No Misery Detox – How to Get Rid of Toxins Without Giving Up Your Life

With the kids back in school and days yours to manage your way, now is the perfect time for a simple and effective detox. Although my family tends to eat rather healthy during the summer months, seeing as we have such an abundance of wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables, summer also means a little more time to cook fancy meals and enjoy a good glass of wine (or two, or three), along with the occasional decadent dessert (I’m French after all and LOVE to make lavish desserts!)   We also indulge in a few more late nights than we do during the school year. All that leaves me ready to DETOX and reclaim my full health and vibrant energy. And my go-to lady when it comes to a safe, effective and FUN detox program is New York Times best selling author and Harvard MD. Dr. Sara Gottfried, our guest contributor today. Here Dr. Gotffried shares her “Do’s” and ‘Don’t” for a successful detox. NoMiseryDetox swirl divider For some of you, the word “detox” might bring up unpleasant thoughts about deprivation, feeling sick, or drinking strange concoctions that make you visit the bathroom more often than you’d like. But the truth is,detoxing doesn’t have to be miserable. In fact, you can detox effectively while still enjoying great energy and plenty of delicious, healthy foods.

Getting Back to Basics

Detox programs are everywhere these days (and let’s just say that not all are created equal). It’s easy to get confused and think you have to follow some strict formula that disrupts your entire life, but my detox protocol brings you back to basics.

Here are the main guidelines:

1. Eliminate red meat, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, sugar, and gluten from your diet 2. Take a few helpful supplements 3. Drink plenty of water 4. Engage in light exercise Simple enough, right? Of course, there’s a little more to the story. For instance, on a shorter detox, you’ll replace more meals with a protein shake or smoothie, while on a longer detox, more solid food is OK. Ready to learn more? Read on for my list of the do’s and don’ts of detoxing. By following these simple guidelines, anyone can enjoy a smooth, and evenenjoyable, cleansing experience.


…Transition slowly. For most people, eliminating entire food groups can feel quite restrictive. Worse, quitting addictive substances like sugar or caffeine “cold turkey” can result in unpleasant side effects like headaches or irritability. To avoid side-effects or feeling deprived, I recommend you start weaning yourself off of thedetox-restricted foods I mentioned above before you start your cleanse. A week prior to the start of your detox date, begin with small changes, like having a half-cup of coffee instead of a whole mug, or replacing that glass of wine with a cup of tea in the evenings. These little adjustments will help minimize withdrawals and mentally prepare you for the main event.

…Prepare. A significant part of having a successful detox comes down topreparation. This means stocking your kitchen with the right foods, having a blender, planning out your meals and snacks, and perhaps even rearranging your social life a little so you’re not faced with too many temptations.

…Supplement. Your body is an intelligent system that can eliminate toxins on its own, but assisting it with the right supplements will deliver even better results. During Dr. Sara’s Detox Challenge, we use a non-dairy/non-whey Hormone Balancing protein powder for shakes, a soluble fiber blend, and specially crafted detox supplement packets (which you can order as a kit at a significant discount when you sign up for my Detox Challenge).  Other supplements I recommend include a high-quality multivitaminomega-3s and probiotics. …Exercise. Contrary to what many people think, exercise during a detox can be a good thing. Light exercise like walking, gentle swimming, or yoga will help your body eliminate toxins more effectively. Just don’t overdo it – aim for around 30 minutes per day.

…Hydrate. Drinking water is so important during a detox, as it literally flushes out the impurities. Aim to drink at least 2.2 liters per day for women, and at least 3 liters per day for men. Water will also help to curb your hunger cravings. …Relax and reflect. Doing a detox can be a powerful time to reflect, go inward, and rest. While you may still need to go about your busy schedule, be gentle with yourself. If possible, make more time for sleep and self-care.


…Be afraid to snack. Cleansing does involve eating less, but it doesn’t mean you need to go hungry. If you find your energy lagging, snack on something healthy, like raw vegetables and hummus or a small handful of almonds.

…Sabotage with cheat days. Doing a detox doesn’t mean you’ll never eat sweets or drink wine again, but indulging in the restricted foods means you’re not truly giving your body a fair chance to cleanse. At the same time, don’t….

…Quit if you slip. One cookie or cup of coffee isn’t going to completely negate your efforts. This doesn’t mean you should indulge – just that it’s OK if you do. Get back on track with your next snack or meal.

