Detox Diaries: My One-Day Detox
A McDonald's-eating detox-newbie goes on her first cleanse. Can she do it? Will she change her fast food-eating ways? Find out
The planThe program includes a seven-day prequel that leads up to a one-day fast, then ends with a three-day sequel when you're reintroducing foods into your diet. Unlike other detoxes, the Fast Track plan doesn't provide a strict diet menu. Gittleman simply lays out eight categories of foods that you have to consume every day, from the "liver-healing" foods (like Brussels sprouts and kale) to "colon-caring" foods (like apples and flaxseeds). You can, therefore, create your own menu and vary your meals as long as you incorporate each group and control your portions.
There are also the "Detox Detractors" that you must avoid, which include fats (think fried foods, sugar, and all processed foods), gluten, soy products, alcohol, and caffeine. While the advice in the book is to gently wean yourself off these detox no-nos, I (unwisely) ignored that advice. Turns out it's amazingly hard to not stop for a venti iced coffee when that's what you're used to doing every morning on your way to work. You'll see how my venti coffee habit turns me into a raging b-word on this detox diet next.
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