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Saturday, May 15, 2010
After a fairly unsuccessful attempt at a detox earlier this year, I decided I would give it another shot. Bar Review is just in the beginning stages, so I thought that if I wanted to try one that required a lot of prep work, now was the time. Most detoxes do not interest me. I do not see how a week of eating nothing and drinking nothing but water with lemon and cayenne pepper can be even remotely healthy. I wanted one that did not involve a week long fast, one that allowed me to eat an adequate amount of calories and one that pumped me with vitamins and nutrients. Awhile back, I read in Goop, a newletter that Gwyneth Paltrow authors, about a detox that caught my attention. This detox is from detox specialist, Dr. Alejandro Junger's, book Clean. I bookmarked this detox, but I had completely forgotten about it until TheShopTart mentioned that she was doing this detox.
I decided on a modified version. In fact, I am only doing the detox for 4 days, instead of 7. This detox involves a significant amount of prep work (well, for me, the undomestic gal who will be at school all day), and the ingredients can be rather pricey. However, after day 1, I am already loving it. Day 1 seems to have the least amount of substance, but it wasn't too bad. The next days are a little more calorie-packed, including chicken and salmon dishes along with all the veggies and fruits. This was my day 1 menu, taken directly from Goop, which you can find here.
7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
8am: Herbal tea
10am (breakfast): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
11:30am: Coconut water*
1:30pm (lunch): Salad with Carrot and Ginger Dressing
4pm (snack): A handful of mixed pumpkin and sunflower seeds (I had blueberries instead)
6pm (dinner): Broccoli and Arugula Soup
I followed the provided recipes for the items in bold and made everything the night before. You all, detox qualities aside, the Carrot and Ginger Dressing is phenom. It is the first dressing I found that tastes just like the delish ones you get at your favorite sushi restaurant. And, it is easy peasy to make. Find the recipe here.
As for the coconut water, well, I am hoping that grows on me. But, this is a detox, not a 5 course meal from my favorite restaurant, so it may take a little sacrifice. I will report back as next week progresses. I hope you are having a fantastic weekend!