An Experiment on doing a 3-day fruit/veg detox

July 28th, 2010

I’ve been curious about doing this for a while. I recently saw an advertisement for a fruit/veg detox cleanse (a beautiful actress owns this company). They charge almost $200 for 3 days worth of juice! Wowwiee! I read the ingredients thoroughly on her webpage, and decided to give it a try. I went to the store and bought pretty much everything that were in her juices. How much did I spend? $41!

The first day was EXTREMELY difficult. Ok, that is an understatement. Hard, hard, hard. I found that I had a splitting headache at the end of the day. I had nothing but fruit smoothies (berries, banana, kiwi, peaches), and fresh squeezed veggie juice (spinach, kale, parsley, cucumber, beet root, carrot, celery).

Let me just say that I eat healthy 95% of the time. Honestly, I do. I don’t drink caffeine or soda. I don’t eat white flour. I don’t add sugar or salt to my foods. I eat lots of whole grains & brown rice. I drink between 8-12 glasses of water a day. I could eat more fruits & veggies, but I do have a homemade fruit smoothie for breakfast most mornings. I don’t eat chips and rarely eat cookies (I can go off the wagon now and then and have a cookie binge, but it rare). I usually eat fish/chicken/turkey and rarely eat red meat. I love eggs but eat them in moderation. I love to run, and I do that 3-5 days a week. I try to sleep, but have a hard time getting in 8 hours when my husband is out of town. I do eat chocolate. That is my downfall. I don’t go crazy with it though. I buy Hershey’s Sugar Free syrup and add that to unsweetened almond or fat free cow milk. I buy chocolate chips and measure out a small amount when I have a chocolate emergency. I thought eating nothing but fruits/veggies wouldn’t be that hard. I was wrong.

On the second day, I woke up with a headache. A MASSIVE headache. What is wrong with me? I had lots of water the day before. Maybe I just needed to eat. I continued with a fruit smoothie for breakfast, and veggie juice for snack. By noon, my stomach was rumbling like a 8.2 on the Richter Scale. I needed *CRUNCH*! I pulled out the salsa and dipped celery stocks into it. Nope. Not enough. I steamed mushrooms and garlic and ate those. I had a banana. I had more veggie juice for afternoon snack. I grilled: zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, and sweet peppers along with a few chicken breasts(for my family) for dinner. I was planning on eating just veggies, but the chicken was calling to me. I gave in, and had a breast. I swear that after 20min, I felt GREAT after eating the chicken. GREAT!

I woke up on the third day with a “this is the last day, make the most of it” attitude. I had a fruit smoothie for breakfast. I started to guzzle water. I had dandelion tea (tastes like bitter coffee) with unsweetened almond milk & agave nectar in it. I had a glass of veggie juice for snack, and left over grilled veggies for lunch. Afternoon snack were 1/2 a banana (my dogs love the other half) and 1.5 cups of blueberries. For dinner? 1.5 cups of black beans swimming in salsa, and fresh fruit salad. I threw in the towel and had some vanilla ice cream for dessert. I didn’t go crazy with it. I just had a small cup. It was like finding water after wondering the dessert for 40yrs.

So, what is the verdict? I can tell you that I have been cranky for the last several days, and have made countless trips to the bathroom. I know that celebrities swear by juicing, but it isn’t easy. Our bodies NEED carbohydrates. I try to be creative with artistic projects, and I am constantly thinking hard about my next move. My brain isn’t meant to function without energy. I found that when I had carbohydrates (i.e. black beans), I felt better.

Summary: Fad diets and depriving yourself IS NOT THE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT. Let me say that again: Deprivation will lead to binging (or falling off the wagon with a cup of ice cream). I think that eating in moderation and exercise is the way to go. Putting yourself on no carbohydrates, no protein, etc. is NOT healthy for your body. I definitely proved to myself that well balanced eating works better for my body.

Will I do this again? Nope. Smoothies and fresh veggie juice is great, but give me lean proteins and whole grains/legumes too. I never stepped on the scale before/after this experiment. I just wanted to see if I could make it through the 3 days. Tomorrow is a new day. I’m back to healthy, well balanced eating, AND fruit smoothies & fresh veggie juices. Everything in moderation, Shan. Everything in moderation.

Happy, healthy eating to you!

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