It can be very easy to get into a pattern of eating foods that we know are bad for us, but it's not quite as easy to break the habit. If you feel like you're in need of a little detoxification, want to kick-start healthy eating habits and calm cravings for processed foods, try this 1-3 day gentle cleanse. This meal plan is designed to provide the rejuvenating effects of cleansing and detoxifying but it's easy on your body so you'll be able to go about your normal work or school routine. 

Choose the length of cleanse that's best for you. One day will give your body a break from the cycle of unhealthy eating, two days will help you kick your cravings and three days will leave you fully energized. This plan is also a great introduction to detoxification for people who are thinking about doing a juice cleanse.

Upon Waking:

Hot water with juice of half a lemon (hopefully a habit you will continue after the cleanse!)

Breakfast: 

Smoothie #1: Blend 1 banana, 1 handful of blueberries, 2 tbs ground flax seeds, 1-2 cups kale, 3 ice cubes and 1/2 cup water 

Mid-morning:

Coconut water or kombucha

Lunch:

Smoothie #2: Blend 1 mango, 4 strawberries, 1 scoop of protein powder (or 1/4 cup almonds), 2 cups spinach, 3 ice cubes and 1/2 cup of water

Mid-afternoon:

1 apple

Dinner:

Salad: 3 cups of your choice of greens topped with half an avocado and your choice of raw veggies (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, cucumber, or anything else you'd like) with 1 tbs olive oil and lemon juice for dressing.

Tips to keep in mind:
  • Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
  • Make sure to drink lots and lots of water! 
  • Avoid coffee and caffeinated tea, but feel free to drink herbal tea (peppermint, chamomile etc.) throughout the day.

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