The How and Why of Detoxing: My Detox Diary


“Most People Have No Idea How Good Their Body Is Designed to Feel.”
– Kevin Trudeau

Have you thought about doing a detox or are trying to find the motivation to do another one? Are you wondering why doing a detox is important and how to start and stick with it?

The Why

In keeping with living a more intentional life, my Mantra for the past 21 days has been….Keep Calm and Cleanse.  January has become the month for me to reboot my mind and body.  Exposed to chemicals in the air we breathe, the products we lather on our bodies, food additives and preservatives, herbicides, pesticides and chemicals added to the water we drink, our bodies get out of balance.   When toxins build up in the body you may experience tiredness, headaches and digestive and neurological symptoms.

A well-designed cleanse enhances the functions of the detoxification organs and help us regain balance of our hormones, digestion and nutrition.  Detoxifying the body will reset your taste buds and will help with common cravings of caffeine, alcohol, salty, sweet, fatty or unhealthy foods. [Click to Tweet] Not only will you feel better but you may even shed a few unwanted pounds! I personally needed to reboot my mind and body and get back on track with my health and my workout routine.

For a more detailed explanation of The Why, click here to watch Dr. Keith Ungar’s video explanation.

The How

As a Patient Care Coordinator at Functional Endocrinology of Ohio, it has been extremely important to me to keep up a healthy lifestyle for not only myself and my family but for our patients.  I’ve walked and continue to walk the walk so that I am able to connect with our patients and the lifestyle changes that they will need to make.   At Functional Endocrinology of Ohio, Dr. Keith Ungar recommends Apex Energetics Clearvite detox program.    The ClearVite progam is a cleansing regimen to support health and vitality.  Within the first 2 weeks I notice positive changes in my body, energy levels, mood and mental clarity. Along with detoxing I have incorporated a new workout routine to get back on track.  I feel it is very important to have a consistent workout routine as well.

Being ready is key to a successful cleanse! [Click to Tweet]  It’s important that you understand the cleanse and to know the haves and the have-nots.  It’s crucial that you prepare a shopping list and also a weekly menu.   Pinterest is an awesome resource for gluten, dairy and soy free recipes.  Being prepared will lead to a calm and successful cleanse.

Below is my Detox Diary.  Also be sure to check out my Food Tracking Sheets for the 21 days and some of my favorite recipes.

My Detox Diary

Phase 1
Days 1-4

I’m excited and ready to commit to a healthier me!  However, I know, the first 4 days are always an adjustment.  I personally suffered from a slight nagging headache, craved sweets and required a few extra hours of sleep.  Keeping a positive attitude, I increased my water intake, ate fruit to curb my sweet tooth and went to bed a little earlier.  [Click to Tweet]  I also mapped out a workout schedule to fit into my busy schedule and committed to sticking to it for a good 21 days.  (I know that committing to a good 3-week plan of regular exercise will get me back on track and relieve a little stress in my life.  Even on the days I really didn’t feel like it or time was not on my side,  I challenged myself to at least make sure to walk on my treadmill to reach my personal goal of 10,000 steps a day.)

Phase 2
Days 5-7

Excited to reap the benefits, I am continuing to prepare for each day and keep up with my workout regimen.  I have incorporated my cleanse recipes into my family’s daily menu and have encouraged those around me to get moving. I’m determined to avoid the curse of “Cabin Fever!”  I’m feeling stronger and more confident that I am doing what is most important for me, my body, my family and my patients.  I am sleeping well and waking refreshed!

Day 8-14

This is, for most, the most challenging phase of the detox.  The 8th day begins a “No Meat Week” and just the thought of it gives me anxiety!  But I chose to embrace the process and put a little effort in to it. The Sunday before, I searched Pinterest for recipes conducive to the Clearvite cleanse, went to my local fresh produce market and invited a friend over to share in the fun of cooking! My mantra this week has been to give 100% to all that I do and of course, make the most of all that I do.  Being prepared for this week is a must.  Make sure to have plenty of healthy snack items on hand.  I found myself eating something every couple of hours throughout the day. I recommend mixing up a batch of Polly’s Paleo Granola.  See recipe below.

Completion Phase 1

Day 15-17

So happy to add meat back into the menu.  I rely heavily on meat as a source of protein.  But I must say throughout the no meat week I did feel pretty good!

Completion Phase 2
Day 18-21

Feeling confident, accomplished, energized, and back on track.  These last few days will be a breeze!

21 Days of Food Tracking

My Favorite Detox Recipes

Polly’s Paleo Granola

1 lb. almonds, whole or sliced
1 lb. pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 lb. pumpkin seeds (hulled)
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/2-lb bag unsweetened large flaked coconut
1 teaspoon sea salt

Mix all together well.

In a bowl, mix the following:

2/3 to ¾ cup olive oil or grape seed oil
1 tablespoon gluten-free vanilla
1 tablespoon grade b maple syrup
½ cup raw honey

Stir this well and quickly pour over the granola mix.  Stir together very well.  Spread out on 2 baking sheets.  Bake at 250 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir every 10 minutes and watch carefully.  Let cool, then stir in 1 lb. craisins , raisins or dried cherries.  Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.  Eat as a snack or serve as cereal with Almond or coconut milk.   Thanks Polly!!

Crock Pot Tapioca Pudding

2 cups  almond milk
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup tapioca pearls
¼ cup grade b maple syrup or agave nectar
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla

Combine all ingredients into a crock pot and simmer on medium for 4 hours, stirring occasionally

Turkey and Quinoa

1 lb. organic ground turkey
2 cups of quinoa
3 cloves fresh garlic
1 small onion – diced

In a skillet, brown ground turkey. Drain.  Add fresh clove of garlic and diced onion.  Separately cook quinoa according to instructions.  Then add cooked quinoa to skillet. Mix well and let simmer for 20 minutes

*add a dash of Cheyenne pepper to spice it up a bit!

Chicken Noodle Soup:

Apple Quinoa Bake

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

Click here to read another realwellnessdoc blog post related to detoxifying the body: Detoxifying Your Body is Critical to Good Health

Deotx bodyWhen you are ready for a healthy lifestyle, it is a lot easier to maintain good habits throughout the year!  Do you have a favorite detox recipe?

Best of luck and health to you,

Joy Vale
January 31, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.


“Shawna Leeann.” Detox in a Box. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2016


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