Opinion: Detox Week (SakaraLife)

I’m on day three (Wednesday) of the second week of Sakara Detox Level II. I’ve had MCT oil broth for dinner for the past three nights and vegetables for breakfast for the past three mornings. I drink coconut kefir every afternoon and I haven’t had coffee in four days!

That last one is a biggie for me. For the last 4-5 years of my life, I’ve had at least two espressos a day… in the form of an Americano or cappuccino. Yes, I have had a slight headache for the past few days. Surprisingly, when I am active/sweat the headache goes away.

More on that later. For now, let me give you a quick rundown of what a day in the Sakara Life looks like.

Sunday night, I received a box with my supplements, detox tea, detox guide, and first two days of “meals.”

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7 am: Wake up. Put 5 drops of Beauty Water Concentrate in filtered water. Chug. Set intentions for day.

Dry brush to stimulate blood circulation. Shower.

10 am: Eat breakfast, chewing slowly.

I included all the ingredients of the dressings or sauces in my descriptions because they were each individually incredible and I am going to try an replicate them in my own cooking.

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DAY 1 BREAKFAST – Root Veggie Detox: Broccolini, Carrot, Turnip Black Bean, and Purple Sweet Potato with an aioli (olive oil, cannellini beans, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice pink peppercorn, sea salt). 

I have no problem with eating vegetables for breakfast. Honestly, roasted vegetables are one of my favorite foods. The flaxseed, sweet potato hash was better heated and drowned in the “aioli.”

Health Facts (provided by Sakara): Provides essential amino acids necessary to build complete proteins and boost metabolism. Contains 150% of daily rec. vitamin A derived from the antioxidant beta-carotene to aid the liver in detoxification. High in phytochemicals to help lower inflammation and protect against cellular oxidative damage.

DAY 2 BREAKFAST – Deep Forest Detox: Fennel, Sunchoke, Burdock Root, Celery Root, Kale with dressing (sunflower seeds, celery, toasted sesame oil, chickpea miso, lemon juice, ume plum vinegar, sea salt, black garlic, and black peppercorn. 

Fennel is one of my favorite foods. Personally, I like it grilled and drizzled with balsamic reduction. I eat each breakfast with my morning supplements (Vitamin B Complex Plus, Adaptogenic Adrenal Formula, NAC, Taurine, G.I. Repair and Rebuild, L-Theanine). 

Health Facts: High in inulin, a prebiotic fiber essential for a balanced microbiome and regular digestion. Maintains liver health and supports detoxification due to high sulfur content. Assists the drainage of the lymphatic system and purifies the blood.

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DAY 3 BREAKFAST – Magic Mushroom Detox: Chinese broccoli, Spinach, Maitake 

Mushroom, Bok Choy, and Taro Root Smash with sauce (purple cauliflower, purple cabbage, hemp seeds, lime juice, toasted sesame oil, sea salt). 

Do you see what’s in the dressing?! I’m anticipating experimenting with pureeing vegetables into my dressings. This was by far my favorite breakfast, or maybe I’m just becoming accustomed to eating vegetables every morning. The taro root smash was beyond flavorful. Note to self, find taro root.

Health Facts: High in sulfur, an essential nutrient for liver health and detoxification. Phytonutrients to support immune function and naturally balance hormones. Potent anti-inflammatory bioflavonoids to help protect against pathogens and other environmental toxins.

11 am: Drink Digestive Tea.

1 pm: Eat lunch with “mindful bites and mindful thoughts.”

The first day, I was so hungry all morning. By day two, I think my body already became adjusted to smaller portions. I’ve experienced no bloating all week, which is rare for me. Usually, the more vegetables I eat the more bloated I am, but this program has taught me the importance of eating slowly and mindfully and portion sizes.

