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I am really looking forward to digging in and sharing my European adventure but first… a detox – Paleo style. So no, I won’t be fasting on juice or going on some sort of cayenne pepper & lemon cleanse. I’ll be eating really good food – and lots of it. But it’s still going to be challenging. 

A Little Backstory

I’ve been a designer for some pretty well-known folks in the Paleo industry for a little over a year now. It started when I designed the cookbook Well Fed for Melissa Joulwan and David Humphries. Then I went on to design a few branding assets and the book It Starts With Food for Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. In a nutshell Paleo is a diet that consists of meat, eggs, fruit, veggies and healthy fats. It excludes grains, dairy, sugar, legumes and alcohol. You can probably imagine how sheepish I was to tell these folks that I was practically a vegan when I started working with them. Anyway, in that year I’ve learned a lot about cooking (thank you to Mel for teaching me how to cook with flavor) and I’ve learned a lot about eating Paleo. I made being a vegetarian a priority and while I got what they were saying my strong attachments to my morning bowl of oatmeal and my evening glass of wine made the Paleo diet an impossibility for me.

Since reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food I’ve become passionate about what and how I eat. Local, organic, and pastured are important. But also, the kind of conversations and bonds and love that are created over a great dinner shared with friends and family is equally important. In fact, traveling makes me almost regret not eating beef, chicken and lamb because it’s impossible to fully experience the authentic traditions of the places I’m visiting.

So,  A Bit of a Disclaimer. 

Food is a tricky subject. When it comes to what we eat people can become sensitive, defensive and angry when they feel like they are being judged by what they put in their mouth. I’ve experienced it time and time again when I tell people I don’t eat meat and they start to A) make unnecessary excuses to explain why they do or B) make fun of me. Either way, oftentimes what I choose to eat or not eat brings out this insecurity in others and I hate that. There is already enough (media-induced) shame and guilt involved with food – the last thing we need is to be judging each other for what we eat. I’ve been on the flip side of that too – self-consciously explaining my reasons for not eating meat without coming off a preachy or judgmental. So the disclaimer part: what I choose to eat really has nothing to do with you and what you eat. But conversations about food are important – especially as a nation when our health is on the decline and some pretty gross practices are in place (like factory farming, GMOs and the subsidizing of corn). So I’m going to share a little bit about what I’m eating for the next 30 days and why.

The Beginning of the Detox 

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Beer

Cappuccino
Here’s a sampling of what we ate in Europe – proportionately to the size of the photo. 

While on vacation Jeremy and I ate lots of bread, cheese, butter, pastries, ice cream, cappuccinos, wine, beer, and vodka. We were relieved to find a couple of vegetarian restaurants on our last three days of vacation and basically camped out there. But otherwise, yeah. We weren’t properly fueling our bodies with the veggies, beans and whole grains we were used to. Our digestive tracts were all out of whack and I constantly felt hungover. But I think our flight home is what really did me in. As we were leaving the city to the airport (at 4AM) I bought a couple of oatmeal cookies and ate those for breakfast. Then at the airport I had a cheese sandwich and another cookie. Then on the flight out I had another cheese sandwich, 4 glasses of wine (the free alcohol was so novel that I gave in), 1 baileys on ice, some sort of cheesy penne and then tortellini – both which coated my mouth in some sort of waxy substance – along with some chocolate pudding and some sort of cake. The whole time I was eating this stuff I was starving but never found myself quite full. With each bite I started to feel more and more gross. When we finally landed I kind of felt like my bloated guts were going to pop in my body and I would die – right there in the airport.

I decided to start my detox right then. I bought a huge bottle of water, a small jug of coconut water, a banana and some raw almonds. I started making a grocery list full of veggies and eggs and fish (I’m an ovo-lacto pescatarian, if we’re getting technical about what to label me) in my head. And that’s when I started to think about doing Dallas and Melissa’s Whole30.

The Whole30

The Whole30 is basically a nutritional “reset” where for 30 days you eat only foods that will make you healthier. For me this means fish, eggs, lots of vegetables, some fruit and healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado. What it excludes: alcohol, sugar, grains and legumes. Right now I’m on Day 3. I’m doing alright with the food part of it but over the course of 3 days I’ve made lots of justifications in my head as to why it will be okay to have a glass of wine in the evening and maybe a bowl of irish oats on the weekend. Over 3 days I’ve convinced myself that I’m depriving myself of basic human pleasure and that we only live so long. But it’s just 30 days. It’s a lot easier for me to digest when I frame it as an experiment – if I can last 30 days and at the end of it feel a whole lot healthier it will be a success. I anticipate having a bowl of oats on day 31 and really being able to take note on how it makes me feel. Read more about The Whole30 here. In fact, comb the entire web site and blog and be sure to read through the comments if you really want to become informed on eating Paleo.

