Thoughts on the 21 Day Detox

Posted: December 30, 2013 by dannytwoguns in Articles

This past week wrapped up the Twoguns Training Systems 21-Day Detox Challenge. A few participants didn’t make it the full 21 days but the majority of the participants did and did a great job to say the least. Definitely proud of the accomplishments.

I participated in the challenge with everyone as well. My diet had been less than stellar in the couple months prior and I was up for the challenge. What I didn’t expect was how much I would learn personally from it.

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The detox wasn’t about losing weight or inches, though it did happen for the participants, myself included. It was about finding out what foods your body doesn’t cooperate well with, which ones it does and avoiding the types of foods we know are bad.

With that said, it has significantly changed the way I look at eating for me personally. From an overall perspective before the 21-Day Detox, I ate “healthy” 90% of the time, abiding by the 10% splurge rule. Sometimes more often, sometime less often but I ate the same first two meals every day, my last meal… eh. But all healthy calories, protein, healthy fats, “healthy” carbs for the most part. And it wasn’t great but still not that bad, but yet…

My energy levels were inconsistent.
My joints ached, particularly my knee.
I was bloated.
I was crushing caffeine, a lot.
My sleep wasn’t great. I would wake up sometimes feeling like I could sleep another 8 hours.

But I didn’t know any of this because it had come to be considered normal. I told myself…

I work a lot so it is no wonder my energy levels are inconsistent.
I lift hard so my joints and knee are going to be banged up.
I work a lot and lift hard so it’s no wonder I need caffeine to get through the day.
There is a lot on my mind so it is hard to sleep.

The justifications and acceptances go on. Bottom line, I had accepted that that was the way I was supposed to feel and that was normal.

Then, the 21-Day Detox started. And I followed the Twoguns Training Systems protocol to the exact except for the caffeine part. I had to keep one thing. But no sugar, wheat, alcohol, dairy etc. No overpriced supplements.

First three days I essentially had a two to three day headache. I was drinking tons of water and still having my caffeine so it wasn’t caffeine withdrawal or dehydration. Im not exactly sure what it was, but it was there and it sucked.

But after that, I didn’t have a headache, I had more energy, I went down a pants size (not weight loss but lack of bloating) and I barely had any joint pain. I expected nothing like this, but definitely had my eyes opened.

For the next two and a half weeks I had amazing, energy filled workouts, feeling stronger than I ever had. I traveled out of town two weekends in a row, which normally wore me out completely but they didn’t at all, in fact they increased my energy. I was sleeping like a boss and actually waking up feeling rejuvenated.

Then the 21 days were up and it was time to start reintroducing the things we’ve eliminated to see how our body would react. Being that I don’t drink alcohol any way and don’t do a whole lot of dairy normally, the main things I was looking at were cheese, wheat/carbs and sugar.

Sugar needs to be avoided by just about everyone anyway, so I didn’t feel the need to experiment there as it is bad for you and I will be avoiding it regardless. So on to cheese… no problem at all. Still feeling good.

And here was the surprise and the inevitably answer. Some even “healthy” carbs like raw oatmeal and brown rice? Hello bloated, achey joints and energy levels similar to someone who just got hit by a bus. I haven’t gotten into experimenting with gluten free oatmeal or brown rice but there is something to the wheat or the gluten.

Now this isn’t going to be the case for everyone but I think the majority of people would have a similar experience with a certain type of food that their body just doesn’t do well with. A client who also did the 21-Day Detox, had tennis elbow issues before the detox and then during, didn’t have any pain at all and didn’t have to take any pain medication at all either. Then she had two cookies and the pain came right back. Crazy but it is the reality of proper nutrition and how everything we’ve been taught isn’t right.

The 21-Day Detox for me personally has been a great experience filled with a lot of learning about my body and what it does need, what it doesn’t need and what fuels it to run optimally both from a fat loss perspective as well as a performance perspective. It has completely changed the way I look at my own diet and eating habits as well as how we are going to approach diet and nutrition coaching at Twoguns Training Systems.

The New Year New You team fat loss challenge at Twoguns Training Systems is coming up and the first 3 weeks of the 8 week challenge are going to be the 21 Day Detox for those who haven’t already done it. Come join us and find out what foods make your body a machine and fuel your fitness goals. Check out more information on the New Year New You HERE.

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