The One Week Detox Plan- What To Eat to Remove Toxins

The One Week Detox Plan- What To Eat to Remove Toxins


The summer is the time where you finally feel as fresh as the outdoors. Shed off your winter jacket (and winter weight) with a one week detox to reboot your system and start clean, from the inside out. A detox is your chance to repent yourself for your sins of chocolate and cheeseburgers.

You know that feeling after days (or months.. or years) of consecutively eating junk? When you want to go back in time and remove all that nasty stuff you’ve put into your body which tasted so damn good at the time? Well since we don’t have time machines, a cleanse is the closest thing we’ve got! A week dedicated to kicking out the old and feeling fresh again. (And making it last.)

But where do we begin?

lemon-detox-dietFrom Beyonce’s master cleanse to Gwenyth Paltrow’s juice cleanse, we keep hearing about celebrities dropping pounds from extreme detox plans. However, a cleanse is not about losing weight, but rather removing accumulated toxins that have built up in our bodies after months of poor eating.

At Eat Feel Fresh, we love good food but we know our bodies need a break from time to time to repair themselves from the over-indulging with the power of food. It benefits us all to take one week to transform our bodies and minds by reforming our lifestyle addictions to sugar, salt, alcohol, junk food, nicotine, high glycemic carbs, stress and anger. So not fresh.

Want to know if cleansing is right for you? Read the 16 Benefits of a One Week Detox Cleanse to see if they apply to you!

If so, let’s get started skinny girl!

The First 9 Steps on Your Eat Feel Fresh Cleanse

Quit shakin’ that salt shaker.

Want to lose your belly bloat? Sit-ups aren’t gonna do it for you, girl. In Lose Bloat Instantly- Sneaky Sodium Hidden in Your Diet I discuss how the number one thing you can do for a flat stomach is kick the salt out of your diet. And not just in the salt-shaker, but hidden in sauces, cold-cuts, packaged foods, restaurant dishes, almost everywhere! Consider salt that frenemy who is secretly trying to make you fat, like Lindsay Lohan to Regina in Mean Girls.

You may be sweet, but stop eatin’ it.

Sorry suga, but the sugar has got to go. We have a cocaine-like addiction to sugar- in fact, researchers have found that the white powder is just as addictive as the other white powder! Read my article Sugar as Addictive as Cocaine so you can be weened off this drug for a more svelte bod.

Bye bye alcohol.

no-alcohol-300x300In What to Know Before Gettin’ Your Drink On I break down the calories you consumed at the club last night while you were breakin’ it down. FYI: You may have well eaten two cheeseburgers with the amount of calories you consumed in vodka-cranberries.

Don’t wanna look like a cow? Stop eating one.

Ever wonder why America is the fattest country in the world, with girls menstruating at a younger age then anywhere else? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that we feed cows growth hormones, and then eat them. If they make cows big, imagine what they do to us. In Hold The Hormones: Why to Ditch Meat I tell you why our obsession with “getting enough protein” has actually made us turn massive.

Drink as much water as you can.

Pretend you were a land-locked fish who was finally just released into the ocean (bad analogy?) Water helps flush fat, purify the body, relieve constipation, stimulate the kidney and digestive system and relieve dry skin. Drink at least 3 liters of water a day and try refilling your water bottle with filtered water from a Brita Water Filter (this is the one I use) rather than wasting all that plastic from individual water bottles. (It’s the environment people, we all share it!)

Learn about your body through your cravings.

If you love anything salty or have an undying sweet-tooth, it’s actually your body telling you what vitamins you are deficient in. Instead of indulging in junk, get your body the correct nutrients it is deprived of. Not sure what your body wants (besides cheese fries?) Read What Your Cravings Mean to hear your body out.

Ditch caffeine.

Ordering a Pumpkin-Spice Latte does not mean you’ve just consumed a vegetable. And ordering a Chai-tea one.. actually has no real Chai in it. In Why Your Starbucks Drink Order Is Actually Making You Fat I bombard you with the difficult truth- no matter how cute you look with that Christmas Starbucks cup, you’re getting pounds away from your bikini bod. Starbucks isn’t the only culprit. Caffeine causes sugar cravings by triggering a surge in your insulin secretion, which stimulates cells in your body to absorb more glucose aka sugar. Caffeine also elevates your cortisol level, the stress hormone, which increases appetite, leading to weight gain. Trade in your coffee for organic green tea, which has much less caffeine and has been used to treat cancer, high cholesterol, tooth decay, weight gain and more.

Sip on hot water with lemon.

158797769_600x450This diuretic will detoxify your body, clearing your skin, aiding digestion, balancing your pH levels and stimulating your brain and nerve function. Start your day with hot water and lemon to remove accumulated toxins from the day before and clear out your system before you consume any products that day.

Juice juice juice!

In The Juice on Juicing, I explain how pressed vegetable juices are filled with a cornucopia of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes and fiber essential for our health. This changes our entire internal environment, cleansing stored wastes and toxins that prohibit proper functioning of cells and organs. Our bodies are finally able to do the job they are supposed to do when they are cleansed from toxins!