Now, I think it’s important to listen to your body and go with the flow but when my body has become a pusher telling me I need another pastry and some more alcohol I’d rather listen to my brain. On Day 31 I’ll listen to my body and trust what it really needs then.

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The kinds of food I’ll be eating while on The Whole30 (minus most of the meat). From the Whole30 approved cookbook, Well Fed.

Note: I am not being endorsed in any way to do or write about The Whole30.

The Challenges

• Wine – I lean on my glass of wine to help me decompress from my day. It’s kind of a demarcation of when I go from working-from-home to just being home. For now I’m trying to create an evening ritual by sipping on a glass of tea instead but it’s just not the same.
• The Weekend – Every weekend I go to my mom and dad’s lakehouse and enjoy some chocolate chip cookies and cheap pineapple & jalapeño pizza out on the deck. It’s going to be hard to give this up.
• 30 Whole Days – I’m 3 days in and the whole thing is still novel. It’s easy to feel righteous after eating clean for just 3 days. When the new wears off at Day 7 or 14 will I be able to stick with it?
• Friends & Family – None of my friends or family are doing the Whole30 with me. Jeremy is eating what I cook (which is dairy, grain and sugar-free) but he’s definitely enjoying some dark chocolate in the evening and might be a little bummed that I’m not. However, I have to remember that the reason why my friends & family love me is because I’m always challenging myself and doing something a little crazy. I also have to remember that what I eat (or don’t eat) has nothing to do with the pleasure, enjoyment or even pain that they’re getting out of what they eat.
• Going Out to Eat – We really enjoy going out to eat but I don’t want to be that person at a restaurant – so I anticipate I’ll be cooking at home for the next month and not eating much when we go out to eat. But man, I love my local restaurants and will miss them for the next 30 days (plus the three weeks we’ve been gone).
• Becoming Obsessed – I think it’s a little risky, on a mental health level, to be so strict about what you eat. Also, because it’s so different from what I typically eat I have to make choices with each meal and each piece of food I encounter. That can be exhausting. But I have to remind myself that it’s only 30 days and that what I eat does not make me a good or bad person. I’m not going to judge myself harshly if I “slip”. But that said, I don’t intend on slipping.

The Benefits That I’m Looking Forward To

• Feeling & being really healthy in my body and mind
• Having more stable energy and better workouts
• Being able to really tune in and feel the impact certain foods are having on my body
• Pushing myself in the kitchen to create new and tasty meals within the Whole30 limitations

Other Ways I’m Detoxing

I’m not limiting this detox to just what I eat. I’m also going to try and find other ways to detox:
• Sleep at least 8 hours a night
• Unsubscribe to a lot of blogs in my RSS feed that I don’t actually read
• Unsubscribe to a bunch of email lists – especially the ones trying to sell me things
• Meditate daily
• To be intentional and careful with my words
• To have one window open at a time on my computer (I’m that girl with literally 30 windows and tabs open at any given time)
• Declutter my desktop (both real and on the computer)
Declutter my house

Have you ever gone on a strict detox? Do you eat Paleo? I’d love to hear your experiences. Also, I’m curious – would you guys be interested if I shared what I’m eating, along with my workouts, on Google+?

  1. Hollie

    I did a (whole foods) cleanse a few months ago, I think it was 28 days. It was hard, but I felt amazing during and after. I’m about to embark upon another one next week.

    I think the first week was the hardest, and after that I started to feel a difference, and I was motivated to keep going.

    The worst part was finding things I could eat, without get bored. I don’t know what google+ is, but I would love food posts here!

  2. Megan F

    Great post, Kathleen. Before I ventured into paleo over a year ago, I was convinced I couldn’t do it. I had already made the switch to organic, non-processed foods, and humanely raised meats. But no grains and dairy? Pssh.

    BUT. I tried it for a week and felt wonderful (no stomach problems, skin cleared up and I recovered quicker from workouts). I ate paleo 95% of the time (wine, dark chocolate) for 8 months, made huge strides in the kitchen and figured out how and what to eat at restaurants.

