My Detox Story
I always had an easygoing relationship with food. I never had to think about it. Did I eat processed food? A lot. Did I survive university years eating only pasta? Mostly, yes. Then one day I decided it was time to quit smoking, start eating healthier and take care of myself a bit better.
It didn’t work out for a few years, although I quit smoking relatively easy. Everything changed after I had my son. I suddenly noticed that my body was changing and my metabolism was slowing down. I tried to ignore it because I was never a diet person or a healthy food aficionado.
I ignored it for more than two years and then I decided it was time to do something about it. But I didn’t know what. I’m talking 8 years ago now so there wasn’t so much information out there. I could go to a dietician or a nutritionist as a last resort but I wanted to try first on my own.
All this time and ever since I was young I had a very good relationship with training and exercise. Some years more than others but exercising was part of my life forever. So I thought it was best to increase my training hours, and add some variety to my routine exercises and classes. But not much changed.
Anyway some weeks later, after I decided that I had to take action and pay attention to what I eat. A colleague at work mentioned she was starting a detox diet for three weeks. A healthy eating detox staying away from carbohydrates, including processed sugar and most fruits high in fructose. I joined her.
My first ever diet attempt. I was decisive to make it work and so I did. I stayed off every carb for three whole weeks. The first three days were kind of difficult because it seemed I could eat nothing but vegetables and a bit of dairy.
But then I started feeling amazing. I was constantly in a great mood, I was feeling light, no brain fog, full of self-confidence. And tons of energy.
When I started reintroducing sugars and carbs to my diet, my energy went down. It was such a difficult point in my life because I’d refuse to make what seemed like diet promises for life.
I was constantly in a great mood, I was feeling light, no brain fog, full of self-confidence. And tons of energy.
A couple of months on, I decided to go back and stay off carbs for a week. A week is better than nothing so that seemed like an easy thing to do. And I still promised myself that I won’t end up like that person who never eats sugar or a delicious bowl of pasta just because.
This second time it was so much easier. Now I knew what my body was telling me, I knew vegetables and whole foods made me a better person, I knew I didn’t have to commit to lifelong promises. It was such a relief. The only thing I needed to do was be conscious and jump on my diet train a few times a year.
My cravings disappeared because even when I wasn’t on my “healthy days” I was craving the good stuff more than a processed cookie. And it happened gradually without even me realising it. I never put any pressure on me after that second time I did this diet detox (yes, I call it a detox).
The answer was to go with the flow as much as possible. Now, whenever I feel I’m overdoing it (it’s something I feel both physically and mentally so it’s not about the looks or my weight) I go back to my diet. And it’s becoming such an integral part of who I am that I don’t need to even think about it.
That’s the next thing after being conscious, becoming mindful.
From someone who was eating chocolate and creamy croissants first thing in the morning, you can do it.
Just remember that it’s not about the looks, it’s not about your weight, it’s about how you feel. Pay attention to how you feel and you’ll know when and how to take a break and take care of yourself a bit better.
And don’t make life promises, just go and eat with the flow.