While this post will not go into the minutiae of exact foods that are allowed and forbidden while following the official 21-Day Sugar Detox, I’d like to share some meals that I, myself, or clients have prepared recently that are detox-friendly foods.


grapefruit salad

Grapefruit, avocado, carrot salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar


While not all fruits are allowed on the 21DSD (that’s what I’ll refer to the detox moving forward), certain ones in limited quantities are, such as the grapefruit.

While for some, a grapefruit is sour and/or tart, after detoxing for a few days — ridding your diet of refined carbohydrates and sweet foods, your taste buds begin to change and you begin to appreciate the sweetness in fruits that aren’t as sweet and even the subtle, naturally-occurring sugars in vegetables as well.


salmon recipes

Spicy sesame-lime salmon with cucumber cold noodles (recipe from 21DSD Guidebook).


The thought of detoxing, cleansing, or eating healthy for some evokes bland foods devoid of fun and flavors, however the recipes featured in the 21DSD books are quite the opposite. This meal was not too difficult to prep and cook and it contained not only a lot of nutrients (filling fats and antioxidants), but it delivered on the taste scale. I’d definitely make this again, even if I wasn’t detoxing.


Lime in the coconut smoothie (from the 21DSD Guidebook)


If you’re short on time, there are still some quick, easy-to-prepare recipes such as this tasty smoothie that are sugar-free and nourishing.


Salmon salad (canned Trader Joe’s wild salmon mixed with celery, avocado, onion, mustard, olive oil, vinegar, and spices) stuffed in raw red bell peppers, served over spinach and grape tomatoes


tart lemon torte

Tart lemon torte (from the 21DSD Cookbook). There are a few not-sweet treats like these that don’t contain sweeteners or sugar, yet satisfy a craving while on the detox.


So, are you convinced yet that the 21-Day Sugar Detox may not sound as bad as you once made it out to be?

If you’d like to join my next group that I’ll be coaching through this program, there is still time to join.

When: September 11 — October 1, 2017

To sign up and to learn more, click here.

For testimonials (from past participants of detox), click here.


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Mike is a holistic nutritionist that helps people feel more optimistic about their health and wellness through changes in diet and lifestyle shifts.

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