Detox Diet: The First Five Days

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Detox Diet: The First Five Days

It’s the New Year and time that most of us fess up to the fact that we need to make physical improvements and embrace better eating habits.  However, for most of us we don’t know where to begin since there is so much to read, research and debunk before getting down to the nitty-gritty of better health.

So, in order to help you kick start and maintain the “new year, new you” mentality I have put together what I consider the launching pad that will send you on your journey to an entire lifestyle change.  It’s a 21-Day Detox “diet” (diet as in what you eat not a weight loss system).

Lifestyle fitness is not a matter of hopes and dreams.  It’s a matter of reality and sacrifice.  It is about making the sometimes hard choices, albeit simple ones, that add up to a whole new physical and mental you.  You will reap in leaps and bounds the effort you put into the process of changing your habits to take better care of yourself.  And it will sew amazing seeds of goodness into the lives of your family – especially those living in your home with you.  So keep your chin up and your eyes focused on the goal… this journey is about to begin.

We begin with the simple act of grocery shopping.  If you don’t have the right food around you, you won’t be able to eat the right food.  All of the recipes in this article are also posted under the “Learn” tab, 21-Day Detox, but I feel it appropriate to have them all on one page to help you jump start the first five days of your diet without having to search and decide between too many new recipes.

Some people like the DIY approach, reading the allowed and forbidden food list then coming up with their own meal plans accordingly.  But others prefer outlined meals and guidelines, which is what follows.  My personal approach is to give five days of food plans then have you ease into picking and choosing recipes from the Detox recipes on our site.  But, since I really want to see moms embrace this as a lifestyle change I will be giving 21 days worth of recipes to ensure you can find meal ideas easily and quickly.

Before shopping keep in mind, even if it is not noted, all fruits and veggies should be organic.  And all meals can easily be adjusted to feed your entire family by tripling the amounts.  That way you are not pressured to cook two different meals which can feel frustrating and lead to people losing steam and giving up on this overhaul.

Finally, remember, if you are not hungry, don’t eat.  If you are, have a snack.  It’s okay to have food on the list whenever you feel hungry.  Just take it slow and eat small portions, checking in with your body to make sure you are actually hungry before moving onto more food.

Day 1:

Note: I’m not a stickler for “all or nothing” when it comes to caffeine on the first three days.  I realize that weening off of foods like coffee and dark chocolate can be brutal, so you will note that although not officially on the “okay to go” list of foods, it is allowed on the BBAB Detox days 1-3 only.  Days 1-3 it is allowed in small quantities.  After that… 18 days of fasting your beloved.

Breakfast: A bowl of sliced organic fruit, 16 oz glass water, 8 oz glass decaf herbal tea or coffee, black or with either coconut or almond milk.
Snack: 1 handful raw almonds and one organic orange
Lunch: Organic leafy green salad (spinach, romaine, or red leaf lettuce) with tomato, cucumber, and rinsed organic black beans. Use lemon juice or balsamic vinegar and cold pressed olive oil for dressing.
Snack: 1 organic apple, pear or peach and .5 ounces of 70% (or more) dark chocolate
Dinner: steamed organic broccoli, 1 organic chicken breast or wild salmon fillet, leafy green lettuce chopped with fresh lemon juice

Day 2:
Breakfast: 1 whole grapefruit, 16 oz glass of water, 8 oz tea or coffee.
Snack: 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds and 1/2 cup organic raisins
Lunch: 1 leafy green salad with mandarin oranges, slivered almonds, and fresh carrots (lemon juice and olive oil dressing, salt and pepper to taste)
Snack: 12 ounces of fruit smoothie #1 – 1 banana, 1 cup fruit juice, 1/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk
Dinner: Stir fried organic veggies in unrefined coconut oil and steamed browned rice

* Make Broccoli Salad for tomorrow.

Day 3:
Breakfast: Cantaloupe or Honey Dew Melon, sliced, 1 16 oz glass of water and 8 oz coffee or tea
Snack: 12 ounces of fresh fruit smoothie #2 – 1 banana, 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, 1/2 cup juice, 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk.
Lunch: 2 cups broccoli salad – chopped broccoli, raisins, pecans, olive oil and lemon juice to moisten.
Snack: Dried mango and 1/4 cup almonds
Dinner: 1 baked sweet potato with steamed vegetable of choice and fresh salsa (should contain no sugar).

Day 4:
Breakfast: Sliced papaya or tangerines with lime juice squeezed over the top, 16 oz water, 8 oz herbal tea with one tablespoon honey.
Snack: sliced carrots and 1/4 cup pecans
Lunch: Salad – leafy green lettuce, black beans, organic salsa, 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
Snack: Fruit Smoothie #3 – frozen blackberries, coconut milk, banana, juice and hone
Dinner: Organic, grass fed beef hamburger patty, cooked quinoa with steamed vegetables.

Day 5:
Breakfast: fruit salad of your favorite fruits, 16 oz water, 8 oz decaf herbal tea
Snack: 1/4 cup almonds or pecans, dried mango (unsulfered, no sugar)
Lunch: Fresh salad: greens, raisins, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, balsamic vinegar or lemon juice and olive oil
Snack: 12 ounces organic smoothie of your choice
Dinner: Steamed carrots, one baked sweet potato with kosher salt and pepper, one organic chicken breast, baked with lemon juice, rosemary and kosher salt or sauteed in a pan with coconut oil, rosemary and salt.

In addition to eating the non-toxic foods, be sure to drink LOTS of water.  For every pound you weigh you need .5 ounces of pure water!  So get out your water bottle, keep in near by, and drink, drink drink.  (And, if you live where the water has an after taste use a pitcher with a filter on it and a squeeze of lemon to help with the taste!)


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