POSTED: Mon, 06/08/2009 - 12:41pm

Grape Detox Weekend

This was without the doubt, the most enjoyable detoxing I've ever done. I did the 2 day preparation for the "cure" as Mireille calls it. Saturday and Sunday were my grape detox days. I had no trouble staying on it, until Sunday night. My husband and daughter thought, for some reason, I would be having dinner with them on Sunday evening. So while I watched a great mystery on tv, they quietly made dinner in the kitchen. When I got up to get my evening grapes, the table was set for a full dinner. I admit, I detoured. I sat down and ate what they had prepared with them, though my body was obviously not ready for it. To get back on track, I continued my grape detox this morning and afternoon, and I intend to make a light dinner that will be good for all of us. I have certainly realized that my sense of portions has been way out of whack in the past. Also, my body does not crave heavy sauces as before. As I begin my recasting, I am significantly reducing the amount and frequency which I have my offenders. For the recasting, I am going to try to cut out wine. I will be weighing my 1 oz. daily bread portion and deciding which meal it will be best with. I intend to eat focused on my food and family at the table. Wish me luck as I begin recasting. ~Heather
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POSTED: Tue, 04/06/2010 - 11:39am

Back & Ready to Start Fresh

I cannot believe how much time has elapsed since I posted last. In short, here is some of what I've been up to: 1) daughter started Kindergarten in Sept. 2) March 29th, turned 40 3) basement has been flooded twice Next weekend, I'm planning on my Winter's End Grape Detox. I wanted to start this weekend, but we accepted an invitation several months ago to have dinner with some friends of ours at their home this Saturday night. The lucky part for me is that they are Japanese, and most, if not all of what they will be serving is organic and extremely healthy. Looking forward to cleaning and organizing my home this weekend, and to my Grape Detox next weekend. This will be very therapeutic for me mentally and physically. I need to refocus my efforts at achieving a chic, slim body with a French mindset. Heather


POSTED: Tue, 04/06/2010 - 6:58pm

Good luck

Good luck Heather Jean, it was nice to read about your experince with a grape detox. I do a "green detox" where I drink veggie juices, fresh and green drink powder juices. It helps me a lot get back on track. How did you do with weight and pleasure this year?


POSTED: Sun, 06/28/2009 - 10:01pm

grape detox??

I've tried and tried to find the article on grape detoxing...Where is it can anyone help me? Thanks


POSTED: Mon, 06/29/2009 - 1:10pm

Grape Detox

I went to the top of the page in the search box, typed in Grape Detox, and the article was there. I did my Detox on Friday. It went well! I very much liked it. A bit more tasty than the Magical Leek weekend in my opinion, however, I think the Leek soup I can do for an entire weekend, the Grapes not so much. 1 day was probably all I could do. I woke up much earlier on Saturday morning than I wanted to...5:30am to be precise, and I think it was because I was so hungry. But...I did feel fresher, and clearer, and lighter! I also drank lots of water and green tea. I'm glad I did it, and plan to incorporate it a few times a year for a refresher. It was a good start for me to get back in the groove. Brenda


POSTED: Wed, 09/02/2009 - 8:30pm


This summer in BC Canada, the city I live in was surrounded by smoke. The fires caused sore eyes, nasal problems ect. I intend to try the grape detox. It will not be any worse than what I have been enhaling.


POSTED: Fri, 09/04/2009 - 11:50am

Grape Detox

I am so glad to hear that this has been enjoyable for most folks, who like myself, just don't love leeks. I found that by drinking a ton of water and some herbal tea along with eating the grapes, I made it through to Sunday evening when I had a very light meal. I did do some light walking with my daughter, but otherwise I took it pretty easy knowing that my body would need to rest a bit. As the summer is coming to an end, I'm finding the need to get myself back on track with my motivation. I have been so busy at work that I had not had time to post here since June and without a working computer at home, I admit I have been a bit lost. I am back with renewed determination to start my recasting phase. Will post furhter under that topic.


POSTED: Thu, 09/03/2009 - 8:34pm

Fire Survivors

Bonsoir, canadianvino! What a terrible ordeal. I have a feeling the detox will do you good, after all that irritating smoke. Jean, I hope your sister's okay, too. What a scary and helpless feeling! Lorraine


POSTED: Wed, 09/02/2009 - 8:55pm


The fire situation out your way was scary.I have a friend in Kelowna and she was watching the fires burn from her window.Now,my sister ,who lives just outside LA is doing the same thing.I am not liking this for any of you.

Let us know how the Grape Detox goes.Jean


POSTED: Sun, 06/28/2009 - 5:02pm

Mostly Grapes

Friday I sauteed vegetable quesadillas. Saturday I began the Grape Detox. Doing some yard work over the afternoon left me a bit faint, so I had a small cup of noodles Saturday evening. By the midnight hour I almost gave up completely. Instead I had a few bites of chocolate and went to bed. Sunday I am back on grapes. However, I plan to have a late supper--some tuna fish. Though I didn't solely eat grapes Saturday and today, this is a small victory for me and I plan to try it again in September then quarterly four times a year.


POSTED: Tue, 06/23/2009 - 7:02pm

Preparing for Grape Detox Weekend

Will begin my first Grape Detox this weekend with a friend. Wish us luck!


