Yesterday I ended my 21 days detox cleanse!
Many of you have asked how I did it, what I ate and how I´m feeling now. I will try to cover all of that in this post.
The detox was a challenge I gave myself for several reasons. I wanted to:
- do something good for my body, after a long period with tons of work and little time to take care of me.
- take control over my cravings for coffee, wine, chocolate and cheese – which I got way to much of.
- feel healthy and full of energy.
- see if it would make me look younger
- loose weight.
I´m no expert in detox. Everything in this blog post is simply to share the journey I´ve been on for the past three weeks. I´ve done this detox my own way. Before I started I read about different detox plans and tips. I knew I didn´t like the ones about starving yourself, as I don´t believe it´s good for your body. For me it was important to give my body as many nutrients and vitamins as possible.
The detox plans that inspired me the most was The Clean Diet, Simple Green Smoothies and Juicing Vegetables. So if you are interested in doing a detox yourself, I truly recommend that you look into the guidelines for those diets. I took the best tips from each of them, the ideas I liked the most and made my own detox plan.
My detox plan looks like this (recipe further down this page):
Breakfast: green smoothie with supplements
Snack: a glass of vegetables juice + 7 almonds
Lunch: a salade or a healthy pizza
Snack: fruit or vegetable juice
Dinner: a glass of vegetables juice + 7 almonds + a sliced apple
With this diet I was never hungry (except for day one) – all the veggies makes you feel full. The body adjust so quickly to the new diet and the smaller meals.
For 21 days I didn´t eat:
- Bread, cereal, pasta, rice, ect.
- Diary products like milk, cream, cheese, butter, ect.
- Alcohol, wine, champagne
- Sweets, chocolate, cakes, ice cream, ect.
- Coffee, soft drinks, ect.
- Meat – I got two slices of serano ham twice a week, that´s all.
For 21 days I only ate:
- Green tea
- Small amounts of chicken, salmon and serano ham
- A spoon of parmesan cheese twice a week
So a week before Easter I jumped right into it, honestly with a little doubt that I was able follow through.
But sometimes it´s great to start before you are ready, before you believe you can do it and just learn along the way.
The first week was hard! I knew that there would be different reactions from my body due to the detox, so I embraced it as good as I could. The first three days I almost slept non-stop. I was extremely tired…my body was working hard to get rid of the toxin – all my energy was gone because of it. After three days of sleep I started to feel a little more energy, but I also had a bad headache and that headache stayed with me for the first 8 days!
I couldn´t take any pain-killers as that would ruin the cleanse of my body, so I rested as much as I could in stead. All the rest gave me plenty of time to think and one thought that came to me often was this: ”my body must really need this detox cleanse when it´s reacting so extreme” Honestly I was a bit chocked to realize that.
I was constantly craving coffee – big time…my body was screaming for it! (Properly the headache was because of caffeine addiction). I had severe mood swings, which I normally never (almost never..hhrrmmff) have. My mood could swing from extremely sad/angry/feeling sorry for myself to extreme happiness/hyper energy/feeling proud of myself…. it could change within minutes! Needless to say my family was a bit confused…lol.. but they were great supporters.
In the end of the week I started to make perfect poo – oh, sorry to be so direct…but it was more or less the only way I could see positive progress in the first week
I didn´t do any exercise during the first week. The body needs peace and relaxation to get rid of as much toxic as possible.
Week two was amazing. I lost weight, my skin started to look firm, the white in my eyes started to look whiter and I had so much energy. I still had mood swings but I was joyful most of the time with only a few downs. The headache was completely gone – which was nice!
I found a daily rythme for preparing the food I was eating. I found it fun and interesting to experiment and learn even more about detoxing the body.
I still had a cravings….again the coffee craving was worst – but also chocolate…sigh… I was surprised that I didn´t miss cheese, milk, wine, bread at all….which was really new to me.
Week two was a challenge in other ways. I had several big events to go to. A design shop opening + a photoshoot in Hambourg, a birthday party and a music event in the Museum of modern art in Copenhagen.
I knew I had to spend a long time on the road and in restaurants, and couldn´t just go to my kitchen to prepare my detox food. I packed a big bag of fruits and nuts and crossed my fingers that I would be able to find some healthy places to eat.
It was my first time in Hambourg and I really liked the city. I was surprised to find many, many healthy places to eat. Even the hotel I stayed at (Hotel Gastwerk) had a wonderful big healthy breakfast to indulge in. I was happy and no one seemed to raise an eyebrow due to my healthy eating – not even when I turned down the most delicious cupcakes!
Copenhagen made it hard to follow my detox – I was not lucky to find myself at places with a healthy selection of food. For the first time during my detox I had to starve myself a little, instead of eating the wrong things. Just before the concert I did manage to get a smoothie and some salmon. At the concert I started of in a really great mood – I was almost hyper, but in the end I got tired and thirsty…and a bit annoyed with everyone who had a delicious alcohol drink in their hand Mood swings again!
During week three I started doing a little bit of running and fitness again. I noticed that I had much more energy to exercise. I normally get tired easily when I´m in the gym, but that was no longer an issue. Just fabulous!
My skin looks great, my small wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes are gone. My skin has a healthy glow and I think I look a little younger. My cellulitis has dramatically been reduced. What´s not to like about that!
I sleep like a baby during the night, don´t wake to go to the toilette anymore and I easily wake up in the morning.
