That, my friends, is the entrance to the park where I finish my walk every day. It's right near our house, the pugs love it, and it's beautiful.
Well, the detox is over. I've learned a lot from the experience. I know a lot of people continue this lifestyle (at least the wheat/soy/dairy exclusion) after the detox; I don't think that's for me. I give them all the credit in the world. I thought about it, because I feel great. However, I love cooking, baking, food so I'll go back to bringing everything back into my diet, but in more of a moderation.
So what are the results of this experiment, you ask? I have a ton of energy, a lot more than before. I've lost 6.5 pounds which is fairly impressive for a week. I've learned I have willpower. I didn't cheat once during the past week. I've learned that moderation really means just that, moderation. I've learned to eat mindfully, and watch the effects of food on my diet. I've also learned that I do love food, all kinds of it, and the beautiful way it fits into our lives. I'm more appreciative of that now.
Today is day 1 post-detox. I continued with my green tea and smoothie in the AM. I like the liquid breakfast and think I'll keep with it. I have to say I was a little disturbed with myself because I was being neurotic about what I ate first that I had been excluding. I don't like being that obsessed over food, it's not healthy to me. Everything in moderation has always been, and will continue to be my motto.
We had a cookout to say goodbye to a huge member of our staff that has to sadly leave us tonight. I had one tortilla chip with salsa, and 2 bites of pesto pasta salad and a chocolate covered strawberry. My stomach is rumbling a bit, but that's the be expected. However, I feel good. Just a couple of bites was perfect... and flavors are stronger now.
It was a wonderful experience. It was amazing, and I feel great. It's unbelievable the impact food has on us that we never even realize. I'd like to do it again, maybe six months from now.
Now it's on to Week 2 of the Mind & Body Challenge. Next week's challenge is at least 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day and more whole-grains. I'm also going to start Couch to 5k (a running plan) to up my cardio a bit. I'm happy and motivated - it's all I can ask for.