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. Ann @ Running With Chopstix on February 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Augh. This crazy weather makes me miss the heat too!

  2. Ashley on February 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I hit such a wall on day 5! I felt like crapola, but quickly got over it. Crazy things happen when you mess with your diet, fo’sho’! I’m curious on the organic butter. I saw that you were eating that but avoiding other dairy until the last stage of the detox and then adding in fermented dairy. Do you know why your doc said organic butter is okay? I thought that was the most concentrated form of dairy you could get..so I was just super curious! I don’t mean to be second guessing anything, hehe..just love learning about this stuff. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

      yeah the wall is not a fun one.. neither is this cold sore!!
      organic butter is ok because it’s extremely low in casein, which makes it super easy to digest

  3. Meaghan @ OhReillyWrites on February 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks so much for the detox recap! I liked how you added your own spin to the recipes. The coconut ice cream sounds absolutely divine.

  4. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on February 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    That fountain thing is crazy!!!! It’s pretty, though!

  5. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete on February 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I need more energy in the morning for sure — and there are many days when I take a snooze in the middle of the day.

    I look forward to your next detox recap!

  6. Kristina on February 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    You are doing GREAT with this detox-those minor cheats are little and didn’t throw you off track which is most important! I love what green juice can do you for-makes you feel like you’re drinking a cup of health!

  7. Ashley on February 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Pick me pick me!! 😀 I’m glad its working for ya and you feel a lot better.

  8. Ashley @ the fit academic on February 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Awesome – I love hearing the recap!

  9. hippierunner on February 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Ooh coconut cookie dough ice cream sounds so good!

  10. Sara (Miles & Manhattan) on February 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks for this recap! I am really looking forward to hearing more. Plus, funny side not, but quinoa is the only grain you can eat during Passover (jewish holiday) so I am snagging these recipes BIGTIME so as not to get stuck with just matzah this year 🙂

  11. Sarra on February 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    woaaah the fountain pic is cray cray!

  12. Stephanie @ Walking my Talk on February 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I think the cold sore could definitely be detox-related. I hate cold sores…got my first one last year and it lasted well over a week. I hope you feel better soon!

    I notice Ani Phyo’s book in your pic. I LOVE Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. I haven’t read Raw Food Essentials yet…do you love it?

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2011 at 12:16 am

      LOVE it 🙂

  13. Hannah on February 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I still need to try coconut ice cream!!! Is the plain coconut flavor the best? I know there is a chocolate peanut butter one…but I wonder if the coconut flavor would stick out too much?

    Anyhoo, good luck on the rest of your meal plan!! Green juice is so magical at giving us energy, it’s so awesome.

  14. brittany on February 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    i think it’s so crazy how changing up your eats can help with your energy levels so much!! I am a habitual snoozer sometimes i press it for a full hour before i finally get out of bed! i’m thinking i need to try some more green juices and smoothies! I can’t wait for summer!!

  15. Nicky on February 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I dont really think a detox is the best thing…you already eat soooo well that I doubt it was your eating that cause the hormone imbalance

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2011 at 12:16 am

      it wasn’t that it was the eating- the detox is just the last step to clear out my body and make sure everything is healed

  16. Aylin @ GlowKitchen on February 3, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Ahhhhh quinoa flour!!! I just had cookies made from this and am excited to experiment. Keep up the detox! it looks like you’ve managed to eat like a Queen in spite of the detox 🙂 but I’d expect nothing less.

    This has inspired me to start my own detox plan before I move to Istanbul in 2 weeks. I’m so used to having everything at my disposal in NYC–green juice takeaways, raw food health stores, every ingredient ever created by man at my fingertips, so Istanbul will pose a challenge….but hey, maybe for the better? One thing Turks do good (aside from baklava and beaches) are fresh, local, untainted fruits and veggies that actually TASTE like real fruits and veggies should!!!

  17. Vanessa on February 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Haha, it seems like coconut ice cream makes the detox worth it. =) I’ve never had that brand before — and I’m thisclose to heading to the store!

    BTW, thanks for the fashion help on Twitter yesterday! http://swift-as-shadows.blogspot.com/2011/02/frozen-or-poised.html

  18. Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) on February 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I’m glad the detox seems to be working for you. 🙂 I am the same way about mornings! Maybe my hormones are to blame? Interesting thought…

    Coconut ice cream is yummmmy!!!!