I feel calm, stress-free, happy. The mood swings are gone. The coffee cravings are (finally) completely gone. Honestly I don´t even feel like drinking coffee again!! How did that happend? I don´t feel like eating red meat and bread anymore….what!!… and I don´t even know what milk is!
My body is asking for other things now. I´m craving foods like, ginger, almonds, celery, beetroot and wheat grass!
I´ve lost close to a total of 11 pounds (5 kilos).
I still miss chocolate…
The most surprisingly thing is, that I don´t want to go back to my normal way of eating. I don´t miss it. I don´t miss the feeling of carrying a heavy body. I don´t miss the stomach ache I used to have to often. I don´t miss looking old with puffy eyes.
I´m going to continue throughout May and June. I´ll make a few adjustments though. I´ll add more healthy protein to my diet, so I can exercise more, and raise my metabolisme. On Fridays and/or Saturdays I will allow myself to eat what I want. The rest of the week I´ll keep eating a clean raw diet. I call this the 20/80 rule. (80% RAW food/vegetables and 20% others).
My simple eating plan
Every morning I start with a healthy smoothie. Be careful, because not all smoothies are healthy and not all smoothies will help you detox. I like to make a green smoothie and add some supplements to it, to optimize it even more. I add coconut oil or coconut juice, wheat grass, fibers, essential oil and protein plant based powder. You can get lots of inspiration for green smoothies here, Simple Green Smoothies
Christina´s Green Morning Smoothie
- half a banana
- 3 slices of cantaloupe melon
- juice from half a lemon
- a chunk of ginger
- a handful of fresh spinach leaves
- half an avocado
- 6-7 ice cubes
- 1,5 cup fresh pressed apple juice
If you like, you can add supplements. I added the following:
- 1 teaspoon of Pukka fiber plus - good for the stomach, makes you full longer.
- 1 teaspoon of Pukka wheat grass - gives you energy, better mood, helps you detox.
- 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil - great for the skin and organs. Makes you full longer and gives energy.
- 1 tablespoon of Oil of life or Womens Essentials oils - energize your body, improve skin and hair. Lot´s of vitamines.
- 1/2 a teaspoon of Stevia (natural sweetener) – optional
- 2 tablespoons of plant based protein powder - builds muscles, boost your digestive system, makes you full longer. I don´t like protein powder very much, so every other day I leave it out and eat a few almonds instead. Just to make sure I get some protein.
Blend everything in a blender until smooth and delicious. Drink it right away. Enjoy and feel the energy!
Ideas for Lunch
For lunch I eat either a salade with salmon or chicken, or a healthy tortilla pizza.
Healthy Tortilla Pizza
- small organic spelt tortilla
- a teaspoon of organic/bio tomato sauce
- a big handful of spinach
- a handful of mushrooms
- slices from one tomato
- slices from a green pepper
Heat in oven for 5-10 minutes on 200.
On Friday and Saturday evenings I eat my pizza or salad in the evening (and then take vegetables juice for lunch), just to be able to have a longer dinner with friends and family.
I also add a little extra to the pizza in the weekends; two slices of serano ham + a spoonful of fresh italian parmesan. Warning: really delicious!
Easy and delicious salmon salad
Another favorite of mine is the salmon salad (see below).
- fresh salad leaves
- half a cucumber
- 2-4 slices of salmon
- mini tomatoes
- juice from half a lemon
- fish eggs (optional)
Spread the salad leaves on the plate. Slice the cucumber into very thin slices and mix it with the salmon on top of the salad. Sprinkle with mini tomatoes and lemon juice. Decorate with fish eggs. Voila – enjoy!
Fresh mint and lemon water
Put fresh peppermint leaves, slices of a lemon and water in a glass. Add some ice cubes if you like and that´s it
I drink it instead of coffee and I drink it with my lunch.
Alright, let´s look at my main ingredient of this detox; vegetables juice!
You can juice almost all vegetables, so it´s all about experimenting and finding out what you like.
My favorites are:
To make it taste good, I add 2 apples + 2 lemons pr. liter. I like to add a big chuck of ginger. It´s very strong, so be careful in the beginning. I find that ginger takes all cravings away – a wonderful helper during the detox.
Keep vegetables juice in your fridge – all the time!
When I make vegetables juice, I make 2-3 liters at a time. I fill it on thermo bottles and store them in the fridge. That way I always have something ready to drink. The juice can stay fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge.
Here are some great supplements recommended to take during the detox:
- Probiotic: There will be tons at your natural food store. Make sure it has at least 40 billion cell count per serving.
- Fiber: A good natural flax fiber or vegetable fiber products. Example is Ground Flax Powder. Will be available at your natural food store.
- Digestive Enzymes
- Plant Protein
- Coconut oil
- Coconut juice
- Bio/organic tea
- Wheat grass
Natural sweetener: Stevia, honey or organic syrup. Use with care.
If you would like to do a detox, my best tip for you would be to make sure, you have nothing or little planned during the first week. I was lucky I had the first week of, because of Easter. Therefore I had time to rest and concentrate about my new eating habits.
Don´t exercise for the first week. Then slowly get back into your training routine when you feel stronger and have more energy.
Be prepared to tackle curious questions and reactions when you go out. Some people like to comment on what you eat or don´t eat. Sometimes you need thick skin, to tackle the “aaw common it´s just one cupcake (or one drink, or one piece of chocolate) – it can´t hurt much”….
Smile and be strong
That´s all for now!
What about you, have you ever done a detox? How did you do it and what results did you get? If not, would you like to try it?