It’s been a long time between drinks so to speak. I have been a little busy with work, but mainly what has been taking up my time is actually the thing I’m writing about today.

My fiancé and I have been doing a detox since Thursday. I do detoxes about twice a year simply to have a bit of a clean-out, but this time around we are doing it in preparation for our big holiday that’s coming up. On the 23rd of this month we are going to the Gold Coast until the 7th of January, and are both wanting to drop a few kilos beforehand.

I want to be clear here – I don’t agree with meal replacements or starving one’s self for several weeks in preparation for bikini season. (I laugh when I say bikini season – I am so not a bikini person, but that’s purely to do with my fashion choices, rather than my weight).

When I say detox I’m not talking about one of those diets you hear about where you consume nothing but juice for a few days. I’m mostly not even talking about one of those detox-in-a-box things you can buy in the chemist or supermarket. Usually when I detox I will simply adopt a diet of fruit, veggies and nuts for several days to a week, usually raw but occasionally cooked.

I often do this after a period of a lot of indulgence, such as after a big holiday season, or if I just feel “clogged” in terms of having too much refined stuff in my system. Often – and this may be my psychic side coming through – I just intuitively feel that I need to get much more greenery and plants back into me to flush out the other crap I’ve consumed. Sometimes I feel weighed down energetically, as if things have built up in me, and having a period of consuming foods that very recently used to be alive themselves just seems to give me my energy back.

It may seem crazy to some people, but this has been working for me for some years now.

This time around I was feeling the lethargy building up, and we both were wanting to have lots of energy for running around on the beach or walking through the hinterland forests. Plus there is the nice side bonus of being a few kilos lighter (we are both overweight so are constantly trying to reduce our weight in a healthy way – for me it’s a bit of a challenge due to hormonal issues I have, but that’s a matter for another entry). So when we were in the chemist last week and we saw the boxes of detox stuff, we found one that seemed safer and much more permissive than the others, and decided to give it a shot.

For those wishing to know, the brand we have chosen is Brauer Elimitona. The box comes with two bottles and you take 10mls of the liquid morning and night for 20 days. The bottles are actually 10 days each but they provide you with two of them incase you only wish to do it for 10 days. My fiancé and I are using a bottle each so if we want to do it again at a later time we’ll have to buy it again. You have to follow the “rules” of detox fairly quickly by watching your diet and getting lots of exercise but so far it’s been surprisingly easy.

My fiancé and I set guidelines for ourselves, which are that we are eating cooked or raw fruit, veggies and nuts, plus rice and pasta as a base occasionally, and untoasted muesli. We are eating no meat, no caffeine, no alcohol, no added salt or sugar, and no dairy except for cheese and yoghurt at lunchtime (we have replaced dairy milk on our muesli with almond and oat milk. Remember me saying I hadn’t much experience with almond milk? It’s yummy!) We are also walking a lot, at least half an hour to an hour a day.

In only four days, I have lost 3.2 kilograms and my fiancé has lost 6 kilograms. Now don’t get me wrong, I know what I’m talking about when it comes to weight loss. I have been trying to lose weight my entire life (unfortunately having already taken it to unhealthy extremes; more on that another time) and the hormonal issues I mentioned before has always been the only thing stopping me from succeeding. I know that losing such a lot of weight in such a short period of time is usually not a good idea. I also know that everybody will lose a lot initially, and that much of it is water weight. I say this because I know many of you will be thinking, “Too much too fast!” or “You’ll put it all back on straight away!”

I want to reassure you that we have been very healthy about everything, ensuring we are eating plenty of the right things, drinking lots of water, aiming to get enough protein and not too many carbohydrates. I have never lost this much in such a short period of time before, so I can only assume that the support of the Elimitona is what is giving us the edge. I’m in two minds as to what we’ll do once the Elimitona is finished, but my fiancé has decided to try Celebrity Slim. As I said before I don’t agree with meal replacements but I will make up my mind in the next few days and I’ll report on the results.

As I said though, this has been surprisingly easy. The only cravings we’ve had have been purely psychological (seeing a fast food ad on TV and wanting it) but those pass quickly. We have not felt weak or light-headed at all, and have really had no other side effects. I actually feel like this is something I could do for a very long time, instead of just 10 days. And although we’ve spoken about what we might eat as a celebratory meal at the end of this, I am enjoying things so much I can see myself just picking a salad.

I’ll let you know how it goes!