I have officially begun my journey into the BX world...
The way this protocol works is that you first have to complete a 5 day "pre-cleanse" in which you begin adhering to the BX Diet, do a 3 day juice cleanse (smoothies are OK too), and then on the evening of the 4th day, begin a distilled water fast for 10 hours before administering the first dose of the BX energy catalyst on the morning of day 5. Oh yeah, and you also have to do intestinal cleansing every day too. I promise not to go into detail about that part. EW. Just EW. This is what I think of every time I hear the word enema: https://youtu.be/jKofnVkUwBA
Anyway...yesterday was hard. I wasn't prepared and we didn't have much in the house that fell within the parameters of the BX diet. So, I was HANGRY and just generally pissed at my situation and unfortunately was very moody and not too nice to my family. BUT, I went shopping last night, and got enough to get me through my 3 day juice cleanse, and that reduced a lot of my stress.
Just as in times past where I've tried to change my eating habits, it's very MENTAL, and I understand this, but it's also EMOTIONAL. Here are a few reasons why I'm lamenting the loss of sugar and hundreds of other foods from my life...
Food has so many meanings!
It means FAMILY!
It means CELEBRATIONS!
It means TREATS!
It means HOLIDAYS!
It means COMFORT!
It means ENTERTAINMENT!
I kept focusing on LOSING those things...but in reality, I'm not losing any of those things! They might be altered because I will have to modify the foods -- but I will still get to participate in all of those things, and I know I can still find joy!
Today I woke up feeling more optimistic than I was yesterday...I know it's only day 2, but taking it one day at a time, like everything else in my life, is what keeps me sane. I know that positive thoughts will become positive words and actions, and so I am trying to see the positives in this situation. There are many!
1. I know I will feel better
2. I will most likely lose weight
3. There are still a ton of foods on my approved list that I LOVE
4. This process will help me get healthy so that I can hopefully have another baby
5. I will learn how to eat healthier and incorporate that into how my family eats, resulting in everyone getting healthier
I also know that there will be many hard days ahead, and that as my body heals and the bad cells die off, I will feel like crap. BUT IT WILL BE WORTH IT.
So, I thought I'd share 2 recipes from what i've eaten today:
1/2 head of red cabbage, cut into wedges
2 kale leaves
1 red bell pepper, quartered
2 red apples, cut into wedges
Juice the cabbage first, followed by the kale, pepper, and apples.
(This recipe was taken from "The Complete Book of Juicing" by Michael T. Murray)
For lunch I wanted something sweeter -- so I made up a smoothie:
1 cup coconut water
1 medium banana
6 large strawberries, hulled
1/2 cup blueberries
2 kiwi fruit, peeled
1 small avocado
1 cup ice
Blend until smooth and enjoy!