So, I'm over the halfway mark to 10 days. I'm confident that when I decide to finish this detox that I will be able to see that my assumptions about how I thought I thought it would go. I really didn't think I would have the same energy that I normally have let alone feeling more energy. I've had a few thoughts about making some changes to my diet after the detox is over, but I'll talk about that in another blog. Today we went to the lake. My parents have a boat and my sister and her family were in town, so we all went to Lake Skiatook and went swimming. Everyone was swimming, having fun, and enjoying the cool water on a hot sunny day. It was a great time. I took a lot of water and 32oz of my juice. I also had some fruit in the way of strawberries and mango for a little snack...still fruit, just with the pulp! While I was enjoying my detox diet, my family was chomping on turkey sandwiches, cheese, fritos, cheetos, Chips Ahoy chunkie cookies, salted pretzels, and other stuff. I think somebody waved something in my face once, but I was so in the zone, I can't remember who it was.
After we got home, I put on my cycling kit and headed out for a ride. I decided to do a regular 20 miles and compare how I felt and my avg speed to my normal rides. It was about 6pm when I left the driveway, 100F with a 103F heat index. Not to worry, I've ridden my bike in the Hotter than Hell 100 miler in Texas so I was sure I could handle it. And in case I fell over from heat exhaustion and was incoherent, I had my ID bracelet on my wrist. Ha! I wasn't really worried, but anyways. I rode the first 10 miles up to Elwoods, a cafe on the River, and turned around and headed back into the wind. I really felt great the whole way. In light of the fact I hadn't had dinner at that point and had been swimming the whole day I'm proud of my 17.5mph average.
One of the things I was curious about when I started this thing was the energy factor. So far, I'm really surprised by how I've felt. Two weeks ago I read that Dave Zabriskie was riding the Tour de France on a vegan diet except for every few days when he would eat some salmon to help with iron intake. Keep in mind the Tour is 21 days of riding a bike at an average of 25mph for 4-5 hours a day. Then I watched the Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead documentary a few days later. It was a "perfect storm" of events that made me feel confident about trying it out. If you're interested in incorporating more healthy food into your diet, keep checking back here. I'm going to blog about some easy ways you can consume more healthy, natural foods without investing in a juice machine.
What do you think would happen to your energy levels if you didn't eat bread, meats, or cheeses for 10 days?
Let me know, I'd like to hear from you.