Dan and I hit a point at the end of January where we felt lethargic and unhealthy. We knew a lot of our feelings had to do with all the pizza and wine we’d consumed over the holidays and into the New Year…well into the New Year, actually. A reboot sounded like just the thing. So we bought the book and geared up to eliminate sugar from our lives for 21 days, if not longer.
I struggled greatly over the course of those 21 days, though not with the lack of sugar. My issue was being on a detox. A plan. Being told what to eat and when to eat it. And knowing that if I chose to quit the detox I’d let myself down and I’d let Dan down. We were in this thing together! So I did what’s become common these days – I hopped online and Googled 21DSD (the program’s online acronym) to read about other peoples’ experience with the detox.
At the end of the 21 days, I was no longer ravenously hungry every 2 hours, which was very freeing. And I can actually feel the way food affects me (for the better and the worse). And yet, I felt completely let down that my experience didn’t live up to everything I’d read online. My skin wasn’t glowing, I didn’t feel more energetic or more balanced, I wasn’t sleeping any better and I lost the same 2.5 pounds that I always lose (and then gain) every few weeks.
I can’t help but wonder how I’d be feeling now, after completing the detox, if I’d let my own experience guide me rather than the experiences of strangers found online.
But I’m starting to feel that at some point it’s more important to say, “To hell with it. I’m going to find out on my own.” Maybe I’ll be out $20 on a hand cream that sucks. Or maybe I’ll waste 21 days of my life on a detox. Either way, I don't want to make decisions based on someone else's experience because I'm afraid of making the wrong choice on my own. I’ll still read blogs and product reviews – and I’ll still continue to write them, too – but I’m going to make decisions based more on my own intuition than a star rating.