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126 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:22 am

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So cool - love the stories! Yep, still going strong. This is day 14! Everyone at work has been staring at me....they say my skin is glowing. And today I wore a skirt for the first time in months! See what happens when you feel better about yourself? Only 1 more week to go, and I know that I can make it through!

That was one of the reasons I'm interested in that book I posted - preparing myself to eat healthier when I'm done! I'll probably stick to no (or very little) dairy, mostly chicken and fish, lots of fruits and veggies, no wheat or sugar. That's my plan anyway! And Laurie, as you say, you do need fat, but I'm supposed to use flax and hemp oil, and some olive oil to get it. My nutritionist also says to cook with butter (dairy, I know) or clarified butter as oils don't handle heat well and should be put on food after they are cooked.

I should have taken some before and after pics! :mrgreen:

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127 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:54 am

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Di- do you have any fairly recent pictures? The before and afters are great incentives to keep going. (As are fitting into smaller clothes along the way). I didn't tell anyone I was losing weight, so I had to laugh when people suddenly started raving about my hair (same hair for 2 years lol).


Olive oil is not good for high heat frying, but can tolerate lower heat. You're right that adding a bit after is healthier.


I bought a George Foreman Grill that I used almost exclusively to cook chicken and fish (my main stays). No need to add any type of fat to cook in, drains off excess fat, does a really nice job and very fast since it's a two sided grill. Best investment I've ever made.


By the way, how was the colonic experience? Was it really unpleasant or not so bad?

128 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:02 am

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Cesars are a mostly Canadian thing, but I worked a short stint on a cruise ship and I believe we could either find clamato in Cozumel or Nassau... So I could have a cesar about once a week. Its out there! I did however, come to really enjoy bloody mary's!
I'm interested in the colonic as well... Can be any worse than the colonoscopy I have in July (except I'll be sedated for the colonoscopy!)

129 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:29 am

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I love the George Forman! We use it all winter, and BBQ in the summer. One of my co-workers was talking about cooking fish and veggies in parchment paper...something I'm going to try!

No recent pics - maybe I'll take one this weekend.

The colonic wasn't as bad as I thought - and I do feel lighter afterward! I was pretty relaxed, and she said I was great for a first timer (those kinds of things don't bug me - I did acupuncture too and didn't fuss). There's some pressure on your bowels and stomach as you do it, but just a little uncomfortable - like you need a BM. But I noticed I'm walking faster this morning, running up the stairs - so it definitely did have an impact on how I feel! I'm going back next Thursday for another one, so couldn't have been that bad! gottago (Ok, just wondered when I could use that smiley, and finally found a use!)

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130 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:50 pm

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Interesting discussion. Those bouts of trouble when eating things you aren't used to are actually pretty natural. Sometimes it really means your digestive enzymes are depleted from lack of use. So if you suddenly eat fat or protein or veggies when you are not used to them, your stomach doesn't have the enzymes it needs any more so you get upset tummy. You have to replenish them through a supplement sometimes to get them again (just like you do after taking some antibiotics sometimes). Some people are actually born without some enzymes they need. Sometimes people think it means the food isn't healthy or right when really that isn't the case at all but it's all in the enzymes. Same with being able to eat the crap they add to our foods. Like coping with things like edible petroleum products and some grains. They aren't the foods that are good for us or even food at all in some cases but we developed the enzymes to cope if only enough to pass the stuff through. Think of how people 'get used' to certain foods after a few days. It's those enzymes kicking in naturally to cope.

I went through this with one doctor who pointed out that depending on your heritage you may have to take diestive enzymes. For instance I have a hard time if I eat a lot of salad or veggies at once so I have an enzyme I can take. My heritage is more northern European and even after a few generations of being here, apparently I am still not really good with lots of veggies without help.

Same when dogs go raw. Some need a bit of time to get their digestive enzymes working again which is why they may have the trots for a few days with the switch or need to be fed a supplement to get them working again.

