Detox Day 3: Elimination Time.

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Happy Friday, and Happy Detox Day 3!  Today, we cut down our foods list by eliminating nuts/seeds, grains/starches, sweeteners, meat/poultry, and dairy alternatives. We also upped our AdvaClear supplementation to two capsules, twice between meals, but our UltraClear Renew dose stayed the same. Our bodies are officially moving into detox mode! 

Holy mackerel! Who even eats mackerel? Just when we thought fish as our ONLY animal protein until next week might kill us, Heather, our Medical Director, offered the perfect words of wisdom. "I think we shouldn't think about this part as an elimination. We should think about it as an introduction of foods we might not eat too often." This is a great point! Even if you are craving those staple foods that you usually lean on, it can be a fun experience to make a new recipe, and maybe your family will really enjoy a new ingredient on the table. So, thank you, Heather! Moving forward, we pledge to keep an open mind and stick to our recommended food list, even if we don't like fish.

In general, a lot of us were feeling good today. Feedback included having less bloating, and more energy. A few of us even realized that not being bloated was uncommon for us. Hmm, are we discovering a food sensitivity, perhaps? We know eliminating foods can be an efficient way for our patients to pinpoint triggers for common complaints like bloating and abdominal discomfort, but as we practice what we preach, it is exciting to realize how we, too, can benefit from giving extra care toward our diet.

Metagenics does a great job of providing recipes for us on each day of the detox. A few of our girls made the Vegetarian Chili and loved it! If you are still considering recipes to try this weekend, see below for a few more easy ones from Metagenics that you won't find in your guidebook. 

Thanks again for checking in, and pat yourself on the back for us! Healthy decisions benefit the mind and the body, and we are so glad you've chosen this one with us. 

Bonus Recipes
These recipes are good for today and tomorrow (as well as Days 8 and 9).

Oven-Roasted Veggies (multiple servings)

  • Garlic cloves, crushed
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings to taste (e.g., rosemary, oregano, tarragon, basil, salt, pepper)
  • Any combination of the following unpeeled, washed veggies, cut into bite-sized pieces:
    • Eggplant
    • Small red potatoes
    • Yellow or green summer squash
    • Mushrooms
    • Asparagus
    • Red onion, peeled

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss veggies with crushed garlic cloves and olive oil then sprinkle with your favorite herbs to taste. Spread in roasting pan in single layers and roast approximately 45 minutes in preheated oven until veggies are tender and slightly brown, stirring occasionally. Season to taste. Serve immediately while warm.

Spaghetti Squash (serves 6-8 at 1 cup each)

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, halved with seeds removed

Place squash cut side up on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, depending on its size, or until easily pierced with a fork. Do not overbake. When squash is cool enough to handle, scrape inside with a fork to release spaghetti-like strands.

TIPS: Top with Fish Creole (recipe in guidebook) or combine with Ratatouille (recipe in guidebook) or other vegetables for a vegetarian entrée. You can also top with some unsweetened spaghetti sauce.

ONE MORE TIP!  Do you Pinterest? One of our staff members stumbled upon this 10-Day Detox board and it has a nice handful of additional recipes. Check it out!  PINTERIST: