10 Days of Detox

On the 11th day of detox, my meal plan gave to me


a pint of coconut iiiiice creeeeeeam Smile

Hi friends! Holy macaroon giveaway entries! Keep ‘em coming- I’ll announce the winner in the am.

Before I start this post, I have to show you guys this photo I took today:


Fountain freezes over! It was a low of 14* last night. Where do I live?!? Yearning for the desert warmth and sunshine to come back, fo sho.

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Detox Re-cap, Days 1-10

So, when I first started the doctor detox, I wasn’t really planning on writing that much about it. After overwhelming requests, here I am to give ya a 10 day re-cap. Ask and ye shall receive Smile

As you guys know, I’m nearing the end of my treatment with my homeopathic doctor. I started seeing him last fall for some hormone imbalances and figured I’d give it a whirl the homeopathic way before diving into other medicines. From the get-go, my doc said that I’d be taking herbal supplements for about 5 months, after which I’d start gradually reducing the supplements until I didn’t need them anymore. He made it very clear that his job was to fix my imbalances and get things working the way they’re supposed to and assured me that I wouldn’t need to take supplements forever. He said he he wouldn’t be doing his job if I had to do that. He’s a good guy, extremely knowledgeable and I trust him, so when he said I’d need to do a 30 day detox at the end of my treatment, I decided to roll with it.

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I like to do my own thing, especially when it comes to eats. Don’t tell me what to do… I’ll give you the stink eye and keep on my merry way Winking smile

For me to listen to this guy and *almost* follow his plan is kind of a big deal Open-mouthed smile

Here’s the breakdown:

-Days 1-10: Fruits, veggies, protein smoothies, quinoa, tea, kombucha, coconut oil, organic butter, raw honey, seasonings, beans, lentils + supplements

-Days 11-20: Add in fish

-Days 21-30: Add in nuts, seeds, fermented dairy (I’ll be using goat’s), and chicken (I’ll be using certified-organic local sparingly)

The recipes he gave me were extra lame, so I used it as an opportunity to create my own detox-friendly recipes and experiment with new ingredients.

During the first 10 days…

I drank a ton of green juice


I fell in love with socca

Raw honey

and today, a new type of flour:


Quinoa flour!

I couldn’t believe it when I saw quinoa at the health food store yesterday. I’ve had mad hankerings for bready, carb-y type foods and since the only grain I’m *supposed* to have for the 30 days is quinoa- problem solved Open-mouthed smile


First thing I made was some raw honey covered perfect protein pancakes. They were UHMAZING Smile

The first 10 days weren’t as difficult as I thought they’d be, but I will say that I am DYING for almond butter. I thought that I’d be able to eat it on day 10, so I thought Sunday was close enough and made amazeballs and snacked on quite a few almond butter-covered spoons. Saturday night, I also enjoyed some perfectly-cooked salmon. Both were totally worth it Winking smile

I’m committed to finishing out the rest of the program as planned, but I will say that the second it’s over, I’ll be digging into something gooey, chocolaty and delicious.

How I feel…

-The first 7 days, I felt amazing. The green juice gave me tons of energy, I was doing a great job of fueling myself despite the meal requirements, and I was feeling confident that I’d be able to finish, no prob.

-Day 8 hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m not sure if it’s because I ate the salmon and nuts before I was supposed to, but I was exhausted and had a terrible stomachache all day :/

-Days 9-10: A little tired, and a giant, horrific cold sore appeared on my lip. I’m not sure if the cold sore has to do with stress, traveling, or is detox-related.

Today I feel much better. This could be because I’m back to the swing of things, or because I know that there’s a hefty bowl of coconut ice cream on the meal plan Winking smile

All in all, I know that what I’ve been doing with the doc is working. A major indication of my hormones being backwards was the fact that I cannot stand the mornings. It was hard for me to wake up, I’d hit snooze over and over, be quichi/tired and then get my second wind at night. Lately, I haven’t hit the snooze button, rarely needed to nap and have had fairly constant energy throughout the day. Winner winner, my friends Smile I’ll post another re-cap at the end of the 30 days and will continue to update ya on what’s going on.

Well, I’m headed to my brother’s bday dinner and then off to teach!

See ya in the morning with a macaroon winner Smile



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  1. Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing on February 4, 2011 at 9:42 am

    You should get the doc to hire you to put together some better recipes! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

      i was going to ask him when this is all over

  2. Gill (snaxandthecity) on February 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

    really interesting Gina, thanks for posting! I’m so glad it’s helping you. You should make a night of your first meal post-detox and go out on the town! (that possibly would cancel out the detox, I dunno…!!)

  3. Steph on February 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Hi Gina!

    I just got the Canyon Ranch Nourish cookbook from my local library. There are so many good recipes! Can you please suggest to me your favorite recipes book??


    • Steph on February 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

      from the book, I meant!! haha

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      the flatbreads!!

  4. TheHealthyApron on February 4, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Wow, that sounds like an intense detox!

  5. Shelly on February 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

    That sounds like me in the mornings!

  6. JavaChick on February 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for posting this! I just finished (well, last week) reading The Hormone Diet by Natasha Turner. My in-laws have been following this diet since the summer and it’s working great for them. The diet starts off with a detox, and it looks so daunting, though I’m sure it would be worth it. I’ve been trying to work myself up to it (and wondering if I can convince my husband to go along with it) but I’m not quite there yet. Reading about your experience makes the idea a little less scary. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      if you do it the smart way and give your body enough fuel, it’s not as scary as it seems

  7. Kacey on February 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you so much for the update ~ I’ve been excited to hear about it. I think we are in similar positions with hormones/TTC and wonky blood work. I’m currently taking Vitx, Evening Primrose Oil, Prenatals and a Liver Detox Pill per my doctor. Can you please share what you take? I would love to know anything that might help me. My issue is my DHEA levels and acne after stopping the pill. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      i’ll totally share everything when it’s all over 🙂

  8. Lilla on February 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Great post! Can you share your herbal supplements to balance hormones? Thanks! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      when i’m done, i’ll post everything i was taking

  9. Clare @ Fitting It All In on February 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    When I did my own mini detox (essentially vegan with no added sugar or caffeine) the sleep was the best thing about it!
    I slept so well and felt RESTED when I woke up! Glad you are getting the same results!

  10. Sassy Molassy on February 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the recap. Glad you’re feeling better overall!

  11. Sana on February 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Ahhh! That frozen fountain is crazy!!

  12. MMiller on February 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I bought the coconut milk choc chip cookie dough ice cream last year when you mentioned it! It was really good! We have a new Vegan and organic ice cream parlor and coffee house that just opened near us! Can’t wait to go and try it! My son said it was really good!

  13. Anna on February 4, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    My sister-in-law and I were just talking about coconut ice cream tonight! My niece hates it but I think it sounds delicious ^_^

    That is great that the detox is helping and you are enjoying the mornings more now. I can’t remember the last time I woke up without hitting the snooze multiple times.

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