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detox recap – week 8/9 – gluten

How many weeks have I been doing this detox?  Well, I’m not really “detoxing” anymore, but I am still trying to figure out what is up with my stomach discomfort!  I have definitely noticed changes, as I’ve started reintroducing foods back into my diet.  Here’s a little recap for you.

*Please note: I am not a doctor, RD, or detox specialist of any sort.  Please consult a professional, before attempting this type of dietary change!

Weeks 1-3


  • all added sugar

  • coffee

  • alcohol

  • gluten

  • soy

  • dairy

  • sodium [limited to 400mg daily ~1/4tsp]


  • detox tea 1x daily

  • dry brushing 1x daily before showering

  • warm lemon water 1x daily in the morning, before eating

  • upped water intake

Things I noticed

  • difficult to not eat bread for the first few days

  • The 5th day was the hardest

  • really hard to not eat chocolate

  • focused on eating a lot of healthy fats + protein during this time

  • soy was the hardest to avoid, so I basically ate almost nothing from a box for the first 3 weeks [except things like pasta]

  • it wasn’t too hard past the first few days avoiding added sugar

  • I missed coffee, but didn’t have withdrawal from it because I only drank 1 mug in the morning every day

  • I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, so not drinking wasn’t too bad

  • warm lemon water on an empty stomach, really awakens your intestines + gets things moving…it also helps cleanse your kidneys, among many other things

  • dry brushing helped make my skin tighter + softer after the first 2-3 weeks – it also helped rid my body of toxins

  • in the first week I was still fairly bloated but felt like my body was really starting to detox everything out

  • in weeks 2-3, the bloating went down by at least 80%

  • I incorporated cocoa powder into my breakfasts to get past the chocolate cravings and used things like coconut butter, bananas + dates for sweetness

  • working out really helped to release the toxins during these elimination weeks

Weeks 4-5 – dairy reintroduction

Still Eliminated

  • gluten

  • soy

  • coffee

  • refined sugars

  • sodium [~400mg]


  • natural sweeteners in very small amounts, maple syrup, honey, brown rice syrup

  • dairy was added back in during these 2 weeks to see if I would have any reaction

  • bought a juicer and started juicing

  • wine, 1-2x per week

Continued with

  • dry brushing

  • lemon water

  • upped water intake

Things I noticed

  • lemon water was still definitely moving things along

  • I noticed that eating yogurt made me much more phlegm-y than normal

  • I ate, at most, 1 serving of dairy per day, and had no reaction from my stomach

  • juicing made me feel more energized

  • sugar/sweet cravings have gone way down, but now eating some dark chocolate

  • buckwheat bakes + puffed amaranth cereal keep me fuller much longer than oatmeal

  • new found love for buckwheat

Weeks 6-7 – soy reintroduction

Still Eliminated

  • gluten

  • refined sugars

  • sodium [<800mg]


  • soy [whole soy forms: tempeh + sprouted tofu]

  • coffee, 1-2x per week

Continued with

  • eating dairy

  • dry brushing

  • lemon water

  • wine, 1-2x per week

  • water intake

  • juicing, 3x/week

Things I noticed

  • lemon water still working!

  • bloating increased a bit, but not sure of the cause

  • I incorporated a lot of garbanzo bean flour into my diet and couldn’t tell if it was soy or that flour causing me problems.  After I stopped consuming the garbanzo flour, it helped immensely.

  • We ate out a few more times during these weeks, and I noticed the bloating would be worse after those meals.  I was very cautious to make sure things were gluten free and I didn’t eat soy when out at restaurants either.  This made me think it’s something with the preservatives that are used in restaurants, which many of you said you have the same problems with [especially with salad].

  • maintained my workouts all along

  • felt unsure whether soy works in my diet or not after these 2 weeks

  • the bloating went from 80% better to 60% in these 2 weeks

Weeks 8-9 – gluten reintroduction

Still Eliminated


  • gluten

Continued with

  • eating dairy

  • eating soy

  • dry brushing 4-5x/week

  • lemon water

  • wine, 1-2x per week

  • water intake

  • juicing, 3x/week

  • not eating garbanzo flour

Things I noticed

  • gluten is definitely part of the problem

  • still trying to figure out to what extent

  • I realized that it was for sure gluten, after I ate a slice of bread from Great Harvest [nothing wrong with their’s amaaaazing!!!]. Two hours later my stomach was in a cramped knot.  I repeated this the next 2 days, with the loaf we bought, and each time my stomach became ridiculously bloated 2-3 hours afterward.

  • When I ate farro for breakfast a few times, I didn’t notice the affects nearly as bad.

  • When I ate the Field Roast “sausages” [DEElicious!!], I definitely noticed bloating soon after.

  • I haven’t been eating more than 1 serving of gluten a day, but my bloating comfort level went right back to where it was before I started this process.  Sometimes it even feels more intense.

  • Beer doesn’t seem to affect me so far.  However, in the past, I’ve noticed problems with I drink really cheap beer. haha

Where I’ll go from here

  • I am SO glad that I decided to do this detox.  Not only did it help to cleanse my system, it made me get more in touch with my body.  I hated having the bloating discomfort so frequently and am glad that I’m starting to figure out the cause.

  • I haven’t experimented with too many other gluten, but non-wheat foods yet, but hope to in the coming weeks to narrow down the problem more.

  • I’m not sure what it was, in the GH bread, that my stomach disliked so much.

  • I definitely want to get back to feeling 80-90% better like I did in the first few weeks.  The rest of the discomfort will always be around, mostly from all of the veggies + beans I consume.

