Saturday, September 3, 2011

Detox days 5-7

The detox diet was especially hard during days 5-7. I didn't even have the energy to write about it until now.

We increased the powdered protein / low allergy "medical food" drinks to 4 times a day and limited foods to certain vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, spinach..) and apples or pears for fruit. That's it. Even the smoothies could only be made from organic 100% apple juice or pear juice, drink powder and ice. Java and Bean were just getting used to designing their own smoothies each time with berries, bananas and different fruit juices but they accepted the change for these days. I'm very proud of them.

Bean had a low grade fever and complained of feeling alternately hot and cold. He had some regressive and perseverative behaviors, too. He did better when we kept him engaged in something so it was an exhausting couple of days for us. Bean complained a few times about having so few options to eat but when I told him that he was in control and he could go and eat something else if he wanted to, he insisted on following the plan. He wanted to be able to tell the doctor that he did it. And he wanted the cash prize we had offered him!

Java had more aggressive, impulsive and highly reactive behaviors. She likes the foods that were allowed on these very limited days so she ate more than Bean but she struggled more with her behaviors. We are just now, days after the 10 day diet ended, seeing a decrease in the intensity. She was committed to the plan and was very proud of herself on day 7 when we congratulated them on getting through the most difficult part!


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