Reboot Your Life Detox: Days 1-5
As mentioned in my previous post, I am taking part in a 15-day detox. This specific detox is one of multiple offered by Reboot Your Life, based out of Australia. The specific detox I am taking part in is called the Reboot Entry Program (now called The Classic Reboot) and involves not only consuming fresh juice, but also eating healthy, solid foods; many of which are raw and none being refined. You have the choice of either using the provided menus or choosing which particular recipes you want from their compilation of recipes. It is nice to have the menus/recipes online so that you can grocery shop ahead of time (though I would recommend not getting everything at once as your produce needs to last throughout the 15 days).
Most of these recipes are fairly easy to put together, but a couple (i.e. the Raw Carrot Ginger Soup) take a bit of time as they require a few time-consuming steps (i.e. juicing, chopping then blending). One gripe I’ve had so far about this detox is that a few of these recipes need a bit less of certain ingredients than what is called for. Some recipes call for a whole tablespoon of ground cinnamon, while others call for 4 tablespoons of minced garlic and 4 tablespoons of minced ginger. HOLY FIRE BREATH, BATMAN! And, to my surprise, a few of the recipes call for oil and salt. What!? Not what I would expect from a detox. Granted, cold-pressed oil and sea salt are specified, so the food is healthier than it could be. It is also free of alcohol, beans, and anything refined such as flour and sugar.
The Reboot Entry Program not only provides healthy, tasteful recipes to prepare, but it also educates you on what to do before and after your detox. Furthermore, this specific detox is actually recommended for those who are new to a plant-based diet.
Below is a slideshow of some of the meals I had this week, along with a rundown of my first 5 days on the detox.
First Thing in the Morning: Herbal Tea or Hot Water with Lemon
Mid-Morning Juice: Green Juice
Lunch: Arugula Spinach Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing and Raw Carrot Ginger Soup
Dinner: Reboot Green Salad and Steamed Snow Peas, Broccoli and Green Beans with Ginger Agave Soy Dressing
Before Bed: Herbal Tea
I’m sad to say that as a vegan, I have never purchased Jicama until today. I didn’t even know how to prepare it! Don’t judge me okay!? Needless to say, it is pretty tasty stuff. It looks like a larger, cream-colored turnip with a texture similar to that of a potato, and a lightly sweet flavor. Jicama can be consumed either raw or cooked. It was pretty good on the Arugula Spinach Salad and it helped mute the ass-kicking flavor of the Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing. The Steamed Snow Peas, Broccoli and Green Beans with Ginger Agave Soy Dressing were tasty, although, as mentioned above, called for too much garlic and ginger (in my humble opinion) so I cut those amounts in half. I love my salty foods so the soy sauce in this recipe was an excellent addition.
First Thing in the Morning: Herbal Tea or Hot Water with Lemon
Breakfast: Blackberry Kiwi Smoothie
Mid-Morning Juice: V28 (with red beets, carrots, celery, tomatoes, parsley and radishes)
Dinner: Reboot Green Salad
Night: Herbal Tea
I realized today that this detox really doesn’t feel like a detox. I’m already vegan so eating this food isn’t much of a deviation away from normality, but I find it exciting to try new food, not drink alcohol, or eat any refined foods.
Being that it is Sunday, I had some errands to run and shenanigans to get into so by the time I woke up, I had the breakfast smoothie and then was out the door. Upon my return, I enjoyed some leftovers from the day before, as well as the V28 juice. For dinner was a tasty arugula salad with avocado, tomato, cucumber, radish, fresh dill and Ginger Agave Soy Dressing. It is nice to be able to carry over meals into the following days as it saves time.
Breakfast: Minty-Fresh Berry Juice
Lunch: Raw Carrot Ginger Soup and Steamed Snow Peas, Broccoli and Green Beans with Ginger Agave Soy Dressing
Dinner: Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Mushroom and Sage and Green Vegetable Soup
So let’s get real here…this detox recommends hot tea or water each day, first thing in the morning and last in the evening, but I really haven’t been drinking it. Instead I’ve been drinking regular water. Since I was a little unprepared at the beginning of this detox, I fell a day behind with regard to my menu. SO, since today is Day 3, I made food from Day 2’s suggested menu. Many of these recipes take time (especially if you’re preparing them after work) so for me, it makes sense to chop and do some prep work the night before.
I’ve got to say that I really enjoyed dinner. The Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Mushroom and Sage was delicious, and the Green Vegetable soup to accompany it was light and healthy. I can feel good about eating this stuff although it contains a little oil and salt. The squash recipe is definitely something I plan on making again after the detox!
Breakfast: Cherry Cinnamon Apple Bake and Cherry Nectarine Juice
Lunch: Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Mushroom and Sage and Green Vegetable Soup
Dinner: Seaweed Salad and Steamed Cauliflower and Green Beans
I’m not really a seaweed fan unless it in my miso soup and sushi, so the particular Seaweed Salad I ate wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t as bad as I had feared either. I used Hijiki which has a bit of a fishy taste. This type of thing normally grosses me out a bit, but when combined with avocado, carrots and onion, with a little fresh lemon juice and sea salt, it’s really not that bad. Seaweed is super healthy for us and is rich in B vitamins, calcium, iodine and omega-3 fatty acids.
Breakfast: Gazpacho Juice and an Orange
Lunch: Seaweed Salad, Steamed Cauliflower and Green Beans, and Green Soup
Dinner: Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing and Sweet Potato and Carrot “Fries”
Well here it is, Day 5 of my detox — I’m a third of the way done! The nice thing about this detox is that I haven’t had the headaches, etc. that is normally associated with other kinds of detoxes, so I’ve felt good the entire time. The bathroom trips have also been regular, if not increased a little (getting rid of those toxins!). I’ve also noticed that I have more energy. Looking forward to what the days ahead have instore for me.
NOTE: Vegan Food Addict is in no way affiliated with Reboot Your Life. The views and opinions expressed herein are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect that of others.