  • I plan to watch my soy intake, eating only whole soy, and not eating soy when out at restaurants.  When I’ve eaten tofu out, it seems to always do a number on my stomach.

  • Since reading Eating Animals, and doing this detox, I’m toying with the idea of eating Vegan when out at restaurants.  When I do eat dairy [which I don’t plan on eliminating completely], I want to know the source.  I don’t think this will be too hard to do this, except when it comes to pizza.

  • I plan to continue eating eggs, as I feel they are a great source of vegetarian protein and healthy fats!  I’m keeping eggs out of my diet when dining out, unless specified as local, which is common around here.  I will be buying my eggs from the farmers market, which we luckily have all year long around here.

  • I’m considering getting allergy tested for food sensitivities.  I’m at least going to talk to my doctor about it and see if it would be able to help narrow down what is causing my problems.

  • I know that I do not have Celiac Disease, because I was tested about a year ago.

did you know….
Humans don’t fully digest wheat. The undigested portions of wheat begin to ferment, producing gas. Icky, belchable, fart-forming gas.

Many people have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, and don’t know it. So, how many people fall into this category? No one knows for sure. But 1 in 100 people has celiac disease — but most don’t know it. No one knows how many people have gluten sensitivity, but estimates are that it may be as high as 50 percent, or even 70 percent, of the population.

[for more facts, check this page]


If you’re bored, here are links to my more extensive recaps.

Favorite detox recipes

Kale Pesto

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Quick Nacho Cheeze Sauce

(10 of 14)

Cocoa Coconut Energy Balls

(8 of 14)

Lemon Ginger Date Bars

(10 of 13)

Orange Coconut Smoothie

(3 of 4)

Vanilla Bean Brown Rice

(1 of 3)

Trail Mix Cookies

(3 of 4)

Banana Coconut Flax Pancakes

(4 of 7)

Herbed Socca

(6 of 12)

Buckwheat Pizza Crust

(5 of 10)

Chocolate Buckwheat Bake

(5 of 8)

Peanut Butter Puffed Amaranth Cereal

(1 of 3)

Cocoa Chili

(1 of 4)

Cinnamon Coconut Raisin Bake

(3 of 7)

Back to painting!!!


when you paint a ceiling

This morning started off with steel cut oats.  No eggs around, so I just added 1T of ground flax meal in the last 2min of cooking.  It fluffed right up and didn’t get gummy.

Today I hid some double chocolate chip cookie dough almond butter in the bottom of my mug.  I just should have put it on top, because I was obviously just digging straight for that from the start!

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Since making the buckwheat bakes, and now switching back to oats for a few days, I’ve noticed the buckwheat bakes keep me full much longer.  The calories + fat grams are about the same for all of my breakfasts, but something about the buckwheat holds me over longer.  I was hungry about 2.5hrs after this 500+ calorie mug of oats.  The buckwheat bakes keep me full for a solid four hours!  Maybe buckwheat is slower to digest?  Who knows!

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This weekend was nonstop with house action.  I had to catch up on the computer for a few hours this morning.  My inbox was scary!  We don’t have internet hooked up at the new house yet, so whenever I’m there, I’m computer-free.  It’s nice but also puts me behind.  Although if I did have it there, I would get distracted and never finish painting. ;)

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I got the whole dining room [room with the nasty gold fan] primed with 2 coats today, except for the wall with the new + lovely opening.  We need to re-drywall it in areas, so I’m waiting to start painting that.

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I also primed the trim + ceiling in the little hallway, and the trim in the spare bedroom that is a nasty yellow. 

The ceiling is the hardest to paint!  It was KILLing my neck and shoulders!  Putting on 2 coats of primer is a bit annoying, but it will ensure the paint goes on without old color coming through.  Plus, as mentioned yesterday, it’s cheaper to put on 2 coats of primer and 1 coat of paint, than 1 coat of primer and 2 of paint.

Tomorrow, I’m hoping to finish the hallway and the spare bedroom, and then start priming the 3rd bedroom that is off the kitchen.  My deadline for finishing the painting is ideally this Sunday.  Our windows should be coming next Tuesday and we’re going to have a lot of work to do with those.  We have to take out the old frames [falling apart] and build new ones into the wall, then install the windows.

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I packed my lunch to eat at the house, and part of it looked like this.  It’s easy to just go with a pb+j when you’re rushed, but this remodeling is going to stretch a few weeks.  I need to make sure I’m getting a good balance of nutrients at every meal!  I also had yogurt + an oatmeal bar.  The shriveled up dried fruit would be organic figs, that I am currently obsessed with!  I bought a huge bag at Costco. 

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If you’ve never painted a ceiling, this is what happens to your face when you do.

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How many more walls are there???

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1…2….3…4….gah, too many!

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You’re the one that got yourself into this…

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And you’ll be happy when it’s all done!

(5 of 12)

Or scared when you never finish…

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And scared again when you go to the gym, look in the mirror, and realize you never washed your face.

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The white streak on my cheek looked like a drool mark.  So hot.

I’m getting a good arm workout with the painting, but needed to do some leg lifting.  I hit up a crazy running/elliptical cardio machine for 30min and crammed in about 6 different leg lifting exercises.  From there, I walked next door to Whole Foods for some fruit + veggie essentials, and then I went home.

Fresh veggie juice was just what I needed.

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3 carrots + 1 apple + 1 cucumber + small hunk of ginger + 1/2 lemon

Juicy deliciousness!

And now my bed is just what I need.

Gluten reintroduction update tomorrow!