Boiled Water for the Detoxed Soul

Well, I’ve been detoxing my hair for three weeks now, and I feel like my life is changed.

Do you realise how monumental this is, my friends?  I HAVE NOT USED SHAMPOO OR CONDITIONER ON MY HAIR FOR THREE WEEKS, and I’m still alive to tell the tale.

No 'Poo Week 3Even when I first wake up in the morning—a time of day generally known for the most atrocious of hairstyles—my hair doesn’t look half bad.  I’m not being arrogant or cocky; I’m not saying that my hair is beautiful, wonderful, the best hair in the land…but really, for just-out-of-bed hair, it’s not too shabby…

No 'Poo Week 3It won’t win me any awards, but it’s a lot better than I expected.

Since the detox of my hair has gone so well, I’ve decided to detox the rest of my self.

Starting Monday, I’m going on a detox.  It’s going to be amazing.  I am going to eat no dairy, no gluten, no sugar, no red meat, and no white flour.  There will be a lot of lettuce involved.  It will be the first time in my life I will attempt to eat a salad without SOME sort of dressing on it.

It’s just starting to hit me what a big deal this is.  “How hard could it be,” I thought, “I’ll just have a bowl of cereal for breakfast.” Oh wait.  No milk.  “Well, then I’ll just have toast.” Oh wait.  No gluten.  “Well, then I’ll just have bacon.” Oh wait.  No red meat.  I guess I’ll just have a bowl of quinoa with a splash of water for…flavour.


I’m not doing it alone, though.  My new e-friend, Kate Lines, of Kate Lines Photography notoriety, is joining me in this detoxification quest {to be completely honest [and I’m always completely honest], it was her idea in the first place}.

And to be honest again, I don’t really believe in detoxes.  I have always sort of considered them a hoax.  But ever since the No ‘Poo movement went so well for me, material for my blog has run sort of dry.  {I mean, weren’t you all secretly hoping for that experiment to fail so I could drag it out for weeks?  But here it is, working wonders for my hair, and my updates are becoming really boring.  “Day 1—Good hair.  Day 7—Good hair.  Day 14—Good hair.  It’s getting kind of old.}

But back to how I think detoxes are sort of a hoax:  Dr. Oz doesn’t believe in detoxes, so how can I be expected to?  (I believe in Dr. Oz, though.  I believe in him like I believe in karma, Santa Claus,d and four-leafed clovers.)  I don’t really think it’s going to be worth it.  My only hope is that it will draw me into a weakened physical state which, in turn, should (could?) heighten my spirituality and mental agility.  Sort of like a Ghandi peace fast—I’ll have a Ghandi fast for brilliance.  It will be like chicken soup for my soul.  Well, I won’t be allowed to drink chicken broth, or sodium, so it’s actually more like a pot of hot boiling water for my soul.    I need a revelation.

I need blog fodder.

If nothing else, I can wax poetic about how miserable I am every day.

Anyone else care to join us?  It should be a good time.

p.s.  I’ll be off the internet for a few days, so don’t get your feelings hurt if I’m not emailing you back right away.  Have a happy Fourth of July!

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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23 Responses to Boiled Water for the Detoxed Soul

  1. Alyssa says:

    Good luck with the detox! I did something similar for 10 days and when I started introducing that stuff slowly back into my diet I was very sick. I then could only really eat salads and lost way too much weight and was very run down.

  2. Whitney says:

    You are brave soul indeed. AS much as I would love to eat lettuce all day I have to feed a 3 month old baby which means.. I need real food. Good luck!

  3. Rachel says:

    Good luck! I detoxed (and blogged about it) a year or so ago with my work mates…needless to say the office was not a great place to be around that week. I did come across a really good recipe though which I still use now – – which is lovely inside baked potatoes.

  4. Anonymous says:


    Are you freaking kidding me??? What in the hell has gotten into you? What are you thinking? You seriously need to take some summer school classes. Or check out some books. Or SOMETHING. Good grief, child.

