I am excited to be sharing with you a plan for a seasonal, plant-based detox.
This plan will not only ask you to eliminate foods but be intentional about meal timing, you can deeply improve your health and quality of life. The goal of this detox is to both rejuvenate the body and to help align the circadian rhythm to the natural shifts in light and dark that occurs with the change of the seasons.
Depending on your current eating pattern, this plant-based detox may effect your differently. Pay attention to energy levels, self confidence, emotions, physical comfort, sleep quality, and stress levels. Remember, food nourishes and enhances our lives in many ways. And every body is different.
Plant-Based Detox vs. Vegan Diet
A detox is intended to be used temporarily, to give our bodies a much-deserved break and help restore our energetic and physiological balance. This plant-based detox is not about being vegan for a few weeks. Sure, vegans do eat a lot of plant foods too, but that doesn’t necessarily rule out deep-fried french fries, ramen noodles, or frozen burritos.
This detox asks you to get beyond the concept and practice of veganism. This plan asks you to cut out animal products, as well as a few other things you may be used to having regularly that would be fine for a vegan.
Also, full disclosure on a core Okay to Eat nutrition philosophy: a “insert name of diet” diet may not be for everyone, and should not be the standard of whether or not we are good people deserving of great health or eternal wellness.
A diet is not a promise.
Making healthier eating habits is a commitment to taking the best care of yourself as possible within your culture, community, family, and your very unique life experience. Also, following a strict diet can lead to perfectionism, guilt, shame, unhealthy mindset, as well as nutrient deficiencies—and who has time for all that?
We have different bodies with different ancestry and that must meet different daily demands. Being vegan is not the prescription for perfect health, and that should not be the takeaway here.
The point of this detox is not to be an extremist or expose your body to a harsh and exhausting cleanse. The goal is to leave you feeling refreshed and energized! If you give it a try, please let me know how it goes for you.