There are, as you probably already know, a gazillion 7 day detox diet plans available on the market. Which one is the best? Which one should you end u choosing? So many questions, so little time . . . aarggh!
Actually, it isn’t even half that serious. Just the fact that you have decided to do a detox, in a society that places all responsibility on everything, and anything, other than themselves, is a big deal. I think the real focus needs to be on what kind of detox are you interested in using to get the results you’re looking for.
Are you looking to fast? In our world, here at DetoxCleansingDiet.org, we see fasting as liquids only, for a short period of time. For example, you can drink fresh juices, herbal teas, and structured water for a period of three days, and that would be an awesome ay to flush out toxins from the body, while also giving your organs a well-deserved vacation.
You can stretch that fast out to seven days, but we don’t recommend it. We understand that many fasting experts have tons of data supporting several-week fasting plans, but every time we’ve seen it – the negatives always outweigh the positives.
However, what gets the same kind of results a fast provides, over a longer period of time – is a cleanse. A cleanse, once again in our wacky world, consists of the same fast menu, but also includes green whole foods as well.
With a cleanse you can eat a salad, or blend together a green smoothie. With a very laid back cleanse, you can also include fruits as well. The difference between a fast and a cleanse is that with a cleanse, you get to bypass all the adverse reactions your body can have when it is not being nourished properly after a three day period.
With a water-based whole food cleanse, that includes both fruits and vegetables, it is possible to stay on it for 30 days or longer. Again, we don’t recommend more than a 21-day cleanse because of practical reasons, but it won’t hurt you; and if you can maintain that type of diet – go for it.
The best kind of detox diet, as far as we’re concerned, is the 7-10 day detox I ended up driving myself nuts when I first did this cleanse, so let me give you some pointers that will help you avoid having a negative experience.
When you create a fresh juice, drink it right away. Do not store it. The longer a juice sits around, the faster the benefits begin to oxidize, and basically – disappear. As soon as that last drop is squeezed into your glass, pound that sucker down, clean up, and move on to something else;
When you create a blend, otherwise known as a smoothie, make sure to drink that smoothie within a couple of hours at most. You can blend up something, throw it in glass container, and drink it later of you need to leave – but do not store it in the fridge.
The main idea being that these natural foods begin to lose the benefits they contain, the second you decide to process them into something else. A juice is processed fruits or processed vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing on par with the juices you buy in the store, because those things will wreak havoc in your system – but fresh juices are still processed.
The purists will tell you I’m full of crap, not to listen to me, and that a fresh juice is definitely not processed. I honestly don’t care if these people want to be right, or want to label me wrong – what I am more interested in is that you understand how to give your system what it needs, when it needs it.
The reason you’re detoxing your body is because you want to reset your inner environment. If you have not allowed your body to rest by refusing to eat a normal diet for at least one day, you are helping your body age at an incredibly fast rate.
Well, while you’re doing this, you also want to make sure that you are adding important nutrients so you don’t become sick in the process. This is why knowing a few rules about how to consume these nutrients through juicing or bending is critical – regardless of semantics.
Another idea is to drink your juices and smoothies during the day, while eating your salads at night. Let’s face it, the madness ends around day four. Up until that point, all you can think about is eating a normal meal – whatever “normal” means for you.
When you first get on a cleanse, or fast, eating is the only thing you can ever think of. For some reason, I guess it’s because the body just decides that food, as it’s always known it, is no longer a part of the equation after a few days – and decides to make do with the new stuff you’re feeding it.
However, you still need to feel satiated, or you run the risk of falling off the wagon before reaching the end of the cleanse. To do this, at least the way I found seems to work best for me, is to drink all throughout the day, and eat whole foods all throughout the early evening.
Some of my clients have had better results flipping it around, and having juices at night while eating during the day. There is no set plan for this thing – you just need to do what works best for you, as long as you stay true to the principal behind the whole program; which is detoxing the body for better health.
Try the 7 day detox, once you do, because of all the benefits you will receive, you may just find that it becomes a part of your overall diet program.