‘I ate nothing but fruit and veg for 14 days – my skin and hair have never looked better’
Warning: This article contains mentions of weight loss and a restricted diet.
Megan Davies, 29 lives in South Wales and is a sub editor at OK! – as well as now being an internet sensation…
"One Monday lunch break, I found myself searching for ways to get rid of my miserable symptoms caused by Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Suffering with fatigue, aches and pains, weight gain (no matter what I eat!) and dry hair and skin is no joking matter, but this has been my life since I was diagnosed in 2019.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition which causes the thyroid to not produce enough hormones. This leads to an underactive thyroid gland and slow metabolism. It's no fun, put it that way.
I’ve never stuck to a diet in my life. Keto, Paleo, Atkins, Slimfast, Slimming World, WW – you name it, I’ve tried it.
When looking for inspiration on YouTube in the form of ‘What I Eat In A Day’ videos, I came across a few people who only ate fruit and vegetables – they spoke about how they alleviated their symptoms similar to mine and they were glowing. Some even put their autoimmune diseases into remission – it was worth a try I decided.
So that night, I popped to my local supermarket and filled my trolley with fruits and vegetables (including nuts and legumes for protein) for the week. Although slightly more expensive than my normal weekly shop (I normally spend £60 a week for two people and I spent £75), I knew it would be worth it if I got that glow and could actually ease my symptoms.
Initially, I thought I would document it for my 180 followers, most of whom were my friends and colleagues. But the videos started getting more and more attention, with some reaching 40k views! In a way, the views made me want to stick to the cleanse because I was getting a lot of messages saying other people – from all over the world – who wanted to try it; I felt like they kind of relied on me to post what I ate the next day for inspiration. I didn't want to let them down.
By the end of the 14-day detox, I had reached 1,000 followers – most of whom asked if I’d post a video to share my results as they’d noticed that my face had slimmed down from the very first video. When I created the video, I expected the 1,000 followers to like it, maybe comment, and then probably unfollow me because my journey had ended.
So, I hit post and put my phone on charge for an hour. When I returned, my phone blew up, with thousands of notifications on TikTok. My instant response: a cold stomach sinking feeling. What have I done wrong? Have I said something offensive?! Am I getting lots of hate?
In just one hour, my video had reached 2 million views, with 125,000 likes and well over 2,000 comments. I felt so overwhelmed and anxious, but I couldn’t put my phone down as every time I refreshed my page, my followers went up by 100.
It’s kind of an addictive feeling and replied to all the lovely comments made me feel like I’d really accomplished something. Now, racking up over 22k followers, I feel a sense of pressure to keep this up – which is keeping me on the right track of cutting out as much processed foods as possible.
Other than weight loss, here are the amazing results of my detox…
I’m THAT person who goes home early from a night out to make sure I get some sleep. I can be out like a light for 10 hours and wake up feeling like I’ve had 10 minutes. Energy and I have never really gone hand in hand, no matter how many sugary drinks or coffees I gulp down.
Snoozing my alarm until 5 minutes before I was due to start work was the norm – but now I feel this rush of energy that gets me out of bed in the morning and keeps me moving all day. My house has never looked so clean as when I have a spare 10 minutes, instead of mindlessly scrolling through my phone, I get up and find something to do.
I’ve been very fortunate in life not to really suffer with my mental health, but of course I’ve had low days – many lows days – most of which came after my Hashimotos diagnosis. My once very bubbly and funny personality became a shadow of itself. After just three days of eating fruit and veg, I felt a huge shift in my mood. I felt excited about things again and I generally felt so much better in myself.
Hair, nails and skin
Hashimotos is a cruel disease in that it gives you ridges in your nails, hair loss and dry skin – thanks a lot! I’ve always tried to keep on top of these symptoms, but it’s been a lot of hard work and determination (I’m talking an eight-step skincare routine day and night).
After the first week of my fruit and veg diet, my skin looked radiant and glowy, my hair looked shiny – even when I let it air dry! – and my nails are the smoothest they’ve ever been.
I’ve not worn make-up since my detox because I want to show off my natural skin – I’m so proud of it.
Since I started menstruating at 14, I’ve suffered with horrendous cramps during my period – sometimes so debilitating I cry, throw up and can’t move. A hot water bottle, strong pain killers and endless bars of Dairy Milk, were my best friends. On day 10 of my cleanse, my period came and I didn’t even know. I had absolutely no cramps, nothing – nada! Because the fruit satisfied my sweet tooth, I didn’t even crave a sugary binge. Win, Win!
From now, I will be eating just fruit and vegetables two days a week and for the other five days, I will be cutting out as much processed foods as possible. My body clearly thrived eating more fruits and vegetables, so I will continue to feed my body the nutrition it needs.
It’s important to note that this doesn’t work for everybody. Some people need more carbs and protein than others, and some people, like those with diabetes, have to watch their sugar intake. Obviously, before doing anything so drastic, it’s advised to speak to your doctor. That being said, I would recommend that people try a fruit and veg cleanse, maybe even just for 7 days, especially those with autoimmune diseases.
And while I enjoyed my 15 minutes of fame, I don’t think I could cope with the endless pinging of notifications and have vowed to spend less time on social media – which is the key to happiness, in my eyes.
Follow Megan's journey @meganrdavies_ on TikTok and Instagram.
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