Detox Diaries: My One-Day Detox
A McDonald's-eating detox-newbie goes on her first cleanse. Can she do it? Will she change her fast food-eating ways? Find out
Day 1: Give me caffeine, or give me deathI'm bracing myself for the raging b-word within me to emerge. Deprived of my morning and mid-afternoon caffeine fix, I can feel my irritability growing. And like clockwork, after my lunch of a (healthy) chicken and kale salad, food coma hits at 3 p.m. and I start nodding off at my desk. Instead of going for my usual coffee run, I go to the kitchen to refill my water cup. I've been making a conscious effort to drink more water than I usually do, which is crucial when you're detoxing. Think about it, says Gittleman: All those toxins your body is releasing have to go somewhere, and ideally that somewhere is out of your body. I run into my co-worker, Zack, in the office kitchen as I'm filling up my eighth pint-size glass of water for the day. I complain a little to him about how zonked I'm feeling, and he suggests I shotgun a tall glass of water, which he says always gives him a quick energy boost. I take his advice and pound that pint of water like it's a beer on my 21st birthday. The coldness of the water jolts my system awake and I go back to work.
Then, the chocolate cravings hit.
I usually get my sugar fix from fruit juices and don't have much of a sweet tooth for cakes and chocolate. But right now, all I can envision is shoving a warm chocolate chip cookie into my mouth. Sadly, there really is no room in this detox for that. Sigh.
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