January Kickoff Detox Plan

Oh happy days!!  The Bachelor starts on Monday,


The Biggest Loser starts again on Tuesday and Grey’s Anatomy returns on Thursday!  2012 is looking awesome already!


Aside from three of my favorite shows starting up next week, I will also be starting Whole Living’s 21 Day Action Plan on Monday!  With the help of Whole Living, I am going to use the first three weeks of the new year to detox my body, mind, and environment.

Whole Living’s 2012 Action Plan

Week 1: January 2-8

Go back to basics with simple meals made only with purifying fruits and vegetables that power both body and mind. Taking a break from processed foods and common allergens, like dairy, puts you more in touch with your body and gives your liver, the detoxifying organ, a break.

What You’re Eating During Week 1: fruits, vegetables, and plant-based fats, including nuts, seeds, and oils

What to Expect: You may experience detox symptoms such as headache and fatigue during the first few days. It’s your body getting rid of toxins. It’s OK to feel hungry; in fact, Cynthia Sass, R.D., says you want experience about four stomach growls a day.

By the End of the Week: You’ll feel light, energized, clearheaded, and motivated to conquer Week 2. Keep a food journal this week to help you become more mindful of how food affects your life.

Week 2: January 9-15

With boosted energy and a renewed sense of self, you’ll start this week off eager to feel even better and experiment with more nutrient-rich, whole foods. Adding high-quality protein back into your diet makes it easier to conquer cravings.

What You’re Adding Back in Week 2: seafood, beans and lentils, and organic soy

What to ExpectYou’ll have an increased awareness of how your body reacts to each meal. Eat just enough to feel satisfied, not stuffed.

By the Week’s End: Your appetite and usual cravings are likely decreasing. You’re sleeping better and feeling happy you made the choice to change

Week 3: January 16-22

You’ve learned how to eat clean and it’s feeling fantastic — more like a lifestyle and less like a challenge as you reintroduce gluten-free grains and eggs. This is the time to fine-tune your newly developed mindful habits and keep them up!

What You’re Adding Back in Week 3: gluten-free grains and eggs

What to Expect: You may get an energy boost as you reintroduce carbs, but beware: Hearty grains may initially shock your system. This week will help you determine how great (or not) certain foods can make you feel.

By the Week’s End: Research shows that new habits do still take practice, so stick to your happy and healthy new ways.

What to Skip During the Challenge

  • Processed foods
  • Added sugar
  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Caffeine (not too sure how I’m feeling about this one)
  • Alcohol

Secrets to a Successful Cleanse

  • Set goals
  • Prepare the people in your life
  • Invite a friend (or readers, wink wink) to join
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Space out your meals
  • Keep a food journal (or blog)
  • Stick to each week’s menu

What to Expect on Coffee Cake and Cardio

  • A weekly grocery shopping recap
  • A daily recap of the previous day’s meals
  • A truthful account of how I’m feeling and doing each day

Have you done the Whole Living challenge before?  How are you hoping to start off the new year?


  1. Katy says

    So many things, where do I even begin!!! SO excited about The Bachelor and BL next week as well!! Since I don’t have DVR you’ll know where to find me every Mon & Tues!! ;) Not sure how I feel about Ben being the Bachelor, but I’ll still be watching. Cynthia Sass is also the author of the Cinch diet I was telling you I tried this year. So funny that you’re starting her new detox plan….not sure why I didn’t put two and two together last night. Her stuff works – you’ll do awesome!!! Hmmm, maybe I should try Cinch for my first week back on plan to detox myself?! I’ll keep you posted!


  2. says

    Heck yeah for Bachelor and BL! It’s funny- Ben was my favorite, followed by JP (although I wanted JP to win because I can’t stand Ashley!). I hope that there are some decent girls for Ben!!
    And isn’t BL doing singles from the get-go this season? I’m SO GLAD Dolvett is back. He’s such great eye candy!! And of course, I adore Bob.
    I do a detox every now and then, it’s usually just no alcohol, no meat, no added sugar. Nothing too structured, but it makes a huge difference!
    I look forward to reading about yours!
    Happy New Year, babe! Hope too see you soon in 2012!


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