Today is day 1 of the January Reset 21 day detox that Laura is hosting. I’m both so ready for this and pretty scared to do this at the same time. Deep down, I am excited to feel good again, but I know it’s going to be very mentally and physically challenging.
But I feel like this detox couldn’t have come at a better time. My eating has been all over the place from the holidays but I want to be in top-notch shape since my 3rd half-marathon is conveniently exactly 3 weeks away.
I know some of you are inherently against or concerned about any kind of blogger-related online detox group, so I want to be clear what this is about and what it’s not.
This is about… eating whole foods (and actually eating), promoting a healthy body image and relationship with food, cleaning up my diet to eliminate sugars & processed foods, and expanding my dietary horizons.
This is not about… depriving myself, trying to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, never eating a cookie again in my life, doing Paleo or any specific fad diet, or trying to become thinner than is healthy.
Just in case you were wondering 😉
I also want to mention that my version of “clean” may be different from your version. I am not following Paleo or any one set of dietary “rules.” I like to make adjustments to my diet that work for me. So if I’m calling something clean and it doesn’t match with your description of clean, that’s because I’m defining it for myself & not from a set of rules in a diet book.
With that in mind, the details for the detox are as follows. This week I am cutting out:
- Added sugars (ex: strawberries with naturally occurring sugar is fine; adding honey to my yogurt is not)
- Wheat (for the first week only)
- Meat (for the first week only; fish is okay)
- Cow’s milk (which I already don’t use)
- Processed foods
Some of my own goals for this detox are also to limit caffeine intake. I don’t want to say I won’t have coffee the whole 21 days because I know that would end badly.
I want to limit coffee to 3 times a week and switch to green tea or decaf tea the rest of the time. I do this a lot anyway, so I don’t see it being that hard. I’m also not going to have any alcohol, not that I drink much anyway.
I don’t really want to focus on what I can’t eat, though. I’d rather focus on what I can eat 🙂 I’m excited for this week’s meal plan & to be eating the following:
- Green smoothie
- Oatmeal & berries
- Omelet with onions & peppers
- Blueberry Protein Pancakes
- Big salad & side of fruit
- Quinoa veggie salad with salmon
- Rice noodles & veggies
- Organic vegetarian chili
- Tomato Poached Eggs
- Cauliflower Crust Pizza
- Salmon, brown rice, & asparagus
- Tilapia, roasted brussel sprouts, & side salad
- Kale, onion, & egg fritatta
- Raw veggies w/hummus
- Hard boiled eggs
- Almonds & an apple
- Celery with nut butter
Over the weekend, my husband made dinner & dessert for me and some friends. The dinner was completely clean and 100% delicious. He made a chickpea, spinach, & squash gnocchi & banana sorbet.
The gnocchi was amazing! We weren’t expecting much, but it was great, especially with some balsamic vinegar over it. So flavorful! And almost completely clean, with the exception of the gnocchi.
The banana sorbet was interesting… Both my husband and I didn’t really care for it as it called for lime juice. It was a little too limey, but otherwise a nice cleaner treat.
I’m really looking forward to the changes this week. I know it’ll be a rude awakening to my sugar-addicted body, but it’ll be worth it!
Questions for You:
- What’s one meal you’re looking forward to making this week? I’m most excited about the cauliflower pizza.
- Do you have any healthy/clean dessert recipes you love? I know I won’t make it through this without some kind of “dessert.”