POSTED: Wed, 06/24/2009 - 10:01am


I was in Trader Joe's, and they sell a two-pound or so box with red, white, and purple grapes - nice variety for a grape detox. Bonne chance! Lorraine


POSTED: Thu, 06/25/2009 - 12:44pm

Grape Detox

I just came across this posting, and am excited. I've done the Leek Miracle cure. A few times. LOL and am taking tomorrow off for a mental health day, and have decided to do a day of Grape Detox. I can't do the whole weekend, as it is very busy for me, but am looking forward to the day, at least, of cleansing! Brenda


POSTED: Thu, 06/25/2009 - 1:35pm

Mental health days....

are an absolute necessity.Enjoy it and the grapes.Jean


POSTED: Thu, 06/25/2009 - 4:12pm

Mental Health days...

Thank you! The man that I was dating decided he was too busy with his life, so we parted. I'm ok with it, but still need some 'me' time to re-read my Mirielle books, and Entre Nous, and How to be Impossibly French. I need a reminder that my Inner French Goddess is still there! and I plan to spend some time here browsing through the forums. They have certainly helped. You are a great group. Thanks! You bring cheer, and support. Brenda


POSTED: Sat, 06/27/2009 - 12:16am

Bonjour, Brenda

Hope you had a joyful and rejuvenating day of renewal. How French of you to focus on nurturing *yourself* instead of crying over spilt milk! Lorraine


POSTED: Thu, 06/25/2009 - 2:46pm

But grapes are not in season

But grapes are not in season now, are they? Isn't the season over on the southern hemisphere?


POSTED: Thu, 06/25/2009 - 7:23pm


We get grapes all the year from South America.Sometimes not good but usually they taste o.k.Better to have things in season ,for sure.Jean


POSTED: Wed, 06/24/2009 - 12:50am

Grape Detox

Best of luck to you both.J


POSTED: Tue, 06/09/2009 - 7:50pm

Way to go, Heather!

I'm glad it worked out for you. I'll do the grape detox at summer's end, if I need it (it's my seasonal ritual, since that's when my concord grapes are ready for harvest!) The sugar from the grapes really keeps my energy up. Bonne chance in recasting! With your determination, I know you'll be fine. Lorraine


POSTED: Thu, 06/11/2009 - 7:37pm

What I've heard...

is not that the body has no toxins but that a healthy body is self-cleaning, so a forced fast is not necessary. Obviously there are so many contrasting opinions, but I've heard this from so many doctors it is what I've chosen to believe myself. I think it's good after days of unhealthy eating to eat "cleaner" for a couple of days, but I don't think it's good to fast. I did do the leek cleanse once and I felt horrible the entire time, dizzy and could really do nothing at all. I didn't feel any better afterwards either. In fact, I ended up bingeing- I think it threw my blood sugar out of wack.


POSTED: Wed, 06/10/2009 - 9:30am

Lorraine~ Thanks. I think

Lorraine~ Thanks. I think I'm going to do the grape detox at the end of each season, as Mireille says her friend does. I really did like feeling the toxins leaving my body. Believe it or not, I think it helped my outlook to become more positive and more in the here and now. Loved it! ~Heather


POSTED: Wed, 06/10/2009 - 10:32pm

That's great!

I may try the grape detox in the Fall, as well. I've been trying to find a weekend to do a start of summer leek soup weekend, but have just been too busy to sit out a weekend. I may try the budwig during the week. I like Mireille's suggestion of a detox at the start of every season.


POSTED: Tue, 06/09/2009 - 4:50pm

Are you sure this is healthy....?

Sounds a bit extreme and unhealthy to me.


POSTED: Tue, 06/09/2009 - 4:51pm

Grape Detox

It was an article that Mireille posted. I doubt that she would have posted anything unsafe or unhealthy. And actually, I can honestly say that I feel significantly better after having done this detoxing.


POSTED: Tue, 06/09/2009 - 4:58pm

Oh ok, as long as you feel ok!

I'm not really a believer in the leek soup weekend either. I love and agree with most everything in the book except this. I don't think it is good to starve your body for any length of time.


POSTED: Tue, 06/09/2009 - 5:48pm

The recent issue of Elle

The recent issue of Elle magazine had a huge article all about detoxing and whether or not it's good/bad for you. The basic findings (which were supported by science) is that a short 3-4 days of detoxing is very beneficial to your body. It had something to do with letting your liver release the toxins it had been holding on to so it can start functioning properly again. The only thing, is that for the liver to be able to let go of the toxins, you have to eat less food so it has less to process during this task. Your body then burns some of your fat to provide the energy for this (hence the little bit of weight loss) and also the burned fat releases some of the toxins that it has been holding on to as well. It's why the second day of the detox is usually the hardest. All of those toxins are being released into the body to be expelled. Hope that helps! Jeanette.


POSTED: Wed, 06/10/2009 - 8:36pm

Great Article

Jeanette, I saw this article, too, and it made a lot of sense to me. What I got out of it is that the key is in using the detox for its intended purpose: as a 'cleanse', and not as the sole means of weight loss. Any weight loss that comes as a result of the detox is incidental; there's no substitute for ongoing healthy habits, which is what fwdgf is all about. On 'The Doctors' talk show, I was dismayed to hear it said that detox "diets" are unsafe and unnecessary because "there are no toxins in the body"(!) I thought I had misheard or somehow misunderstood. Why, then, does the body have the excretory and immune systems? Any virus, fungus, or (harmful) bacteria potentially produces toxin, and toxins are produced by the body itself in normal bodily functions. Boy, the things you hear on T.V., eh? ;^) Lorraine 'Tune Up: Are Cleanses the Cure?' from


POSTED: Mon, 06/08/2009 - 1:02pm

Grape Detox

Heather;You did a great job.Keep up the good work and tell us how you do on the next stage.Jean

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