Our 10 Day Detox is NOT a modified fast, or calorically restrictive. This is a detox based on whole foods to promote optimal health and function. You should still hit your calorie goal but do NOT stress about hitting macro splits! Simply modify what you eat in order to give your body a break from some of the foods that can inhibit the detoxification process or even add to your total toxic load. We will follow the FWTFL food cycle per usual with a focus on plant based nutrition and the whole foods below. We will not consume a treat on leg day because we are doing our best to eliminate toxins and avoid sugar to prevent cravings as well. In addition to focusing on macronutrients from whole foods, we will do our best to consume enough of the right micronutrients from veggies.
We will focus on whole foods, with the exception of SOME foods that you should avoid for our 10 days of detoxing. You can resume the eliminated foods after our detox ends, but pay careful attention to how you feel when you reintroduce them into your diet (ie: any processed or packaged foods that do not come from the ground or have a mother).
Participating in a detox will do more for you than regular healthy eating. It will eliminate foods that are known to have a heavier toxic load or prevent the natural detox process, and give the body a chance to clear the toxins it’s been holding onto.
When we consume toxins, the body does its best to process and remove them through its available pathways (liver, kidneys, digestive tract, skin), but these organs simply aren’t equipped to handle the thousands of toxins we’re regularly exposed to. When they can’t rid them from the body, they get stored in adipose tissue, or our body fat. These toxins will remain in our bodies until we provide an opportunity to rid them without continuously adding more and more all the time.
How it works
We’ll start Day 1 with a 24 hour fast, then follow our regular FWTFL food cycle as usual. For example, to start a 10 Day Detox on a Thursday, it would look like this:
Day 1 | Thu: 24 Hour Fast (start counting time the night before)
Day 2 | Fri: Regular Macro Day
Day 3 | Sat: Regular Macro Day
Day 4 | Sun: Regular Macro Day
Day 5 | Mon: Low Carb Day
Day 6 | Tue: Low Carb Day
Day 7 | Wed: Regular Macro Day
Day 8 | Thu: Regular Macro Day
Day 9 | Fri: Regular Macro Day
Day 10 | Sat: Regular Day
Stick to whole foods as much as possible, and avoid the foods in bold.
What to Eat (and what to avoid)
All Fruit (except oranges)
All Vegetables (except corn)
All Nuts and Seeds, including milks and butters (except peanuts)
Legumes, including Beans, Peas, Lentils (except soy & all soy products)
Gluten-Free Grains, including brown rice, oats, buckwheat, millet, potato flour, tapioca, arrowroot, amaranth & quinoa (except cornmeal/flour/starch. Avoid wheat, spelt, rye, barley & kamut)
All non-Dairy and non-Soy Milks (avoid products made with soy, cow, and goat milk)
Wild-caught Fish (avoid shellfish and anything farmed)
Organic lamb, chicken, turkey, wild game (avoid eggs, beef, pork, all processed meat, and anything raised with hormones and/or antibiotics)
Sweeteners including stevia, fruit juice concentrates, brown rice syrup (avoid all refined sugars, corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners)
All herbs and spices, all vinegars (except malt), healthy oils including olive, coconut, avocado, almond, and walnut (avoid grain-based oils and mayonnaise)
Water (any kind, including carbonated), herbal tea, 100% fruit or vegetable juices (avoid all soda, energy drinks, alcohol, coffee, non-herbal tea, any other caffeinated or decaf beverages)
Avoid chocolate, processed foods that contain “to avoid” ingredients (watch for gluten, sugar & dairy), and anything else to which you may be intolerant
Additionally, use these lists of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. Please consider buying local organic produce if possible and practical.
The "dirty dozen" are foods that are known to contain a lot of pesticides, herbicides, and other toxins. These are foods you want to buy organic as much as possible! The “clean fifteen” are foods that are generally cleaner, and if buying them organic isn't practical, that’s okay! Just do your best to purchase the highest quality food you can, even if it isn’t 100% organic. Remember, Progress Over Perfection! Please note: sweet corn is on the clean fifteen list, but it is one we will avoid during the detox.
Sweet bell peppers
Frozen sweet peas
Our detox journey is more than what we eat. It’s what we put on our bodies, it’s how we clean our homes, it’s where we live. Many things can impact our total toxic load, so it’s important to reduce exposure to toxins as much as we’re able. We live in a modern world, so please recognize that it’s impossible to escape every single toxin. But if we reduce exposure and give our bodies a chance to rid the toxins we’ve accumulated, then we’ll be supporting our best health.
Use the following tips and information in a way that makes sense for you. Remember, we are progressing toward a safer lifestyle, we are not trying to be perfect by tomorrow.
Heavy Metals (think tuna, “silver” dental fillings, tap water, soil, etc.)
