Confession: I’ve never gone cold turkey on coffee before. Ever. I’m way out of my league here.
My Jawbone UP activity tracker generates a word cloud of the foods I log most into its nutritional tracking system. Here’s a quick glance at mine from last week.
I’m not sure whether to be ashamed or proud.
But considering the barely visible representations of words like “lettuce” and “vegetables,” it’s clear change is needed.
Needless to say, without coffee, I’m struggling with the Focus Essential today.
As I nurse my throbbing withdrawal headache and scramble for more Aleve, I’m coming to terms with my decision to undergo the Daniel Plan Detox for the first 10 days of my 40-day plan.
Here are the basics of the 10-day Daniel Plan Detox.
I promise to eat:
- Real fresh, whole food. No exceptions.
I promise to let go of:
- Stimulants and sedatives: alcohol, caffeine, etc.
- Processed or fast food – additives or chemicals
- Artificial sweeteners of all kinds
- All sugar in any form
- All dairy – milk, yogurt, butter, cheese
- All gluten – wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut (no idea what those last two are)
At the end of 10 days, I will stick to a whole food diet — but gradually add back in dairy, gluten, etc.
To be honest, I went the Detox route to prove that I’m tough. I don’t like doing anything halfway. But I also made this more radical initial commitment because I’ve had severe, untested stomach and digestive issues since age 17.
By temporarily eliminating these things, I may gain insight to any intolerance. Makes total sense, right?
Please, God. I swear – I’m letting go, trusting you in all of this. But I’m begging you – don’t let it be cheese, coffee, or wine!