Detox Day 1: Is this what mental clarity feels like or am I just lightheaded?

I just finished a delicious dinner of plain brown rice mixed with unseasoned lentils, topped with steamed beets and kale: Welcome to Detox Day 1.

Since the detox shopping from Whole Living seemed unnecessarily extensive, I decided to nix that version and do a three-day cleanse that I did a few years back. This one is very simple and all of the ingredients I needed for it cost me around $30. Much better. Here’s the rundown:

Do-It-Yourself Detox

For a week leading up to this simplified, moderate three-day cleanse, created by Cathy Wong, N.D., gradually reduce your intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners, white flour, dairy, alcohol, salt, and caffeine while increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Throughout each day of the cleanse, aim to drink at least 8 cups of water and do moderate exercise.

Upon Waking: A cup of hot water with lemon; meditate for 10 minutes

Breakfast: Smoothie (1 cup berries, 1 cup rice or almond milk, 1 scoop protein powder) or 3/4 cup oatmeal and 1 cup berries; green or black tea with lemon

Snack: 10 unsalted raw almonds and one small organic apple or pear

Lunch: Three ounces organic chicken or turkey, or 1 cup legumes; 1/2 cup brown rice or quinoa; 1 cup boiled swiss chard

Snack: Celery and carrot sticks with 2 tablespoons hummus

Dinner: 1 cup steamed beets over 3/4 cup brown rice; 1 cup boiled kale; and 1 cup green, black, or herbal tea with lemon.

Before Bed: 1 cup hot water with lemon

I can’t say that I’ve had any satisfaction from eating today, but I do feel a lot more satiated than I thought I would, and there is this strange sense of mental clarity that I remember from when I did this detox the first time.

Feeling good though, on to Day 2…

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One thought on “Detox Day 1: Is this what mental clarity feels like or am I just lightheaded?

  1. Hey D- I'm really interested in this Detox!! I remember when you did it before, and I thought it sounded good then too…I did a fast once in College and found it really disappointing, but have been wanting something like this. I'll stay posted to see how the rest of it goes for you! 🙂 Good luck!-your twinp.s. I'm still doing a Yoga class at least once a week! yay!

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