An Editor and Readers Try The 10 Day Detox Diet

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Dr. Mark Hyman’s new book, The 10 Day Detox Diet, is due out next month. Adam Swenson, one of our editors at Natural Solutions, will be doing the detox along with two of our lucky readers, Nancie Carter and Jennifer Schreiner. We’ll be making daily updates about our experiences with the detox. So, with no further ado, here’s day one.

Day One - 1.27.14 – Adam Swenson, editor

This is the first detox that I have done, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Like most good things you can do for yourself, there’s a lot of work involved (mostly reading, shopping for healthy ingredients, and jettisoning unhealthy food from the kitchen), and a lot of sacrifice.

This will, of course, vary greatly person to person. One of the big things Dr. Hyman emphasizes on this program is overcoming food addictions. Researchers have discovered that sugar is eight times more addictive than heroin, and sugar consumption really lights up the reward center in the brain. My only addiction I am really trying to overcome here is caffeine (in the form of America’s favorite fuel, coffee). It can easily be used as a shortcut to try to get some energy in the morning, and I have used it that way for years. I often will have a cup in the evening if I need to stay up and read, and that creates its own set of problems.

So this is pretty much my first caffeine-free day in, well, a LONG time. I tapered down over a 10 day period and I have to say I don’t feel awful. Hyman’s program calls for a half-hour workout in the morning, then you drink a PGX fiber supplement and make a “detox shake” for breakfast. Mine featured almond butter, strawberries, avocados, walnuts, flaxseeds, and probably a couple other things I am forgetting right now (see – no coffee). Those ingredients sounded like they would be strange together, but they really worked and I can say that even at lunchtime I am still not that hungry. I think a lot of that is due to the PGX fiber and copious quantities of water I am consuming.

Though I am certainly missing my morning cup of coffee, I will get by without it. (As a substitute, I am using Teeccino, a caffeine-free herbal coffee.) I feel like my body is running clean, running the way it is supposed to. It’s a nice feeling.

My goal for this detox is to lose a few pounds—I think five to eight pounds lost would put me at a good weight—and just reboot my body. I was already a pretty healthy eater, so this detox isn’t a huge change of pace for me, but it did show me that there’s always room for improvement. I want to have more consistent energy throughout the day and be a little more leaned out. I am also a big believer in a strong connection between the mind and the body, so I am hoping that this reboot will also yield rewards in terms of emotions and mental clarity.

It’s currently nine degrees below zero with a windchill of 26 below on a Monday—the start of another polar vortex—so really any help we can get in the mood department is quite welcome.


Day One – 1.27.14 - Jennifer Schreiner, reader

I was very excited to join the 10 Day Detox Diet as I’ve read other Dr. Hyman books but never followed through with the diets. This time I saw the real food meals involved and the support that is offered—unlike many other diets where you are on your own to figure out any issues—and gained the confidence to follow through till the end.

It does not help that my family is addicted to junk food. They hear I am making a salad and they order a pizza for themselves. Just talking about how eating healthier begins with the mind had them rolling their eyes at me. But as I prepared for this diet, I witnessed my husband reading the book and seeing my enthusiasm grow. After years of begging to join a gym, we did—this is the start of a new beginning for my family. So after four days of no caffeine I realized I was drinking the coffee every morning as a habit. That habit is broken.

I woke up this morning knowing I would be drinking my shake without the thought of my coffee. The foods are not difficult to prepare, especially the core recipes, but after a few days I may try a few adventure plan meals. The initial cost of the ingredients increased our grocery bill, however I found the organic bulk section of the store helpful and making the nut butters and milks myself was also helpful. I look forward to healing my body of the bad habits and putting in the good foods I know are only going to help me improve my cholesterol levels and lower my BMI. My goal is to fit into those jeans that have been sitting in the drawer for over 10 years. My ultimate dream is to start running. The thought of running alongside of my younger sister would show my children and myself that I can be healthy, happy, and participate in community events with the confidence I never had.

Day One – 1.27.14 – Nancie Carter, reader

I’ve tried other diets and lost some weight, but I got bored with the bland shakes with no substance and eating minimal fruits and only certain vegetables. (I am not sure if the person guiding me through the diet knew exactly what they were saying or doing was right or wrong.) So when I had the chance to do this detox diet, and reading about Dr. Hyman after entering this contest, I thought  “Yes! This is for me.” Now I can lose some weight and keep eating that way even after the 10 days. 

After reading even more, I learned that it could lessen or even take away a lot of my premenopause symptoms—I was hooked!

Losing weight along with it was too good to be true. The thought of being symptom-free and feeling more energized and ready to go was just what I was looking for. Enjoying bike riding with my daughter again after a knee injury was just awesome. 

After receiving the book, then the vitamin package, I got started right away changing things in prep for the start date of the diet/detox. I stopped drinking coffee. (I loved my morning coffee!) I cut the remaining sugar out of my daily routine, and started feeling different already by the Monday start. I’ve got more energy along with feeling more awake and ready to go. Here we go!

My goal with all this health change is to lower my BMI, to eat healthy for my daughter, and to continue on a healthier path. And, of course lose weight. 

This is the time to regain myself and to be strong and healthy. I am embracing this to my fullest with all these new changes in my diet and life.