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Detox Day 1


Day 1 is finally here! I feel like I’ve been prepping for this detox for weeks. I have. I came up with my parameters and meal plan, made three batches of chicken bone broth (lost one of those batches when two large glass containers broke in the freezer – so sad!), baked and froze 7 sweet potatoes, researched and planned out the visualization/affirmation/meditation portion of the detox, made and froze two large casseroles (with all that chicken, of course!) for my husband and daughter to eat for dinners while I’m on this detox, and tested out different green juice recipes.

I really wanted to emulate going away to a spa to detox, minus all the massages, privacy and free time (unfortunately). I also felt it was really important to add an emotional/mental component to the detox, and not just focus on food.  Often, when I try new diets, I forget why I started and just end up quitting on a sour note. Adding emotional and mental exercises (affirmations, visualizations, and meditation) will, hopefully, help me to stay centered and focused on why I want to do this in the first place.

Finally, here’s a great podcast all about detoxing: To Detox or Not to Detox by Dr. Ruscio Radio

Here’s my routine for the next 7 days.

  • Wake up, read and repeat affirmations.
  • Green juice
  • Breakfast: baked sweet potato with coconut oil, cinnamon, pink Himalayan sea salt, sunflower seeds + bone broth (recipe I used – I cook for 24 hours)
  • Light cardio and strength work out: 30-45 minutes
  • Steam room for 15 minutes
  • Green juice
  • Lunch (a lot of raw and cooked veggies, side of lentil salad) + bone broth
  • Visualization
  • Nap, if possible (15-30 minutes)
  • Dinner + bone broth
  • Epsom salt bath and guided meditation
  • In bed by 10
Things to remember throughout the day:
  • Chew, chew, chew! Be mindful while eating and chew all food very well.
  • Drink lots of water but not during a meal.
  • Breathe deeply. Do this before eating, after eating, whenever you think about it.
  • Snacks can be raw fruit, raw veggies, cooked veggies, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or bone broth.
  • Other drinks: fresh ginger tea, root vegetable juice (on an empty stomach), hot water with lemon
  • Feel free to add any meditations, visualizations, or affirmations when needed throughout the day.
  • Take a walk outside at some point during the day, if possible.

Disclaimer – Read this! I made this detox up for myself, using foods that I tolerate well and pulling detox information from other sources. I don’t recommend this to anyone else. I do recommend creating your own detox – using foods that make you feel good and following practices that you find to be particularly “detoxifying.”

Day 1 Log

Slept pretty well, from about 10 – 5. Woke up and read my 20 morning zen affirmations. Did some stretches.

Made my delicious green juice! Super greens, celery, cucumber, basil, and a green apple.



Defrosted a sweet potato and some bone broth, and had breakfast. This was so good. Very close to a pumpkin crunch dessert. I can do this for breakfast every day for sure!


Had a good leg/glute workout. Really enjoyed my 15 minutes in the steam room. Stopped by Whole Foods to get more greens for juice.

Yay – green juice time. This one included green romaine lettuce, parsley, basil, and a green apple.



That juice was seriously delicious!

Now, time for lunch. I’d already prepped a beluga black lentil salad. The rest, I prepped right before lunch.

Lunch menu:

  • black beluga lentils with pumpkin seeds, parsley, sea salt, olive oil, and vinegar
  • saute of mushrooms and spinach – in olive oil with sea salt
  • steamed carrots, drizzled with olive oil
  • fruit salad of pears and strawberries
  • cup of chicken bone broth


Very tasty! So far, I’m feeling pretty good. No real cravings for anything. I’m really enjoying all of these veggies.

After I put my daughter down for a nap, I got into bed, put on my headphones, and listened to the “Day 1 Root Detox – Community” visualization (about 9 minutes).

Took a short nap and woke up feeling pretty groggy. Even though I made the switch to decaf coffee a couple of weeks ago (after a long weaning process!), I feel like I may be having some caffeine withdrawals even from the decaf. That just makes me more sure that I won’t be going back to coffee at all – decaf or regular.

Instead of the small cup of decaf I might usually have after a nap, I drank hot lemon water.


I’ve had a very light headache since my nap. Not too bad.

Had a small snack.


Dinner menu:

  • roasted acorn squash with cinnamon, coconut oil, and sea salt
  • brown rice and sprouted green lentil pilaf with onions, garlic, fennel, cinnamon, cumin, coconut oil, and Himalayan sea salt
  • strips of raw orange pepper
  • fresh raspberries


Took an epsom salt bath and did some affirmations and visualizations that I had recorded using the voice memo function on my phone. I took some visualizations from a book I just found on amazon: “Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery” by Gerald Epstein. I also recorded a few affirmations (leaving silence after each one for me to repeat them back) from this website:



Day 1 is done. I’m pretty happy with how today went. I don’t have any indigestion or stomach upset, which I normally do have at the end of the day. I still feel a bit groggy and have a light headache. I assume that will go away after a few days. I’m ready to go forward with the detox.


2 comments on “Detox Day 1

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