The Cooking Light 3-Day Detox

Hear me out on this one.  “Detox” is dumb.  I have full faith that, unless you’re subsisting off alcohol, processed foods and sugar, your body is fully capable of “detoxing” itself.  That’s what your liver and kidneys are for, right?  But when Cooking Light published a 3-Day Detox meal plan in their January issue, I couldn’t resist, because I like being given a meal plan and I like when Joey and I get to do a little kitchen project together.  Like the Food Lover’s Cleanse, except way shorter, way easier and way less expensive.

Truthfully, I wasn’t even going to post about it, because it didn’t seem exciting or important enough, but I’m trying to take the time to write about those exact things.  They go by unnoticed, but they actually make up most of our lives, ya know?


Things I Learned:

  • I’m not about a smoothie breakfast — something about not actually chewing food makes me feel like I haven’t actually eaten anything
  • Pork tenderloin and sweet potatoes are the best — I was not even looking forward to that dinner salad on Day 1, but then it was amazingly delicious and those sweet potatoes for breakfast the next day were so satisfying
  • My snack game could be way better — a pear and almond butter is so much better than a Larabar, so why don’t I take the time to actually prepare a snack more often?!
  • C.R.E.A.M., AKA carbs rule everything around me — as in, by the end of Day 3, I felt like if I didn’t eat something more than that 1/2 cup of quinoa for dinner I might actually cry

Okay, I like to think I eat pretty healthy and I don’t think I overeat all that often, but I was kind of starving by Wednesday so I don’t know who that meal plan was designed for, but those portions/meals weren’t cutting it.  While the food was all tasty as hell, it also wasn’t super filling and I so did not get into that “detox” to lose any weight.

In other words, we finished our 3-Day Detox with two big old chocolate chip cookies 🙂

6 thoughts on “The Cooking Light 3-Day Detox

  1. I’m so glad you shared about your experience. Every time I try to follow a strict meal plan/detox type thing I end up feeling starved as well. I know the difference between craving/wanting to snack and actually being hungry–and I just always feel stomach-gurgling HUNGRY on those plans. I don’t care for that. I do need to lose weight, but I don’t think starving is the right way to do it. Glad you tried it and reported on it so I’m not tempted to do it, haha!

    • I love Cooking Light for being quick and simple but I also try to keep in mind that it’s written for people trying to lose weight, therefore any recipe that serves 4 will probably be eaten entirely by us 2 🙂 In other words, I should’ve know better.

  2. I definitely need some form of carbs at every meal (except breakfast…we do smoothies :)). Otherwise, I don’t feel satisfied. And I personally think you ended your detox on the best note!

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