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
DoomsdayThe day I've been dreading has finally arrived: The juice fast. The plan is to drink a cup of "Miracle Juice" every other hour starting the moment I wake up until I go to sleep. I also have to drink a cup of water on the hours that I don't drink the cranberry concoction. Gittleman says this Miracle Juice "helps flush away toxic fluids, which can account for as much as 10 to 15 pounds of water weight trapped in our tissues," which is why people have claimed to lose up to eight pounds overnight on this cleanse.
Wondering what the heck is in this so-called Miracle Juice? Put this in your pitcher: 8 ounces of cranberry juice, 56 ounces of water, a bit of freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice, and warming spices like cinnamon (the cinnamon helps stave off hunger). And so it begins:
9 a.m. I start drinking a cup of Miracle Juice every other hour, pounding water on my "other" hours.
1 p.m. I'm surprised I don't actually feel hungry, even though the scent of my co-workers' lunches are wafting through the office. Note to self: Sprinkle cinnamon on my lunch to see if it helps me avoid a mid-afternoon snack craving, post-detox, of course.
2 p.m. I start getting a headache and ask my co-worker, Anna, if I can borrow her Snuggie because I am freezing -- they must be blasting the air conditioner.
3 p.m. The coldness isn't going away. I'm starting to realize that it's just me. Anna feels my forehead and says I'm burning up. I think I have a fever.
4:45 p.m. The fever persists, I'm peeing every hour, and I'm still not hungry.
9:00 p.m. I get up from the couch for my scheduled cup of water and feel dizzy after standing.
10:00 p.m. I still have two more cups of Miracle Juice to go through, but I can't do it. I'm used to feeling mentally drained at the end of the day, but today my body is just shutting down. I'm going to sleep.
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