When it comes to resolutions, September is the new January. There's something about the promise of crisp, fall air that inspires a fresh start—so I thought it the best time to try Pure Change, a detox program created by Dr. Charles Passler.
Okay, I lied: I wasn't so much inspired by the crisp fall air as Dr. P's client list, which includes Bella Hadid, Adriana Lima, and Amber Valletta. Eager to take a sip of the supermodel Kool-Aid, I embarked upon the seven-day version of the program as fast as I could get the supplies sent to my door.
Supplies, you ask? Don't you mean food? Erm, not really. The program goes a little something like this: Down a protein shake in the morning, then half a protein bar. For lunch, eat a cup of steamed, then another shake and half a bar later in the afternoon. Dinner is more veggies, followed by magnesium and probiotic supplements.
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The idea is to detoxify your body and—most critically for me, connoisseur of all things processed—reset your relationship with food.
So, on one fateful Monday, I began. And—I can't lie—it certainly wasn't easy. I was the definition of hangry for the first 48 hours, so much so that I snuck in some almonds for fear of doing irrevocable emotional damage to those around me. (Did I mention you also can't have coffee?) After another day and a half, I started feeling more like myself. And then I actually started feeling better than myself!
But of course, life happens: I had to go to a family dinner at a restaurant, and couldn't work up the energy to defend my protein shake. Instead, I ate real food (gasp!) and surprised myself at how mindful I was of the ingredients in each dish.
That said, while I can't say with certainty that I managed to actually detoxify my body, I can say that wiping the slate clean did improve my relationship with food, if only to cause me to actually stop and think about what I was eating. So, no, I didn't turn into Bella Hadid—but it's a start.