My 10-Day Detox Diet Did Something to My Body I Didn't Expect

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Mom and son at EpcotSo, remember a couple weeks ago when I told you about the 10-day detox I decided to start in an effort to clean out my system, hopefully shed a few pounds, and restore my energy?

Yeah, well I'm all done with that now. Actually, I finished it last week, but then we went on vacation for a few days, so I haven't had time to talk about it.

To refresh your memory, this was a food-based detox from Whole Health Designs, which meant I got to eat three meals a day plus two snacks.

Of course, I had to give up caffeine, alcohol, sugar, meat, wheat, dairy, and processed food -- but OH MY GOD was it worth it.

In just 10 days, I lost about 5 pounds, went down a dress size, and flipped the switch on my motivation back on -- to the point where I feel so amazing and have so much energy I even worked out while I was traveling. (Did I mention I was at Disney World? Who works out at Disney World? This girl.)

And while the physical changes the detox brought on were definitely welcome, the effect it had on my emotional and mental state may prove to be the most beneficial part of the whole deal. When you are putting good, clean, healthy things into your body, it's like it fills you up with positivity, peace, and clarity. In contrast, when you're eating junk, there's nothing fueling your mind and body but fluff, which makes you feel depressed, lethargic, and totally unmotivated.

To put it plain and simple, this detox gave me the kick in the ass I needed to get back into a healthy lifestyle -- and I only wish I'd done it months ago instead of waiting for spring to roll around. Instead of wanting to crawl into bed at the end of the day, I want to go for a long walk. And in lieu of craving a fat glass of wine, I'm ready to curl up on the couch with a cup of herbal tea at the end of the night. (Who am I?) Most importantly, I'm feeling confident and sure of myself again instead of wallowing in my own exhaustion and misery.

On that note, if you've ever considered doing a detox yourself, I can't recommended it highly enough. I won't lie, it's not easy. Making it through 10 days without your vices is hard, and it's tough to resist temptation along the way. But the refreshment and nourishment your mind, body, and soul receive in return is absolutely worth it -- 100 percent.

Are you ready to give detoxing a shot?


Image via Mary Fischer

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carole76 carole76

Wow, how did you do this with a family? Did they do this with you?  Did you have to prepare one meal fr them then another for you?  I would love to do this, but I am not a strong enough person.  Good for you, hopefully the things you learned can help you make wiser choices on food in the future.

tuffy... tuffymama

Clarity? You? That's RICH.

bills... billsfan1104

I want to do these, but the people who provide the info usually charge 60 bucks and then give you a menu and it expensive crap I have buy on top of paying anywhere from 60-130 dollars to get the detox info.

Does this one cost anything??

bills... billsfan1104

Never mind, I see that it's 169 dollars. I will look on Pinterest

nonmember avatar Sandy Halliday

Good for you Mary, I've done a lot of detoxes over the years. I recovered from chronic fatigue after my first lengthy one so I was convinced that they work.

I have continued to do them periodically to stay healthy in this toxic world.

It's easy to give up your vices and stay on a healthy diet afterwards once you feel the difference.

nonmember avatar Janine

I spent a year eating no sugar or wheat. I did have the occasional cocktail or glass of wine. I had a lot of energy, my aches and pains disappeared. I never noticed how much it change my thoughts, outlook on life and moods until I took a fateful bite of cake. After that I started eating wheat and sugar again. I remember how numbingly tired I was. But the depression, self loathing, glass half empty, not motivated and just generally hate my life feeling that has come with eating an American diet astounds me. I am day 6 of no sugar, no wheat again. It is really hard but I already feel a glimmer of hope. My knees are not aching anymore. I have more energy and I am not as depressed as before. I have not been able to give up coffee but try to stick to 2 cups a day. No alcohol for now. If you feel over whelmed by detoxing just start by cutting out wheat. This will give you immediate clarity in your mind. Then cut out sugar. Also, when you cut out one of these foods you crave the other and cheese, alcohol and potatoes. So start slow and be mindful of your cravings. Recently I started cooking quinoa as my grain. I hated it before. The smell grossed me out but now I even eat it in place of oatmeal. I don't think you need to spend money on detox products. Just losing the wheat alone will change your life. I love this site and am signing up!!! Thanks

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