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Detox Day 10

I was supposed to go to a Fiscal Sponsorship Orientation held by the San Francisco Film Society the other day but I overslept and had to skip it. Luckily my friends made it and filled me in. It basically inspired me to write an arthouse feature length film and I would love love LOVE for the overall theme of it to be focused on body image & self love. I’m thinking something along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Sideways. Not a slapstick LMAO comedy nor anything dancing along the lines of melancholy or sorrow. I just want to create a world & invite some guests to live in it for a couple of hours, that’s all. This has me thinking I could expand my short & just go into a full on feature. Hmm…

On another note, I effed up last night and ate with my family. They are good cooks.

Breakfast
Gluten-free corn flakes (Nature’s Path)
Goat milk (Meyenberg)

Lunch
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon
Brown rice
Yao choy

Snack
Almonds (Trader Joe’s)

Dinner
Brown rice
Tofu with fish
Boy choy

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 5 lbs.

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Detox Day 9

I got sick yesterday, just a runny nose. The last time I got sick while dieting, I was competing with my best friend to see who can lose the most weight by a certain date, percentage wise. When she found out I was sick, she said, “No fair! You lose more weight when you’re sick!” Actually, I find that to be true most of the time so maybe it has some validity. I bet it’s just water weight though. I’m not sure what that means really. Your body is supposedly made up of 70% water so isn’t losing water weight a good thing? Weight is weight, right?

I don’t mind if I lost a bunch of water weight. I’m sure any weight lost is good at this point. I ended up having a super late dinner last night with friends at a thai restaurant but I didn’t eat much. I tend to gain weight whenever I eat late & go to sleep right after. I anticipated some sort of gain this morning but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually lost a pound!

I spent most of the day sleeping off my sickness and watching Dr. Oz. A lady named Kathy Freston was on it, talking about her new book, The Lean. She’s vegan & showed us a new philly cheesesteak recipe using seitan instead. I’m game to try it. I love seitan. The first time I tried it was from a vegetarian friend of mine who is a chef that makes filipino vegan food. He has his own catering company called No Worries. Ever since then, I was hooked. Unfortunately, seitan is not gluten free so I cannot consume it right now unless I can make my own seitan. Oooh, that’s a bit too ambitious for me right now. I’d rather just buy it somewhere. Anyway, the point is, I think I might give The Lean a try after the 21 day detox is over. If Dr. Oz is down for it, I should be too, yes?

Breakfast
Crispy Gluten-free brown rice cereal (Erewhon)
Almond milk (Trader Joe’s)

Snack
Banana

Lunch
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon
Brown rice
Yao choy

Dinner
Pad woon sen (King of Thai 2)

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 5.6 lbs.

Detox Day 8

Finally had a free day to cook some food so I decided to make more of my egg with fuzzy melon and some Asian vegetables. The only condiment I found that is close to soy sauce and fits the guidelines of the detox is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos which you can find in Whole Foods or probably any upper scale grocery store. It’s gluten-free and tastes just like soy sauce. Strange name but I like it. Makes me feel like I’m having some sort of chemistry lab concoction.

This past 24 hours, I lost .2 lbs again, just like the day before. I was a bit bummed about it at first but then I remembered that the normal weight loss should be 1-2 lbs per week. With that in mind, it means I’m right on track and that’s yay.

Breakfast
Crispy gluten-free brown rice cereal (Erewhon)
Goat milk (Meyenberg)
Banana

Lunch
Crispy gluten-free brown rice cereal (Erewhon)
Unsweetened almond milk (Trader Joe’s)

Snack
Rice chips (Lundberg)

Dinner
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon
Yao choy
Brown rice

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 4.6 lbs.

Detox Day 7

I started off the day with breakfast and a long walk. I walked for about 2.5 hours to be exact. I was thinking that this way, I would be able to lose some weight for sure. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as well as I had hoped. I only lost .2 lbs from yesterday. I am trying to analyze what it is I need to do but it seems my body is starting to adapt to the food.

I read somewhere that the body’s natural function is to maintain its weight. Losing weight is unnatural so the body does whatever it needs to do to adapt & maintain its weight. This is why they say you always have to kick it up a notch and surprise your body. At first, I thought have eating junk food for a day and then returning to my regular diet. That would shock my body, right? But then, the thought of consuming junk food all day made me sick to my stomach so scratch that plan.

If I’m going to surprise my body, I think I’ll start eating more vegetables. I noticed my diet didn’t really contain too many greens so while I was walking, I walked on over to the market & bought myself some vegetables that I will cook tonight. Seriously though, I just need to exercise more. There. I said it. Now whether or not I’ll do it is a whole ‘nuther conversation. This beezy hates to exercise. Bleh!

Breakfast
Gluten-free corn flakes (Nature’s Path)
Rice milk (Rice Dream)

Lunch
Gluten-free whole grain bread (Udi’s)
Turkey Breast (Trader Joe’s)
Goat Brie (Trader Joe’s)

Snack
Banana

Dinner
Rotisserie Chicken (Safeway)
Banana

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 4.4 lbs.

Detox Day 6

I knew it was going to happen eventually. I knew I couldn’t maintain a losing streak forever. Gained back 1.6 lbs from my food yesterday. I’m a little disappointed but instead of letting it ruin my day, I’m going to use it to my advantage and make it my motivation for day 7 to lose twice as much as I did so that I lose what I gained and then some. Normally, I would allow it to get the best of me and cause me to return to a day of normal meal consumption but not this time. I’m too pumped to succeed.