Introducing your three best friends in the detox..

Lemon is basically a detox present wrapped in a yellow peel. Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting, lemon naturally detoxifies the body, stimulating digestion and cleansing the liver. Bet you didn’t know it also helps abandon acne, abolish anxiety and fight fatigue. Squeeze, please!

Ginger is also a superfood for its ability to stimulate circulation (no more cold hands and feet!), aid digestion and cleanse the body of toxins. Sipping ginger tea is a great way to relieve your belly after overeating, plus ginger’s spicy kick curbs cravings for other sweet additives.

Cucumber, a favorite of all beauty experts around the world. This green veggie is a fabulous diurectic, which removes bloat and puffiness from your belly, the same way it relieves inflammation when places on your eyelids. It aids in weight loss by encouraging the elimination of waste in your body and is favored as the perfect weight-loss snack due to its low caloric count and high water content.

Spas and health centers, which are focused on improving health and beauty, always serve spa water to guests, which you can make by yourself by infusing cucumber in water. (A fancy way of saying let cucumber sit in a pitcher of water so it obtains the flavor and vitamins.)

Other ways to incorporate these detoxing foods into your diet

  1. Flavor your food with lemon instead of sauces. Squeeze lemon onto salads, into your drink, in your green tea, on your fish or turkey- the possibilities are endless!
  2. Munch on ginger as a side. Sushi always comes with a side of pickled ginger, which is great to have along with your Japanese food. Ginger can also be used to flavor chicken, eggplant, in dressings or wraps. You can also make your own ginger tea simply by steeping fresh ginger in boiling water.
  3. Snack on cucumber. Cucumber reduces water retention, which makes it the perfect snack to have before a night-out in your tight dress. Sip on cucumber-infused water while munching on sliced cucumber with lemon to get a flat belly, fast. Try bulking up your salads and sandwiches with cucumber slices, which will fill you up with minimal calories because it’s high water content, plus it increases the amount of time it takes you to finish since it’s so crunchy- not to mention, it doesn’t matter how much you eat! If only the same went with pizza..
  4. Try refreshing cucumber recipes like cucumber salsa, cucumber medley, one of my all time favorites Mast-o-khiar, which is fresh grated cucumber with yogurt and mint, and a similar, thicker recipe Tzatziki, where I explain how to make easily and fat-free.
Additionally, for the next week consume a vegetable-protein based diet. Though fruits are essential to our health because of the high amount of vitamins and minerals they contain, to really get that sugar craving out of your system try to avoid fruits for the week so you stop craving fructose. Some fruits, such as berries, watermelon and papaya, have less sugar content than others like bananas and mangoes. All can be incorporated into a healthy diet, but for the detox week, try to stay completely sugar free.
What to Eat

  • Eggs (Try my Egg in an Avocado recipe!)
  • Beans (lima, kidney, garbanzo, lentils)
  • Nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts)
  • Fish (not farm-raised. Go for salmon, tuna, cod and other low-mercury fish)
  • Hummus
  • Tofu
  • Soy, almond or greek yogurt
  • Kefir (try it frozen!)
  • Skyr (Not sure what it is? Check out My Latest Obsession: Icelandic (Thicker Than Greek) Yogurt)
  • Seitan
  • Tempeh

  • Spinach
  • Artichoke
  • Lettuce/ mixed greens
  • Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli..)
  • Zucchini
  • Mushroom
  • Celery
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans/snap beans
  • Carrots

  • Apples
  • Grapefruit
  • Papaya
  • Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries
  • Watermelon
  • Avoid bananas and mangoes

  • Steel-cut Oatmeal
  • Sweet Potato
  • Quinoa
  • Whole grain tortilla or pita
  • Limit only to breakfast

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Flax or chia seeds
  • Cinnamon, basil, oregano and other spices
  • No teriyaki/soy sauce, bottled salad dressings or ketchup

Detox Recipes


  • Practice mindful eating. Simply taking the time to sit down and savor your food may be the key to your weight loss. Do not multitask while eating, sit in front of the TV or even on our laptops (we all do it!) When we lose focus and no longer pay attention to what we are, we become out of touch with our bodies. This makes us over-eat and feel less satisfied from our meal. Please read Mindful Eating- How Thinking About Your Food Will Change Your Life to take the first step towards mindful eating!
  • Listen to your body– even if it means holding off breakfast! Many nutritionists may shoot me for saying this, but I believe some of us aren’t hungry in the morning for a reason, as I explain in Why Skipping Breakfast May Be Good For Your Health. We shouldn’t force food into our bodies when we do not want it. Some of us, myself included, need an hour when we wake up to allow our bodies to slowly wake up before putting food into it. Unfortunately, work makes it difficult for people to snack during the day, but if you can, bring breakfast to work so you can eat it when you feel ready, not just stuff a granola bar in your face on your way out of the house. This neither leaves you satisfied or skinny.
  • Eat every 2-3 hours after waking up. Never let your body starve during a detox, which will slow down your metabolism and encourage you to make an unhealthy decision when you’re starving and just need to eat something filling, fast.

