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Detox Week One Wrap-Up

I've done it. For the very first time in my life, I've completed a full week of diet modification without ANY cheating. And it hasn't been that hard. The Standard Process shakes keep me full, taste sweet so have enabled me to bypass cakes, cookies and ice cream and have the scale tipping in my favor. Finally! It's the evening of Day Seven. As of yesterday morning, I was down 6 pounds. 6 pounds in 6 days. Pretty cool, right? There are a couple of long term modifications I know will result from this experience after the first week.

Number one, I'm done with soda. It's not good for my teeth or my joints. It can cause kidney stones. And my favorite, Diet Mountain Dew, is one that contains Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) that's banned by the World Health Organization and in 100 countries. Too, according to a study published by the American Heart Association, "Drinking as little as one can of soda a day — regular or diet — is associated with a 48% increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a key predecessor of heart disease and diabetes." I've been amazed how easily this week has gone without soda. I really expected blinding headaches. But I zipped right through it.

Number two, I'm ditching breakfast cereal. By and large, my SP Complete shakes keep me full for 4 solid hours in the morning. They taste great, I prefer pineapple and banana to mango, peach and strawberry (they are more tart) but that's just me. The shakes are fast and easy to make, and my NutriBullet is quick and easy to clean (see I don't even have a super fancy $500 blender). I heard once, sorry I can't remember where or I would cite the source, that it doesn't matter whether you put sugar on your cereal or cereal on your sugar because past the neck, it's all metabolically the same.

Number three, I'm putting limits on eating out. Besides the obvious financial incentive to eat at home more often, it's really the only way you can control what goes in your food. I will laughingly admit that my car almost turned itself into TCBY this past Friday night, but I realized I'd had my shake, I wasn't hungry and I really wanted to give this program a good effort. All in all, at the end of Week One, I will tell you I haven't been Jonesing for cake or cookies or chocolate ice cream, I'm licking my chops for a Chicken Bowl from Chipotle. Call me crazy, but I think that says good things about this program. 

Oh, and on my plate at lunch? Asparagus, a sweet potato and salsa. The roasted asparagus was super tasty dipped in the salsa! Last but not least, I always worry that modifying my diet will affect my energy levels. I played a USTA tennis match on the evening of Day 3 and played 90 minutes of tennis today for fun. Neither time did I feel anything less than my usual energy levels. Super pleased about that!

Dr. Wendy -

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