Synthetic Food (think GMOs, highly processed foods, hormones, preservatives, artificial sweeteners)
Pesticides and DDT (think weed killer for your yard)
Electrosmog (think cell phones, tablets, computers, cell phone towers, etc.)
Building Materials (think all buildings, including your home)
Skin Care Products (think makeup, lotion, sunscreen, etc.)
Pharmaceuticals (think prescription drugs)
Gut Bugs (think leaky gut)
If they contain any of the following, then it’s time to think about buying a new brand:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
There are new, safe brands coming out all the time, but here are a few you can try:
Soap for Goodness Sake
Makes 3 Organics
The average woman wears an estimated 63 disease-causing chemicals on her skin every day. The problem is, your skin is porous and absorbs what you put on it. This means the chemicals in your skin care products and makeup move directly from the skin to the bloodstream. This is actually worse than swallowing them because the liver will typically be able to filter some of the chemicals out before they fully circulate into your bloodstream.
A good rule of thumb is, if it’s not safe enough to eat, it’s not safe enough for your skin.
Watch out for these ingredients in your makeup:
BHA and BHT
Coal Tar Dyes
Parfum (or fragrance)
Sodium laureth sulfate
If you’re looking for a good alternative to your current makeup brand, try one of these:
Many lotions and creams are loaded with toxic chemicals. Many of the toxins in your shampoos and makeup will also appear in your moisturizers as well.
Avoid the chemicals we’ve already talked about, and add these to your list as well:
What should you use instead? Try organic food-based oils! They pass the “safe enough to eat” test and actually hydrate the skin at a deeper level.
Some great oils for the body include:
Some great oils for the face include:
Carrot Seed Oil
Apricot Seed Oil
Go for organic, cold processed, first pressed, and stored in a dark-tinted glass container.
Conventional deodorants can block toxins from escaping the skin, and antiperspirants actually make it worse by preventing you from sweating out the toxins (remember, that’s an important way we naturally detox!).
Here’s the other problem. Conventional deodorants contain aluminum, which can cause autoimmune and brain based issues. Most deodorants also contain ingredients like parabens, steareths, triclosan, propylene glycol, TEA and DEA, and artificial colors and dyes.
Look for a brand that uses activated charcoal (to absorb moisture) and coconut oil and essential oils to balance your pH. Some safe brands to try are:
You may think toothpaste is just toothpaste, what’s the big deal? We don’t swallow it, we actually spit it out, so it doesn’t matter if it has a few ingredients that we wouldn’t actually eat, right?
Wrong. According to Dr. Stephen Cabral, “The tiny capillaries in your mouth allow for the direct transport of certain nutrients (and chemicals) directly into your bloodstream.”
If your toothpaste contains any of the following ingredients, consider changing to a more natural brand.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Propylene Glycol (mineral oil)
Microbeads (these are PLASTIC!)
It’s actually very simple to make your own toothpaste at home, but if you’d rather buy a trusted brand, these are some good, safe options:
Oil pulling comes from Ayurvedic medicine, and is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. It’s a great way to detox the mouth and according, to Dr. Josh Axe, is shown to be an effective remedy for:
Preventing heart disease
Soothing dry throat
Healing cracked lips
Boosting the immune system
Strengthening gums and jaws
How you do oil pull? Dr. Axe says to:
Oil pull first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything.
Swish with 1-2 tablespoons of coconut, olive, or sesame oil for 10-20 minutes.
Spit out and rinse (can rinse with salt water)
Brush teeth as normal.
Repeat 3-5 times every week.
Make sure your oil is organic, non-GMO, first pressed, cold pressed, and extra virgin.
Most laundry detergents are made of toxic chemicals that leave a residue on your clothes, which are then absorbed into your skin. Your clothes are touching your skin nearly every minute of every day, so this is a significant concern when it comes to our total toxic load.
Some of the cleanest detergents available right now are:
Sun & Earth
If you feel a little overwhelmed with all of this information, just take a deep breath and start with just one or two things you can do right now to reduce some of these toxins from your life.
The first few days can be challenging. Some people experience:
Stay hydrated! Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water.
Sweating is a great way to release toxins from the body, but exercise also promotes better circulation, which delivers more nutrients to organs and muscles
Ideally you would choose all organic, non-GMO, grass fed, pasture raised, highest quality foods. Do your best the eat the highest quality food that makes sense for you.
If you drink coffee or enjoy a nightly piece of chocolate, then it will be helpful to start tapering before you begin your detox. Try to give yourself a week to gradually decrease consumption so you can eliminate it during the detox.
If you need to use eggs as a binder in a recipe, try substituting with a chia or flax egg.
Be sure to consume enough fiber. Focus on leafy green vegetables. Chia seeds are a great source as well.
Get plenty of sleep, the body focus on detox during this time.
You don’t just hang on to toxins from your food, you get them from your health and beauty products as well. As much as possible, switch out your more toxic products for cleaner versions.
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