Okay, patients and friends; we are off and running! Days 1-4 are meant to be the initial clearing of allergenic and inflammatory foods from our diets and the real detoxing will kick in on Day 5. Day 1 is primarily focused on getting acquainted with the Recommended Foods List and preparing your pantry (and powers of self-control) for the upcoming dietary restrictions.
We are really liking that the guidebook focuses on what we CAN eat, and not what we CAN'T eat, but sometimes it's simpler to have one list of no-no's so we don't accidentally incorporate an unwanted ingredient into the mix. Here's a cheat sheet to help get you through the next 10-Days!
Foods to Avoid all 10 days (we know it's tough, but no cheating!)
FRUIT: Fruits, juices, spreads, or preserves with added sugars
VEGETABLES: Corn, breaded or creamed vegetables
LEGUMES: Soybean products: tempeh, tofu, soy milk, edamame, wasabi peas, soy sauce
BEVERAGES: Regular and diet sodas, energy/sport drinks, alcoholic beverages, coffee*, non-herbal teas, other caffeinated and decaf beverages
CONDIMENTS: Chocolate, BBQ sauce, ketchup, Dijon mustard, relish, processed and hydrogenated oils, mayonnaise/dressings with dairy/gluten/sugars, prepackaged seasonings with gluten/dairy/sugars
GRAINS/RICE: Cornmeal/flour, corn starch, foods with wheat and wheat flours; processed cereals; gluten-containing products
NUTS: Peanuts, peanut butter*
SWEETENERS: Sweeteners and foods with refined sugars, cane sugar/juice, corn syrup, glucose, sucrose, dextrose, honey, maple syrup, extracts (e.g. vanilla)
*Stevia is your go-to sweetener this week!
DAIRY AND MILK SUBSTITUTES: Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, margarine, ice cream, non-dairy creamers, soy milk
- Hide the leftover Halloween candy, or give it away! You'll thank us later.
- If you normally consume significant amounts of caffeinated beverages or simple sugars, you might experience withdrawal headaches if you discontinue them all at once. We have good news: DR. AUBURN SAYS ONE CAFFEINATED COFFEE OR TEA EACH DAY IS OKAY DURING THE DETOX!
- Do you loooove peanut butter? Us, too. For Day 2 (or Day 9), give almond butter or cashew butter a try. You might be surprised by how good it is!
Tomorrow, we begin incorporating the UltraClear Renew beverage and Advaclear into our regimen, but our eating guidelines will stay the same. We've been watching for your feedback! Leave your comments here on the blog or on our Facebook event and let us know your questions, we promise to answer them each day of the detox.