December Detox

Today was rainy and cold. I think I brought the cold weather back from DC with me. It was 75 degrees here in Atlanta when we left on Thanksgiving day! Jason and I were both craving something warm for dinner. Well, at least, I was. We decided on a potato leek soup. I started prepping the ingredients when I realized that someone who shall remain nameless bought a fennel bulb instead of a leek. Oops! So we scrapped the soup idea for now and made grilled vegetable sandwiches instead.

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On our last day in Maryland, my mom, Jason and I went to the American Tap Room for lunch and my mom had the grilled vegetable sandwich. I thought it would be pretty easy to recreate at home and it was. We bought some multi-grain French bread and topped it with some brie, grilled portobellos, grilled onions, grilled zucchini, spinach and tomatoes. The brie was on sale at Kroger and sort of an after thought, but it really made the sandwich.

After several days of lots of food and drink, I decided that I need a detox of sorts. I’m not really sure what I mean by that except that I want to really focus on eating whole foods, real meals and less fake stuff. I get a lot of stomachaches and I’m always tired and I really want to see if eliminating certain foods (like added sugar and diet soda) will make me feel better. I have a hunch that it will.

I’m also going to take a break from alcohol. I like having a glass of wine, but more often than not it turns into many glasses of wine and I feel awful the next day. Feeling buzzed for a couple of hours really isn’t worth feeling crappy for an entire day. That’s not to say that I’m going to stop drinking entirely, but I’m just going to stop for a couple weeks and see how that makes me feel. I am encouraging Jason to do the same. Frankly, it’s easier to not drink when I have someone not drinking with me.

We didn’t get home until 11 last night, so we weren’t able to get Murphy from the doggie hotel until today. I missed this guy. Wouldn’t you?

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17 responses to “December Detox

  1. OMG! Murphy is the most handsome golden ever! And that is a tough title to win in the LHP household.

  2. Great doggie photo!

    I feel like a detox is totally necessary, too. No more desserts for a while, fewer carbs, just back to the basic fruit & veg.

  3. So YOU’RE the one who made it so cold here! haha It was just crazy cold today – bitter! 😦

    Love the pupper photo! And December Detox is what I need to. Wow!

  4. ugh I SO need a detox. But I’m in full on finals mode and I just feel like I can’t focus fully on diet and school and work all at once you know? I’m just trying not to do too much damage and really clean up by act after Jan 1. I know that’s a bad attitude, but it’s all I got right now 🙂 (thanks for letting me vent on your blog, haha)

  5. Ugh– we’re detoxing here too! Heavy food and alcohol were indulged in WAY too much last week!

  6. We’re not detoxing, per se, but we’re working on eating more whole foods. Kinda-Paleo diet, with the whole XFit, but not exactly. Already cut soda 100% (at least at this point – I could crack at ANY moment.) Drinking lots of water. Eating more fruits and veggies. Avoiding fake-foods as much as possible. (It’s even helping with the Christmas budget because we’re eating out less!)

  7. Awwww Murphy. I would miss him, too!!

    I know what you mean. I’m trying to load up on veggies and stay away from alcohol this week. My sweet tooth has been out of CONTROL lately! 🙂

  8. Aw, Murphy is so cute. I love goldens! 🙂

    I feel ya on the detox- good luck with cutting out the soda! I know you can do it 🙂

  9. Ugh I always say I want to cut back on the weeknight glasses of wine, but I just love it so much! Good luck!

  10. What a cutie! I know what you mean about the detox. I feel like cutting out dairy, sugar and alcohol for the next few weeks.

  11. “Feeling buzzed for a couple of hours really isn’t worth feeling crappy for an entire day.”

    Amen sister. The hangovers are never worth it (and I’m so damn prone to them). Stay strong! I’m attempting to do the same 🙂

  12. I’m saving my detox for after the holidays but I do want to do some research into some realistic, healthy ones (none of this cayanne pepper water for 3 days straight stuff!) if I find any good ones I’ll let you know!!!

  13. the healthy eating and drinking sounds like a good detox plan–i’m sure it will make you feel better!

  14. I think I should give up my wine too for a while – my one glass with dinner turns into several sometimes!

  15. I think the wine is key for me…it always starts with wine, then too much food, then more wine, then I feel like crap the next day!