10-Day Detox Diet – Results and conclusions

I have now concluded the 10 Day Detox Diet, and thought I should give you some sort of final report.

First, as with all diet and exercise programs, the AMA and the CDC would want me to strongly encourage you to make sure your primary care physician has deemed this to be an acceptable risk for you before you begin it.  That said, I did not consult any physician, both because my wife was here with me the whole time and because I’ve always had a hyper-awareness of my body and what was going on within it.  The bone tumor I had when I was in the Army – I knew there was a problem 2 weeks before it showed up on the first x-ray.

If you are primarily focused on maintaining or improving your health, you would be hard pressed to find a home-based nutrition program on a par with this one.  You don’t need a lot of expensive concoctions – it’s mostly just good food and high-fiber drinks.  You are supposed to take a liquid multi-vitamin on a daily basis, but I just mixed it into the breakfast smoothie without problems.

If you are trying to detox for environmental reasons, this program opens up your body to eliminate those toxins the the most efficient manner possible.  All those trips to the bathroom I previously reported were not a fluke – they were specifically how your body should detoxify.  There is no other way to move the toxins out fast enough to prevent your body from reabsorbing part or all of them.  That said, if you have any other reason for wanting to detox (such as a chemical dependency or substance abuse) then you should seriously be under full-time supervision when you detox, because of the high chance of other body problems occurring.

As for my mid-point weight loss, that was probably due to the fact that I started the program at least 70 pounds over my ideal weight.  At the start of the program, I weighed 246.7 pounds, and I’m 5’8″ tall.  When I wrote the mid-point report, I weighed 230.8 pounds.  At the conclusion, I weighed 234.8 – and I think I gained the 4 pounds because I stopped taking the fiber drinks before meals due to the discomfort after the avocado disruption.  Even so, I still lost about 12 pounds, so I’m quite happy with the results on that front.

Also due to this diet, I’m maintaining the caffeine reductions I made.  I continue to brew a daily pot (10 cups) of herbal tea in the pot I formerly used for coffee.  I now use instant coffee in the morning, and limit myself to 3 cups after I awake.  Sometimes I get by with only 2, and that is also alright.  I still struggle some with not feeling the energy I would like to have, but I think that as my body adjusts to the lowered caffeine level my energy will bounce back.

I have tried a great many diets over the years, and this one gets high marks for doing exactly what it said it would do, and making the menu specific enough to be easy to follow at home while varied and tasty enough to keep you interested.  Other than vitamins or the fiber supplement, you likely already have everything you need to succeed with this diet.  Just please, do yourself a major favor and read the entire Blood Sugar Solutions: The 10 Day Detox Diet book before you begin, so you know exactly what you should be doing before you start, and what to expect.

Update on 10-Day Detox

Something happened on the evening of December 30th that, upon reflection, I thought I should share as a potential warning.

Please, pay attention to what your body tries to tell you about your dietary needs.  You never know where a food sensitivity issue will be lurking.

In this specific case, I’ve now tried two different diets within the last year that included avocados.  The first was an almost-all-smoothie diet that produced very quick negative results for me.  The second was this one, which had less avocado, until I switched from the Chicken Soup lunches to the Tuna-Avocado salad for lunch.  The very same day I made the switch had disastrous results.  There was an 8-hour period beginning around 2pm (1400 hrs) when I was rushing to the bathroom every hour.

Needless to say, as of yesterday, I’m back on the Chicken Soup.

10-Day Detox Diet observations. . .

I’m at the midpoint of the 10-Day Detox Diet, and thought I’d share a few thoughts about how it’s going.  But first, let me state that we’re following the plan exactly per the book.

1.  I’d be willing to stay on the menu we’re following indefinitely.  The food is quite varied, and extra tasty!

2.  It’s best to do this program when you can stay home the whole time.  You won’t be able to get very far away from a bathroom during the first few days.

3.  Everything coming out has changed color, but in a good way, I think.

4.  I’ve managed to reduce my coffee intake to about 3 CUPS per day (I used to drink 2 POTS – about 20 cups – per day).  The rest of my fluids are made up of high-fiber water-based drinks, and herbal tea.

5.  I’d have been happy if I lost 10 lbs. of weight over the course of the entire program.  I’ve lost 15 lbs. already, without increasing my exercise program.  The only negative effect I’ve experienced in all of this is feeling a bit more run-down, and hence sleeping more.  However, I can’t specifically attribute that to the program, because when we started it I had a cold.  Being on the program has largely sped up the recovery from the cold, IMHO (in my humble opinion).  I’m now breathing freely and my sore throat is gone.

Weight loss . . .

Alright, I admit it – I’ve been very sneaky.  While I’ve been busy blogging about all the other stuff I’ve posted over the last month, I’ve deliberately NOT posted something.

My wife and I have been selectively testing some of the recipes in the 10 Day Detox Diet Cookbook – and a couple of days ago we ordered all of the supplements he recommends. As soon as the supplements get here we’re going to do the 10 Day Detox Diet.

Not that either of us has much concern about needing to Detox (we’re not drug abusers or anything like that) – but there are enough toxins in our food and air these days that periodically cleaning out your insides is a good idea.  In addition to which, this particular program is supposed to be great at helping you to lose weight, which I won’t sneeze at.