Jillian’s Joulebody Detox

In the spirit of starting 2012 off right, Curve's associate editor takes on a detox challenge.

Jillian’s Joulebody Detox
This is Jillian and she loves cookies.
Photo: Dee Cameron

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DAY 3

9:00am

By now I am used to the lemon with hot water in the morning, followed by a green juice. The detox schedule makes me feel like i'm on medication. The only time when I've had such a strict schedule has been when I'm recovering from surgery or following a strict program of antibiotics. Though the Joulebody food is delicious and certainly very convenient, I miss throwing a lunch together made of what was left from a dinner party the night before, or meeting my friends for lunch or dinner, which I do throughout the week. I am feeling limited, which is not a feeling I am at all comfortable with.

Noon

Time for the lunch salad, which is a quinoa vegetable tabouli. I love quinoa. It is the perfect grain. This serving is actually quite larger than the other salads I've been eating the last couple days. The salad is nutty and hearty. I ate an huge grapefruit for dessert and felt like I'd actually eaten lunch.

3:00pm, 5:00pm

I spent the entire afternoon in two meetings, one after the other, so I brought my juices to both meetings. I actually felt very happy to be drinking my juices instead of eating the usual assortment of goods at the snack table, which ranged from sad-looking little sandwiches on white bread to cookies. I've noticed that while I don't look skinnier, I do feel like my body is lighter. I asked my roommate this morning if my body looked less swollen because I'd been staying away from nightshade plants and salt. She said she thought my waist looked more defined. I think women have about fifty different things they can say to each other that imply thinness. Someone come up with a list.

7:00pm

I've been waiting for this soup for days. It's a simple butternut squash soup and it comes in an adorable, squat little mason jar. The directions say it can be eaten heated or cold. I chose to have it cold and chopped up some cilantro on the top to make it fancy. It is smooth and delicious but left me hungry so I got ready for my date while eating arugula out of the bag.

11:00pm

During my date I was occasionally distracted by the plates of food going by and drank an entire pot of tea. My first dates usually center around drinks or dinner or both so this was strange because it was neither. After I got used to the fact we would not, in fact, be splitting a bottle of wine I relaxed into drinking tea and listening to her talk about her job, her family and her recent decision to begin playing the cymbals. This date felt very wholesome, which can pretty much sum up my last three days.

I am so happy I had the opportunity to do this detox, and that I did one so healthy, meticulously planned and deliciously made. I would recommend Joulebody to anyone considering a detox, as it is a way to cleanse safely. Though I did say that I felt like I was on medication due to the strict schedule, the scheduling is perfect for busy people on the go.

If you try it let me know how you go. We can celebrate afterwards with a breakfast burrito.

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