  • Take your vitamins. A multivitamin based on your dietary needs, plus additional ones such as Iron (for hair and anemia), Biotin/ Biosil (for hair and skin) and Magnesium/Acidophilus (for digestion) can make up for gaps in your diet.
  • Fill up on free-foods. Foods with high water and fiber content with low calories, such as lettuce, celery, cucumbers, mushrooms, tomatoes and peppers, can be eaten in an unlimited amount! Try sautéing veggies in olive oil or having some with fresh lemon or salsa!
  • Know your goal in the cleanse. Are you looking for weight loss or to flush out toxins? If you just want to drop a few pounds fast, then cut out fruit. Though it is chock-full of vitamins, it also has a high sugar content. However, fruits should be part of your daily diet because you want your skin to look radiant and healthy, which is only possible with a diet rich of fruits. No one wants to be skinny and unhealthy looking! If you want to cleanse out your system, then fruits will be your best friend. With their high water content, they help flush your system out, releasing accumulated toxins from within. Papaya with lime is a great detoxifying breakfast, while tofu-veggie scramble is a great one for someone who wants to lose weight; both make great healthy breakfasts that you should continue to have after the cleanse!

  • Keep working out! Exercise is crucial to a cleanse, as sweat releases toxins from your body. Just make sure you are not working out more than the amount of calories you are consuming to avoid fatigue, blood pressure or blood sugar drop. If you feel dizzy when working out, then stop. Try toning, low-impact activities like pilates and yoga during the cleanse. After the cleanse check out my 30 Best (and Most Creative) Post-Work Out Snacks.
  • Consume the right proteins! In article Protein Misunderstood: But It’s Still All Good I break down the facts about this misunderstood nutrient. We need protein for our muscles to stay in shape, which is why it’s important to keep eating protein during this cleanse so all your hard-work at the gym doesn’t melt away. (Think Jessica Biel not Mary-Kate Olsen.) Tofu, seitan, tempeh, soy/almond yogurt, kefir, skyr, quinoa are all wonderful vegan ways to get protein in, making you feel fresher than ever before, as you are lessening your exposure to all the hormones that animal-products contain. You may be thinking “What’s wrong with animal products? I could never go veg!” Well just read my article Hold the Hormones: Why To Ditch Meat and you may realize that those extra pounds and bloat you are rockin’ is because of the hormonal animals you’re eating! (If cows are fed steroids and we are eating cows, then imagine what those steroids are doing to US!)
  • Don’t late night eat! People who sleep later tend to weigh more simply because they are awake more hours! At midnight, we aren’t exactly running to the refrigerator to make a salad.. Late night eating ends up being unhealthy just because it’s much more convenient to stick your spoon into that ice cream then to cut up some cucumber. I recommend reading WHEN You Eat is As Important as WHAT You Eat to learn about how timing our eating can lead to weight loss. Sleep and wake up early so you avoid making bad food decisions late at night.

This detox super-drink
lemon water detoxThis detox super-drink combines these three toxin-killing superfoods into one refreshing summery cocktail (minus the alcohol) that is light and refreshing, with a kick.
2 lemons, juiced
2 tablespoon ginger, grated
1 cucumber, small, sliced.
  1. In a blender, combine sliced cucumber, grated ginger and juice of two lemons.
  2. Blend until smooth and pour into glass, topped with sparkling water. You can also blend with ice for a smoothie.
Start your cleanse with this purifying juice made of parsley, pineapple, grapefruit and kiwi: introducing Completely Clean Sweet n’ Green Juice! Finally, a drink where the more you sip, the cleaner you’ll feel. (No hangover with this one!)

121 Responses to “The One Week Detox Plan- What To Eat to Remove Toxins”

  1. Anonymous
    November 3, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Thank you for making this.I’m going to try to eat only this food for at least a week :)

  2. November 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    The best thing about this detox is you can eat basically ANY vegetable and fruit you desire! So you never feel limited or bored. In fact, you’ll discover how tasty ingredients are without all the sauces, salts and preservatives! Please post back and let me know how it goes! :)

  3. Anonymous
    November 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I like this idea a lot and want to try it. But I’m confused about the fruit thing. The plan says to try your best to eliminate all fruit for the week due to the sugar content, but then there’s a category for fruits you should eat and also a fruit smoothie to start off with. I’m assuming that after the smoothie then do your best to cut out fruit for the rest of the week? But in the case you really need something choose from the list? Thanks for the clarification.

