I have been following the beautiful Nikki Sharp for a while now on instagram. Her strong, toned, yet slender body stuck out to me and initiated me to click “follow”. But it was her passion, desire to help others, cute adorable kitty, and balance to healthy living that made me continue to follow. I recently purchased her E-book “The 5 Day Detox” from her website to see what its all about, as she posts about it frequently.
The 5 Day Detox is a plan designed to aid in your body’s natural toxin elimination process using whole foods, rather than the numerous “juice cleanses” out there that are lacking fiber, protein, and basically, life.
The meal plan is vegan unless you decide to include egg with some of the meals which is an option. It is absolutely gluten free if you use certified gluten free oats, which are found in most grocery stores. The main things this detox cuts out are processed foods, added sugars, meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine… It is a plant-based whole foods 5 day meal plan full of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut oil) and plant-based proteins (nuts, quinoa, lentils, beans).
I don’t usually promote “detoxing” as our bodies do it naturally and most detoxes are a “fad” and have little calories, no protein or fiber, and lack scientific research. The weight lost on most detoxes like juice cleanses tend to come right back on because you are basically starving yourself, not filling up on fiber, and are tempted to just binge of what you missed out on. HOWEVER, this detox is totally different. It has a sustainable 1,600 calories/day (which she encourages increase portions for a higher daily calorie intake for those not looking to lose weight, or for those who are requiring more calories like during breastfeeding). It also includes plenty of protein, fiber, and healthy fats, all at the recommended amount. It has been assessed by a Dietitian, furthering the proof that this is not just a fad detox, but a 5 day healthy meal plan to get you off craving unhealthy foods, get you glowing skin, increase your energy, and overall just a jump-start guide to clean up your diet. A detox that I, as a nutrition professional, can actually recommend!
Here’s a sneak peak of some of my meals from the detox:
lots and lots of detox water. lots. did i say lots of water?
SUPER COLORFUL, NUTRIENT-RICH PLANT-BASED MEALS ♡
-Delicious, plant-based recipes
-Clearer, glowing skin
-Feel lighter by the end (weight loss for those who desire it/need it…I did not need it)
-Much more enjoyable/healthier than other “unnatural” cleanses
-Can repeat recipes for less prep/shorter grocery list
-Reviewed by an actual Registered Dietitian
-“Cleans you out” well if you know what I’m saying….
-Expensive grocery list, but cheaper than most “juice cleanses” (plus, you gotta buy groceries anyways I guess!)
-Initial bloating due to the increase in fiber
-Must. Have. Strong. Willpower. I definitely gave in to my cravings and had a small bite of almond butter one day, a quest bar another day, and a cup of coffee. I mean, I’m human and detoxing is not fun!!
-Time consuming food prep (you have to make sushi rolls…ummm wow yeah that was a bit difficult…I ended up just repeating another lunch)
-May have to do 2 grocery trips within 1 week for freshest produce, but not necessary.
The first day I craved sugar soo badly at night, but my body felt soo amazing I was motivated enough to keep going. The second morning I added a small amount of raw cacao nibs to my oats to at least help with the chocolate cravings somewhat. I had bad headaches from the lack of caffeine, but drinking green tea helped! I added in 1 cup of coffee on day 4 as I was feeling pretty terrible at work. The biggest benefit I received from this was feeling way more hydrated with all of the water, green tea, and mint tea we were to drink. I am usually pretty terrible about drinking enough water throughout the day (I’ve gotten a lot better recently!) but the added fruits, mint, and lemon helped make it taste better. I also didn’t feel super hungry either, realizing that normally I eat my meals out of habit or cravings rather than truly listening to my body. It’s crazy how even though I eat pretty darn healthy, this “detox” made me realize some of the things I could improve on (more water, less caffeine, less sugar). It pushed me to break out of my usual food habits and try new recipes, which I really enjoyed! I had never made stuffed red peppers before or had lentils, and I loved them both. It does take a loooot of food prep to eat this clean of a diet (no added sugars, processed foods, gluten, dairy, meat, etc) so that would not be a diet I would ever recommend long-term. You also have to have access to an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. But, the food was delicious and it made me feel lighter, less bloated, and eliminated any GI problems. The hardest part was sticking to it and not drinking coffee or eating sugar or the protein bars that I’m used to eating.
*UPDATE: adding back in my regular nut butter and whey protein was a bit rough. My stomach felt super bloated immediately. Definitely something to take note as my body obviously responds a little bit better to less sugar, nuts, casein. Definitely going to do a slower introduction of these foods going forward! (however, I did eat the nut butter by the spoonful (2)…and it was damn good! 🙂 ) But boy was my body happy to have coffee!!!! Also, I lost 3 lbs which I was totally shocked to happen. I didn’t need to lose any weight, but I feel so much lighter and “cleaner”. I am going to continue eating based on these principles (as I normally eat) but add in more healthy fats, more whole grains, and of course chocolate, coffee, wine, gluten free bread, butter, etc. 😉
MY FAVE MEAL? —–> Definitely the oatmeal for breakfast.
Each day was a bit different with different breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners in rotation, but the oatmeal for breakfast was by far what I loved the most. I usually buy store-bought gluten free oatmeal in the microwave packets (and yes they contain sugar). So, it was nice to bring out the flavor of the natural oats with fresh fruit and nuts. I think I’ll start microwaving plain oats more often to cut back on my sugar intake. 🙂
And the best part of this detox?
The community of women all over the world doing the detox at the same time. Nikki invited us to a private Facebook group where she answered questions, posted videos, gave us confidence, and helped us during those crazy chocolate and caffeine cravings! Whenever there is accountability and support, there is a greater chance of success, in whatever it is! That’s why I hugely enjoyed this aspect of the detox.
Where can you get this detox?—–>
Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a bit for this exact 5-day detox plan because she is working on getting it published! This was the last E-book download available before she works on getting it out in paper form (which will be out soon). BUT, her website contains tons of clean recipes, and you can buy a similar E-book for the same price that has just as much healthy eating info, recipes, etc that is just as good if not better! You can check out her Clean Eating Guide E-book here.