This is my first time doing a detox. I have wanted to do one for a long time but have always worked physical jobs on my feet, then I was pregnant, then nursing, and now I feel I will be able to take the appropriate time and relax, while I'm running after my 21 month old son. So I am not doing a super restrictive diet. I will be cutting out all the stuff Dr. Crystal recommended and I will be using a nutritional supplement to add to my smoothies called ClearDetox by Pure Encapsulations. Since I am a beginner I will only be doing a five day detox. The one thing I will have a hard time living without, and will probably still use on occasion is salt. Salt makes everything better and when you can't have coffee, wine, or cheese you want your sweet potatoes and salad with olive oil and lemon juice to be as satisfying as possible. So Dr. Crystal has recommended I get Unrefined Sea Salt from Trader Joe's so that I can use it freely.
Here is the plan for the next five days:
½ a cup of cooked oats with honey and ¼ frozen blueberries. Oats are a good source of fiber, which is beneficial to the digestive system.
A slice of 100% rye bread with avocado or tomatoes on it.
A fruit smoothie. Possible combinations include:
Cranberry juice (no sugar added), strawberries (good source of vitamin C) and almonds (good source of poli-unsaturated fat)
Lemon Ginger Echinacea Juice (from Trader Joe's) and walnuts (good source of essential fatty acids)
Apple juice and kiwi (good source of vitamin C)
A low GI, wheat-free carbohydrate, like one small sweet potato, ½ a cup of cooked brown rice, ½ cup of cooked wild rice or one slice of rye bread
A combination of fresh fruit, vegetables or a salad, which may include lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red, green and yellow peppers, bean sprouts, carrots, mushrooms, baby marrows, celery, apple, roasted sunflower seeds and avocado. Sprinkle on some olive oil and lemon juice to dress it up.
100% juice, diluted with water / Rooibos tea with honey and a lemon slice / mineral water / fresh fruit or vegetables
The main meal
Approximately 4oz of low-fat protein, like a chicken fillet (without skin) or fish, which can be baked, stir-fried or steamed, but not fried.
A combination of veggies, which may include carrots, squash, fresh asparagus, mushrooms, leaks, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. Bake or steam the veggies with olive oil then add lemon juice, garlic and black pepper for flavor.