There is also the Mediteranean way of eating which really shows you how your digestion can work. Suzanne Somers books go into it and it's about only eating things together that digest at the same speed. So you don't ever eat grains or starches with proteins and fats. You can eat veggies with either. You always eat fruit alone and only within a certain time period between eating the other things. You never eat things that are naturally a mix of fat/starch like peanuts. It's really interesting to eat that way because you never have gas/farts (since that is caused by things fermenting in the stomach while waiting for the longer digesting foods to be ready to go). When things are going through at the same speed our body just is really efficient and no side effects at all. There is also better cholesterol readings (because the fats are going through without the sugars that stick them to our artery walls) and hence the Mediteranean diet gets points for fewer heart and related conditions.

I've even noticed this with Eb since she rarely eats grains. If she gets them any time near when she's had her normal raw food the farts start. If she eats them on an empty tummy, no farting. I appreciate that no farting a lot. She's actually pretty funny because she is so used to not farting that when she does, if any sound comes with it she is jumping up and looking behind her to see what is going on. She doesn't seem to realize that it as her body making that noise and always looks a little spooked trying to figure out what just snuck up behind her and made a noise at her.

131 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:03 pm

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I've read a book about the Suzanne Somers plan, but it was written by doctors - called "Fit for Life". It was amazingly easy to follow because you could eat everything, just not all at once. Good read and made alot of sense!

132 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:00 pm

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Yes there are few books out using the same Mediteranean way of eating. There is a reason those folks (in that area of the world) are doing better and goes beyond the wine we always hear about. The books vary a bit in how strict they get with some foods (like Somers and her feeling about things like nuts) but it's interesting stuff especially for people who have digestive issues..

133 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:03 pm

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Well had my appointment with Specialist I am going to have to go back on antibiotics/ fungal/ parasite drugs called IODOQUINOL for 20 days to kill the Blasto hominis parasite that is in my intestine and colon.

The fibriods he said are not large enough to treat he wants another ultrasound done in a year for that and hopefully my break through cycles that happen every three months stop.



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134 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:35 pm

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Quinolones are some of the nastiest meds out there, I really pity you having to take them, but yeah, some bugs only respond to a long course of them. We've had to give it to little kids for longer than that for some of the amoebas they get. And malaria? That's one you never want. Feel for you MistQueen, but keep taking it, to clear your system, they can come back if you don't get them all.


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135 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:33 pm

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Ok, folks....I thought I'd give you an update.

I have now (essentially) finished day 19! Two more days! Well, plus another week of adding real food back in. And then it says no alcohol for 10 days after you finish the detox. Yikes! The last days are way easier than the first, although I do have to admit that I was pretty hungry Sunday night, and all of the fast food commercials on TV didn't help! I think I was hungry from the 3 hour training class with Brad! We got a good workout in for sure.

So, I haven't smoked in almost a month (it will be 4 weeks on Friday), haven't drank for almost a month, and haven't chewed anything for 3 weeks. And I do feel great!

I'm reading The Hormone Diet (someone on here recommended it, and can't remember who now....Ann from TheDogHouse?), and it's fascinating. I would really like to follow that diet once I finish this, and maintain healthy habits.

I actually googled meal planning today as that is one of my main downfalls. We grocery shop haphazardly then always wonder what to have for dinner. I really think one of the keys to success will be to plan the week's meals, and then shop to that. I think this will be hard for me at first, but I'm sure it will get easier over time!

I can't believe that I'm actually finishing this! Well, I kind of can...I'm the type of person that can finish anything once I put my mind to it. I actually finished a marathon a few years ago! Next challenge - get in shape for the CET course - I hear it's killer!

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136 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:06 pm

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Di,

That's freaking awesome!!! YOU rock! Good for you!

