Click here for profuse gushing about Detox Week One



Today am finishing up Week One of the Whole Living Action detox program.  Well, actually, officially, the week ended yesterday.  But I had not finished sampling all the recipes in the magazine.  Pineapple and green juice still lurked in the refrigerator, so am happily extending the first week by one more day.

Some of you astute readers may recall that Week One involves eating only fruits and vegetables, lentils, healthy oils, nuts and seeds and seasonings.

(Week Two adds non-gluten grains, fish (not shellfish) and all legumes and beans.)

Even though we probably already eat really really healthy, I do believe it’s beneficial to engage in detox regimes if we sense our bodies need it.  My body has been giving signals lately– minor aches and pains, some rashes, OK, we won’t go into every little thing–that it wanted to press the re-start button.

Am here to gush profusely, so watch out.

Just wanted to show you a picture of what one feels like after Week 1

Just wanted to show you a picture of what one feels like after Week 1

I FEEL GREAT!!  What a wonderful week this has been.  I would recommend a detox to everyone!  I could be a detox advocate and sell the program to the Universe!  (Except for those whose body says not now, can’t do, not interested.)

Here’s what happened in the last week.  First, it was easy to stick to the detox plan because the recipes offered by the magazine are soooo delicious.   As many of you know, when you start to eat really simple foods like fruits and vegetables for an extended period of time they start to taste like manna.  Our taste buds wake up.  They cease to long for, say, Hot Fudge Sundaes, and instead chew the carrot like it’s the sweetest dessert in the planet.  You drool over salads seasoned only with lemon and olive oil.  And I mean drool.

Carrots of the earth...

Carrots of the earth…

On Day 2 I experienced about two hours of headache and weakness.  Day 3 was not something to write home about it.  It was not pleasant.  It felt like Ms. Kathy had the flu.  Body aches, light headache, exhaustion, all-over not feeling so good.

The magazine article warned about this in the detox process.  This is what they said: “By midweek:  you’ll likely notice some unpleasant symptoms–fatigue, aches and pains, headache, bloat–as the body purges toxins.  This is normal, so don’t lose heart.  You should start to feel better by week’s end.”

Day 4 I woke up feeling just a little bit bouncier, and by Day 8 (that is today, isn’t it?) am feeling like Bouncy Kathy.  So much energy!  Haven’t felt this much energy since…um…well, since we did the Macrobiotic diet about seven years ago.

So, yes, the scales say I’m five pounds less, but that seems not as important as this feeling of vitality zinging inside.  The body is saying:  YES.  Thank you for listening, you caffeine-lover.  Thank you for listening, you who devoured that bar of chocolate in one sitting.   Thank you for easing up on the whole system.

Ladies support detox effort (tee hee)

Ladies support detox effort (tee hee)

Last night we went out to dinner.  Usually I like to enjoy a glass of wine.  Without missing a beat ordered a cup of herbal tea.  They brought an array of selections along with honey and lemon, and oh my reader, was the cup of Zen “Refresh” tea spiked with those accouterments heavenly!  I gushed to Barry six times.  He rolled his eyes.

(He has to listen to this obsessive detox talk because I listened to his knee trouble talk for two years.  He seems to be listening with interest, and has been enjoying some of the dishes, but isn’t jumping in to detox himself, silly fellow.)

Since it’s often hard to order detox fare on a menu, I was a tad nervous, but discovered a lovely apple-toasted walnut-baby green-blue cheese-chicken or shrimp salad with vinaigrette.  Ordered it without the blue cheese and meat.  Simply delightful.

Ode to sweet parsnip

Ode to sweet parsnip

OK, now, for the sake of Truth I shall state the weakness of the detox plan.  Have said six times to anyone who will listen, “I have never spent this much money to eat so little.”

If you eat every recipe the magazine offers you may go broke in three weeks.  It’s expensive to buy all the ingredients.  However, it would be quite possible to come up with your own inexpensive recipes.  (Just not as fun. I’m aiming for fun.)

It also takes time to organize the menus and shopping.  It’s something one must undertake with dedication and focus.

Have just typed over 700 words enthusing about this first week of detox, so better stop now.  Just want to say–again–it’s more than worth it!

Thank you for listening.

**P.S.  Am so far behind–again–responding to comments and reading other blogs that will not be responding to comments here.   Have a great day!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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31 Responses to Click here for profuse gushing about Detox Week One

  1. Brenda Hardie says:

    Great job Kathy! I’m so happy the detox plan is giving you such positive results. Bouncy Kathy…hehehe 🙂 A happy vision!

  2. Good for you! Thank you for the excellent and thorough report, Kathy!

  3. I’m happy you made it through the first week and are feeling great! I also agree that following the diet exactly, especially living in Northern MI, can be expensive!! But two thumbs up for giving it a whirl!

  4. Kerry Dwyer says:

    Well done for keeping it up for a whole week. If you feel that good on it maybe I should try it.

