You all know my favorite place to get my world news is from the Today Show. (My in-laws are totally baffled by this I think.) I just can’t say no to Matt, Nat, Savannah…and really, Willie too.
A couple of weeks ago (maybe even last week) they had Mark Hymen on talking about his new Feel like Crap detox. You know I’m not a fan of anything extreme….but once I started listening & watching, I realized this isn’t extreme. What he’s proposing is basically EAT REAL FOOD for 10 days. No grains, no sugar, no dairy, no beans, no processed foods, no refined vegetable oils, alcohol or caffeine.
Mark Hymen suggests you may want to do this if you have: fatigue, bloating, fluid retention, constipation, congestion, brain fog, eczema, bad skin, insomnia, depression, autoimmune disease, headaches, etc. Read more about it, if you think you might be a good candidate of this 10 day detox. It’s NOT meant to be a diet and it’s NOT meant for you to be left hungry or deprived. I don’t think you need to really buy the book if you want to do this because there’s so much info on the internet. (BUT, you may want to buy the food if you don’t eat mostly vegetables/fruits/unprocessed foods)From what I can tell, it’s basically like doing a whole 30 for 10 days.
Just real food. If it has a label, he says, don’t eat it. The thing is, is that even though I eat very well, (this week) I feel like crap. We had a pretty healthy Easter. I made those lasagna cups and we had an abundance of vegetables and salad. The thing is, I picked out a broccoli dish to make and I didn’t read it through. My uncle made it and it was DELICIOUS. So delicious I ate a bunch of it. It was raw broccoli…which basically means my stomach will be in knots for days. Add in the 16 handles (fro-yo) cake we had for my sister…and two days out from Easter my stomach = MESS Monday & Tuesday and is just recovering today. I
I had a small piece. There was no seconds…even though I totally could have had one. So between the raw broccoli, the fro-yo and all the cheese eaten, my stomach is not happy. I have been trying to be kind to my stomach and eating mostly cooked foods to make digestion easier. I feel better than yesterday, but I’m still off. I still can’t stomach to eat any raw foods, so I’m still having all cooked foods and laying off salads for a couple of days.
So what to do. This detox sounds very interesting to me. I don’t think it would be especially hard for me, but I’d have to cut the sugar I put in my iced coffee (among other things…like grains and cheese but I don’t eat too much of those things). I love dairy & I love grains…but I think this is worth a shot to see how I feel after. I’m sure that my stomach will feel better by Sunday, but I like a good challenge…and it’s only ten days.
(Also a little disclaimer that I do think grains like brown rice & oats ARE REAL FOOD, but just for these ten days, it’s avoidable.)
I also love that you can kind of reset during & after this. When it’s over I would start by adding in one of the groups every 2 or 3 days and see how your body reacts to it. If you experience any discomfort or symptoms from eating say dairy or gluten, then you may want to consider that you have a sensitivity to it.
Danny and I are pretty sure we’re going to start this on Sunday. My mom is already 2 days in on her second whole 30 and I’m thinking I can also get some friends to join in. If anyone is interested in some of the recipes I’ll be making, I’ll be sure to share. Feel free to email me if you want an idea for recipes beforehand. I already made a general outline of what we’ll be having.