It's been a little over a week since we ended the three week Whole Living Detox, and a lot of people have been asking me if there are any lasting effects on our diet or if we've completely fallen off the wagon and returned to our old eating habits. To be honest, it's a little bit of a mix. The first few days off the detox we fell off the wagon hard...I mean it's Girl Scout Cookie and Cadbury Mini-Egg season after all! But there were a few things that we found ourselves maintaining with relative ease...likely because they were the components of the detox that we also felt made the most different in our lives. So here is a run-down of each detox component and where we stand:
Meat - this is a resounding no...not going to give meat up. We both just love meat too much, but even before the detox we only ate red meat 1-2 times a month so I don't feel too badly about this. We do eat fish, chicken, turkey and pork relatively often but we try to balance it week by week so that we eat fish at least once a week and one other meat only one-two other times each week with the rest being vegetarian or eggs. One of our favorite new vegetarian meals is the one shown above from the detox...Red Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew. Delish.Dairy - we have actually made a change here. When it comes to milk I'm no longer using it at all and Christian is only using it for his coffee in the morning. Otherwise we use either Soy or Almond milk depending on the situation. Soy milk steams beautifully for my morning Chai Tea Lattes and almond milk works well for cereal, oatmeal and all other purposes. The reason we use both is because we are a bit wary of using too much soy...all sorts of research about potential negative hormonal side effects. Let's be clear though...I will never give up cheese completely. I am being a bit more discerning about when I choose to indulge in it though, so no more automatic cheese on sandwiches or scrambled into my eggs. It has to be a really yummy cheese and worth it.
Coffee - Christian didn't even give this up during the detox, so no change for him here but I did give it up and am fully satisfied with my new Chai Tea Latte morning substitute. This isn't the powdery, sugary mix that most coffee shops have, but instead it's simply a Black Chai tea back brewed with half hot water and half steamed soy milk. I add a bit of honey or agave nectar and I have a fabulously decadent tasting morning beverage. I will likely indulge in the occasional latte after working out on the weekends, but for the most part I think my giving up coffee has improved my sleep habits so I'm going to try to stick with it.