My Digital Detox

I didn’t need another gluten free diet or UltraClear detox.  I needed a digital detox.  A virtual cleanse from the Web World.  And, it was an amazing journey.

I was checking Facebook status updates every 10 minutes. Checking Instagram photo feeds. Taking pictures of my own, editing, then posting them. Reading blogs. Creating blog posts. Reading NPR news. Looking at Birchbox videos. Youtube videos. Facebook videos. Twitter feeds.

Ahh! You get the point.

I needed a new kind of ‘reality check.’   I swear, you can legitimately lose yourself in the Web World. I know, because I did.  I became someone who cared more about looking at a screen than having a conversation.  I became more sedentary.  And more irritable.

At night it was mostly the television. First, I would put McKinley to bed, and then turn on the TV. Real Housewife trash. And I was addicted. Disturbingly to the point where someone would ask me a question and it would annoy me if it wasn’t commercial time. Seriously? How sad is that?  Yeah, definitely a low point.

I started feeling lost.  And NOT connected.  Facebook and Instagram and all these other social media devices portray this illusion of a collective ‘connectedness,’ but the more you indulge– the more alone you become.  I was desperate for conversation and human interaction. I wanted to feel alive again.  So, I began my digital detox.

 

  • First, I deleted most of my apps from my iPhone.  This way, I wouldn’t have immediate access to social media at any point at any time.
  • Second, I initiated new interactions with my husband.  We started playing card games at night and reading together.
  • Third, I now leave my phone upstairs in my bedroom for most of the day and night.  The only time I have my phone with me is if I am ‘out and about.’  Periodically I will check my phone for missed calls and respond to text messages.
  • Forth, I decided to watch specific television shows–and limit my television time to those shows.  Right now, it’s Survivor and Parenthood.
  • Fifth, I tried to only used the computer to check Facebook once a day and respond to emails.
  • Sixth, I completely stopped blogging.
  • Seventh,  I allowed myself to still look at and post to Instagram.  However, I did not attach my photos to other social medias.

It was a well worth it experience.

  • I was able to connect closer to my husband
  • Spend more quality time with McKinley
  • Be more present in the world
  • Realize the importance of doing a digital detox
  • Appreciate the small things again
  • Become more active
  • Understand the slippery slope to social media
  • Best of all…I was able to get back to my roots…back to being me.

I think this is an awesome exercise.  Try out some of these methods for 1 week-monitoring your social media and screen time.  What can you learn from doing this? And do you think you’ll notice any differences?

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Monday Milestone

McKinley plays guitar:

Everyday for the past two weeks McKinley has been going over to the guitar and strumming it. And in those moments, I’d think to myself, I have to start playing again— dad would want me to—I’ll feel him with me. But I haven’t picked up the guitar.

When I drive, I sing. Ohh, and I get really into it.  For the last couple of weeks while singing I’ve thought, I should learn this song on the guitar– it would be beautiful. But I haven’t yet. And why not!?

It seems clear now, but my mother actually pointed it out to me in an earlier conversation.
I said, “I’ve been praying for a sign from dad.”
“Today McKinley strumming on that guitar, and being silly– that was dad,” she said. Then it hit me.  All my thoughts from the last two weeks flooded my mind.

I havn’t been listening!

My dad once told me, “God speaks all the time, but very few know how to listen.” My dad believed that at certain times, in certain moments, God spoke through people—That someone could say something to you, and it could be God speaking, and if you weren’t listening, you would miss it.

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Collard Green & Potato Hash Wraps

Whether you are starting the New Year with weight loss goals or healthier meal choices  this is the recipe for you and your family. These wraps are a healthy kid friendly meal! The hash is adapted from Nourishing Meals and the black bean salsa from my sister-in-law! Together they make for a powerful palette 🙂

*Gluten Free & Dairy Free *

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

Hash:

  • 3 cups Yukon gold or little yellow Potatoes (anything will work) diced into small chunks
  • 2 cans black beans (drain well and cook separate to begin)
  • 1 head a collard greens (peel off and cut off ends)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Chipotle chilli powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1/2 dozen eggs (cooked separate – scrambled eggs)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • Salt & Pepper

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  •  1 avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1 lime (squeeze the juices!)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of mayo

Black bean Salsa: 

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 stalks of green onions
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Agave

Directions:

1. An hour before you are ready to cook dinner, put all the black bean salsa ingredients into a bowl and mix together.  Then let it sit in the fridge.   (When cutting up cilantro for salsa chop up extra ahead of time for the hash and leave aside)

2. Heat up onions for the Hash in a sauce pan and sautee for 5 minutes. Add in potatoes, oregano, and chipotle chilli powder. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

3. Heat up 2 cans of black beans in a separate pot. Once cooked, place them in with the potatoes.20140107-003103.jpg

4. Meanwhile, put all the guacamole ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

5. Heat up eggs in a skillet and scramble them.

6. Once everything is cooked, take a Wet a paper towel and place it on a microwave safe plate. Place big pieces of collard greens (4 at a time) on plate. Then top them with another wet paper towel.  Microwave for 1 minute.

7. Put ingredients into the collard green: Potato Hash, Scrambled egg, guacamole, and salsa- then wrap up!

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Tips to Stay Sane

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Health tip: I know I’ve said this before, but when consuming any fruits make sure you eat a protein with it, like nuts or eggs. If you are looking for sneaky ways to not gain 1,000 pounds during the holidays–eat snacks throughout the day (one of them consisting of a fruit and protein tied together). In doing this you keep your metabolism working and lower the sugar content of the fruit.

Laundry tip: Not only should you make sure all zippers are zipped before throwing anything in the wash or dryer, but hook together those bra straps too! Also, don’t put bras in the dryer, instead hang them up! Otherwise you risk damaging the underwire and shrinking them.

Parenting tip: We all know this one, but sometimes need reminding. Mean what you say and say what you mean. It’s crucial to be consistent! The holidays are a hectic time for schedules, so be patient and plan some extra activities or projects to keep the kiddos engaged.

Mental tip: Practice mindfulness for 10 minutes of your day. Concentrate on your breathing by inhaling slowly counting to 7 and exhaling slowly counting to 7. Repeat and Repeat, and If a thought trickles in bring yourself back to your breath.

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Buckle Down: Days 4-7

I just realized I had all these detox draft posts and they never actually posted.  I’m still trying to understand the updated app version on my smart phone. So, I am combining days 4-9 in one post. (Whoops my bad y’all).

Detox Day 4: Day 4 is the same as day three except you add more scoops of the nutritional beverage. So bottoms up!

Days 5-7: You can do it! At this point, I’m feeling awesome. I have no headaches and a lot more energy. Rolling out of bed is a piece of cake.  However, for these three days you can only eat: cruciferous vegetables, apples, pears, and spices. So..it’s hard.  Again, you have to plan for it.

Also, you now are drinking the nutritional beverage to 2 scoops 4 X a day. Yum. I actually look forward to the shakes.  The best shake to make is: Apple juice (100%) and nothing added with 1 whole pear the scoops of shake and cinnamon.  Takes like you’re drinking apple pie.

Snack idea: Kale Chips (really easy to make…and really addicting).

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Day 8: You’ve pretty much done the detox! Add back in rice, fruits, and veggies. Reduce shake to 2 scoops 3X today.

Day 9: Slowly add.  2 scoops 2X today, slowly adding food choices back in..

Yay! I’m 5 pounds lighter and feeling healthy and great!  Once you are done doing a detox you want to have a plan in place for a healthier lifestyle and depending on symptoms, maybe stay clear of some of the foods you have already eliminated.

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