An entry written after Completing my first month with Detox ‘n Reboot.
So, the first month completed. A three day water fast, juices, smoothies, no gluten, dairy, meat, sugar, or medication and one colonic down. How do I feel? AMAZING! Was it easy? Not at first, and if you have a few minutes to spare, I will share with you the ins and outs (well, not all the gory details!) but my journey from the first day up until the present.
I suffer with Chronic fatigue syndrome, or some know it as M.E., I have and under active thyroid, loads of allergies to medicines, wheelchair user and for the last four years of my life been sedentary due to ill health, Much of my day spent in bed. From full time career girl to unemployed due to ill health, become morbidly obese, and longed to change my life. The trouble being, the NHS had no answers other than pills for symptoms, and surgery for obesity, the sooner the better. I went along with this for the last four years, but this year, after dealing with my binge eating disorder, and a spell of pneumonia in hospital, I began to think that there had to be another way to treat my ailments, eat healthier and heal through nutrients. I began to dream of finding the answer, and read anything I could about healing properties of food. But where to start?? I had no idea, other than the ‘healthy proportioned plate’ by the nhs dietitians.
Stumbled across Detox ‘n Reboot
After spending a lot of time on face book, and doing a completely different task, I came across Detox and Reboot’s logo, and curious to know what this ‘detox’ was and how exactly the ‘reboot’ worked I asked Chris ‘what’s it all about then, and is it any good?’
This looked and sounded like the ‘thing’ I’d been searching for, could I do it though??
I slept on the idea, to be honest, I thought that if I gave this too much thought I’d talk myself out of it.
So, a long skype conversation with Chris, to ascertain at what stage my thoughts/ mindset was, and bingo, I’m in!
The first three water fast days.
I had decided to go all out, after all, if I was going to go through a detox, why would I want to put chemicals in my body? I needed to know the nutrients I was then going to put in were going to make a difference. So the detox meant for me, detoxing of meds too (I don’t advise anyone doing this without a G.P’s guidance. )
The first day, was absolutely fine, I had imagined I would keel over, and not cope without food for the first day let alone 3! 3 litres of water, with pink Himalayan salts, colan cleanse , sea and soil caps and probiotics (all available through Detox ‘n Reboot) helped the second and third day be complete clear out days. Yes my body had decided to eject all toxins from all exits, boy did I feel rough!!! I really felt on the third day that I wouldn’t be able to carry on. This had to be the hardest day to date. I really hadn’t thought anything could be worse than being ill all day every day for four years, but hardcore detox…. Oh my! The good thing I began to realise was, it’s not ever going to be this bad again, why? Because after being that bad, there was NO WAY I was going to put anything past my lips again that would cause that!
By day four, things had calmed down and I started to introduce juices, and smoothies. This was a real tough one for my head to get around the weird blends, and also the colour GREEN.
Green was really not hitting home at all, in fact, the mere thought of the colour, the thought of anything green would literally turn my stomach. Day four was also the day to introduce WHEATGRASS shots. WELL, the green thing, the smell, ewwww! The only way I was going to get this down my neck was to do a small neat shot 3 times a day. Unfortunately, after more being violently sick and still trying to down it, I gave it a rest and concentrated on the juices and smoothies.
By day 6 and 7 I felt I could start introducing salad, and playing with new food ideas, a lot taken from Deliciously Ella (you can find her story and recipes on her blog). The biggest noticeable change by this time was, energy. I had energy to stay awake all day, I could feel as though I wanted to walk.
I haven’t mentioned exercise yet. A very important part of fitness and wellness. Yes, but how was I going to achieve this crucial part being sedentary for the best part of the day? Chris had the answer. The bloke from ‘Shallow Hal’, yes Tony Robbins and his Hour of power. No, I couldn’t manage the hour, however I managed 5 minutes bouncing on the gym ball holding on for dear life to my window sill and taking four sharp staccato breaths in and four out, as well as gratitude and affirmations like, ‘every day I feel better and better, YES’ to the rhythm of the breathing. This made me feel alive, after that simple breathing exercise, my face tingled with life. My thoughts were set up for the day to’ do this’. A coping mechanism nicely put into my day, that really made a difference.
After the first week of feeling, delicate, fragile and building myself up, the second week wasn’t going to be without effort.
Chris has surfed you tube to find me a chair to standing workout, progressively increasing the exercises and reps every other day. Each exercise designed to get some strength back into my wasting muscles, and corr. The first workout, was tough, at only 12 reps per exercise, how was I going to cope with this? Perseverance. Finding it hard, but keep on going knowing that the strength and fitness will come. I’m on my 4th week of exercise now, guess what? I’m up to 20 reps already and standing and sitting from my chair. I can walk round to get my shopping and choose my veg myself, something I couldn’t dream of 4 weeks ago. I have attempted to play Frisbee with my 9 yr old, again, amazing, I can walk with my stick, and not rely on a wheelchair. Still early days, however, the dramatic change is amazing. My friends are commenting how well I look, that I have the sparkle back, my skin is clear, I’ve lost 11kgs to date and just don’t ever feel the need to eat the way I did before. People are asking me what I am doing to look so different, my answer? ‘I’m enjoying healthy eating; a vegan diet and 30mins exercise daily.’
The food changes, I’m not going to real off loads of recipes here, all I will say is be brave and experiment.
Be careful to get a great balance of greens to every meal, as I found out (going back to the green thing) fermenting fruits and veg in your system leaves you gripey and running to the toilet.
It’s a good idea to vary what you eat, so salads, juices, stir fry’s, roast veg, stews. Sticking to one favourite ends up as food boredom and leaves you vulnerable to temptation.
I have a Husband, an 18yr old and a 9 yr old. All of which aren’t joining me on this venture, however, they have all said they want to be healthier now. So for anyone thinking how will I cope with the family as well? Do your own thing, be so sure this is your way now and don’t put yourself last on the agenda. If you’re the cook, try and be super organised and find the time to batch cook, have a soup, juice made in the fridge to grab when you have a ‘hunger must eat’ moment. A small handful of nuts for snacks and fruit in the bowl for 11’s.
It’s been a minefield of ‘What can I eat?’ but a few tried and tested recipes later and varying soups and salad, stews and roast veg I have a nice little thing going.
I am actually enjoying spices and herbs, tasting the food for real and enjoying every mouthful. It’s like being in your own restaurant.
I’ve had to adapt a few things in the kitchen, as standing and cooking was an absolute no, no. I have a perching stall in the kitchen, everything is at hand, and the washing up Has to be kept on top of as I use my blender and juicer daily. The deal is, I cook, the boys clean up. Hahahaha! I love it!
To wrap up my first month? LIFE CHANGING! From bed to kitchen , from chair to walking and workouts, from online order to shop.
The most important to me is from ill, dying person to Mum and Wife.
The best is still yet to come.
Heartfelt thanks to Chris and Michelle for the program and constant support. My gift to you both is my continuing success. xxxx