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DAY 1 LUNCH: Mineralizing Nori Wrap with Superfood Wasabi: Broccoli,Avocado, Cucumber, Celery Root, Wasabi, Nori with wasabi “mayo” (sunflower seeds, lemon juice, wasabi powder, sea salt and a salad with dressing (rice vinegar, olive oil, toasted sesame oil, chickpea miso, tamari, ginger, lucuma, white sesame seeds, garlic). 

Another meal I want to try and replicate. An upcoming post will definitely have a recipe of how to create nori seaweed wraps. These were rice/carb free and absolutely delicious and refreshing with the wasabi.

Health Facts: Provides iodine, an essential trace element that helps the body detox from heavy metals and plays an important role in the normal functioning of the thyroid gland, which secrets hormones that controls the body’s base metabolic rate. Decreases adrenal fatigue for more stable moods and energy levels. Highmineral content promotes balanced electrolytes and ultra-hydration.

Processed with VSCO with a7 presetDAY 2 LUNCH – Zucchini and Jicama Noodles with Cleansing Lemon Herb Pesto: Zucchini, Jicama, Fennel, Lemon, Herbs with pesto (EVOO, baby arugula, lemon juice, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, sea salt, peppercorn). 

A super refreshing salad. Arugula and zucchini make a great combination because they are smaller enough to mix well, as opposed to spinach or romaine. This pesto tasted like basil, but there wasn’t any in it. Once again, another dressing I’m going to have to experiment making.

Health Facts: High in vitamin C and potassium to boost immune system and reduce excess water retention. Stimulates the liver to produce gastric fluids which aid in digestion and reduce bloat. Provides ultra-hydration to optimize cellular turnover and decrease signs of aging.

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DAY 3 LUNCH – Purifying Cabbage Dumplings with Healing Galangal Broth: Broccoli, Turnip, Sunflower Seeds, Napa Cabbage Dumplings

Day 3 and I’m starting to think that I actually love really healthy tasting food, because all of these meals are very satisfying.

Health Facts: Provides selenium to promote optimal blood flow and thyroid function. High in vit E which plays an essential role in the health of hair, skin and nails. Lowers disease-causing inflammation and protects DNA against oxidative stress.

3 pm: Digestive Tea

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This kefir is delicious. It’s made from coconut water, coconut meat, and probiotic powder. It was 91 degrees today in New York, so I blended it with ice and it tasted like a light virgin pina colada. So refreshing. It’s also a nice pick-me-up before my broth dinner.

Health Facts for kefir: boost metabolism, nourish microbiome, mineral-rich hydration

6:30 pm: Dinner of Medicinal Broth (20 medicinal mushrooms, healing spices, omegas, ancient herbs). Evening supplements (magnesium) and probiotics taken with dinner.

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Health Facts for Broth: activates liver to produce digestive enzymes and support deeper detoxification, balance acidity and combat free radicals, heals gut lining and promotes healthy, balanced microbiome, lowers stress hormone cortisol

8 pm: Drink Detox Water Concentrate in filtered water.

9:30 pm: Go to sleep early.

 

 

DAY 1-3, Observations:

  • Slight headache all three days, but I will attribute that to lack of caffeine.
  • Feel weak in workout classes. I can’t do HIIT or heavy lifting on the amount of calories I’m taking in. But I did manage to do some light working out.
  • Not hungry, but I do miss cooking and eating/drinking socially.
  • No bloating. My stomach has been flat all week.
  • Reduced inflammation. My clothes feel looser and I don’t look as swollen as I sometimes do. This could be attributed to working out less this week.
  • Sleeping a lot and deep. I haven’t woken up once in the middle of the night, which could also be due to a lack of caffeine. Or maybe, the magnesium is working?
  • Skin is super clear and bright. 

Day 4 is liquids day! More updates to come…

So far, my main takeaway is that since I eat fairly healthy regularly, this detox isn’t that big of a change. Usually, I eat more animal protein and more food in general. I’m missing my daily protein shake and dinners that I can chew.

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