I have always had body image issues and I always struggle to lose weight (admittedly, even when I shouldn’t be doing so). Lately, I’ve become almost desperate, as I rush to get to my ideal weight, size, and shape for our prenup shoot soon and wedding at the end of the year.
I asked a friend for help, and she recommended the Easy Pha-max So Easy Colon Cleanse. This comes in three variants: a 3-day program that results in colon detox and weight-loss; a 7-day program that results in colon and blood detox plus weight-loss; and a 15-day program that results in colon and blood detox, cellular detox, and weight-loss. I wanted to try either seven or 15 days to get maximum results, but she told me to start with three days, just to see how my body responds to the cleanse, and if I still could, I can do the 7-day later on.
Each box of So Easy Colon Cleanse contains 10 sachets, all of which must be consumed each day of the cleanse.
She sent me three boxes of Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass drinks, one box to be consumed per day of the cleanse (consecutively). There are supposed to be two flavors of the drink available: strawberry and chocolate; she sent me the latter. The boxes came with a guide for the cleanse, as well as the pre-cleanse and post-cleanse diets I must strictly observe, as my friend reminded me every chance she got.
What’s the purpose of the cleanse?
Well, beyond weight-loss, it’s actually to clean the colon to make it healthy and function normally again. We stuff ourselves with so much artificial ingredients, preservatives, and fats from the food we eat, and these aren’t always properly processed and released by the body when we do our business. These unhealthy substances remain stagnant as toxins in the colon and can re-enter the blood stream. But seriously, just imagine all the waste that remains stuck in your digestive system. Don’t you ever wonder what’s in those love handles?
The So Easy Colon Cleanse with Wheatgrass is supposed to be a thorough and complete cleansing program that removes chronic fecal matter in three days. It has oil palm fiber combined with wheatgrass that synergistically work to expel toxic substances that normal bowel movement can’t remove. It is also supposed to help one lose weight fast and effectively.
It’s a complete diet program that replaces all regular meals. This “fasting” process is necessary to allow the digestive system to naturally eliminate hard to remove waste and rebuild damaged cells and tissues within the system. With a cleaner digestive system, the nutrients blended into each sachet of the wheatgrass drink are better absorbed and assimilated by the body to facilitate the removal of chronic waste and toxins.
Technically, it’s a nine-day program if you count the three-day pre-cleanse and three-day post-cleanse diets, so you really need to make time for this. Don’t schedule it on a week when you won’t be able to commit to the required diet plans. I scheduled my cleanse on a weekend (Friday-Sunday) so my pre-cleanse diet had to be from Tuesday to Thursday. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a light week turned out to be filled with events, so I really summoned all my willpower to stick to the prescribed meals.
The pre-cleanse diet is important to prepare your body, especially the gastrointestinal system, for the cleansing program. The pre-cleanse diet gets you used to eating less than usual by gradually reducing your calorie intake to prevent adverse reactions to the cleanse, like dizziness, headache, and bloating. On the first day, I was allowed to take in 1200 kcal, then 800 kcal on the second day, and 500 kcal by Day 3. You may check out the pre-cleanse diet here.
I already reduced my food intake before the pre-cleanse, so the three days weren’t really a challenge for me, except for having to find options for when I had to eat out or at the event I’m in on a particular day.
How I looked at my spinning class on Day 2 of the pre-cleanse phase. See how different I looked after the three-day cleanse below.
I also maximized my energy to still do some light exercises on these days since I know I will not be able to do anything during the three-day cleanse. On the first day, I took an hour-long brisk walk plus an hour-long hot yoga class. On the second day, I tried spinning for the first time, and I felt really tired after it, probably because I was operating on less than 800 kcal that day. But I pushed on on Day 3: I did a 75-min hot yoga class and a 20-min walk.
The three-day cleanse consists of drinking high fiber, low-calorie, low-fat wheatgrass drinks that are supposed to hasten the elimination of impacted fecal matter and excretion of fat and fat-like substances. It’s also supposed to promote weight loss without the harmful effects of electrolyte imbalance and dehydration.
One box of So Easy, which contains 10 sachets, should be consumed for each consecutive day of the cleansing phase:
- Within 30mins upon waking up: Drink one sachet of Bio Wheatgrass in 250ml cold water, and you may take an additional 250ml/1 cup of water.
- For breakfast, 1-2hrs after waking up: Take one sachet each of Bio Balance and Bio Diet, which you’ll mix in 400ml of cold water, plus an additional 250ml water.
- Snack, 2hrs after breakfast: one sachet of Bio Cell in 250ml of cold water, plus an additional 250ml water
- Lunch, 2-3hrs after snack: one sachet each of Bio Balance + Bio Diet in 400ml cold water, plus 250ml water
- Snack 2-3hrs after lunch: one sachet Bio Cell in 250ml cold water and another 250ml cold water
- Dinner, 3hrs after snack: one sachet each of Bio Balance + Bio Diet in 400ml cold water, plus 250ml water
- Before bedtime: one sachet of Bio Wheatgrass in 250ml cold water, plus 250ml water
Your total water intake per day is approximately 4000ml, and they recommend you use cold mineral water. The above is pretty much all you take in each day for three whole days. The program allows you to take the Wheatgrass with Honey or consume not more than one to two servings of fruit per day if you feel nauseated or experience a hypoglycaemic effect.
The first day was easy, and while I cannot exactly describe the drinks as delicious, they didn’t taste that bad. The chocolate flavor, however, is really faint; you can barely taste it.
I mixed each sachet with cold water in my shaker tumbler.
There’s also a warning about the combination of Bio Balance + Bio Diet that you take for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for three days: You must consume the drink right away to prevent changes in consistency. When I first tried it for breakfast on the first day, the consistency changed so fast! It became so thick, like a super thick shake, and became somewhat hard to drink. I had to add the recommended 250ml water to drink it all down, and even so, it was still so thick.
