A foodie’s guide to Dr. Junger’s Clean detox: part 2

How fearful are you of giving up your vices – even if just temporarily?  As I write this it has been over a week since my completion of the 21 day Clean detox.  This means I have gone without dairy, alcohol and caffeine for three weeks and followed the unconventional meal structure as set out in Dr Junger’s book, Clean.  The most difficult part of the detox was not giving up my favorite foods or social calendar, it was the elimination of coffee along with the dreaded caffeine withdrawal that worried me the most.  My dependency on coffee isn’t just based on a jolt of caffeine but also on the romanticized notion of taking a short break – no matter how hectic the day is – and treating myself to something soothing and aromatic.

In fact, I was so petrified of the consequences of quitting caffeine that I tactically decided to start the detox on a Friday so that I would be able to ride out the pain over the weekend once my body realized the cup of joe isn’t coming.  To my surprise and utmost relief the headache never came!!!  I took this as a welcome sign from my body and made the most of it for the next three weeks.

There are 3 crucial elements to a successful detox: determination, a blender and organization.  In my last post I shared the main reason why I decided to start the detox, what I didn’t mention is how ‘blah’ I had felt for quite some time.  The sluggishness, mood swings and worst of all, the acne was enough to spur me into action.  I was determined (okay desperate).  Once my mind was made I set out to purchase a blender.  What I wanted was a Vitamix, the king of blenders, but ended up with a cheap and cheerful £20 blender that did the job perfectly.  A juicer was also recommended for the detox but seeing as how I wasn’t aspiring for weight loss I simplified and went without.

The detox was also much more manageable once I finally started making a weekly meal plan.  This helped keep me on track and minimized the potential for me to stray.  Each night I would make the next day’s breakfast smoothie and solid lunch.  Since I tend to wake up starving (on or off detox) it was helpful to have something readily available to consume.  Also, I made a point to make a homemade lunch daily so I wouldn’t be enticed by the alluring smells of non-detox sanctioned foods.  Lastly, I purchased a fun, reusable iced drink tumbler to transport the smoothie so I could enjoy it on my way to work.

Now for the best part, here are some of my favorite smoothie recipes from the Clean detox.  The book offered quite a selection of smoothie and juice recipes so be sure to check it out for variety.  I was pretty experimental during the 1st week but quickly came to depend on these 3 smoothies for a filling breakfast.

Green smoothie

Green smoothie
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup coconut water
2 leaves kale, spinach or swiss chard
1/4 avocado
1/2 cup mango chunks

Blend until smooth

Mango and coconut milk shake

Mango & Coconut milk shake
1 cup mango
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1-2 tsp stevia to taste (optional)

Blend until smooth

Blueberries & almond milk shake

Blueberry & almond milk shake
1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup ice

Blend until smooth

*Note: for some reason the blueberry smoothie tends to congeal a little after it sits for a minute.  I had to reblend for 30 seconds to re-liquify.

**Another note: The above recipes are meant for 2 servings but I greedily consumed it as one serving since my intention isn’t weight loss. 

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