This week we wanted to give you a peek inside our 10 Day Detox Challenge. Here is our Registered Dietitian Amy’s experience!
Up until about 2 weeks ago, approved I’ve never done a cleanse or detox. I always thought they were silly – a quick and ineffective fix for weight loss. My preferred method of detoxing was with my own liver, health using real food, loading up on veggies, guzzling green smoothies, and cutting out sugar and processed crap.
Because that’s what makes sense, right? Fill your body with the nutrients and energy it needs to work optimally, and avoid the substances that hurt it. So when I finally found a program that is build upon this logical, scientific model, I knew I had to do it. The best part? My new workplace offers it daily! A big part of my job at a place called Well includes working with people one-on-one or in groups going through this detox, so I felt that I had to try it out for myself.
Here are the basic principles behind this detox:
- Fill up on fruits, veggies, legumes, good quality proteins, and healthy fats. And EAT them when you’re hungry!
- Remove foods that are known to be toxic, inflammatory, or allergenic.
- Use nutritional support to effectively detoxify the liver and body, and safely remove those toxins from the body.
The food I ate for the 10 days was extremely similar to the way I usually eat, so I didn’t really feel deprived. The program kit includes a guide which includes exactly what foods to eat and what foods to avoid. Using this list, I made a meal plan and shopping list. I baked sweet potato fries, roasted several pans of veggies, cooked some delicious marinated red snapper, made two savory soups, and snacked on broccoli dipped in hummus.
I will say I sometimes missed my morning coffees and the cheese on my salads, but I found that these were just habits, not things I couldn’t live without. They were easily replaced with healthier alternatives like tea, lemon water, and avocado. I also found that an herbal tea can easily kick a sweet craving. To abide by the recommended foods, I just got creative in the kitchen to make sure my dishes was still as satisfying as ever! Plus, the program comes with plenty of recipes and a meal plan for variety and flexibility.
The powered medical food, which comes in the detox kit, came in a peach flavor. I mixed it with apple juice to make go down easier, but I surely was very happy to drink my last one. It wasn’t terrible, but just not something I particularly liked. But I knew this was providing me with the vitamins, minerals, and energy that is imperative for proper detoxification. So I drank ’em quick! Thank God for the apple juice…
I actually really enjoyed doing this detox. I slept like a rock, effortlessly lost 4 pounds, am getting compliments on my skin, have great energy, and overall feel lighter and more focused. To be honest, I didn’t think I was very toxic to begin with. I eat pretty well, exercise regularly, and don’t drink as much as I used to in the good ole college days. But did experience some headaches the first few days, which clued me in to the fact that I was indeed detoxifying. Although it isn’t fun to think about, we really are exposed to toxins all the time. Pesticides, air pollution, secondhand smoke, BPA, and yes, alcohol all contribute to this buildup in our bodies.
Sure, it sucked to turn down a wine night with friends and a bowl of my dad’s life-changing chicken and andouille gumbo. But, I knew it was only for a few days and I knew I’d be disappointed in myself if I cheated. Plus, I felt so good I wasn’t even tempted to blow it all on a meal. I also felt challenged to follow the protocol for the whole 10 days, and ended up being proud that I could actually complete it.
At Well, we recommend doing a detox at least once a year to reset and cleanse from all the toxins we are inevitably exposed to in our everyday lives. If you want to learn more about this awesome detox, go here or visit me at Well!