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
What happens next?Before I started this detox, I thought I would go on a fast-food, carb-heavy, donut-eating rampage when it was over. But now, after forgoing those foods for nearly two weeks, I'm surprisingly not craving them at all. I do, however, head straight to Starbucks for a venti iced coffee and savor each deeply-missed sip on my drive to the office. Progress, not perfection, right?
My best advice to you if you're planning on following this detox diet or another one:
Do it in the summer. Is it hard to miss out on vodka-spiked watermelon at friends' BBQs? Sure. But Gittleman says your body is more relaxed from the heat during the summer months, and therefore better able to release toxins.
Listen to your body. In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have done the juice fast. It was just too much on my body, and I suffered as a result. Gittleman agrees with this point, stressing that it's incredibly important to heed your body's signals before plowing through a set plan, which isn't what I did this time around.
Talk a friend into joining you. Luckily, my editor, Meghan, was on a detox diet around the same time I was, so we were able to commiserate. Check out her detox diary here.
As for me, I'm happy I got roped into this assignment after all. While it wasn't all fun, it certainly was enlightening -- and who knows, I may not even need someone to talk me into doing it again. If my coffee habit gets out of control and I find my car swinging through the drive-through too frequently, I may just dust off this book and have at it again.