Sunday, September 2, 2007

21 Pounds in 21 Days

Tomorrow I start my detox. It will be 21 days of no chewing. For a few months now I have not been feeling very well. I am tired ALOT and my joints ache. I experience too many headaches and am nauseous a lot. At one point I took a pregnancy test cause I was feeling so badly. Well that was negative. (haha) I saw Dr Roni DeLuz on Larry King Live. She was talking about toxins in the body and the need to detox in order to flush the system and bring it back into balance. The symptoms I was complaining about were very similar to what she was talking about. And the added benefit of the detox is weight loss. Something I definately needed after 3 kids in 6 years. I was feeling so sluggish and unmotivated that exercise and the discipline needed to diet were beyond me. So I bought the book. Then I went on vacation for 2 weeks and came home to a family crisis... but now I am ready.

The regimen, outlined in DeLuz's book, "21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox," relies on vitamin-rich juices, thick vegetable purees, and herbal teas. Also on the menu: nutritional supplements, vitamins, and enzymes to keep the body's systems stable and cells nourished during the cleanse. Now I know this sounds overwhelming BUT you can actually buy all you need online as a kit. The official site sells the kit for close to $200 but I found it for $69. =) It arrived a few days ago. I went to the store and bought my vegetables for the soups that I will be eating for dinner so I think I am ready to go.

Here is the Daily Schedule I will be following for the next 3 weeks.

Basically you need to be giving your body a supplement every two hours from about 8:30 - bed time.

8:30 am High-Density antioxidant Berry Drink, recommended dose of herbal cleansing formula (1-3 a dose), Tea and water.

10:30 am 8oz of water with Green Drink Mixed into it, 8oz of herbal tea, iced or hot.

12:30 pm 1 cup of fresh vegetable juice that you juiced in your juicer and enzymes OR an 8oz water with Green Drink Mixed into it. Also herbal cleansing formula and 8oz of water.

2:30 pm 8oz water with Green Drink Mixed into it, 8oz of herbal tea, iced or hot.

4:30 pm High-Density antioxidant Berry Drink.

6:30 pm Homemade soup and broth, see reciepes starting on page 205, a cup of herbal tea, a dose of enzymes, a dose of herbal cleansing formual (night time if you have it), 8oz of water.

7:30 pm 8oz of iced or hot herbal tea and 8oz of water

"Bedtime" a serving of Aleo Vera Juice.

Also required to walk everyday 1 mile.

NOTE: You may drink more water and tea if you want. The soup is also referred in the book as "FREE" soup so if you need to eat more, it's ok. DO NOT USE SALT IN YOUR SOUPS OR JUICE! (or products that have salt in them.)

I will be updating the blog on how this is going. I suspect it will take some time to get use to the taste of all this stuff I will be consuming that is not food. The most challenging part of this regimen is the walking. I use to walk 3 miles a day before we moved out of the subdivision. But with 3 kids its been very hard to get any exercise in at all. I walked with my friend Cherie at night before we moved. Sometime we did not get out on the road until 9pm but we got it done and without kids in tow. My plan is to get Connor in his stroller as soon as we return from dropping Cullen and Avery off at their schools. We will walk from the house to the main road and back. Not sure that is a mile or not. I guess my pedometer will tell me, if I can find it.

It will all be worth it if the pounds start coming off. The nice thing about this diet is that I can do this for 3 weeks... and then do it again after being on regular food for a month or so. So my plan is to use this to take off at least 40 pounds. I might be happy then.


Karl said...

Just wanted to post a note and say hello. Keep us updated and good luck on the "21 pounds in 21 days"!

-Karl (aka Bug)

Elysa said...

I know some gals thru my homeschooling board who detox on a regular basis...maybe a couple of times a year? They swear by it.

I've not done the detox route but our family has definitely seen major improvements by upping our veggies, trying to cut out the refined sugars, etc. Jim's cholesterol has gone down and the kids rarely get sick and when they do, they usually fight it off on their own. I also have been averaging a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a month. Not drastic, but sure better than gaining! LOL!

And good luck with that 1 mile. Its amazing how hard we moms find it to be to even do just one mile. Jim and I try to do a mile nightly but the last couple of months that's just gone out the window. Its hard to get excited about walking when its a sauna outside and then with all the emotional turmoil going on, we're just exhausted in the evenings.

Hopefully, this week we'll get back to our regular routines. August whooped our bottoms and I'm just ready for plain ole boring normalacy!

Detox on, Woman!