So the past few days I have started doing this 28-day whole foods cleanse I mentioned a few days ago. Its not one of your typical “cleanses” where all you drink/eat the whole time is water or juice. It’s just a cleanse where you get rid of all processed junk designed to clean your body of chemicals and processed sugars.
Here are the guidelines:
First 2 weeks:
You can eat only:
- raw fruits and veggies
- Olive and coconut oils
- spices (only if theres no fillers and they’re made up of all real ingredients)
- light on salt
- raw honey or coconut palm sugar
- same as above
- add in cooked veggies
- same as above
- add in gluten-free grains (quinoa)
- add in low amounts of “novelties” (ex: coconut milk, goat cheese)
So far I am three days in and its going well! The hardest part for me is the raw veggies because I LOVE cooked veggies. Also I miss the occasional snack like pretzels. But the point of eating only raw ones to start is to flood your body with as many nutrients as possible so the you can flush out the bad ones. Most veggies when you cook them (steam, blanch, roast, etc) loose some of their nutrients. Not all but some.
It has also kind of been helping that I have been sick these past few days so my appetite hasn’t been as large as normal and I havent been working out much (slash at all 🙁 ). So once that’s back we’ll see how it goes. I will keep you all updated!
I have made a couple exceptions for myself which you can do as long as they are reasonable ones. I have been letting myself have one cup of coffee a day with coconut milk. Now letting yourself have one soda a day is different! If you’re making exceptions, try to make as few as absolutely necessary and stay away from any dairy or grains. The main rule: if its processed and has ingredients you cant pronounce in it — stay away!
Eating raw doesn’t have to be boring! I wouldn’t be able to survive if I ate raw broccoli plain everyday. I have been making my own salad dressings (like this one!) and other raw recipes (keep an eye out for some soon!) to keep it interesting. I know other people who have done similar cleanses and just had smoothies most of the time. Do what works for you! I really encourage you to try this cleanse, its is definitely manageable if you put your mind to it. 🙂
BUT I am not perfect and no one is perfect so just do your best! I have a few weekends coming up where I am traveling so I know I wont be able to be perfect during that time and that’s OK. If you have something come up with friends or you have to eat out for whatever reason, just make the best choices possible and that’s all you can do! Even partially doing the cleanse is better than doing it not at all.
My boyfriend, Greg, and I are doing this cleanse together. We are doing long-distance right now so its fun to have something to do with him and I am more accountable since I know he is doing it too. If you want to do the cleanse, try to get your family and friends to do it with you. You could even turn it into a challenge!
If you decide to try the cleanse keep me updated! We can keep each other accountable. 🙂
What is your favorite vegetable?
Have you ever done a cleanse?
What food would be the hardest for you to give up?