The Twelve Days of Detox


Now that the twelve days of Christmas are wrapped up like a bow, it’s time for a seasonal detox to clean out all of those ‘extras’ that may have crept in over the holidays.

I’ve experimented with many different detoxing methods over the years, even documenting a couple of them on the website like the Master Cleanse.

For this time of year, I prefer a heartier approach that includes plenty of food. The key is what kind of food and optimizing the benefits of food combinations. For instance, for better digestion, it is recommended that foods like fruits are eaten first, before something like protein as the fruit will digest much quicker than say, a chicken breast. You want everything you eat to have a clear path through so you have that ‘cleaned out’ feeling, if you know what I mean. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Perhaps you over indulged during the holiday season or maybe you just want to give a detox a try. Either way, I’d love you to join me in this twelve day cleanse. I won’t say that you will love it but I can absolutely promise you will not regret it. The first detox I did changed my life. Sounds dramatic, but it’s true. It taught me so much about ‘clean eating’ and I felt those benefits. My lifestyle completely shifted after that. I mean, I write a healthy recipe website for Pete’s sake!

I’m starting my detox today, so on Monday I’ll post details, recipes, et cetera for the first three days. Think whole foods like veggies, lean proteins, and healthy fats.  One the great things about cooking for a winter cleanse is that the leftovers are fabulous. Yes, there is an initial massive load of vegetable chopping but, once it’s done you are eating pretty for a week. Boom.

 If you’re interested in following the same plan as I do, maybe pick your start day to be a week from Monday. That way New Year’s celebrations are out of the way and you’ve had the weekend to grocery shop and all that jazz. It’s a twelve day challenge to yourself. I feel so empowered, energized and in control during a detox. The good habits formed always bleed through after the cleanse is over which is all good.

I hope you’ll join me! ๐Ÿ™‚

PS – The above photo is a Green Detox Smoothie ( if you want to get started early! ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out my Recap posts from the Detox – – >

Day 1 , Day 2 , Day 3 , Days 4 – 5 , Days 6 – 8  , Days 9 – 10 , Days 11 – 12 ,  Top 5 Tips for a Successful Detox

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    1. Hey Andrea! I’ve just completed days 9 & 10 which I posted today (Wednesday). This page should be updated with that now, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad you’re in! My last detox post will be Friday where I’ll wrap it all up. You can check back to the bottom of this page also for updates. Let me know how it goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank YOU Carmela! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you read the follow-up posts? Real time, I’m on Day TEN! I’m really happy with how I feel and look. I’m excited to finish out strong.

    1. Sure Kendra. It’s just a super clean eating plan I’m doing to detox from some holiday indulging. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check out my follow-up posts here –> –> –> –>

      Were you thinking of doing something like this too?

  1. Love that your definition of a detox means food! A detox that includes clean, whole foods is just as healthy (and arguably healthier) as juice detoxes. Plus, I like to eat lol.

    I won’t be doing any formal detoxes (too many events that involve eating – like a cooking class next week!) but I definitely am staying away from too many heavy foods and treats for the next few weeks. I think I ate a year’s worth of sugar in the past week haha.

    1. I’ve done my share of juicing as well as clean eating detoxes and definitely like the food ones better. ๐Ÿ™‚ You would think juicing might be slightly easier but really it’s a lot of planning and work as well. Go food! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Like you, there was far too much sugar floating around me this holiday season and it feels good to be ridding my body of it.
      Looking for ward to hearing about the cooking class! Have fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

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