I just finished a 5 day cleanse endorsed by not 1 but 2 doctors! Dr. Oz partnered with Dr. Junger and put several mini cleanses together for a range of needs, be it vegan, gut cleanse, or an all liquid number, these doctors have got you covered. My sister joined me in this experiment and I’m crossing my fingers she’ll do a recap of her experience for you lovely readers.
Personally, I’m a fan! I picked up so new do’s and don’ts from this go round of playing with my food.
Lesson 1: Following new recipes makes my head hurt and is frustrating. Make that 3 unfamiliar recipes/day and I’m downright cranky. Next time I know to plan accordingly, double up the first two days so if you experience detoxing symptoms day 3 (which is typical), you’re not also fighting with another new recipe.
Lesson 2: If something sounds terrible to you – skip it. This meal plan called for a “cucumber bisque”, that totally had my inner-three year old making a “that’s disgusting face”. I found a substitute that had me happily consuming all the appropriate veggies.
Lesson 3: Put together a little “emergency food kit” as Dr. Hyman calls it. A packette of nut butter, an approved bar, hard boiled egg, water, a piece of fruit. With only 5 days in this cleanse, you want every moment to count! Life happens and you’re well planned lunch gets wiped due to a sick kid or traffic or whatever unexpected curve life throws your way. If you have your emergency kit, you’re much more likely to stay on the plan and away from the drive-thru line.
Here’s to happy, healthy eating for 1 day, 5 days or for your life.