Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats
Lunch: Lettuce wrap with peppers, mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, and chicken breast
Dinner: Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup (Save enough for tomorrow’s lunch!)
Snack Option: 12 Raw cashews or nut of choice, 1 apple
Breakfast: Buckwheat Pancakes with Berry Sauce
Lunch: Mediterranean Three Bean and Corn Salad
Dinner: Savory Superfood Soup (Save enough for tomorrow’s lunch!)
Snack Option: Celery sticks with natural peanut butter
Breakfast: Individual Egg & Spinach Bowl
Lunch: Savory Superfood Soup (leftover from last night’s dinner)
Dinner: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (Save enough for tomorrow’s lunch!)
Snack Option: Sliced apple with 1 tablespoon natural almond or peanut butter
Breakfast: Superfoods Smoothie
Lunch: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (leftover from last night’s dinner)
Dinner: Balsamic Chicken (Save enough for tomorrow’s lunch!)
Snack Options: Banana with a 12 Walnut halves or Raw Almonds
Breakfast: Better than a Shake Green Smoothie
Lunch: Balsamic Chicken (leftover from last night’s dinner)
Dinner: Black Bean & Veggie Soup (Save enough for tomorrow’s lunch!)
Snack Options: Coconut Milk Smoothie
What size portions should I eat?
It is important to eat the recommended serving size stated in each recipe. Be sure to check out the Skinny Plate Challenge for more details on portion sizes. You can even join the Skinny Plate Club! It’s free and a great first step toward beginning a clean eating lifestyle.
What foods should I avoid during the Seven-Day Detox?
It’s important to read all labels on all ingredients purchased. Avoid all refined sugar, white flour, sodas (including diet), and fried foods. For a more extensive list of foods to avoid, click here.
Will I be hungry?
That, too, depends on how much you normally eat. Since this program is about clean eating and portion control, feel free to add an extra snack from the options listed in the menu.
Will I lose weight?
Likely. It all depends on how much you were eating before and how “unclean” your diet was. It also depends on how much you exercise during the week of eating clean, too. Chances are that you will see a some weight loss, but some people experience a dramatic difference which serves as a great kickstart to a long-term weight loss plan. As your body adjusts to eating clean, you will eventually reach your ideal weight.
How will I feel?
Most people feel much better once they switch from processed, unhealthy foods to eating clean. However, you might experience a transition period as your body detoxifies. Some people have minor skin breakouts or experience headaches, especially if they are giving up caffeine for the cleanse. The most important thing you can do is drink plenty of water. It speeds the detoxification and flushes out the built-up toxins in the body.
Can I return to eating as I did before once the week is over?
You can, but you probably will not want to after you experience how much better you feel with the amount of energy that comes from eating clean. By the end of the week, most people feel invigorated and much healthier. At the very least, they find ways to incorporate the whole foods they discovered during the cleanse into their old ways of eating. It is O.K. to indulge in a “cheat meal” ever so often, but your goal should be to eat clean 99% of the time.
How can I eat healthily while I’m celebrating or socializing with friends and family?
You can still enjoy meals with family and friends and eat clean too. For example, for special occasions or on holidays, simply opt for the healthiest food choices and eat on a salad size plate.
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