Detox–Day 1

Now it comes down to it.  Now the rubber meets the road.  Now I take all the “sealed for your safety” plastic off the caps of the bottles, and start to really wonder about what everything will do, and what it will do to my body.  I’ve actively tried to avoid reading about the program online, and have no pre-conceived notions about it – except of course for the aforementioned hippie-dippie nature of the whole thing.  It is, after all, and herbal detox, and I’ve not even come close to pulling my wallet out to buy into most of this stuff on a regular basis.

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So for over a year, I’ve had an herbal detox kit in my liquor cupboard (where else, after all do you keep a detox kit – hmmmm…. scotch?  Rum?  Detox?).  It taunts me each time I open that cupboard, which isn’t as often as all that – those that follow me on twitter probably know that I’m a pretty committed craft beer drinker.  However, there it is, taunting me still, every time I open that cupboard above the stove.  Like with many things, for many (or most) people, there is always a reason why I should wait.  There was always some travel or some other sort of hold-out reason to not start right now.  Finally, I had decided that enough was enough – I wanted to step back on how I was eating and get back to eating much “cleaner” than I have been the last while – and I like to hold the illusion that I eat cleaner than most people normally.  I’d already read the “recommended foods” that were a part of the package, and the curiosity and the unsettled nature of my feelings towards how I was eating were getting to me.  So on Sunday I went to the grocery store, loaded up primarily in the vegetable and bulk foods aisles, and went home to have a final “last meal” – along with a final beer, of course.

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Thanksgiving by the numbers!

Yeah, I should have posted this on Friday, but it’s Infographic Monday here, and well how can you beat this one, given that it’s Thanksgiving Monday here in Canada!  This is a survey taken by, which I got via  I love when they equate something to the number of something else – in this case, the number of calories eaten by the average person compared to how many slices of pumpkin pie it would make. Shocking, really.

Enjoy!  And try to go easy on the turkey-a-la-king today….

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Study reveals 1 in 20 Canadians is a ‘food addict’

A pretty shocking recent article from The Globe and Mail, “Too much of a good thing: Study reveals 1 in 20 Canadians is a ‘food addict'”, is a pretty stark damning of not just the general health (I hate to say obesity, but there it is) of the Canadian population, but also what forms that health takes into account.  I was probably, when I was my heaviest, one of those food addicts.  I didn’t say no to anything.  I knew I was an addict – I was always a sucker for fat and salt.  That said, I just never knew how many there were.  5% of the population is pretty huge, and I wonder how many of those are children.