recalibration, day 1

by Holly on February 26, 2011

in breakfast,healthy tips,running,seriousness,vegan

I really don’t like the word ‘detox.’

In fact, it’s one of the reasons I invented my 12-Step No-tox. Without drinking any nasty cayenne-lemon-maple syrup drink (I’m looking at you Beyonce!), I truly believe our bodies are equipped with the tools they need to excrete, expunge and cleanse our amazingly efficient systems. Detox to me is just an amazingly catchy word for selling magazines, juice-only diets and impressionable girls into thinking they aren’t doing enough in life if they aren’t detoxing.

However, I get it.

I get that after two weeks of long work hours, takeout food box upon takeout food box, ice cream + migas galore, a near-death flight, poor sleep, not enough sleep, skipped workouts, macaroni + cheese pizza (x2), sporadic showers and two missed episodes of Glee (the horror!), one may feel the need to detox.

And if you didn’t catch on, that ‘one’ is me.

As much as I hate to admit it, I work better on a schedule.

My Type B nature hates it, but my body truly works best when it knows what to expect: 6:30am wake-up time, 10:00pm bedtime, workout after work, 10 servings of good-for-me fruits + veggies a day, Modern Family on Wednesday nights, talking to my Jake Gyllenhaal poster for 5 minutes before bed and most importantly, having time to just relax.

While life isn’t going to be on the perfect schedule to allow me to maintain this routine all the time, which is good because I like spontaneous happy hours + nights out with friends, I do go a bit crazy when my schedule gets too crazy. And yeah, I got that from my mama {everythingtarian}.

With my half-marathon one month from today, it’s time for yours truly to stick to my schedule, say no to things and focus on what I need to do to get race ready.

And I’m starting today.

Because the longest I’ve run is 6 miles and that is exactly 7.1 from what I need to do in 29 days.

I don’t really have any strict rules for this recalibration of sorts, but here is what I’m thinking:

  • 99% REAL food <- severely limiting processed food, with the exception of the almond Hershey kisses in our office because two of them after lunch is sweet tooth satisfying perfection
  • 10 servings of fruits + veggies/day
  • 3-5 servings of fermented foods/week <-┬ámiso soup, kombucha, sauerkraut, yogurt all help with digestion and are full of essential amino acids + probiotics galore
  • limiting alcoholic libations to 1 – 2 drinks per week
  • closely monitoring my sugar intake <- consuming natural sugars > artificial ones
  • only eating out 1-2 times a week
  • FOLLOWING MY HALF-MARY TRAINING PLAN {!!!} <- perhaps the most important step of all

Just some simple guidelines to get me back on track. Nothing crazy. Good food will still be had.

Like Chai Chia Coco-nana Oatmeal.

1/2 cup rolled oats + 1 cup brewed chai tea
1 T chia seeds
1 T cocoa powder
1 packet NuNaturals stevia
sprinkle of cinnamon
1/2 mashed banana
1 heaping T macadamia nut butter

Yummy. Filling. Well-balanced.

One serving of fermentation + fruit down, all real food and lightly sweetened with stevia – a good start to this whole recalibration process, if I do say so myself.

Now I must move on to filling my veggie quotient…

Recipe to come…

Maybe the word ‘detox’ is all in the semantics.




Whatever you want to call it, I know I will be fueling my health and shedding a couple of extra lbs that have made their way to my runner’s thighs without having to drink gallons of cayenne, lemon and maple syrup cocktails.

So take that Beyonce.

Detoxes. Tell me – love ’em or leave ’em. Sharing is caring!


Erica February 26, 2011 at 10:15 am

I’m sooooo with you….the whole concept of detox diets freaks me out. Your plan looks perfectly. Lots of fruit & veggies, water, exercise and time to ones self is the perfect way to “detox”. Ow- that bowl of mashed cauliflower looks awesome. I hope you have a nice weekend- good luck with the training plan

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

I need a nut butter detox. LOL.

kathleen February 26, 2011 at 10:24 am

I hear ya. Another good way to recalibrate is to get a really good nights sleep. Either that or I’m stuck on the sleep thing because I need more. It could just be me =) you really can’t go wrong with anything you’d doing. Perhaps it should be titled “back to basics”. Hope you feel glorious soon! Good luck with marathon training. I find it so hard to stick to those dang schedules.

VeggieGirl February 26, 2011 at 10:30 am

Emotional detoxes = love them. Other/typical food detoxes = NO.

