3. Tea and sympathy
If you can’t stomach juice and liquid-only fasts, which can leave you feeling weak and unable to function, try I.Am.You.Studio’s DETOX to RETOX herbal tea and whole foods-based cleanse. During the yoga studio’s three-day program, participants drink three glasses of custom-blended Chinese herbal tea a day and follow a menu plan (which they prepare at home) that’s full of whole grains and legumes (quinoa, kidney beans), leafy and cruciferous vegetables (kale, cauliflower, beets, asparagus) and fish (salmon, tuna or white fish). Menu options are available for vegetarians and vegans.
Reportedly, 85 percent of DETOX to RETOX participants lose weight and keep it off, and 77 percent have increased energy.
4. Organic juices and raw food
Organic Avenue has numerous locations in the New York City area and offers several levels of LOVE (Live, Organic, Vegan, Experience) cleansing. With its alkaline-balancing, detoxifying menu of live, raw and vegan food and cold-pressed organic juices, LOVE Easy is ideal for newbie detox dieters and for those who find liquid-only cleanses too limiting.
Each morning of the cleanse (a three-day minimum is recommended for first-timers), you are emailed affirmations like “I am happy, I am joyous, I am free,” with instructions on when to consume the sequence numbered on each container of organic juices and raw foods. Surprisingly flavorful sample menu items include creamy coconut milk, kale salad with creamy almond dressing and a raw chocolate mousse.
Detoxers are encouraged to chew their juices, and in between each nutritional beverage and live food item, participants can drink eight ounces of water. They are also encouraged to go to bed earlier.
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 5/5/2016