We spoke with Meryl Pritchard, nutritionist and founder of organic meal-delivery service Kore Kitchen , and asked her to put together an easy three-day meal plan to help our bodies reset, de-bloat, and get ready for bikini season in the not too distant future. And lest you think this is one of those stomach-churning, starvation mode-enabling cleanses, we’ll tell you this— it’s not. Easy enough for even cleanse newbies, this plan will leave you feeling lighter, slimmer, and, more importantly, healthier at the end of these three days. Now, who wants to go to the beach?
“I like starting each day with a smoothie because it's easier on the digestive system than eating a heavy meal,” she says. “I notice a difference when I eat light to heavy throughout the day. It's also an easy way to get a load of vitamins into your system first thing in the morning.” Here’s a recipe for Kore Kitchen’s Berry Mint Kiss Smoothie, which is full of free radical-fighting antioxidants (it’s a Byrdie editor favorite!).
We kept our menus simple to cut down on food waste and keep your costs to a minimum. Here's what you need to get cooking—all for less than $70. Download our 3-Day Detox Shopping List.
Rather than getting bogged down in a lofty list of health resolutions, an overly restricted diet, a nutrient-deplete cleanse, or an exercise regimen you can't commit to, reconnect with the basics. Try consuming more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; less added sugar, meat, and refined grains; minimal alcohol; and plenty of water. Our detox lays the groundwork in an easy-to-follow meal plan that delivers on both taste and nutrition. Each day supplies 51/2 cups of fruits and vegetables (experts recommend 4 to 5 cups per day for adults) and 100% of your daily fiber needs (a well-known natural slimming aid) to help you feel full for under 1,500 calories, an amount that most people will lose weight on. You'll also notice a heavy emphasis on plant-based meals, which research shows are correlated with improved diet quality compared to traditional, calorie-restricted diet approaches. Other studies also suggest that a more plant-based diet can help thwart weight gain.
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