I'm already a healthy eater (soon to be even healthier! LOL) and there's a couple of things that I do to make life easier for cooking.
1 - go through recipes and find meals you like
2 - make a list of all those ingredients (try to find recipes that have similar ingredients or you'll waste food!)
3 - grocery shop and cook in one day if you can ... pick a sat / sun afternoon ... get all your groceries in the morning (early is best b/c all the food is fresh, there's lots and not as many people there - i'm at Loblaw's at 9 am.)
4 - spend the afternoon making 3 or 4 of those recipes you picked ... put them in tupperware containers ... freeze what you won't eat within three days

This way ... when you come home from work ... tired and hungry ... voila ! GOOD FOOD ... and you did make it, just not HAVE to make it that minute

Good recipes for these types of meals - thick hearty veggie soups, chiles, rice dishes (without the veggies) - let's face it - you can sautee fresh veggies in 10 minutes ... easy ... do that while your thawing our your side of rice dish, once the rice is thawed, toss in wok with veggies, and voila ... MORE GOOD FOOD!!!

Also, if you're going to stick to REALLY REALLY healthy - this means no cooking with butter / oil / margarine ... so ... do what I did ... I went out and bought a non-stick aluminum frying pan (deep dish) (it's not teflon - I have parrots, can't cook with teflon) ... it cost me - hold your breath - $60 for this frying pan .. but NOTHING sticks ... and I mean nothing ... not even eggs!

There's two tricks to this frying pan ... NEVER cook on high and when you're doing stir fries, use water to cook your veggies, and add herbs and spices ... drain any excess water before you serve (there shouldn't be too much ... you'll get the hang of how much water to put it ... usually enough to cover the pan)

Keep it up woman! We want to hear you roar!!! LOL

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137 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:56 pm

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Thanks for the tips Marion! That's some really great advice, and I really appreciate it! I like early morning grocery shopping - fewer people as well! There's a farmers' market near me every Sunday morning, so I would like to get up and get there as well!

Where did you buy your non-stick aluminum pan? There's a Williams Sonoma right near my office, but I'm guessing one would be more than $60 there!

And any resources for healthy recipes anyone has? I have some good books and do lots of searching online, but love new resources!

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138 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:09 pm

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WTG Di - that's awesome! A little mind over matter [stomach lol..] and alot of determination goes a looong way! And great post, Marion - I'm a morning shopper too, try to get it all done and be back by 10, so still have the whole day for other stuff! I have a set of Lagostinas, but would LOVE to get a big non-stick wok pan for doing steamed veggies, etc., instead of nuking them.. $60 is a good investment on something you'll get tons of use out of!

139 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:38 pm

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Fantastic Di! I was wondering how you made out at the seminar escapade. Those are amongst the hardest situations to deal with (the worst is when your husband makes a pizza and eats it in front of you, but I digress).

I eat a lot of chicken, so for work I used to grill up a big package of thighs or breasts (skinless) and freeze them in small baggies. In the morning I would throw a package in my bag, along with veggies and fruit. Very handy.

One recipe I really enjoy is chicken chili. I make a huge vat and freeze that in containers as well. Way less fat that hamburger and great flavors.

Another that's great is portobello mushroom burgers. Grill or broiled with slivered garlic and a few other easy ingredients, loaded up with your favorite veggie toppings makes a great meal (with or without a bun). Fast and easy.

If you're interested in either of these, let me know and I'll send you the recipes.

140 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:36 pm

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Way to go Di! What's the first food you're going to bring back?

Laurie - I'd like more detail on the portobello burger!

141 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:06 pm

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19 days is quite an achievement, good for you and well done especially giving up smoking at the same time.

