To ready myself for the Holiday gluttony, I decided to do SELF magazine’s Drop10 Detox. I like it I’m just told what to do and where to go and don’t have to put a lot of thought into this, yet know that what I’ll be eating and doing is healthy. I’m a longtime Self subscriber and they offer little plans like this quite often, but this is my first time doing it. Here we go!
What I like about this program is that even though it’s called a ‘detox’, I think it’s being used in a pretty loose interpretation here. Basically, this is just a clean eating, vegetarian plan, with the ‘detox’ part coming in the exercise component. Normally Self’s programs have an added exercise plan that includes cardio, weights, etc. For this one, you’re encouraged to lay off the intense exercise and just do 3 30-60 minutes “light” workouts (definitions of light may vary…I don’t consider jogging for an hour a “light” workout) along with daily yoga moves. For someone who aspires to be a runner just cause I live in a city full of ’em…well, and because it’s cheap and accessible, (yet actually need to get off my lazy ass and do it regularly), this seems pretty doable. They give you daily meal plans, a shopping list, exercise sheet, the works. The painful part came when I went grocery shopping. Ouch. They did a great job creating a varied menu, but if you do it by the book, you end up buying a lot of stuff that you’ll only use a portion of. I sucked it up and bought it all, including an entire package of Medjool dates even though only 1 is required. Gah. But…If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do this.
Breakfast – Blueberry Protein Smoothie
Wow, this was good. I don’t usually put greek yogurt in my smoothies (just almond milk), and I think I’ve been missing out. Filling and delicious.
Lunch – Pad Thai Salad
This was a really tasty salad. Didn’t really taste like pad thai, but I’m obsessed with chickpeas and peanut butter, so anything that incorporates both is a winner in my book. I would definitely make this again, but with the following substitutions – fish sauce instead of soy sauce for a more authentic flavor, and less water (it was waaaay too liquidy).
Dinner – Chipotle Coleslaw Veggie Burger
(Sorry, no photo. I scarfed it too fast…)
I couldn’t find the Amy’s Bistro Burgers, so I subbed the Trader Joe’s veggie burgers. Not a direct swap since the TJ burger has more calories and uses oats instead of rice. It was crazy good though. Also, for my “whole wheat bun” I uses a mini whole wheat potato roll. This probably wasn’t what they mean, but it was less calories that the regular buns and had some added sweetness, which I liked.
Snack 1- Sliced hard boiled egg, tsp of mayo(I used Vegannaise because I’m OBSESSED with this stuff) and paprika on Wasa
Snack 2- Sliced cucumber, cream cheese, sea salt and red pepper flakes on Wasa
Overall, the food was seriously yum. Color me impressed.
Exercise – I did my yoga moves in the morning. It felt good to stretch, but honestly, I was a bit underwhelmed…I don’t normally stretch every day, though, so we’ll how this goes.
Meditation – I forgot about this. Oops.
Sleep – Went to bed at 10:30, which is pretty good.