Saturday FAQ: Calories, Detox, and Giving Up

Saturday, June 8, 2013

This was not a great day. A couple times I waited too long to eat today and I got sick and/or irritated. I call the hunger-induced irritation being hangry. And boy, I was hangry a couple times! I was half being lazy and half trying to work. Plus, I'm totally behind on sleep, but that was worth it last night. Now I'm just dragging and making poor decisions. I started out strong for being so tired, and it just went downhill once I let myself get that hungry without doing much about it. I didn't drink enough water so I'm feeling very exhausted and worn out. But dinner was incredible. My husband is so talented in the kitchen! I'm a very lucky girl. But I'm going to take this day and make it a learning experience. I'll get to bed early tonight, drink lots of water in the morning, and eat more fruit tomorrow. I think I'll make some juice while I'm at it, too. I'll also get in a really great walk and more editing tomorrow. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Breakfast:
  • 5 bananas = 500 calories
Snack:
  • Most of an apple = 50 calories
  • Handful of cashews = 150 calories

Lunch:
  • Zucchini noodles and raw marinara = 100 calories


Snack:
Dinner:
  • Spaghetti squash and eggplant with homemade marinara and goat cheese = ??


Calories: Probably not enough. Boo :o(
Colors: Yellow, green, red, purple
Water: Again, not enough. Didn't keep track though.
Exercise: I'm so sore from yesterday.
Sunshine: 15 minutes maybe.
Sleep: 5 hours. Booooo.

Sat FAQ
 
  1. Will I go through a detox stage when switching to this diet?
    Great question. If you make it a gradual change, you may not notice the bad detox symptoms. If you wake up one morning and decide you want to switch from all the fast foods and processed foods you've been eating and only eat fruits and vegetables, then yes, you'll more than likely go through a detox that may not be pleasant. I did this for the most part, and I had two pretty awful days: vomiting, headaches, moodiness, lethargy. However, those might not have been detox symptoms, per se. You may be dehydrated, eating too much fat, etc. If you try to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet right now and slowly remove all the junk, you should be fine. But everyone is different.
  2. But what if I can't give up [insert food here]?
    No one is perfect, so don't forget that. Even those who consider themselves completely raw vegans eat cooked food every once in a while. So if you're fearing not being able to give something up, just relax! The more you stress about it, the worse it is, right? My advice is always to try a juice fast if you think you can do it. Even 2-3 days will be enough to help curb those cravings. It worked for me after a 5-day juice fast, and I've hardly looked back. And if you just can't give it up, try making your own version with healthier ingredients. At least this way you know it's not processed and bad for you, right? (Then please share the recipe!!)
  3. How many calories should I eat on this diet?
    We shouldn't focus on calories unless we're counting to make sure we've eaten enough. That sounds like a foreign concept, but a calorie, as we know it, isn't what we think it is. Here's a great article explaining the whole concept if you're interested. Either way, when you're eating for nutrition, we should be satisfying our bodies. Eat to live, so to speak. So eat when you're hungry and eat until you're full - no more, no less. Check out Freelee's YouTube channel for more information on calories and quantity. She recommends 2500-3000 a day (and getting active, but still).
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