Sunday, September 30, 2012

Detox Experiment - Final Review

It’s actually been a couple of weeks since I officially completed the Metabolic Detoxification by Metagenics. Did you miss me?

So here’s the final down-low:

Days 8 & 9 involve gradually adding back more fruits and vegetables, then rice, then the other grains.

Day 10 just says “Congratulations!” and provides a warning to add only one pre-detox food back at a time so you can see if you have any allergies.  I'd love to know if anyone actually follows that warning.

Potentially good news for you is that it’s more like a nine day detox vs. ten. If you’re already a vegetarian then it’s more like eight days.

The bad news is that even at ten days, I personally don’t think it’s enough to be truly effective. I know that sounds like a bummer since the original appeal is “you can do anything” for a week plus a couple of days.

By the end of the first week I was just starting to feel the great effects.  Knowing what a slippery slope these things can be, I tried to (mostly) stick with it for at least another week. I was traveling so it wasn’t easy!

If I had just gone back on day 10, even gradually, to eating everything I had been eating pre-cleanse (i.e. sugar, processed foods, dairy)  I'm sure I’d have undone any positive results within just a few days.

The awareness and breaking of habits is really the best part of doing a program like this. However, it takes more than a couple of days to make a lasting lifestyle change. I’m told there is a 21-day Metagenics option you can buy (I’m guessing for twice the money) but I couldn’t find it online anywhere.

All that said, there were really no negatives for me in trying it. I can confirm that it won't kill you, so that's a plus.

 Here are some of the other positives:

     * Definite increase in energy (which I needed to get back into a good fitness routine; double bonus)
     * Much more awareness of food choices
     * Much more awareness of actual hunger level
     * Started to lose that “fluffy” feeling
     * Down four lbs (was down six lbs on day 8 but gained two lbs back right away)
     * Staying away from caffeine 

If you’re reading this and deciding whether or not to do the Metagenics program, I’d say save the $84 and get Kathy Freston’s Quantum Wellness Cleanse book. (Okay, that’s $10 so you still save $74.)

Not only will you get the same or better results but you’ll have Kathy’s guidance, encouragement, and empowering information along the way; all things I really missed during the Metagenics program.

Talk to your doctor about it but my personal experience is that if you eat the right "real" food, you don't need the powdered "medical" food.  That said, a good multi-vitamin with extra vitamin D isn't a bad idea, even if you're not doing a cleanse.

If you’re not quite sure if you're ready for anything formal at all, just take Kathy’s (free) advice to “lean into it.”

Don’t worry about fancy books or programs. Just pick one unhealthy or “toxic” thing in your life and free yourself of that. Maybe it’s sugar, maybe it’s caffeine, maybe it’s alcohol or gluten. Maybe it's an unhealthy relationship with someone instead of something.  Decide and try.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Carpe diem!

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