3-Day Gentle Cleansing Detox Meal Plan

Written by Ilene Godofsky
Expert review by Jessica Cording, M.S. R.D. CDN
Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutri
Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, INHC is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping people streamline their wellness routine and establish a balanced relationship with food and exercise. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking, and counseling, she works with individuals, corporations, and the media to help make drama-free healthy living approachable and enjoyable.

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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 without disrupting your normal 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 — a habit to try to stick to even after the cleanse.

Breakfast: 

Smoothie #1

Blend 1 banana, 1 handful of blueberries, 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds, 1-2 cups kale, 3 ice cubes, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, and 1/2 cup water

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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

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Dinner:

Salad

3 cups of your choice of greens, topped with half an avocado, 1 single serving of protein (1 cup lentils, wild salmon or chicken, or 2 organic pasture-raised eggs) and your choice of raw veggies. Add 1 Tbsp. 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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