Everybody poops, but not everyone likes to talk about it. You? Well I for one enjoy a good toilet talk (and potty mouth). Bodily functions are a real-time window into our bodies and our health so utterly fascinating to me. I’m not going to go poking around in the bowl, but I do pay attention to what’s in it. And ever since my elimination diet, maintaining crazy-good regularity has become a bit of a hobby. There. I said it. I’m obsessed with pooping. Now, thanks to celebrity nutritionist and author Kimberly Snyder, we have an infographic to consult on the matter. Without further ado, here’s the scoop on your poop:
Five pounds, to be exact. Although weight loss was not the reason for my kale and quinoa season—I’ll take it. In fact, I’ve decided to continue my detox for another month to make sure all of these good habits stick. With a few minor exceptions. Like, I’m allowing myself a piece of dark chocolate every day (c-c-c-crazy!), a couple cups of caffeinated coffee each week, and red wine when I really, really need it (but only on weekends). Just enough liberation to keep me sane but not so much that I spiral out of control. Let’s get this party started, yo.
And on the third week, she fell of the wagon with three glasses of Pinot, seventeen potato chips and four salted caramels. I consumed them with my detox support group so it doesn’t really count, right? Seriously though. My indescrections paled in comparison to the pan of lasagna I fantasize about. And they tasted all the more sweeter because it was a special treat. Like a vacation after the worst week ever. I felt guilty, but not terribly. Then it was back to business with a day of juicing and nuts and seeds. It’s so much easier now that Suja raw organic juices are available at Whole Foods (looks like the locations haven’t been updated). Juicing at home will always be freshest, but it’s also incredibly messy and time-consuming. These are cold-pressed beauties are perfect in a pinch or if you are serious about doing a 3 or 5 day cleanse. I like every flavor but Glow is, unsurprisingly, my favorite.
I survived week one of my month-long elimination diet and am midway through week two. No more headaches, hunger pains or edginess. I still get hankerings for a big cup of coffee some mornings, but the green tea gets the job done. The key to sticking with the program has been keeping the pantry and fridge stocked with plenty of the right foods and finding ways to transform them into satisfying meals. I’ve had THE BEST time getting back into the kitchen, exploring new ingredients and trying all the recipes I’ve been pinning and saving for a rainy day. The surprise hit has been this Protein Packed Energy Breakfast mix from one of my favorite new blogs, Pure Mamas. It’s grain-free, gluten-free and packed with Omega 3s.
It also looks like bird seed.
That’s the chia seeds (of the chia pet variety), hemp seeds, and buckwheat groats, which lend a nice, nutty crunch. I’ve been loathe to succumb to the chia trend because everything they touch becomes gelatinous, but this combo keeps the cereal pleasantly porridge-like. I make mine with soy milk for a hit of extra protein and top with dried or fresh fruit. I’ve also experimented with warming on the stovetop and loved it all the more, especially on a chilly morning. Whip up a big batch and store in a Mason jar and you’ll never look at Malt-o-Meal the same way again! Here’s the recipe.
p.s. For more about the benefits of chia seeds, check out this New York Times article.
Friends, it’s time. The past year has been a whirlwind of change, work, stress, no sleep and way too much eating and drinking for all the wrong reasons. I’ve been eating on the run, reaching for too many carbs, skipping too many workouts. And I’ve sort of had it with myself. I deserve better. My body and spirit deserve better. And there is really no excuse. Good health is hard work but the benefits are endless. So for the month of January, I’m eliminating all of the food groups with the potential to wreak havoc on my organs, stress my system, drain my energy and dull my skin. Coincidentally, these are the same foods that I tend to over indulge. Hmmm . . . Here’s what’s off the menu for the next 30 days:
Gluten and Wheat
Unrefined carbs (bread, pasta, rice)
Sugar (with the exception of fruit)
I hesitate to use the word “diet” because I’m eating plenty: veggies, fruit, nuts, chicken and fish, beans and legumes, whole and sprouted grains, and soy milk and tofu. (Fit Sugar just ran an awesome roundup of 10 foods to help you detox). A few more days and I know the cravings will subside, my headache will dissipate and I’ll get the clarity that comes with sitting with your feelings instead of eating or drinking them. After 30 days I plan to reintroduce each food type in stages, to assess my body’s response and identify sensitivities. For more information about proper detoxing and potential benefits, ExperienceLife.com is one of the more well-rounded resources.
Has anyone else done an elimination diet or major detox? Do tell. I’ll keep y’all posted on mine!
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.