I survived the 10 Day Detox

Over the last 2.5 years, I have been on a journey to get healthy, once and for all.  I have done this by conquering one “issue” at a time. I knew that if I was going to be successful, I would have to do it naturally by changing my lifestyle along the way.  The yo-yo dieting was over for me.  That is exactly what I have done, small changes over the last 2.5 years have added to one BIG lifestyle change.  With that in mind, I decided to tackle a 10 day detox diet, based upon Dr. Hyman’s diet with some modifications.  You can see more about this plan on the Dr. Oz show.   I wanted to try this diet to kick any food addictions that were still lingering around, reset my metabolism, and really to just see if I could do it.  I did it!!!!  I successfully, completed the 10 day challenge and this is what I learned along the way…

  1. I survived!  When the detox symptoms started on the evening of Day 1, it was questionable that I would make it.
  2. Food addiction is real.  This I learned the day I was walking down the hallway at work and walked passed some highly processed cookies and wanted to lick the cookies for the sugar.  I don’t even eat or like cookies, but I was having withdraws from the added sugar in almost all of our foods. It’s real.  Read your labels.  Take a look at the 57 Names of Sugar.
  3. Sugar is sugar is sugar.  It doesn’t matter if it is bread, cookies, or fruit, when it enters your body, it is sugar.
  4. I eat too much fruit and that hinders weight loss.
  5. Detox symptoms are real.  I discovered this on Day 7, when I had cold chills on and off for two days, along with a low grade headache almost the entirety of the detox.
  6. I don’t need food to cure my boredom, make me feel better, or as a reward.
  7. I love the way I feel when I eat healthy.
  8. I have a better outlook on life.
  9. I love what the detox diet did to my body shape….hello, waistline.  It’s been forever since I’ve seen you.
  10. Lastly, I am worth it.

You are worth it….getting healthy is a reward, not a punishment. Get active, make some healthy food selections, read your food labels.  You are worth it. For me, I plan to be around for my children, living a healthy and active lifestyle, and teaching them the same thing.

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I keep drinking pink and shrinking in size

I keep drinking pink and shrinking. Denny snapped these photos as I was heading out the door this morning for a 5 mile training run. Over the last two and a half years, it’s been a journey to better health, losing weight, and living a healthy lifestyle. The first before picture that was taken in the summer of 2012 at the Canton Community Garden and I remember that day…I felt miserable and none of my clothes fit. I had just finished writing my dissertation and had gained about 30 pounds in the process. When I saw the Garden photo pop up on FB, I knew I had to do something about my health. At that time, I had always been an avid walker and I was having difficulty doing my daily walks. I was trying to “diet” to lose the weight and still not having any luck. FINALLY, I admitted (mostly to myself) that I needed some help to lose the weight. When the next before photo was taken, I had decided I was going to focus on the pink drink, adding Probio5 and Biocleanse (TriPlex combo)….almost immediately, I began to feel better, was eating less at meals, and didn’t need to snack between meals. By adding the probiotic and the biocleanse, I no longer needed all the OTC meds I was taking for my stomach/digestive (leaky gut) issues….I began to have more energy (no more afternoon crashes), sleep through the night and waking up fully rested. Just with those results, I knew I would take those 3 products forever…I felt (and still do) they were worth their weight in gold! It would be another 3-4 months before the scale moved, but I knew it would eventually. Fasts forward to today…I consistently take the TriPlex combo and have added our multivitamin (X-factor) and occasionally take Boost or accelerator…I am training for a ‪#‎halfmarathon‬…and feel like I am in my 20’s. It’s been over a two year journey to better health and I am only where I am at today because the plexus health supplements balanced my body and healed the “insides.”

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