    • November 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

      It just depends the level you want to take the cleanse. If you are looking for extreme weight loss, then cut all fruit, but if you’re looking for more cleansing benefits, then keep the fruits mentioned on the list. Fruits from the list can be incorporated into juices, as it’s difficult to drink a pure-veggie juice (though it definitely grows on you!) Fruit contains water which eliminates toxins, as well as vitamins crucial for beauty and health. However, if you’re looking to drop pounds fast, then you can survive a week without fruit- I wouldn’t go longer though! (Life would be no where as sweet!) :)

    • January 10, 2013 at 12:39 am #

      um…. why avoid mangoes and bananas, especially for weight loss! they are the BEST! As are medjool dates Mmmmm 😀 you LOOSE weight on fruit! Its the WHOLE natural package (vitamins, enzymes etc.) haha … why would you advocate processed grains such as oats and wheat in pitas/tortillas on the menu plan, and not natural wholefoods such as tasty tropical fruits? The GI load is LOWER in fruits than in breads 😛 hahaha (GI OF A BANANA = 52 (low) and GI OF WHOLE WHEAT BREAD = 71 (High) ). DEBUNKED!!!

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Definitely agree with Isabelle! Why eat a bunch of processed crap, filled with growth hormones (why would you think that only cows get growth hormones?), preservatives, and additives, and ditch fruit??? That’s illogical, but quite an ode to the big agriculture industries (animal products and grains).

    • January 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      I definitely understand where you are coming from but let me clarify. I am VERY in favor of eating fruits and eat tons a day! If you look at my recipes, you’ll notice I often eat fruits even with savory foods. However, taking just 7 days off from certain fruits like bananas and mangoes can help aid in your detox just because of their sugar content. After the week you definitely should be eating every type of fruit; bananas are the best base for any green smoothie!

      You’re definitely right that many foods besides meat have preservatives, which is why I always advocate eating local and organic. You could definitely do a detox plan replacing grains with fruit as your carb choice (I am a Raw Nutritionist so this is definitely right up my alley!) yet the average person does not feel “satisfied” without some sort of carb, which is why I made this detox plan to include oats and whole wheats. Under my Raw Eating page, I write about why fruits and raw foods are critical to your diet. Just most people reading this diet could not go a whole week only on raw foods. If you can though, that’s absolutely amazing!

    • Anonymous
      March 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

      I don’t agree with cutting bananas out. Our cells get their energy from sugar, so why cut it? And I’m talking about natural sugars from fruit. I seriously eat about 10 portions of fruit a day (including 3 bananas usually) and I’ve never felt better! No more digestion problems or feeling tired. I did recently ditch beef, pork, and milk, so I think that made a great difference too. And I ditched soda and refined grains a year ago. Soda is the worst guys, so if you’re reading this please try not to drink it everyday, or better yet, don’t drink it again. It doesn’t matter if it’s diet or not, it’s BAD. I lost 5 pounds (without meaning to) when I cut it out of my diet. The reason I cut it out was because it would make me feel so bloated and without energy. Water is the way to go:) And all of the foods listed on this article are amazing too.


  4. Nathalie
    November 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    This might be a dumb question, but I am just wondering if carrots are a bad veggie to eat? I dont see them anywhere even though they are one of the easiest veggies to snack on.

    • Anonymous
      November 10, 2012 at 12:44 am #

      I’m certainly going to try this detox this weekend. It is just what I need to get started on my diet and fitness goals. Nathalie, I have seen in other diets that carrots were also not on the list of acceptable veggies. I think a reason for that is because most people on low-carb diets will avoid carrots because they are a root vegetable causing them to be a little starchy and to contain more carbs than the other veggies on the list; however, they are the lowest carb root veggies. I personally think they are fine in moderation, but wouldn’t be one of those veggies I ate in unlimited amounts. I’m not an expert, but just wanted to help. :)

    • November 11, 2012 at 2:03 am #

      carrots are definitely a quick and easy snack and NO veggie is bad to eat! how many times have any of us seen an obese person saying ‘ugh i ate too many carrot sticks’?
      however, compared to other veggies, they do have a higher sugar content (demi moore was rumored to have refused to eat carrots in her rehab, saying the doctors were plotting to make her FAT! haha maybe this is why she needed to be in rehab!)
      carrots are wonderful for the complexion and are a natural diuretic, reducing bloat!
      however if you are realllly looking for an extreme weight loss, then don’t eat a ton of carrot juice during your cleanse because they sugar content is higher that say, kale, cucumber or another green vegetable
      to check out more about the health benefits of carrots, check out this site!

  5. Anonymous
    November 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Broccoli isn’t on the list…is that alright?

    • November 12, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      Of course! Fill up on greens as much as possible! :) Will add it to the list now! A favorite recipe my Persian Grandmother would always make me was Minty Broccoli!

      1. Drizzle raw broccoli in olive oil. Let sit for about an hour, or til softened. (The same thing you do with kale!)
      2. Squeeze fresh lemon over the broccoli.
      3. Cover in dry mint leaves. Enjoy!

  6. Anonymous
    November 12, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    Could I eat greek yogurt for a protein? And what about deli turkey??

    • November 12, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Greek yogurt is great, just make sure it is plain since the flavoured ones have tons of sugar. Avoid deli turkey because they have a ton of sodium and preservatives on it. The fresher, the better! You’ll see the difference in your bloat reduction in no time!

