Day 7 – Coffee Detox and Cleanse

CI can hardly believe a week has passed since I decided to make a drastic change in my life. Finally, I’m reaching the goals I’ve always wanted to reach by just saying “Yes” to my desire to be healthier and to help other reach their desires to be healthier.

Today, Day 7, I finally, finally, have relief in this coffee detox experience. My body is “sore” as if I’ve been on a long climb that used every muscle. But for the internal pain, it’s essentially gone. I guess it was so bad that this relief is something that I am just thrilled to experience now.

I still realize that I’m a bit dehydrated. I always thought I was drinking a lot of water, but now I realize that the caffeine masked a lot of dehydration in the body. That certainly had a lot to do with the cramps. Also, I’m going to look for a high quality vitamin mineral supplement. Magnesium, calcium and zinc are three essential minerals that are depleted with high level caffeine intake.

As for the Raw Foods Cleanse, I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed going through that process too. I don’t think I’ll go completely raw in my life but I’m definitely adding more raw foods to my diet on a regular basis. I’ve learned that it’s possible to exist with uncooked foods and feel satisfied. I missed hot foods. I know that foods can be heated to around 140 degrees without destroying their enzymes and all. But I really enjoy really hot foods; probably from my Peace Corps years in Africa where hot foods were all I knew.

Either way, my intention is to stay more vegetarian in my diet. I don’t think this is best for everyone.

In fact, I have a client at this time that is studying to be a Personal Trainer and he is very interested in a high protein, meat based diet. Every body requires a different diet. That’s the point of working with a professionally trained nutrition and health counselor. I certainly would love to be your health counselor and will continue to let you in my adventure this year as I become healthier.

Day 6 Coffee Detox – Evening

Since it’s July 3rd, my husband and I went to one of our favorite restaurants for lunch this afternoon. I choose to break the cleanse and ordered a roasted vegetable sandwich on Fortini bread with sweet potato fries. Probably should have ordered a simple salad but the food was getting boring to me with just veggies and fruits and nothing else. I miss various tastes. Still I realize that the best health comes with no fried foods and sweet potato fries are not the best to have. The common idea at this time is that sweet potato fries are healthier than regular fries, but oil is oil.

Before leaving I tried to find a raw food or vegetarian reswtaurant in the area. Being along the coast I was surprised to not find a lot of choices. Guess I never looked before. It was surprising to me that the choices weren’t much more than deli’s, Thai restaurants or other sandwich shops with vegeatable sandwich choices. It made me wonder how people that eat raw or strictly vegan or vegetarian ennjoy a family meal out in th earea? Do they have to bring their own foods?

The coffee temptation wasn’t too much fortunately. I usually get coffee at this restaurant for lunch. After my week of detoxing from coffee, there was no temptation. I skipped it without a second thought and stuck with water.

Fortunately, the fries were shared so I didn’t eat all of them. I also removed about 90% of the bread from the sandwich, eating it with a fork. I just wanted to get the fresh basil sauce from the bread which was actually quite delicious. The sandwich was simple; portabello mushroom, tomato, pesto sauce, roasted on the bread. It was good.

We usually go for a long walk along the shoreline after eating but neither of us was feeling up to it today so we just drove along the shore and came home. Something about the ocean is always refreshing and stress relieving. My legs are sore this evening but I’m praying the cramping is gone. It really hits when I try to rest so I’ll find out in a little while. So far today has been much better. I’m having hope.

It’s been a good day. I think the worse is over – I’ll let you know.

Day 6 Coffee Detox

Woke up this morning feeling a bit better. Some cramping was still there. The chills came and went yesterday by the way which I forgot to mention. Right now at 11:00 a.m. on day 6, my legs are still sore but feeling better. Mentally and emotionally, I need some relief from the pain.

I’m going to drink water like crazy today. I cleaned the water filter yesterday. I had put lemon in the tank but found they get rather funky. So don’t take that step, just add lemon to the glass of water instead.

