Detox Diaries: My Three Weeks on "Clean"
Think you've got what it takes to detox for 21 days? Here's how one woman did it, why (perfect skin, anyone?), and the info you need to decide if this plan is for you
The planYou'll have to read "Clean" to get the full rundown, but I'll give you a quick overview so you know what I endured for 21 days:
Each day you can have a smoothie, juice, or soup for breakfast and dinner (from the recipes in Junger's book and on his website), and a lunch consisting of foods from his "elimination diet." Snacks of raw, unsalted almonds are OK if you're starving, but you have to leave a 12-hour window at night sans food.
Other "no's": No caffeine, no sugar (agave syrup is used in some of the smoothies but that's it), no wheat, no soy/tofu, no red meat, no raw fish, no alcohol. There are plenty of other foods that are off-limits as well -- including seemingly healthy foods, like strawberries -- but you get the gist.
You're also encouraged to take supplements, so I started popping a daily probiotic and a liver support supplement. Exercise and daily meditation are also recommended, along with colonics (but sorry, that ain't happening).
The promised benefits: more energy; clearer, firmer skin; weight loss; and improved digestive health. Some people even claim relief from allergies and long-term illnesses, but I'd settle for less tummy bulge and fewer breakouts.
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