VT Challenge: Weekend Detox
VTï¿½s very own Food Editor Mary Margaret Chappell stepped up to bat to try out the ï¿½Weekend Detoxï¿½ plan detailed by Lisa Turner in the May/June issue of Vegetarian Times (on newsstands now!). Hereï¿½s how it went!
Am I ready for this? Am I really ready for this? Right now, Iï¿½m feeling like a devout Catholic on Mardi Gras. I want to swig a Diet Coke in the sunshine, order pizza for dinner, go out drinking with a friendï¿½youï¿½d think I was getting ready for a two-month detox, not a two-day detox.
Okay. Time to look on the positive side. There are lots of things in the detox regimen that I actually love. Baths ï¿½ saunas ï¿½ massages ï¿½ they all sound pretty good. Bitter green salads? Always a fave. I even like lemon water. Maybe Iï¿½ll start tonight, come to think of it.
Saturday Morning, 10 am
So far, so good! Iï¿½ve ï¿½woken up with yogaï¿½ï¿½I didnï¿½t know the cat and cow poses before, but they definitely took the kinks out of my back when I got out of bed. The first cup of (hot) lemon water was fine, but itï¿½ll be interesting to see if I can keep up with the glass-an-hour thing. I already feel like Iï¿½m going to float away and itï¿½s not even noon.
I have to admit, Iï¿½ve made a few changes to the regimen. First, I went for a run. I love running in the morning, and it seemed silly to give up a healthy activity Iï¿½m trying to do almost every day just because it wasnï¿½t on the list.
I also mixed things up with breakfast. Because the idea of plain steamed vegetables didnï¿½t sound all that appealing to me, I decided to cook the veggies in my crisperï¿½some shredded carrots, a few leaves of Swiss Chard and some sliced mushroomsï¿½in some homemade vegetable broth (sodium-free) and eat them as a soup, sort of the way they have healing soups for breakfast in Asia.
And to be honestï¿½I am not going to ï¿½write and reflect.ï¿½ When youï¿½re a magazine editor, writing tends to equal work. It would totally negate the ï¿½restorative activityï¿½ (which, by the way, is going to be reading a highly recommended Young Adult novel, Skellig).
Now Iï¿½m off to dry brush my body (that sounds heavenlyï¿½Iï¿½m all sweaty and itchy after the run) and shower.
I am digging the dandelion salad (Click here for the recipe)! But then, I suppose I shouldï¿½I was the one who taste-tested it and adjusted the dressing flavors. I didnï¿½t mind eating it for lunch and dinner, though I have to say, I sure was ready for those collard greens and lentils. I made the mistake of turning a ï¿½gentle walkï¿½ into an ï¿½afternoon hikeï¿½ (2 hours) and I was hungry. It wasnï¿½t terribly practical to drink the lemon water on the hike, so I didnï¿½t. Took a bath and had a nap when I got back (both felt sooooo good) and now Iï¿½m ready for my ï¿½quiet evening.ï¿½ Havenï¿½t decided just what Iï¿½m going to do yet. Maybe just keep reading Skellig.
Sunday 12 pm
I was pretty pleased with the way Saturday morning went, so I just hit the repeat button, only with some asparagus thrown in my breakfast broth. Iï¿½m going to have to do without the artichoke for lunch though ï¿½ couldnï¿½t find one anywhere, and I doubt that the marinated artichokes in the fridge that are all salty, spicy, oily and delicious, are going to help my body detox. Think itï¿½s okay to top the salad with more asparagus?
The thing Iï¿½m most proud of this morning is that I actually sat down to meditate. It was only for 10 minutes, but I didnï¿½t peek at the clock once.
Itï¿½s pouring rain out, so Iï¿½m trying to figure out what to do in place of this afternoonï¿½s ï¿½gentle walk or hike.ï¿½
Once again, I modified the plan. I decided a hot bath with a book while listening to the rain was just my ticket to blissï¿½thereï¿½s something so wonderfully decadent about taking a bath in the afternoon!
The rain stopped after supper, so I took a 20-minute walk. (Hope that counts, even if itï¿½s not in the right order.)
Now, before I head up to bed, let me note here the new habits I want to continue. (Writing in a journal still feels like work and ï¿½ hey! Iï¿½m still on my detox weekend!).
1) Yoga posesï¿½possibly one of the best wake-up tips Iï¿½ve ever had. I love doing them.
2) Meditatingï¿½Iï¿½d really like to stick to doing at least a 10-minute meditation in the morning. Maybe Iï¿½ll even come up with a mantra one day!
3) Lemon water (but not chamomile tea). Lemon water got me to drink more water. Period. Chamomile tea, however ï¿½ both nights, the cups ended up half-full on the bedside table, just waiting to be poured out the next morning.
And finally ï¿½ how do I feel? Pretty good. Iï¿½m not tired, but I am a little hungry. (Iï¿½m looking forward to eating some cheese or maybe some tofu tomorrow.) I could see myself doing a detox weekend like thisï¿½I dunnoï¿½four times a year at the start of each season just to get my habits back on track.
ï¿½Mary Margaret Chappell, Food Editor