While I still had the determination and persistence to even think about trying a detox diet, I decided to stop thinking and start doing. I figured it would be better to start small and stick to a 24 hours detox plan. How hard could it be I thought? All I had to do was eliminate all my favorite foods including dairy products, and substitute them with wholesome organic vegetables, nuts, pulses, and fruit. It almost sounds delicious. Think again.
My two biggest weaknesses are chocolate and caffeine. Being a law student, these two food groups are practically my staples. Stressed? Have some chocolate. Tired? There's always a cuppa joe to extend my study hours into the night. The detox changed everything.
Eliminating caffeine was the hardest. Cutting out my stimulant meant going to bed early because I did not have the energy to stay up past midnight. I ended up sleeping at 10.30pm at night and arose surprisingly fresh at 6am the next day. Most health gurus advocate at least eight hours of sleep and this was exactly what I was not getting. More importantly, the eight hours of sleep was what I needed after the lengthy classes, study group sessions and aggressive exercising.
Then there was the diet itself. My staples of bread, milk, cheese, chocolate and pasta had to move to the back of the refrigerator. I ran to the nearest health food store I could find that stocked buckwheat, brown rice and a range of organic fruit and vegetables.
Breakfast began two glasses of water and buckwheat pancakes that were not only organic but gluten, egg, wheat and sugar free. Topping the pancakes with bananas and honey is a definite plus for taste. Not too shabby I must admit. Buckwheat is not really wheat, but comes from the rhubarb family, hence making it a good source of carbohydrates and fiber with no excess sugar present.
Even though buckwheat kept me satiated, my caffeine cravings set in during the afternoon, and the best substitute that I could find was fresh juice consisting of carrot, celery and green apples. Healthy much?
Lunch was a moderately portioned salad comprising of steamed lentil, cous cous and beans with ginger tea. I enjoyed the tea (taken with some honey), but the salad was quite decent. It looked small and harmless, but the high protein content kept me full for a good few hours. The ginger tea was a refreshing change. Ginger has vast health benefits and is one of the oldest remedies used to cure ailments such as coughs and colds. It can also prevent any digestive disorders, hence making it suitable for any detoxification process.
After snacking on a banana (organic!) at 5pm, I felt hunger pangs again at around 6.30. Dinner was brown rice with a vegetable soup consisting of buk choy, onions, cauliflower and cabbage. Adding stock to soups during detox is not always advised but if you want some flavor, you can add in some spices and salt. With dinner, just two big glasses of water.
After a day of detox completed I dragged my weary and caffeine-free body to my bed with sleep on my eyes that could last through ten apocalypses. It was not the healthy eating that was actually difficult. One of the hardest things for me was squeezing in all eight glasses of water in one day. I had to make a conscious effort between meals to make sure that I was getting enough water. Also, it did not help that the whole city smelled like a cupcake (generally everything does when dieting). I thought about people who do the 90 day detox plans and wondered what on earth could have possibly prompted them to undertake such a herculean task.
Of course, I did learn some valuable lessons when I was researching foods with detoxifying qualities. From now on, regardless of my status as a full time student and part time writer, I will make time for myself to cook a healthy meal as often as I can. Also, drinking plenty of water is crucial to the health of any individual whether or not your aim is to detox, because water literally functions as a cleansing agent that flushes out all toxins. The most common mistake made with fluids is that water is absorbed through other modes of consumption like tea, juice, etc. In reality, there is no substitute for water. Finally, variety and moderation are what make a good diet.
Now, time to get myself that well-deserved cup of real tea.
:) Love your comment " I thought about people who do the 90 day detox plans and wondered what on earth could have possibly prompted them to undertake such a herculean task" - Some people actually live on this diet permanently throughout their whole lives, and even cut out the couscous (as it is wheat). It makes you feel fantastic and energetic all the time, and it really is just a matter of understanding that most of the foods you mentioned: "bread, milk, cheese, chocolate and pasta" have next to no nutritional value in their commercially processed state - you may as well eat an eraser for the nutritional value!
By jewlz - reader Tuesday, 2nd of November @ 09:39 pm
good motivation for people. I am currently running gluten and dairy free organic wholefood cooking classes in Manly, Blue Mts. and Bondi Junction. Where is it best to advertise on this site.
Marcea Weber Klein
By mklei - reader Wednesday, 3rd of November @ 01:03 am
Use the contact link at the bottom of the page to contact one of the support staff and they will be able to help.
By Jon Jones - general editor Wednesday, 3rd of November @ 08:39 pm
@jewlz I know what you mean. Students have terrible reputations when it comes to balanced meals. My diet has seen better days.
To be honest, I have actually done a 30 day detox, which was monitored by my trainer. It was phenomenal and made my complexion near-perfect. I also had more energy and I felt incredibly light.
I've borrowed quite a bit from these detoxes and incorporated them into my routine. Especially the water and organic produce. I don't think I could ever give up chocolate and caffeine though.
By Ketki - senior reviewer Thursday, 4th of November @ 02:10 am
Yes you are right! I've come across www.detoxaustralia.com.au and it's a great website with lots of valuable information that we don't really think about when it comes to our bodies, food and nutrition.