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
I cheated -- and got caughtMy prequel diet is going well so far. This is my typical menu:
Breakfast: Two hardboiled eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper
Snack: A pear
Lunch: Kale and apple salad with olive oil and cilantro dressing along with a fist-sized piece of lemon and pepper roasted chicken breast
Snack: Handful of almonds or dried cranberries
Dinner: Another piece of chicken with asparagus and Brussels sprouts
It's Day 5 and I haven't cheated on my diet in any way. But today, I give in to peer pressure and fail to abstain from a "Detox Detractor": alcohol. My co-workers talk me into going to happy hour with them and of course, we run into our editor at the bar. First thought: Are there no other bars in town?! Second: Uh oh. My editor immediately points at me and exclaims, "Detox!" Since the jig is up I have two -- OK, fine, three -- glasses of white wine.
The lesson? When you're on any kind of detox diet, it's a given that your social life will take a hit. I have to decline a number of weekend activities because I know my willpower isn't strong enough to sip on seltzer while everybody else knocks back cosmos. But abstaining from alcohol is doing my liver a favor -- little consolation when you're turning down Saturday night plans, but something to keep in mind nonetheless.
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