If you saw my Fitbit post, I mentioned I was attempting to be healthier. I decided to do a lot of things this summer to be more active and generally healthier, including joining a gym and working with a personal trainer. I thought it would be fun to keep you updated with some of the things I’m trying out with a weekly post I’m calling “Fitness Friday”. This week I’m reviewing my experience doing my very first ever cleanse, Dr. Mark Hyman’s 10-Day Detox diet.
I knew I could never get through most of the juice cleanses I was reading about (Only juice for 3 days? No way), but the 10-Day Detox designed to reboot your metabolism, allows you to eat solid food at least. You can get the full 10-Day Detox Diet meal plan here. The “detox” part is that for 10 days you basically eliminate sugar, carbs, dairy, caffeine and alcohol. Like any sane, rational person, my initial reaction to this idea was:
But honestly after doing it for 10 days, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I loved the morning protein shake recipe! I typically make a smoothie for breakfast so this wasn’t too radical a change for me.
For lunch I would have a salad with 1/2 a chicken breast, and for supper another 1/2 chicken breast or a piece of fish with a “green base” like broccoli, asparagus, or brussel sprouts (actually one of my favourite foods – totally weird I know). I snacked on raw almonds and celery sometimes with hummus. I did feel like I ate A LOT of celery.
What did I find the hardest part? Before I started, I thought giving up cheese (my favourite food!) would be the hardest part, followed by not being able to have a glass of wine. The hardest part actually turned out to be no caffeine! Despite all the testimonials about how amazing you feel, for the first four days I had a constant headache, a symptom of caffeine-withdrawal. I normally have about 2 cups of coffee a day. Once I got past that, I started to feel much better. I have gone back to drinking my morning coffee now but I’m not adding sugar anymore; I’ve switched to Steevia.
What worked really well for me after the detox is that I’m eating less sugar, I feel like I’ve broken my “cheese addiction” – the only dairy I’m eating now is yogurt – and I discovered I love almond milk. I’m lactose intolerant and have to take Lactaid pills, so I’m happy to be reducing the dairy I’m eating instead. I’ve also decided to boycott beer and wine for the summer, or at least avoid it as much as I can. I just feel better and sleep better without it.
Overall, it wasn’t life-changing, but I think a sensible detox is a great way to kick-start a change in your eating habits and make you realize you won’t miss some of the bad things you’re eating as much as you thought you would…except for caffeine! 🙂
I’d love to hear your experiences with any detoxes or cleanses you’ve done! Leave me a comment if there’s something you’d recommend or something I should avoid. And please like this post if you’d like to see more Fitness Friday posts.
Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