  19. Ash on February 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Brrrrrr….so cold! Pupper and I are a teensy bit warmer up here. Stay cozy!

  20. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on February 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    The quinoa flour sounds interesting!
    I need to find some coconut ice cream – I’m wondering if Trader Joe’s has it…

  21. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on February 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for the honest and thorough report of how things have been for you, Gina! I really love reading posts like this…real LIFE posts, about how things are REALLY going! I am so happy for you that you feel like things are on the right track, like they are working out, that you trust your doctor (so key!!) and that you are so enthusiastic and optimistic about things.

    That’s great about the snooze button/morning energy stuff!

    And finding quinoa flour..yay for the things like that that just manifest and appear 🙂

    Have fun tonite!

  22. Christin@purplebirdblog on February 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I have been a snooze button monster lately and I really want to fix that! I will be doing an Amazing Grass 2 week challenge here shortly (their product and a higher raw diet than what I am eating now), and I’m hoping that I will get some fun results from that! 🙂

  23. Alexandra on February 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Hi Gina! I have a question: what do you mean by hormonal imbalances? You have written that a lot but I guess I’m not sure what it means. Do you know you have these imbalances because of blood work or because of tracking your cycle or because you are having trouble getting pregnant? If you don’t want to share, that’s fine, but if you don’t mind, I would love to know…

    thanks for writing such a fun blog!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2011 at 12:07 am

      all of the above

  24. Kami on February 4, 2011 at 12:05 am

    I feel you on the weather front. I didn’t know Tucson could get this cold. Where do you teach classes at? I’m trying to start getting into a workout ritual, but I haven’t found anywhere that I’m crazy about.

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2011 at 12:20 am

      do you like dance fitness?? send me an email if you’d like to take my class (fitnessista at gmail dot com) – besides teaching, i take classes at canyon fitness, the jcc, la fitness and yoga oasis. i’m all over the place 🙂

  25. Yvette on February 4, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Wow…you’re awesome and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Namaste Gurl on February 4, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Good to hear how your detox is going thus far- and glad your still going strong and following through with it! 🙂
    Can’t wait to hear how the rest of it turns out, and sure loving all your creative detox concoctions!

  27. Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete on February 4, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I’m IN SHOCK that Tucson got that cold. When we left there to move to Germany in ’07, I was wearing flip flops in December. It sucked acclimating to German weather after coming from Tucson. Wow.

    When I did my Ayurvedic cleanse, I felt great except for the last day that involved castor oil. NOT fun. Your cleanse/detox sounds a lot nicer!

  28. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on February 4, 2011 at 1:40 am

    That fountain is crazy! I hope the sun warms up the desert! I know my friend in flagstaff is dying right now.

  29. blackhuff on February 4, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I can find that Quinoa flour here where I live. I too would love to know what it taste like.
    Seems very cold that side of the world. Brrrr

  30. Sabine @ thefruitpursuit on February 4, 2011 at 3:21 am

    I am so happy to hear that SOMETHING is working and you’re feeling better 🙂

  31. CathyK on February 4, 2011 at 6:11 am

    thank you SO MUCH for sharing about the first 10 detox days, gina! i appreciate reading how you feel, what you miss, what the plan entails, foodwise.
    keep rockin’ the rest of the plan! you can do it! sounds like you got a great doc on your side…and of course, we’re all rooting for you, too! enjoy the “ice cream!”

  32. Katelyn on February 4, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I loved hearing about your detox! I guess you could say I’ve always been pretty “detoxed” considering I eat completely vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and eat mostly raw. But danggg, girl! If I had permission to eat a whole pint of coconut bliss I would SO take advantage:) I hope you enjoyed your delightful dessert and I’m so glad you’re feelings better!! xoxox

  33. Jessica on February 4, 2011 at 7:34 am

    How interesting. It seems like there are so many takes on what exactly an elimination diet is… I’m just about to start “Clean” by Alejandro Junger, another elimination diet fast cleanse program. But when i compare his list of approved/not-allowed foods, they are different than other elimination diets. SO confusing. Some allow sweet potatoes, some don’t some allow nuts some don’t some allow yogurt, some dont, some allow corn some don’t etc. etc. etc. I guess that’s where it is helpful to have the guidance of a professional!

