How to Do the Cleansing Diet for One Week |

Cleanse proponents sometimes recommend taking substances that are dangerous. In a study published in Forensic Science International in November 2012, researchers provided an account of a 50-year-old man who died after ingesting Epsom salts for a liver cleansing diet.

The hardest part about this whole thing, really, was not drinking. Sigh. I'm not necessarily a heavy drinker, but two to three times a week, who doesn’t like a glass of wine with a meal or a cocktail with the girls while commiserating over First World problems?! By the time Friday came, I was ready for some much needed R&R, and I could feel the inner child in me sulk as I watched all my mates enjoy their vino with dinner.

Cleanse Diet Pros and Cons.

If the cleanse program you're considering involves taking pills and potions, it's best to steer clear of it. The Food and Drug Administration reports that quite a few over-the-counter weight-loss pills, teas and drinks, including those for detox or cleanse purposes, contain ingredients harmful to health. Some have differing quantities of prescription medications, while others have ingredients that haven't been tested for safety or efficacy.

Weight-Loss Cleanse Plans.

One Week Detox Diet Plan - Food Fitness & Fun

Because some cleanse diets call for juicing fruits and vegetables, they increase the intake of vitamins and minerals. Another advantage comes from eliminating certain foods and then gradually reintroducing them back into the diet, which can help people identify food sensitivities, says the Cleveland Clinic.

So when my buddies at Provenance Meals approached me with their take on a detox diet, I wasn't exactly champing at the bit to try it out. But they convinced me to look at it as a cleanse, with whole grains that would regulate my PH balance rather than strip my body of every ounce of tolerance I had left. The meals they wanted to provide weren't about missing out on the good stuff life is made of; they were more about adding nutrients . So I cocked my head, brushed up the last few breadcrumbs on my counter, and began my much-anticipated cleanse week.

Provenance’s cleanse is set up to give you three meals a day and a snack at 4 p.m. each day for seven days. The smoothie every morning was great for me because I tend to eat that anyway. but it was the portion sizes that took a bit of getting used to. I'm not going say I'm fat, but I ain't a small girl, and I definitely don't shop in the petite section. So when I see any type of regulation when it comes to "how much" I immediately default into deprived mode. Over the week, I got used to these portion sizes, which I came to realize were actually totally rational. The bigger challenge was getting used to all these bright colorful vegetables filling me up instead of a big hunk of protein.