I posted this over at my Runner’s Notes blog, but figured my “audience” here (hello? hello? anyone out there??) may find this interesting, too. And, it will explain why I’m a rabid b@#$ with a raging headache and zero tolerance for anyone or anything for the first week or so of 2014.
One of the most surprising things I learned when I experimented with a paleo-like diet a year ago was how my cravings for carbohydrates and sweets completely went away after abstaining for them for a few weeks. I could sit in front of a plate of cookies or a basket of bread and have zero desire to eat them. I just didn’t want them anymore.
I was amazed at how long I stayed full when I ate meat and veggies (yep, with oil and butter). And… I didn’t have any trouble keeping weight off even when I reduced my mileage substantially.
I felt like I won the lottery. I could eat steak and broccoli with butter (and stay satiated for hours…no need or craving to snack), run half the miles I used to, and fit into the smallest size I’d worn since my 20s.
Then I got talked into a marathon (still not sure how that happened). The increased mileage (and the resulting cramps and fatigue) forced me to add some recovery carbs back into my diet. It started with “good carbs” like sweet potatoes, but soon veered off into the land of sweets, crackers, chocolate and diet soda again.
Sugar is a slippery slope, my friends. It’s insidious — it’s in nearly everything we eat. If not the real thing, then some form of it — honey, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, aspartame, sucrose, etc. (By the way, your body metabolizes bread/pasta and alcohol much like sugar).
So here I am at the end of the holiday season, having scarfed down more than my share of Christmas cookies, candies and hot drinks full of delish (but sugar-filled) creamers, and I feel like hell. I’ve gained 12 lbs. since my pre-marathon-training “eating clean” days and my runs suck. Whether that’s due to the extra weight or the “poison” I keep putting in my body, I don’t know. But, I know it’s over now.
Time to detox.
And you can join me — us, actually — a bunch of the Team Adrenaline gang are jumping on Doc’s Detox wagon and committing to give up sugar (in all forms), alcohol and caffeine for 6 weeks in an effort to “reset” our systems.
(Yeah…caffeine. I’m giving up my beloved 6+ cups a day. Consider yourself warned, my friends. It won’t be pretty.)
“Detoxes are not designed to be sustained over long periods of time. This particular detox is designed to eliminate cravings, increase energy, increase focus, and create an awareness of how your body reacts to certain chemicals.
This detox will not require you to purchase any pills, drinks, or gadgets. It doesn’t require you to deprive yourself of food or cause you to starve. This detox will cleanse your system from the holiday excesses. It will help your nervous system, digestive system, and immune system hit the Ctrl-Alt-Delete button as you start the new year.
Detoxes are not diets (see the recurring theme, here?). As a result, detoxes are not something you “dabble” in. Detoxes are all or nothing. Why? If you are trying to rid your body of certain chemicals, it means it has to be out of your system 100% to get the full desired effect. The degree of challenge is determined by your degree of dependency on the particular chemical you are detoxing.
The New Year Detox is not about weight loss. It’s about cleansing your body of the holiday excesses, eliminating chemical dependency, and improving the function of your nervous system. You will lose weight, but that’s not the purpose of this detox.
The New Year Detox starts January 1, 2014 and ends February 12, 2014.
You’ll be amazed at how wonderful you’ll feel come mid-February…and maybe you will have broken a few bad habits that you never need to pick up again (unless you get talked into a marathon or something).