This 30 day challenge wrapped up early and since tomorrow is G’s last day of kindergarten and we’re leaving for Orlando in three days I think I’ll just get this written now.
I truly juiced – only juice and water – for five days and for nine days I had some raw veggies for a meal or two plus juice. By the end of that time I’d lost 9.5 pounds. I felt good. Amazingly good.
Food had (has) too much leverage in my life. I was a glutton with no self control. By giving my body a break and allowing it to detox and heal I felt good. And it wasn’t just physical, mentally knowing that I was putting my health first made all the difference. That part has stuck even though I am eating again. The detox itself wasn’t too bad for me. I had a headache and got lightheaded that first day, but that first week the only big difference was that I needed a nap every day. And by the second week I couldn’t take a nap even when I tried. I was alert and it was great.
It’s amazing how little food I actually need. I’ve been eating food again for over a week but I’ve still managed to keep 7 pounds off. Generally, I’ve been eating one meal of fruit or a juice and one small meal and one regular meal. I’d like to clean it up a little more, but am giving myself a little slack this week as I plan a major vacation for the family. I’ve spent almost 4 hours this week trying to coordinate what G can eat at Disney (not much).
So, why did I stop early if it was so great? It was Mother’s Day and I took my mom to the Chocolate Bar. No other reason really, except that we deserved it. I do plan on doing a 3-5 day juice detox once a month. Honestly, I’m actually looking forward to it – how crazy is that?!
Okay, let’s break it down. The good stuff – you’ll feel better fairly quickly, you’ll lose weight, you’ll be able to give things up by going cold turkey (I’m off Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper for reals and wine is no longer in the house), you will fell better (it’s worth saying twice). The bad stuff – loss of energy that first week, resenting people who eat (especially if you were cooking it for them), extra time in the bathroom the first few days, not being able to go out to a restaurant socially.
This was an excellent challenge and although I only made it 13 days I consider it a success. If I can do it, anyone can! Before you do it make sure to watch the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.