I’m about to embark on my yearly wellness adventure, but first I’m off to see TC in Miami at the end of March, lol. She’s all about the decadence, not so much the healthy, but she does like to walk a mean mile, so that’s good.
It all started about four months ago. I was healing nicely from my summer surgery, my weight was at its lowest in 30 years, and then BAM… travel, sickness, more sickness, more travel, holidays, exhaustion, and I found myself creeping back into the unhealthy zone. My weight was inching up. My blood sugars were on the rise, and I just felt generally BLAH. During a business trip to Los Angeles earlier this month I gorged on In-N-Out Burger (Blue Eyes’ favorite nostalgic childhood food indulgence).
Then there were the lobster rolls by the pool, and a meal of ridiculously sweet donuts and super delicious fried chicken at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, downtown LA.
All that craziness actually caused me to be violently ill. I hate when that happens. One thing about me and diabetes… my body tells me loud and clear when I’ve crossed over the crap food line. I don’t normally eat like this. I’m not sure what was up with me. I’m going to blame it on menopause.
Upon our return home, I decided I needed a 10-day sugar detox to kickstart my body back to health. I opted for Dr. Hyman’s program for the 10 days. I stocked up on high quality lean proteins, lots of good fats (EVOO, avocados, nuts) and healthy seeds (flax, chia, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower), and a freakin’ boat load of good, fresh non-starchy veggies like spinach, kale, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cucumbers…
Every morning started with a smoothie made from berries, almond butter, avocado, nuts, seeds, greens, and almond milk.
Each Monday I cranked up the Instant Pot and made some healthy chicken bone broth soup for lunches, to go along with our fresh salads.
Dinners included Turkey Meatballs over braised purple cabbage (no photo, but delicious. We repeat our favorite recipes every week). Coconut Curry over vegetables topped with fresh cod, cilantro & cashews;
Bok Choy salad with crunchy veggies, pickled radishes, shredded chicken, and Asian miso dressing + more of Dr. Hyman’s recipes.
This isn’t an ad, lol. I like his program and his simple recipes. There was also the Valentines dinner of cast iron skillet seared filet mignon (thanks to the masterful cooking of The Peacemaker), sautéed mushrooms, and a huge Super Greens salad with strawberries, pine nuts, cucumber & balsamic vinaigrette.
Today I made a bibimbap with cauliflower rice, locally grown, grass-fed beef, bok choy, zucchini, spinach, and gochujang sauce.
I’m loosely following Dr. Hyman’s recommendations, for now, very few carbs (mostly lots of non-starchy veg), very little dairy (actually I’ve had zero dairy for two weeks), minimal beans & legumes (I haven’t added these back in yet, but soon), low fat sustainable meat & egg choices, and healthy (for me) fats. I know from experience that things like bacon, butter, too much coconut oil, high fat meats in general, raise my triglycerides. That’s a bad thing. It’s important we know our own bodies. When “they” say consult your doctor, they mean it.
I had intended to start back up my serious exercise regimen as well, but a strained ankle and horrible weather have kept me house bound. Even without much exercise, mainly just dog walks between snow flurries, I lost 5+ pounds on the detox and my blood sugars started normalizing by the second day. I don’t weigh myself often, but I feel good. No more excuses though, today is the day to stop procrastinating on exercise. Tomorrow morning: Zumba
Thirty days and counting and I’m off to Florida to commence my month+ of “me” time. Last year I took nearly three months. No return flight scheduled. I like to keep things open ended. I have this dream of wearing a modest two piece swimsuit on the beaches of Tahiti for mine and Blue Eyes’ 30th Wedding Anniversary this summer. I haven’t worn a two-piece since I was in college. Wish me luck!