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The First Step to a Healthier Holistic Life? A Whole Food, Plant Based Detox

What happens when you routinely put the wrong type of fuel in your car? What about some other liquid your car isn’t intended to run on? It's possible you’ll do some damage, right?

How have we allowed ourselves to think any differently of the human body, which relies on the nutrients we consume to function, regenerate and heal?

American grocery stores are filled with junk food with little to no nutrient density, antibiotic-laced meats and dairy, and pesticide-laden produce. Unless we were lucky enough to start out eating clean from a young age, we tend to consume a lot of toxins and less nutrient-dense foods than is ideal over the course of our lifetimes. These foods can harm us in many ways.

They tax our liver, which is involved in metabolizing many toxins, including prescription medications (like antibiotics) and chemicals (like pesticides). Since the liver is responsible for detoxing and filtering out the bad stuff, it’s important to keep it healthy and functioning well. Unfortunately, all of the chemicals found in our food today can burden the liver and cause inadequate filtering of toxins from our bodies.

They mess with our gut health. When we regularly consume gut irritants like refined sugar and fried foods, we’re disturbing the natural balance of bacteria in our guts. Gut health is tied to mental and emotional wellbeing, so when your gut is out of whack, chances are your mood and energy levels may be, too.

They rob us of nutrient-dense calories. When we fill up on processed junk foods, we’re skipping out on the variety of nutrients our bodies need in order to stay healthy.

These are some of the reasons a detox can be incredibly helpful in resetting your body and mind.

How to detox, you ask? Eating a primarily whole food, plant-based diet for 30 days (upon consulting your healthcare provider) will give your body a much needed reset. Many people who go through this detox see an increase in energy, improvement in mood, and decrease in physical ailments and discomfort as a result.

You can find the list of foods to be avoided, consumed sparingly and consumed freely during this 30-day detox below.


  • Pork

  • Beef

  • Dairy

  • Eggs

  • Gluten

  • Corn

  • Soy

  • Added Sugar

  • Alcohol

  • Caffeine

  • Canola Oil

  • MSG

  • Packaged Goods Listing Unidentifiable Ingredients

Ideally Avoid, But Not Necessary

  • Grass-Fed Chicken

  • Grass-Fed Turkey

  • Wild Caught Fish

  • Shellfish

Enjoy, But Try Not to Overdo It

  • Nuts

  • Beans

  • Gluten-Free Grains

Consume Freely

  • Organic vegetables

  • Organic fruit

  • Tea

  • Herbs and Spices

This detox works better if you eliminate meat altogether during the first 30 days, but that’s for you and your healthcare provider to decide.

And before you pump the breaks and turn this car around, let me remind you that there are hundreds of regularly consumed fruits and vegetables in the world. So, sticking to a mostly plant-based diet may sound intimidating, but you’ll still have a huge variety of foods to choose from.

Happy eating!

Please make all decisions regarding your health and diet based on your personal needs and in consultation with your healthcare provider. The information contained herein is not intended to be taken as medical advice.

Geri Paige Butner is a business launch and life alignment coach who offers one-on-one coaching, group courses and 90-min breakthrough sessions. If you're looking to start or grow your own business or better align your life and work with what makes you happy, book your free consult now.