  7. Tiffany
    November 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    So I’m used to instant oatmeal so steel cut oatmeal is so bland to me. How do you spice it up? And also, during the detox week, can I eat the carbs that are on your list?

    • November 15, 2012 at 2:10 am #

      Try savory oats by adding hummus and almonds to your oatmeal! It sounds weird but is actually delicious. I’m also a big fan of overnight oats. Just soak oats overnight in almond/soy milk, greek yogurt, fruits, really anything. Requires no cooking and is perfect to take to work! Here’s a recipe to get started:
      The best thing about overnight oats is you can literally add anything from cinnamon to chia seeds and it will taste great! You can have a new oatmeal dish every day!
      Yes you can eat the carbs on the list, yet only have them during the day and try to get as MUCHHH vegetables in as you can! For a hearty carb-free meal try my Egg in an Avocado recipe!

    • Anonymous
      November 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

      I eat oatmeal with cinnamon, add fresh or frozen blueberries (can substitute any fruit you like), a dash of honey and sliced almonds.

  8. Tiffany
    November 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Also can I eat any fruit during the week detox?

    • November 15, 2012 at 2:12 am #

      No, you are going to have to avoid high sugar fruits such as bananas and mangoes. Also, if your goal is weight-loss then try to cut as much fruit as possible, because fruit is sugar, yet this should not be sustained for over a week. If you are trying to flush out your system, then fruits will be a great aid as they have a high water content.

  9. November 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    I didn’t see green beans, snap beans, on the list of veggies. They are one of my favs, are they okay?

    • November 15, 2012 at 2:12 am #

      Definitely! Just be careful with how they are cooked. Avoid salt and sauces, which is common for beans. The best is steamed and help yourself to as many as you’d like! GREEN is GOD! :)

  10. November 14, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    The only downside I see to sword fish and tuna is that they’re considered “top predators,” and even caught wild, carry mercury in larger percentages than smaller, less predatory fish (like salmon). Avoiding farm-raised is always a good choice, also, because of the added antibiotics and hormones used to keep farmed fish healthy. Wild caught and lower on the mercury totem pole are best choices when it comes to consuming fish!

  11. November 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    3 LITERS?! of water? People can die from too much water intake.
    that’s an insane amount

    • November 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

      Yes it definitely seems like a lot but we lose on average 2.5 liters a day! We’ve all heard “the 8 cup a day rule” but Doctors actually recommend drinking 3 liters a day! Live Strong wrote an article about How To Drink 3 Liters A Water a Day for Weight Loss and Mayo Clinic also recommends 3 liters, which is the equivalent of 13 cups. It addresses your concern about drinking too much water, and though it’s definitely possible, its very rare and normally happens to marathon runners who must drink gallons of water to stay hydrated! We got nothing to worry about!


    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2013 at 11:56 am #

      It is not as hard as you think to drink that much water. Once you get started, your body will start craving water. Just keep a large water next to you at all times and you will find yourself drinking it without even thinking. That’s only 3 32oz cups a day. If you can drink that much pop, tea, or coffee, then you can definitely drink that much water. And its so much better for you too! Drink all your water before allowing yourself any other beverage. Again, its really not too hard. It’s just a decision you make…

    • March 23, 2013 at 3:35 am #

      Agreed , 3 liters will not kill anyone. It may be daunting to someone who drinks 8 glasses or less a day, but it certainly won’t hurt you. The amount of toxins and junk that will leave your body from consuming that much water is amazing. And I agree with the above comment , it truly is easier than you realize. Our bodies are made up of about 73% water. We work more effecient

    • March 23, 2013 at 3:35 am #

      Agreed , 3 liters will not kill anyone. It may be daunting to someone who drinks 8 glasses or less a day, but it certainly won’t hurt you. The amount of toxins and junk that will leave your body from consuming that much water is amazing. And I agree with the above comment , it truly is easier than you realize. Our bodies are made up of about 73% water. We work more effecient

  12. Kylee
    November 17, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Why does it say to avoid bananas and mangos? I thought those fruits were super good for you.

    • November 18, 2012 at 12:29 am #

      They are super good for you and should definitely be part of your diet in the long-run, yet on the One Week Detox Cleanse, they have a bit too much sugar to really flush your system out. A banana has 17 grams of sugar, compared to strawberries which have 7. After the cleanse, they can definitely be integrated in your diet however!

