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Whole Living Action Plan 2012 – Day 1

fruits and vegetables

My birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year – it was also the same day I ran a 10K. In preparation for the 10K I was running 5 days a week and eating well. I finished the race but afterwards it went all down hill. I filled my belly Thanksgiving Day all through the holidays. It wouldn’t have been so bad but I developed hip bursitis from all the running so for the month of December I was in physical therapy instead of running 3 miles a day :(

The physical therapy really helped and when the new year started I knew I wanted to get back to eating healthy and free myself from all of the tasty but not-so-good stuff I had been eating. I came across the 2012 Action Plan in Whole Living Magazine – a cleanse that actually seemed doable. I’ve seen so many “cleanses” that are just juice, or just water+cayenne+lemon, etc and none of them sounded appealing. The Whole Living Action Plan consists of 3 weeks:
Week 1 – Eat only fruits, vegetables, nuts and plant-based fats
Week 2 – Add beans and fish
Week 3 – Add gluten-free whole grains.
All 3 weeks – NO caffeine, processed food or beverages, added sugar, alcohol, gluten or dairy

When I read this I wanted to do it. After 2 weeks of mental preparation I decided to give it a go. I knew what my three weak spots would be: coffee, chocolate and bread/pasta. I knew I could go without them but I dreaded the caffeine-withdrawal headaches. I put my fears aside, bought a juicer, made a grocery shopping list in excel and hit up the local Farmer’s Market and Whole Foods.

‘m going to be documenting my plan daily here – please bear with me as I know I will get cranky at some point. Hopefully not enough to scare you off :) Let me know if you’ve done the plan or are inspired to do so – would love to commiserate with you!

1. Detox my body
2. “Reset” my body – re-learn hunger cues, when I’m full, why I’m eating
3. Get back into the habit of healthy eating – when this is done I’d like to eat similar to this for breakfast and lunch during the week and weekends I can eat whatever I want.

START WEIGHT: 102 (height 4’11)

What I Ate:
Breakfast: Grapefruit, Carrot & Ginger Juice
Mid-AM Snack: 1/2 Banana and a small apple
Lunch: Kale, Carrot & Cabbage Slaw
Mid-Afternoon Snack: Almonds & Herbal Tea
Dinner: Roasted Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Soup
After-Dinner Snack: Cashews
Drank: Water with Lemon with meals and throughout the day

Ran 2 miles

How I felt:
I felt ok for most of the day but around dinner time I developed a debilitating head ache. It was the worst headache of my life and it felt like my brain was in labor. I was in bed at 8:30 and couldn’t get any comfort from the pain and couldn’t fall asleep. I caved and took 2 Tylenol because I couldn’t take the pain anymore. Not quite detoxing but I couldn’t function.

On a positive note, in only 1 day I realized that so much of what I eat is out of boredom or out of mental hunger or cravings as opposed to actual physical hunger. For example, after my big salad for lunch my stomach was full but I wanted MORE. I didn’t keep eating but I realized that I wanted more not because I needed more but because I mentally didn’t feel satisfied. I think it’s an important lesson and I’ll keep trying to distinguish between my physical and mental cues.

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2 Responses to “Whole Living Action Plan 2012 – Day 1”

  1. meli mel says:

    i totally respect anyone who starts a cleanse.. i have always wanted to try but never had the guts to actually start one.. after reading your blog i think i will be trying my cleanse starting february..

    i heard the headache thing was a usual thing for people who get on a cleanse because your body is so used to eating the usual stuff.

    congratulations and GOODLUCK!!!

  2. Gabriella GDK says:

    Hi Meli Mel,
    Thanks so much! I hear they are great so I’m trying to push on through but I’m not going to lie, it’s not fun :(


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