MAKING IT LAST A three-day cleanse is the perfect recipe for feeling energetic, light, and clearheaded. But that doesn’t mean you should rush back to your triplelatte breakfast and mid-afternoon muffin the following Monday. “The reason to do a detox is to shift to a healthier way of living,” Haas says. Instead of reverting to old patterns, build on what you’ve already done. This doesn’t mean a life of deprivation, just a greater awareness of how much sugar you eat or how you rush around without being fully present in what you’re doing. “When you move toward more fruits, vegetables, and water, and leave behind congesting things like bread, cheese, caffeine, alcohol, and drugs, you’re proceeding along the pathway to health,” says Haas, who recommends a varying duration of cleanses at the beginning of spring and fall depending on your experience with detoxing. Before the start of each season, you’ll be renewed from the inside out.
Do this when you have a light schedule and can take a break from daily responsibilities.
HAVE A SEAT. Sit down for your meals; you’ll eat more slowly and notice when you’re full.
WASTE NOT, WANT NOT. After steaming vegetables, use the broth for soup or in place of water when preparing grains.
COOKWARE MATTERS. Cook in iron, stainless steel, glass, or porcelain cookware to avoid lead, plastic polymers, and chlorofluorocarbons.
HYDRATE SAFELY. Drink filtered water to avoid chemicals like mercury and lead.
Think seasonal and organic. Seasonal foods are fresher and contain more nutrients than foods that have been picked before they’re ripe and shipped across the country. Organic foods don’t contain pesticides, herbicides, waxes, or pathogens common in nonorganic foods.
GRAINS: brown rice, popcorn kernels, quinoa
FRUIT: apples, blackberries, figs, pears, raspberries
SPICES: cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, fennel seeds, nutmeg, sea salt, star anise pods OILS: eucalyptus oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, sesame oil
PROTEIN: almonds, almond butter, chicken, coconut milk, hummus, miso paste, nonfat yogurt, tofu, wild salmon VEGETABLES: beets, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, garlic, green onions, kale, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, pumpkin, salad greens, sea vegetables, spinach
HERBS: buckthorn bark, mullein, peppermint, psyllium, slippery elm
LIQUIDS: apple juice, vegetable broth GEAR: blankets, body brush, bolster, eye pillow, journal, pen, yoga mat