Woo hoo! Happy Detox Day 8, we've made it to the Reintroduction Phase! We are in the final stretch of our detox and hopefully, you are feeling a little "cleaner" than you did a week ago!
Things only get easier from here on out, and as we enter Step 3 of the Clear Change Program, we get to treat ourselves to the following food categories:
- Fruits and Vegetables (everything in the Recommended Foods List)
- White rice (If you prefer brown rice, it is okay to substitute, in our opinion.)
- Protein source: continue with only 1 category—Legumes OR Fish
Today, we also reduce the nutritional support to 2 scoops of the recommended UltraClear® product and 2 AdvaClear® capsules, 3 times each today (plus any other recommended nutritional supplements).
We are loving your comments! We've noticed both staff and patients are reporting that they have stopped craving sugar and junk food during the last few days. Did you know that some research has compared the addictive properties of sugar to those of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin? It might be strange to think you broke an addiction this week, but it is likely true. After our 10-Day detox is behind us and we begin allowing (occasional) treats in our diets, remind yourself that when you crave junk food, your body is confused. Just as you may have experienced this week, when you primarily feed your body the proper nutrition and fuel to function properly, it will stop asking you for the crappy stuff you might usually crave.
Keeping tabs on our sugar intake is one important aspect of going back to life post-detox, but you may also be starting to think about how to prevent toxic build up in your system now that you've worked so hard to give it a good flush. We consulted Metagenics, and here were their tips!
Helpful Hints From Metagenics
Here are some ways you can "keep it clean" after your program to help your body support its natural metabolic detoxification processes:
- Avoid using pesticides/herbicides in your home and garden.
- Consider organic whenever possible—especially with meat, dairy, and the following fruits and veggies: peaches, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, cantaloupe, celery, apples, apricots, green beans, grapes, and cucumbers.
- Drink at least 6-8 glasses of purified water each day.
- Reduce your exposure to plastics. Buy juices and water in glass containers when possible. Do not microwave in plastic containers, and minimize washing plastic containers in the dishwasher under high heat. Limit use of plastic food wraps.
- Eat fewer canned foods and more frozen or fresh foods.
- Use natural or organic toiletry items, such as shampoo, soap, and fragrances.
more Bonus Recipes!
If you did not try the Vegetarian Chili earlier in the week, we HIGHLY recommend it. Many of us agree that this recipe is going to become a staple at home this winter. Find the recipe on page 16 of your Guide Book.
Tomato Basil Fish (2 servings)
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1½ tsp. fresh rosemary, minced
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Dash pepper
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 10-12 oz. fish fillets
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 1 Tbsp. minced fresh basil
- 2 green onions, minced
- 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
Combine lemon juice, rosemary, oil, salt, and pepper in a medium dish and add fish. Coat on all sides; cover and refrigerate for ½ to 1 hour. Drain marinade and discard. Preheat grill and brush some olive oil on the grill rack. Grill fish 4" from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. (Or bake or saute' fish.) Combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until heated through. Serve with fish.
Black Bean Salad (4 servings)
- 2 cups low sodium, organic black beans
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup chopped red onion
- ½ cup red or yellow pepper
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. lemon juice or balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 tsp. cumin.
Combine ingredients in a bowl and chill before serving.
Don't forget to leave your comments below! Cheers and see you tomorrow!