My Detox Journey With BrightSpring: The Before

Since before January 1, I have been jonesing to do a juice detox. Other people want to go on vacation, others want a new outfit, but I’m craving an opportunity to completely change the way I look at food for 10 whole days.

Enter Carrie from Brightspring Health. Apparently, she is kind of a big deal here in Rochester, since many of my facebook friends with seemingly nothing in common seem to know her. Carrie is the Smoothie Swami. People RAVE about her green smoothies. As a devotee to the green smoothie myself, I immediately wanted to join Carrie’s 10 day Detox and slurp these delish smoothies myself for 10 days.

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Here is what I have in store for the ten days starting Monday, April 8:

  • 1 PINT 1 Quart of green smoothie every single day. Half as a morning snack, half as an afternoon snack.
  • Eating plan free of dairy, grains, and sugar.
  • Personal encouragement every single day (and somewhere around day three I am going to need it!)

Green Smoothie

I know most people who do the 10 day detox end up losing weight.  And hey, I’d be lying if I said I don’t hope to drop a few pounds, but that is really not why I want to do the Brightspring Health 10 day detox. I struggle daily with a combination of gastroparesis and ulcerative colitis. What I put into my mouth for every meal or snack has a huge effect on how I feel for the rest of the day or week even. For the past several months I’ve been feeling like sugar and bread, while easy to digest, are not doing me any favors in the long run, due to their inflammatory effects.

I think the idea of cutting out grains as a permanent measure will never happen for me. I think getting rid of them (and sugar) for a finite period of time is a great idea to get a reboot.

What I’m really hoping to get out of the detox is a lighter, less sluggish feeling, greater energy, and better digestion. I’ll be updating you during and after the detox to let you know how I’m doing.  If you’d like more details about what I’ll be doing, check out Brightspring Health.

What are your thoughts? Would you ever do a detox? I’d love to hear your experiences.



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