  13. Anonymous
    November 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Breakfast should never, ever, ever be skipped! Ever! Hungry or not, a huge meal does not need to be eaten. A small Greek yogurt with a palm full of nuts will not make you feel overstuffed or guilty. Don’t skip breakfast! Especially if trying to lose weight eating the right thing in the morning (PROTEIN, PROTEIN, PROTEIN!) Is essential to being healthy and getting the energy and supporting metabolism to lose that weight. Breakfast and excercise. Don’t be lazy and skip! :)

    • November 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

      This is highly debated about topic in the nutrition world! In “Why Skipping Breakfast May be Good For Your Health” I discuss the Paleo Diet’s belief that skipping breakfast may actually be natural to our bodies, as hunter-gatherers we thrived off feast or famine. I think it really just depends person by person. Additionally, nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, author of “The Beauty Detox” recommends eating lighter foods to start the day, and heavier foods later on to wake up the body from it’s fast. She recommends gently waking the stomach up with a Green Monster smoothie and finishing the day off with protein. Many others recommend kick-starting the metabolism in the morning with protein. There is no real solution yet. For me personally, if I don’t feel hungry when I wake up, I wait an hour until I do and then eat. I also prefer easily digested foods like fruits in the morning, but some days I wake up feeling hungry and go for oatmeal, greek yogurt, etc. Weight loss is all about calories in vs calories out. If you hold off on breakfast, and don’t binge later on in the day, you will lose more weight then if you force yourself to eat something in the morning just for the sake of having breakfast, then continue to eat the same diet throughout that day, simply because you are adding an additional meal. Some people end up over-eating to make up for the lost breakfast, therefore they will of course put on weight and should eat protein to curb their appetite throughout the day. Every body is different so there’s no solution for any of us! And that’s the fun part about nutrition- it’s constantly changing! :)

  14. Anonymous
    November 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I know that we aren’t allowed to drink things like soda and other sugary drinks, but what about un-sweet iced tea?

    • November 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      Unsweetened iced tea is perfectly fine, and especially great if its green tea!

  15. November 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    thanks for the info on one week detox program. One thing I would recommend to others Brita does not take out lead in the water. So we switched to a filtration water pitcher that takes out more than brita and pur and lead. The package is for the whole year and one filter last for 80 gallons of great tasting water. (You receive 4 water filter refills)for a year supply of water). With an Attractive Pitcher. Feel free to notify me for more info.

    • November 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      Very interesting, thank you for that information! It is really important to drink filtered water.

  16. Haley
    November 30, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    What about powdered spices like salt, sea salt, pepper, garlic, etc…? Are any of those allowed? If so, which ones?

    • November 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      No salt on the detox to break us off of our sodium addiction! ANY restaurant you go to puts loads of salt in there food.. and then we wonder why it’s so tasty? It’s not the chef, its the salt! Check out my article Lose Bloat Instantly: Sneaky Sodium Hidden in Our Diets so you’ll see how crucial dropping salt is!
      Other spices, however, are great, especially turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon and garlic. Black Pepper is a neutral- it’s not good or bad for you, but cayenne pepper will speed your metabolism up like crazy!!

  17. Anonymous
    December 15, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Just as a point of clarification, not all meat has growth hormones in it. There are lots of meat markets and stores that sell hormone free meats. Americans are I’m the bad habit of not knowing wheretheir food actually comes from. Yes, beef comes from cows and veggies grow in the ground, but what’s fed to the cow and injected in the cow along with the soil the plant is grown in and the pesticides sprayed on the plant are just as important.

    Great cleanse suggestions.

    • December 15, 2012 at 3:11 am #

      Your definitely right, if you buy meat directly from a farm that you’re sure does not use any type of hormones, then you’re safe from hormones.. but perhaps humans are not even meant to digest meat!

      Meat-eaters: have claws
      Herbivores: no claws
      Humans: no claws

      Meat-eaters: have no skin pores and perspire through the tongue
      Herbivores: perspire through skin pores
      Humans: perspire through skin pores

      Meat-eaters: have sharp front teeth for tearing, with no flat molar teeth for grinding
      Herbivores: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding
      Humans: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding

      Meat-eaters: have intestinal tract that is only 3 times their body length so that rapidly decaying meat can pass through quickly
      Herbivores: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.
      Humans: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.

      Meat-eaters: have strong hydrochloric acid in stomach to digest meat
      Herbivores: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater
      Humans: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater

      Meat-eaters: salivary glands in mouth not needed to pre-digest grains and fruits.
      Herbivores: well-developed salivary glands which are necessary to pre-digest grains and fruits
      Humans: well-developed salivary glands, which are necessary to pre-digest, grains and fruits

      Meat-eaters: have acid saliva with no enzyme ptyalin to pre-digest grains
      Herbivores: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains
      Humans: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains
      Based on a chart by A.D. Andrews, Fit Food for Men, (Chicago: American Hygiene Society, 1970)

      Everyone has their own opinions and I’d love to know what you think!

  18. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Weight loss is so hard to do.

    Help please?

    • December 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      If you try out my recipes and follow the advice from the articles, I guarantee you’ll lose weight in just two weeks. It’s so easy- the simpler you eat, the more weight you’ll lose!

  19. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Is this detox plan safe to do as a breastfeeding mom? Or should I wait till my little one is done nursing?

    • December 21, 2012 at 12:24 am #

      Yes it’s definitely safe because you’re not cutting out any essential food groups or nutrients. In fact, cutting out excess sodium, sugar, caffeine and processed foods will be much HEALTHIER for both you and your baby. Eating frequent meals will keep your blood sugar stable, keeping you energized all day with your newborn. If you have any specific medical conditions, however, please consult your doctor first.

