The Novice Foodie

Just eating real foods, lifting heavy things and learning about it along the way

Cleanse Update

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It’s getting tough.

I am thoroughly sick of chicken and vegetable soup. I cannot even think about eating either of those things without feeling ill.

However, I have lost 6 pounds in just 5 days! Although, I am not convinced that it wasn’t entirely water weight. I am also not entirely convinced that this is working or that it is healthy. I’m not sure that completely eliminating dairy and carbs is a good thing. But, I do know that I am eating entirely guilt-free. I am learning to control my eating habits as well. I know now that I can make it through the day without having so many snacks. I think that after this cleanse is over (just 6 more days!) I will have a better perspective of what is too much. I have become incredibly conscious of what I am consuming, and have realized that I was eating entirely too much before. I am eager to have a less restrictive diet, and eat more variety maintaining this learned moderation.

I plan to meet with a nutritional counselor to get a reasonable diet plan that will (hopefully) keep the pounds from coming back.

In the past few days, I have had every combination of chicken and vegetable you can imagine. Around Wednesday, I realized that I can also have turkey. What a relief that was. I was starving, literally, for some variety.

I have yet to “feel good” as a result of my diet. I mostly feel hungry and weak. It is evident when I exercise. I cannot keep the same pace that I had been able to do before. In preparation for a 5K tomorrow, I splurged on the optional “good carbs” option and had some pinto beans and my required protein serving of this time grilled chicken from Chiptole (so much better than frozen, oven baked chicken. blech) Of course, I skipped the sour cream and cheese and corn. It instantly made me feel full and happy.

By the way, if you are thinking that detox = going to the bathroom constantly, this is not true for me. Another reason why I am skeptical of this cleanse, but not necessarily upset about.

But, I will not give up! I am determined to stick this out for another 6 days and hopefully cook some more recipes I haven’t tried yet. For example, Spaghetti Squash is on the list for once I get a crockpot, and I still haven’t made deviled eggs.

Till then, happy eating!

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Author: cpomiecko

I am an Ohio University graduate with a degree in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and informational graphics/ publication design from the Scripps School of Visual Communications. I am also passionate about fitness and nutrition.

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