    Your point about obsessing over food is a good one — it bugged me how consumed I would get over meals. Today, I’m about 85% paleo. I consume some (grass-fed) dairy, an occasional slice of gluten-free pizza and a couple drinks on the weekend. Sugar, I find, is the hardest to weed out. On the whole, I don’t even miss starches and carbs. (Except for crusty baguette and fromage. Sigh.)

    Detoxes are great resets and can help solidify clean eating habits. As you noted, they also help you become more creative in the kitchen and draw different connections to your food. (We regularly give thanks for the meat we eat.)

    I must thank you for doing such a bang-up job on Well Fed. It’s a favorite among our CrossFit friends – our crew makes those dishes all the time.

    Best of luck with the detox — would definitely follow along on Google+!

  3. Lara

    “cheap pineapple & jalapeño pizza”

    One of my favorites! I’m also an ovo-lacto pescatarian and relate to so much of what you say here.

    I have never had any luck going on any sort of regimented eating program – I just try to balance and variety. If I have pizza one night, I have salad the next night, etc.

    I love the summer for our local farmers market and find myself eating much healthier, simpler meals when fresh options are readily available.

  4. atout

    I did the Whole30 detox a few months ago and felt fantastic. Skin cleared up, zero headaches, less bloating and my blood sugar evened out. The first week is definitely the hardest, but I found that I stopped craving sugar and grains around the second week.

    We also just came back from Europe and I’m thinking of doing another Whole30. I gave myself license enjoy all the regional foods but I have had the hardest time resetting. Time for me to buckle up and give up croissants again!

    Good luck and I hope you come out in better health!

  5. Kudos to you for this undertaking! I recently uncovered some food sensitivities in a quest to feel better and man, it was hard. What you describe about obsessing over meals and constantly having to make exhausting choice… spot on.

    Right now, I’m 100% gluten-free, eating one serving of dairy 2-3 times per week, and I’ve never liked meat. I eat eggs occasionally, but am trying to listen to my body and see if they affect me the same as dairy.

    At any rate, I’d be interested in following along but do not have Google+.

    Also–are you still juicing?!

  6. Hollie – It looks like you’re not the only one without a Google+ so I’ll definitely do some updates here on the blog.

    Megan F – I’m having a hardest time with the glass of wine for now. I’m also kind of sad about my oatmeal. But your words are super encouraging – thank you for sharing your experience. I’m going to stick with it and come out super duper healthy on the other side.

    Lara – Pineapple and jalapeno is the only way to go! I really didn’t eat terribly unhealthy before – and even on this trip really – if you compare my diet to the typical American diet. However, it just wasn’t good enough for me – and I’ve been feeling this detox coming on for a while. I’m excited to see where it takes me.

    atout – Congrats on finishing the Whole30 and seeing fantastic results. It’s good to know that the first week was the hardest. Because while it hasn’t been that hard I’m worried that this is just the beginning.

    Roots & Wings – I think I’ll stay wheat and gluten free after the Whole30 is over. I’m also going to try and steer clear of sugar for the most part. I’ll be sure to update here – I’m finding a few of you don’t have Google+ but want to stay updated.

    And yes! Still juicing! I’ve got a new smoothie recipe shot and ready to be blogged soon.

  7. Loved this post, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this.

    Although it’s not quite like wine I’ve found when trying not to drink some sparkling water and a dash of bitters to create a “mocktail” goes a long way.

    Best of luck!

  8. Vanessa – Thanks for the tip! I know Mel from Well Fed does the sparkling water & lime trick to not feel empty-handed at parties.

  9. We all need to reset sometimes. I know you’ll power through the 30 days. I have a few friends who did whole 30 and loved it. Sometimes just the act of knowing you are in control and showing power over your choices helps put everything back into place.

  10. Amy

    Kudos to you for doing this. The only thing I dislike about traveling is its never fail ability to get my eating habits off track. I can totally relate to your thoughts on diet being a touchy subject. I’ve always felt guilty telling people I’ve vegetarian, because their typical reaction is to defend their own habits. I relate to this post on so many levels, and really love your break down of everything, thanks for sharing! I’ll be excited to hear your thoughts at the end of the whole30. – Amy

  11. je9601

    Interesting and informative post! I’m most curious about going out to eat while you’re doing this detox. I’ve been tempted to try a detox before, but figuring out what to eat at a restaurant can be tough. What are some good choices for some general categories like Mexican or Italian food? I’ll have spontaneous dinner plans come up and I want to be able to enjoy some food too, not just have to eat at home then sit there and watch my friends eat. I want to be able to be social and still order off the menu 🙂

