I am asked questions about detoxification more frequently than any other wellness related topic. Understandably so as it's nearly impossible to go more than 24 hours these days without hearing or reading about someone, somewhere doing some kind of detox. I outlined in much greater detail different types of detoxification protocols and the top 3 things to look for in a detox here and the 5 reasons you may need a detox here. If you are brand spanking new to a detox program start by reading these posts and then come on back over here for the day in the life. I'll wait 🙂
As for me, typically twice per year, I commit to a 21 day detox. I simplify my food life and become much more intentional about taking care of my liver (yes, this is actually the core reason you would detox – to support your liver).
Except, I refer to my protocol as a reset. An opportunity to clear away the gunk and press reset on my health.
My diet is overall quite healthy (this shouldn't come as a surprise), but I find value in a structured 21 days away from caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy, and gluten and quite honestly — I feel absolutely amazing when I do it.
A DAY IN THE LIFE – The Food Dairy
7 AM: Pre-Breakfast
I start with a large glass of water with lemon, this happens before anything. Then hot tea – I love AB herbals the only tea that takes away the “I can't have coffee blues”.
8:30 AM: Breakfast
12 pm: Lunch
I like to eat raw at lunch so I will usually have a really big salad with a ton of different veggies, sometimes a little bit of quinoa or lentils are thrown in. Lunch is usually simple and clean.
3pm: Mid Afternoon Snack
There is always a second smoothie on reset days. I make sure the second one has greens in it, especially if my morning smoothie didn't.
Time for some cooked food! During a detoxification, I like to have a 50/50 balance of raw and cooked foods the easiest way for me to accomplish this is to simply have raw at one meal and cooked at the other. This is one of my favorite dinners, zucchini noodles with an eggplant caper tomato sauce. Sooooooo good!!!! If I don't have lentils at lunch I will usually throw a small handful into dinner. Other favorites; Very veggie lentil soup, sesame spaghetti squash noodles, and cauliflower steak with mushroom marsala sauce.
That's it! Lot's of veggies, plant-based protein, high nutrient smoothies, lots and lots of water (I aim for 100+ ounces per day), and I work out a minimum of 5x per week during a reset.
Doable? I certainly think so.
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