I tried my first detox and lived to tell the tale. I initially planned it to go for a full month but that is a rather long time for a first time. I stayed on it for two weeks and figured that was good enough for a first try. I learned a lot, like that I had no idea what I was doing, but that is ok, I will keep trying things and eventually I'll be an expert.
The height of summer is not the best time to start a detox, especially in Halifax where a nice summer is a rare occurrence. There is too much of a draw to the pub patio. Any other season seems better suited for a detox. The beach also proved to be a substantial distraction from the things I had planned to do every night, like yoga and meditation.
One thing that worked out fabulously was the food. I ate about 85% raw. Most recipes were from the book "Raw Food Cleanse" by Penni Shelton and they were delicious. My husband even liked them, though he would cook him half. I quickly got into the habit of drinking smoothies for breakfast and having a salad for lunch. I felt really good, I had so much more energy than I ever thought possible. I made a rookie mistake and o.d.'d on junk as soon as I was off the plan. I don't feel so great anymore but now that my honeymoon with sugar is over I will start to apply the principles I learned to my day to day life and see if I can get some of that energy back. I won't be posting what I did because it was only about 60% successful. I will post when when I figure out what I'm doing.