Today is also day 6 of my raw food cleanse. That’s going pretty well. I have to admit that I cheated a bit on that. I started putting some raw cashews in my veggie salad about two days ago which set up eating the raw cashews. I guess I’m just really feeling hungry at times. Last night for dinner I fixed a piece of salmon for my husband and had a small piece in my veggie salad. Adding that small piece of protein probably wasn’t too bad.

Overall I’m really pleased with the cleanse and detox. I feel much lighter in one week and it’s obvious that some weight is coming off. That is a great reward for this “jump-start” program. No doubt I’ll keep going on that. I doubt that I’ll go back to coffee after this, even for a small amount. It just doesn’t seem worth it right now; I’ll see how I feel afterwards.

Getting through today will be the problem. It’s the 4th of July holiday weekend so I expect my husband will want to go do something. I’m usually the one talking about getting bar-b-que ribs. I can’t see doing that after a week of raw foods without tearing up my stomach. But I might fall for a bit of fish.

Everything on the coast will be fish and chips I know. We leave by the Pacfific Ocean where the smaller towns always have some type of festival or something on holidays. It’s really a fun thing to enjoy.

I still need to get my green smoothie for the day. That’s a part of this adventure that’s going very well and I’ll start letting you know about that soon.

Day 4 – Caffeine Detox

Four days into this and I’m still feeling the detox. As a result of this, I’ve learned that caffeine can affect your levels of calcium in the body which can be serious in women at an older age. According to a Personal Trainer who is just starting to work with me to help me through this, large amounts of caffeine can affect glucose levels in the body. That means metabolizing fat is not normal in a body that is filled with this drug.

I’ve let you know that I love drinking coffee. It’s a social event as well as a good tasting beverage for me. But I’ve turned into something else. I’ve allowed it to take over my life and my body.

On this fourth day, my legs are still cramping. I’m doing stretches and getting ready to do a few minutes on my Elliptical machine this afternoon. Keeping up with my workouts seem to help although I couldn’t do it yesterday. I took a short nap today and that helped. I’m on my second green smoothie since they are so delicious. I know that keeping my body full of fresh vitamins and minerals will be the biggest help with this.

As you know I’m also doing a one week raw foods cleanse. Yesterday was difficult for that. I wanted to start eating everything in the refrigerator. I did fall a bit in that I act some raw cashews instead of sticking strictly with fruits and veggies. But I don’t think that’s going to hurt. I am looking forward to getting back on more food however.

I’ve fasted for up to five days before on just water so this is not a fast at all. Instead, it’s a cleanse. If you need to get your body moving (can I be more direct and say, your bowels), this is a great way to do that in a gentle and natural way. If you don’t have the detox going at the same time, you will love how you feel as your body starts rejuvenating itself.

Cut Fat By Cutting the Fat

Fat is an essential part of the diet that provides your body with energy for daily activity and helps supply vitamins a,d, and e. But too much fat makes you fat. Reducing fat also helps reduce cholesterol and improves heart health which is my goal from now on. You probably heard that reducing fat in your diet will help reduce fat on your body. Here’s some ideas on how to make that happen.

There are three kinds of fat = monounsaturated polyunsaturated and saturated. Unsaturated fats are found in nuts, seeds, vegetable oil products and similar products. Saturated fat is particularly bad for you and contributes to heart disease. Saturated fats are found in many meat and dairy products and these are the artery clogging fats. Eat these in moderation. By the way, certain vegetable oils contain lots of saturated fats so choose carefully and check labeling.

Moderation is more important than elimination when it comes to reducing fat for weight loss. Here’s some tips for reducing fat

* Use nonfat salad dressing and herbs for your salad, fat can sneak up on you in condiments and relishes

* instead of frying food in butter or oil try using broth, tomato juice, or even wine cooking this way also adds a great deal of flavor

* bake, don’t fry

* use egg whites instead of whole eggs in your cooking

* avoid fast food or drive thru food

Taking simple steps to reduce your fats will pay off over the long run. You’ll not only look better as the pounds come off, you’ll feel better and have more energy too.