Friday, July 20, 2012

From Pin to...hell

Oh Pinterest, this was my first and probably last time I'm trying something I've pinned from you.

Okay that's a lie. But we're kind of fighting.

I've been on (addicted to) Pinterest for a couple months now, pinning away many things that I'll probably (never) do someday when I have a house and some spare time. One of those pins is for a natural detox to kick start weight loss from Jillian Michaels.

Now let me start out by saying, this is a HEALTHY detox (so it claims). You continue to eat normally on it, just drink the mixture throughout the day for 7 days. It consists of 60 oz of water, 1 tbsp no sugar cranberry juice, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 dandelion root tea bag.

I also want to say that I am an avid gym go-er/lifter/runner/biker. I'm a healthy woman! I eat healthy most of the time, and am not a fan of quick fix weight loss programs. But I'm in my girlfriend April's wedding in October, so I thought why not try to start toning up now? And an easy, healthy detox to get started? What could go wrong?! (Famous last words).

After having to order the dandelion root tea off Amazon as all the local health food stores are sold out (as said health food store cashier informed me that Dr. Oz apparently has been raving about it), I decided to start Wednesday and go 7 days from there. Here's how it went:

Day 1: Not bad at all, even tastes okay. I was intimidated at first at the 60 oz to consume, but I obviously drink a ton more water then I realize because I finished the 60 oz by 10:30 am and drank plain water the rest of the day. No side effects so far!

Day 2: Also not bad, weird rash starting to form around eyes, but I blame on lack of sleep the night before. Again, no other side effects.

Day 3: Wake up in HELL. Rash intensifies to the point of swollen eyes as. I will spare you the gruesome details of the 20 minutes I spent crying on the toilet. I don't drink any special water today.

Damn you allergies!
Apparently  I'm allergic to dandelion root. Awesome. But I'm happy to report that as I haven't drank any today the swelling and rash have gone down as the day has passed on, and no more unpleasant side effects.

So it's back to just old fashioned exercise, monitoring calorie intake, and increasing my exercise routines. No more detoxes or special concoctions for me. Unless you're concocting me a martini, then I'll take it shaken, not stirred please.

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