With the help of Whole Living, I am going to use the new year to detox my body, mind, and environment with the January Kickoff Detox Plan.
Whole Living’s 2012 Action Plan
Week 1: January 2-8
Go back to basics with simple meals made only with purifying fruits and vegetables that power both body and mind. Taking a break from processed foods and common allergens, like dairy, puts you more in touch with your body and gives your liver, the detoxifying organ, a break.
What You’re Eating During Week 1: fruits, vegetables, and plant-based fats, including nuts, seeds, and oils
What to Expect: You may experience detox symptoms such as headache and fatigue during the first few days. It’s your body getting rid of toxins. It’s OK to feel hungry; in fact, Cynthia Sass, R.D., says you want experience about four stomach growls a day.
By the End of the Week: You’ll feel light, energized, clearheaded, and motivated to conquer Week 2. Keep a food journal this week to help you become more mindful of how food affects your life.
Week 2: January 9-15
With boosted energy and a renewed sense of self, you’ll start this week off eager to feel even better and experiment with more nutrient-rich, whole foods. Adding high-quality protein back into your diet makes it easier to conquer cravings.
What You’re Adding Back in Week 2: seafood, beans and lentils, and organic soy
What to Expect: You’ll have an increased awareness of how your body reacts to each meal. Eat just enough to feel satisfied, not stuffed.
By the Week’s End: Your appetite and usual cravings are likely decreasing. You’re sleeping better and feeling happy you made the choice to change
Week 3: January 16-22
You’ve learned how to eat clean and it’s feeling fantastic — more like a lifestyle and less like a challenge as you reintroduce gluten-free grains and eggs. This is the time to fine-tune your newly developed mindful habits and keep them up!
What You’re Adding Back in Week 3: gluten-free grains and eggs
What to Expect: You may get an energy boost as you reintroduce carbs, but beware: Hearty grains may initially shock your system. This week will help you determine how great (or not) certain foods can make you feel.
By the Week’s End: Research shows that new habits do still take practice, so stick to your happy and healthy new ways.
What to Skip During the Challenge
- Processed foods
- Added sugar
- Caffeine (not too sure how I’m feeling about this one)
Secrets to a Successful Cleanse
- Set goals
- Prepare the people in your life
- Invite a friend (or readers, wink wink) to join
- Drink plenty of water
- Space out your meals
- Keep a food journal (or blog)
- Stick to each week’s menu
What to Expect on Coffee Cake and Cardio
- A weekly grocery shopping recap
- A daily recap of the previous day’s meals
- A truthful account of how I’m feeling and doing each day