Before launching into how I feel about it, I thought I'd give a bit of background on myself for anyone that hasn't been following along this whole time. I went from a cardio-crazed triathlete training 2 hours a day, to a lover of the weight room and short bouts of cardio. My diet prior to the detox involved making sure I was getting as much protein as possible. That's definitely going to change.
I went into this mainly because of my stomach. I'm lactose-intolerant and I haven't been as strict with avoiding milk ingredients as I should be. I meant to use this as a "reset" for my system.
Due to the fact that the detox is an e-book that you can order online here, I can't give too many in depth details about the diet plan, but I can tell you my thoughts about it.
I was wary going into this, since the protein was much less than what I was used to, and heavy exercise wasn't recommended. I decided to focus purely on nutrition, and not try to incorporate my normal gym routine. Here's how it went...
1. I was impressed with how full I was all the time! Reading over the detox plan I was concerned about the amount of food that you were supposed to be eating. Granted, I did add extra vegetables to lunch and dinner and I definitely ate more almonds than recommended but I still felt satisfied overall. The food was delicious too! I added it up yesterday, and I was still eating about 1700-1800 calories on the detox.
2. I had headaches on the second day and overall felt pretty awful. I think this was a really good sign though and I sucked it up.
3. I found it relatively easy to combat my cravings, which didn't start until the third day, and were mostly provoked by wanting to stress eat for work. Even today, I don't feel ready to dive back into eating whatever I want. I want to take it slow. I was mostly looking forward to my coffee this morning, but now I'm almost ready for a green tea!
4. I lost 5 pounds! I went from 150.4 to 145.6. I didn't even do this to lose weight, but I'll take it. I'm curious to see about what's going to happen when I get back onto a more normal diet. I'll keep you posted about that. I'm really shocked with how much I lost considering I was still eating quite a bit. Nikki must know what she's talking about.
5. I love that it was just 5 days. It's a good kickstart to get back on track with clean eating. I'm looking forward to add some of my favourite clean foods back in, but this has definitely opened my eyes a bit.
6. It helped with my digestion!! Happy dance! Milk is like a poison to my system, so being super strict and having none at all really helped.
So would I recommend it? Yes. You need to be organized, and dedicated, but it's worth it. I spend so much time reading about what other people do and mimic it, that it's nice when I seem to find something that really works for me. I'm going to be making some changes to my normal diet thanks to this, so stay tuned!