    Jenan

  12. I’ve been thinking about doing the no wheat thing for 30 days just as an experiment. I’m trying to find a good time to do it where I dont have to miss out on any holiday treats! I kind of feel like depriving ourselves long term of things we enjoy is kind of evil, but as an experiment it could be fun. At the end it will either be the best glass of wine and bowl of oats ever or you will discover that you don’t even miss them. I’ve given up soda completely in the last few months after switching to diet before that. The couple of times I’ve tried it since then I did not enjoy it at all. So, there is a (very slim!) chance you wont even like wine anymore :O

  13. I can’t wait to hear more about this. I’m vegetarian and gluten free, but I’d like to cut out sugar and coffee, and go deeper into the paleo lifestyle. It’s not true paleo, obviously, because I don’t eat meat, but I get the logic behind cutting out sugar and grains, and I like the results I’ve seen in other people’s lives. This is something I think about and struggle with daily. I admire so much that you’ve gotten to a stable, strong place where you are physically fit, healthy and conscious in your eating habits, but not a robot about it. I admire that. If you have any tips or resources for incorporating paleo principles into a strict vegetarian (no fish) diet, I would love to read them!

  14. Danielle – Thanks for the encouragement! It’s 6PM on a Friday night and all I want to do is settle in with a pizza and movie. But I’m going to hold strong.

    Amy – Thank you for your sweet words. I’m glad this post resonated. It’s funny because I straddle both sides of the vegetarian issue because I’m pissing off people who think I shouldn’t eat fish or dairy and pissing off people who think I should eat meat.

    Jenan – Yeah, going out to eat is going to be tricky. I think you can do it if you’re just trying to go Paleo and not be so strict about your veggies being cooked in butter but for me… I’m going to be avoiding restaurants for the most part for the next 30 days. Maybe an antipasto platter loaded with veggies & olives and if you eat meat it should be pretty easy to order a cut of meat with a side of veggies would be an option for you.

    Kevin – Wow. That’s the nicest comment you’ve ever posted! It will be interesting to see which habits I’ve kicked for good after 30 days. I’m guessing gluten and sugar might be the easiest to cut back on all the time. You should definitely try going gluten-free for a month. Just pretend like you’re about to eliminate ALL grains and just giving up one won’t seem so bad. Also – it seems like so many restaurants and grocers cater to gluten-free eaters these days. It can’t be that hard.

  15. Corrin

    So, how completely random is this – I work for the publisher that is distributing Well Fed!

    PS
    Can I get a PDF of the entire book jacket as well as the interior so that I can activate the preview features on the retailer sites?(I’m only kind of joking. corrin@greenleafbookgroup.com if you can help!)

  16. Corrin

    So, how completely random is this – I work for the publisher that is distributing Well Fed!

    PS
    Can I get a PDF of the entire book jacket as well as the interior so that I can activate the preview features on the retailer sites?(I’m only kind of joking. corrin@greenleafbookgroup.com if you can help!)

  17. picky

    I have several friends on FB who are going paleo/primal.

    I don’t eat fish or meat, but I really rely on black beans for a lot of my cooking, and with the Whole30 (one of them is starting Monday), you can’t have those even. It would severely limit me because I’m such a picky eater.

    I will say, though, that I pay more attention to grains. Instead of granola in my Greek yogurt, I add some slivered almonds. I try doing wraps with lettuce instead of whole wheat tortillas. It works for me.

    But I’m not at the point where I’m willing to give up a gin and tonic on the weekends… 🙂 Good luck!

  18. Jenny

    I’ve completed Whole Living’s 30 day detox. It started out exactly like yours, but each week we added a few items back into the diet so we could see how our bodies responded. This is how I learned that gluten makes me feel bloated and shitty, despite having no real allergy to it.

    It was difficult, but I just told myself that 30 days is nothing compared to a lifetime and I’m stronger than the out-of-whack chemicals in my brain. That usually shut my cravings up. 🙂

    Good luck to you! You can do it!

  19. So excited to hear your take on the Whole 30 experience. Eating primal/paleo has done dramatic things for my health. I’ve done two Whole 30-style challenges through my gym now. On the days leading up to the first one I was incredibly stressed about giving up alcohol for the first time in my adult life, but that turned out to be the easy part… and half-way through the challenge I ended up quitting the ADD medication I’d been sadly addicted to for 5 years. I haven’t touched it since! Paleo also allowed me to stop taking the diabetes medications I’d been on for the past 13 years. Good food is strong medicine!

