By Myranda Princewill-Amah
Many of us started the year by making some sort of promise to ourselves to be a better person in ever which way, but less than 10 percent of us actually end up keeping them.
I usually do not get into the New Year resolution train especially as the beginning of a new year comes with a lot of cultural and social pressure to get healthier in one way or another.
It’s a new decade right, so apparently things are different. So I put myself out there for this 7 days diet/detox plan I came across, I wanted to jump-start my health and reboot my metabolism. It wasn’t something I was looking forward to as I hate the idea of New Year’s resolutions because they often fail.
The Detox consisted of three items;
The nature of my job is such that, on a normal day, I am out of the house before daybreak meaning I skip breakfast and eat around midday.
I had planned to break my intermittent fasting at midday with the smoothie, then have my salad by 5 pm and drink the juice before going to bed each night.
That was the plan, not that I stuck to it or anything.
I remember being invited to lunch on the first day. I had taken a few bites of the food before I remembered I was on a detox. I had messed up my detox on the first day due to the offer of Banga stew and rice which from what I tasted, was delicious. I felt really guilty about it and had to comfort me by reminding myself that it’s an easy mistake to make.
The smoothie was nice enough, the salad was great too, very tasty.
But there was something in the juice that I didn’t like though it did its work on my system.
The detox doesn’t call for this to be your only meal for the day but I wanted to stay true to course.
Day 2 went great. I met up with my cousin who is only around once a year. I was happy to hear she was on a 28 day fasting so a food spot was out of the question for both of us.
On day three, while waiting for the impurities to leave my body I asked myself, why am I doing this? With no specific answer, I realized I didn’t have to do this… I love food, I am a foodie and this was not the way to achieve the body I desired.
At first, I was excited and motivated, 7 days didn’t seem long at all.
But I was mistaken and I must say it was not easy. I don’t think I was prepared for how difficult it was going to be. At times I felt run-down, irritable, and somewhat fixated on food.
Maybe it was my fault for overestimating or being underprepared
Who doesn’t want to lose weight, rid their body of toxic junk, and emerge from the experience as a glowing, fresh, and rejuvenated version of themselves?
If I ever wanted to re-attempt a detox/ cleanse, it will be a good idea to work with a group or a coach so I would have all the support I needed. And then maybe I will try again!
So, despite my infidelities with food, I still consider my experience to be an overall success. It showed me that I don’t need all the snacks I tend to run to when I am hungry (it was great watching my body crave fruits and vegetables)… I can also control my hunger to a certain degree and also water, water, water. Advice to self … Drink more water.
What about you? Have you ever attempted a cleanse or detox diet? How was your experience? Have you ever had a detox fail?
I’d love to hear your story, so share it with me.