142 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:48 am

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portobello burgers





Ingredients





4 large Portobello mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, sliced into very thin slivers
1 tsp. fresh rosemary or 1/2 tsp. dried, (optional)
1 tsp. fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried, (optional )
1 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste




Directions



1. Preheat broiler or grill.
2.
Wipe mushrooms with damp cloth. Remove stems. With paring knife, make
slits in tops of caps. Stuff slivers of garlic and herbs (if using)
into slits.
3. In small bowl, whisk together oil and vinegar with
salt and pepper to taste. Brush mushrooms with oil mixture. Place
mushrooms, cap-side down, on pan and broil or grill until soft and
brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.

Makes 4 servings.

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Notes:

Some people find the balsamic vinegar too strong, and substitute worcestershire and/or soya sauce. Sometimes I don't use anything except garlic.

Putting in the herbs and or garlic can be a little tough. I cut the slit, move the knife over a bit and slide the garlic slivers down the knife into the slit.

This is the base recipe so be creative and just play with your favorite flavors.




143 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:16 am

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Cool! Thanks for the recipe!


First food back - on Friday I get a protein shake and vegetables (no oil or dressing). Saturday I add a cup of fruit. This adding back is going to be slow! By next Friday, I'll be totally off.

Day 20 today!

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144 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:46 am

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I bet that protein shake will be soooo good! Thanks for the recipe Laurie - they're actually forecasting 15 degrees and no snow this weekend so I may bbq!

145 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:48 pm

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So, I have to say that today is somewhat interesting. It seems that all of my senses have come alive, and in particular my smell. This is likely an effect of the detox as well as quitting smoking. I feel alert and great today. :rockon:
However....
The smell I am picking up is the smell of EVERYONE'S FOOD! Seems that everyone in the office has delicious smelling lunches today! dogue Now, I'm holding strong, and it's not really making me hungry, but the smell of food is driving me crazy cuss2 , and all I can think about is what I'm going to cook when I'm done. At least my thoughts are around healthy dishes! (Hummus, black bean dip, fresh salsa, home made guacamole...)
Tomorrow should be interesting! dielaughing

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146 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:21 pm

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I hear ya Di! There's a guy who sits beside me in the next cubicle .. he heats his food up in the mirowave and then eats it at his desk ... at 11:00 ... and then his heated up snack at 2:00 ARGH ... we have a kitchen, with lots of chairs ... I want to tell him to go eat there ... NO ONE smells my salad!


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147 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:43 pm

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Yummm guacamole - I'm going to be making that for dinner. Weird dinner, I know lol... :P

148 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:42 pm

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I stay away from mushrooms. Why? Just because it was on the list of foods to stay away from.
One vegetable? that I just incorporated into my diet that I have never eaten before, other than pickled are artichokes!
Yum. I have this recipe for Artichoke au gratin.
Guacamole and hummus are a staple 'round here.

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149 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:28 am

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I bought the frying pan at Loblaw's of all places!


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150 Re: Human (not dog) related detox on Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:07 am

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Loblaws has some great stuff! I was thinking of going there this weekend - I'm also going to slowly get rid of my Ziploc containers and replace them with glass storage containers, and was going to check out Loblaws.

So, THIS IS MY LAST DAY! Woohoo! cheeers

I've made my meal plan for next week to help me get off the detox. The funny thing is that yesterday I went out for lunch with a client, and had just the broth from French Onion Soup (the only "clear" broth on the menu). I felt horrible all afternoon! And this morning, I'm tired and achy....which makes me think that there was probably flour in the soup. So now I can see how sensitive my body can be to certain things. Wow - I can't wait to see the reactions to other foods!

I'm also seriously considering seeing the naturopath that wrote The Hormone Diet. I read the book - but there's so many supplements and things recommended that I don't know where to start (as I was high on almost everything!) so I always believe that it's best to have a professional to help. Plus, there are 2 benefits - 1. she's really close to my office, and 2. my benefits cover naturopath visits! Woohoo! I think I'll call today for an appointment. Wonder if it will be a year before I get in....

So think of me tomorrow eating my little vegetable salad (plain, no dressing) and protein shake, and thinking it's the BEST thing in the world! :rockon:

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