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detox // result

January 29, 2014
I am beyond happy to be able to announce that today I successfully got my very last exam for this semester over and done with! It felt amazing to just pack away all things related to studying and university and I finally feel like I have got my life back – so much time and so many things on my to do list for the next weeks! This does not only include this blog (I am literally boiling over with ideas), but also a very special trip that is planned for next week… 
But let’s start from the beginning: As I told you, I tried out detoxing two weeks ago and I know I promised you a feedback – the five days of my detox cleanse are already more than two weeks away, but since I was in the middle of my exam weeks up until now, I just couldn’t find any free time for blogging – so sorry! But: better late than never, huh? 
So, for everyone who doesn’t quite know what detoxing is about, here is the short version: You basically go without animal products (including dairy products of course), salt, sugar and any kind of wheaten-based products for about five days to cleanse your body from toxins. So far, so good. I had a whole bunch of recipes that did sound quite tasty (that’s if you can call a meal without any salt that), mostly based on quinoa and veggies. In the morning I usually had some oatmeal with fruits and chia seeds and/or a smoothie which did not make me miss my usual bread slices at all!
I must admit I had imagined this week to be a lot easier, but in my defense, I got ill on day two which made me feel weak and limp and tired and didn’t quite have a positive impact on my motivation. I guess what I missed most during those days was neither sugar or salt, nor any animal products, but the wheaten-based products – how much I would have given for a plate of spaghetti, or a slice of whole-wheat bread! The thing was that I always felt full, but never completely sated… But, as I said, I cannot clearly distinguish between what the impact of the detox was and how I felt because of my cold.
However, I can definitely say that I did not at all feel any difference or change of my body – bloating’s still there and did not even decrease a little… I lost about 2kg that I have regained by now and that weren’t really visible. Though these 5 days of detox did not completely meet my expectations (also possibly due to my illness) I can say that it affected my way of thinking about food and eating in general: after a week of relinquishing everything your body is used to, one gets a fully new perspective of the value of each meal. I cannot describe in words the feeling that I had the first day after, when I finally was allowed to eat everything I wanted to! 
It was a great experience that probably would have been even greater without me having a cold which is why I am totally up for a new try (completely healthy then) in a few months time! 
Did you have more luck? I would love to hear about your experiences with detoxing!

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