A couple months ago I did a three-week detox recommended by my nutritionist. The Standard Process Purification program was around $200 and very difficult to do. If you are thinking of doing a detox, here are the basics to this one. Here’s a list of what you can not eat or drink:
Caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, meat, dairy, grains, eggs, starches, nuts, beans, corn, fruit juice, dried fruit, anything canned, alcohol…
What you can have: fruit, vegetables, water.
You can eat unlimited fruits and veggies, but must eat double the veggies to the fruit, and at least half the veggies must be raw. You can also have half a cup of lentils or rice each day, and a half a sweet potato. Plus, there are handfuls of natural green-food supplements to take and a protein powder to mix into smoothies. The smoothies were delicious. You put whatever fruit and veggies you wanted in them, water, and a scoop of the powder. They were filling and you could have 1-3 a day. The smoothies made this whole process tolerable! I did one for breakfast and one with my dinner.
The goal is to put only clean things in the body, so fresh and organic were key. I spent those weeks treating myself to beautiful produce at Whole Foods and chopping…a lot. It was time consuming and there were no shortcuts. I really had to think about what I was going to eat for each meal.
The first few days were really rough. The absence of caffeine was hardest to take. I don’t drink a ton of coffee, but I really rely on that cup I drink in the morning! I also craved Coke Zero. I never considered myself a soda addict, I have a couple diet sodas a week, but I really missed them. But by day four, I felt really good. My nails were strong, shiny and pink, I felt balanced and my stomach felt good. No bloating or sugar crashes. People asked if I’d just had a facial, because I had a healthy glow. Nice!
On the 11th day I was allowed to incorporate a little chicken or fish into my diet, and that’s when I felt really great. The extra protein gave me enough energy to want to work out, which I did moderately. In 21 days I lost 15 pounds and felt better than I ever have…EVER. Socially, this was not easy. Everyone goes out for happy hour and you are the only one with a glass of water in front of you. Your friends look at you with pity as you eye their margaritas and appetizers. But the reward is worth the sacrifice.I will try to do this cleanse once a year.