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Beauty Detox Diary 2010-02-03 07:00:00

The Detox, Day 5: 6 Pounds Down, Spirits Up

I've just completed the final day of my five-day detox and while it wasn't always easy to control my junk food cravings, grumbly stomach, and penchant for hummus, it was all worth it in the end. As energetic and light-spirited as I feel now after all this hard work, I'm still looking forward to a celebratory cocktail (or two), along with a heaping plate of sushi, tomorrow evening. To find out what else I have to raise a glass to, as well as gripe about, just keep reading.


  • Eating the same food each day can be about as exciting as sitting through a four-day jury selection process without even being called up for questioning. Yeah, that happened.
  • Throughout the process, expect to experience some fatigue, hunger, and potential headaches as your body begins to eliminate toxins and adjusts to consuming no alcohol, sugars, coffee, sweets, and low fats and carbs. You know how they say it sometimes gets worse before it gets better? This is a perfect example of that sentiment.
  • While I liked having a "diet" plan all laid out for me, at $175, not including the cost of salads, this particular brand of detox wasn't exactly easy on the wallet.


  • Five days is a very reasonable amount of time to complete the detox without feeling deprived and/or overwhelmed.
  • Is my skin more amazing than ever? No, but is it looking a lot brighter, clearer, and smoother? You bet. I never expected to have miraculous turnaround in five days, but I'll take it, even if it's just the slightest improvement.
  • Before, it seemed as if I was thinking, planning, and fantasizing about food all the time. "What will I make for dinner? When will I buy groceries for dinner? Should I have soup or a sandwich for lunch?" This detox has seemingly cleared up my mind a bit, averting my attention elsewhere.
  • I set out on this five-day adventure as part of a New Year's resolution, and I'm enjoying this moment of bliss and feeling of confidence. Now only if I could transfer this energy over to another one of my 2010 commitments — the Couch to 5k.
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bushra bushra 6 years
wow, Bella! you is soooo pretty!
jocupcake jocupcake 6 years
What?!!! You are six pounds lighter? How the heck is that even possible?
MartiniLush MartiniLush 6 years
Wow, you look great! I love your cute hairstyle! So, question....did you look this great before the detox? Cuz if I could look that good by doing a detox, I would! :P I am with the others here about not being sold on the whole detox thing. I always worry that it might do me more harm then good, but I guess if it is your way to get off junk food and springboard to a more healthy eating habit, I can see how that might work well. I guess I wouldn't want to go back to eating all the junk after "cleansing" myself out - if that makes sense... :?
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Thanks, everyone!! I've been looking at it more of like a jump start into healthier eating. For me, it's just way too hard to cut out all sugars and alcohol, and to eat lower carbs and lower fat meals ALL the time. But, more veggies and lean proteins I can do. So, yes, my next step is to try to just cut back on the excess and focus on well-balanced. (And the Couch to 5k, of course!)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
syako, I agree..... I'm curious because of friends that have done detoxes before, they say that they do feel better, lighter, etc etc all those things. it can't be a lifestyle, though. I've just tried to start eating more fresh foods and less junk. will I have potato chips now and again? sure. but I'll also have fruits and veggies, teas, water, etc.
Advah Advah 6 years
I have the same questions re detox (esp considering the price of this one!): would you say what you gained from it was going back to controlling your portions, or eating "healthier" for 5 days? Sorry I'm not trying to be ironic at all, I'm just always confused as to what difference there is between not-so-natural shakes and eating differently for 5 days (I've heard of some people going raw or avoiding meat/dairy). Bella, can I check what your thoughts are on that? (also, I do agree you look fantastic!)
michlny michlny 6 years
btw - you do look great :)
michlny michlny 6 years
OK, so now what? If you go back to the way you used to eat/drink/live you'll just end up right back where you started - no?
syako syako 6 years
Good thing you didn't combine the two resolutions (detox and couch to 5k) because that could have been very dangerous. I'm still not sold on detoxing. I just don't think it's necessary and it's more harmful than helpful. But good for you for keeping your resolution and trying it out. Now your second resolution, that will be something that will definitely contribute to your health (and hopefully lead to long term lifestyle changes, i.e. incorporating exercise and fitness into your life). :)
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