My 3-day-detox-plan based on juices was a huge challenge for me - a challenge I happily accepted and decided to share with you. It was a few weeks ago when I took on the program and made sure to present you my step-by-step progress via Instagram.
Truth be told, I've never followed a detox plan so consistently before even though my diet is gluten-free and sugar-free with minimal dairy and red meat consumption per week. I've cut down on sugar and gluten about 70-80%, trying not to deprive my body of key nutrients necessary for my well-being.
Transitioning to a detox program proved to be difficult but overall smooth. I felt I needed to prepare my body since it was a big change even for someone like me who is used to eating organic and clean. A day before the program started I began the transition and this is how I did it.
Note that we all have different needs and our bodies don't work the same way. This is my personal experience based on what I needed and I definitely don't suggest you to follow any kind of detox plan in spite of your personal needs – just take what's important to you from my experience and adjust it to your everyday needs and habits.
THE DETOX PLAN
My detox plan was from Verve Juices and, depending on your liking and needs, you can follow a 1, 3, 5 or 7-day plan. It solely includes juices without any kind of solid food. Apart from cleansing, the juices help to hydrate, fight stress, inflammations, boost your immune system and digestion, as well as supporting your stamina.
Green vegetables, apple, coconut water, pear, lemon, pineapple, raw cacao, himalayan salt, vanilla, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, mint, thyme, grapefruit, honey, orange, carrot, beetroot and turmeric.
All of the above in 6 ultra-boosting bottles of juices for 6 meals per day.
With that being said, I am sure you're wondering how did I make it without eating anything for 3 days in a row – just drinking juices. I will be honest with you: It wasn't easy but I made it.
HOW MY THREE DAYS WENT
Day one was easy, I guess because I had that extra energy. I was excited about the decision I made and the project I took on – I wasn't quite aware of the effort I needed to make. Exercising: no.
Day two was the most difficult for me. I woke up feeling less energized and wondered whether I was pushing myself too hard by doing this. After having the first juice, I felt stronger. On day two, I had half a cucumber for lunch and a carrot for dinner – didn't notice any change except for the feeling of solid food in my stomach. These two vegetables are allowed as well as almonds for a daily snack while doing the detox. Exercising: no.
On my third day in the program, I had the strange feeling of an empty stomach – without feeling hungry. I wasn't feeling hungry at all while doing the detox as all of the juices were so nutritious and kept me full. I wasn't exactly hungry on the third day, just that weird sense of having an empty stomach.
Day three of the cleanse program and I was travelling to Spetses to attend the Spetsathlon sports event. Following a detox plan while on the road wasn't a challenge but for future reference, I'd rather be at home while following the program. Travelling affects my mood while my body needs change - I wouldn't suggest taking on a detox plan if you are about to travel as, in my opinion, you will not be able to cope with it, mainly for practical reasons since fresh juices need to be stored in a proper temperature. Exercising: no.
IMPORTANT QUESTION (I GUESS): DID I LOSE ANY WEIGHT?
I bet you are wondering if I lost any weight weight after doing the detox. Well, I did lose 2kg mostly by getting rid of fluids, as I was drinking almost 2 litres of water per day apart from the juices. In addition, I got a flat belly as I always do when I cut down on gluten. All in all, the detox plan is a great start for anyone looking for a healthier and more balanced everyday diet.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?
Of course. I would do it once a month if possible. It was a great way to detoxify from my daily "bad" habits. The only thing I missed doing while on the program was actually exercising – I felt I had to take it easy on myself and decided not to exercise.
I would definitely suggest you to take on a cleanse and try detoxing yourself. The only thing I would recommend is to take it slowly by starting with a day of cleanse and then moving on to a 3-day plan and so on, especially if you are already following a daily diet full of nutrients and proteins.
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