Have you ever experienced back pain? Or endured excruciating dental issues, hurting so much that you must see the very first dentist available even if it means going into the dark basement of an old retired alcoholic dentist who operates using a screwdriver?
When a pain has hurt for a long time, we become more and more like animals; aggressive and ready to bite anyone who dares even to look at us. Well, this was me as of last Thursday after 4 days of detox ;-). The feeling of hunger was overtaking my whole body for days and I couldn’t stand it anymore!
If you are looking for the link between detox and personal finance, you can stop reading and wait for tomorrow’s article. Today has nothing to do with money, it’s only about how I lost 6 pounds in the span of 10 days.
6 weeks ago, I wanted to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks. In my financial ramblings, I had reported being at 181 lbs (from 184 lbs) after 5 weeks. I was in the middle of a “homemade detox”. While I was quite disappointed in the results after 5 days, my weight continued to drop during the weekend and last Wednesday, I was 178 lbs.
What is a “homemade detox”
Purists will say that I was “cheating” so much so that I should not even call it a detox. However, I still consider it a detox compared to my usual menu.
As I wanted to keep working out 4 days a week during the detox and didn’t want to faint on the treadmill. This is why I “cheated”. On the other hand, I had followed the plan we made, my wife and I, and never ate more than what was on our detox menu.
Homemade Detox Menu
The main purpose of a real detox is to eliminate most of what you usually eat replaced by vegetables, nuts and water. In this way, your body takes care of all the excess you may have and cleans you out. Hardcore detox swear by 100% veggies with the exception of a few nuts so you don’t end up in the hospital and lasts about 30 days. I’ll share the menu that we made and lived with for 7 days.
Each morning, I kept my original breakfast which was a breakfast pita (with a little bit of Nutella on the top), a glass of milk (my only one of the day!), and a cup of coffee with very little sugar (for an energy boost).
Then around 10am, I would eat one fruit to make it through to lunch time.
After training, I would eat a yogurt to feed my body a few vitamins before entering my “detox rest of the day”. At lunch, I ate:
– Vegetable soup
– Tuna salad (without mayo and way more vegetables than anything else)
– Ratatouille (gotta love it!)
– Veggi Spring Rolls
– Asian vegetable soup with 4 shrimp
In the afternoon, I had either a breadstick or a dozen cashews (you can’t eat more than that!).
At dinner, we had pretty much the same menu that we were having for lunch the next day, so soup, tuna salad or ratatouille!
Compared to what I usually eat (meals including meat at lunch and for dinner, pastas, 3 glasses of milk or a few bites of cheese), this was quite an achievement. I was definitely feeling the hunger every single minute.
However, after 4 days, the “pain” became bearable and I started to eat less by myself. We are now done with our intense week of soup and I can say that I definitely eat less than I was before and I am more in control of my envy for sweets. I must say that getting to 178 lbs was the main reason why I have decided to keep some of those good habits. On the other hand, I will continue to eat meat!!!! I missed it so much!
Image source: Sandy Austin
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