I am - generally - a Quite Healthy Eater. I stick to a near-vegetarian diet. I pay attention to portion size. I try to build in plenty of fruits and veggies. And not eat too much sugar.
Most of the time.
Except for when I don't.
Like . . . over the holidays. When I start baking cookies. And stocking up on candy for gingerbread houses. And hosting parties. And having my kids back in the house. And eggnog. Let's just say . . . once the floodgates of sugar and butter open up? Well. I'm All In!
And once you start down the path of butter and sugar and chocolate and cream, well . . . it's hard to turn back. (At least, it is for me.) By the time I headed to California with Erin (home of In-and-Out-Burger and some of the best microbrews in the land), I was really feeling the need for a diet-reset!
So when I saw this article in the most recent issue of Cooking Light magazine, I decided I to try the 3-Day Detox.
I've never done any kind of "cleanse" or detox before. I don't like feeling hungry, and I really don't like green-juice smoothies. But reading through the recipes in the Cooking Light detox, I thought . . . I could do this! It looked like a tasty and interesting way to re-set my eating and get out of my sugar-and-butter addiction -- so I could head into the new year with renewed commitment to healthy eating. And Tom (also tiring of too much sugar) decided to join me.
We launched the 3-Day Detox on Monday this week.
(The premise behind the detox is to add fruit, veggies, and fiber to your diet.)
I am very happy to report . . . this was a simple, effective, tasty detox! The recipes were really good -- as in . . . some of them will make it into our regular recipe rotation going forward. We never felt hungry or lacking in any way. And - best of all - I have a renewed commitment to healthy eating.
And that's what it's all about.
If you're thinking about making a diet reset, this might be the thing for you to try! My suggestions if you try the Cooking Light 3-Day Detox:
- Plan ahead. Do your shopping (there's a handy shopping list included in the detox plan) ahead of time, and definitely do the advance prep ahead of time. (I didn't. It was a lot of cooking on Monday morning. If I'd had the time on Sunday night, I would've done it. But I didn't.)
- The Cooking Light detox plan is worked out for ONE person. Pay attention to that -- and double the recipes to get servings for two (if you'll be double-detoxing).
- The breakfasts were hardest for us -- and especially for me. We tend to eat quick-and-light breakfasts before heading to the gym in the mornings -- so we don't like complicated menus. Plus . . . I don't like breakfast -- and especially if it includes meat and vegetables. So we played it kind of fast-and-loose here. (I loved the smoothie recipe, and we used the sweet potato hash as a lunch menu.)
This was a simple, satisfying way to ease back into a healthy eating habit. The meals were easy to put together -- and really tasty. Tom was pleasantly surprised and never felt like he was deprived in any way. In fact, he often remarked that he couldn't believe he was eating "healthy meals."
We hit re-set . . . and we're detoxed.
Ready for healthy eating in 2018!
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