  5. Hannah says:

    Good luck! I would love to do the detox with ya but due to an unexpected blessing :) I cannot. My husbands sister does them, I don’t know how often but she loves them! I’m really excited the no poo is working for you!

  6. Geneva says:

    At least you aren’t drinking a “detox” drink. They are an absolute load of crap. Dangerous as well. But going for a veggie rich, healthy living detox isn’t too bad. After Christmas or a vacation I usually feel gross from all the crap so I have a week of really healthy eating to feel better. If I were you though, I’d allow the gluten, just cut white flour and have your whole wheat pasta. I think you should record the food you end up eating because I can’t figure out a week of meals to meet your requirements. Good luck!

  7. Christal says:

    wow girl !! your hair looks amazing all the power to you in detox land yucky ha ha!!

  8. Jenn says:

    Wow, good luck. That sounds insane. Did you read about my 30-days of yoga and vegetarianism? It wasn’t too hard. But geesh, no gluten or daiy – that would KILL me! But you can do it!!!

  9. Jethro says:

    i ditto anonymous. you kid.
    i laughed. in my head.

  10. now i think you are nuts. good luck.

  11. raygon says:

    Good luck to you, Camille. Remember, all things in moderation. I am interested to know why the push for no gluten, dairy or meat. There are lots of ways to detox, I am curious why you chose this one.

    Your hair looks great.

  12. RatalieNose says:

    I’m going to be honest with you.
    That sounds terrible.
    Absoloutely horrendous.
    That is all.

  13. RatalieNose says:

    You look fabulous.
    HA now I’m not a COMPLETE Negative Natalie!

  14. Jethro says:

    Although, if you’re serious, good luck on the Ghandi fast. Sounds pretty much like my current food habits, don’t eat dairy, don’t like it, i rejected sugar at about your age, i have very little red meat, prefer chicken and fish, tastewise, and i gave up white bread for rye. Still have some gluten in pasta, though not as much as white flour. And salad? YUM!! I have some sort of salad everyday, at work. Heavy on the veggie toppings, very light on dressing, typically a light vinaigrette.
    You said no white flour? Whole wheat still has gluten though.
    Have you tried quinoa yet? It’s good, with the right seasonings, homemade veg stock, and it’s the only grain that has all the 23 essential amino acids meat does. (protein components).
    I made up a nice mixed veg slaw last week, shredded carrot, scallion, radish, celery, red pepper, zuccini, and cucumber. Dressed it in a little dijon and olive oil. Lasted me 3 days.
    Anyhoo, good luck…one tip, reduce your salt intake, and the natural flavours of vegetables and grains start to come out. Salt is like an ambush on the tastebuds.
    Peace out.

  15. anonymous says:

    “My only hope is that it will draw me into a weakened physical state which, in turn, should (could?) heighten my spirituality and mental agility.” hahaha. well good luck!

  16. DeAnna says:

    Sounds interesting. I think a good detox every 6 months would do the body good. Especially after a holiday! Or maybe just detoxes to lead into getting back to eating healthy. Good luck!

  17. Lauren says:

    I was just reading in a health book that detoxes can cause damage to your immune system. I hope yours turns out ok!

    I can never part with gluten. We are best friends.

  18. malia says:

    Love love that kate lines.

    Although I won’t join on the food quest, I will pledge to continue my diet of sparse red meat, fresh veggies and whole wheat products. Detox is a no no for sure. Our bodies are natural detoxers. Just made up detoxers.

    On the hair front, wanted to let you know that my hair is lasting even LONGER on the Grapefruit poo. Amazing it is. I have very little dandruff (which is a wonder for summer). I’m loving it.

  19. malia says:

    ps your hair looks AWESOME

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  21. anna says:

    Hmmm, I think of your hair every single morning when I’m washing mine. My hair is greasy by the end of the day… so I’m getting more and more curious what not washing it would do.

  22. Crissie says:

    Be prepared to actually feel better. Getting dairy and gluten out of your diet is VERY good for the body. Those are two of the biggest culprits for tummy problems.
    Be creative with your seasonings and spices and you’ll be much more satisfied with your meals :)

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