  20. Ashlae

    In regards to the comment about eating out – it’s not too difficult. My regular diet is dairy, meat, refined sugar and gluten free (I know, pretty boring diet I have – but it’s put my chronic bowel disorder into remission), and I manage to eat out without any problems, 99% of the time. Obviously I avoid sports bars, most French restaurants, etc. But as long as a place offers eggs and fresh produce, I’m good to go – and I never have to be “that” person. 😉 But cooking at home is best, anyway. Easier on the pocketbook and you know exactly what’s going into everything.

    I can’t wait to hear more about your trip! My boyfriend and I are backpacking through Europe next summer/fall (I’m either going to starve or feel like shit, right?), and I’m excited to hear about the vegetarian restaurants you stumbled upon. I’m going to need all the help I can get.

  21. I love this post. I would love to see what you eat! I’ve been thinking about doing some type of cleanse and this sounds like something I could get behind.

  22. Corrin – Ha! Small world. I’ve emailed Mel & Dave with your request. They should be able to get you what you need.

    Picky – I imagine I’ll be integrating beans & lentils back into my diet after the Whole30 is over without any issue. A friendly gal on my Twitter said this: “I only do as low carb beans as possible. I do black begluga lentils & pink beans which are like pintos w/low carb.” So that might be a good alternative for you…

    Jenny – Interesting! I don’t consider myself to have any intolerances but I do think going through this experience will really allow me to actually SEE how these foods are making me feel. I think like you I’ll integrate some things back in one and a time so I won’t have to guess “Oh, was that dairy making me feel bad or gluten?”

    Bethany – I absolutely believe that food can be our medicine or our poison. The cliche “you are what you eat” is so beyond true. Congrats on getting off your ADD and Diabetes medicine – what an achievement!

    Ashlae – I’m confused. Do you mean NO dairy, meat or refined sugar? My main concern with eating out is that most restaurants cook everything (even eggs & veggies) with butter and that’s something I need to avoid. I won’t be so strict about it after 30 days but for now I want to keep this a controlled experiment. Besides, I missed cooking while we were traveling so it’s kind of nice to be in the kitchen all the time.

    Ooohh! Do you know which countries you’re going to already? I’ll be detailing my experiences in Vienna, Budapest and Krakow – I’ll be sure to include some tips in there as well for getting around and where to eat. But feel free to shoot me an email with any additional questions as well.

    Reagan – When you think about eating just really good food for 30 days vs. some sort of no-eating juice cleanse it actually seems kind of easy. So far I couldn’t recommend it more.

  23. Ashlae

    Haha, yes – my ability to form coherent sentences so close to bedtime is lacking. And now that I think about it, I eat out at the same handful of restaurants every time, which makes it easy.

    We’re visiting England, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Poland, Turkey, The Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic.. and I’m sure I’m missing some. So, your tips for the places you visited will surely come in handy. We’re in the midst of planning it right now, so once we get to the nitty gritty details, you’ll probably be getting a couple of emails from me. 🙂

  24. Ashlae – Ha! I understand. I definitely feel more comfortable making special requests at restaurants where I’m a regular.

    Wow! That’s a lot of places. First off – I recommend getting an iPhone if you don’t already have one. I know it makes traveling less romantic than pulling out an old-fashioned map but it saved our lives. Second – download a city map (I really liked TripAdvisor City Guides app) for each city you’re going to to your phone. That way you can use GPS (but not wi-fi or data) to locate where you are on the map at all times. I can definitely share my thoughts on Budapest, Vienna and Krakow (and will). I would love to do a Greece, Italy & Turkey trip sometime!

    So yeah, stay tuned for the Europe posts.

  25. Ashley

    Alright, this comment isn’t helpful or constructive at all, but I just came back to this post to look at the giant picture of beer and bread again. Then I smiled.

  26. I’ve never done any sort of cleanse. I don’t think I’m disciplined enough. I know for sure that I eat too much sugar. What’s awesome/really sucks is that my husband loves baking and making ice cream. It’s hard to say no when you constantly have delicious homemade treats right in your face!

    I’m curious about coffee. Is that something that’s allowed during the 30 days? That would definitely be the hardest thing for me to give up. I also love my morning oatmeal, but coffee is like water or air to me. 🙂

  27. Melanie – there was definitely a tipping point of feeling like pure hell to motivate me to be disciplined enough to commit to a 30-day detox. However, on day 5 now and I’m feeling great – except now all I want in the world is a cupcake. Ha!

