My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part 2
Today is day ten of my thirty-day detox program, which I’m doing under the guidance of Dr. Garry D’Brant at Infinite Wellness.
As I wrote in my previous blog, I’ve wanted to get off dairy, sugar, and unhealthy carbs for a long time, but for a long time I have not had the willpower.
I don’t drink, smoke, or do other drugs, but I had to do more if I wanted to lose weight and be healthier. That means eliminating foods that are biologically addictive, Dr. D’Brant writes in his article, “Why Can’t I Lose Weight?”
“We are a nation of food addicts and it’s because the food we eat has been proven to be biologically addictive,” he says. “No amount of willpower can overcome the addiction if we continue to eat addictive foods.”
Protein-rich shakes get rid of “sludge”
The shakes I am drinking in place of some meals are made from rice and pea protein. (One is OptiCleanse™ GHI, the other is OptiMetaboliX™.) They contain twenty-one grams of protein and a full complement of vitamins and minerals.
They are yummy frozen drinks—like the frozen drinks at Starbucks, but healthier. I have a choice of chocolate, chocolate mint, chai, or vanilla. And I take an herbal liver support supplement and additional fiber, which is helping me feel full and stay regular.
The detox program requires patients to eliminate certain foods, but Dr. D’Brant gives them a list of foods they can eat to replace the ones they are giving up. I don’t feel deprived; most of the foods I can eat are things I already like, such as avocados and hummus.
“A thorough, deep, energizing full-body detoxification helps (patients) regain their energy, feel more mentally clear, strengthen their immune system, and eliminate the toxic sludge that has built up,” Dr. D’Brant explains in another article, “The Critical Importance of Detoxification.”
So how were the first 10 days?
Honestly, not bad. Not bad at all. I didn’t feel hungry once.
For about three days, I had morning headaches. I figured this was from either the coffee withdrawal or the sugar withdrawal. I talked to Dr. D’Brant and he said since I was used to having coffee in the morning, these were likely caffeine-withdrawal headaches. “Sugar withdrawal doesn’t usually give people headaches at a specific time,” he said.
Thankfully, I haven’t had headaches since those first few days. I have a lot of energy right now. I don’t want to eat junk and I’ve been exercising a lot more.
My biggest challenges have been social and emotional triggers. I was aware of that before I started, but I have to keep being aware of that.
A friend was visiting New York with her husband and wanted to have dinner with me at an Italian restaurant. I planned on having a salad if there was nothing else on the menu, but ended up ordering a piece of grilled chicken breast with mixed greens on the side. The salad was tomato and arugula, which I love, and the piece of chicken was huge. I took half of it home.
Before our meals arrived, the waiter brought a basket of bread. I was hungry and the bread was hard to look at without reaching for it. But I didn’t, and I survived. In an email about this later with Dr. D’Brant, he said I could have asked the waiter to remove the bread and bring olives or celery. “That used to be what happened in Italian restaurants when I was growing up,” he said. My dinner companions might not like this “trick,” but I may try it next time.
This was the first instance since starting the detox where I had limited control over what I could eat.
The next difficult moment came when I was traveling by myself on an interstate and I got a flat tire. I had a spare but could not get the lug nuts off by myself. As I stood by the side of the road waiting for AAA, a light rain was falling and I was chilly. Eighteen wheelers and other traffic were roaring by and I was nervous.
My first thought was food. I wanted to eat to comfort myself, to ease my anxiety.
I had some carrot sticks and hummus in the car, which I’d packed as a snack for later, but I ended up eating some then. I didn’t eat anything that wasn’t on my allowed food list, but I had succumbed to the “need” to eat, despite not being physically hungry. I know I won’t always be perfect, but if I want to succeed I need to watch this tendency.
The next 20 days and the future
I’m happy that I’m detoxing from sugar, flour and unhealthy carbs, plus caffeine and dairy. Dairy is tough. Will I be able to resist? I believe I will if I remember how dairy makes my body feel—congested and sometimes bloated.
Avoiding popular foods is not easy. There is pressure to join in. Many people I know use food as a reason to get together. One close friend is a great cook and is always pushing food on me. It’s so hard to say no … especially when you fear it will hurt someone’s feelings.
After I finish the thirty-day detox I plan to continue to eat healthily (why else would I detox?). I am hoping to eat more fish, chicken or turkey; no beef (or at least less beef); more healthy veggies; and no processed or unhealthy carbs. That’s the winning combination, Dr. D’Brant says.
I will be eating more protein at breakfast (actually, all meals). Processed cold cereals, even the so-called healthy ones, will have to go bye-bye. I am allowed to eat steel-cut oats and various grains, so I certainly won’t suffer.
Dr. D’Brant’s Infinite Wellness Plan isn’t just a 21- or 30-day detox. He keeps working with patients as they transition into a healthier lifestyle after the cleanse. “That’s the most important part, in my opinion,” he told me. “After all, what is the reason to detox if not to make substantial change?”
There are lots of recipes for nutritious, tasty foods on drdbrant.com, and you can also do internet searches. Pinterest has lots of recipe ideas.
I am due for a check-in with Dr. D’Brant next week, after which I’ll write more about my progress. I’m still psyched, and I’m happy about how I feel.
–By Zoey Pengana*
*Zoey Pengana is the pseudonym of a local writer who has agreed to blog about her experiences in exchange for the 30-day detox program and necessary supplements.