3-day detox diet retrospective

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I was interested in the juicing and smoothie diets especially with their claims in helping the body detoxify. I came across the Dr. Oz 3-day detox diet plan which looks feasible. I started it 4 days ago and created a page on what I did differently.

The diet is done and here are the pros and cons for going through the detox diet:


  • I lost 3.7 kilos after going through the detox. I started the diet at 107.7 kilos and my weight each morning is as follows: 106.6,104.9,104. Not bad, eh?
  • The lunch drink is actually tasty if the celery is passed through a food processor.
  • The smoothie drinks will be more palatable if they are cold.
  • My bowel movement on the 3 days was… interesting.


  • My bowel movement on the 3 days was… interesting. ;)
  • The $16/day budget isnt true. The cost of some of the items pushed the total spend to about $60 for the whole thing. I bought the fruits and vegetables in a local wet market to cut cost.
  • The low-energy and headache effects are true. I also got killer cramps although I dont know if that can be attributed to the diet.
  • Preparation and cleanup is a real time killer.

Other things to consider

  • The dinner drink really needs the blueberry. And make sure the pepper isn’t too much.
  • Make sure the mango is sweet and the avocado is ripe.
  • Consider having the 10 grams of protein each day. I only availed of it on the second day though.
  • If you have the space, chop up the ingredients for the next two drinks and put them in plastic bags. It is really a time saver.

Am I going to do this again? Not in the near future. Going through it is a test of will. I will however use the knowledge gained in making fruit and vegetable smoothies and incorporate it in my regular diet. I am sticking with the GM Diet for my cleansing and diet needs in the future. :)



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Stuck in a normal Manila morning to traffic
A slight drizzle hitting the windshield
Steely gray skies providing a backdrop to the Guadalupe bridge
Trees showing off freshly washed leaves swaying to a strong breeze.

I can stay in this spot for a long time.

Its confirmed…

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I am definitely entering the cycle where I am burned out. This is actually surprising as it came a couple of months earlier.

I am too mentally tired to be excited in trying a couple of tech that i thought was cool.

I need to get myself out of bed and hack at something.  It is easier said than done though.

My measure of leadership

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For somebody who grew up with major inferiority complex I do talk a lot whenever we have somebody new in the team. I usually have a few pointers and expectations but I am consistent in conveying what my goals as a leader is. This has always been my challenge to my new members:


This notion isnt completely new. I was watching an episode in the fictional series “Da Vinci’s Demons ”  and there was a flashback scene wherein Leonardo’s master Andreas called him to an empty workshop. The dialogue goes something like this :

  Leo: Am I in trouble again Master?
  Andreas: Not this time Leo. This is to be yours. It is time for you to create your own work,  to show off what you can do.
  Leo: I dont know what to say…
  Andreas: How about accepting it with gratitude?  *extends to offer a hand shake*
  Leo: *shakes hand* Thank you Master!
  Andreas: *smiling* No my boy,  it is just Andreas now.

The goal plays with one of my appropriated and mangled quotation:

Don’t walk behind me for I may not lead.
Don’t walk in front of me for I may not follow.
Walk beside me so we may learn from each other.


Valentines 2014 and beyond

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Yesterday, February 14th, my wife and I ate dinner at home which subsisted of grilled rib-eye steaks, a bowl of marble potatoes in honey mustard dressing, and we actually finished a bottle of White Zinfadel. This morning we had a fairly standard fried breakfast: sunny side up eggs, sauteed corned beef, home-made bacon slices and fried rice with bacon bits. Was it a good Valentine’s day celebration? NOPE.

Why not? The reason being I dont recognize Valentine’s day as a day to celebrate. I come from the school of thought that it is a capitalistic day created by the now struggling card company. The fare we ate is what I would call as something that we would eat when the whimsical need strikes us, and assuming we have the patience for the prep and cleanup. :)

I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day but I dont stop other people from celebrating it either. I just find it ironically hilarious that people would need to wait for a single day in the calendar to show their significant others how much capacity they can to “love”.

I do consider that Valentine’s day is to the advantage of those currently starting their relationships. As I have said this is a chance for them to show much possibility their (potential) partners can expect from them but its going to be a double-edged sword. I prefer on showing how much I am capable of showing love on a daily basis. I “celebrate” this concept of Valentine’s day everyday. I don’t buy flowers since I am never going to associate my feelings for something so temporary. I won’t probably have any second weddings or renewal of vows either since I went into the ceremony of marriage with the understanding that it was meant to be forever unless I misunderstood that “till death do us part” bit.

What about the special food? I would turn the tables and ask “What about it?” The rib-eye was bought from the nearby grocery store last night on our way home. The marble potatoes has been in our refrigerator for more than a week now and it was supposed to accompany the buffalo wings that remains frozen as of writing. The bottle of wine has been languishing in the ref also for 3 weeks now if I am not mistaken although there are other bottles of wine there that is now applying for residency permit. :D

Again, if you want to show off then by all means celebrate Valentine’s day and I will suffer the insane traffic jams you contribute it as you flock to restaurants and other places of interests. I would like to reiterate the stand that if you are already in a steady relationship, show your love everyday. If you need a single day to show how much you care then you have bigger problems that you don’t want to admit .

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