    Coffee is fine – just no cream. I use coconut milk in place but I’ve also heard you can use clarified butter too. I’m curious to try that out.

  28. I’ve been in Norway for almost 5 weeks now (for a kind of yearly vacation to visit friends) and I’ve been indulging in basically everything my friends are eating—which means pizza many days a week, ice cream every night and giant chocolate bars all of the time passed around the group…Norwegians love their chocolate I guess. This seems typical for a group of 22/23-year olds, but I’ve been feeling the need to detox when I get home in just over a week. Last summer my naturopath put me on a no yeast/sugar/dairy diet for a while, actually after I got home from Norway the first time, but that was seemingly impossible after summer ended and I went back to living the life of a poor almost-graduated university student. The time is right for me to accept my post-university life, get in shape and change my diet. This seems perfect for what I’ve been looking for and I’d love to kind of follow along with you, whether on here or Google+ or both. Good luck!

  29. Ramona

    I think we sometimes slip so easily into just eating this and that and our body gets so used to it that it tells us we need this. Whenever we hit points like that I believe it is important to stop listening to those apparent “needs” and start giving it what it really would “need”. Like you said.
    I usually take the month of January to fast something. This year for the first time I fasted coffee for 30 days.
    Kathleen, this Paleo and Whole30 sounds like something really great and actually doable because it’s not just another diet but it’s changing your way of thinking and giving your body what it really needs.
    I will definitely look more into it and maybe try it out myself especially with the new season of life coming up soon.

    Thanks for keeping me inspired!

  30. Kim

    this is inspiring, Kathleen…
    I have been looking into the Whole 30 and I think it will have a place in my life after this pregnancy. My body will definitely need a reset/recharge. Looking forward to seeing/hearing how this goes for you…especially, as you said, when the “new” wears off.
    best to you!

  31. What a great post Kathleen, thank you! I’ve been in Italy for 6 months working as an au pair and between feeling like “every gelato or brioche or piece of focaccia is going to be my last” and eating what someone else prepares for me, my eating sound very similar to your airport meal! I downloaded ‘In Defense of Food’ after reading your post and I’ve devoured it (excuse the pun te he) already, thanks for the reference! Its a very, very interesting read and I’m really looking forward to returning home to South Africa in September and cooking my own meals, buying local and being more thoughtful about my food consumption…Best of luck with Paleo, I’m sure it will be a rewarding challenge and change. You can do it!

  32. What a great post Kathleen, thank you! I’ve been in Italy for 6 months working as an au pair and between feeling like “every gelato or brioche or piece of focaccia is going to be my last” and eating what someone else prepares for me, my eating sound very similar to your airport meal! I downloaded ‘In Defense of Food’ after reading your post and I’ve devoured it (excuse the pun te he) already, thanks for the reference! Its a very, very interesting read and I’m really looking forward to returning home to South Africa in September and cooking my own meals, buying local and being more thoughtful about my food consumption…Best of luck with Paleo, I’m sure it will be a rewarding challenge and change. You can do it!

  33. Kelsey

    Hey Kathleen, great post! I love your post vacation detox. I’m doing the same thing after two weeks in France! Since you asked, I’m following the Eat to Live (book by Dr. Joel Fuhrman) 6 Week Diet and am feeling FANTASTIC. It’s not Paleo though… kind of the opposite, actually. It’s all about veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, and a limited amount of whole grains. I’ve cut out all animal products (meat, eggs, dairy), oil, alcohol, and sodium. I drink water, green tea, and a cup of coffee in the morning. That’s the strict detox for 6 weeks, which is supposed to give you a good physiological deep clean, and recalibrate your tastes. After 6 weeks, I can reincorporate the rest into my diet in small quantities, thinking of meat (for example) as more of a condiment than the center of a meal. I’m in the 3rd week, and it hasn’t been as challenging as I thought it would be, I think because I’m feeling so great. I’ve also been working out a ton, taking yoga and body boot camp classes, plus walking and running. There’s nothing like giving your body the activity and nutritious food it needs! Good luck in your detox!

  34. The only thing that has kept me from going Paleo is that I don’t like to eat much meat (and there’s a lot of meat I just flat out won’t eat). And my body seems to require a bit of dairy every few days. I think I need to look into The Whole30 a bit more…after I get back from Scotland.

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