Saturday, July 30, 2016

Preparing for 21 Day Cleanse....

On Monday August 1st I will begin the 21 day cleanse.  Why am I doing this?  Well, to be a successful physician and to encourage my patients to take responsibility for their own health, I have to be able to practice what I preach-right??   So, if I'm going to recommend any type of cleanse or diet I probably should experience it for myself.  It's only fair.  And...it may be required for one of my shifts.

Whats this cleanse consist of?  When I tell people what I can't have, they immediately get a disgusted look on their face and respond, "what in the heck CAN you eat?"  I actually can eat a lot.  I just finished doing some meal prep for the week and I'm actually excited to eat the food I made.

Here are some things I can and can't have:

NO
Caffeine (this includes coffee AND green tea--this will be tough as I've NEVER given up coffee)
Alcohol (no Millers for 3 weeks... but I didn't drink for 6 months while on chemotherapy so certainly I can forgo it for 21 days....)
Sugar (doable)
Gluten (doable)
Corn (doable)
Soy (doable)
Eggs (this is a tough one)
Red Meat, Pork, Deli Meats,  Bacon, Sausage (doable)
Nightshade Veggies:  tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, eggplant, chili peppers (doable)
Processed foods (doable)
Artificial Food Additives (doable)
All Dairy (doable)
High-Sugar/Glycemic Fruits: bananas, grapes, papaya (doable)
Peanuts (doable)

So...what CAN I eat???
Fish, lots of fish. (Wild)
Chicken, turkey, lamb, wild game.  (Preferably "free-range", Organic or Kosher)
Vegetables (preferably organic--dirty dozen vs. clean 15--visit here for that list:  https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/
Fruits--almost all fruits except the "no's" listed above (bananas, grapes and papaya)
Grains-non-gluten grains, brown/wild/red/black/jasmine/basmati rice, millet, quinoa, rice cereals
Beans--lots of beans
Nuts and Seeds (but not peanuts remember!)
EVOO, Sesame oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and flax oil
WATER, lots of water.
Caffeine free herbal teas
Rice, almond, hemp, coconut milk

So...there's a LOT I can eat.  The purpose behind this diet is to avoid the most common allergens to allow your gut to heal.  You eliminate them for 21 days and then you slowly add them back in, only 1 at a time.  The foods with known allergens should be added last:  corn, wheat, soy, dairy, eggs, coffee, sugar, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, gluten and yeast.  After this detox your GI system will have rid itself of toxins and undigested waste materials making it more responsive to food.  If you have a reaction to a food when it's reintroduced it should be avoided for another 3 weeks.  It's likely though there will be NO reaction as your body has eliminated the toxins and it's as if you are starting with a clean slate.

So, here are some pictures of the foods I prepped for the first few days.  The first 7 days I am allowed to have meat products and then Days 8-13 I have to completely cut out  animal meat products (this may be where I cry).  The last 7 days I am able to add them back in.

Grilled turkey burgers and chicken (3 meals prepped with chicken, rice and green beans).  
Veggie Snack Packs ready to grab and go


Extra Rice for other meals

"Ground Chicken Hash"-ground chicken, sweet potato, zucchini and mushrooms with a little coconut oil

This cleanse has been done numerous times by many patients and classmates and they have all made it out alive.  I've been warned by a couple classmates that it has brought them to tears.  (OH NO.)  But, if I can do it while going through medical school any one can do it...and we will come out with a healthier gut, body, mind and spirit.  So, please wish me luck as I begin this detox for the next 21 days.  Before Monday begins I might be indulging in many foods on the NO list...because I can.   I apologize now for any episodes of "hangriness."

On Monday I will let you know how I'm feeling, how the day went and about how many calories I am getting in and a little something else I'm adding to this cleanse.  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend--I'm off to eat.  

Erin

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