…Gauge success by the number on your scale. You probably will lose a few pounds during a detox, but try to measure your success more by how you feel. Do you have more energy? Is your skin glowing? Have your sugar cravings subsided? If you can answer “yes” to questions like these at the end of a detox, then you can truly know that you’ve been successful. Generally speaking, a cleanse should feel good, with perhaps a few minor side effects (we call this a healing crisis – when your body temporarily feels bad because it’s working hard to repair damage).

Once you get past the first couple of days, you should feel lighter, less hungry, and more vibrant, energized, and focused.

150x150xDr-Sara-Gottfried.jpg.speedilic.ic.vfCy4hRRAtAbout Dr. Sara Gottfried: Sara Gottfried, M.D. teaches women how to balance their hormones naturally so they can rock their mission. She is a Harvard-educated physician, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure (Simon & Schuster, 2013). She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is regularly featured in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, O Magazine, and Yoga Journal, and TV including The Ricki Lake Show and 20/20. Known for effortlessly blending the seriousness of women’s health with playfulness and humor, Dr. Sara’s mission is to help women lose weight, feel great and vital from their cells to their soul. swirl divider

If you want support on your cleansing journey, Dr. Sara Gottfried will be hosting a FREE LIVE VIDEO Event on Wednesday September 3rd, with fellow New York Times best selling author, my good friend JJ Virgin

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  1. I’ve been eating not so healthily lately and I can definitely feel it – I feel nasty and even my skin is breaking out. It’s time for a detox and these tips will definitely keep me on track and ready to cleanse! I’m hosting a yoga challenge this month, practicing yoga daily – the perfect time to do an extended detox as well! 🙂

  2. That is a pretty ambitious list of no no’s! I think its great if someone wants to do that though!

    • It is a bit of a long list of no-no’s Shannon but remember a cleanse is short term… long enough to clean up and reboot your system to make it more efficient. I’ve always found the results to be well worth it 🙂

  3. I’m guilty of quitting once I mess up. I just say to myself the day is ruined and then splurge. It’s a horrible habit, and one I’m trying to fix.

    • A lot of us are guilty of giving up once we slip Crystal 🙂 I applaud you for being motivated to change that habit. One day at a time is what it’s all about. When you focus on what you have to gain but getting back on track as opposed to what you’ve lost with the slip, it makes staying committed a little easier. Good luck!

  4. I keep telling myself I am going to do something like this and then I don’t. One of these days…

    • Let’s make “one of these days” NOW Robyn! Just think how much better you’ll feel in one short week.. you’ll have so much more energy and the best part… so much more to give to your family! Isn’t that worth starting now? Come on I KNOW you can do this and I have your back!!! Go Robyn, GO!!!

  5. I know I need to do this, but I always wimp out after day 1. I need to put my mind to it, and JUST DO IT! I know I’ll feel soo much better.

    • Here’s a secret I use for sticking it out Kristy — Write yourself little love notes that you place on your bathroom mirror, your fridge, night stand.. wherever you are most likely to see them and smile… They will be gentle, loving reminders of why you are doing this and that you deserve to fell your best. 🙂

  6. I did a detox once that was just amazing. It was with whole food powders to make juices and it tasted great and I felt great. Everyone should try a cleanse!

  7. We’ve gotten rid of carbs, sugar, and dairy at my house.

  8. I love doing a cleanse a few times a year. We take in more toxins that we realize. Even if we eat healthy, we still absorb them through our skin and we breathe them in. It’s fabulous to know that there are so many options.

  9. I actually do most of that, but I do need to work on the gluten.

  10. Very good points! I think people rush into a detox while working out like crazy and then don’t understand why they crash hard.

  11. One of the reasons I’ve never done a detox is because it always seems like an all or nothing – all at once, type of thing. It never occurred to me to step into it gradually to avoid feeling like a monster for a couple of days. I really need to consider doing this because sugar and gluten have got to go!

  12. Very interesting information. I like the idea of working into a detox.

  13. I don’t detox and have been advised not to by doctors but your tips are sound, they apply to anyone even just dieting.

  14. Thanks for the tips! I am not sure that a detox would be good for me right now since I’m nursing but I’ve always wanted to do one so maybe when I’m done. I’ll have to keep these tips in mind!

  15. I am already gluten free, but I have a problem with caffiene and sugar. I need to get in control of both of those.

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