Detox Day 1

Yesterday my Home Detox in a Box arrived.  It is a 7 day detox and having checked my diary, it suited me to start it today.  The downside to that decision was that I had not prepared my temple and so am probably finding today much harder than it needs to be.  Having now read the pre-detox recommendations, a supper of fatty meat, pasta and then red wine is on the “not to do” list rather than the “how to” list 😦

Se essentially for 3 days I am on a fast.  I have to drink 2 litres of water a day as a minimum.

I have to follow a timed schedule of when to take “shakes”, enzymes and probiotics.  There is also an enema kit!

To make my shake, I add 1 tbsp of the ground seeds of psyllium mixed with Bentonite Clay.  The psyllium is going to swell to up to 40 times their original size and sweep my insides clean.  The clay will act like a magnet and absorb toxins.

I have to mix the powder with at least 12 oz/350 ml organic fruit or vegetable juice.  I started with apple.

Having measured the juice, I gradually add it to the powder in a glass, whisking like crazy so it dissolves properly so I can glug it down quickly before it begins to set.

One glassful did begin to swell and that was hard work, getting that one down.

The shakes do stop me from feeling hungry but I will be happy when I no longer need to have one.  I have so far had 4 apple juice shakes and 1 orange juice shake.

I have taken all the enzymes so far but I have not managed everything according to the exact schedule as I was ferrying Harvey to and from a party and I had errands to run.  But I was never far off schedule.

You are told to rest during the fast.  I did rest this afternoon.  In fact I went to bed and slept for 3 and a half hours!  I still feel very tired though and will be going to bed early tonight.

Instead of a shake tonight I can have a broth.  It contains the merest hint of carrot, parsnip and leek as you steam the vegetables and then drink the water.  You don’t eat the vegetables.  I was allowed to add herbs for flavour so I added some parsley and oregano plus some cumin and cayenne.  That is cooking now.

I wouldn’t say I have enjoyed today, but I have not hated it either and it is doable so I feel pleased with myself for sticking to it.  I hope I do not feel so tired tomorrow though.  In case you were wondering, no, I have not yet managed the enema.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Detox Day 1

  1. Holly says:

    Oh my, this is impressive stuff Mrs Bennett! I once did the Liver Detox Diet with a couple of friends in Switzy, and day 3 or 4 was the most difficult because of going cold turkey on caffeine and sugar! But, just to cheer you up, at the end of it, we felt absolutely amazing.
    Well done, Zoe,
    H xxx
    Strangely (or maybe not strange when we you think about Who is involved…), when I fast as a spiritual practise, I don’t have those issues at all and just find it quite exhilarating.

    • I am finding it difficult doing a fast when i am surrounded by people who keep eating or wanting me to cook for them. I would love to go off on a retreat when you can just focus on the detox and relaxing, not trying to live a normal life at the same time. That would be much easier. My recent giving up sugar efforts mean I am not struggling with no sugar but I am missing my cups of tea. I hope I feel amazing soon!

  2. Veg Grower up the Road says:

    It sounds terrible, having to put all your brilliant, clever cooking behind and just drink the aromas! Good luck. Good stamina. It sounds like you should never be too far from a loo either?
    X

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