May I have your attention please?
May I have your attention please?
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
We’re gonna have a problem here…
(Sorry for spamming you all with my desperate whining and crying from last night, though… one thing I really can’t stand is having my sleep interrupted rudely.)
Guys, today is the first day of the rest of my life. What a totally pointless assertion, I know, but all day, I’ve had feelings of being reborn. Courtesy of my lovely roomie, C, I present to you, the REAL JENNY.
You know, the Jenny that actually eats carbs, sugar, and cheese. Goodbye Splenda Jenny, hello all-around, super-bad-for-you, but-oh-so-delicious refined sugar Jenny!
Ooh, my head hurts already just thinking about it.
All right, so I’m exaggerating a little. This blog, after all, is a mostly healthy-living blog. I just let myself get a tad bit crazy today because you know, I can eat food now.
DISCLAIMER: Still no camera, but my parents are buying me a DSLR when I go home for Thanksgiving! Do you guys have any recommendations, such as Canon vs. Nikon?
Since our obnoxious neighbors threw that massive party last night, M and I were forced to stay awake until midnight and eat brownies. Yes, you read that clearly. Forced. And you know what? The brownies were absolutely amazing.
And at 5:30am, I got to have my first bowl of oatmeal in 2 MONTHS!!! Brown sugar, maple syrup, almonds, and frozen blueberries will never let you down.
I was a total zombie at work.
Obviously, managing martial arts tournaments is oh-so-strenuous.
Then, at 11am, C picked me up to get Cheeseboard pizza! Seriously, if you guys are ever in Berkeley, it is quintessential that you stop there. They make only one type of pie per day, and it’s always vegetarian, but all their ingredients are fresh, local, organic, and in-season, and it’s basically the best thin crust you’ll ever have.
Trust in the Yelp reviews, m’dears.
Today’s pizza: cremini mushroom, onion, goat cheese, mozzarella, garlic, and fresh herbs.
While I don’t have pictures of me stuffing my face from today, I’ll treat you to pictures from past Cheeseboard experiences:
Yes, this is definitely how the Cheeseboard experience plays out.
Happy faces every time. I swear it’s like Chuckie Cheese’s. Or McDonald’s. Which ever one has the “happy people” slogan.
And since Cheeseboard also has a legit cheese shop and bakery next door, I just HAD to buy a gigantic loaf of raisin and almond challah bread. I just had to.
Post-lunch nap, grocery shopping (in which I bought NORMAL THINGS! Like crackers! and cheese!), and then dinner for my wonderful roomie M’s birthday! We went to his favorite Indian restaurant, and I basically buried my face in some bhindi masala (sautéed okra with onions and tomatoes) and some roti/naan bread.
And when we went for frozen yogurt dessert, I did NOT hold back. (Pictures coming soon.) Red velvet cake, Ghirardelli chocolate, and Kona coffee with cookie dough and waffle cone bits? Yes please.
So how do I feel?
Truthfully, my tummy isn’t too pleased with me. My first day off the detox has been a bit of a wild one, and I wouldn’t normally stuff myself with this much indulgent food in one day. (Well, not usually, anyway!)
This detox has been one of the hardest projects I have ever undertaken. Not only was my willpower and determination constantly being tested, but so was my creativity and innovativeness.
I wasn’t allowed to eat many of the foods that I absolutely love, and having to come up with recipes that were flavorful, healthy, and dynamic was something that did get draining - particularly when I was dead tired and stressed out. Funnily, eating mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes wasn’t all that hard.
Sure, I had to be careful to avoid wheat and/or grain products, and you would be astounded to realize just how many products have added-sugar, but the hardest part was probably dealing with the other people.
I would get so many questions and comments, such as
- What is the point of your diet? Why are you doing this? Does it actually work?
- Ugh, you’re not doing it to lose weight, are you? That’s so silly.
- Seriously, are you still not eating normal foods?
While most of the comments were not meant to be harmful, I often felt like I was being judged harshly or negatively for my eating choices. My eating habits did interrupt a big part of my social life, since I couldn’t always indulge in restaurants or wild nights out, and breaking bread (hahaha pun intended) with others was always an inconvenience.
However, the point I want to firmly drive home is that I do not regret a single moment. While difficult, this detox remains one of the coolest things I’ve ever accomplished.
Where will you go from here?
Today aside, I hope to continue eating a diet based mostly on fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes, etc. I do think that your body needs a little bit of sugar and cheese, and definitely whole grains. Everything in moderation, of course!
The last few weeks, I’m not sure if it was due to my stress levels or not, but I definitely started feeling a drain on my energy levels. Maybe a detox like the one I did has diminishing marginal returns. The first few weeks, I felt fantastic, but as time wore on, my body probably couldn’t carry on as efficiently, and I started feeling sicker and less energetic.
Of course, I’m pulling these hypotheses out of my butt without any sort of scientific backing, so take everything I’m saying with a grain of salt.
Would I recommend the detox?
I say yes, but definitely be prepared, and maybe only limit it to about 4 weeks.
Now, even though it’s Saturday evening and there’s a party back home that the roomies are throwing for M, I have to study for my Stats midterm!
Don’t hesitate to hit me up with questions!