For years I have been saying I will never do a cleanse. They always seemed too extreme for me, and I’m an ease into it kinda girl. I’ve watched friends and family do some crazy cleanses, like drinking cayenne pepper and lemon juice for days or a month of juice fasting. They always seemed to be struggling and never seemed to be happy with the results. This year I saw several others on my team doing a cleanse that seemed to make them feel better not worse. My mind was changed on a road trip with my friend Teresa, she seems normal and sane. She shared with me her and her husband’s experience with the 26 Day Green Smoothie Girl Detox, and it sounded reasonable, and she was happy with her results. So, I decided to do it when the fully supported option was available in January.
I have to announce things to the world for them to be real to me sometimes. I guess I need to tell enough people so I can’t allow myself to back out. I started talking about it in October and I was surprised when my husband said he also wanted to do it. I was so happy since I know having a partner can make a big difference on a program like this. He like me, likes to share. After a few Facebook posts we had a few friends that wanted to join us. It reminded me of that old Clairol commercial, she told two friends and they told two friends etc. After a few months of sharing and inviting we have a group of about 20 local and online friends who will be doing the program with us. We have a few detox veterans, but most of the group consists of people who have never done anything like this. Most have opted for the book only program so we set up a private group to support each other and for me to answer questions. I’m very happy that Amy and Teresa have offered to help out a little with the team since they have both completed the program.
I won’t share all the details of the menu, because it’s copyrighted material. I will say the manual is well put together with a lot of information about why you should detox and what specifically each phase of the program is designed to do. The program is 100% plant-based, no refined sugars, no salt, no animal protein, no dairy. Each phase has tips for success, a detailed meal plan, legal cheats, a detailed shopping list with quantities broken down for 1,2,3 or 4 people, and easy to follow recipes. It is designed for the typical American, so the ingredients can be found at most grocery stores, there is minimal prep time and cooked food.
The program begins on Sunday January 5th. Today I took the pre-made shopping list and purchased all the food for the first 4 days. I went to Whole Foods and found everything I needed. I purchased everything on the list including the optional items, with the exception of lemons. I have a friend who gave me a bag full from her tree, Thank You Sharel. I choose organic for everything. Shopping took about 20 minutes I had to ask where a few things were, most of my shopping was in the produce section. I purchased a few items that will be used throughout the program like stevia, flax and apple cider vinegar. I also bought a few convenience items like individual packages of chia seeds. The total for 2 people was $117.
I will begin prepping Saturday night to make sure we are ready for Sunday morning. I will post every few days as we go through this process. I have no idea what to expect from my body, but feel confident I will complete the program. I’m excited to kick-start my new year.
Kallie Arroyo became a Certified Holistic Health Coach in 2013 after experiencing a step-by-step transformation in her own health through whole foods and essential oils. Now she guides others along the path to better health through her holistic health coaching business Stepping Stones for Wellness.