Oh hey, week 2! Shira Bocar (above right), our deputy food editor, and I were on Martha's show this morning to promote the annual action plan. I luckily woke up feeling great this morning, so when Martha asked how the plan was treating me, I got to proudly say that detox symptoms are long gone!
On Day 7, I am feeling great. I was experiencing solid detox symptoms through Friday night, but I woke up feeling pretty awesome Saturday morning (even though I badly wanted to make a brunch more fun than an avocado-apple-banana smoothie). My energy waned, and a headache started creeping up, by about 4 in the afternoon, but I felt so much more clear-headed than I had in days, so I wasn't complaining!
I am so thrilled that we made it over the week 1 hump, which, as we all know, means that now our meals are truly filling again as we incorporate beans and lentils, seafood, and organic soy into our days. We've been snacking on Roasted Spiced Chickpeas today in the office and I can't believe how satisfying they taste.
In my day-to-day, I definitely tend to treat myself to delicious food over the weekend after a workweek of pretty clean eating, so it was tough when my friends gushed about the Italian restaurant they had just tried or, even worse, when one ate a Vietnamese pork sandwich on my couch as I prepared a kale salad. The feeling I have now outweighs any craving from the weekend though: I've lost a couple pounds and feel lighter, not so sluggish.
But don't forget that this is still a detox! And if weight loss is one of your main goals, then I strongly suggest that you continue to eat lots of leafy greens this week, even though vegetables are now sharing the spotlight with healthy proteins. We're still going to try to start our days with smoothies and juices (my morning juice has become quite an invigorating sub for coffee) and eat a lot of leafy greens either at lunch or dinner.
We're about to eat the Spicy Black Bean Salad for lunch (we added a few slices of avocado for creaminess), and it's funny: I almost feel like we're cheating since the salad isn't just fruits and vegetables! Fortunately, it's all part of the plan.
How are you all doing in week 2? Have your detox symptoms waned? What are you most excited to bring back in your diet?