- Drinking as much detox water as possible. The detox water included lemon, mint and cucumber. They recommended drinking 5 litres (?!?!) per day.
- Having a green monster smoothie in the morning, which included kale, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, goji berries, flaxmeal, chia and parsley.
- Eat a low acidity / high alkaline diet, focussing on leafy greens, low sugar fruit and some fish once a day.
- Generally stay away from simple carbohydrates, gluten, dairy and meat (other than fish). Also avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
I actually managed to stick to the plan pretty well for five days! Here are some of my thoughts on sticking to this kind of detox eating plan.
- Drinking water has been CRUCIAL for me. I think this is making the most difference in how I feel. I've been drinking around 2-2.5 litres a day, which for me is a huge increase. I've realised that I used to mistake thirst for hunger quite frequently! I'm enjoying the water, but not the many bathroom breaks.
- I haven't missed drinking caffeine or alcohol at all physically, but I have mentally. I've realised I attach certain activities to consuming these things. I like relaxing with a book and a coffee in the mornings, and I like having a glass of wine on a Saturday night on the couch. But physically, no loss at all.
- I really haven't noticed the lack of sugar, dairy or gluten in my diet. I don't think I ate particularly much of these before, but I also didn't avoid them. I think by changing my breakfast to a smoothie with no coffee, this cut out a lot of the usually gluten / dairy choices I would be making in my day.
- I have missed protein, particularly eggs. I think I used to eat eggs most days! I do like fish, and I probably have it two or three times a week, but not everyday. I'm looking forward to getting some more variety back into my protein sources.
- I have noticed a lack of energy for exercise, particularly running. During the day I'm fine, but my easy pace a few weeks ago is now feeling a lot harder to maintain, and my speed sessions are not quite so speedy any more! Given I'm doing a few PT sessions a week (or will be), I'm ok with dropping the intensity of my runs, and just keeping them steady for the month.
Overall, I feel good, and it hasn't been as hard as I thought. I've also lost 2.5kg in the week, which I realise is probably mostly water weight, but it certainly gives me incentive to stick it out for another three weeks.
Saying that, I know my first coffee / glass of wine after the month is over is going to be savoured :)