I believe that what we eat has a direct impact on our health. What we put in our bodies can give us energy or wipe us out. Food has the power to weaken our immune system or reverse disease.
While I have made a bunch of big food changes over the years, I still lapse into eating ice cream, cheese and other junky food. It starts out harmlessly with just one scoop, and then it seems like I’m meeting up with Ben & Jerry several times a week.
Why 10 Days
It seems the beginning of most diet changes last 2 weeks, and I think that’s too long for this much change. 10 days should be long enough to see the benefits and decide if you want to make any of your changes permanent, but not so long that you can’t see an end in sight.
What to dump
- all animal products
- sugar and artificial sweeteners
- processed foods like cookies, chips, crackers
what to eat
- all fruits and veggies
- green juice (let me know if you want my favorite recipe)
- nuts and seeds
- whole wheat pasta
- brown rice
- sprouted bread
- meat substitutes
- non dairy milk (soy, rice, hemp, almond)
I’m sure I left a few things out but as long as it doesn’t fall into the “what to dump” category, eat it.
Some of these changes may leave you with less energy at first so don’t plan heavy exercise. Walk and stretch everyday.
Sometimes dropping caffeine or sugar can leave you with headaches. Don’t throw in the towel if this happens to you. Try drinking green juice with a little lemon and rest. If your headaches are unbearable, try green tea instead of coffee.
I highly recommend keeping a journal during these 10 days. Write down what you really miss and when you have your cravings. Keep note of when those cravings start to disappear.
Disclaimer: I know you are smart enough that I don’t need to include this, but just for the record. I am not a medical professional and you should do this 10 day detox at your own risk. Warning: eating healthy food for 10 days may make you feel better than you have ever felt before. You might want to eat this way for longer than 10 days and that is just fine with me. I think your doctor will approve too, but if you have any doubts, check and see.