I was off to a rough start for day 1. Last night I started feeling the onset of sniffles and a sore throat, so I drank some Emergen-C and went to bed around 9:30. Around 1:30, I woke up with a much worse sore throat than I went to bed with, and I was up pretty much all night trying to sooth it. Finally, at 4:45, I went to Walgreens to get some throat numbing spray and some cough drops. It was about 5:30 when I fell asleep, and I woke up at around 8:30. It was a long night!
I’ve decided to still stick with the detox as planned, except for the medicine, which I’m sure is in violation somehow. If it were just aches and a stuffy nose, I could probably go without the medicine, but sore throat is one symptom that I’m not willing to suffer through.
When I finally rolled out of bed, I started the day as planned with a mug of hot water and lemon juice. Drinking this 30 minutes before eating is supposed to work wonders for digestion, and it also felt really good on my throat.
Breakfast was ridiculously good.
Banana oatmeal topped with more banana, raisins, slivered almonds, and coconut.
How to make banana oatmeal (in the style of katheats.com)
For two servings:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 banana, thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp double strength vanilla
- loads of cinnamon (I used Ceylon today)
Throw everything together in a saucepan (I don’t bother to let the milk and water boil), and simmer until the desired consistency is reached. This does produce kind of liquidy oats, which I really like. If you like thicker oats, cut back on the water a little.
Early afternoon snack attack:
I spent most of the afternoon reading, and drinking lots of water and tea. Exercise plans were abandoned, and I think that’s for the best. I did get about 1.5 miles of walking in, but nothing serious.
Lunch was a lovely, huge salad, which I didn’t eat until almost 4.
It’s important to see the bowl.
Romaine, carrots, celery, tomatoes, pears, and walnuts sprinkled with herbs and chia seeds, and drizzled with tahini (post photograph). I also ate some unseasoned wild rice.
I made some detox tea around 4, which I sipped as I continued to read.
A message from my teabag:
That’s what I’m striving for.
I also ate an orange in the early evening, which I did not photograph.
Dinner plans include low-sodium curried chickpeas with spinach and green beans, once again from The Indian Slow Cooker (though the green beans and spinach are my own additions).
Considering the circumstances, I think today went really well. It was a little hard not having all of my go-to comfort foods available while I’m not feeling well, but I got over it pretty easily. It’s probably just because my appetite was reduced today, but I haven’t experienced any particularly intense cravings. My sweet tooth was nothing an orange couldn’t fix.
That’s all from me today.
Have you ever tried a detox?