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TUESDAY, 3/20/12,  Day 1 of 14 of Detox Program, Overcoming Chronic Fatigue Health Log

Mar 20, 2012 - 0 comments

I am participating in a detox program where I have a diet where make dietary changes and take herbs to help the detox. I avoid caffeine (except from green tea), refined sugar and foods containing refined sugar, chocolate, alcohol, wheat and gluten, dairy (except eggs), soda, juice that is not 100% fruit or vegetable juice, red meats, fried foods, shellfish and high mercury fish such as swordfish. I am taking more time to rest during this program and working less.

I work to eat more of the following for the duration of the program:
Steamed vegetables, soups, salads, fresh vegetables, fruit juices, whole grains other than wheat (brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, oats, millet, amaranth, etc.), beans, cold water fish, fruits in season, sea vegetables, herbal teas (including green tea).

OVERALL DAY RATING
7

Why?  
I woke up later than I wanted to today and went to bed later than ideal last night. And day felt not so very productive.

HEALTH CONDITION [1 worst, 10 is best]
6

PAIN RATING [10 is worst pain, 0 is least]
0
No pains today, yippie.

FOOD DIARY

BREAKFAST
10:15 am  
Herbs for detox
10:45
2 slices Food for Life almond/rice bread
w/ cashew butter and Polaner all fruit (no sugar) grape jam
11:15 am
1 glass of lemon water

Comments: Messed up on the order. In future, will try to start the day with hot lemon water for duration of detox program. It was confusing with the requirement herbs 30 min before breakfast, that I forgot to take the lemon water, or wasn't sure if  I could take it before I take the herbs, but now I know to start the day with it.

SNACK
12 pm 1 glass OJ

LUNCH
2 pm
About 1 cup of raw kale salad: Kale (stems removed), avocado, green onion, chopped walnuts, salt, olive oil, lemon.

SNACK/ part DINNER
5:30 pm
I thought I had to go for drinks (non-alcoholic) at an event at 7 pm. I was so hungry so I ate something since I knew if I went to event would not have time to  cook dinner.
3/4 cup of kale salad (described above), plus bean sprouts, touch of olive oil and lemon and salt
1 Food for Life slice of almond/rice bread w/ hummus and touch of olive oil.
Still hungry so I  made tea.

DINNER
10:30 pm
2 serving spoons of brown rice, 3 serving spoons of vegetables and beans. Added a bit of salt.

I fell asleep when I decided not to go to the networking even, then woke up at 9:50 pm and started cooking. Just way tired from than 1.5 hour hot yoga class last night and muscles felt soar before nap.

RECIPE: HIJIKI, CARROTS & BEANS
1.5 cups of Cranberry Beans (looks like light color pinto beans)
1 lb bag of carrots (about 10-11 carrots)
1 cup of brown rice
1/2 large green onion or 1 small onion
1/2 a bag of Hijiki sea vegetables (50 g/ 1.76 oz bag)
1/2 to 1 tsp of salt (to taste)
2 medium-large pots with lids
1 medium size pot with lid
3-4 tbs of sesame oil


-Soak beans overnight in water, allowing room in water for beans to expand. Put in refrigerator.
-Soak rice overnight in water, allowing room in water.
- Fill medium-large pot #1 with 1/3 with water. When boils, remove water the beans soaked in by pouring into sink, add beans and 1 inch of Kombu. Cook for about 30 min. Check after 30 minutes if beans done by taking out a bean with a spoon and pouring cold water over it then eating cool bean. If soft texture is done. [Important: Do not add salt to beans while cooking. It will make it harder for beans to soften. Salt is used much later in the recipe.] When done, place back into pot if you need to use the strainer for the vegetables or vice versa.
- Fill medium pot with 2.5 cups of water. When boils add rice and 1 tsp. of coconut oil and a dash of salt. Stir only once (only once is necessary). When water boils, put on lid to pot and turn flame down to medium heat. Check in 20 min. if cooked. (If water dries out, can add more.) May take up to 30 minutes (Cooks quicker because rice is pre-soaked.
- Take half the bag of Hijiki sea vegetables and place in soak in water for 15 minutes, while you chop the carrots.
- Julienne cut the carrots, then cut in half, so about bite size.
- Fill 1/2 to 1/3 of medium-large pot #2 with water. When boils, add carrots. Then after a few minutes, add Hijiki. Cook for about 10 minutes. Then add to strainer. Pour bit of cold water over vegetables to stop them from cooking. Place back in pot if you need to use the strainer for the beans or vice versa.
- Chop onion into small pieces.
- In the same pot (after all water is poured out), add 3-4 tbs of sesame oil. Once heated add chopped onions. When translucent or almost clear looking, onions should be cooked.
- Then to the pot with the cooked onions, add beans and vegetables (Hijiki and carrots).
- Add 1/2 to 1 tsp of salt to taste. Stir.
- Serve over or with brown rice.
NOTES: I like to eat sea vegetables often with sesame oil, because it masks the sea flavor of the sea vegetable and makes them much more pleasant to taste, in my opinion.


SNACK
12 am, Amande, blueberry yogurt

WATER INTAKE
1 glass in am with detox supplements in am
2 glasses while out
1 glasses water with dinner and regular nighttime supplements
2 cups hot water, 1 am
1 cup of Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tea (listed above)

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TOTAL WATER INTAKE (ESTIMATE): 6- glasses

EXERCISE:
Skipped today

BWL MOVEMENT/s: (Yes/No, How many?)
Yes

WEAKNESSES/ TO WORK ON:
Not drinking enough hot water during day as part of my detox program. Not tracking my water consumption as accurately as would like.
Not doing enough organizing, cleaning, reading, working and

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

SLEEP (previous night and naps during day): 9 hrs
REST: 1.5 hrs
2 am-8 am Sleep [6 hrs]
8-9:30 am [lie in bed in and out of sleep]

ACTIVITIES [- out of 10 rating]
9:45-11:45, Have breakfast, watch Today show, answer emails.
12-12:45, Cleaning
12:45-1:00, Shower
1:30-2:15, Prepare lunch and eat lunch
2:15, Prepare to leave for appointment
3:00-4:30, Organizing Project (w/Mark)
5:30-6, Snack, Part of Dinner
6:00-6:15, Emails
6:30-9:30, Long nap
9:50-10:30, Cook dinner
10:30, Eat
11-11:30, Watch TV, write log and night's recipe.
11:30 pm-1 am, Clean dishes, work on log, watch late night shows.
1 - 3 am, Emails, computer work.

COMMENTS ON ACTIVITY:
Too late a start, need to get to bed earlier.
Would like to spend more time cleaning and organizing, sending resumes. Felt too tired to go to evening event. Noting that the day after the 1.5 hot yoga class muscles feel more soar than the regular yoga and may need more rest the following day.  Would like to go to bed earlier, rather than take extra long naps.


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