A year ago I was planning to do detox during the holy week break. I was thinking of the juice options but found them to be very expensive. Friends had recommendations i.e. cabbage soup and I tried doing them and failed. This year, since I did not make plans for the holy week, I was more determined to do it. I have no juicer so I searched for options and found this http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/3-day-detox-plan.
It looked doable as there are options for those who don’t have juicers and there is variety so I started shopping for ingredients before the shops close on holy week. The first thing I looked for were barley grass or wheatgrass powder and spirulina powder which I am sure I saw in the weekend Market in the neighborhood. I didn’t see them on the market but I found juice with barley grass and berries which I thought was ok so I bought 3 bottles for my breakfast.
By Holy Wednesday, I already have all the ingredients I need for the detox except for rawalmonds so I opted for the ones I found in the grocery which are salted. I started following the plan on Thursday by starting my day with the ginger lemon drink. It needs a lot of getting used to but I was able to finish the drink and started preparing the stuff I need for the three days. I was busy cleaning and chopping vegetables on Thursday and by Thursday afternoon, all my meals were prepared.
The juice I got from the weekend market tasted great and provided me with the energy I needed to prepare my food. Celery sticks were a challenge for snacks. The Sushi salad for lunch felt incomplete. I felt like something is missing but I just had to be contented with it. I had leftover pineapples in my fridge and was so tempted to finish them but I ended up throwing them so that I would stick to my meal plan. I just stayed in my couch the whole day not thinking of doing anything as I was afraid I might not have the energy to do it or my stomach might react to the detox. I was able to do my laundry and go to church on Thursday without stomach problems. The soup was ok. It was not a treat but it was good. The Chia pudding was the winner. It was so great!
I was surprised when I woke up Friday that I felt energized so I went for a bike ride in BGC. I was planning to do 50K but I got a flat tire after 22K. I didn’t have a spare tire with me so I started running while pushing my bike. I intended to get a cab but I reached McKinley running so I decided to complete 5K running then just walk the route home which is around 2K more walking. I think it was the Chia pudding that gave me the energy boost. The morning was spent sleeping and watching TV after the cycling and the running. Afternoon, I cleaned my place and was already hungry at 2PM. I went to the convenience store looking for Buko juice but the Buko Juice had sugar in it so I opted for the all natural, 37 Calories Bayani Brew lemon grass tea instead. That was my only departure from the plan.
Saturday, I was feeling energized again so I went for a long ride using my other bike. This time I made sure I had my spare inner tube with me before leaving home. I was able to do 61K on my bike. I finished all the vegetable sticks and added more sprouts on my lunch salad. I also drank green tea after lunch. With shops already open, I had my bike cleaned and had the flat tire replaced then watched a movie feeling excited to go back to normal programming the next day.
Sunday, I had rice for breakfast. It felt heavy and I felt full almost all morning. Of course I had coffee after breakfast and some ensaymada to go with it. Still full, I had brunch with friends and had unlimited bubbly at 11AM. Great food, unlimited spirits, I was drunk at around 2PM! I went home and slept and woke up still feeling the effect of alcohol at 4PM. I had anothe cup of coffee while waiting for my barber to be free hoping it will make the effect of alcohol go down. I went home still drunk after the barber shop and doing grocery shopping for the week.
The alcohol subsided after dinner. It was also when the caffeine kicked in. I had a hard time sleeping! Hence my realisation: detox should not be followed by drinking alcohol and caffeine!
So did it work? I think I lost weight although I have no way of finding out as I did not get baseline data. I am more comfortable with this pair of pants now compared to last week. I am currently wearing a small sized shirt and am comfortable in it. Colleagues noted that I looked slimmer.