After going to the doctor for my annual visit last week I left in shock. As the physician’s assistant moved the slider to 100 then the other slider crept past 30, I knew something had to be done. My real problem is I’m a foodie. I love food.

Lately, I’ve been busy running from activity to activity and meeting and meeting which has caused me to not eat how I’m used to. I’ve never been one to gorge on a lot of food but snacking is my downfall, especially if it’s sweet or salty I’ll eat it. I decided to do some research and came across a few detox diets that would help me get back to my ideal weight.

I haven’t told many of my friends about this whole detox dieting plan, unless they invited me to a happy hour or dinner this week and demanded to know why I wasn’t coming, because I don’t want to hear what they have to say. One of my male friends insisted that I was fine and didn’t need to lose any weight. I’m naturally petite and people always ask me if I work out, which I don’t and I know I need to. I know what a healthy weight for my body and frame is so I’m not going to be content until I’m back at that weight. After the detox, I have a lot of traveling for work and personal, so I’m going to have to focus on eating healthy and trying to walk more while the weather’s still nice.

Prior to starting this detox diet, the only detox I knew about was the Master Cleanse, what Beyonce did when she was trying to lose weight for Dreamgirls a few years ago. Basically it consists of drinking a concoction of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and some water. The detox I’m doing is not even close to that extreme. I’m also only doing it for 7 days, my goal is to lose 10 pounds, but I’d be happy with losing 8.

My meal plan looks something like this:

Breakfast:
Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
or a Berry shake with some soy milk, vinegar, flaxseeds

Mid-Morning Snack:
Green Tea (no sugar only honey) w/ orange slices

Lunch:
Lean piece of chicken or salmon with fresh vegetables (broccoli, onions, garlic, sprayed w/ lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt) Spinach is also recommended but I don’t eat it. They also say to eat “colon-friendly” foods, you know what that means so I’m not going into details.

Mid-Afternoon Snack:
Green Tea (no sugar only honey) and raw carrot sticks

Dinner:
Similar to lunch

The key is to stay hydrated so you can cleanse the toxins out of your body. I do this by drinking at least 4 bottles of water and 2-3 cups of green tea each day.

I’m on day #2 of the detox and as of today I’ve already dropped 3 pounds, not bad. It actually feels good to be eating better. Hopefully, I will make this a part of my routine and be more careful about what I put into my body.

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