This Monday, along with a few other RS instructors (Elyse, Anni, Lindsay & Denva), I finished the 14 Day Whole Detox. As with any detox or cleanse, I definitely had my ups and downs, but overall, really enjoyed this program and am feeling 110% better than I did 2 weeks ago!
(Tom and I had some battles in the fridge. Kale vs. Beer)
As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been over indulging this summer, and was coming hot off a bachelorette party weekend in Austin when the detox kicked off. I felt great for the first 5 days- tons of energy, was sleeping better, and my skin cleared up. It was the motivation and push I needed to get back on track with eating well. Then Phase II began… this wasn’t as much fun.
The program is broken down into 3 phases: Phase I is the initial elimination when you cut out all processed foods and common allergens like dairy, added sugars, alcohol, gluten, corn and soy. Phase II is a “deeper cleansing” period where you cut out all animal protein and follow a vegan diet for 5 days. During Phase III, you slowly start adding back in dairy, gluten, caffeine to see how your system reacts.
I was nervous about the vegan phase to begin with. I followed a strict Paleo diet for 2 years, and still stick to it about 80% of the time, which means I hardly ever eat any grains or legumes. During the vegan phase, I was relying heavily on brown rice, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and tons of veggies. While these foods are still healthy and clean, my body does NOT respond well to large quantities of grains and legumes. I had zero energy, was sleeping 10-12 hours a night, was super bloated, my face broke out… there are more details that I’ll spare, but my body was not happy about the vegan portion. I ended up adding back in eggs and chicken after the third day, and I snapped back pretty quickly.
The 2 weeks flew by (minus the vegan portion, which felt like purgatory… sorry all vegan friends out there) and I learned a ton of new information about how to fuel your body in ways that work for you. I had never done an elimination diet like this, and it’s a great way to figure out what foods work best- and everyone is different. For me, it was a good reminder that my body functions best when I’m following a Paleo way of eating, while others may favor more of a vegetarian/vegan approach.
Besides getting tons of recipes, meal plans, shopping list, and general information about nutrition, my favorite part of the Whole Detox was doing it with friends and being accountable to a group of people going through the same things you’re going through. There was an active Facebook group from people all over the country participating in the detox (it’s a virtual program, so you don’t have to live in Boston), and I really felt like I was part of a team. Even though the detox has ended, we’ve all been sticking with it! It’s been a reminder that when you eat well, you feel good.
Team J+A have an upcoming program in August, and if you rally 2 of your friends to sign up with you, J+A will give all three of you 15% back once you register. Just send them an email (email@example.com) once all three of you have registered to notify them.
(Because being a vegan with friends is better than being a vegan without friends)
The program starts on August and you can register at www.wholedetox.co. Additionally – they are hosting a full day Urban Retreat in Boston (on September) and if you’re a program alum, you’re invited for free. If you have any questions about the detox or want to hear more about our experiences, grab me, Denva, Lindsay, Elyse or Anni in the studio!