For lunch on the first day, I put the powder first, followed by the water. While it didn’t become super thick, there were clumps left, and it became hard to drink all of it. So for dinner that night, I did everything really fast. I recommend pouring water first, then make sure you open both sachets already and add them in quickly, one after the other, then shaking it fast and drinking it even faster! Haha. Thank God for cold water. I got better at mixing in the next two days.
I didn’t really feel hungry all day on the first day. There were pangs of cravings when I’d smell or see photos of food, but I didn’t feel the need to eat or even drink beyond what was prescribed at the specified time. My stomach just growled a bit before dinner, but I didn’t go to the toilet as much as I expected. My poop also didn’t seem out of the ordinary (I was told to watch my stool closely throughout the cleanse, lol).
I didn’t make any plans for three days so I could just stay in and rest. It was pretty much all I could do because I was lethargic! It’s probably also because we’re not allowed to drink coffee throughout the cleanse—which usually makes me end up sleepy all day. By the second and third day, while I didn’t feel hungry, my energy was low, I was feeling lightheaded, and I craved solid food. My tummy had become very queasy. And by then, I really couldn’t stand the taste of the drinks. The third day was the hardest, but I soldiered on, encouraged by the fact that the following day, I will no longer have to drink them. And to think I wanted to do either the seven- or 15-day cleanse!
On the second day, my trips to the toilet were still not as drastically different or frequent (twice on the first day, thrice on the second day), so I asked my friend if that was normal. She told me that it was, and to brace myself for the third day: and boy did I need to. I went to the toilet so frequently, almost immediately after every drink. I don’t even know how I was able to manage going to church that day, but I had to beg off from a family reunion that night. I was as weak as ever, and I felt sick. I almost couldn’t hold any of the drinks down. I also noticed I was peeing and sweating more than usual, although the summer heat could also be a factor.
You’re supposed to weigh yourself in the morning after you’ve relieved yourself of stool and urine the day before and the day after the cleansing phase. So the very next day after the cleanse, I checked my weight: I lost seven pounds and an inch off my waist! I’m finally back down to my ideal weight, after several months of trying very hard to no avail. While I don’t think I can ever do the cleanse again, I was pretty pleased with the results. I felt so much lighter and thinner, too. My limbs felt particularly slimmer. My puson, however, remained bloated, for some reason.
How I looked on Day 2 of the post-cleanse phase. Notice the difference with my first photo above?
It doesn’t mean the cleanse is over, you’re free to eat what you want. This phase is just as important as the others, as this is when you replenish the nutrients and energy you lost during the cleanse. This is also when you slowly get your body used to taking in solid food again. Meals for the 3-day post-cleanse vary in consistency from liquid nourishment, to soft, then finally back to balanced nourishment—when you can finally consume solid food, yay! This also prepares you to develop healthier eating habits that will support a healthy digestive tract. For the sample meal plan for this phase, click here (scroll down past the pre-cleanse meal plan).
The first two days of the post-cleanse phase may look miserable to you, but after three days of consuming only the wheatgrass drinks, I was happier with just drinking anything but on Day 1 of the post-cleanse! I was increasingly energized on each day of the post-cleanse, too.
The cleanse has been effective in reducing my food intake and controlling my appetite. Even on the first day of my post-cleanse diet, when I only had liquids throughout the day, save for gelatin for morning snack, I started to feel hungry and my stomach felt acidic (probably because I finally treated myself to coffee starting Day 1), but I had no desire to eat more. In fact, I couldn’t even finish my gelatin; I immediately felt full after a few bites.
By Days 2 and 3 of the post-cleanse, I also allowed myself to take an hour-long walk and an hour-long yoga class again.
Notes on the experience
The guide that came with the drinks encourages you to write about your cleanse experience in a journal, especially recording your weight and waistline before and after the cleanse, food and water intake, bowel movement, physical activities, and moods before, during, and after the cleanse.
If there’s anything this cleanse experience has taught me, it’s that I must not let myself go again, and that I must always take care of my body, be active, and be conscious of what I eat so I don’t have to resort to desperate measures just to lose weight fast. I need to remember this cleanse each time I crave food that’s unhealthy or too much for me. No more takaw-tingin. No more unhealthy eating and binging. I must maintain this lighter body through healthy eating from now on.
This cleanse is probably for people who need a boost in their metabolism and weight-loss goals, who, like me, have been working hard to get fit but have been seeing minimal results.
Things to remember
The guide listed some tips to make the program easier and more effective, which I tried to follow as much as I could:
1. Have a good rest and sleep. Aim for 6-8hrs of sleep and make sure to be in bed before 10PM.
2. Avoid stress and strenuous activities. Relax physically and mentally.
3. Do some light exercises to stimulate bowel movement.
4. Do colonic massage upon waking up and before bedtime. Follow the tips here.
5. If you have any health concerns or disease, consult your doctor before using the product.
6. Whenever you feel hungry, drink water, as studies have reportedly shown that our mind often mistakes hunger for thirst.
7. Avoid grocery shopping—or looking at food—during the 3-day cleanse.
8. Divert your attention from food and stress by engaging in mind-relaxing activities like reading, listening to music, and painting.
9. When you sleep, lie on your left side to facilitate bowel movement through the colon. When you sit, it has to be in a 90-degree angle or the High Fowler’s position.
10. Stand up and walk as much as you can throughout the day.
So Easy Colon Cleanse with Wheatgrass is available at leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide for P3,500 per box. You may call their customer service hotline at (02) 890-1111 for Metro Manila residents and 1800-10-8901111 if you’re outside Metro Manila (PLDT lines only). You may also text them via 0905-5757799 and 0998-9557284.