Why do a 3 week detox? It's awesome. Jim and I tried this for the first time last year and it was amazing. Until I did this detox I had no idea how the food I ate made me feel. The principles of a three week detox are very similar to the Weekend Detox. If you take these foods out for an extended period and let your body fully detox and then add them back in you feel how those foods really affect your body. Now if I spend a weekend eating pasta and ice cream I feel the affects on my body and make note to do a mini detox or have beet juice to help my body get back on track.
The crazy thing about the 3 week detox is I didn't want it to end. I kept most of the detox going for weeks after and even now I still apply a lot of the principles I learned. I loved how light and energetic I felt when I ate meals based around vegetables, legumes and non-gluten grains. I still try and eat meals daily that focus on those ingredients.
So you don't know where to begin with a 3 week detox? First, commit. The only way you are doing to do it well is if you take the time to prepare. You have to take time to prepare not only your meals but also your snacks. Having these things organized and ready will make it much easier to stay on track and not go for that bag of candy the minute you get hungry. You also will have to prepare for a little fatigue and headaches especially the first week. Once I got past that first week I felt much better.
I would go through and lay out all the steps but I don't think I could do it any better than Whole Living. They laid out a great three week plan this year and last year so I recommend reading through those and finding what works for you. They included recipes and everything! I encourage you to give it a shot! I promise you can do it.
Lots of recipes that have been on the blog fit in the detox too! Like the Edamame Hummus pictured above and these Apple Chips. Looking for a great lunch? Try the Wild Rice Salad or My Go-To Salad. Some dinner recipes worth trying are the Roasted Carrots with Garlic and Curried Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Swiss Chard.