The Umoyo Detox (… and appreciating poop)

Things I learned doing the Umoyo Detox

I did the Umoyo Home Detox because I wanted a cleansing. It was, the worst week of my life – foodwise – but in others, it was good. BUT on the seventh day, I found myself almost giddy with the prospect of eating fully again. And I learned other things, too. Here they are:

1) I love food. I really love food. I love all the things I eat – rice, bread, chicken, fish, vegetables, fruit. I once met a woman who didn’t really like to eat; she ate because she had to and she ate sparingly. She was as skinny as a twig, which is obvious, but I am not her. I love food.

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My detox kit — yay enemas!!

2) I like seasoning my food. And by this, I mean basic seasoning – salt. I have never been one to eat a lot of salt, I like my food salted but not salty. Who knew what a difference salt really makes? Well, the whole world. That’s why the salt trade is so big and will never die.

3) Speaking of salt, I’ve discovered, in a very simple collection of foods found here in Zambia, that sugar occurs naturally in many foods, but salt does not, well not an amount one can taste. I haven’t done a comprehensive food study, but on average the majority of raw, uncooked foods available in a grocery store or market — no salt. I had never thought of this until my week of detox.

4) Poop is fascinating. When you have a baby, one of the first things a nurse or mother will ask on day one is, “have you pooped?” When you’re raising the baby, you’re constantly checking the nappies for poop consistency, colour, frequency (baby’s poop doesn’t smell), and it all tells you something about how the baby is. How many toilet bowls have I checked since my kids have been potty trained? I never imagined I would ask the question, “Have you pooped today?”

But poop is fascinating, and I found myself looking at my own poop in the toilet bowl, and leaning closer, fascinated by what was there.

5) I eat out of habit not necessity. This is a hard truth for me because I LOVE eating. One of the benefits of this detox is some weight loss. It’s not sustained weight loss, mind, but some weight drops off because of the type of diet you’re on. I don’t think I lost any weight because I was tricked (I tricked myself) into thinking, “because I’m not eating full meals, I should eat more to keep my energy up.” So, I would have fruit at breakfast, munch on some nuts, smoothie or veggies at lunch, munch on more nuts, fruit or smoothie in the evening, munch nuts again. During all that munching, was I hungry? No. I just wanted to chew. And this is generally how I am on any day. Granted, it’s small, healthy snacks or bites of this and that, but I do it.

It was a great week, I learned a lot about myself and I appreciated being in good health and being able to make this choice about food. I also learned to make better choices about my food. Thanks Umoyo!

ps: this post is not sponsored in any way!

By the way — there are a couple of recipes I enjoyed: Umoyo detox recipes. Try them!




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