Amanda (Eating Up) February 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

Real food provides the best fuel for our body, for sure. Liquids just don’t cut it. I like your plan–especially the fermented foods part. That’s really interesting!

Kaleigh February 26, 2011 at 10:41 am

I love detoxing! But no all-liquid diets, for sure. I completely agree with you on that. Real foods is where its at!! I like your plan, it looks great. And you’re going to do great!

Alison February 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

I much prefer “recalibration” to “detox” too. Semantics totally matter.

I’ll freely admit that I found myself in a similar place myself just a few short months ago, and I’m here to say I feel like I’ve recalibrated. (Not without a few bumps, hunks of dark chocolate and glasses of riesling mind you, let’s not be ridiculous here.) I’m totally digging what you’ve laid out – If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, as they say! This post is too bootylicious for me babe.

Ashley @ 365 things February 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

Routines help keep my head on straight too. I like routines and plans and having it all laid out. Most of the time, if I don’t specifically schedule something, it just doens’t get done.

Just wanted to add those oats looke devine. I’m a sucker for a good bowl of oats with chocolate and peanut butter (or macadamia butter in this case..which I’ve never had).

One Healthy Apple February 26, 2011 at 11:43 am

Detoxes are not really my bag. I tried it after seeing a holistic medicine practitioner and it was bad for my soul. I love whole food, delicious fats, real food, and a little bit of food that makes me happy all mixed in. You have a great plan!

Amber February 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

right now I am doing a 7 day raw food challenge. It’s my natural way of getting everything back on track.

Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 26, 2011 at 11:49 am

Love the concept of recalibration, not detox! Good luck.

Mackenzie February 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

Do you mind if I ask what your half marathon training schedule is? I’m running one March 13th, and the longest I’ve run so far during my training is 8 miles (which I blacked out and threw up in the shower afterwards… no bueno). I kind of wanted to see what your plan was because mine is not working well for me at the moment.

Niamh February 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

I have the same worry about the word detox too. But I can also see how, if done healthily, giving your body and digestive system a ‘rest’.
I look forward to seeing how you do it, and getting some ideas for myself. :)

Maren February 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Never done one. Man so many people in the blog world are doing them. I’m definitely one that needs one. I haven’t kicked my sweet tooth literally since Christmas. It’s awful!! Maybe your no-tox approach has convinced me. It seems simple enough. Good luck! Hope you are feeling top-notch soon!

Meister @ The Nervous Cook February 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I agree that “recalibration” is probably closer to it — especially since it doesn’t sound like there’s anything particularly “-tox” to recover from! It sounds like you’ve got a really well-balanced plan in mind, and I bet you’ll totally nail that half-mar. Good on you, and I hope you feel fantastic!

my little celebration February 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Love em if they’re healthy, like yours. Right now I’m detoxing from sweets – none until March 13, John and I’s 1 year wedding anniversary. I was getting to the point where I was unphased by multiple treats a day. My sugar tolerance level was through the roof.

elise February 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm

im with you…its all in a name. because of the way it has played out in the media, what used to be a legit thing turned into a total gimmick. im looking at you beyonce…nowadays “detox” is synonymous with “celebrity diet trend” …and cleansing and fasting are right behind following suit. too bad. its a good idea in theory. especially after youve had a weekend of boozing and chowing like its your last weekend of living. those ARE fun though. :)

Sarah February 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I too don’t like the word “detox” – I happen to luurrve desserts – yet understand wanting to up the veggie/fruit/real food intake. I also struggle with the staying on a training plan, which I attribute to lack of structure {busy weeks at work} + lack of sun. I’m having a TOUGH time training in this snow for my spring marathon. Ugh! Good luck with everything:)

Amy B @ Second City Randomness February 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I “detox” with greens. Limiting desserts and incorporating mostly salads and veggies of all sorts. I’m currently doing the same. I’ve had a few heavy-hitting weekends and a few more coming up. I figure if I can practice clean eating during the week, it’ll help off-set the damage. :p

Although I do reserve the right to have a proper Sunday Funday tomorrow. Megan and I are climbing the stairwell of a 96-floor building, afterall…

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

the last week of December I wrote a big post about detoxes and why I am not a fan. I think our bodies can do everything they need to do, provided we are eating fresh fruit/veg, drinking water, sleeping, moderate exercise. That we dont have to “cleanse”. Just my personal opinion however i know for some ppl they do see benefit to doing cleanses and detoxes…hopefully supervised and for the right reasons.

Your plans & ideas are EXACTLY what I would do and i think perfect!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I don’t like the word “detox” either – I think it has a bad connotation to it. But, I can totally see where you’re coming from. After holidays or vacations, all I want are whole foods!

