I used to be a into fitness...but not into being "healthy". I used to work out solely just to offset my terrible eating habits which consisted of Hot Cheetos and Cherry Coke and Chick-Fil-A and cupcakes and Chipotle and whatever else my little heart desired. But over the past year, life got in the way and I stopped making an effort to be active. Combined with my horrific eating habits, the stresses of college and life after college, and my lack of motivation to work out my body has been in horrible shape. Not to mention that I turned 21 in May and I've been drinking just because I could. But all of that has taken a toll on my body as far as weight gain, my energy, my stress levels and my body's overall health. I wasn't trying to lose weight, but I just wanted to rid my body of any and all toxins, especially since homecoming is around the corner.
So, my friend Sarah and I decided to do the Arden's Garden Two-Day Detox! The juice consists of pure lemon, grapefruit, and oranges. But there's a catch: you can only drink the juice and purified water. No food, no other beverages, for two days. I'm crazy.
Sarah and I got the jugs on Monday and we detoxed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The jugs normally cost $30 ($15 per gallon), but Sarah works at Arden's Garden so we got ours for $15 plus tax. If you aren't as fortunate to have a super cool bestie friend that works at Arden's, I would suggest getting the juice from Whole Foods. They have the jugs there for about $10 cheaper than the Arden's Garden stores.
Day One was literally HELL. By 11 a.m. I was sick of the taste and I desperately wanted a burrito bowl. By 2 p.m. I was texting Sarah with all of my complaints. She was clearly doing better than me.
If I wasn't using the restroom, I was sitting at my desk at work trying to think about everything but food, and I failed miserably. But surprisingly, by the end of the day I was used to it. It took me a while to figure out that I wasn't actualy hungry. I just "thought" I was hungry. The water kept me feeling full, it just wasn't the kind of "full" I was used to. In translation, I was only "hungry" because I couldn't just go eat whatever I wanted. I'm a college student, I know how to survive without eating multiple times a day.
Day Two was interesting. I had a better understanding of what the day would be like so I wasn't as apprehensive as I was the day before. I woke up with a slight headache, but I drank some water and 12 oz. of the juice and immediately felt better. Trying to analyze my results I realized my body looked and felt better. My skin was brighter, the bloating around my stomach was completely gone, and I had a lot more energy. I continued to drink the juice for day two. A few hours later I got really, really sick (I'll spare the details) and I knew I had to put some food in my body. At first I thought it was my body having a bad reaction to the detox, but since day one went so well, I figured something else had to be wrong. After retracing my steps and thinking about what I did differently, I realized I had taken my acne medication that morning and I hadn't taken it the day before. The specific medication I'm on, you can't take on an empty stomach. Since I didn't feel hungry, I didn't put the pieces together. So I quit the detox early, and I felt really bad because I wanted to see if I could actually make it the full two days, especially since the Day One results were so good.
Do the detox with a friend. While people are around you talking about food, you'll have someone to share your experience (and pain), and to be your accountability partner.
Drink water first thing in the morning. It will help fill you up quicker, so you won't feel as hungry.
Start detoxing on a day when you don't have much to do. So maybe a day you don't have to go to work or class during the week, or if you don't have any off days do it on a chill weekend.
Avoid places where there will be food. For example, your job's caf or your school's food court.
Be prepared to use the bathroom a lot.
Consult with your doctor before you decide to do the detox. It will help you to avoid any mishaps.
If you're looking for a good way to rid your body of toxins, I would definitely suggest doing the Two-Day detox. It works really well, but it is very hard and you have to be up for the challenge.
Have you ever done the Two-Day Detox or any other detox? What were your challenges/results?