Sometimes you start a liver cleanse the same week that you start your period & you end up stuffing toxins up your vag. I’m referring to my menstrual cup, which is made of silicone. If you read this post, you’ll see that silicone is not so great. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, so I’m continuing to use it for the time being.
Well, now that everyone who was originally going to read this post is probably gone, I suppose I should get to the subject matter at hand. This is just an overview of my first week on Dr. Wentz’ fundamental Liver Support Protocol from her new book, Hashimoto’s Protocol.
My strategy for surviving on AIP during the work week is batch cooking breakfasts & lunches on the weekend. Yes, I eat breakfast at my desk as well as lunch because I can’t get my ass out of bed early enough to eat before leaving for work. In truth, I’m lucky if I can get my ass out of bed 15 minutes before leaving for work. Eating my meals at work works out in terms of hunger because I spend 12 to 14 hours away from home depending on the day. Two of those hours are spent commuting. Yes, my job situation is unfortunate.
ANYWAY. About my food. I decided to have Dr. Wentz’ Root Cause Smoothie [you can find it here if you don’t have her book] for breakfast. I made a few modifications, like using collagen in place of the pea protein to keep it AIP. I’ve also only been using half a cucumber as opposed to a whole one. For some sweetness, I add a frozen banana [it doesn’t have to be frozen, but when Sprouts has bananas at three pounds for a dollar, you end up with a freezer full of ripe frozen bananas]. Secretly there have been days where I add a couple drops of stevia concentrate. I know that stevia isn’t AIP, but I don’t feel any different with it, & it’s just the leaves in water. I like to use stevia as an enhancer, not as a sweetener on its own. I’ve noticed it tends to enhance the flavors of other sweet things if you only add a couple drops.
In all honesty, this thing looks like vomit. Straight up. Luckily it doesn’t taste like it. It’s a winner on the nutrient front, with five or six cups of vegetables by my count [not counting the avocado since it’s technically a fruit!]. That many vegetables, some fruit, & some collagenmakes for a pretty well-rounded breakfast. My problem is that I like food. I’m not physically hungry after the smoothie [& shouldn’t be, considering it has at least 700 calories], but I feel like I’m missing something. I know this is some sort of emotional connection to food, so for now I just have to trudge through it.
Secretly, I haven’t had this smoothie since Thursday. Instead, I made a strawberry-banana smoothie with coconut milk, power greens, & collagen for breakfast Friday & Saturday. Today I had a smoothie with beets in it that turned out really good. As I mentioned above, I don’t feel satiated after liquid food, so I had an Epic bar with the smoothies. Smoothies are tasty, but they just don’t do it for me a lot of the time. I’m changing up my strategy for week two & just having regular food for breakfast.
For lunch, I made cauliflower rice to go with the Ginger-Garlic Beef & Broccoli from Diane Sanfilippo’s The 21-Day Sugar Detox. I kind of had this for lunch the last three weeks.
Dinner is kind of sporadic at our house. My husband isn’t always home for dinner & I’m typically not hungry for a full meal at dinnertime on weekdays. On the days he was home, I made some sort of meat, potatoes, & green vegetable for him. I put the meat on top of zoodles with Diane Sanfilippo’s avoziki sauce along with whatever green vegetable I had made on the side.
I tend to snack at work because I’m bored out of my mind. I’m trying to remedy this situation, but I will likely continue to snack in the meantime. Not snacking makes me anxious. [This is another thing I’m trying to work on; I’m pretty sure it’s something psychological I’ve imposed on myself from my orthorexic days.] My snacks this week consisted of plantain chips, avocados, green apples, coconut butter, & beet chips.
I had Dr. Wentz’ Maca “Latte” a few times this week. It tastes okay, but I’m not a fan of the grittiness. I’ve come up with my own version so that I can still get the maca in but with less grittiness. I may put up the recipe at some point if I think it’s decent enough.
As for the supplements, I’m taking most of the ones Dr. Wentz recommends. I had to leave out two of the more expensive ones because I simply don’t have the money to buy them. Still, it’s a lot of pills. Here’s an interesting side effect: my pee is highlighter yellow. This is apparently some excess B2 that my body doesn’t need. Don’t be alarmed if you start peeing neon yellow after starting these supplements; you aren’t dying.
There’s another interesting side effect that isn’t exactly pleasant: I stink. My husband said it was so bad that our whole bedroom smelled. It didn’t seem that strong to me, so I hope I didn’t spend the whole workweek unknowingly stinking. I’ve tried combating this the last two days by applying Beautycounter’s charcoal mask to my armpits & then taking an Epsom salt bath. I’m pretty sure it’s working since my husband hasn’t complained since. Here’s hoping I survive the next few days at work. I also have a few appointments this week where people will have to be close to me [a post-op & a haircut], so I really want this to be under control. At present I’m just viewing it as a sign that my body is getting rid of toxins. I’m still restricted as far as exercise goes, so I can’t sweat the toxins out. On the bright side, I can still poop them out!
The Liver Support Protocol is only two weeks long, so next Sunday I’ll be moving on to the Adrenal Support Protocol. I’ll be back next weekend with a post-Liver Support Protocol update.
As it turns out, I accidentally forgot a few things I wanted to say about my first week on the protocol. I will include these in my next post. Whoops.