Sunday, August 28, 2011

Detox diet day 4-5

I was a little concerned about hitting this part of the detox diet but so far, so good tolerable.

On day 4, in addition to all the previously eliminated foods, we eliminated all remaining grains, which included the Flaxmilk and rice milk we were using in the fruit smoothies. We also eliminated nuts and seeds. This left us only eating fruits, veggies and legumes.

We increased the drink mix to two scoops of powder mixed into smoothies twice daily. The fruit smoothies could still include berries, bananas and other 100% fruit juices so the kids had fun "designing" their drinks. Bean actually learned to make his own and was quite enthusiastic about it.

I made a fresh peach sorbet for a treat on Day 4.

It was very simple and very good so I'll be making this again after this diet is over. I peeled and cut up a pile of fresh peaches...
...and put them in a blender. Then I added water, lemon juice and a little honey (we were allowed to use a little of this natural sweetener) that had been heated together. I poured the liquid in to the blender and processed until smooth.
The mix cooled for several hours in the refrigerator and then 15 minutes or so in the ice cream maker...

...and we had a delicious frozen treat! I added afew fresh peach slices to mine. Mmmm.

Days 5-7 of the diet are the hardest days and we're smack dab in them now. Day 5 was yesterday and the only allowed foods are cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts), raw greens (spinach, lettuce, endive) and apples and pears or apple or pear juice (organic with no sugar added). We increase the drink powder to 2 scoops 4 times daily mixed only with the allowed juices and ice in the blender. This was probably the hardest thing for the kids who were really enjoying their berry and banana loaded smoothies.

For supper I made roasted cauliflower with a little olive oil and garlic. Java ate 3 servings. Bean had one and said he was full.

Then I made baked apples that were very lightly sweetened with honey.

It's hard when the only fruits allowed are apples and pears but we can do this.

We toasted our success so far with some organic sparkling apple cider. The kids loved this!

Overall Java and Bean are doing very well with their desire to stick to the plan but we are definitely seeing some physical and behavioral reactions to the diet.

Bean has had some increased trouble with problem solving. He wasn't able to figure out how to put a large piece of poster board back in the slot in my office yesterday and he had a 2 year old style meltdown over it. He reported feeling hot yesterday, then cold, then anxious, then achy.

Java is doing well with the diet itself but she is very volatile. It reminded me of the difficulties we had earlier this summer when we added a new probiotic, only worse. I am exhausted by the end of the day just from trying to keep her as calm and regulated as possible. We had several incidents late in the day yesterday of throwing things, charging at people, overturning furniture, etc... and our neighbors have definitely heard a lot of screaming. It helps to remind myself that this is temporary and that we'll be on a better track again soon.

We were told that this is the time during the diet when the toxins from the undesirable organisms that are being eliminated are released and the most difficult symptoms can appear. This means that the diet is working so we'll focus on that.

*You might wonder what the rest of us are surviving on since we don't have the nutritious drink mix that Java and Bean are drinking. Venti spent several days at Latte's house and last night he had a cook out with friends at a local park. I had a lunch picnic for my work yesterday so I had a chance to eat something then and when I got home StarBUCK had a drive thru "errand" to run.

Now to conquer day 6....

1 comment:

  1. You guys don't buy protein powder?? It can actually be pretty good; I stick to soy, but there's also egg-based, among others.

    Though, the last time I went to Trader Joe's for some, they didn't seem to have anything but dairy-based... hopefully it isn't the same in your area!

    Best of luck on the rest of the diet; seriously, I'd just be fasting at that point. XD



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