A New Day: Detox

I woke up this morning with a pit in my stomach after outing myself in my post last night about the troubles I've had with PPD. I quickly got over it though once I poured myself my third cup of coffee. At the moment, that liquid gold took all my worries away. It gave me a nice jolt to start my day, calmed my nerves, and filled my stomach. But what did it do it my mind? It made it go crazy. By the time 10 o'clock in the morning rolls around I'm thinking a million thoughts a minute and spouting off about 50k words a second. Sensory overload for anyone within ear shot.

So it occurred to me today, since I haven' been listening to my husband over the past few weeks, that perhaps I am drinking too much of that perky juice. Maybe I need to tone it down. Would that help ease my PPD? Well it might. But I can't just tone it down from three cups to one. Because if I have one I will have three. It has to be eliminated. And that doesn't mean that I will just let my trusty friend Cuisinsart sit on my countertop cold and asleep. No, I have to unplug and lug it to the pantry. I can't stand to see it's lifeless stainless steel body sit there begging to be turned on.

Then it got me thinking, what else am I relying on for comfort that I can let go of? Well clearly my first thought was wine. But there's no way I am going to give that up. That is the only adult thing I get to do after baby-wrangling all day. I love to sit down in my leather recliner, computer on the arm rest, tv turned into something trashy (a good dose of the womanizing Juan Pablo was a favorite), and a big ol' glass of red. I pushed that horrid thought right out of my head. I could never, would never, should never give up my fruity dessert.

Well, about 30 seconds later I plugged the bottle, sucked the air out and laid it to rest in the pantry next to my morning vice. I said my goodbyes and shut the door. My kitchen counters are now bare.

I made a vow to myself, I will give up both vices for 7 days. After 7 days I will evaluate how I am feeling. All jokes aside, perhaps eliminating all the caffeine and alcohol will ease my PPD. I have been told that when you eliminate things out of your diet, not to do it all at once. It's not realistic and within a day, if not by the end of the first day, you'll be adding it all back in. So this is my first go-around. Next will be refined sugar. But I'll wait until I get back from West Palm Beach to tackle that one.

You may be wondering what I will have in place of my three cups o' joe and my fish bowl size of wine: tea. I have already made my first pot of tea, and I'll be going back for more. I need to detox this body, and green tea is a start.

On a side note, it's good to be back in the bloggersphere! I have missed it, and have really appreciated all the support I have received through comments and e-mails!

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  1. I looove tea! I've never had coffee, and I plan to keep it that way :) Our cabinet next to our mugs is stocked full of Breakfast, Blueberry, Peach, Chamomile, Lemon Jasmine, Raspberry, and Honey Vanilla :D

    I generally have a cup of English Breakfast in the morning, in the afternoon I would make Green Tea, and in the evening something decaf and fruity. (not saying that I drink 3 cups a day though.) It's less caffine, and less fat than coffee (think lots of creamer), but of course I fill mine full of sugar ;)

    Good for you! I hope you find something that works for you and that you enjoy!!

  2. I'm not so sure I could have such strong will power! Bravo! Green Tea is my afternoon pick-me-up though! Cheers! -Xo


  3. sounds like a good start! i used to drink a ton of coffee in college but now drink "just an inch" because it gets me the same way...too jittery and then a crash! have you done any free classes at the library with your little guy? i'm still working on doing things like that but it definitely helps our day! we did an "open gym" class too where the kids can just run around and everything is babyproof. wish we were closer!

  4. It's hard giving up those vices--especially when you're used to having a few mugs/glasses each day! And when you get back home and give up refined sugar, you will be amazed at how awesome you feel. I go in spurts...sometimes I'm really good at leaving refined sugar alone, and then I'll have a bad day or week. But that's okay! It's always a work in progress!

  5. Loved this, really helpful - thank you! I've just bought the deal based on your review - they're not offering the detox pack this time, but nothing a bucket of Epsom salts can't fix. Horrible flashbacks to attempting a juice fast 10 years ago and beetroot going everywhere. Lesson: do not try to juice beetroot. full body detox cleanse

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