What to Expect When You Detox

I went gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free, and sugar-free for a week, and this is what happened

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Eating clean is not a new concept, but it can be intimidating to incorporate into a busy lifestyle. I knew I needed a change after visiting my doctor and learning that I could be making healthier choices, but didn’t know where to start. I had heard about a 5-day detox plan by Provenance meals that supplied everything you needed to successfully detox and jump-start a healthy diet. I decided to give it a try, and this is what happened.

Day 1: I received a detailed email from Provenance the night before I started the detox (and daily emails throughout the week), explaining how to prep my body for the week ahead. They instructed me to take it easy the night before, and not have too much food or alcohol so that my body wasn’t shocked too much the next day. I did just that, and felt great waking up. I drank a large glass of, water with lemon, and my “Be Well Cleanse” breakfast shake and was out the door.

I really enjoyed the Detox tea provided, and drank a cup before lunch. Lunch was interesting to the eye, and tasted much better than it looked at first glance. Remember, I didn’t make the healthiest of choices before, and healthy food did not look appealing. The afternoon called for another shake, another plant based meal for dinner, and detox tea before bed. As I do with any drastic change in my diet, I get headaches, and this was no exception. The headache did not go away easily, but finally did by the next day.

Day 2: I went to bed at my usual time, but felt more tired than usual on day 2. I had some all-over discomfort, but the morning shake and tea helped me feel normal. Today’s lunch was my favorite from the whole week, the carrot caviar collard wraps with cantaloupe salad.

Delish! The best part was that the food arrived fresh, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and was cold and ready to eat. I had a hard time curbing my sweet cravings this day, and had an extra shake in attempt to keep it at bay. It worked, and I was not hungry after dinner.

Day 3: By this day I was really looking forward to the morning detox tea, which has a really subtle taste, and reminds me of green tea. It came in loose form, so I used disposable tea filters to steep the tea. I was not hungry for lunch after my afternoon shake, but I ate anyway the chilled white gazpacho, which was really tasty. I tried working out after work, but felt like I lacked energy, so only did about 25 minutes of cardio. I tried to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.

Day 4: My best day on the detox yet. I woke up refreshed and my stomach felt really flat and my usual morning bloat was nowhere to be seen. I decided to walk to work, with my newfound energy, and took on the day after my shake. i was not a fan of lunch today, the Korean sweet potato noodles with mushrooms & tamari, but it’s due to my disinterest in healthy noodles. I loved the sweet potato concept though.

Day 5: The final day! I really enjoyed the detox, and lost 4 pounds, but I was looking forward to finishing. It was a difficult 5 days. If this seems like something you’d like to try, I would recommend doing this with a partner so that you can cheer each other on, and hold one another accountable. When I felt like reaching for a chocolate bar, I had no one to talk me out of it — which was difficult, but I persevered. 

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