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It’s never too soon to begin eating healthy. Changing your lifestyle to banish processed foods and load up on fresh, whole, healthy ingredients will have a major impact on the way you look and feel. If you’re looking for a way to kickstart your new lifestyle change, try the 7-Day Clean Eating and Detox Menu! This 7-day plan is a great way to cleanse your body of toxins, and celebrate your new, healthy lifestyle.
By committing to clean eating now, you are making a statement about how important your health is and what you are willing to do to maintain it. Plus, when you acknowledge that healthy eating is a way of life, and not just something you do on occasion or when the pounds creep back on, you’re truly allowing yourself to a lifetime of good health. There is nothing wrong with an occasional treat, but try not to spend an extended period of time indulging in unhealthy foods. Eating challenges are one of the best ways to refocus your commitment to health.
What is a cleanse?
Some healthy eating challenges include a cleanse. A cleanse varies in intensity, but it usually includes flushing your system of all the “bad stuff.” The average American diet consists of too many processed foods, which, over time, can have a detrimental effect on your health. Occasionally, detoxifying the system is a good idea. Some people cleanse by drinking only water for several days. Others choose to do juice cleanses or eat only fruits and vegetables for a set period of time. Our clean eating challenge is simply about eating whole foods and ridding the body of processed foods filled with refined sugar, white flour, and sodium.
Do I need to detoxify my body?
Some people choose to detox several times per year, while others engage in a cleanse only once in awhile. How do you know it is a good time to do a food detox? You might be feeling run down or lethargic. You may have slacked off on healthy eating and put on added pounds. Maybe you would like to kickstart a weight-loss plan or boost your energy level. Regardless of your reason, this 7-day clean eating plan will help you reframe your attitude toward food and health.
How do I get started?
Head to the grocery store or farmer’s market and purchase the ingredients for your 7-Day Menu. Feel free to improvise a bit and add additional fruits, vegetables, and nuts if you choose, but you must limit your shopping to only whole foods. As far as beverages are concerned, stick with water as much as possible. If you have access to a juicer, feel free to drink fresh juice, but avoid bottled varieties from the store. Herbal tea is also an option.