My 3 Day Detox

Fashion & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

I decided to do a three-day detox, this week, and I’m happy to report I made it! Having autoimmune disorders, from endometriosis to PMDD, and hypothyroidism (to name a few), I learned that clean eating is one of the best ways to alleviate symptoms. But, let’s be realistic, not all of us are made to live on carrot juice. Nevertheless, I did partake in a 3-Day Detox, this week. I’m going to share the basic guidelines I followed. What I ended up eating, each day, along with how I felt. 

The Basic Detox Guidelines that I Followed

I honestly never did a 3-Day Detox, in my life, until last year! Prior to that, I would do an occasional, fairly rigid, clean-eating meal plan. (I still eat Paleo as much as possible.) But, it wasn’t until I tried the Danette May 30-Day Challenge, which begins with a 3-Day Detox, that I truly experienced the benefits. It wasn’t easy. But, after the three days, I felt wonderful.

This time, I wanted to do something a little more simple and practical. My goal was to give my body time to flush toxins, while only eating primary foods (and liquids) that were clean and beneficial. I didn’t even weigh myself before starting, because I wasn’t concerned with losing weight. My priority was to look and feel healthier.

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This detox was mainly shake-based with only raw veggies or unsalted almonds and/or cashews, as snacks. There was no way I’d feel like cooking! Scott was warned, before I started this, that he would eat leftovers on night one and whatever he wanted the second and third day. Just not in front of me! Here are the foods I omitted, completely, for three days:

  • All processed and refined foods.
  • Caffeine.
  • Dairy.
  • Sugar.
  • Chemically Enhanced Foods, Artificial Flavors/Sweeteners, etc.
  • Trans Fat. 

These are the foods I allowed myself:

  • Vegetables 
  • Fruit
  • Almonds & Cashews
  • Almond Milk & Coconut Water
  • Almond milk yogurt
  • Healthy Fats such as Olive oil and avocado
  • Dandelion & Decaffeinated Green Tea
  • Stevia (Barely one packet a day!)

All these foods are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that activate the whole body in its job of pushing out toxins. 


Day ONE

Day one is always pretty easy! Especially following a day in which I ate chicken and stuffing for dinner. I think there is a lot of initial momentum, and thankfully, the negative side effects (such as caffeine or sugar headaches) don’t start right away. 

Upon waking, I made myself Dandelion tea with half a lemon and a little stevia. It was “ok”. Not nearly as good as my coffee that Scott brings me! 

About an hour later, I made a basic shake for breakfast. Then, I took Baby Blue food shopping for more produce, that would get me through the three days. 

AM Shake

  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup blueberries
  • 1 Cup almond milk
  • 1 Cup ice
  • 1 T Flaxseed
  • Large handful of fresh, organic spinach

We didn’t get back from the supermarket until late afternoon. So, I grabbed a handful of cashews and drank a lot of water. I was pretty satisfied. Dinner time came fast!

Dinner Shake

  • 1 Cup ice
  • 1 Cup almond milk
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 T almond butter
  • 1 T Cacao Powder
  • 1 T hemp seeds
  • Large handful of fresh, organic spinach

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Oh, this was so yummy. I felt super confident in completing the three days. I fell asleep with a smile on my face, and slept a fairly good nights sleep. 

Day TWO

Waking up on day two was not pleasant. I immediately felt weak and tired! After my Dandelion tea and putting Baby Blue down for his morning nap, I crawled back in bed! Which only lasted fifteen minutes because Blue decided he didn’t want to sleep that much, today. Day Two was going to be rough.

The caffeine and sugar withdrawal-headache came on slowly but surely. I decided to make the same shake I had for dinner the night before, because it was so good. And, I really needed some motivation. 

When lunch time rolled around, I had little energy to make another shake. (Let alone a salad.) So, I grabbed two handfuls of cashews and ate them. I decided to take it super easy on this day. Aside from Baby Blue, I took care of some laundry, and that was it. 

For dinner, I made a berry smoothie. 

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Dinner Shake – Berry

  • 1/2 Cup strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup blueberries 
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1 Cup coconut water
  • 1 Cup ice
  • 1/4 cup almond milk yogurt
  • 1 T flax seed
  • 1 cup frozen chopped Kale

It was…good. I was missing sugar. But, it was semi-sweet and got me through, to the end of the day. Which I ended with a glorious detox bath.

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Detox Bath: 1 Cup Epsom Salt. 1/4 Cup Baking Soda. A few drops of Essential Oil.

Day THREE

I realized upon waking that I slept solid the last two nights! That was a success. I still felt a little groggy and I was concerned I would have a day like Day Two. After my morning tea, I even felt a little nauseous. But, by the time I made my morning shake, I felt just fine! (I made the Banana-Cacao Shake.)

By mid afternoon, I started having some cravings. I felt like everywhere I turned there was a temptation to EAT! My family invited us to go out for dinner at one of our favorite Italian Restaurants. I tried to stay away from commercials and even the internet! 

Lunch time rolled around and I grabbed two handfuls of nuts and some raw veggies. If it weren’t for knowing that this detox was almost over, I may have cheated. But, I drank more water on this day. (I aimed for at least 64oz each day.) 

The weather was a lot nicer on Day Three. It had been raining during the first two days, and I definitely crave comfort food when the weather is dreary. I took a nice walk with Cooper, and I really started to feel good. I also started to notice that my skin looked fresher and less puffy, in my face.

I started thinking about how I wanted to continue my diet. Of course, I’d go out for sushi the day after the detox. (That was my reward!) But, I made a commitment to myself that I would make wiser choices moving forward. Paleo and little sugar and dairy. I really feel that that is my best and most realistic way of eating. (Yes, I’ll still eat more liberally on the weekends!)


My Results

Ok, so what did I accomplish on this Three Day Detox?

  • I was feeling great by the end of Day Three!
  • My skin began to appear fresher and there was less puffiness in my face.
  • I’m now craving primary, cleaner, and healthier foods. 
  • Most importantly, this gave me the motivation to continue eating cleaner. LONG TERM!
  • I feel like I lost a few pounds. Definitely had no bloating!
  • I’m hopeful that my autoimmune symptoms will improve throughout the next few weeks. We’ll have to wait and see. 

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Overall, it’s really not that hard to do a Three Day Detox. Trust me, this is coming from someone who is a foodie, lives to eat, and cooks food as a hobby! I definitely think there are plenty of benefits, even though they may feel different for you, than they did for me. And, what have you to lose? Even if you can only go one or two days, it’s better than nothing. So, if you’re ready and willing, I say go for it. I’d love to hear about it, as well. 

Rachel Scheyer

 

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