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A 7 Day Cleanse – Even Foodie’s Can Detox

I love food. I love it so, so much. I do intensive work outs 6 days a week just to balance out that love, but sometimes I need an extra boost. After a few back to back trips that caused a lapse in my usual workout routine, I decided to do a 7 day cleanse that would help me lose some excess weight and just flush my body of all the garbage I had been eating. You’ll have to read to the end to see the full weight loss results, but I can tell you, it worked very well.

Day One: Fruit

watermelon

So many watermelon cubes

Day one I was allowed only fruits. This particular cleanse suggested I consume only melons in order to really up my chances of losing weight. Melons are not my favorite at all, but I decided I might as well go all out. I ate nothing but watermelon and cantaloupe this day. I did not love it. I’d say this was the most difficult day, mostly because melons are my least favorite fruit. I also missed hot meals a bit, but I made it through!

Day Two: Vegetables

The second day allowed only vegetables. The good news was, I didn’t have to eat them raw, so I got my hot meals back! Plus, you get the start the day with a baked potato, which feels pretty luxurious. I ate steamed carrots and broccoli, corn on the cob, and grilled asparagus this day. I was satisfied and feeling good.

Day Three: Fruits and Vegetables

I love green smoothies!

This was probably my favorite day. For both breakfast and lunch I made myself massive green smoothies. I love green smoothies so it felt more like a treat than a diet. You can make green smoothies with spinach, celery and basically any other green veggies and whatever fruit you’d like. I made mine with spinach, celery, raspberries, and oranges. My large smoothies carried me straight through to dinner, for which i prepared more corn on the cob and asparagus with fresh peaches for dessert.

Day Four: Bananas and Milk

banana smoothie

Banana smoothie, milk, and more bananas!

This is by far the weirdest sounding day. You are allowed up to 8 bananas and 3 glasses of milk. The cleanse does allow you to supplement this with a vegetable soup. I started the day with one banana and one glass of milk. For lunch I blended three bananas with milk to make a tasty smoothie. I did the same for dinner. I did supplement with just about a cup of the vegetable soup for the sodium, but I didn’t feel nearly as hungry as I thought I would.

Day Five: Beef and Tomatoes

hamburger

Hamburger and tomatoes

This is called “feast day” because you are allowed to eat up to 20oz of beef and 6 tomatoes. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of this day because I don’t love beef. I almost never prepare meat for myself, so I went the safe route and bought hamburger. I assume this would’ve be better if I would have made myself a steak. I didn’t eat anywhere near the 20oz of beef, but you must eat all 6 tomatoes, which I did.

Day Six: Beef and Vegetables

broccoli and carrots

broccoli and carrots

This is another heavy day. You are allowed as much beef and vegetables as you’d like. I preferred this to day five because I was able to add veggies to my beef patty. I never eat large portions of meat, so day 5 and 6 were odd for me. However, I filled up on lots of veggies this day, so I was happy.

Day Seven: Vegetables and Brown Rice

Veggies and rice

Veggies and rice

This day was easy. I grilled a bunch of vegetables, steamed some rice, and had some very satisfying meals. It was a nice way to finish the whole program.

The Results

After 7 days of strict rules, 10 glasses of water a day, and still working out 6 of those 7 days, I lost 9 pounds and 2 inches off my waist. Pretty impressive! I also monitored what happened after I finished the cleanse, to make sure I didn’t just gain it all back within 2 days. A week after the cleanse, I was still 2 inches slimmer. Success! It was hard, but I enjoy challenges like this and I felt great throughout it.

If you want to try this, I posted the all the details of the cleanse diet here. Let me know how it goes for you!

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