Starting a detox diet: 12-day mind body cleanse

Try the Chris James 12-day detox cleanse diet

by Bernadette Fallon

I've been wary of detox diets ever since ending up in A&E while doing one over a year ago. So how come I'm starting one now?

Well, the 12-day Chris James Mind & Body Cleanse looks like a more realistic and healthy detox option. He won't send me any pre-packaged food or scary-looking Chinese herbs, instead I just eat food I've prepared myself. Though a lot less of it. Basically if it's not a fruit or vegetable, a seed or pulse, a certain type of grain or nut, I won't be eating it. And that's only for the first six days. After that it's juice only. Three days of that and I'm back to the original diet for three. Then there's the small matter of the colonic. Oh yes ...

But who could resist the promise of what he offers? 'Feel refreshed, energised, and more in control of your life - see the physical results of a more toned body, sparkling eyes and glowing skin - experience the benefits of increased mental clarity and joy.'

And, of course, the possibility of weight loss!

So faced with the prospect of almost two weeks without meat, fish, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, carbs or salt, I treat myself to a gorgeous breakfast the day before I start. A stack of blueberry pancakes swimming in maple syrup in American-style diner Automat in Soho. Followed by a few glasses of wine later that evening with a friend.

And wake up the next morning and my body firmly shouts 'no' when I present it with the array of six supplements I need to take before breakfast. I take this as a signal my body is unwilling to participate and retreat to bed. I'll start the detox next week. It's all about listening to your body after all ...

Think you can do it? Visit the Chris James Mind & Body Cleanse website to find out more

Can't imagine anything worse? See our recipe for blueberry pancakes here

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