  34. Val @ Balancing Val on February 4, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I did a strict detox once.

    I only ate vegetables, raw nuts and seeds and very little fruit.

    The first few days were HORRID! I didn’t even feel like myself. I had a horrible headache, cloudy, fatigued and depressed.

    I kept going and by the 5th day I felt AMAZING!

    I slept very well and had a beautiful clean energy all day that was more addicting than the sugar and caffiene that I was so dependent on!

    I’m going to do something similar again soon.

    Good luck with the rest of it 🙂

  35. Steph! on February 4, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Glad to hear the detox is going fairly well. I’ll be interested to hear the recap after 30 days! Enjoy that Coconut Bliss 🙂

  36. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on February 4, 2011 at 8:01 am

    After Ashley posted about her detox and now hearing about yours, I’m actually really interested in this way of balancing your diet again. What I love about it is that you’re both still eating plenty, just super clean foods! And coconut milk ice cream, of course 🙂

  37. Diane on February 4, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Coconut ice cream is SO good! For some reason detoxes to me always = being hungry all the time, but yours has looked pretty yummy 🙂

  38. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on February 4, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Great job on the detox so far Gina! I agree with you that green juices make SUCH a difference in my energy levels. I’m looking forward to hearing about how the rest of it goes, and I think it’s great that you’re experimenting with the foods you can eat to make the recipes more exciting. 😀

  39. Angie on February 4, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I so want to try quinoa flour! Sounds awsome…. and nowwww i’m on my way to get coconut icecream.. lol!! oh the ideas! ;o) Glad your detox wasn’t too painful!

  40. jenna on February 4, 2011 at 8:17 am

    on this plan is coffee banned? Also, I wonder how someone who did not eat as healthy as you do before going on this dexot would react? do you think it’s something anyone can just jump into or is it something they need to easy into? I need to read more on detoxing! I recently purchased kris Carrs new book and i’m loving.

  41. shannonmarie on February 4, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I love quinoa flour. I wish it was sold in my local grocery store. I have to make a huge trek (45 minutes each way) to Whole Foods to get it.

    I don’t like to be told what to eat either. I have a ton of exercise and health books with meal plans, but I’ve never followed a single one exactly the way it is written.

    Fingers crossed that your detox works for you 🙂

  42. Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews on February 4, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Your detox sounds so neat!

  43. Amanda @Fashionably Plate on February 4, 2011 at 8:50 am

    The ice cream looks so good! I am lactose intolerant, so I’m always on the lookout for dairy free treats!

  44. Leanne (For Health's Sake) on February 4, 2011 at 8:58 am

    That’s great that you’re feeling much better Gina! I think a balance of eastern/western medicine is the way to go! 🙂

  45. Kathie @ Frugal Fit and Fabulous on February 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Thank you so much for the detox recap. Im really glad it’s working for you and i dont see it being rather difficult at all.

    I do have a question for you tho..how would i go about finding a homeopath in my area? ive tried looking months ago but i must be searching wrong..LOL!!!

  46. Kat on February 4, 2011 at 9:03 am

    i haven’t tried pre-made quinoa flour, but I’ve made my own in the vita quite a few times. I just made garbanzo bean flour blueberry pancakes – so good!
    and coconut ice cream rocks 🙂

  47. carolinebee on February 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

    WHOA that fountain is craaaze! So glad to hear you are feeling more energized and *with* it 🙂 I just had a huge BC switch fiasco…basically was a raging beast for a week straight, wanted to simultaneously cry/hug everyone/kick them in the face :/ It was so obviously, directly connected to the medication..it was insane! I’m donezo now, and I def want to look into something homeopathic like this..thanks for all the info 🙂

  48. Shannon on February 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

    The vitamix makes great quinoa flour too- super easy!

  49. rebecca lustig on February 4, 2011 at 9:25 am

    ice cream makes anything better. it’s a fact.

  50. Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) on February 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

    So glad the detox is working for you! Sounds like a hard one, but you’re doing great 🙂


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