In 2011, and just before my 50th birthday, I publicly—on this Journal—declared a detox. I don’t really like to write much about my private life, as Alabama Chanin has grown into something so much bigger than me. And, truth-be-told, I am a rather shy and private person. However, I forged ahead and wrote in the second post:
“I felt reluctant to continue writing about my detox after the first post as I thought that it could be, frankly, a bit boring. Each of us has visited a site where the writer has a fondness to overshare about their eating habits and diet: each morsel eaten, photos of unmentionable detox attributes, things that we really don’t want to know—way too much information. I don’t want to be that person.”
But, the fact of the matter is that I completed the detox, lost 25 pounds, and felt better than I had in years. At the time, I vowed to stay “on the path.” I swore to be committed, stay focused, and to forge ahead. The best laid plans of mice and me…
2015 finds me grateful for a full year of goodness at Alabama Chanin. Our company has achieved so many accomplishments this last year and so many things have transpired since that 2011 detox. We’ve opened Building 14, opened a café and a store, a (then) new book, Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, was published, and. I’ve written a new book, and launched The School of Making.
At home, my daughter Maggie has survived to eight years old and managed to reach the middle of her Third Grade year with (mostly) straight A’s—an accomplishment that I rank at the top of my list (think nights of head-bashing homework). I became a grandmother, Maggie and I have raised a wriggling puppy to be a fine dog, we’ve added a horse to our family, planted a bevy of gardens, harvested them, put them up for winter fare, and taught granddaughter (and niece) Stella to make biscuits. All in all, life has been full—and fully appreciated. I’ve eaten delicious food, gone back for seconds, tasted our café’s wonderful cakes and plates of The Factory Benedict. I’ve enjoyed wines from around the world, drank my fair share of bubbly, danced on tables (well a chair); however, I’ve perhaps exercised a bit less than I should have and slept fewer hours than I would have liked. My clothes are a little tight, I find myself more tired than I used to be, and it’s time to do something about it.
So here I am publicly declaring my Detox 2015 (I am keenly aware that this reeks of a New Year’s Resolution—so, those of you who scoff at resolutions, please forgive me).
I’ve never been very good at following one set program, but here’s what I plan to start today. If you feel so inclined, follow along with me:
- Begin the elimination program put together by Dr. Alejandro Junger to ease into the Clean Program. (However, I will continue with one cup of coffee each morning—there have to be some limits.)
- Eliminate foods from that aren’t great for my blood type. (I found that this works very well for me and follow these guidelines pretty regularly in life.)
- Use the Long Life Cocktail from the Fat Flush Program—which consists of 1 Tablespoon of freshly ground flax seeds (I use an old coffee grinder that I cleaned out thoroughly) with Cranberry Water, taken in the morning and at night. I always feel so good when I do this and have been told that it is effective for cleaning out your liver.
- Drink a cup of caffeine free tea with lemon at least once a day.
- Drink more water.
- Abstain from eating at least 12 hours each night and into the morning to allow the digestive system to rest.
- Enjoy a freshly prepared juice (including greens) and one smoothie every day (I’ve stored lots of fruit in my freezer over the summer).
- Stretch, play, and do some form of yoga for at least a little while each day.
- Eat a hot meal for lunch each day that follows the Clean Cleanse program.
That’s it for 3 weeks. After that I will see how I feel and decide if I’m prepared for the full-on 21-day detox.
I urge anyone to join along and let me know how you are doing in the comments below. Please remember that I AM NOT A DOCTOR and this is just what seemed to work for me before. Visit a doctor for a full check-up before you begin any program and choose to follow only what works for you.
For those of you in The Shoals community, The Factory Café will be serving one “Natalie’s Clean Detox” meal each day on our menu—beginning this coming Wednesday. You can sign up for our menu updates here or view the menu online daily here. And use the new guides below to fit our café offerings into your own health program.
Gluten Free: items marked with this symbol (G) are appropriate for those who choose to avoid gluten. If you have a gluten allergy, please let us know and we will take special precautions to avoid cross contamination.
Vegetarian: Dishes marked with this symbol (V) are made without meat, fish, or fowl.
Natalie’s Clean Detox: Menu selections marked with this symbol (NC) follow our 2015 clean diet detox program (see additional information) and include no beef, pork, eggs, dairy, gluten, or processed sugar. To the greatest possible extent, these dishes are made with whole foods and unrefined ingredients that are unprocessed or minimally processed.
Paleo Diet: Menu items marked with this symbol (P) are designed to be high in protein and fiber, low in carbohydrates and sodium and, to the greatest possible extent, free from refined sugar and dairy.
Happy Detox 2015,
Clean by Alejandro Junger
Clean: Cleanse Manual (online PDF)
Clean: Cleanse Recipes (online PDF)
Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr
The Fat Flush Plan by Ann Louise Gittleman
Eat Right for Your Type by Peter J. D’Adamo
Canyon Ranch: Nourish by by Scott Uehlein and Canyon Ranch