This past weekend, we’ve dedicated a fair amount of time to prepping for the detox. We’ve loaded our grocery cart with a ton of fresh fruits and veggies, I’ve made detox-appropriate snack bags for our work drawers, and we’ve mapped out an exercise and meal plan.
We also did the dreaded pre-detox weigh in. The primary reason for this detox is not weight loss but it tends to be a happy side-effect. Thanks to an injury, my exercise regime has decreased substantially. And thanks to the time of year and my lack of will power, calorie consumption has been at an all time high and generally in the form of booze and chocolate. It happens. It’s the holidays. Life goes on.
We enjoyed a weekend of indulgences and clearing out the fridge of non-detox foods like cheese and bacon and champagne. And since I abhor food waste, it went into our bellies of course. And I feel like shit. Hello, food hangover! So I am really amped to get started.
Last time we detoxed, I was blogging daily eats. I’m not planning on doing that everyday but I will check in weekly with what a day looks like for us but here is a short rundown of the plan for this week:
Breakfasts: Smoothies, Oatmeal, or Quinoa
Lunch: Leftovers or salads
Dinner: Rockfish, Beans, Curries, Soups, Stir Fry’s
Snacks: No Bake Granola Bars, Brown Rice Cakes, Veggies w/ Hummus, Fruit, Nuts
Beverages: Water, Green Tea, Green Monsters
As I have said before, I am pretty much replicating a detox program I did last year under the supervision of a Dietitian that I volunteered for. I am not an expert so please consult a professional if you have a lot of questions or concerns about detox!
Curious as to why I’m detoxing? Read this for a quick rundown!
So as I have mentioned, the detox is about decreasing and eliminating certain foods and really ramping up in the produce department. Here’s a cut and dry version of what I am following this first week.
And if you are following along with me, please note that I am basically an all-or-nothing kind of gal so a lot of the “decrease” things, I just straight up eliminate! But don’t stress it if you are still working on the decreasing! That’s what this week is for!
Decrease/Begin to Eliminate
Sugar – look for evaporated cane juice, fructose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, etc to avoid also! They are all just different forms of sugar! Also avoid artificial sweeteners!
Refined Carbs – basically anything with white flour
Dairy – Rice/Almond/Oat milks are great alternatives this week! I’ll be sticking to unsweetened Almond Milk.
Animal Products – except fish and eggs okay this week
Processed Foods – frozen meals, packaged food items, etc.
Refined Oils – avoid safflower, sunflower, corn, soybean, and canola oils
Water – aim for 8 glasses a day!
Veggies – focus on colorful veggies and lots of green!! Asparagus, artichoke, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, collards, dandelion greens, watercress, beets, radishes, burdock root, spinach, chard, squash, sweet potatoes
Fruit – BRIGHT colors! Berries, apples, melons
Plant sources of protein – beans, tofu, tempeh, edamame, nuts, some egg ok.
Whole Grains – brown rice, quinoa, kasha, barley, oats, millet, corn, whole wheat
Nuts/Seeds – almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
Spices & Herbs – garlic, onion, basil, cilantro, chives, rosemary, parsley, garam masala, cumin, the list is endless!
Unrefined Oils – Olive, Sesame, coconut oil
Support The Program
There are other ways than just your diet to support this program!
Decrease your exposure to negative people and electronics (yay right) and try to exercise, practice yoga, use a sauna/steam room, practice deep breathing, and try not to eat late at night.
Additional supplements we’ll be taking: Multi-Vitamin, Vit-D, Vit-B Complex, Vit-C, Glucosamine, Glutamine.