  5. Elisa says:

    lol thoughts of rehab popped into my head ….pink cloud pink cloud

    I’ve been here muttering the week, going yes Kathy I HAD SUGAR, sunbutter gf cookies(organic somehow makes them ‘safer’ NOT) and SALT and things with salt. I do not feel so well now 😦

    I knew I would get this way too, but I still did it. I think that I will use the term detox to sigh at myself and to recall that yes, you still can’t eat that, and deal with the SUGAR STARVING MUST HAVE SUGAR float and headache and grinding stomach. My insides just had a temper tantrum, I would calmly suggest that it have a nice glass of water, but no it said I AM NOT GOING TO DO THAT DAMN DETOX CRAP. sigh Maybe you might offer to tell me that no nooooooooooo, the detox thing is NOT for me at all and that I would get no gain from it whatever, so I shouldn’t even bother to TRY it. lol
    or you could just roll eyes and ignore me.

  6. Susan D says:

    Grinning ear to ear! Sounds fantastic, Bouncy Girl!

  7. Congratulations and since you are not replying to comments….gush, gush, gush, gush, gush….that is probably enough gushing in one comment.
    Good report on the process.

  8. My hat is off to you Kathy – way to goooooooo!

    I’m cracking up with your use of the work “lurking” as it pertains to the pineapple and green juice in your refrigerator. For me that descriptor would normally point to a container with a scull and crossbones on it 🙂

  9. So glad that you are feeling chipper again.

  10. Heather says:

    I’m so glad you made it to the feel-good phase! Hopefully you’ll continue to feel great as you progressively add more foods.
    I’m going to skip the detox, but I’ll take inspiration from you and try to pull in more healthy choice 🙂

  11. Colleen says:

    The food is wonderful and have been bookmarking recipes and ideas from their site. Nicely done, Kathy 🙂

  12. lisaspiral says:

    Glad your detox plan is working for you! Yes the expense and devotion to meal planning and prep is tough. Maybe I’ll think about doing detox when the CSA boxes start coming in. Or maybe I’ll just eat more vegetables. 🙂

  13. sybil says:

    I’m going to go lie down after have I have … (gulp) … another spoonful of sugar….

  14. Barb says:

    You are on a cleansing mission Kathy! Glad you gone through the purging part!

  15. susan says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Congrats for sticking it out. I know how great this is, believe me, been there!
    Your liver must LOVE you! 🙂

  16. john says:

    I am a sinner; I’ve given way to temptation. I swore off hot dogs almost 9 months ago and yesterday Jenny called me and said she was picking up a salad at a local fancy hot dog stand. I gave in and had her get me a Jumbo Hot Dog fully dressed and chili with onions and cheese.

    I lost 15 lbs while I was doing the prep work for the fence this past fall. Then my knee started its complaining and put on a few from lack of exercise. Now I have fallen victim to the evil of hot dogs once more. I fear I will never see Java by the Bay again … I won’t fit through the door.

    Congratulations on your success, you worked hard and earned the rewards!

  17. Val says:

    I’m glad you’re doing well on this detox diet, Kathy. While I’m not into detox diets like this, I am currently looking at my diet as I’ve been eating far too much fatty food and it’s adversely affecting my health.

    So, we’ll see… !

  18. GOod for you! I’ve been meaning to detox, but I haven’t yet.

  19. Intriguing. My ordinary diet sounds like the week 1 detox diet, except I’ve never had parsnips.

  20. Joanne says:

    I admire your determination to stick with the detox diet Kathy. I would like to try a diet such as this, just to see what changes I feel all because of the food I am eating. It will have to be when I have a lull in my work schedule though. Like you said, it takes time to follow the recipes, and I know the boys in my house would NOT eat what I was eating! 🙂

  21. Dawn says:

    Sounds intriguing…if I was living alone and not having to cook for Mr. Meat Eater. And if I didn’t have to go to work on day 3…..still…it is something I’d consider doing.

  22. Chris Roddy says:

    You go girl!

  23. 5 pounds! I know dieting wasn’t your intent but I think I’d eat sawdust to lose 5 pounds in a week!

  24. A delicious post indeed and what a great initiative ! When my flu’ is over, I might try something similar. Love the pictures you chose to accompany your enthusiasm 😉 Thanks.

  25. Tammy says:

    Sold! What a great experience! And I’m with Inger on the weight loss benefit.

  26. flandrumhill says:

    If more odes were written about parsnips and their vegetable relatives, we’d be a far healthier lot! Your images of vegetables are gorgeous. Good food is timelessly beautiful as well as healthy

  27. Claire says:

    Gush away Kathie. What an impressive show of strong will you have shown by sticking to this detox diet you must gush away in your next post.

  28. Dana says:

    Yes!! So happy to hear that the initial blahs and aches have given way to joy, bliss, and yes– gushing! Looking forward to reading about week 2. 🙂

  29. Robin says:

    So glad to read this today! I’m starting the detox today (after a couple of days of practice — trying out some recipes). 🙂

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