The Detox Diaries: Days 6-10

Testing out Dr. Frank Lipman's popular cleanse program.

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At the end of my last post about my adventure with Dr. Frank Lipman's Be Well Cleanse I was feeling like I had turned a corner. And that was definitely true.

Gone were the caffeine withdrawal headaches and constant sugar cravings, but that's not to say I didn't have moments where I struggled. And that, in case you were wondering, is where that picture of Gwyneth Paltrow hanging on Steven Spielberg's yacht comes in. Anyone who knows me knows I've been a huge GP fan since she was doing made-for-television movies with her mom. I still love her movies (yes, I saw Country Strong twice), but I'm more obsessed with her health and fitness routine. While I'm not sure if Gwynnie's ever done his cleanse, I know she is a fan of Dr. Lipman's and if I can start looking half as good as she does in a bikini, I'll be thrilled. Let's be honest, while I truly do want to balance out my insides and eat more healthily via this program, losing a couple of the extra lbs I've added to my mid-section in my mid-thirties wouldn't be terrible. So I used those pics as motivation when, say, I walked by the Uncle Louie G's Italian Ice stand that sits next to the exit of my subway station. Or when I wondered whether or not I could blame the cleanse for not working out. What Would Gwyneth Do? Not eat the refined sugar and go to the gym, that's what. (Note: Triathalon-running, royal sister-in-law Pippa Middleton works in this context as well.) I'd highly suggest finding something that motivates you too, whatever that may be.

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But for every moment of (almost) weakness, the past few days have made me aware of how good it's possible for me to feel. I really didn't even think I was feeling incredibly bad until I starting noticing how much more energy I have now. I'm more alert and focused. And I find myself going to bed before midnight every night and even waking up sans alarm some mornings. This never, ever happened before. Plus, more than a few people have pointed out that I look good. (Who doesn't get a little boost from that?) And I even think I've got a bit more swagger in my step. Bam.

Now I know I can make it these last few days without cheating. But I'm starting to fear what's next when it's over? Will I be able to keep up my healthy habits? Stay tuned...

For more information on Dr. Lipman, check out his website.

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