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Detox program – Week 1

January 17, 2011

By the title of this post, I’m guessing many of you are thinking one of two things.  1.Ah the New Year’s resolution or 2. I didn’t know Michelle had a drug issue.  To answer 1, no this isn’t a New Year’s resolution.  I’m sort of against those in principle.  If wanting to make a change, I make the change.  If I have anything close to a New Year’s resolution it is to floss.  I know not that sexy or elaborate. However, as we all know flossing is very important.  I’ve not really done it until the week before the dentist appointment.  I have a dislike of flossing.  Sometime in December though, I thought really what is so bad about flossing other than the feeling of slowly cutting your teeth out with a semi waxed piece of string?  Nothing, so I’m giving it a go.  30 day’s later and it still feels terrible.  I’m sure my dentist will be pleased though.

Which brings me to #2.  No I don’t have a drug problem either.  Unless you consider half the foods that I eat as drugs.  Which is really why I’m doing this.  My body and food have not been getting along lately.  Add on the stress that I’m experiencing right now and all heck is breaking lose.  My doctor has recommended that I do a detox program to clean out my system and see if things get better.  

Recently, around September, I had a food sensitivity test done.  This is sort of like allergies.  However rather than severe reactions, your body just reacts in small ways to deal with the food it doesn’t like.  My tests came back as follows: all dairy, eggs, bananas, almonds, asparagus, amaranth flour, and oysters.  These random assortment of foods apparently my body would rather do without or that is what the test told me.  When I had the test done I told my doctor that I refused to come in and get the test results if it said that I couldn’t eat bread.  I LOVE BREAD!  Frankly I don’t think bread has the prominence that it deserves on the food pyramid.  That’s a whole other story.

Anyways I got the call that my results were in and that bread was still ok.  I never thought to ask about any other foods.  He then mentioned that dairy was out.  My immediate thought was “I think that I can deal with no milk.”  Then he started listing all cheeses, yogurt, butter….Wait did he just say BUTTER!  What is bread without the butter?  I mean there is even a saying that your my butter to my bread.  They go together like rama lama ding dong for crying out loud!  Was this some kind of joke?  I think at this point I started talking very loudly and irrationally into the phone at my doctor.  Not getting the best patient of the year award this time.  

The goal then became to eliminate all these foods from my diet for 4 weeks.  Then we would reintroduce them and see what happened.  I started in October.  I have started calling myself a Megan, pronounced Mee-gan.  I’m sort of a vegan that can eat meat. Trust me some amazingly weird looks when I ask for vegan preparation and then add on a big piece of chicken.  Ah well the irony. Since then I’ve been gradually testing foods.  Let’s just say that my love affair with dairy is probably going to be few and far in between.  It is amazing what your body says when you take time to listen.  

Anyways, even after all this elimination, me and my body were still not getting along well.  Training thankfully has been really good.   This is a relief as it helps my stress level.  Thus the detox program.  30 days of hopefully getting the body especially the entire digestive system back on track.  

I guess I maybe knew that this was always coming as I bought a detox book about 6 months ago.  Or perhaps this is a self fulfilling prophecy.  Either way here I am and it is Day 1.  Last night I conned a friend into joining me on this journey and then I thought “Hey, wouldn’t this be interesting on my blog.”  You all are probably less than pleased.  I promise to keep it clean and give the highlights.  

I’m going to be following the program outlined by my acupuncturist and yoga instructor in her book Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life with some minor modifications by my doctor.  If anyone is interested in learning more, visit her website at

Let’s just say I’m going to be focused on the food component rather than the yoga component of this program.  It is hard to fit in more workouts to my training regimen as it is already with a full time job.  

Day 1: Lemon beverage, the quick method, has been done.  Talk about some serious pucker power!  Now today I’ll be focusing on drinking the right amount of water.  Seriously did you know that apparently you are supposed to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces?  I was happy if I got in 64 oz a day.  Unfortunately that is not close to 1/2 my body weight.  

I’ll appreciate the support as my friend and I go through this program.  Thankfully it very much includes food.  Not one of those new fangled liquid detox programs.  It is about teaching me to eat differently for the most part.  Something that should even improve my training and swimming.  Heck right now if it settles down the other issues, I’ll consider this program a ringing success.

If you are interested in joining in, please check out to get the book.  Rumor has it that by just getting your body digesting food like it should and eating better, you lose weight.  Maybe this is a no brainer.  I know just eliminating the foods that my test said, I’ve lost around 10 pounds.  Thankfully this drops the amount of water that I need to drink daily to a small lake rather than Lake Superior.  

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2 Responses to “Detox program – Week 1”

  1. Marta says:

    Hi Michelle! 
    Good luck with the detox!  I will check out the website and perhaps join you.  The wheat allergy I've got handled, but giving up dairy in all its delicious and fattening forms has been a little more difficult. 
    Hope you're having a fabulous New Year!



  2. Sarah says:

    Hey Michelle – thanks for the link – I just ordered the book. Which doctor did you go to for the food sensitivity test?

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