Angharad February 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I have super loved my winter off from exercising – it’s been so freeing to do literally…nothing. Well, except the odd yoga class and lots of upper arm workouts while baking :)

But I have to say I’m really looking forward to running again after all this time off. I should really sort out my eats too because frankly they suck. Thanks for some much-needed inspiration.xx

Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches February 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I don’t love the word “detox” either because it brings up visions of all-grapefruit diets and other weird things like that, but when they’re done without going overboard, a detox can be just what the doctor ordered. A detox for me is just a time where I can consciously refocus my eating intentions, and I appreciate detoxes for that very reason. It’s like resetting the clock and starting from square one. No guilt, just zen. :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes February 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I like your recalibration plan! :) I have never done a detox as I don’t like extreme things. If you tell me I can’t do something, I really, really want to do it… But I do believe in taking a good, hard look at your diet and lifestyle choices once in a while and making some adjustments. And lots of fruits and veggies, less sugar, and very little processed stuff is always good.

Sarah February 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I like the word “recalibration.” I think I have somewhat of a type B personality, too- I do not like to be told what to do (even if I am telling myself). Recalibration sounds like less of a demand.

Little Bookworm February 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Love the sound of the Chai Chia Coco-nana Oatmeal! Good luck with the ‘recalibration’! :)

carin February 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

mmm i need to join you! no more candy. i’m sICK of eating out. i think i’ll start a no-tox too.

Sarah @ One Love Sarah February 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I’m not in love with the word detox, but switching focus and trying to be healthier is a great thing. I need a little lifestyle change, last week was bad for me too!

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I can definitely feel the need for a detox after eating out too much. Thankfully I’ve been good about it recently- mostly because I have no money to eat out :)

Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

I used to be really intrigued by the lemon/cayenne/maple detox (although I never did it) and now I don’t think I ever would. I can feel huge improvements with my own type of detox by sticking to whole foods and cutting out processed sugar. Good luck with your “detox” – and good luck with 1-2 libations a week…my problem is that I open a bottle and then have to finish the thing since my husband doesn’t drink…which turns into multiple glasses in a week. Oh hello tangent…sorry. Stopping now. :)

Oh, one more thing – good idea to focus on fermented foods. I’ve never thought of putting an emphasis on that!

Jessica February 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Ugh I did the lemon-maple-cayenne detox once. I was supposed to do it for 3 days…I made it till 8 pm on day 1! I don’t know how anyone survives those detoxes. And cocoa oats? Noms. My favorite!

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby February 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

holly, i just adore you. my heart swooned when i read “talk to my jake gyllenhaal post 5 minutes before bed”.

because i might do something totally similar to that.
as in watching ~8 million jesse eisenberg interviews before i go to sleep in attempts to do some “the secret”type visualizing, all in hopes that his nerdy self might one day profess his long time nerd love for me.

do you and jake wanna come to the wedding? i’ll send an invite your way.

<333 loooove!

Katie February 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Sounds like a good plan, lady! I ate out 3 times yesterday – and today I made sure my diet has been packed with veggies. Can we call that a one day recalibration? Either way – I know what it feels like to need the green and the real stuff.

Also, after reading this, I just added kombucha to my shopping list. My belly thanks you, my wallet doesn’t. :-)

Lauren February 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I’ve tried the crazy cayenne lemon juice crap before and I just turn into a crazy B*^ch! I need food and so do all of our bodies…. starvation or “detox” doesn’t work.

I feel your pain though… I’ve recently hurt both (yeah, both) of my knees and can not exercise :( Instead, I’ve been baking! Time for this blogger to also, reschedule myself and drop a couple of lbs. that have found their way on to my body.

Jennie February 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

Holly, I’m a big fan of your blog. Keep the posts coming!
Regarding detoxing: I agree that the human body is well-equipped to self-regulate…if we’d only stop junking int up. I’m overdue for another round. The last (and only) detox I did was about 5 years ago.

My method was pretty straight forward. It lasted only 5 days & consisted of unlimited fruits, vegetables, yogurt & oatmeal. In addition, I allowed limited nuts & oils/natural sugars. At the end of 5 days, I was very cautious to reintroduce starches. I found I was craving pastas, breads & potatoes like a crazy person…just after 5 days.

Emily February 28, 2011 at 10:45 am

Ugh. I am totally feeling a detox these days. I’m so….off. But I love the sound of a “no-tox” more. xoxo

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