  20. Anonymous
    December 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    So for the detox I can eat anything you mention through out the day? can I make skyr the only thing I eat for breakfast or do I have eat something else with it? And the parsley drink, Only for a week? or can I continue it?

    • December 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      Yup! Best to eat every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism up! Skyr is great in the morning because it has tons of protein and will keep you full. The Parsley drink is so cleansing and would be great to have even BEFORE the Skyr because it will detox your body first thing before putting anything else into it. Definitely continue if you can! It’s completely safe and SUPER healthy to have every morning- you’ll notice differences in your skin and with your digestive system immediately!

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      Thank you so much you have been so helpful!

    • December 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      Your so welcome :) Let me know how it goes!!

  21. Anonymous
    December 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Is it okay to use short grain brown rice as an alternative carb in the morning?

    • December 31, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

      Yes that’s great- you can even spruce it up with oatmeal so it’s more breakfast-y! It’s also great with miso soup, a Japanese breakfast!

  22. Anonymous
    December 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    What is the nutritional difference between steel cut and rolled oats?

  23. Anonymous
    December 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    What about dairy? Are certain milks and/or cheeses ok?

    • December 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

      A lot of dairy is super high in fat and many woud argue dairy isn’t digested by the body. I would stick with just non-fat greek yogurt and Skyr for the cleanse if you really need dairy but it’s a good time to give your body a one week break (especially for the New Year) and see if you feel better eliminating lactose.

    • Anonymous
      April 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      what about soy milk?

  24. Paula
    December 31, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Just wondering if on this cleanse a vegetable broth as a soup base can be used?

    • December 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

      Yes it can but just make sure it doesn’t contain loads of sodium, like a lot of the canned veggie broths! Best is to make your own.

  25. January 2, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    Thank you for this! I have searching for a cleanse that didn’t involve starving myself. My husband & I will be starting this soon!

  26. January 2, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    Thank you for this! I have searching for a cleanse that didn’t involve starving myself. My husband & I will be starting this soon!

  27. January 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Is cilantro OK for this cleanse? I would assume it is, but I gotta ask!

    • January 2, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

      Of course! Think GREEN GREEN GREEN!! Swiss chard, herbs, anything fresh and leafy!

  28. January 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Is cilantro OK for this cleanse? I would assume it is, but I gotta ask!

  29. Anonymous
    January 3, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Can you eat organic beef? And do the concerns with beef apply to chicken and turkey as well?

    • January 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      I would recommend taking the week off from beef, chicken and turkey during the week just because it is not easily digested by your body. A week off will enhance the cleanse!

  30. Anonymous
    January 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    How often are you supposed to drink the green/smoothie/detox drink? Just once to kick things off or throughout the week?

    • January 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      The more the better, but definitely start your day with it!

  31. Anonymous
    January 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    I noticed that the breakfast recipes you suggest include peanut butter, but that is not on the list. Is it okay to eat peanut butter throughout the week?

    • January 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      Yes most definitely! All nuts and legumes are welcome, so you can also try almond butter!

  32. Anonymous
    January 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Do you have any recipes for oatmeal that are dairy free? I have a milk allergy, so I cannot eat yogurt.

  33. Anonymous
    January 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Can I eat olives (I know, salty!) or mustard?

    • January 10, 2013 at 12:46 am #

      Olives I’d minimize, just because they have tons of salt, but a few for flavor is fine. Mustard is okay, just make sure there is no sugar or salt added!

  34. Anonymous
    January 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    How about coconut yogurt?

    • January 10, 2013 at 12:46 am #

      Coconut yogurt is great, just make sure it’s unsweetened!

  35. Anonymous
    January 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Hey! Do you have any recommendations on when and how much to eat?

    • January 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

      It’s best to eat every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism running and also preventing you from getting hungry and making bad food choices! There are no specific portions, just eat until your full and not much more! Try to fill up on veggies and fruits rather than proteins which have more calories in it. Drink lots of green juices, especially before meals and in the morning! Good luck!

  36. January 14, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    is venison bad?

  37. Anonymous
    January 18, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Is normal to feel sick to your stomach when starting this?

    • January 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

      Perhaps if you aren’t used to a plant based diet, it could be a lot of fiber. It’s normal to feel bloated when eating a lot of fruits and veggies just because it can be more difficult to digest if you’re not used to it. However, that bloating feeling is just the water in the food, which will flush your system out. If it’s something more serious, then see your doctor. What was your diet like before?

  38. Anonymous
    January 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Where does yellow squash fall on the list? Can I still have that? I have a lot of great recipes where I replace regular carbs with squash.

    • January 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

      Yellow squash is a yes yes yes! Squash is wonderful for you. What’s one of your favorite squash recipes?

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    January 26, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    the soup pictured looked so delicious. do you have a recipe for that? thank you!

