For all of you wondering what a detox is and why I decided to try it out myself, this post is dedicated to you! I warn you this post is going to be long because I will be sharing with you my full detox experience (during and post).
If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@beirutfitness) and Snapchat (Christinem961) then you probably know that I just finished my first detox cleanse in collaboration with Succo Beirut. For the past 2 days (Monday and Tuesday) I’ve been living on juices and water; NO food. I’m sure you guys know how much I love food; I usually plan my days around food, what time are we going to eat, where are we going to eat, what to eat…
As I’ve mentioned earlier on some social media platforms, I’ve never done any type of detox cleanse before, so I decided to give it a try and allow my digestive system to have a break. I only wanted to do one day because I was sure I wasn’t going to be able to stay without food, but the team at Succo kept motivating me and assuring me that I would be able to complete more than a one day detox plan.
Therefore, together with Succo, we chose the Beginner package for me to try. I was told to eat light and have no alcohol, one day prior to the detox. I was actually very worried about this detox, especially because it’s something new; I didn’t know what to expect!
According to SuccoBeirut, “our bodies are constantly bombarded with toxins which can overwhelm our natural coping mechanisms,” and the detox cleanse allows us to give it a break and get back on track. The one day cleanse consists of 6 cold pressed juices. I woke up on Monday, drank water and went to Succo,on my way to university, to pick up my juices. It was one of the few times I left the house without having breakfast (P.S. breakfasts are one of my favorite meals!). Here’s a list of the juices and what each was made up of.
Juice #1 – Cacao Almond Mylk: Almond milk, dates, cacao and chia seeds
Juice #2 – Carrot Cleanse: Carrot, apple, lemon, and ginger
Juice #3 – Green 3: Apple, cucumber, spinach, lemon, broccoli, and ginger
Juice #4 – Beet water: Pineapple, apple, beetroot, lemon, and filtered water
Juice #5 – Green 2: Pineapple, cucumber, spinach, kale, broccoli, lime, and celery
Juice #6 – Cinnamon Almond Mylk: Almond milk, dates, cinnamon, and chia seeds
Overall the juices tasted sweet, my favorites were the Carrot Cleanse, Green 3, and Beet water juices.
Throughout the 2 detox days I did not work out, since I was only living on around 950 calories I already felt tired and drowsy,so exercising was not a good idea.
The first morning I felt extremely hungry, my stomach was used to having a good healthy breakfast. I had a mild headache, however within a few hours I got used to the feeling. In the afternoon, I regained some of my energy and felt better. The urge to eat had gone away but what I missed was chewing. I felt the detox to be more of a psychological test that involved patience and will power. I am having all the nutrients I need so I’m not supposed to be hungry; it was just the idea of not eating solid food that kept roaming around in my head. As the first day finished, I felt better than I expected so I spoke to Succo team and decided to do a second day. Surprisingly, I felt even better; I did not have my full energy back but my body had adjusted to this change. I also drank lots of water along with the juices and I’ve never visited the restroom this many times in just 3 days 😛
I was so happy and proud of myself for being able to withstand the smell of food and not cheat throughout the detox. However, I really did not want to do the 3rd day. On Wednesday I had decided to eat, and have the juices as healthy snacks. I have been regaining my energy and eating slowly in order to get my digestive system back working!
I assure you it wasn’t easy, it was a challenge for me. If you are looking to give your digestive system a break, give it a try!
It is important to keep in mind that each body is different and you might experience other side effects during a detox! Also, remember to always check with your doctor if you are taking prescribed medicine or you have any medical condition before undergoing a detox.