Sunday, November 13, 2011

Quick Cleanse And Weight Loss (2-Day Juicing Detox*)


I spent last week visiting an old relative in the countryside. She insisted on cooking all of our meals, so I ate tasty but unhealthy food for a week. My great-aunt is a great cook but she's a follower of the typical Bulgarian cuisine: lots of flour, sugar, butter, milk, yogurt, sunflower oil... As I love her and didn't want to hurt her feelings, I ate as a good girl should and as a result I got constipated and gained 2 kilos...
During the years I've learnt a few important, weight related lessons, one of which
is that I should start taking measures the moment my scale shows 2 kg difference from my optimal weight. No need to wait more. If the kilos become more than 3, loosing them would be a tough job.
My task at hand was to quickly lose 2 kilos while cleansing my body from the flour, oils, sugars... Thus I decided to try a quick and good detox procedure: The Juicing Detox Diet. It is said there that it's impossible to lose weight through juicing but I believed that I'll only lose the kilos I'd put on as a result of my unhealthy week eating.
I chose the 2-day juicing detox (which could be done once in month), with the following programme:

Day One:
One glass of lemon water, first thing in the morning;
Then dry-skin-brushing;
Cold-hot showers;
Apple juice for breakfast - 8fl oz/230ml;
Herbal tea & still water between breakfast and lunch;
Apple juice for lunch - 8fl oz/230ml;
Herbal tea & still water between lunch and dinner;
Steam bath and sauna in the afternoon;
Apple juice for dinner - 8fl oz/230ml;
Herbal tea & still water between dinner and bedtime;
One glass of lemon water, last thing before going to bed;

Luckily, I've found organic apples and used part of the quantity for the cleansing purposes. Amazing taste!


For the tea I did a small research to find out what would be the best recipe complimenting my efforts. Then I added some more herbs, to achieve the best taste & action. Here goes the final result: Camomile, Mint, Basil, Common balm, Valerian & Hawthorn (all but the Camomile from my own produce). To two cups of tea daily I was adding 1 tea spoon organic honey.











Day Two:
One glass of lemon water, first thing in the morning;
Dry-skin-brushing;
Cold-hot showers;
Grapefruit juice for breakfast - 8fl oz/230ml;
Herbal tea & still water between breakfast and lunch;
Grapefruit juice for lunch - 8fl oz/230ml;
Herbal tea & still water between lunch and dinner;
Steam bath and sauna in the afternoon;
Grapefruit juice for dinner - 8fl oz/230ml;
Herbal tea & still water between dinner and bedtime;
One glass of lemon water, last thing before going to bed;

Side effects:
During the juicing detox, the thing that surprised me most was that I didn't feel hungry at all. Maybe that was due to the fact that I was always full with liquids. I also found it hard to get asleep the first night, which came as a big surprise to me, as I usually fall into sleep for a few seconds after reaching my pillow. No matter this, in the morning I felt extremely well, rested and light.

Weight:
I checked my weight at the beginning of Day_1 and it was 56.8 kg.
Day_2 I started with 56 kg.
In the morning after the Two-Day Juicing Detox, my weight is 55.2 kg.
I guess now I'll have to watch my weight a bit more strictly for awhile, as going back to a normal diet will most definitely contribute to light weight gain. 

Overall result:
I feel wonderful, full of energy, with clear mind, and on top of it I've lost the extra weight, so I consider my mission successfully completed!

* Warning:
I've recently read the book "Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Revert Cancer" by Raymond Francis and then watched the presentation of Robert H. Lusting on the damages caused by sugars and now feel obliged to warn you that pure fruit juices might be dangerous to your health, and if you've got a serious health condition drinking fruit juices might cause you further harm. If you decide to go for a juicing detox, better stick to the vegetable options, like:
- Beetroot;
- Carrot;
- Celery;
- Cucumber;
- Spinach;
- Watercress;

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