I hate the word detox. And cleanse, for that matter, when it refers to a diet scheme.
To me, it screams “marketing gimmick by such-and-such company who is trying to convince you that your body needs their juice for 10 days or you’ll never be healthy again. So hand over your money”.
Truthfully, I don’t believe in juicing detox systems, whether they last two days or two weeks, whether they include green juice or lemon water laced with cayenne pepper (yuck). I think that our body does a perfectly good job of clearing away the “toxins”, that’s why we have a liver, after all! In general, our bodies our extraordinary machines that are capable of far more than we give them credit for, and they most certainly know how to clean up after themselves.
However, there are some times when we just need a little reboot. Even my Macbook Pro needs a reboot sometimes, as magnificent and brilliant as that little machine is. It doesn’t need a detox though — it doesn’t need me to take it apart, destruct the hard drive and then put it back together, does it? Sometimes it just needs to restart, and I think our bodies are the same way.
In my opinion, a detox/cleanse/juicing diet will lead to a few things, but inner peace and harmony is not one of them. Sure, you’ll most definitely drop a bunch of water weight, but don’t worry, that’ll come right back. You might also end up with an awesome case of the runs and some serious delirium, which doesn’t really sound like a good time to me.
No, a cleanse or detox is not really the best idea, unless maybe your diet has consisted mainly of illegal narcotics. Then maybe detox is the way to go.
But a reboot? A fresh start? Heck yes. Today I am starting 30 days free of gluten, sugar, and alcohol. Which, really is the way I live my life about 80% of the time, but recently it’s been like 80% in the other direction, which has left me feeling like absolute shit. Seriously, I’ve felt so crappy lately, shit is the only appropriate word right now. I’ve consumed so much of all three over the past month or so, that now it’s time for a serious re-boot.
A group of my friends are doing the Whole 30 right now, but I’ve explained on here before about why I’m not 100% on board with the Whole 30 plan. So I’m doing my own modified version, one that will be a challenge, and also very beneficial for me. I’m keeping dairy in my plan, mainly just to have plain greek yogurt in the mornings. I’m also not going completely grain free, but will probably only “allow” myself rice once per week.
*ETA: After being completely grain free (not just gluten free) for the first week, I felt great. I decided to continue on completely grain free for the entire 30 days. No rice for me!
Now, just for clarification on the gluten aspect of this. When I say gluten free, I don’t mean that I’ll be eating gluten free substitutes of common foods (crackers, pastas, etc.) I want this to be truly as much of a whole food experience as possible, and therefore highly processed foods, even those that are gluten free, will be off limits for 30 days (this is a usual practice of mine as well, I’m just going to be extra strict during this period).
For an overview, in case anyone wants to join me, the following will be my guidelines (rules is such a nasty word) for the next month:
- No Gluten. Other grains may be added sparingly, such as rice once per week. No gluten-free breads, crackers, baked goods, etc. as these are often highly processed, and often have high sugar counts anyway. *ETA: As mentioned above, this was changed to totally grain free.
- No Added Sugar. This includes any added sweeteners such as honey, agave, and yes, even stevia. Foods that have natural sugars, such as fruits, are fine (but no sweetened dried fruits).
- No Alcohol. This one’s pretty self explanatory. No wine with dinner, no bloody marys with brunch (even though I strongly believe that they should be their own food group). This will be the easiest for me, I’m assuming.
It seems restrictive, but really, I don’t think it’ll be that bad. I still have plenty of food options, including some of my favorites, and I have a feeling that by the end of this, how good I feel will outweigh the few foods I miss.
What’ll I miss the most? Chocolate. And salty snacks. I have a feeling I’ll be eating a lot of pistachios and cashews in the next 30 days.
Anyone want to join me? 30-day reboot?
I’ll update you all on how it’s going throughout the 30 days, and then we’ll revisit at the end to see if I really feel as good as I think I’m going to feel.
Ready… Go! 30 days starts now!
But really, if you want to join me but need a few days to go grocery shopping/clean out your pantry first, don’t let that stop you. Get done what you need to get done, and then hop on board! Comment here or send me an email if you want to join in, and we can keep each other motivated throughout the whole process.
Happy Healthy Living! 🙂