The Detox

By: Steve Yaeger | Posted: June 23, 2018

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So I working this program and enjoying seeing the pounds come off. I’m working on getting used to eating a lot differently than I have in the past. I’m trying to keep an open mind and try new foods that I would have scowled at in the past. My biggest struggle at the moment is getting past Lindsey’s detox. Today she was very cranky and getting mad at the littlest things. I’m doing my best to stay positive.

Tonight’s dinner was, to me, good. Vegan pasta and homemade sauce. We used beans as a filler for bulk. California mix veggies, white potatoes, and corn on the cob. I liked it all. Lindsey, on the other hand, said the only thing she enjoyed was the corn. She also made a Cheeseless broccoli cheese soup recipe that uses potatoes and carrots to make up the bulk of the “broth”. I tasted it and can almost not tell that there is no cheese in it. She said that I can have it all after she tasted it. She said that she is having trouble with the no salt, no oil, and no butter. I am too but I’m trying not to think about it.

For my health…I need to make this work.

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  1. Dr. Gutman

    Yes, the detox stage is the hardest, but thankfully only temporary. As you described, it can be difficult because taste buds are not yet adapted to low salt/oil/sugar (SOS), and because there can be uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms related to toxic food withdrawal, similar to alcohol or drug detox.

    Stay strong and stick with it – the rewards will be great!

  2. David Stern

    The lack of salt was the absolute hardest change I had to make to my cooking too. Try adding more acid to your dishes: either lemon juice or some sort of vinegar. I find that the fresh brightness makes you not even miss the salt.

    Also, add some fresh herbs at the last second! It adds this big punch of flavor that really scratches that itch. Basil, parsley, and cilantro are all good.