I’m not making excuses but I have to break down my day so that I can see where I might have made my mistake. The plan was to go location scouting in the area to find a place where we can film an exterior shot so I knew I was going to be in a car all day & we would probably have to stop at restaurants to eat. I had to have lunch at a filipino restaurant which was nearly impossible to maintain my detox on. I tried to follow the same guideline I used when I went to have thai food. All I ate was grilled chicken (thigh meat) and eggplant. Both of which was pretty fattening because well, thigh meat is DELICIOUS so it must be fattening and eggplant is a sponge disguised as a vegetable so I pretty much just ate pieces of oil.

For dinner, we ended up at a Japanese restaurant. I asked if they had brown rice and sadly, they did not. So I had to settle for no rice at all. I ended up ordering tamago sashimi, which I never even knew existed, and saba sashimi. Basically, I had raw fish & eggs. I couldn’t handle the fish. My mind kept wandering to an image of me grabbing a live fish out of fresh waters and sinking my teeth into it. The smell of it alone made me cringe as I have never taken a liking to fish much. The only ones I’ll eat faw are salmon & tuna, which also happen to be the only two I cannot have on the detox. To be honest, I couldn’t really have the eggs neither due to the sugar content but I decided it was ok.

A-HA! That must be where I made the mistake as well. A combination of fatty chicken, oil sponges & sugar-laden eggs caused me to gained back 1.6 lbs. While I wish I hadn’t eaten it, there’s no use in crying over spilled milk. I’ll just have to move forward and be very careful from now now. Although, it does worry me about what will happen once I am off of the detox. What will happen to my body? Will I just continue gaining weight without mercy? Am I going to have to eat baby carrots & hummus for lunch forever? How will I ever adopt this diet as a lifestyle change? And now, all I can think of is my hula hoop. Exercise, betch! I didn’t do any exercise yesterday!! Another mistake found. Okay, correct it today!

Breakfast
Gluten-free whole grain toast (Udi’s)
Almond butter (Trader Joe’s)
Hard-boiled eggs
Green Tea (Yamamotoyama & Kirkland)

Lunch
Grilled Chicken (Tribu Grill)
Eggplant (Tribu Grill)

Snack
Banana
Rice Chips (Lundberg)

Dinner
Tamago Sashimi (Balboa Teriyaki)
Green tea (Balboa Teriyaki)

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 4.2 lbs.

Detox Day 5

I succeeded in losing weight despite having chinese roasted pork, roasted duck & chow fun in my face! YES!!! This is proof of the elusive discipline that I’ve been lacking all these years. I think it has a lot to do with my motivation. Okay, let’s be frank. Yes, my motivation really has nothing to do with me but more to do with my desire to catch the attention of a man. Celebrities come & go and yes, it is definitely possible to catch the attention of a celebrity (i.e. Matt Damon & Jackson Rathbone are my best examples) but it’s the real men that prove to be a greater motivational factor.

At the same time, I am able to do research for the short film I’m writing as it has everything to do with how I complete the outcome of the story. Yes, the character is loosely based on my own shenanigans and it’s so much fun to write! Even though it’s my own story, I can’t wait to find out what happens at the end of the film. Hopefully a happy ending but it could go either way. The detox is such a dream come true!

Breakfast
Greek style yogurt (Fage)
Honey (Trader Joe’s)

Snack
Banana

Lunch
Baby carrots
Hummus (Trader Joe’s)

Dinner
Gluten-Free Cornflakes (Nature’s Path)
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 5.2 lbs.

Time to Detox

I’ve made the decision to go on Dr. Joshi’s Holistic Detox. It lasts for 21 days and I’m hoping I will be able to complete it without falling off the wagon, as is my usual case. This detox is meant to get my body to release all the toxins that have built up over the years in my liver. Dr. Joshi says,

The job of the liver’s filtration system is to keep the blood as pure as possible. To do this, it has to sort out the good stuff from the bad and filter off the toxins. if your nourish your body with nutritious, freshly prepared foods and avoid pop, alcohol and processed foods, then you will give your liver the best chance of eliminating any poisonous chemical that it does encounter.

I’m excited to about it and yet fearful that I may experience yet another fail. However, I am highly motivated and I have every reason to succeed, now more than ever.

Ok, I might as well share. The reason being that I’ve decided to finally turn a stageplay I wrote back in 2007 into a short film. The content is based on body image and I simply cannot continue with this project and be a hypocrite about it. I know I will have a lot of support on this and once I start this, there’s no turning back because I’ve already put it out there on the web for all to see. I think I will begin the detox this weekend. I’m slowly starting to eat some of the items on the list just to condition my mind to embrace it slowly.

Things I can eat
White meat like turkey or chicken
Herbal tea or green tea
Eggs but not more than 3 or 4 per week
Fish (but no salmon/tuna)
Will or brown rice
Live yogurt
Ricotta, cottage, goat or buffalo cheeses
Dark green vegetables(stirfry/steamed ok)
Wheat-/Gluten-Free breads & cereals
Olive oil
Honey
Chicke peas, lentils and pulses
Salads w/o peppers & tomatoes
Onions, ginger, & garlic
Soy & rice milk
Guacamole
Hummus
Tofu & soy products

Things I can NOT eat
Red meat
All fruit except bananas
Dairy products made with cow’s milk
Alcohol
Potatoes
Wheat,yeast & gluten
Nuts
Tea & coffee including decaf (except herbal/green teas)
Jams & other spreads
Artificial flavorings like vinegar, mustard, and ketchup
Chocolate, sugar, and other sweets
Pre-packaged & pre-prepared meals

Sigh…it’s going to be a fantastic journey. Coolio.