Test the waters. Take a look at our day and week-long cleanse options first.
1. Mark your calendar. Pick a light month without a lot of commitments, travel, meetings, or late nights.
2. Decide whether you want to go cold turkey, or gradual.
What level are you? A beginner, intermediate (done this before), or advanced (detox at least one month a year).
3. Discipline is key to stick this out. IF you do happen to fall off the wagon, just make a decision to get back on at the next meal.
4. Consider teaming up with a friend, co-worker, race buddy, or doing it as a family.
5. Listen to your body. Do YOU.
If you have not tried a day detox or a week detox I would suggest you go back and try these first.
6. Start the first week by slowly weaning yourself off caffeinated drinks, sodas, and sugary foods. You may experience headaches, fatigue and be irritable. This can last for 7-10 days.
It’s a Detox for God’s sake!
7. Week 2 decrease your intake of white foods such as rice and bread, and other grains (advanced level). You can do it. You will be losing weight, and gaining more energy.
8. Week 3 dairy or no dairy? I would at least recommend that you limit your intake of cheese and yogurt.
9. Week 4 you are eating fresh fruits and vegetables, with lean proteins.
10. You are feeling good, more energetic, mentally clearer, and have an all-round sense of well-being.
11. The home stretch. You decide how far you want to take it. You may want to start introducing bread and dairy in small amounts or other simple pleasures but keep it light.
12. It is very important to drink a lot of water throughout the process. You can also make juices which can be a healthy snack or start to your day.
Gradually begin to introduce those foods that you have not indulged in during the detox. Give your body a chance to readjust. OR you may decide to continue on your path of green, lean and clean!