A detox diet tale and a very healthy oats uttapam recipe

17 May

I have had many weddings to attend in the past four months. Indian wedding food and the late night extravaganza can wreck the metabolism for a long, long time. By the time, I came back home reeling from the heady glitz of my best friend’s wedding, I could feel my body protesting. A detox was in order. On a separate note, I have been on a good gym schedule with a trainer for more than 6-8 months now and needless to say, I have been feeling fit end very strong. But even such a robust exercise schedule’s effects are nullified by the sullied food and sleep cycle on vacations. To start afresh, I jumped into a 5 -day juice detox plan with the help of my Bahraini friend and colleague. Eva is an expert when it comes to diet, detox, fitness and holistic health. She prepared a stringent 5 -day juice diet with her own ingenious juice recipes.

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Her plan consisted of Green, Red, Purple, Orange juices for five days with varied ingredient combinations under each colour group. On the fourth and the fifth day, she added a meal each rich in proteins and complex carbohydrates for lunch. Since I wasn’t used to anything this intense, I was very apprehensive. But with Eva’s gentle encouragement, I embarked on the diet. Each day I made a mental note of how I was feeling and this post is about these observations and a very healthy oats egg white uttapam that finds it way on my breakfast plate more often than not.

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The funny thing about starting a diet is that, the first thing you do is  to mentally prepare for the ‘deprivation’ from your favourite foods. The previous night, I filled myself with a dinner and ate till I felt my stomach could take no more. Post that I felt extremely guilty which was immediately replaced by a sense of ‘compensation” that for the next five days, I will have little or no solid food.

Day 1 : The morning wasn’t eventful as I was used to only juices and negligible breakfast certain days of the week. But then the realization struck that there would be no lunch – not the one where I would chew and spend time over. It would only be a glass of banana- strawberry smoothie with lemon! I had my smoothie lunch and  it was satisfying to say the least. But the mind is a tricky being and I can go ahead  and say at the risk of sounding silly that- the mind has a mind of its own! By mid – afternoon, I was feeling low – not on energy – but on feelings. Like all my restlessness was put to rest. All my nervous twitching settled down on my face and I felt peaceful. I wanted to be left alone and didn’t feel like talking to anyone. It was one of the best feelings ever. The day passed without any incidents and at night I slept peacefully.

Day 2: The next day, I woke up feeling refreshed and lighter.  I followed the juice diet strictly for the day and I was full of energy. I struggled in a very minor way with not feeling full enough but quickly learnt the tricks of the trade. I felt full when I sipped on my juice slowly and in a relaxed way, rather than gulping it all down in a single shot. Constantly talking to myself that this is not going to my last meal and that I will be providing  my body more nourishing juices the entire day helped a lot. I continued with my regular gym sessions with my trainer during the diet as well to rev-up my metabolism. I found it easier to run as I was breathing better.

Day 3; If you think that all the bodily functions would shut down because you haven’t been eating solid food, then you are in for a surprise! Well I won’t go too much into the details here but definitely say that I hadn’t felt this bloating-free in ages. The third day was a clean sweep and I did not even realize how it passed. Mentally, I was feeling lighter and happier and my cravings had diminished and I was breathing more easily. My trainer noticed I had more energy during my intense circuit training sessions.

Day 4: I had never thought I would look forward to a day so much. I was sleeping so well after a long time. Couple of times I did weigh myself but my weight hadn’t budged. It was a bit demoralizing for a second or two but the happiness of the lightness I was feeling clouded any feelings of sadness or depression. Also, I reminded myself why I was doing this. I was doing this diet to get a boost, free my body of the toxins it had collected over time and extract maximum from my work-out. Once you have certain fundamentals set straight, it becomes quite easy to stay focused. The fourth day had a lunch- meal in it which was a small bowl of mushroom -quinoa and grilled sweet potato. Post my lunch, I felt extremely uncomfortable. The solid food felt like an intruder in my system but soon by evening and after my work out the solid meal intrusion was vanquished.