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  42. Erin
    January 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    I notice that one of the breakfast ideas calls for Honey. Is it a good idea to use honey on the cleanse?

    • January 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      Yes, raw honey has countless health benefits- in fact, studies show those who consume raw honey everyday lose more weight on average than those who do not! Raw honey means it is pure, unprocessed honey, normally thicker and creamier than conventional honey, and often times with the comb inside it. It can be expensive but lasts forever and is worth the investment. You can also replace with Agave Nectar, which has a lower Glycemic Load but less health benefits. Choice is yours!

  43. Anonymous
    January 30, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Can we use sweeteners? If so, which ones? Natural or artificial?

    • January 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      Natural always! Try Agave Nectar and Raw Honey!

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    This article really helped me. I love all your tips and I’m pretty sure I may have been convinced to never eat meat again. Im so glad I found this place. Thanks for all the inspiration. I doubt it means much but this really may jump start my weight loss goals and I grateful for that!

    • February 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      I’m glad this helped! It’s hard at the beginning but then it becomes a lifestyle and second nature to you. Please let me know if you need any one-on-one coaching, I can definitely help! Shoot me an email at to get started!

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  47. Anonymous
    February 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Can you substitute limes for lemons?

    • February 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Of course! I just choose lemons because they are easier to squeeze!

  48. Anonymous
    February 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    What about lemon juice (in the little lemon containers) for lemons?

  49. Anonymous
    March 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Can you have store bought hummus or do you need to make your own?

    • March 25, 2013 at 2:24 am #

      Store bought is great, i love Cedar’s! The only difference is a little bit of citric acid for preservation.

  50. Anonymous
    March 22, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    What type of oatmeal should we eat for breakfast? Also what should we eat for breakfast other than oatmeal? Thank you for making this!

  51. April 8, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    So, as an higly allergic person, who can’t eat either banans, apples, pears, mango, avocado and some more, would you still recommend this detox for me?
    Cause I would really like to get a detox, but it’s so hard to find anything that doesn’t include eating lots and lots of fruit..I can basically just eat orange and lemons. Watermelon is fine in small doses.

    • April 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      You can definitely still detox Jenny- its the veggies and detox water that cleanse you! Just make sure you are taking a multi-vitamin to make up for any nutrients you are deficient in from not consuming the list of fruits. Also email me if you’d like a consultation! I can make a detox specifically for you.!

  52. April 8, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Sara, I’m interested in trying this detox plan but have a hard time finding/creating recipes that fit the criteria. Do you have a Pinterest board full of meals that work for this plan? Or can you link to a bunch of recipes that work for it? Anything in addition to the recipes you mentioned in this post would be great. Thanks.

  53. April 9, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I am a Gastric Bypass patient who is wanting to try a detox cleanse to aid in the maintenance of weight loss. I’ve lost 130 so far and have kept it off since 2009, but I would like to lose 15 to 20 more pounds. Is a detox safe?

  54. April 9, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    I am a Gastric Bypass patient who is wanting to detox. I am wanting a detox, but to aid in weight loss and maintenance. I’ve lost 130 and kept it off since 2009, but would love to lose at least 15 more. Is a detox safe?

    • April 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      Yes most definitely! Because this isn’t an unhealthy detox- you are basically just eating only NATURAL foods for a week! There is nothing here that can damage your body! It will definitely aid with weight loss.

  55. Anonymous
    April 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    Are limes as good for you as lemon? I am going to do this next week , and I have used fresh squeezed lime juice on salads and LOVE it… Also, what about peppers? Green,red and jalapeno?

    • April 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      Yes limes are just as good! Peppers are also great just make sure they aren’t the salted kinds like in some salad bars!

  56. Anonymous
    April 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm #


    • April 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      Yes Cilantro is great, as well as Parsley and dill! Herbs can be used in salads, smoothies, soups, anything!

  57. May 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    This sounds like a great plan with plenty of things to eat on the list you provided. I’ll let you know how it goes. My main reason for the cleanse is because I have digestion problems, IBS and lately nausea. I’m also dairy and gluten intolerant. Please let me know if you can suggest any specific foods that may help me.

  58. July 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Hi! All of what you wrote sounds great. I do have one question. My main goal is to lose some weight fast, so I know I need to watch my sugar intake with fruits. I like the idea of drinking your super detox drink and the completely clean n’ sweet green juice. Is it bad to drink them both (separately, obviously)?

  59. July 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Hi! Everything you wrote sounds great, but I do have one question. My main goal is just to lose a few pounds quickly, so I know I need to watch my sugar intake with fruits. I like the idea of drinking your super detox drink and the clean n’ sweet green juice. Would it be bad to drink them both? Is one better for losing a few pounds fast?

    • July 28, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      Hi Jordan! You can definitely drink both! The Super Detox Drink is great to have first thing in the morning and throughout the day, especially before meals. The Clean n’ Sweet Green Juice is a great meal replacer, so you could have that for breakfast after the Detox drink, as it is more filling. Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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