, ice cream, Halloween candy, rice. etc because “the key to losing weight and keeping it off is maintaining low insulin levels,” according to the book. Sticking to the plan will help reprogram your metabolism, soothe stress and brain fog, create appetite control and promote general wellness.
Now, to be clear, I am a carb addict. While I don’t feel my meals are terribly unhealthy or of large proportions, I am a snacker. While packing the kids’ lunches, I’ll have a few chips. While making dinner, I’ll munch on whatever I am making. Those bite size snacks add up. While the goal of our detox was not to lose weight, I’ll admit that I’m excited to see the number on the scale go down and my pants fit looser in the waist (though, as an already small chested woman, the reduction of breast size is not really welcomed!). In total, my husband and I both lost 4 pounds each on the 10 day detox and it wasn’t that hard.
Day 5 was my hardest day with a headache, slight nausea and general tiredness. With a couple of Aleve and an apple at lunch, I got through it. Totally worth it. As my husband says, you can do anything for 10 days. Now we have to maintain a healthy diet! My tastebuds have changed and sweet tastes really sweet (I’m kind of sad that my Soy Chai Latte isn’t as comforting to me as it used to be). I’m hoping this new development will be what helps me avoid holiday sweets and holiday weight gain. It can help you too!
This is what my breakfast smoothie looks like before I blend it:
Complete with vegan protein powder (Lifetime Life’s Basics Plant Protein Mix Natural Vanilla– the only protein powder I have found to actually taste good), unsweetened almond milk, frozen strawberries, kale, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, walnuts, coconut oil, olive oil and hemp protein powder), the flavor is better than it looks. It keeps me full for several hours.
While knowledge is important to help you decide on a path, action is the only way to get results. Start planning your 10 day detox, buy your groceries and get started! You have 10 days left until Christmas. Today is the perfect day to get started!
TAMMY GIBSON, founder of A Mom in Red High Heels, is a Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger | Red Heel Lover | Personal Development Enthusiast. Her personal motto is to live life with style and confidence! Become a VIP to stay in touch with Tammy and stay up-to-date on the latest beauty and style advice on A Mom in Red High Heels!