Detox Done! (Thankfully) Results are in

So I have finally finished the Optimal Essentials 9 day detox and I must say that I am damn impressed with the results.  My weight fluctuated over the 9 days but mostly went down.  In total I lost a whole 3kg! It would normally take me months to lose that much weight.  I didn’t follow the program exactly.  One hour of HIIT exercise a day was recommended.  I worked out maybe three times in the whole 9 days.  I didn’t do any HIIT and I didn’t do an hours worth.  Could you imagine the amount of weight I would have lost if I did?!  I also didn’t meditate.  I tried a couple of times and just fell asleep (it’s tiring being a Mum of 2).

There were so many positives about this detox.  The Optimal Essentials Super Detox powder wasn’t disgusting.  I’ve had some green powders that are just undrinkable.  Even mixed with smoothies they are just foul.  This one had a slight lemon flavour.  Was definitely easy to drink and I plan to continue having it.  During the day I never went hungry.  I was eating 5 meals a day and fasting after dinner.  The meals were big enough to keep me going all day and small enough that I wasn’t full.  I did struggle at night.  Normally I would have a snack after I’ve put the kids to bed.  Instead I would make a herbal tea and keep myself occupied.  It was so hard not to raid my son’s chocolate stash!!!  The cost of the food wasn’t too bad either.  We did one big shop then maybe 2 small shops during the week to get a few things we had run out of.  I’d estimate $220 spent altogether on food and the powder.  One thing I didn’t expect was how good my skin would get.  Because I wasn’t eating any processed or sugary foods my skin cleared up beautifully.

Of course with the positives come a few negatives.  The program is 3 days worth of meals that you repeat 3 times.  By the third lot I was getting sick of eating the same food over and over again.  Not that the food was bad, it was actually yummy, but it got kind of bland.  I also felt like I was doing a lot of food prepping.  Usually when I prep I spend a whole morning in the kitchen and get meals ready for the week. But this time I was spending the morning prepping meals for that day.  Good thing was I didn’t stray off the diet because the food was already made up and I could grab it easily.  The program recommends 3 litres of water a day and I think to some people that might seem like a lot.  Personally, I normally drink around that much anyway so it didn’t bother me.

So my results are, drumroll please…..

Arms -1cm each, Chest -4.5cm, Waist -1.5cm, Hips -2cm, Thigh +.5cm, Calves the same.  And three kilos gone!  Woohoo!!!

I have learnt a lot from this detox.  I will try not to eat anything after dinner and will limit my caffeine intake (I found I was falling asleep a lot faster at night, good thing too because my daughter has decided 5.30am is a good time to wake up). I don’t need to feel full after a meal, I can always have a small healthy snack in a few hours if I need.  And most importantly, I can lose weight when I try.  If I ever have a special event to attend or we go on holiday (I wish) this detox will definitely be something I will do again.

Give it a go yourself.  Go to and find the 9 day detox.

XO Sam

Detox Update (I f**ked up)

I want to say that’s its been the easiest 5 days of my life because the food is delicious, I’m never hungry and I’ve been working out every night, but that would by lying.  I have done better than I thought, the first 4 days went down without a hitch.  I was eating 5 very healthy and perfectly portioned meals a day, drinking heaps of water and green tea and exercising.  I did have a mild headache day 2 and 3 but nothing major.

Today however, I messed up.  We went out for lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant and I had a glass of Moscato.  The sweetest, sugariest, alcoholic wine possible.  After having no sugar for 5 days it tasted sweeter than normal and I couldn’t finish it.  For lunch itself I had a chicken salad without the dressing, so I didn’t screw up the detox as bad as I could have, but I still feel like I messed up.  My intention was to follow the meal plan exactly so I could give honest results.  Now I don’t feel like I can do that.

As I am typing this I am snacking on cottage cheese and berries while holding onto a full bladder because I don’t want to get up and pee again.  I am 100% back to the detox plan and still intend to review it at the end of the 9 days.  I will always be completely honest.  Today was a slip up that could have been avoided. I wasn’t craving sweets or alcohol, it was just a temporary lapse of judgement that I now regret.  But, I will not beat myself up about it.

So far I have lost 2.15kg and am really looking forward to doing measurements again at the end.  The Optimal Essentials 9 day detox has been easy to follow with a variety of yummy foods. I do, however, suggest you don’t start the detox the day after Easter when the house is still full of chocolate. That has made it a little challenging at times 🙂

XO Sam


My chicken salad from Vietnam Sunrise