21 Day Detox Cleanse – Week 1

I am not proud to say this, but this past winter, I was not kind to my body. The cold, holidays and a lot of traveling distracted me from my regular 5:30 a.m. swimming and clean eating regimen. I put on some serious weight, and I felt sluggish, tired and irritable… By February, a detox was just what the doctor ordered.

The Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program helps your body to purify and rebuild itself from the inside out. The program provides a structured plan for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I have experienced great results with this program year after year, and I will share my most recent experience with you so that you will know what you can expect. This plan is not a fad diet; it’s a lifestyle change. You and your health care professional can modify it to suit your individual needs. I am confident that it can help you as much as it helps me!

Day 1

I began my cleanse February 21st. Normally I try to taper off carbs, sugar and caffeine, but woe is me…. I did NOT! The day before starting my program I had two glasses of wine, oysters on the half shell, steamed clams and dessert with dinner (my last indulgence). By mid-day Saturday I was paying for this mistake. I experienced a serious sugar/caffeine crash and a headache that lasted 24 hours.
Day 1 began with a large herbal tea (in place of my usual homemade latte). I took my Cleanse and Gastro Fiber with my first SP Complete Shake (made with frozen organic mixed berries and coconut milk). I felt great until the crash set in. Don’t repeat my mistake! Limit your caffeine and sugar intake before starting your cleanse.

Day 2

I began the day with a huge glass of water and a mixed berry SP Complete Shake with supplements. Later I had a vanilla chia pod which is found in most health food stores. It’s like a tapioca treat. The rest of the day’s menu included:

– Sprouted pumpkin seeds
– Strawberry, Kale and Date SP Complete Shake with my supplements for lunch
– Date Rolled in unsweetened Coconut flakes
– Steamed Butternut Squash with Sage
– Water
– Iced Herbal Tea
– 1/2 steamed artichoke dipped in olive oil
– Kale and Carrot salad with lemon juice and olive oil
– Hot Homemade Applesauce
– Coconut-Almond Milk with my supplements
– More water

No more White Potatoes, Wheat, Grains, Dairy, Eggs! When you start the Program, remove the junk from your cupboards, and fill your pantry and refrigerator with healthy fresh fruit and vegetables. Eliminate temptations!

Cleanse Friendly Vegetables
Artichokes, arugula, asparagus, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, beets, beet greens, Belgian endive, bell peppers, black radish, bok choy, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chicory/radicchio, chives, collard greens, cucumbers, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, fennel, heart of palm, jalapeno peppers, kale, kohirabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, oyster plant, parsnips, pearl onions, pumpkin, radishes, rutabagas, shallots, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, turnips and greens, wasabi root, water chestnuts

Cleanse Friendly Fruits
Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas blackberries black currants, blueberries, boysenberry, cherry, clementine coconut, cranberries, dates, elderberries, figs gooseberries, grapefruit, grapes, guava, jackfruit, kiwi, kumquats, lemons, limes, lychee, mango melon, nectarines, olives, oranges, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pear, persimmons, pineapple plums, pomegranate, raspberries, red currants, rhubarb, sapodillas, strawberries, tangerines, tomato, watermelon

Day 3

Day 3 was a good day! I dragged myself to the gym… I didn’t WANT to go. In fact, I procrastinated in my car for 10 minutes in the gym parking lot alone. But then, I parted ways with my phone (which I leave in my car during workout time) and focused on the task at hand.

My warm up felt good. I got my heart-rate up and heated my core for an hour until I was pretty sweaty. Exercise is important to the Standard Process Purification Program. The program states that “Perspiring is also cleansing and will enhance the benefits of the purification and weight-management process.”

Eating was also pretty satisfying. I drank two SP Shakes during the day—one with pineapple and strawberries and the other was with fresh blueberries. These shakes are very filling. I could have made another in the evening, but I really didn’t feel hungry after a small baked sweet potato and a large serving of steamed broccoli. I did snack on a handful of blueberries after dinner. I tried to drink more water throughout the day.

I had a great Kale Salad for lunch (which I eat frequently during a cleanse)…

Kale Salad Recipe

Take a bunch of washed kale and tear the leaves into bite size pieces. You can also buy a bag of pre-washed kale. Squeeze a lemon over the leaves and drizzle some olive oil and add a sprinkle of salt then MASSAGE the leaves with both hands mixing in the lemon and oil until the leaves soften and turn a dark green. Today I grated a carrot into it and added some tomato and avocado slices. The massaged kale can last a few days refrigerated so this is a great salad to make at one time and eat for a few days. Of course you can add anything allowed on the SP plan to “beef” up this meal. Sprouted seeds, to apple slices. Really tasty.

Day 4

I woke up with energy on Day 4! Something we often take for granted….but this winter I have been dragging and waking up tired even after 6-8 hours of sleep.

Are you tired in the morning? It may be a sign of toxic load. If you consume things like, sugar, carbohydrates, soda, pastries, fast food, alcohol or coffee on a regular basis, you may want to consider PURIFICATION. Call the clinic at 843-884-7100 to find out how you can start this plan. Frequent exposure to cigarette smoke, chemical cleaning supplies, aerosol sprays or air pollution may also warrant a call.

Day 5

I woke up ready to tackle the day again on Day 5. Felt brighter and lighter…less bloated and full. I drink a glass of water immediately, which is a good way to get going.
After getting the kids to school, I hit the gym again and had a great 1-hour workout. I could have stayed longer, but I needed to get to work. My energy lasted long after my workout ended.
Food has really taken on a different flavor now that I have taken out sugars and grains and dairy. My meals are bursting with flavor and I feel satisfied after eating.

The Standard Process Inc. Purification Program consists of organic and unprocessed foods, whole food supplements and lots of water. You will eat a variety of vegetables and fruit for the first 10 days. Select proteins will be added on day 11.

Day 6

Day 6 fell on my 21st wedding anniversary. My husband, Anthony, wanted to take me someplace special, so we went to High Cotton. Eating out can be challenging when doing a purification diet. But it is definitely doable! I wasn’t supposed to add fish or meat to my diet until day 11, but I allowed myself to “break the cleanse” in light of the special occasion. Having done this diet once a year for many years, it was not that important to me to completely rigid. We both ordered a lovely dish of Golden Tilefish. It was prepared with artichokes, spinach, a tomato saffron broth and topped with an olive and parsley salad. All of this was perfectly acceptable for this diet. Anthony kept the bread basket on his side of the table, and we obtained from dessert. I did allow myself a celebratory glass of champagne though!

I drank a SP Complete Shake a few hours before we went out so I would not be starving and tempted by the bread basket. I felt satisfied after dinner but not too full or bloated. I felt awesome the next morning!

While it is ok to break from your diet slightly and get back on track the next day, I encourage participants to plan a detox around special occasions and travel plans. You will be more successful if you plan ahead!

Day 7

I finished out week one with more energy than I’d had in months! My diet was still limited to the fruits and vegetables listed above (in addition to Program shakes and supplements), but I no longer felt hungry or deprived.

Stay tuned for more detox details in the coming weeks! To learn more about the 21-Day Standard Process Purification Program, call 843-884-7100… This system can work for you too!

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