I hope that by now you've gone shopping and are ready to start the cleanse! If you've just arrived, check out part one here to see what we're up to. Here's your detailed nutrition protocol for the next ten days! The first few days are fairly easy and flexible. On Saturday, I'll post Part Three, which will give you some meal ideas to help you through the tougher days of the cleanse.
Days 1 & 2:
At the beginning of the cleanse, you'll eat anything from the "Generally Recommended Foods" list provided in Part One. There's a lot of choices! These first two days help you eliminate all processed foods and excessive sugars.
Days 3 & 4:
On these days, you're going to start eliminating some foods. This will help your figure out if you have any allergies/intolerances, and also help you de-bloat.
Eliminate: Nuts/Seeds, Rice/Grains, Sweeteners, and Dairy
Continue to eat everything else! You can eat as much as you want.
Drink tons of water! At least 64 oz per day. Do this every day of the cleanse.
Days 5 & 6 & 7:
These are the hardest days of the cleanse. You will eliminate a lot of foods and eat only the following list. Two times a day, I recommend adding in a protein shake. A 100% whey protein powder will have very little lactose. Try to find one with not too much sweetener. It's intense, but trust me, you can do it!
Veggies: steamed or raw cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, collards, bok choy); greens (spinach, lettuce, arugula, watercress)
Fruits: apples and pears (you can juice them if you like)
Fish: all fish (or legumes if you're a vegetarian) and eggs
Spices & Condiments: all recommended
Beverages: water & tea
Today you get to add back in foods! You made it through the toughest part, and you're amazing! Eat the following:
All Veggies, All Fruits, All Fish, Rice, Eggs Spices & Condiments, Beverages
Days 9 & 10:
The last two days are a mirror of Days 1 & 2. You can eat anything from the "General Recommended Foods" list. As you add foods back in, pay attention to how your body reacts. If it doesn't go well, it means you probably have an intolerance and should consider eliminating or limiting it in your diet.
After the cleanse, you can try adding in other foods outside of the "General Recommended Foods" list. Go slowly! Add in one category at a time, and give it 2 days before you add another. You'll see what your body does well with and what it doesn't! From my cleanse, I learned that I should really not consume dairy because it gives me stomaches and makes me super bloated (but i LOVE cheese so I'm just going to have to limit myself), and that when I eat too many grains, especially gluten containing grains, I get massive headaches. I'm excited to hear what you learn!
Share your results with me, and e-mail me with any questions. And, just a disclaimer...I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, so please consult with one before attempting this cleanse!