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Posted on Feb 24, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 5 comments

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Well, it should come as no surprise to you all that I’m sick again – nothing truly debilitating, just a severe cold where I’m congested, watery-eyed and sneezing every 5 minutes (plus the whole generally-feeling-awful thing, natch.) It’s super attractive, I know. I’m actually kind of embarrassed to tell you about it, but I guess you guys know by now that I really am ALWAYS sick. The retribution of a lifetime of poor health habits, I suppose. Hopefully this “detox” diet is going to help reboot me. Actually, now that I think about it, maybe me being sick is a symptom of detoxification? Is that a thing? Well, even if it isn’t, I’m going to think it is so that I have something else to blame other than me shockingly poor immune system.

Speaking of my diet, last night it epically failed. I went to my friend Amanda’s place with my roommate Erin for a Mary Kay facial party!

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Naturally, Daxter had to come and be the party mascot.

Our consultant, also named Amanda (yep, that got confusing during the night, haha), was awesome, and it was really fun to have a girly night, but despite my best efforts of asking Amanda to provide a healthy snack (which she totally did – veggies & hummus!) I did not stick to only consuming said healthy snack. I noshed on the entire spread, which was, well, see for yourself:

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I actually only had a couple pieces of cheese, but I definitely partook in way more chips & dip than I should have. Naturally I justified it with the fact that I could count what I had eaten that day on one hand (literally! Green tea, apple, bell pepper, almond crackers, homemade hummus. Done.) Actually, the most terribly amazing element of the snackfest were these coconut almond bars that Erin made. They were like teeny tiny little bites of heaven, and that is no exaggeration! Thank goodness she cut them into such small pieces otherwise I would be feeling much worse, I’m sure (in more ways than one.)

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Do they not look amazing? Well, triple how awesome they look, and that’s how good they tasted. Roommate! You are derailing my detox! 😛

Haha, of course she has absolutely no blame in this, it was all my choice to go all nom-nom at the par-tay. It was interesting though, even after only “detoxing” with this plant-based, (mostly) gluten- and meat-free diet for a couple of days, I could already notice how bad the chips, dips, and sugar-overload made me feel physically. I didn’t really expect that, but only a short while after consuming them my stomach felt really uncomfortable, crampy, and gurgly (sorry if this is TMI, hahahaha.) It didn’t last that long, but it definitely made me think about the direct physical effects of what I’m putting in my body.

The girly “ladies night” party was really fun, and I got to show off some of the Stella & Dot Spring Collection:

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All in all a good night, despite the poor dietary choices. Oh well, you live, you learn, you move on. My new philosophy (thanks Sally Brown!)

Question: do any of you have any at-home cold remedies? Any favorites you’d be willing to share? I’m trying to wean myself off of my love for pills, syrups, powders, and basically anything with tons of medical crap in them, hahaha. My general wellbeing says thanks in advance!

5 Comments

  1. Lemon-Ginger tea with honey. Hmmm! How’s the detox going for you? I just purchased a book on detox and cleansing. Honestly, I’m a bit intimidated by the whole thing!

    Get well!
    -K

    • Weeeeeell, I don’t think I’m exactly following the detox plan to a T here… but I can say that even without following the plan exactly (it’s a no-meat, no-dairy, no-gluten plan but that’s really hard! hahaha), I feel like I’m basically resetting my system by eating so many veggies, fruit, and freshly juiced fruits & vegs. I can really tell how eating, well, crap affects my body now! It’s kind of eery how much I feel that’s taken effet. If you attempt a detox diet, you’ll have to let me know how it goes for you for sure!

  2. Sorry to hear you are sick again 🙁 I know a few people that got sick at the beginning of a detox so it’s very possible. Garlic is great for colds but you have to have it raw :/ the following Rae juice should help but avoid kissing anyone 🙂

    1/2 pineapple
    1 orange
    1 lemon
    2 carrots
    1 large clove of garlic
    1inch piece of Ginger
    1/2 fennel bulb

    Juice all the above and drink.

    Get well soon!
    Xx

    • Thanks girl! I actually just borrowed (er, stole?) my mom’s juicer so I’m going to be trying this out fo’ sho’.

  3. To add to the already present list:
    – Chrysanthemum tea (the white one with the yellow centre). That flower is known to have some wicked natural antibacterial properties.
    – hot water with honey
    – if you take green tea, don’t add anything – take it dark and strong
    – low acid orange juice for vitamin C

    That’s all I can think of for now. I myself am an anti-pill taker when sick. I am a firm believer that the body can take care of itself during a cold.

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