Twice a year, my husband and I try a 21 day detox.
We cut out the following for 21 days:
- Processed Foods
When we are not detoxing, we eat Primal/Paleo. We focus mostly on eating the best quality Fish, Chicken, Meat, Eggs, Vegetables, Fruit, Nuts, & Seeds. All of these food choices are allowed on the detox! We also love wine but it is not allowed on the detox!
We don’t like the way we feel when we consume grains and processed foods. We both experience bloating, sluggishness, and cravings. I don’t like to be on a diet, and eating Primally is definitely not a diet. The food choices are extremely satisfying, they leave me feeling healthy, strong, and keep my energy up.
The purpose of the 21 day detox is to cleanse from the foods and beverages we have been enjoying too much of. In the past 6 months, I would say I have had too much wine, cheese, sugar, and gluten/grains. I am going to try my best to create healthier habits by eating more vegetables, drinking more herbal tea, snacking less, and getting sufficient sleep. I’m simply taking action now to create a healthy lifestyle and be more mindful with what I eat/drink.
Day 1 of my 21 Day Detox:
We just returned from a long weekend in wine country. Needless to say we enjoyed some amazing wines and great food. I woke up with allergies this morning and felt low energy because of it. I haven’t had allergies in years but I think it was from the histamines and sulfites in the wine and the fact that I was not eating super healthy or taking my probiotics while we were away. This morning, I took some probiotics, drank a green shake, and thank goodness the allergies were gone by the afternoon.
I enjoyed my morning coffee (blended with coconut oil and gras-fed butter), afternoon herbal peppermint tea and drank a lot of water throughout the day. Adam and I made a fresh salad with mixed greens, avocado, and sardines. For dinner, Adam actually made a Dairy Free, Vegan Quiche with Cauliflower crust! His ingredients for the quiche were spinach, cauliflower, tomatoes, herbs, and spices. It was so good!
Day 2 of my 21 Day Detox:
Still experiencing fatigue and drowsiness. I am not working out much. I walked for about 30 minutes on Monday and did a Pilates workout today but I only felt like I was performing at 50%.
I highly suggest drinking plenty of water and sleeping as much as possible when detoxing because it helps alleviate the symptoms. It’s almost necessary!
I had a green shake for breakfast: 2 handfuls baby spinach, 1 handful cilantro, ½ an avocado, and 1/2 a cucumber all blended together with a pint of water. This is always great and holds me off until lunch. For lunch, we had the leftover quiche and some homemade kimchi. As a mid day snack, I ate ½ an avocado. For dinner we had mint ground turkey with herbs, bell pepper, and a blend of super greens. We tossed on some of his homemade red cabbage garlic sauerkraut!
We finished the evening off with some herbal tea and a lovely Epsom salt bath.
Day 3 of my 21 day detox:
I bended up my coffee and a green shake and went to work. I always take my shake with me to work and drink it when I get hungry which is around 5 hours after I wake up. Bulletproof coffee (Bulletproof coffee blended with MCT oil and grass-fed butter), keeps me satisfied and not hungry all morning.
For lunch I will have canned tuna mixed in with a salad of leafy greens, radishes, and cherry tomatoes. We dressed the salad with some olive oil we bought up in wine country at a favorite winery that also presses olives from their olive trees to make and sell Olive Oil. We washed our lunch down with a Kefir shake. Adam came up with this recipe. He blends our homemade kefir with a cucumber and mint from our garden! It is so refreshing and delicious! Kefir is a fermented milk product that provides wonderful probiotics. The beneficial yeast and friendly bacteria in Kefir cultures eat up most of the the lactose, so it is basically lactose free. I also take Primal Probiotics from The Primal Blueprint as a daily supplement and eat the Sauerkraut and Kimchi Adam makes for us for even more healthy probiotics.
As a mid day snack I blended up an avocado, 4 handfuls of super greens, a cucumber and a quart of water for Adam and I to share. It’s always nice to have something healthy already made and ready to go when you want a snack. It makes things easier.
Dinner will be an organic chicken and some veggies can’t wait!
If you haven’t read the Carb Curve Challenge, check it out! It will help you understand how many carbs to eat per day to achieve your body composition goals!
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