Day 5: I woke up with a feeling of sadness inside me for I had grown attached to this way of having juices as meals. I wasn’t ready to give up this feeling of being so happy and light. It does drive  home a point that we are what we eat. What we eat /drink creates a deep impact not only on our physical being but also on our mental health. It is a science in itself but at a basic level, it taught  me to be extra careful about how I nourish my body. Like they say, each meal time is an opportunity to nourish your body and post this detox, I have been quite careful about it. The fifth day also included one meal which was lunch. The solid meal felt much at home and I enjoyed every bite of it.

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Notes: This was a detox diet for 5 days which included very specific juice recipes meant for the purpose. 

It was NOT a weight loss diet plan at all.

It is safe to do this diet plan atleast once in six months to boost your sluggish metabolism

My initial thoughts about the diet being very difficult were  unfounded. It is moderately easy to follow this juice plan. 

The difficult part of this diet is the juicing bit. Chopping of vegetables and fruits and then juicing them fresh is advisable. Juicing is tedious and on a work day it seems a bit of a task. 

There are only advantages in exercising while doing this diet. In my personal opinion, I did not feel there was any calorie deficit at all and that is perhaps why I didn’t find it difficult to stick to gym schedule.

I did lose in inches after the diet but nothing on the weighing scale (which wasn’t my concern anyways)

Post the diet, I still juice atleast 3 times in a week.

I have only Eva to thank because she inducted me into this juicing habit which has really altered my way of thinking. I also have to thank my husband who took over the task of juicing every morning.

To end this post, I have a wonderful oats egg-white uttapam recipe to share that I found on Bulbul’s blog. The original recipe does not have egg whites but I added it for a protein boost. Bulbul has some very yummy, tried and tasted healthy recipes to try. Do hop over to her blog to find out more.

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It is very simple to whip up and makes for a very satisfying meal  and guilt -free too. I had this with the green cilantro and mint chutney. But I bet it will taste good with coconut chutney too.

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The recipe is as follows;

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Hope everybody is having a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by.

13 Responses to “A detox diet tale and a very healthy oats uttapam recipe”

  1. Meenakshi May 17, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    This was such a treat to read. I’ve read about juice cleanses and detoxes but coming from a friend and fellow blogger feels more authentic. I don’t mind trying it out. The smoohie pics look super! And those greens too…. :) Uthapam with egg white sounds very healthy too!

  2. Sally May 17, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    That looks incredibly tasty. I’d love to attend an Indian wedding – but 4 is probably excessive!

  3. palkachopra May 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Awesome post Annie… I wish i could do a Juice detox myself, have been hogging over HK food, it’s a sin really!! Share some juice recipes if you have, would love to try!! Plus you seem to be quite a multi-tasker, with all the juicing, work, gym and that little princess that you take care of put together in one day ;)… loads of love xx

  4. Buls May 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    I love how you customize a recipe. I will try it next time. Loved the post about a juice detox… I always thought it is difficult, leads to low energy and lethargy. Its an eye opener.

  5. Chai a Cup of Life May 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    You will have to fill me in on some of the juice recipes as I just bought a juicer! (vegetable juice preferably) On the other hand, I’m happy that I can totally make this Uttapam recipe and am going to try it. I had no idea it was made of oats! Nice to see your post, I’ve been waiting to see what you’ve cooked up :-)

  6. Deena Kakaya May 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    I used to love a good Indian wedding as a kid, but now I feel exhausted and bloated afterwards. I’m surprised to learn how light and content you felt towards the end of your juice diet-I would imagine myself near desperation for roast potatoes and roti. I think i would take that fine looking oats upma any day! Yes please x

  7. Ankur May 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Awesome I wanna attempt this too …. Whr r the juice recipes ;) … Please share that too .,.. Keep it on …

  8. Moya @Food and Tools May 19, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    You must have great will power to only consume juices for a number of days, well done. :) I am sure the uttapam was well deserved.

  9. Bikramjit May 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    I desperately need to do this .. you know what I am going to try this out for sure ..
    the only problem i have is when i see food I cant resist and when you are on such plans there is always delicious foood everywhere around you …

  10. Nash June 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Gorgeous pictures! I love the colors of the juices.

  11. Detox Your Body June 10, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for best
    body

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