I’m On MORE Magazine’s Detox Diet This WeekJuly 1, 2011 at 9:36 am | Posted in Body Care | 117 Comments
Tags: detox diet, Lyn-Genet Recitas, More magazine
Edit on July 30: I completed the second Detox Diet, this time with the correct granola. See my experience here.
I woke up in Las Vegas with a terrible stomach ache. And no, not the kind from a “what stays in Vegas” party the night before. It bothered me the whole trip, so when I came across the “Detox Diet” in MORE magazine on the plane home, I was interested.
The Detox Diet is a 3-day “anti-inflammatory cleanse” developed by Lyn-Genet Recitas, a holistic nutritionist. It also claims weight loss of 5 pounds. The philosophy is that certain foods give our body more of a reaction, so by eliminating all potentially reactive foods and slowly reintroducing them, we determine our personal “body-friendly” foods. For example, Recitas says oatmeal makes many people constipated and gain weight (yikes, I eat this every morning!). While berries are well-tolerated.
I’m not big into dieting and have never done a cleanse, but thought I can do anything for 3 days. And beauty is so much how we feel and I needed help in this area.
Get a sample 3-day detox diet here. The recipe instructions aren’t totally complete but I was able to figure things out. A few items I never found at the store (e.g., mesclun or chia seeds), so substituted with a similar food on the list or went without.
Here’s my journal on the 3-Day Detox Diet…
Pre-Day 1: Monday
11 p.m. Heading to bed, why didn’t I eat more today? I’m nervous about how hungry I’m going to feel the next 3 days.
Day 1: Tuesday
9 a.m. I eat breakfast, so far so good.
11:50 a.m. Usually I don’t eat until later, but I’m so ready for lunch. I also normally try to fit in a quick workout at lunch, but skip it, afraid it will increase my appetite.
2 p.m. My stomach hurts and I desperately want a snack. Somehow my will-power kicks in and I avoid cheating (I’m only half-way through Day 1, how bad would that be?!)
5 p.m. I stop by a specialty grocery store to pick up items that I couldn’t find at Safeway. HUGE mistake! Everything looks so tasty and I start fantasizing about what I’m going to eat when this is over.
7 p.m. Dinner — Aaahhh, what a relief! I feel much better!
10 p.m. I’m craving cookies and bread. Best go to sleep to avoid the cravings.
Day 2: Wednesday
7 a.m. I wake up and am not real hungry; I feel good and hop on the scale, expecting big things — nada — not one pound gone. This diet has some making up to do!
9 a.m. I eat breakfast and still feel fine.
10 a.m. Is it lunch time yet, I’m hungry? I tell myself I can’t eat until 11 a.m. At 10:54 a.m. I prepare the food so it’s ready to inhale in exactly 6 minutes.
11 a.m. Lunch is o.k. but I’m not full, so I eat the afternoon snack too. French bread would taste so good right now.
4 p.m. The same achy stomach is back.
6 p.m. I’m craving Hot Tamale’s candy
Day 3: Thursday
7 a.m. Dropped 2 pounds! And I’m not too terribly hungry.
10 a.m. Feeling good!
12:30 p.m. I pleasantly notice that it’s time for lunch, however it doesn’t fill me up, so I eat part of the afternoon snack
The rest of the day I feel fine, not too hungry. But I can’t wait for toast first thing tomorrow morning (weird because I rarely eat toast).
I’m really glad I did the Detox Diet! I feel better — healthier and lighter — no stomach ache. It introduced me to healthy foods I’d never eaten before (some I liked and some I’ll never touch again, like kale!). I realized how much junk/processed foods I regularly eat, so I need to balance this out with more vegetables. And today the scale dropped another 1/2 pound, so a 2.5 pound total weight loss!