A proper detox isn’t just about taking things out of your body, it’s also about putting things in.
Antioxidants and other, mostly plant-based compounds like phytosterols, are the weapons the body uses against toxins, stress, free radicals and other things that tax both our immune systems and our digestive tracts. The best place to get those handy micronutrients is through vegetables.
By removing unhealthy things from the diet and loading yourself up on a ton of fresh veggies, you can really detox your body and boost your immunity. At the same time, all the fiber from those veggies will speed up cleansing of your digestive tract.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t get enough veggies, and when we do eat them, we tend to stick to a handful of old standbys. Antioxidants occur in veggies according to their color group. Red veggies, for instance, contain resveratrol and lycopene. Orange veggies are loaded with beta-carotene. In order to really benefit from your veggies, you need to eat a wide variety from every color.
Hence, the 100 Veggies Detox, a foolproof way to ensure that you are getting a huge amount of all of the antioxidants and plant-based compounds you need to cleanse your body of the bad stuff, and erase the damage that bad stuff has wrought.
We’ve made the 100 Veggies Detox as simple as it can be. Every day, for three meals and three snacks, we’ll tell you how many servings to eat and from which color group. At the end of the week, you will have consumed over 100 servings of fresh veggies from the lists we provide. That’s HUGE, especially compared to the typical consumption of 5-10 veggies per week!
At the same time, you’ll be eating a clean diet that is free of processed foods, starches and refined sugars. This not only reduces the load on your immune and digestive systems, it also helps re-calibrate hormones like insulin, so that your metabolism works faster and more efficiently and your energy levels stay high.
First of all, expect to be full pretty much all of the time. Most of us are unaccustomed to such a high-fiber diet, and all of that fiber is going to be slow-to-digest. You may not be hungry, but veggies are light and refreshing, so it won’t be uncomfortable for you to eat.
By Day 2, you will probably be going to the bathroom more than once per day. Don’t be concerned. All of that fiber is like taking a scrub brush to your digestive tract, and you’re going to end up feeling lighter and cleaner. By the second day after you end your detox week, you’ll go back to having just one bowel movement per day. You will have a ton of energy, and the lack of processed foods, starches and refined sugars will actually decrease fatigue, especially that afternoon slump you’re probably used to.
You may have some withdrawal headaches for the first couple of days, but your body will adjust very quickly to a lack of sugar and refined flours. Once it does, even something like a red bell pepper will give you the same, only better, boost of energy that you used to get from candy or a soda.
At the end of the detox, you will feel light and clean, you’ll probably notice clearer skin, you’ll be resting better, and you will probably have dropped a few pounds as well.