Back then I was a pint drinker and committed carnivore. My Friday night treat was a bottle of red wine and a Domino's pizza. I had been brought up in a "foodie" kind of house and fancied myself a bit of a gourmet. "High" cheese was my favourite snack.
My assumptions that my diet was a good one were challenged when I made a friend who had very different ideas about food to me and she inspired me to try a detox diet.
I used a book (the internet not being what it is today) written by Jane Scrivner called Detox Yourself. She proposed a thirty day detox diet. At the time that seemed daunting. However, I re-read the book recently and realised my current diet is significantly more restricted than the one she proposed. If you are just starting out a diet like hers is a good place to begin cleansing yourself.
I believe cleansing your body, mind and soul is a never ending process but the reward will be a body, mind and soul that is free and liberated from the food addictions we all suffer from and therefore able to experience life more deeply and passionately. I am still a beginner on this journey.
My first step was to start by leaving out the worst stuff which is what Jane Scrivner's book said to do.
No meat (you were allowed fish), dairy, wheat, alcohol or caffeine. I don't take any of these things anymore but at the time they were my staples and I couldn't imagine what you ate if you didn't eat these things and I had a dread, an absolute dread, of being hungry. I ate constantly if there was food around. Snacking is still something I struggle with.
Jane Scrivner guided me every step of the way and in the end it was so easy and I learned a lot. I tried a lot of food that was new to me and it gave me an insight into how other people lived. Some people ate like this all the time!
The benefits were enormous. I had more energy, great skin, I was calm and had greater mental clarity. I distinctly remember waking up one morning feeling happy and excited about the day. I had never had that experience before.
All too soon it was over. The change was too great for me and at the end of the thirty days I reverted with a big plate of meat from a restaurant.
Even though my first foray didn't immediately lead to a change in all my lifestyle and dietary habits, indeed I didn't make another attempt for a couple of years, it did get me started on thinking about myself differently and re-evaluating my choices.
Best wishes in health