Detox Week

I never thought of myself as being someone who would get on the detox bandwagon. I even recently mocked someone for doing a detox. Then he told me why he was doing a detox and it resonated with me and I decided he is probably right. I crave coffee. Literally the first thing I think of in the morning is coffee. While there are a lot of great health benefits to coffee {and wine for that matter} I just want to start fresh and clean out my body with water and nourishing foods. And if we happen to lose a pound or two before swimsuit season that would be a-okay! So, here we are… Day one of detox week…

Here is what Alex and I will be eating and drinking this week of detox:

  • Lots of fruits and veggies
  • Whole grains
  • Water
  • Honey and maple syrup as sweeteners
  • A little bit of meat here and there

Here is what we won’t be eating and drinking this week:

  • Coffee 🙁
  • Wine 🙁
  • Other alcohol 🙁
  • White flour/refined grains, including cereal, white bread, white rice
  • White sugar

In our everyday eating Alex and I truly do pretty well. I think our biggest challenges will be to eliminate white/refined grains and sugar from our diet and to reduce the amount of meat we eat. The hardest, though, will be coffee. I think that it will be tough to give up wine and alcohol for a week but it’s not something either one of us drink on a daily basis so I am guessing coffee will be more challenging. My goal in doing this detox is just to jump start a week of super clean eating with the ultimate hope that we do make a few consistent changes in our diet, like eating less meat and fewer refined grains. Alex has been complaining about not feeling great, especially since his bike accident, so I am crossing my fingers that he will get a lot out of this, too.

In preparation for our big detox I have put together some meal ideas:

Breakfasts:

  • Whole wheat banana nut muffins
  • Smoothies
  • Whole wheat toast with yogurt, fruit and granola
  • Breakfast casserole with lots of veggies, fruit on the side
  • Scrambled eggs or an omelet and toast with fruit on the side

Lunches:

Snacks:

  • Homemade trail mix
  • Homemade hummus with sliced veggies
  • Apple and cheese
  • Popcorn
  • Yogurt with fruit and granola
  • Peanut butter bites

Dinners:

  • Chicken with dill, quinoa, roasted veggies
  • Sole minuere with salad and couscous or quinoa
  • Big veggie stir fry with brown rice
  • Whole wheat pasta with pesto, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts, roasted veggies
  • Portabella mushroom burgers with Asian slaw, green beans and a small fruit salad