Dear I-don’t-want-to-do-the-detox Racheal,
I know you don’t want to do this. Seriously, I get it. I get that giving up weekly pizza night isn’t easy. I understand that the only thing that gets you out of bed in the morning is the prospect of a sweet and creamy cup of coffee. I know you like to celebrate with food, so when you throw a toddler-esque fit for not being able to eat soft pretzels at the Super Bowl party I won’t judge you.
I know you think you have this food thing down, that you eat a balanced diet. Yes, you do eat kale, but you also eat ice cream, and currently the kale to ice cream ratio is teetering on unhealthy.
So, just do the detox, it is so worth it. You don’t know it yet, but you are going to feel the best you have felt in your life. Sure, you have done this detox for 10 days a few times and felt good, but trust me when I say that something happens around day 20ish that is a game changer.
Eating clean becomes so easy, almost natural.
You won’t miss the crap food. Not tempted, even a little. You will be able to sit in a car, holding a bag of fast food for someone else and not even think about eating it even though you haven’t eaten in hours and your stomach is turning inside itself. You won’t mind eating your packed lunch when everyone else gets takeout, in fact, you will prefer for it to be that way.
You will lose weight (enough to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes!). Your resting heart rate will decrease by almost ten beats per minute. Your skin will be glowing. You milk supply will increase. You bouts of hypoglycemia will disappear, along with your sweet tooth.
Also, life is going to throw you a few curve balls that you will have no idea how to handle. While the detox won’t give you any magic answers, it will provide you with the mental clarity and energy that you will most definitely need in the coming weeks.
You will like being on the detox so much that when it ends you will be kind of sad, even though, lets be real, those few bites of St. Patrick’s Day cookie cake did taste amazing.
So next year, when it is time to DP detox again, just do it. You won’t be sorry.