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End of the Cleanse: Food Reintroduction

Welcome to the End of The Cleanse! Congratulations on your dedication and thank yourself for giving your body a wonderful 21 days of detoxing and cleansing.

The next week is a time to consider reintroducing different food groups back into your daily meals. Remember to always add fruit and vegetables to each meal and to avoid highly processed foods as well as adding to many food groups at one time. By slowly reintroducing foods you can evaluate how your body is doing on the types of food (dairy and sugar should be introduced last if possible). We suggest you begin the reintroduction with nuts and seeds. Here is some additional information about reintroduction:

Food Reintroduction

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Systematically reintroducing foods from one food group at a time is a great way to see if they cause any problems.

The Process

A daily diet will be followed, similar to the purification diet (days 11-21)
with the addition of butter until it’s decided to reintroduce the different
foods back into the diet. With a health care professional’s guidance, a
patient will reintroduce one food from a food group at a time and decide
what to do if there is a reaction.

If choosing to reintroduce some foods/food groups eliminated during
purification, here are some guidelines to follow:


Choose whole grains, instead of refined grains, which have most of their
nutrients removed. Eat a healthy range of whole grains that includes quinoa, spelt, bulgur, steel-cut oatmeal, brown rice, and barley.


These foods are hard to digest so introduce slowly back into your system.

Nuts & Seeds (Raw)

Nuts and seeds can supply necessary oils to the diet. Nuts are concentrated sources of fuel, so portion control is important. A handful a day does the trick for most people.


Shellfish, like shrimp and mussels, can add important nutrients like protein and iodine to the diet.


Eggs provide an important source of protein, iron, and B vitamins. Possibly reintroduce eggs after grains. Or hard boil an egg and eat it at breakfast or as a snack.

Portion control as detailed in the patient guide will help optimize
post-purification results.

A note about allergies and food intolerances.


An allergic reaction happens when the body’s immune system mistakes a part of a food for something harmful. Foods that cause the most problems for adults are peanuts, tree nuts (like walnuts or almonds), fish, and
shellfish. Any food can cause an allergy but some other “highly” allergenic foods are: milk, eggs, soy products, and wheat. Allergic reactions usually happen fast-minutes to hours after eating the allergen.

Food Intolerances

Food intolerance is the digestive system’s response to the part of a food or additive that it can’t process, or that causes irritation. This could be from a biological cause, or it could be from an additive that is poorly absorbed by the gut. The body’s response to food intolerance is usually based on portion: a small amount provokes a small reaction; a large portion provokes a larger reaction. The time frame for problems is longer too. The body’s reaction to food intolerance can take place immediately, or over a few days

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Soy Products

Unfermented soy products are not recommended while on the cleanse or off the cleanse. This is due to the extensive studies on farming, dangers of soy and hormone disruption as a result of consumption of soy. This includes isolated soy protein found in many processed foods, soy sauce, tofu, soy milk, and many others. If you use soy, please read the following info and start doing some research on soy. There sources of soy that are fermented (and considered safer) include: miso, tempeh, natto, or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari)

Welcome to Day 12-14 of the Cleanse

Welcome to days 12-14 of the group cleanse-
We are in cruise control at this point. Take notice of how your body has responded to the increased load of fruits and vegetables. Sleeping better, more energy, less energy slumps in the mid-afternoon, emotional changes? After the cleanse is officially over, your challenge will be to keep a high level of vegetables and fruit as the main part of your diet and adding back in other healthy choices.

Below is a great article describing 10 easy ways to add more to your diet each day. Perhaps you can find something that inspires you.

Day 11 of the Cleanse

Welcome to Day 11 of the cleanse program. Today is a decision day for many of you. Would you like to start adding in some proteins to the diet or stick to fruits/vegetables?

If you start adding in proteins, start small. Only add in 3 ounces of (clean) meats. Look into wild caught fish or grass fed beef/ buffalo. If you live in North County, we LOVE JR meats (in the Trader Joes center)- they have a large selection of local, grass fed meats. New Frontiers has the best fish to choose from. Lentils are a terrific protein to start adding in. You can put lentils into your salad or make a hearty lentil soup….it just may hit the spot on a cold winter night.

Please let us know if you need a new recipes or ideas. Also, if you have any questions you would like addressed ask away.

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Cleanse Day 9

Welcome to day 9 of the cleanse program:

You should be proud. You have just finished your first week of purification and your organs are loving you for it. Your body should be more efficient at eliminating toxins. This next week we are focusing on replenishing your bodies resources= better digestion, nutrient absorption, and energy.

During the workshop we briefly discussed the benefits of finding an acid/alkaline balance in our diet. This is a must watch, easy to follow video that you will find fascinating. It goes more in depth to explain the acid alkaline relationship and how it affects our health and well-being. Please find time to watch this eye opening video.

Keep up the good work.

Molly Stevens, D.C.